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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 30th October 2003

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

PRAYERS.

1    First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Peter Atkinson reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Dental Auxiliaries (Amendment) Regulations 2003.

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

2    Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Jimmy Hood reported from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Care Standards Act 2000 (Domiciliary Care Agencies and Nurses Agencies) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2323).

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

3    Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr James Cran reported from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Local Government Finance Special Grant Report (No. 128) on Dealing with Disadvantage Grant.

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

4    Royal Assent,-The Speaker notified the House, in accordance with the Royal Assent Act 1967, That Her Majesty had signified her Royal Assent to the following Acts, agreed upon by both Houses:

    Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences) Act 2003

    Legal Deposits Libraries Act 2003

    Household Waste Recycling Act 2003

    Sustainable Energy Act 2003

    Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003

    Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003

    London Local Authorities and Transport for London Act 2003

    Hereford Markets Act 2003.

5    Pay for Chairmen of Select Committees,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That this House-

    1. takes note of the Report of the Review Body on Senior Salaries on Pay for Select Committee Chairmen in the House of Commons presented to Parliament on 17th July (Cm. 5673);

    2. approves the Sixth Report of the Committee on Standards and Privileges on Pay for Select Committee Chairmen (House of Commons Paper No. 1150); and endorses the principles set out in paragraph 16 of that report; and

    3. expresses the opinion that-

      (a) with effect from the beginning of the next Session of Parliament, the salary of a Member should be £12,500 per annum higher than the figure determined in accordance with the provisions of the Resolution of the House of 10th July 1996 in respect of any period during which he is the Chairman of a select committee appointed under Standing Order No. 152 (Select Committees related to government departments), the Environmental Audit Committee, the European Scrutiny Committee, the Committee of Public Accounts, the Select Committee on Public Administration, the Regulatory Reform Committee, the Joint Committee on Human Rights or the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, other than to the extent that the provisions of sub-paragraph (c) apply;

      (b) a period begins for the purpose of sub-paragraph (a)-

    (i) with the day on which the Member becomes Chairman of such a committee, or

    (ii) with the beginning of the next Session of Parliament, in the case of a Member who became Chairman before that time;

    and ends on the day on which the Member ceases to be Chairman (or, if he is Chairman of more than one such committee, he ceases to be Chairman of the last of those committees);

      (c) there shall be disregarded for the purpose of sub-paragraph (a)-

    (i) any period which is of less than 24 hours duration; and

    (ii) any period, or part thereof, in respect of which the Member is also entitled to an additional salary by virtue of any provision of the Ministerial and other Salaries Act 1975;

      (d) reference to any Committee in sub-paragraph (a) shall-

    (i) if the name of the Committee is changed, be taken (subject to paragraph (ii)) to be a reference to the Committee by its new name; and

    (ii) if the functions of the Committee become functions of a different Committee, be taken to be a reference to the Committee by whom the functions are for the time being exercisable;

      (e) the provisions of paragraph (2) of the Resolution of the House of 10th July 1996 relating to Members' Salaries (No. 2) shall apply, with effect from 1st April 2004, to a salary determined in accordance with the provisions of sub-paragraph (a) as they apply in relation to a salary determined in accordance with the provisions of that Resolution; and

      (f) the Speaker shall have authority to interpret these provisions and to determine rules from time to time for their implementation-(Peter Hain);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Gillian Merron, Paul Clark: 86.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Pete Wishart: 59.

    So the Question was agreed to.

6    Pay for Chairmen of Select Committees (No. 2),-Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Pay for Chairmen of Select Committees (No. 2);

    A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That the following provision shall be made with respect to the salaries of Members of this House-

    (1) With effect from the beginning of the next Session of Parliament, the salary of a Member shall be £12,500 per annum higher than the figure determined in accordance with the provisions of the Resolution of the House of 10th July 1996 in respect of any period during which he is the Chairman of a select committee appointed under Standing Order No. 152 (Select Committees related to government departments), the Environmental Audit Committee, the European Scrutiny Committee, the Committee of Public Accounts, the Select Committee on Public Administration, the Regulatory Reform Committee, the Joint Committee on Human Rights or the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, other than to the extent that the provisions of paragraph (3) apply.

    (2) A period begins for the purpose of paragraph (1)-

      (i) with the day on which the Member becomes Chairman of such a committee, or

      (ii) with the beginning of the next Session of Parliament, in the case of a Member who became Chairman before that time;

    and ends on the day on which the Member ceases to be Chairman (or, if he is Chairman of more than one such committee, he ceases to be Chairman of the last of those committees).

    (3) There shall be disregarded for the purpose of paragraph (1)-

      (i) any period which is of less than 24 hours duration; and

      (ii) any period, or part thereof, in respect of which the Member is also entitled to an additional salary by virtue of any provision of the Ministerial and other Salaries Act 1975.

    (4) Reference to any Committee in paragraph (1) shall-

      (i) if the name of the Committee is changed, be taken (subject to sub-paragraph (ii)) to be a reference to the Committee by its new name; and

      (ii) if the functions of the Committee become functions of a different Committee, be taken to be a reference to the Committee by whom the functions are for the time being exercisable.

    (5) The provisions of paragraph (2) of the Resolution of the House of 10th July 1996 relating to Members' Salaries (No. 2) shall apply, with effect from 1st April 2004, to a salary determined in accordance with the provisions of paragraph (1) as they apply in relation to a salary determined in accordance with the provisions of that Resolution.

