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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 29th April 2004

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

PRAYERS.

1    Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Miss Anne Begg reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2004.

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

2    Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Alan Hurst reported from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Naval Discipline Act 1957 (Remedial) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 66) and the draft Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 2004.

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

3    Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Nigel Beard reported from the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Customs and Excise Duties (Travellers' Allowances and Personal Reliefs) (New Member States) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1002).

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

4    Ninth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Peter Pike reported from the Ninth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Agreement on Enlargement of the European Economic Area) Order 2004.

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

5    Northern Ireland Grand Committee,-Mrs Marion Roe reported from the Northern Ireland Grand Committee, That it had considered the matter of the social economy in Norhtern Ireland, referred to it on 19th April.

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

    The Lords agree to the Amendments made by this House to the Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill, without amendment.

    Health Protection Agency Bill [Lords],-The Lords have passed a Bill to establish the Health Protection Agency and make provision as to its functions, to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

7    Health Protection Agency Bill [Lords],-The Health Protection Agency Bill [Lords] was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 99].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Health Protection Agency Bill [Lords] be printed [Bill 99-EN].

8    Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill,-The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Lords Reasons for insisting on certain Amendments to which the Commons have disagreed and a Lords Amendment in lieu of another Lords Amendment to the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill.

    Lords Amendment No. 1.

    A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That this House insists on its disagreement to the Lords Amendment-(Keith Hill);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Fraser Kemp, Bridget Prentice: 235.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr John Randall, Mr Hugo Swire: 140.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Resolved, That this House insists on its disagreement to the Lords Amendment.

    An Amendment ((a)) was made to the Bill in lieu of Lords Amendment No. 1.

    Lords Amendment No. 3.

    A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That this House insists on its disagreement to the Lords Amendment-(Keith Hill);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Fraser Kemp, Bridget Prentice: 235.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr John Randall, Mr Hugo Swire: 141.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Resolved, That this House insists on its disagreement to the Lords Amendment.

    It being more than one hour after the commencement of proceedings on the Lords Message, the Deputy Speaker put forthwith the Question on the remaining Lords Amendment, pursuant to Order [19th April].

    Lords Amendment No. 41B in lieu of Lords Amendment No. 41 was agreed to.

    A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith pursuant to Orders [28th June 2002 and 6th November 2003 (Programming of Bills)], That a Committee be appointed to draw up a Reason to be assigned to the Lords for insisting on disagreeing to their Amendment No. 3.

    That Paul Clark, Linda Gilroy, Matthew Green, Mr John Hayes and Keith Hill be Members of the Committee.

    That Keith Hill be the Chairman of the Committee.

    That three be the quorum of the Committee.

    That the Committee do withdraw immediately-(Paul Clark):-It was agreed to.

9    Opposition Day [7th allotted day: second part],-It being an allotted day at the disposal of the Leader of the Opposition in pursuance of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business), the House proceeded to consider Opposition business.

    Government's Record on Animal and Plant Diseases,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House recognises the potential risk posed to British agriculture and to the environment of the UK by the importation of animal and plant diseases; acknowledges the crucial importance of preventing diseases from entering the country; notes with concern the increase in the number of diseases in Britain emanating from abroad and the spread of virulent epidemics across the world; recognises the implications for biosecurity of the enlargement of the European Union; condemns the Government for failing to learn the lessons from the recent outbreak of foot and mouth disease; regrets the failure of the Government to address these problems and to instil confidence in the farming community; and calls on the Government to take urgent action to put in place the stringent measures necessary to prevent animal and plant disease from entering the UK-(Mrs Theresa May);

    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 'commends the action taken by this Government to eradicate exotic plant and animal disease when it occurs, and to control endemic disease; congratulates the Government on its actions that have succeeded in reducing the number of BSE clinical cases to just 184 last year; further congratulates the Government on eradicating a major outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in seven months and on implementing the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Royal Society Inquiries so that Government is better prepared to tackle a future outbreak of a major livestock disease; welcomes the significant progress made to tackle illegal imports both by increasing enforcement activity at the border and by increasing public awareness; applauds the Government on its action taken against other animal and plant diseases, notably Salmonella Java and potato ring rot; and notes the Government's continuing commitment to prevent serious animal and plant disease', instead thereof.-(Mr Ben Bradshaw.)

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

    David Maclean 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 John Randall, Mr Hugo Swire: 132.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Fraser Kemp, Joan Ryan: 235.

    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 commends the action taken by this Government to eradicate exotic plant and animal disease when it occurs, and to control endemic disease; congratulates the Government on its actions that have succeeded in reducing the number of BSE clinical cases to just 184 last year; further congratulates the Government on eradicating a major outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in seven months and on implementing the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Royal Society Inquiries so that Government is better prepared to tackle a future outbreak of a major livestock disease; welcomes the significant progress made to tackle illegal imports both by increasing enforcement activity at the border and by increasing public awareness; applauds the Government on its action taken against other animal and plant diseases, notably Salmonella Java and potato ring rot; and notes the Government's continuing commitment to prevent serious animal and plant disease.

