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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 12th May 2004

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

PRAYERS.

1    Ispwich Market Bill,-The First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means reported from the Committee on Unopposed Bills, That it had examined the allegations contained in the Preamble to the Ispwich Market Bill and found the same to be true; and had gone through the Bill and made Amendments thereunto.

    Bill, as amended in the Committee, to lie upon the Table.

2    Christmas Day (Trading) Bill,-Frank Cook reported from Standing Committee D, That it had gone through the Christmas Day (Trading) Bill, and directed him to report the same, without Amendment.

    Bill, not amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered on Friday 18th June.

    Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 600].

3    First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Bill O'Brien reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Human Rights Act 1998 (Amendment) Order 2004.

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

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

    Public Audit (Wales) Bill [Lords],-The Lords have passed a Bill to confer further functions on the Auditor General for Wales; to make provision about the audit of accounts of public bodies in Wales and related matters; to make provision about economy, efficiency and effectiveness in relation to public bodies and registered social landlords in Wales; and for connected purposes.

5    Public Audit (Wales) Bill [Lords],-The Public Audit (Wales) Bill [Lords] was read the first time and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 108].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Public Audit (Wales) Bill [Lords] be printed [Bill 108-EN].

6    Sovereignty of Parliament (European Communities) Bill,-The Order for reading the Sovereignty of Parliament (European Communities) Bill a second time on Friday 14th May was read and discharged.

    Bill to be read a second time on Friday 15th October.

7    Interest Rates (Limits on Charges),-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to impose limits on the interest rate and associated charges which may be charged by those providing loans and other forms of credit: And that Adam Price, Tony Lloyd, Harry Cohen, Mr Huw Edwards, Mr Frank Field, Sue Doughty, Alan Simpson, David Taylor, Mr Roger Williams, Annabelle Ewing, Mr Elfyn Llwyd and Sir Teddy Taylor do prepare and bring it in.

8    Interest Rates (Limits on Charges) Bill,-Adam Price accordingly presented a Bill to impose limits on the interest rate and associated charges which may be charged by those providing loans and other forms of credit: 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 107].

9    Age-Related Payments Bill,-The Age-Related Payments Bill was, according to Order, read a second time.

10    Age-Related Payments Bill (Programme),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Orders [28th June 2001 and 6th November 2002 (Programming of Bills)], That the following provisions shall apply to the Age-Related Payments 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 27th May 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.

    Programming Committee

    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 message from the Lords) may be programmed-(Mr Vernon Coaker);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Joan Ryan, Charlotte Atkins: 344.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Hugo Swire, Mr Peter Atkinson: 112.

    So the Question was agreed to.

11    Age-Related Payments Bill [Money],-Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Age-Related Payments Bill [Money];

    A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. No.52 (Money resolutions and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills), That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Age-Related Payments Bill it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of expenditure of the Secretary of State under or by virtue of the Act-(Jim Fitzpatrick):-It was agreed to.

12    Deferred Divisions,-The Deputy Speaker announced the result of a Division which had been deferred to this day, pursuant to Orders [28th June 2001 and 6th November 2003 (Deferred divisions)]:

    Visitor Facilities,-That this House approves the First Joint Report of the Accommodation and Works Committee and the Administration Committee on Visitor Facilities: Access to Parliament (House of Commons Paper No. 324) and endorses the Committees' proposals for a new reception and security building at the north end of Cromwell Green.

      Ayes, 333.

      Noes, 46.

    So the Question was agreed to.

13    Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill,-The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Lords Amendments to the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill in lieu of a Lords Amendment in respect of which this House has insisted on its disagreement.

    Lords Amendments Nos. 3E, 3F, 3G, 3H, 3I and 3J were agreed to.

14    Promotion of Volunteering Bill [Money],-Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Promotion of Volunteering Bill [Money];

    Resolved, That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Promotion of Volunteering Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any administrative expenses incurred by a Minister of the Crown by virtue of the Act.-(Fiona Mactaggart.)

15    Estimates and Appropriation Procedure,-Resolved, That this House approves the First Report from the Procedure Committee of the current Session, on Estimates and Appropriation Procedure, House of Commons Paper No. 393.-(Mr Paul Boateng.)

16    Questions on Voting of Estimates, &c.,-Ordered, That the following be substituted for Standing Order No. 55 (Questions on voting of estimates, &c.):

    Questions on voting of estimates, &c.

    '55.-(1) On any day to which the provisions of paragraphs (2), (3) or (4) of this order apply the Speaker shall at the moment of interruption put the questions on-

      (a) any outstanding vote relating to numbers for defence services;

      (b) any motion authorising amounts and limits on appropriations in aid, set out in outstanding estimates.

    (2) The provisions of paragraph (1) of this order shall apply on a day not later than 6th February, if any of the following total amounts have been put down for consideration:

      (a) votes on account for the coming financial year;

      (b) supplementary and new estimates for the current financial year which have been presented at least fourteen days previously.

    (3) The provisions of paragraph (1) of this order shall apply on a day not later than 18th March, if any of the following numbers or total amounts have been put down for consideration:

      (a) votes relating to numbers for defence services;

      (b) supplementary and new estimates for the current financial year which have been presented at least fourteen days previously;

      (c) excess votes, provided that the Committee of Public Accounts has reported that it sees no objection to the amounts and modifications to limits on appropriations in aid necessary being authorised by excess vote.

