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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 22nd October 2003

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

PRAYERS.

1    Hereford Markets Bill [Lords],-The Hereford Markets Bill [Lords] was read the third time, and passed, without Amendment.

2    Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mrs Marion Roe reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Working Time (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1684).

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

3    Northern Ireland Grand Committee,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 116 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (sittings)), That the Order of the House [8th September] referring the matter of the future direction of community relations policy in Northern Ireland to the Northern Ireland Grand Committee for consideration on Thursday 23rd October be discharged-(Charlotte Atkins):-It was agreed to.

4    Motorcycles (Bus Lanes),-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to allow motorcycles to use bus lanes: And that Mr Bill Wiggin, Mr Don Foster, Angela Watkinson, Mr Mark Todd, Mr Stephen Pound, Peter Bottomley, Dr Brian Iddon, Mr Robert Key, Mr Adrian Flook, Mr Bill Tynan, Mrs Jackie Lawrence and Mr Roger Gale do prepare and bring it in.

5    Motorcycles (Bus Lanes) Bill,-Mr Bill Wiggin accordingly presented a Bill to allow motorcycles to use bus lanes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 21st November and to be printed [Bill 166].

6    Opposition Day [19th allotted day],-It being an allotted day at the disposal of the Leader of the Opposition in pursuance of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business), the House proceeded to consider Opposition business.

    Judicial Inquiry on Iraq,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House is concerned at growing public confusion since the summer adjournment as a result of increasingly conflicting accounts of intelligence relating to and events leading up to the recent Iraq war and what has happened since; and calls for the setting up of a comprehensive independent judicial inquiry into the Government's handling of the run-up to the war, of the war itself, and of its aftermath, and into the legal advice which it received-(Mr Michael Ancram);

    An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word 'House' to the end of the Question and add the words 'notes that the Intelligence and Security Committee, established by Parliament by statute, and the appropriate body to consider the intelligence relating to Iraq, and the Foreign Affairs Committee have both carried out inquiries into matters relating to the decision to go to war in Iraq; further notes that substantial oral and written evidence, by and on behalf of the Government, was provided to both inquiries; believes that there is no case for a further inquiry, including a judicial inquiry; and further believes that, following the passage of UN Security Council Resolution 1511 on 17th October 2003, attention should now be focused on building a better future for Iraq and its people, and on offering full support to the coalition, including British military and civilian personnel, and the United Nations in this endeavour', instead thereof.-(Mr Secretary Straw.)

    And the Question being proposed, That the original words stand part of the Question;

7    Deferred Divisions,-The Deputy Speaker announced the results of the Division which had been deferred to this day, pursuant to the Orders of the House [28th June 2001 and 29th October 2002]:

    Recovery Plan for Cod and the Recovery of the Northern Hake Stock,-That this House takes note of European Union Documents No. 9081/03, draft Council Regulation establishing measures for the recovery of cod stocks, and No. 10980/03, draft Council Regulation establishing measures for the recovery of the Northern hake stock; welcomes the Government's support of the adoption of recovery plans for cod and hake in which effort control and other measures can play a part, and also supports the Government's intention to ensure a close dialogue with the fishing industry in developing these plans.

      Ayes: 251.

      Noes: 168.

    So the Question was agreed to.

8    Opposition day [19th allotted day],-Judicial Inquiry on Iraq,-The Question being again proposed, That the original words stand part of the Question;

    And the Question being put;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Angela Watkinson, Mr Mark Field: 190.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Fraser Kemp, Joan Ryan: 303.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Question, That the proposed words be there added, being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Fraser Kemp, Joan Ryan: 293.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Mark Field, Angela Watkinson: 181.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    The Deputy Speaker forthwith declared the Main Question, as amended, to be agreed to.

    Resolved, That this House notes that the Intelligence and Security Committee, established by Parliament by statute, and the appropriate body to consider the intelligence relating to Iraq, and the Foreign Affairs Committee have both carried out inquiries into matters relating to the decision to go to war in Iraq; further notes that substantial oral and written evidence, by and on behalf of the Government, was provided to both inquiries; believes that there is no case for a further inquiry, including a judicial inquiry; and further believes that, following the passage of UN Security Council Resolution 1511 on 17th October 2003, attention should now be focused on building a better future for Iraq and its people, and on offering full support to the coalition, including British military and civilian personnel, and the United Nations in this endeavour.

9    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr John Spellar.)

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till five minutes to Eight o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 7.55 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:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

    1    Northern Ireland,-(1) Draft Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections) (Amendment) Order 2003,

    (2) Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections and Periods of Suspension) Act 2003 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2696), dated 21st October 2003, and

    (3) Northern Ireland (Date of Next Assembly Poll) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2697), dated 21st October 2003,

    [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

Other Papers:

    2    Government Resources and Accounts,-Resource Accounts of the:-

    (1) Armed Forces Pension Scheme, and

    (2) Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    for 2002-03, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 1152 and 1129] [Ruth Kelly].

    3    Health,-Government Response to the Seventh Report from the Health Committee, Session 2002-03, on Patient and Public Involvement in the NHS [by Command] [Cm. 6005] [Mr Secretary Reid].

    4    Statutory Instruments (Notification),-Communication declaring that the undermentioned Statutory Instruments had come into operation before copies were laid before Parliament, and explaining why such copies had not been so laid before the Instruments came into operation:

    (1) Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections and Periods of Suspension) Act 2003 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2696); and

    (2) Northern Ireland (Date of Next Assembly Poll) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2697)

    [by Standing Order] [Clerk of the House].

