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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 27th January 2004

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

PRAYERS.

1    Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill,-Mrs Marion Roe reported from Standing Committee B, That it had gone through the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.

    Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 42].

    Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 288].

2    Horserace Betting and Olympic Lottery Bill,-Mr Eric Illsley reported from Standing Committee D, That it had gone through the Horserace Betting and Olympic Lottery Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.

    Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 43].

    Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 286].

3    First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Eric Forth reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) (England and Wales) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 3242)

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

4    Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr James Cran reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Betting and Gaming (Northern Ireland) Order 2004.

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

5    Power Supply (Compensation for Erroneous Transfer),-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require electricity and gas suppliers to compensate customers whose supplier is erroneously transferred; and for connected purposes: And that Mr David Cairns, Kevin Brennan, Mrs Irene Adams, Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons, Mr Mark Lazarowicz, Laura Moffatt, Mr Russell Brown, Siobhain McDonagh, Kali Mountford, Rob Marris and Sandra Osborne do prepare and bring it in.

6    Power Supply (Compensation for Erroneous Transfer) Bill,-Mr David Cairns accordingly presented a Bill to require electricity and gas suppliers to compensate customers whose supplier is erroneously transferred; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 18th June and to be printed [Bill 45].

7    Higher Education Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Higher Education 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, Jim Fitzpatrick, Joan Ryan: 316.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Wilshire, Mr Peter Luff: 311.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    The Bill was accordingly read a second time.

8    Higher Education 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 Higher Education 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 26th February 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.

    Programming of proceedings

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

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Jim Fitzpatrick, Joan Ryan: 361.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Atkinson, Gregory Barker: 231.

    So the Question was agreed to.

9    Higher Education Bill [Money],-Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Higher Education Bill [Money];

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

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

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

      (b) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums which by virtue of any other Act are payable out of money provided by Parliament;

    (2) the payment of sums into the Consolidated Fund-(Gillian Merron):-It was agreed to.

10    Sittings in Westminster Hall,-Ordered, That, on Wednesday 28th January, the sitting in Westminster Hall shall be suspended from half-past Eleven o'clock until Four o'clock, and may then continue for a further two and a half hours (exclusive of any period of suspension owing to a division being called in the House or a Committee of the whole House).-(Gillian Merron.)

11    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Gillian Merron);

    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 eleven minutes past Eight, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 8.11 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    Medicines,-Animals and Animal Products (Examinations for Residues and Maximum Residue Limits) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 147), dated 26th January 2004 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

Other Papers:

    2    Government Resources and Accounts,-(1) Report and Accounts of the Highways Agency for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 246] [Mr Secretary Darling]; and

    (2) Resource Accounts of the Office of the Rail Regulator for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 198] [Ruth Kelly].

    3    Home Office,-Paper, entitled Administrative Arrangement relating to the Government of the United Kingdom making Human Detection Equipment available in the French Seaports of the North Sea and the Channel between the Home Secretary of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Minister of the Interior, Domestic Security and Local Liberty of the French Republic, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    4    Immigration and Asylum,-(1) Draft Code of Practice for Preventing the Carriage of Clandestine Entrants: Vehicles, and

    (2) draft Code of Practice on the Level of Penalty under section 32A of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

[by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    5    Parliamentary Commissioner,-(1) Report to the Accounts of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman for 2001-02, and

    (2) Report to the Accounts of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman for 2002-03

    with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 258 and 259] [Clerk of the House].

    6    School Standards and Framework,-Accounts of the Salford & Trafford Education Action Zone for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 282] [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Civil Contingencies Bill,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr James Clappison and Angela Watkinson from Standing Committee F (in respect of the Bill); and nominated in substitution Mr Nigel Evans and Mr John Horam.

    2    Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) (England and Wales) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 3242),-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr John Smith and Dr Gavin Strang from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Regulations) and nominated in substitution Mr Wayne David and Huw Irranca-Davies.

    3    Draft Betting and Gaming (Northern Ireland) Order 2004,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Helen Jones from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Huw Irranca-Davies.

    4    Draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 2004, and the draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 2004,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Martin Caton, Ross Cranston, Mr Ian Davidson, Mr Mark Francois, Mr Nick Gibb, Kate Hoey, Mr Bob Laxton, Mr Ivan Lewis, Mr Iain Luke, Mr Jim Marshall, Mr Michael Meacher, Dr John Pugh, Mr Mark Simmonds, Derek Twigg, Mr Robert Walter and Mr Phil Willis from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Orders).

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Culture, Media and Sport,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [National Lottery Reform]; to be printed [No. 196-iii] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].

    2    Draft Gambling Bill,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on the Draft Gambling Bill; to be printed [No. 139-ix and -x] [Mr John Greenway].

    3    Foreign Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [South Africa]; to be printed [No. 117-ii] [Mr Donald Anderson].

    4    Home Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [The Work of the Criminal Cases Review Commission]; to be printed [No. 289-i] [Mr John Denham].

    5    Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee [Social Cohesion]; to be printed [No. 45-i] [Andrew Bennett].

    6    Standards and Privileges,-Second Report from the Committee on Standards and Privileges [Conduct of Ms Diane Abbott], with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 285] [Sir George Young].

    7    Statutory Instruments,-Sixth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 82-vi] [Mr David Tredinnick].

    8    Treasury,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [Restoring confidence in long-term savings]; to be printed [No. 71-iii] [Mr John McFall].


[W.H., No. 15]

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 Nick Ainger.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 4.29 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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