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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 26th January 2004

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

PRAYERS.

1    Telecommunications Masts (Registration) Bill,-Keith Vaz, supported by Tony Lloyd, David Taylor, Mr Edward Garnier, Mr David Drew, Dr Vincent Cable and Dr Rudi Vis, presented a Bill to make provision about the registration of telecommunications masts: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 27th February and to be printed [Bill 44].

2    Fire and Rescue Services Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Fire and Rescue Services Bill;

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

    An Amendment was proposed to the Question, to leave out from the word 'That' to the end of the Question and add the words 'this House declines to give a Second Reading to the Fire and Rescue Services Bill because the Bill grants to the Secretary of State excessive powers of intervention; significantly reduces local control and accountability of fire and rescue services by imposing a regional structure based on Government Office Regions; and fails adequately to promote collaborative arrangements among existing authorities, which give proper effect to the principles of accountability, flexibility and operational need', instead thereof.-(Mr Philip Hammond.)

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

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Hugh Robertson, Mr Mark Francois: 164.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Fraser Kemp, Gillian Merron: 344.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Main Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 62 (Amendment on second or third reading):-It was agreed to.

    The Bill was accordingly read a second time.

3    Fire and Rescue Services Bill (Programme),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Orders [28th June 2001 and 6th November 2003 (Programming of Bills)], That the following provisions shall apply to the Fire and Rescue Services 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 Tuesday 2nd March 2004.

    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 that day.

    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 Message from the Lords) may be programmed-(Paul Clark):-It was agreed to.

4    Fire and Rescue Services Bill [Money],-Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Fire and Rescue Services 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 Fire and Rescue Services Bill it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of-

    (a) any expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State in consequence of the Act, and

    (b) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of money provided by Parliament under another enactment-(Paul Clark):-It was agreed to.

5    Protection of Groundwater against Pollution,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees), That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 12985/03, Directive on the protection of groundwater against pollution; and supports the Government's aim of negotiating a flexible, risk-based instrument, which takes account of the variability of groundwater and its uses, in accordance with the Government's policy of effective groundwater protection-(Paul Clark):-It was agreed to.

6    Catering,-Ordered, That Mr Simon Thomas be discharged from the Catering Committee and Pete Wishart be added.-(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

7    Welsh Affairs,-Ordered, That Adam Price be discharged from the Welsh Affairs Committee and Hywel Williams be added.-(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

8    Home Affairs,-Ordered, That Miss Ann Widdecombe be discharged from the Home Affairs Committee and Mr David Cameron be added.-(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

9    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from Mr Jeremy Newell, other residents of the Tewkesbury Lodge Estate, Forest Hill, London SE23 and parents of children attending Horniman Primary School, Forest Hill, against the installation of a TETRA transmitter on the Horniman radio mast was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

10    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Gillian Merron.)

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

[Adjourned at 10.51 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 delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on Friday 23rd January 2004 pursuant to Standing Order No. 159 (Presentation of statutory instruments):

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    1    Social Security,-Social Security (Child Maintenance Premium) Amendment Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 98), dated 15th January 2004 [Mr Secretary Smith].

Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 26th January 2004:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

    2    Industrial Organisation and Development,-Draft Milk Development Council (Amendment) Order 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    3    Agriculture,-Hill Farm Allowance Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 145), dated 26th January 2004 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

    4    Education,-Hadleigh Junior School (Change to School Session Times) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 108), dated 21st January 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

    5    Food,-Food (Hot Chilli and Hot Chilli Products) (Emergency Control) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 142), dated 26th January 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

    6    Social Security,-Social Security (Hospital In-Patients) Amendment Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 101), dated 19th January 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

Other Papers:

    7    European Parliament (Representation),-Recommendation by the Electoral Commission on Gibraltar and the European Parliament [by Act] [Mr Christopher Leslie].

    8    Government Resources and Accounts,-(1) Account of the Fleet Air Arm Museum for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 279] [Clerk of the House]; and

    (2) Resource Accounts of the Cabinet Office: Civil Superannuation for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 186] [Ruth Kelly].

    9    Marine and Aviation Insurance (War Risks),-Account of the Marine and Aviation Insurance (War Risks) Fund for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 280] [Clerk of the House].

    10    National Audit,-Reports by the Comptroller and Auditor General on-

    (1) Income generated by the Museums and Galleries, and

    (2) Increased resources to improve public services: a progress report on departments' preparations

    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 235 and 234] [Clerk of the House].

    11    Public Petitions,-Observations by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the Petition [2nd December] from citizens of the United Kingdom against the national listing of Chardon LL maize and any other genetically modified seeds [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

    12    Severn Bridges,-Account prepared pursuant to section 28(1)(b) of the Severn Bridges Act 1992 for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 278] [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Civil Contingencies Bill,-The Speaker has appointed Frank Cook an additional Chairman of Standing Committee F in respect of the Bill.

    2    Civil Contingencies Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),-The Speaker has appointed Patrick Mercer in place of Angela Watkinson as a member of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee F in respect of the Bill.

    3    Human Tissue Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),-The Speaker has appointed Ms Rosie Winterton in place of Dr Stephen Ladyman as a member of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee G in respect of the Bill.

    4    Draft European Parliamentary Elections (Combined Region and Campaign Expenditure) (United Kingdom and Gibraltar) Order 2004,-The Speaker has appointed Mr James Cran Chairman of the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order in place of Mr George Stevenson.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Human Rights,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on Human Rights [Human Rights and Deaths in Custody]; to be printed [No. 209-ii] [Jean Corston].

    2    Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Urban Affairs Sub-Committee of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee [The Role of Historic Buildings in Urban Regeneration]; to be printed [No. 47-i] [Chris Mole].

    3    Public Accounts,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [HM Customs and Excise: Standard Report 2002-03]; to be printed [No. 284-i] [Mr Edward Leigh].

CORRIGENDUM

    In the Votes and Proceedings for Wednesday 21st January, in Appendix III, Item 5, relating to the Northern Ireland Committee, the first printing number should have been 271-i.



 
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