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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 5th May 2004

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

PRAYERS.

1    European Standing Committee C,-Mr John Cummings reported from European Standing Committee C the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 15529/03, Commission Communication 'Reviving the Doha Development Agenda negotiations-the European Union's Perspective'; welcomes the European Commission's commitment to the successful conclusion of the negotiations and urges the European Commission to show leadership in taking this forward; welcomes the signs of the European Commission's flexibility, particularly on the Singapore issues and urges other World Trade Organisation members to do likewise; and supports the Government's aim of ensuring that the negotiations deliver benefits for all countries, especially the world's poorest, recognising the contribution this could make to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

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

2    Human Rights Act 1998 (Making of Remedial Orders) Amendment Bill [Lords],-The Human Rights Act 1998 (Making of Remedial Orders) Amendment Bill [Lords] was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 18th June and to be printed [Bill 103].

3    Arms Trade,-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision about any Treaty on International Arms Transfers adopted by an International Conference held under the auspices of the United Nations: And that Tony Baldry, John Barrett, Mr John Battle, Hugh Bayley, Mr Tony Colman, Mr Quentin Davies, Chris McCafferty and Tony Worthington do prepare and bring it in.

4    Arms Trade Bill,-Tony Baldry accordingly presented a Bill to make provision about any Treaty on International Arms Transfers adopted by an International Conference held under the auspices of the United Nations: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 16th July and to be printed [Bill 102].

5    Opposition Day [10th allotted day: first 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 Housing,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House regrets the Government's failure effectively to address the worsening problems of housing affordability, homelessness, sustainable development and house price inflation; laments the failure to diagnose correctly the underlying causes of house price inflation, including the insecurity of savings under the present Government; notes the Council of Mortgage Lenders' survey which found that 81 per cent. of the population aspire to home ownership and believes that key workers should not be penalized by high property prices; further regrets the rising numbers of vulnerable people living in temporary accommodation; urges the Government to explore new options for accessing empty homes to meet demand for social housing, as well as enabling people to move from social housing to owning their own homes; further notes that there was no ministerial statement or debate in Government time in response to the Barker Review which itself fails to provide acceptable solutions to these acute problems and poses a serious threat to the nation's green fields, to sustainable communities and to robust local democracy by its recommendation that housing targets be set at a regional level-(Mrs Caroline Spelman);

    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 Government's record on housing, and the progress it has made in delivering sustainable communities, as set out in Making it Happen: The Northern Way and elsewhere; notes that one million more people own their homes now than in 1997, whilst mortgage rates are at their lowest since the 1950s; notes that since 1997 there are one million fewer social homes below the decency standard and welcomes the Government's approval of 58 new schemes that could make decent another 170,000 social homes; applauds the fact that the number of families with children in bed and breakfast accommodation for longer than six weeks has reduced by at least 99.3 per cent. since March 2002; supports the Government's plans in the Thames Gateway and newer growth areas to deliver new sustainable communities and provide an extra 200,000 homes; further welcomes the action the Government has taken to support the creation of 230,000 affordable homes since 1997, to help over 10,000 key workers into home ownership in areas of high demand, and to reduce rough sleeping to the lowest level since records began; further supports the Government's creation of a £500 million Market Renewal Fund to tackle the worst cases of low housing demand and abandonment; applauds the creation of regional housing boards to ensure investment is focused on regional priorities; and welcomes the fact that the Government has added 25,000 hectares to the green belt with a further 12,000 hectares in prospect, and is exceeding its brownfield target, having built 64 per cent. of new homes on previously developed land in 2003', instead thereof.-(Keith Hill.)

    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 Peter Atkinson, Gregory Barker: 203.

      Tellers for the Noes, Jim Fitzpatrick, Mr Vernon Coaker: 317.

    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);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Jim Fitzpatrick, Mr Vernon Coaker: 317.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Atkinson, Gregory Barker: 199.

    So the Question was agreed to.

