House of Commons portcullis
House of Commons
Session 2003 - 04
Publications on the internet

House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 10th February 2004

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

PRAYERS.

1    Regulatory Reform,-Mr Peter Pike reported from the Regulatory Reform Committee the following Resolutions:

    That the proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Patents) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 10th November, in the last Session of Parliament, should be amened before a draft order is laid before the House.

    That the draft Regulatory Reform (Sunday Trading) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 22nd January, should be approved.

    The Committee came to this Resolution without a Division.

2    Traffic Management Bill,-Miss Anne Begg reported from Standing Committee A, That it had gone through the Traffic Management Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.

    Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 52].

    Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 347].

3    Civil Contingencies Bill,-Mr Joe Benton reported from Standing Committee F, That it had gone through the Civil Contingencies Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.

    Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 53].

    Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 346].

4    Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-David Taylor reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Milk Development Council (Amendment) Order 2004.

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

5    Sleep Apnoea Bill,-Alice Mahon, supported by Mr Tam Dalyell, Mrs Betty Williams, Mr Michael Clapham and Mrs Ann Cryer, presented a Bill to make provision about sleep apnoea and related medical conditions: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Tuesday 27th April and to be printed [Bill 50].

6    Health and Safety at Work (Offences),-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision about the prosecution and punishment of offences which are, or are treated as being, offences under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 or the Employers' Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969: And that Mr Andrew Love, Jon Cruddas, John Cryer, Lawrie Quinn, Mr Colin Breed, Ian Stewart, Mr Richard Allan, Mr Malcolm Savidge, Mr Michael Clapham and Tony Lloyd do prepare and bring it in.

7    Health and Safety at Work (Offences) Bill,-Mr Andrew Love accordingly presented a Bill to make provision about the prosecution and punishment of offences which are, or are treated as being, offences under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 or the Employers' Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 12th March and to be printed [Bill 51].

8    Opposition Day [4th allotted day],-It being an allotted day at the disposal of the leader of the second largest opposition party in pursuance of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business), the House proceeded to consider Opposition business.

    State of the Environment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House believes there should be an annual debate in Parliament on the state of the environment; notes that sustainable development and the issue of climate change is fundamental to the long-term security and stability of the world; is very concerned that climate change could, according to leading international scientists, cause the extinction of one million species by 2050, could, according to the World Health Organisation, mean an additional 150,000 people dying each year, and is, according to Sir David King, the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser, 'the most severe problem that we are facing today, more serious even than the threat of terrorism'; welcomes the Government's ratification of the Kyoto Protocol and their pledges to help meet its targets, particularly the Energy White Paper commitments to renewable energy and energy efficiency; notes however the worrying trends in key domestic environmental indicators with, since 1997, total municipal waste up by 17 per cent, road traffic up by 8 per cent, domestic energy consumption up nearly 7 per cent, high level radioactive waste up 6 per cent. and energy consumption from aviation up 21 per cent; acknowledges that investment in environmental protection and innovation benefits the whole economy and creates jobs, and calls on the Government to make better use of economic instruments to this end; and believes the Government needs genuinely to put the environment at the heart of government and to take a greater role in promoting sustainable development, and that this requires a clear lead from the Prime Minister-(Norman Baker);

    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 'applauds the leadership and commitment on the environment shown by the Government domestically and globally; welcomes the UK's climate change programme which has already put the UK on track to overshoot its Kyoto target of a 12.5 per cent. cut in 1990 levels of greenhouse gas emissions by 2012; commends the introduction in the UK of the world's first economy-wide emissions trading scheme; further welcomes the long-term improvement in air quality and steps to improve local environmental quality generally; notes that river and bathing water quality is the highest on record; congratulates the Government on achieving a household recycling rate of 15 per cent. in 2002-03 and being on track for 17 per cent. for 2003-04; further congratulates the Government for playing a key role in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), increasing protection for a number of endangered flora and fauna; recognises that there is still much to do to promote sustainability at all levels; and calls upon the Government to continue to put environmental protection, locally, nationally and globally at the heart of its policies', instead thereof.-(Mr Elliot Morley.)

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

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Sir Robert Smith, Mr Alan Reid: 183.

      Tellers for the Noes, Margaret Moran, Mr John Heppell: 306.

    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):-It was agreed to.

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

    Resolved, That this House applauds the leadership and commitment on the environment shown by the Government domestically and globally; welcomes the UK's climate change programme which has already put the UK on track to overshoot its Kyoto target of a 12.5 per cent. cut in 1990 levels of greenhouse gas emissions by 2012; commends the introduction in the UK of the world's first economy-wide emissions trading scheme; further welcomes the long-term improvement in air quality and steps to improve local environmental quality generally; notes that river and bathing water quality is the highest on record; congratulates the Government on achieving a household recycling rate of 15 per cent. in 2002-03 and being on track for 17 per cent. for 2003-04; further congratulates the Government for playing a key role in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), increasing protection for a number of endangered flora and fauna; recognises that there is still much to do to promote sustainability at all levels; and calls upon the Government to continue to put environmental protection, locally, nationally and globally at the heart of its policies.

