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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 26th April 2004

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

PRAYERS.

1    First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Derek Conway reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Competition Act 1998 and Other Enactments (Amendment) Regulations 2004, the draft Competition Act 1998 (Determination of Turnover for Penalties) (Amendment) Order 2004 and the draft Competition Act 1998 (Land Agreements Exclusion and Revocation) Order 2004.

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

2    Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Eric Illsley reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Non-Domestic Rating (Chargeable Amounts) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2004.

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

3    Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-David Taylor reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Accession (Immigration and Worker Registration) Regulations 2004.

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

4    European Standing Committee C,-Mr Eric Forth reported from European Standing Committee C the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 5916/04, draft Council Decision authorising the placing on the market of sweet corn from genetically modified maize line Bt11; and supports the Government's view that the sweet corn meets the necessary requirements for authorisation under Regulation (EC) No. 258/97.

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

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

    The Lords insist on certain of their Amendments to the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill, to which the this House has disagreed, for which insistence they assign their Reasons; they do not insist on another Amendment to which this House has disagreed but propose an Amendment in lieu thereof, to which they desire the agreement of this House; they do not insist on certain other Amendments to which this House has disagreed and agree to the Amendments proposed by this House in lieu thereof; and they do not insist on their remaining Amendments to which this House has disagreed.

6    Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill,-Lords Reasons for insisting on certain Lords Amendments to the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill and a Lords Amendment in lieu of a Lords Amendment to the Bill to be considered to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 94].

7    Protective Headgear for Young Cyclists Bill,-The Order for reading the Protective Headgear for Young Cyclists Bill a second time this day was read and discharged.

    Bill to be read a second time on Friday 18th June.

8    Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords],-The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords], as amended in the Standing Committee.

    A Clause (NC4)-(Anti-social behaviour: Report)-(Mr Desmond Swayne)-brought up, and read the first time.

    Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:-Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

    Amendment (No. 4) proposed to the Bill, in page 2, line 3, to leave out from the word 'Chancellor' to the end of line 5.-(Lembit Ípik.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Bob Russell, Mr Don Foster: 147.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Fraser Kemp, Derek Twigg: 276.

    Another Amendment (No. 23) proposed to the Bill, in page 2, to leave out lines 26 to 40.-(Mr Andrew Hunter.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Nigel Dodds, Mrs Iris Robinson: 113.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Fraser Kemp, Derek Twigg: 307.

    Another Amendment (No. 1) proposed to the Bill, in page 3, line 25, to leave out Clause No. 5.-(Mr Desmond Swayne.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Hugh Robertson, Mr Mark Francois: 151.

      Tellers for the Noes, Paul Clark, Gillian Merron: 266.

    Another Amendment (No. 22) proposed to the Bill, in page 3, line 38, after the word 'shall', to insert the words 'within his discretion'.-(Mr Andrew Hunter.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Andrew Hunter, Mr Nigel Dodds: 137.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr John Heppell, Mr Vernon Coaker: 248.

    Another Amendment (No. 7) proposed to the Bill, in page 4, line 13, to leave out Clause No. 7.-(Mr Alistair Carmichael.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Sir Robert Smith, Mr David Heath: 132.

      Tellers for the Noes, Gillian Merron, Charlotte Atkins: 254.

    Another Amendment (No. 16) proposed to the Bill, in page 4, line 38, at the end, to insert the words 'contained in binding treaties ratified by the United Kingdom.'.-(Mr David Trimble.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:-Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

    Amendments (Nos. 2 and 3) made to the Bill.

    A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That the Bill be now read the third time;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Jim Murphy, Charlotte Atkins: 294.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Hugo Swire, Mr Mark Francois: 102.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    The Bill was accordingly read the third time, and passed, with Amendments.

9    Criminal Law,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Travel Notification Requirements) Regulations 2004, which were laid before this House on 25th March, be approved-(Joan Ryan):-It was agreed to.

10    Criminal Law,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Offensive Weapons) (Amendment) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 15th March, be approved-(Joan Ryan):-It was agreed to.

11    Merchant Shipping,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Merchant Shipping (Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims) (Amendment) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 24th March, be approved-(Joan Ryan):-It was agreed to.

12    Local Government Finance,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Local Government Finance (England) Limitation of Council Tax and Precepts (Alternative Notional Amounts) Report (England) 2004-05, which was laid before this House on 25th March, be approved-(Joan Ryan):-It was agreed to.

13    Representation of the People (Northern Ireland),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft European Parliamentary Elections (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2004, which were laid before this House on 18th March, be approved-(Joan Ryan):-It was agreed to.

14    Value Added Tax,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Value Added Tax (Buildings and Land) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 778), dated 17th March 2004, a copy of which was laid before this House on 17th March, be approved-(Joan Ryan):-It was agreed to.

15    Asylum Systems,-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. 10243/03, Commission Communication: Towards more accessible, equitable and managed asylum systems; welcomes the Commission's endorsement of the United Kingdom's analysis of the problem; and notes that this is only an interim discussion paper pending the submission by the Commission of a more substantive report by June 2004-(Joan Ryan):-It was agreed to.

16    Adjournment (May),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 25 (Periodic adjournments), That this House, at its rising on Friday 30th April, do adjourn till Tuesday 4th May-(Joan Ryan):-It was agreed to.