    5    Treaty Series (No. 41, 2003),-Second Supplementary List of Ratifications, Accessions, Withdrawals, Etc., for 2003 [by Command] [Cm. 5998] [Mr Secretary Straw].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee B; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated twenty-one Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Crispin Blunt, Annette Brooke, Mr Alan Campbell, Geraint Davies, Mr David Drew, Mr Tom Harris, Mr Nick Hawkins, Mr David Heath, Mr Lindsay Hoyle, Mr Kevan Jones, Mr Mark Lazarowicz, Mr Christopher Leslie, Mr Andrew Mitchell, Bridget Prentice, Joyce Quin, John Robertson, Ms Dari Taylor, Sir Teddy Taylor, Mr Neil Turner, Mr David Wilshire and Pete Wishart.

    2    Arms Control and Disarmament (Inspections) Bill [Lords]:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee E; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated twenty-one Members to serve on the Committee: Gregory Barker, John Barrett, Mr Parmjit Dhanda, Mr Andrew Dismore, Mr Brian H. Donohoe, Paul Farrelly, Mr Fabian Hamilton, Mr Dai Havard, Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger, Ann McKechin, Mr Denis MacShane, Mr Michael Moore, Mr Jim Murphy, Linda Perham, Mr James Plaskitt, Angus Robertson, Hugh Robertson, Mr Mark Simmonds, Mr Richard Spring, Dr Phyllis Starkey and Dr Gavin Strang.

    3    Draft Dental Auxiliaries (Amendment) Regulations 2003:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr John Ber cow, Mr Simon Burns, Mrs Ann Cryer, Mr Wayne David, Mr Mark Francois, Jim Knight, Mr John Lyons, Mr Paul Marsden, Mr Jim Marshall, Mr Austin Mitchell, Mr Andrew Rosindell, Joan Ryan, Mr Malcolm Savidge, Mark Tami, Dr Jenny Tonge and Ms Rosie Winterton.

    4    Draft Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2003:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: John Barrett, Mr David Borrow, Mr Christopher Chope, Mr Michael Clapham, Clive Efford, Mr Mark Field, Mr David Jamieson, Mr Terry Lewis, Mr John MacDougall, Gillian Merron, Mr Andrew Mitchell, Mr Brian Sedgemore, Rachel Squire, John Thurso, Mr David Tredinnick and Mr Shaun Woodward.

    5    Local Government Finance Special Grant Report (No. 128) on Dealing with Disadvantage Grant:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Report to the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Nick Ainger, Mr David Borrow, Mr Christopher Chope, Mr Terry Davis, Jim Dobbin, Mr Mark Field, Mr John Horam, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mr David Jamieson, Tony Lloyd, Chris Mole, Mr David Ruffley, Geraldine Smith, Sir Robert Smith, John Thurso and Mr Bill Tynan.

European Standing Committees

    6    European Union Document No. 5268/03, relating to Emissions of volatile organic compounds from solvents used in paints, has been referred to European Standing Committee A.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Defence,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence Committee [Lessons of Iraq]; to be printed [No. 695-x] [Mr David Crausby].

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

    3    Education and Skills,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Skills Committee [Secondary Education: School Admissions]; to be printed [No. 1075-iii] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

    4    Environmental Audit,-Sixth Special Report from the Environmental Audit Committee [Government Response to the Tenth Report from the Committee, Session 2002-03, on Learning the Sustainability Lesson]; to be printed [No. 1221] [Mr Peter Ainsworth].

    5    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,- (1) Fourteenth Special Report from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [Government's Reply to the Thirteenth Report from the Committee, Session 2002-03, on Poultry Farming in the United Kingdom]; to be printed [No. 1219]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The conduct of the GM public debate]; to be printed [No. 1220]

    [Mr David Curry].

    6    European Scrutiny,-Thirty-fourth Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 63-xxxiv] [Mr Michael Connarty].

    7    Northern Ireland Affairs,-(1) Eighth Report from the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [The Illegal Drugs Trade and Drug Culture in Northern Ireland]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 1217-I]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Separation of Paramilitary Prisoners in HMP Maghaberry]; to be printed [No. 1218-i]

    [Mr Michael Mates].

    8    Public Accounts,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Warm Front: Helping to Combat Fuel Poverty]; to be printed [No. 1216-i] [Mr Edward Leigh].

    9    Transport,-(1) Second Special Report from the Transport Committee [Government Response to the Fourth Report from the Committee, on Railways in the North of England]; to be printed [No. 1212]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Future of the Railways]; to be printed [No. 875-iv]

    [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

    10    Treasury,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee of the Treasury Committee [Civil Registration]; to be printed [No. 1214-i] [Mr John McFall].

    11    Welsh Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee [Railways in Wales]; to be printed [No. 1029-iii] [Mr Martyn Jones].

    12    Work and Pensions,-(1) First Special Report from the Work and Pensions Committee [Government's Response to the Fifth Report from the Committee, on Childcare for Working Parents]; to be printed [No. 1184]; and

    (2) Sixth Report from the Committee [European Social Fund], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 680]

    [Sir Archy Kirkwood].


[W.H., No. 95]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

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

    Adjournment,-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Paul Clark.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 4.30 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker



 
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