10    Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill,-Keith Hill reported from the Committee appointed to draw up a Reason for insisting on the House's disagreement to one of the Lords Amendments to the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill, That it had drawn up the following Reason, which it had directed him to report to the House:

    The Commons insist on their disagreement to Lords Amendment No. 3 for the following Reason:

      Because it is not appropriate to create more than one tier of regional spatial strategy.

    The Reason was agreed to.

    Message to the Lords to communicate the said Reason, together with the Bill and Amendments.

11    Draft Charities Bill (Joint Committee),-Ordered, That the Lords Message of 19th April relating to a Joint Committee of both Houses to consider and report on any draft Charities Bill presented to both Houses by a Minister of the Crown, be now considered.

    That this House concurs with the Lords that it is expedient that a Joint Committee of Lords and Commons be appointed to consider and report on any draft Charities Bill presented to both Houses by a Minister of the Crown, and that the Committee shall report on the draft Bill by 30th September 2004.

    That a Select Committee of six honourable Members be appointed to join with the Committee appointed by the Lords to consider the draft Charities Bill.

    That the Committee shall have power-

      (i) to send for persons, papers and records;

      (ii) to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House;

      (iii) to report from time to time;

      (iv) to appoint specialist advisers;

      (v) to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom; and

    That the quorum of the Committee shall be two.

    That Mr Alan Campbell, Mr George Foulkes, Ms Sally Keeble, Mr Alan Milburn, Mr Andrew Mitchell and Bob Russell be members of the Committee.-(Paul Clark.)

    Message to the Lords to acquaint them therewith.

12    Standards and Privileges,-Ordered, That Richard Ottaway be discharged from the Committee on Standards and Privileges and that Mrs Angela Browning be added.-(Paul Clark.)

13    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Paul Clark);

    And the Motion having been made after Six 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 thirteen minutes to Seven o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 6.47 p.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Nine o'clock.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    1    Education,-Yeovil Schools (School Day and School Year Regulations) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1191), dated 22nd April 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

    2    Immigration,-Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules [by Act]; to be printed [No. 523] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    3    Transport,-Cableway Installations (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1230), dated 27th April 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

Other Papers:

    4    Financial Reporting to Parliament,-Departmental Report 2004: The Government's Expenditure Plans for 2003-04 to 2005-2006 for:-

    (1) Department for Culture, Media and Sport and DCMS Sponsored Bodies [by Command] [Cm. 6220] [Secretary Tessa Jowell];

    (2) Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Forestry Commission [by Command] [Cm. 6219] [Secretary Margaret Beckett];

    (3) Department for International Development [by Command] [Cm. 6214] [Secretary Hilary Benn];

    (4) Department for Work and Pensions [by Command] [Cm. 6221] [Mr Secretary Smith];

    (5) Department of Health [by Command] [Cm. 6204] [Mr Secretary Reid];

    (6) Food Standards Agency [by Command] [Cm. 6205] [Mr Secretary Reid]; and

    (7) Foreign and Commonwealth Office [by Command] [Cm. 6213] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    5    Regulatory Reform,-Proposal for a draft Regulatory Reform (Trading Stamps) Order 2004, together with a Statement by the Department of Trade and Industry [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    6    Water Industry,-Report of the Director General of Water Services for 2003-04 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 522] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Finance Bill,-The Speaker has appointed Mr John McWilliam and Sir John Butterfill Chairmen of Standing Committee A in respect of the Bill.

    2    Promotion of Volunteering Bill,-The Speaker has appointed Mr David Amess Chairman of Standing Committee C in respect of the Bill.

    3    Customs And Excise Duties (Travellers' Allowances and Personal Reliefs) (New Member States) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1002),-The Committee of Selection has discharged Helen Southworth from the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Order) and nominated in substitution Mr Tom Watson.

European Standing Committees

    4    The Speaker has appointed Mr John Cummings Chairman of European Standing Committee C in respect of European Union Document No. 15529/03 on Doha Development Agenda.

    5    The Speaker has appointed Mr Kevin Hughes Chairman of European Standing Committee C in respect of European Union Document No. 11646/03 on nutrition and health claims made on foods.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    Public Administration,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [The Honours System]; to be printed [No. 212-vi] [Tony Wright].


[W.H., No. 47]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

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

    Adjournment (Development Assistance and the Occupied Palestinian Territories-Second Report from the International Development Committee, Session 2003-04, and the Government's response thereto),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned-(Derek Twigg);

    And the sitting having continued for three hours after half-past Two o'clock, it was adjourned without Question put, till Tuesday 4th May.

[Adjourned at 5.30 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst    
Deputy Speaker        



 
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