    (6) The Speaker shall have authority to interpret these provisions and to determine rules from time to time for their implementation-(Mr Phil Woolas);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Gillian Merron, Mr Vernon Coaker: 81.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Pete Wishart: 53.

    So the Question was agreed to.

7    Notices of Questions,-Ordered, That, in respect of Questions to the Advocate General and the Secretary of State for Scotland for oral answer on Tuesday 2nd December and to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for oral answer on Wednesday 3rd December in the next Session of Parliament, paragraph (5)(a) of Standing Order No. 22 (Notices of Questions, Motions and Amendments) shall apply with the substitution of 'two days' for 'four days'.-(Mr Nick Ainger.)

8    Business of the House,-Ordered, That, at the sitting on Tuesday 4th November, the Motion for the adjournment of the House in the name of the Prime Minister on the subject of quality of life in local communities shall lapse, if not previously disposed of, three hours after the commencement of proceedings on it, and the Motion for the adjournment of the House in the name of the Prime Minister relating to Africa may be proceeded with, though opposed, until Seven o'clock or for three hours after the commencement of proceedings on it, whichever is the later, and shall then lapse.-(Mr Nick Ainger.)

9    Business of the House,-Ordered, That, at the sitting on Wednesday 5th November, notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (2)(c)(i) of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business), proceedings on the Motion in the name of the Leader of the Opposition may continue, though opposed, for three hours, and shall then be interrupted.-(Mr Nick Ainger.)

10    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Nick Ainger.)

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-nine minutes to Six o'clock, adjourned till Monday 3rd November.

[Adjourned at 5.31 p.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock on Monday next.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

    1    Education,-Draft Education (Amendment of the Curriculum Requirements for Fourth Key Stage) (England) Order 2003 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

    2    International Development,-Draft International Fund for Agricultural Development (Sixth Replenishment) Order 2003 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Hilary Benn].

    3    Taxes,-(1) Draft Stamp Duty Land Tax (Amendment of Schedule 5 to the Finance Act 2003) Regulations 2003, and

    (2) Stamp Duty and Stamp Duty Land Tax (Variation of the Finance Act 2003) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2760), dated 30th October 2003

    [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Ruth Kelly].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    4    Channel Tunnel,-Channel Tunnel (Alcoholic Liquor and Tobacco Products) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2758), dated 29th October 2003 [by Act] [John Healey].

    5    Income Tax,-Income Tax (Pay As You Earn) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2682), dated 21st October 2003 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

    6    Land Registration,-Land Registration Fee Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2092), dated 11th August 2003 [by Act] [Mr David Lammy].

    7    Police,-Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000 (Designated Places of Detention No. 2) Order 2003 (S.R. (N.I.), 2003, No. 460), dated 29th October 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

Other Papers:

    8    Betting, Gaming and Lotteries,-Department for Culture, Media and Sport Statistical Bulletin: Betting Licensing, Great Britain, for June 2002 to May 2003 [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

    9    Coroners,-Lincolnshire (Coroners' Districts) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2753), dated 27th October 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    10    Education,-Report on Powers to Facilitate Innovation for the academic year ending 31st July 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

    11    Government Resources and Accounts,-Report and Accounts of the-

    (1) Defence Intelligence and Security Centre for 2002-03 with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1167] [Mr Secretary Hoon], and

    (2) Ministry of Defence for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1125] [Ruth Kelly].

    12    Health and Safety at Work,-Report of the Health and Safety Commission for 2002-03, and Accounts of the Health and Safety Commission and Executive for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1154] [Clerk of the House].

    13    National Lottery,-Report and Accounts of the -

    (1) Community Fund, and

    (2) New Opportunities Fund

    for 2002-03, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 1122 and 1124] [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Draft Dental Auxiliaries (Amendment) Regulations 2003,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mrs Ann Cryer from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mr Andrew Miller.

    2    Draft Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections) (Amendment) Order 2003; the Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections and Periods of Suspension) Act 2003 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2696); and the Northern Ireland Assembly (Date of Next Assembly Pool) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2697),-The Speaker has appointed David Taylor Chairman of the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Orders.

    3    Draft Postal Services Act 2000 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2003,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Win Griffiths Chairman of the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

    4    Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Communications Data) Order 2003, the draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Directed Surveillance and Covert Human Intelligence Sources) Order 2003 and the draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Intrusive Surveillance) Order 2003,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Nigel Beard Chairman of the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Orders.

    5    Fishing Vessels (Decommissioning) Scheme 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2669),-The Speaker has appointed Mr Edward O'Hara Chairman of the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Scheme.

    6    Strategic Health Authorities Consultation on Changes Regulations 2003,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Roger Gale Chairman of the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Regulations.

    7    Local Government Finance Special Grant Report (No. 128) on Dealing with Disadvantage Grant,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Terry Davis and Geraldine Smith from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Report); and nominated in substitution Dr Brian Iddon and Bridget Prentice.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    Health,-(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [Obesity]; to be printed [No. 755-v]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Public Expenditure 2003]; to be printed [No. 1109-ii]

    [Mr David Hinchcliffe].


[W.H., No. 99]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

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

    Adjournment (Trade and Development at the WTO: Issues for Cancún-Seventh Report from the International Development Committee, Session 2002-03, and the Government's response thereto),-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West).)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 4th November.

[Adjourned at 5.56 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker


CORRIGENDUM

    In the Votes and Proceedings for Tuesday 28th October, in Appendix III, item 6 (First Special Report from the Regulatory Reform Committee) should have had House of Commons printing number 908.



 
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