17    European Scrutiny,-Ordered, That Tony Cunningham and Mr Colin Breed be discharged from the European Scrutiny Committee and Sandra Osborne and Nick Harvey be added.-(Joan Ryan.)

18    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Joan Ryan);

    And it being Ten o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put.

19    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Joan Ryan.)

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till six minutes past Ten o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 10.06 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    Criminal Law,-Draft Criminal Justice Act 2003 (Conditional Cautions: Code of Practice) Order 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    2    European Communities,-Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Agreement on Enlargement of the European Economic Area) Order 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Straw].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    3    Education,-Education (Student Loans) (Repayment) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1175), dated 20th April 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

    4    Environmental Protection,-Packaging (Essential Requirements) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1188), dated 21st April 2004 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    5    Legal Profession,-European Communities (Services of Lawyers) (Amendment) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1117), dated 14th April 2004 [by Act] [Mr David Lammy].

    6    Legal Services Commission,-(1) Criminal Defence Service (General) (No. 2) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1196), and

    (2) Criminal Defence Service (Recovery of Defence Costs Orders) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1195)

    dated 23rd April 2004 [by Act] [Mr David Lammy].

    7    Local Government,-(1) Local Authorities (Functions and Responsibilities) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1158), dated 19th April 2004, and

    (2) Local Government (Best Value) Performance Indicators and Performance Standards (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1176), dated 21st April 2004

    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

    8    National Health Service,-Health Service Commissioner for England (Special Health Authorities) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1119), dated 14th April 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

    9    Taxes,-Stamp Duty Land Tax (Amendment of Part 4 of the Finance Act 2003) (No. 2) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1206), dated 26th April 2004 [by Act] [Ruth Kelly].

    10    Trusts,-King's College London Act 1978 (Amendment) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1194), dated 22nd April 2004 [by Act] [Mr David Lammy].

Other Papers:

    11    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,-Paper entitled, Energy Efficiency: The Government's Plan for Action [by Command] [Cm. 6168] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

    12    Home Office,-Paper, entitled Legislation on Identity Cards: A Consultation, together with a draft Identity Cards Bill and Explanatory Notes [by Command] [Cm. 6178] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    13    National Health Service,-Summarised Accounts of Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care Trusts and NHS Trusts in England, of the Dental Practice Board and Special Health Authorities providing central services in England, and of funds held on Trust by Health Authorities, Primary Care Trusts, NHS Trusts, Special Health Authorities and Special Trustees in England for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 505-I and -II] [Clerk of the House].

    14    School Standards and Framework,-Accounts of-

    (1) Barnsley Education Action Zone for 1st April to 31st August 2003,

    (2) Dingle Granby Toxteth Education Action Zone for 2002-03,

    (3) East Basildon Education Action Zone for 1st April to 31st December 2003,

    (4) Halifax Education Action Zone for 1st April to 31st December 2003,

    (5) Nottingham Education Action Zone for 1st April to 31st December 2003,

    (6) Sheffield Education Action Zone for 1st April to 31st December 2003, and

    (7) Speke Garston Education Action Zone for 2002-03,

    with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 542, 543, 544, 545, 546, 547 and 548] [Clerk of the House].

    15    Terrorism,-Report on the Operation in 2002 and 2003 of the Terrorism Act 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

Papers withdrawn:

    16    Criminal Law,-Draft Criminal Justice Act 2003 (Conditional Cautions: Code of Practice) Order 2004 [laid 19th April].

    17    European Communities,-Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Agreement on the Participation of the Czech Republic, the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Cyprus, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania, the Republic of Hungary, the Republic of Malta, the Republic of Poland, the Republic of Slovenia and the Slovak Republic in the European Economic Area) Order 2004 [laid 21st April].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Promotion of Volunteering Bill,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr James Arbuthnot from Standing Committee C (nominated in respect of the Bill); and nominated in substitution Mr Tim Boswell.

    2    Gangmasters (Licensing) Bill,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Eric Martlew from Standing Committee C (nominated in respect of the Bill); and nominated in substitution Anne Picking.

    3    Draft Non-domestic Rating (Chargeable Amounts) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2004,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Linda Gilroy from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mr Terry Rooney.

    4    Draft Cash Ratio Deposits (Value Bands and Ratios) Order 2004,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Paul Boateng and Helen Southworth from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution John Healey and Mr Tom Watson.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Education and Skills,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Skills Committee [National Skills Strategy: 14-19 Education]; to be printed [No. 197-x] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

    2    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Reform of the Sugar Regime Sub-Committee of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [Reform of the Sugar Regime]; to be printed [No. 550-i] [Mr Michael Jack].

    3    Northern Ireland Affairs,-(1) Fourth Report from the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [The Compensation Agency], 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. 271]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Parades Commission and Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998]; to be printed [No. 224-vi]

    [Mr Michael Mates].

    4    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 Egan Review: Skills for Sustainable Communities]; to be printed [No. 549-i] [Andrew Bennett].

    5    Public Accounts,- (1) Twentieth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Improving Service Delivery: The Veterans Agency]; to be printed, together with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 551]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Increased resources to improve public services: a progress report on the departments' preparations]; to be printed [No 552-i]

    [Mr Edward Leigh].

    6    Science and Technology,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Science and Technology Committee [The Use of Science in UK International Development Policy]; to be printed [No. 133-iv] [Dr Ian Gibson].



 
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