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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 12th November 2003

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

PRAYERS.

1    Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Joe Benton reported from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Patients' Forums (Membership and Procedure) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2123) and the Patients' Forums (Functions) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2124).

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

2    European Standing Committee C,-Mr David Amess reported from European Standing Committee C the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 10122/03, amended draft Directive on setting standards of quality and safety for the donation, procurement, testing, processing, storage and distribution of human tissues and cells; notes the additional set-up costs and annual running costs arising in the United Kingdom are now expected to be greater than originally anticipated, and in particular may require investment by fertility clinics to upgrade their facilities and practices, but recognises that these costs will be offset by significant benefits to patients, and therefore supports the Government's position that the proposed Directive, as presently drafted, is broadly acceptable.

    Report, together with Resolution, to lie upon the Table.

3    Constitution for Europe (Referendum),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for holding a binding referendum on any Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe before any Bill relating to the Treaty is presented to Parliament-(Mr John Maples);

    And the Motion being opposed, after a brief explanatory statement from the Member who made the Motion and from a Member who opposed it, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Standing Order No. 23 (Motions for leave to bring in bills and nomination of select committees at commencement of public business).

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Eric Forth, Mr Andrew Mackay: 145.

      Tellers for the Noes, Bridget Prentice, Charlotte Atkins: 233.

    So the Question was negatived.

4    Fire Services Bill (Programme) (No. 3),-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 Fire Services Bill for the purpose of supplementing the Orders of 8th May 2003 and 3rd June 2003:

    Consideration of Lords Amendments

    1. Proceedings on Consideration of Lords Amendments shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement at this day's sitting.

    Subsequent stages

    2. Any further Message from the Lords may be considered forthwith without any Question put.

    3. Proceedings on any further Message from the Lords shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement-(Mr Nick Raynsford):-It was agreed to.

5    Fire Services Bill,-The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Lords Amendments to the Fire Services Bill.

    Lords Amendment No. 1 agreed to.

    Lords Amendment No. 2.

    An Amendment ((a)) was proposed to the Lords Amendment, in line 6, at the end to add the words 'or enables an action in tort on the ground only that it contravenes a statutory duty imposed by an order made under this Act, which would affect the possibility of mediation, conciliation or arbitration.'.-(John McDonnell.)

    And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made to the Lords Amendment;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Jeremy Corbyn, Mr Kelvin Hopkins: 85.

      Tellers for the Noes, Charlotte Atkins, Bridget Prentice: 412.

    It being more than one hour after the commencement of proceedings on the Bill, the Deputy Speaker put forthwith the remaining Question necessary to dispose of proceedings, pursuant to Order [this day].

    The Lords Amendment was agreed to.

6    Taxes,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That the Stamp Duty and Stamp Duty Land Tax (Variation of the Finance Act 2003) (No. 2) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2816), dated 5th November 2003, a copy of which was laid before this House on 5th November, be approved-(Ruth Kelly);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Derek Twigg, Jim Fitzpatrick: 313.

      Tellers for the Noes, Gregory Barker, Mr Peter Atkinson: 189.

    So the Question was agreed to.

7    Taxes,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That the draft Stamp Duty Land Tax (Amendment of Schedule 5 to the Finance Act 2003) Regulations 2003, which were laid before this House on 30th October, be approved-(Ruth Kelly);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Derek Twigg, Paul Clark: 317.

      Tellers for the Noes, Gregory Barker, Mr Peter Atkinson: 186.

    So the Question was agreed to.

8    Education,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Education (Amendment of the Curriculum Requirements for Fourth Key Stage) (England) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 30th October, be approved-(Mr Nick Ainger):-It was agreed to.

9    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Mr Nick Ainger);

    The Deputy Speaker suspended the sitting until a Message was received from the Lords, pursuant to Order [10th November].

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

    The Lords have agreed to the Transas Group Bill, with Amendments; to which they desire the concurrence of this House.

    The Lords agree to one of the Amendments made by this House to the Courts Bill, with Amendments and with a consequential Amendment to the Bill, to which they desire the concurrence of this House; and they agree without amendment to the remaining Commons Amendments.

    The Lords agree to the Extradition Bill, with Amendments; to which they desire the concurrence of this House.

11    Courts Bill,-Lords Amendments to a Commons Amendment, and a Lords consequential Amendment to the Courts Bill to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 177].

12    Extradition Bill,-Lords Amendments to the Extradition Bill to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 178].

13    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Vernon Coaker.)

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

[Adjourned at 7.00 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 Negative Resolution:

    1    Immigration,-Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1224] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

Other Papers:

    2    European Parliament (Representation),-Recommendation by the Electoral Commission on the Distribution between electoral regions of United Kingdom Members of the European Parliament [by Act] [Mr Christopher Leslie].

    3    Human Fertilisation and Embryology,-Report and Accounts of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

    4    Public Accounts,-Treasury Minute on the Thirty-third, Thirty-seventh and Forty-first Reports from the Committee of Public Accounts, Session 2002-03 [by Command] [Cm. 6016] [Ruth Kelly].

    5    Treaty Series (No. 46, 2003),-Convention, done at the Hague on 29th May 1993, on Protection of Children and Co-operation in respect of Intercountry Adoption [by Command] [Cm. 6010] [Mr Secretary Straw].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Draft Retention of Communications Data (Code of Practice) Order 2003 and the draft Retention of Communications Data (Extension of Initial Period) Order 2003:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Edward O'Hara Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Richard Allan, Ms Hazel Blears, Annette Brooke, Mr Hilton Dawson, Mr Dominic Grieve, Mr John Heppell, Mr Piara S. Khabra, Mr David Kidney, Andy King, Mr Andrew Mitchell, Mr James Plaskitt, Mr John Randall, Mr Richard Shepherd, Ms Dari Taylor, Paddy Tipping and Brian White.

    2    Draft Department for Transport (Driver Licensing and Vehicle Registration Fees) Order 2003,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr David Borrow and Gillian Merron from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Order); and nominated in substitution Ann Coffey and Derek Twigg.

    3    Patients' Forums (Membership and Procedure) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2123) and the Patients' Forums (Functions) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2124),-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr David Clelland from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Regulations); and nominated in substitution David Wright.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Defence,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence Committee [Lessons of Iraq]; to be printed [No. 695-xii] [Bruce George].

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

    3    Environmental Audit,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee [GM Food-Evaluating the Farm Scale Trials]; to be printed [No. 1239-iii] [Mr Peter Ainsworth].

    4    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,-(1) Eighteenth Report from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [Conduct of the GM Public Debate], 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. 1220];

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Marine Environment]; to be printed [No. 1285-i]; and

    (3) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Conduct of the GM Public Debate]

    [Mr Michael Jack].

    5    European Scrutiny,-Thirty-seventh Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 63-xxxvii] [Mr Jimmy Hood].

    6    Public Accounts,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [PFI: The New Headquarters for the Home Office]; to be printed [No. 1286-i] [Mr Edward Leigh].

    7    Select Committees (Choice of Chairman),-Mr Michael Jack reported from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, That he had been chosen as Chairman of the Committee in the place of Mr David Curry.

    8    Transport,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Committee [National Rail Enquiries]; to be printed [No. 1262-i] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

    9    Treasury,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee of the Treasury Committee [Child Trust Funds]; to be printed [No. 1284-i] [Mr John McFall].

    10    Welsh Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee [The Provision of Railways Services in Wales]; to be printed [No. 1029-iv] [Mr Martyn Jones].


[W.H., No. 104]

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.-(Mr Jim Murphy.)

      And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 4.48 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst   
Deputy Speaker      



 
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