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

    Resolved, That this House commends the Government's record on housing, and the progress it has made in delivering sustainable communities, as set out in Making it Happen: The Northern Way and elsewhere; notes that one million more people own their homes now than in 1997, whilst mortgage rates are at their lowest since the 1950s; notes that since 1997 there are one million fewer social homes below the decency standard and welcomes the Government's approval of 58 new schemes that could make decent another 170,000 social homes; applauds the fact that the number of families with children in bed and breakfast accommodation for longer than six weeks has reduced by at least 99.3 per cent. since March 2002; supports the Government's plans in the Thames Gateway and newer growth areas to deliver new sustainable communities and provide an extra 200,000 homes; further welcomes the action the Government has taken to support the creation of 230,000 affordable homes since 1997, to help over 10,000 key workers into home ownership in areas of high demand, and to reduce rough sleeping to the lowest level since records began; further supports the Government's creation of a £500 million Market Renewal Fund to tackle the worst cases of low housing demand and abandonment; applauds the creation of regional housing boards to ensure investment is focused on regional priorities; and welcomes the fact that the Government has added 25,000 hectares to the green belt with a further 12,000 hectares in prospect, and is exceeding its brownfield target, having built 64 per cent. of new homes on previously developed land in 2003.

6    Christmas Day (Trading) Bill [Money],-Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Christmas Day (Trading) Bill [Money];

    Resolved, That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Christmas Day (Trading) Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any increase attributable to the Act in the sums which under any other Act are payable out of money so provided.-(Mr Gerry Sutcliffe.)

7    Adjournment (Genetically modified crops),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Derek Twigg);

    And it being three hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion, it lapsed, pursuant to Order [27th April].

8    Northern Ireland Grand Committee,-Ordered, That-

    (1) the proposal for a draft Special Educational Needs and Disability (Northern Ireland) Order 2004 be referred to the Northern Ireland Grand Committee;

    (2) the Committee shall meet at Westminster on Thursday 20th May at half-past Two o'clock; and

    (3) at that sitting-

      (a) the Committee shall take questions under Standing Order No. 110 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (questions for oral answer)), and shall then consider the legislative proposal referred to it under paragraph (1) above;

      (b) the Chairman shall interrupt proceedings not later than two and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the legislative proposal referred to the Committee; and

      (c) at the conclusion of those proceedings, a motion for the adjournment of the Committee may be made by a Minister of the Crown, pursuant to paragraph (5) of Standing Order No. 116 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (sittings)).-(Mr Nick Ainger.)

9    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Nick Ainger.)

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

[Adjourned at 8.31 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    Criminal Law,-Liberia (Freezing of Funds and Economic Resources) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1264), dated 5th May 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ruth Kelly].

    2    Disabled Persons,-Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Seaton Tramway Tramcars 9, 10 and 11) Exemption Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1205), dated 23rd April 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

    3    Food,-Food (Emergency Control) (England) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1265), dated 4th May 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

Other Papers:

    4    Air Force (Constitution),-Amendment List 9 to Regulations for the Royal Air Force Aeromedical Evacuation Service: Air Publication 3394 (Third Edition) [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

    5    School Standards and Framework,-Accounts of-

    (1) Kingston-upon-Hull Education Action Zone for 1st April to 31st December 2003,

    (2) Leigh (Wigan) Education Action Zone for 1st April to 31st December 2003,

    (3) Middlesbrough Education Action Zone for 1st April to 25th October 2003,

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

    (5) South Tyneside Education Action Zone for 1st April to 31st December 2003 and

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

    with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 566, 571, 567, 568, 569 and 570] [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Finance Bill,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Ian Stewart from Standing Committee A (nominated in respect of the Bill); and nominated in substitution Harry Cohen.

    2    Draft Human Rights Act 1998 (Amendment) Order 2004:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Graham Allen, Tony Baldry, Mr Crispin Blunt, Mr Russell Brown, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Geraint Davies, Mr Nick Hawkins, Mr David Heath, Mr Nigel Jones, Mr David Lammy, Rosemary McKenna, Mr James Plaskitt, Bridget Prentice, Mr Chris Smith, Dr Desmond Turner and Joan Walley.

    3    Northern Ireland Act 1998 and Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Modification) Order 2004 and Direction given by the Secretary of State under section 51B(2) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 on 28th April 2004:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Order and the Direction to the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Vernon Coaker, Mr Jonathan Djanogly, Mr Tom Harris, Mrs Joan Humble, Ian Lucas, Mr Iain Luke, Chris Mole, Lembit Öpik, Mr Andy Reed, Mr Andrew Robathan, Llew Smith, Mr John Spellar, Mr Desmond Swayne, Mr Hugo Swire, Mr David Trimble and David Wright.

    4    Draft Criminal Justice Act 2003 (Conditional Cautions: Code of Practice) Order 2004:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Peter Bottomley, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr Parmjit Dhanda, Mr Neil Gerrard, Mr Nick Gibb, Paul Goggins, Mr Dominic Grieve, Jane Griffiths, Mr David Heath, Mr John Heppell, Mr Lindsay Hoyle, Shona McIsaac, Mr Tony McWalter, Mr Mark Oaten, Mr Paul Stinchcombe and Mr Brian Wilson.

