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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 21st October 2003

The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock.

PRAYERS.

1    Transas Group Bill,-The Transas Group Bill was read the third time and passed.

2    Mersey Tunnels Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for further consideration of the Mersey Tunnels Bill, as amended;

    Ordered, That the Bill be further considered on Wednesday 29th October at Four o'clock.

3    Regulatory Reform,-Mr Peter Pike reported from the Regulatory Reform Committee the following Resolutions:

    That the draft Regulatory Reform (Business Tenancies) (England and Wales) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 17th September, should be approved.

    That the draft Regulatory Reform (Gaming Machines) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 17th September, should be approved.

    The Committee came to these Resolutions without a Division.

4    First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Joe Benton reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 127) on Special Grants for reducing fire deaths in those areas in England suffering the highest fatality rate.

    Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.

5    Message from the Lords,-A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

    The Lords have agreed to the Sustainable Energy Bill, without Amendment.

6    European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill;

    And a Motion being made, and the Question being put, That the Bill be now read a second time;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Fraser Kemp, Gillian Merron: 306.

      Tellers for the Noes, Richard Younger-Ross, Mr Robert Syms: 172.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    The Bill was accordingly read a second time.

7    European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill (Programme),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Orders [28th June 2001 and 29th October 2002], That the following provisions shall apply to the European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill:

    Committal

    1. The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

    Proceedings in Standing Committee

    2. Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 30th October 2003.

    3. The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it meets.

    Consideration and Third Reading

    4. Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the day on which those proceedings are commenced.

    5. Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on the day on which proceedings on consideration are commenced.

    6. Sessional Order B (Programming Committees) made on 28th June 2001 shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.

    Other proceedings

    7. Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further messages from the Lords) may be programmed-(Margaret Moran);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Gillian Merron, Mr Fraser Kemp: 302.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Robert Syms, Hugh Robertson: 180.

    So the Question was agreed to.

8    European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill [Money],-Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill [Money];

    A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 52 (Money and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills), That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill it is expedient to authorise-

    (1) the payment out of money provided by Parliament of-

      (a) any expenses of the Secretary of State in making arrangements for the purposes of the Act in connection with the holding of the European Parliamentary general election of 2004;

      (b) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums so payable under any other enactment other Act are payable out of that Fund.

    (2) the payment out of the Consolidated Fund of any increase attributable to the Act in the sums which under any other Act are payable out of that Fund-(Mr John Heppell):-It was agreed to.

9    European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill (Carry-over),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Order [29th October 2002], That, if at the conclusion of this Session of Parliament, proceedings on the European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill have not been completed, they shall be resumed in the next Session-(Mr John Heppell);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Gillian Merron, Mr Fraser Kemp: 349.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Robert Syms, Hugh Robertson: 125.

    So the Question was agreed to.

10    Electronic Communications,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Electronic Communications (Networks and Services) (Penalties) (Rules for Calculation of Turnover) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 8th September, be approved-(Mr John Heppell):-It was agreed to.

11    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from Hospice Hope for improved hospice and palliative care provision in North West Leicestershire was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

12    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Mr John Heppell);

    And the Motion having been made after Seven o'clock, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, it being then two minutes to Eight o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 7.58 p.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Eleven o'clock.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Other Papers:

    1    Competition Commission,-Report by the Competition Commission on the proposed transfers between Newsquest (London) Limited and Independent News & Media PLC [by Command] [Cm. 5951] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    2    Culture, Media and Sport,-Department for Culture, Media and Sport Minute, dated 21st October 2003, concerning a contingent liability consequent upon indemnification relating to the loan of a sculpture entitled 'Room 101' by Rachel Whiteread to the Victoria and Albert Museum [by Command] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

    3    Development of Tourism,-Report and Accounts of VisitBritain for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

    4    National Statistics,-Report for 2002-03 of National Statistics [by Command]; to be printed [No. 1180] [Ruth Kelly].

    5    Public Petitions,-Observations by (1) the Deputy Prime Minister on the Petition [15th September] from Cllr Ruth Burrow and residents of East Devon against a new town being built in East Devon, and

    (2) the Secretary of State for Health on the Petition [17th July] from residents of Reading against the unrestricted opening of pharmacies able to dispense NHS prescriptions

    [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Constitutional Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Constitutional Affairs Committee [Immigration and Asylum: the Government's proposed changes to publicly funded immigration and asylum work]; to be printed [No. 1171-ii] [Mr A. J. Beith].

    2    Draft Civil Contingencies Bill,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on the Draft Civil Contingencies Bill; to be printed [No. 1074-vi] [Dr Lewis Moonie].

    3    Draft Mental Incapacity Bill,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on the Draft Mental Incapacity Bill; to be printed [No. 1083-viii] [Mrs Angela Browning].

    4    Home Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [Asylum Applications]; to be printed [No. 692-viii] [Mr John Denham].

    5    Office of the Deputy Prime Minster: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Office of the Deputy Prime Minster: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee [The Fire Service]; to be printed [No. 1168-i] [Andrew Bennett].

    6    Regulatory Reform,-Fourteenth Report from the Regulatory Reform Committee [Draft Regulatory Reform (Business Tenancies) (England and Wales) Order 2003 and the Draft Regulatory Reform (Gaming Machines) Order 2003]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 1210] [Mr Peter Pike].

    7    Statutory Instruments,-Twenty-eighth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 96-xxviii]; and

    (2) Third Report from the Select Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with a Memorandum laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 126-iii]

    [Mr David Tredinnick].

    8    Treasury,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [The Financial Services Authority]; to be printed [No. 1211] [Mr John McFall].

[W.H., No. 94]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

The sitting commenced at half-past Nine o'clock.

    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Gillian Merron.)

    And the sitting having continued for two and a half hours after Two o'clock, it was adjourned without Question put, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 4.30 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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