    Local Taxation,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House believes council tax is unfair, should not have been introduced and should be replaced by a system that reflects people's ability to pay-(Mr Edward Davey);

    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 'welcomes the current work of the Balance of Funding review of how local government in England is funded; notes that the review is receiving evidence on a number of possible reform options suggested in public consultation; awaits with interest the report of the review in summer 2004; and urges local authorities to set budgets for 2004-05 which deliver value for local taxpayers', instead thereof.-(Phil Hope.)

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

    Mr Andrew Stunell rose in his place and claimed to move, That the Question be now put.

    And the Question being put, That the Question be now put:-It was agreed to.

    And the Question being accordingly put;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Alan Reid, Sir Robert Smith: 53.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Fraser Kemp, Joan Ryan: 435.

    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):-It was agreed to.

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

    Resolved, That this House welcomes the current work of the Balance of Funding review of how local government in England is funded; notes that the review is receiving evidence on a number of possible reform options suggested in public consultation; awaits with interest the report of the review in summer 2004; and urges local authorities to set budgets for 2004-05 which deliver value for local taxpayers.

9    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from members and supporters of Breathe Easy York for provision of ambulatory oxygen and pulmonary rehabilitation services by the NHS was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

10    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Margaret Moran.)

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

[Adjourned at 7.49 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    Electricity,-Draft Renewables Obligation (Amendment) Order 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    2    Northern Ireland,-Draft Rates (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    3    Education,-(1) Education (National Curriculum) (Attainment Targets and Programmes of Study in Design and Technology in respect of the First, Second, and Third Key Stages) (England) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 261),

    (2) Education (National Curriculum) (Attainment Targets and Programmes of Study in Modern Foreign Languages in respect of the Third Key Stage) (England) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 256),

    (3) Education (National Curriculum) (Exceptions at Key Stage 4) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 264), and

    (4) Education (National Curriculum) (Modern Foreign Languages) (England) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 260),

    dated 4th February 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

Other Papers:

    4    Census,-Paper, entitled Census 2001: Report on the Welsh Language [by Act] [Ruth Kelly].

    5    Merchant Shipping,-Report by the Department for Transport of exemptions granted under section 294 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 during 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

    6    Public Accounts,-Treasury Minute on the Forty-seventh to the Forty-ninth Reports from the Committee of Public Accounts, Session 2002-03 [by Command] [Cm. 6110] [Ruth Kelly].

    7    Transport,-Government Response to the Seventh Report from the Transport Committee, Session 2002-03, on Overcrowding on Public Transport [by Command] [Cm. 6072] [Mr Secretary Darling].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Carers (Equal Opportunities) Bill,-The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee C.

    2    Highways (Obstruction by Body Corporate) Bill -The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee C.,

    3    Draft Milk Development Council (Amendment) Order 2004, - The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Neil Gerrard from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Phil Sawford.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Constitutional Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Constitutional Affairs Committee [Asylum and Immigration Appeals]; to be printed [No. 211-iv] [Mr A. J. Beith].

    2    Culture, Media and Sport,-Second Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [DCMS Annual Report and Work of the Department], together with an Appendix 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. 74] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].

    3    Home Affairs,-(1) Third Report from the Home Affairs Committee [The Work of the Home Affairs in 2003]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 345]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Identity Cards]; to be printed [No. 130-iii]

    [Mr John Denham].

    4    International Development,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [Migration and Development]; to be printed [No. 79-v] [Tony Baldry].

    5    Northern Ireland Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [The Parades Commission and Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998]; to be printed [No. 224-ii] [Mr Michael Mates].

    6    Regulatory Reform,-(1) Second Report from the Regulatory Reform Committee [Proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Patents) Order 2004], together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 337]; and

    (2) Third Report from the Committee [Draft Regulatory Reform (Sunday Trading) Order 2004]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 338]

    [Mr Peter Pike].

    7    Scottish Affairs,-Second Report from the Scottish Affairs Committee [Work of the Committee in 2003]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 344] [Mrs Irene Adams].

    8    Standards and Privileges,-Third Report from the Committee on Standards and Privileges [Conduct of Mr John Spellar], with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 339] [Sir George Young].

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

    10    Trade and Industry,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Progress towards the knowledge driven economy]; to be printed [No. 262-iii] [Mr Martin O'Neill].

[W.H., No. 21]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

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

    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Mr Nick Ainger.)

    And the sitting having continued for two and a half hours after Two o'clock, it was adjourned without Question put, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 4.44 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
House of Commons home page Houses of Parliament home page House 

of Lords home page search page enquiries

© Parliamentary copyright 2004
Revised 11 February 2004