    5    Education (Pupil Exclusions) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 402):

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Regulations to the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Vera Baird, Mr Kevin Barron, Mr Mark Francois, Mr Mark Hoban, Mr Bob Laxton, Mr Ivan Lewis, Mr Denis Murphy, Dr John Pugh, Mr Ernie Ross, Dr Gavin Strang, Mr Paul Truswell, Mr Andrew Turner, Derek Twigg, Mr Robert Walter, Brian White and Mr Phil Willis.

Standing Committee on Regional Affairs

    6    Standing Committee on Regional Affairs,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Ms Candy Atherton from the Standing Committee on Regional Affairs and nominated in substitution Kali Mountford.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development and Trade and Industry,-First Joint Report from the Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development and Trade and Industry Committees [Strategic Export Controls: being the Fourth Report from the Defence Committee, the Sixth Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Fifth Report from the International Development Committee and the Fourth Report from the Trade and Industry Committee]; to be printed [No. 390] [Mr Roger Berry].

    2    Defence,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence Committee [Defence Procurement]; to be printed [No. 572-i] [Bruce George].

    3    Education and Skills,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Skills Committee [Draft School Transport Bill]; to be printed [No. 509-ii] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

    4    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,-(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [Climate Change, Water Security and Flooding]; to be printed [No. 558-ii]; and

    (2) Memorandum laid before the Committee [Rural Broadband]

    [Mr Michael Jack].

    5    Environmental Audit,-Sixth Report from the Environmental Audit Committee [Environmental Crime and the Courts], 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. 126] [Mr Peter Ainsworth].

    6    European Scrutiny,-Nineteenth Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 42-xix] [Mr Jimmy Hood].

    7    Foreign Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [Foreign Policy Aspects of the War against Terrorism]; to be printed [No. 441-v] [Mr Donald Anderson].

    8    Modernisation of the House of Commons,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons [Scrutiny of European Matters in the House of Commons]; to be printed [No. 565-i] [Mr Peter Hain].

    9    Northern Ireland Affairs,-(1) Third Special Report from the Northen Ireland Affairs Committee [Government's Response to the Second Report from the Committee, Session 2003-04, on The Separation of Paramilitary Prisoners at HMP Maghaberry]; to be printed [No. 583]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Hate Crime in Northern Ireland]; to be printed [No. 539-ii]

    [Mr Michael Mates].

    10    Office of the Deputy Prime Minster: Housing Planning, Local Government and the Regions,-(1) Sixth Report from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minster: Housing Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee [Social Cohesion], with the 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. 45-I] Andrew Bennett]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Urban Affairs Sub-Committee of the Committee [The Role and Effectiveness of the Housing Corporation]; to be printed [No. 401-iii] [Clive Betts].

    11    Procedure,-(1) Third Report from the Procedure Committee [Joint activities with the National Assembly for Wales], together with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 582]; and

    (2) First Special Report from the Committee [Estimates and Appropriation Procedure: The Government's Response to the Committee's First Report], to be printed [No. 576]

    [Sir Nicholas Winterton].

    12    Public Accounts,-(1) Twenty-third Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Government Communications Headquarters: New Accommodation Programme]; to be printed, together with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 65];

    (2) Twenty-fourth Report from the Committee [Transforming the performance of HM Customs and Excise through electronic service delivery]; to be printed, together with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 138]; and

    (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Recovery of Debt by the Inland Revenue]; to be printed [No. 584-i]

    [Mr Edward Leigh].

    13    Science and Technology,--(1) Sixth Report from the Science and Technology Committee [Within REACH: the EU's new chemicals strategy]; 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. 172-I and -II]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Scientific Publications]; to be printed [No. 399-iv]

    [Dr Ian Gibson].

    14    Transport,-(1) Tenth Report from the Transport Committee [The Work of the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency and the Vehicle Certification Agency], with the 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. 250];

    (2) Eleventh Report from the Committee [National Rail Enquiry Service], with the 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. 580]; and

    (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [European Union Competence and Transport]; to be printed [No. 581-i]

    [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

    15    Treasury,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-committee of the Treasury Committee [Appointment Hearing: the Chief Executive of the Office of Government Commerce]; to be printed [No. 579-i] [Mr John McFall].

    16    Work and Pensions,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Work and Pensions Committee [Health and Safety]; to be printed [No. 456-iv] [Sir Archy Kirkwood].


[W.H., No. 49]

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 Fraser Kemp.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 4.55 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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