    (4) The provisions of paragraph (1) of this order shall apply on a day not later than 5th August in respect of any motion authorising amounts, and limits on appropriations in aid, set out in outstanding estimates.

    (5) At least two days' notice shall be given of the motions which are to be put down for consideration under paragraphs (2), (3) or (4) of this order.

    (6) The provisions of this order shall not apply to any vote of credit or votes for supplementary or additional estimates for war expenditure.'.-(Mr John Heppell.)

17    Public Accounts,-Ordered, That Mr George Osborne be discharged from the Committee of Public Accounts and that Mr David Curry be added.-(Mr John Heppell.)

18    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr John Heppell.)

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

[Adjourned at 6.07 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 and Court Services Act 2000 (Amendment) Order 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    2    Customs and Excise,-Burma (Sale, Supply, Export, Technical Assistance, Financing and Financial Assistance and Shipment of Equipment) (Penalties and Licences) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1315), dated 11th May 2004 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    3    Immigration,-Immigration (Passenger Transit Visa) (Amendment) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1304), dated 11th May 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    4    Nurses Midwives and Health Visitors,-Nurses Agencies (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1269), dated 5th May 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

Other Papers:

    5    Public Petitions,-Observations by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the Petition [15th January, in the last Session of Parliament] from residents of the constituency of Hammersmith and Fulham and others for ethical investment [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

    6    Trade and Industry,-Paper entitled, Fairness for All: A New Commission for Equality and Human Rights [by Command] [Cm. 6185] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Energy Bill (Lords):

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee B; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated twenty-two Members to serve on the Committee: Charlotte Atkins, Norman Baker, Mr Bob Blizzard, Mr Colin Challen, Nigel Griffiths, Mr Robert Key, Mr Calum MacDonald, Miss Anne McIntosh, Mr Denis Murphy, Mr Richard Page, Anne Picking, Mr Laurence Robertson, Mr David Ruffley, Ian Stewart, Mr Andrew Stunell, Mr Stephen Timms, Paddy Tipping, Dr Desmond Turner, Joan Walley, Mr Michael Weir, Brian White and Dr Alan Whitehead.

    2    Draft Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (Disclosure of Donor Information) Regulations 2004:

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

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Ms Diane Abbott, Mrs Patsy Calton, Mr James Clappison, Mr Hilton Dawson, Mrs Janet Dean, Barbara Follett, Mr Mark Francois, Dr Evan Harris, Mr Brian Jenkins, Miss Melanie Johnson, Mr Andrew Lansley, Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger, Dan Norris, Joan Ryan, Jim Sheridan and Claire Ward.

    3    Draft Human Rights Act 1998 (Amendment) Order 2004,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Hugh Robertson.

    4    Northern Ireland Act 1998 and Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Modification) Order 2004, Direction given by the Secretary of State under section 51B(2) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 on 28th April 2004,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Vernon Coaker from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Order) and nominated in substitution Mr John Heppell.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Defence,-(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence Committee [MoD Annual Report and Accounts]; to be printed [No. 589-i]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Defence Procurement] to be printed [No. 572-ii]

    [Bruce George].

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

    3    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,-(1) Eighth Report from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [Gangmasters: follow-up], 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. 455];

    (2) Ninth Special Report from the Committee [Government's Reply to the Fifth Report from the Committee, Session 2003-04, on the Food Standards Agency and Shellfish]; to be printed [No. 601]; and

    (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Climate Change, Water Security and Flooding]; to be printed [No. 558-iii]

    [Mr Michael Jack].

    4    Environmental Audit,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee [Budget 2004]; to be printed [No. 490-iii] [Mr Peter Ainsworth].

    5    Health,-Memoranda laid before the Health Committee [Obesity] [Mr David Hinchliffe].

    6    Human Rights,-Twelfth Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights [Scrutiny of Bills: Fifth Progress Report], together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 603] [Jean Corston].

    7    International Development,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [DFID's Agricultural Policy]; to be printed, together with Appendices [No. 602-i] [Tony Baldry].

    8    Joint Committees (Choice of Chairman),-Mr Alan Milburn reported from the Committee appointed to join with a Committee of the Lords as the Joint Committee on the Draft Charities Bill, that he had been chosen Chairman of the Joint Committee.

    9    Northern Ireland Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [Hate Crime in Northern Ireland]; to be printed [No. 539-iii] [Mr Michael Mates].

    10    Public Accounts,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [The UK Emissions Trading Scheme: A New Way to Combat Climate Change]; to be printed [No. 604-i] [Mr Edward Leigh].

    11    Science and Technology,-(1) Fourth Special Report from the Science and Technology Committee [Government Response to the Committee's Fourth Report, Session 2003-04, Office of Science and Technology: Scrutiny Report 2003]; to be printed [No. 588]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [OST Scrutiny 2004]; to be printed [No. 315-ii]; and

    (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Director General of the Research Councils: Introductory Hearing]; to be printed [No. 577-i]

    [Dr Ian Gibson].

    12    Transport,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Committee [London Congestion Charge]; to be printed [No. 591-i] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

    13    Treasury,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-committee of the Treasury Committee [The Merger of Customs & Excise and the Inland Revenue]; to be printed [No. 556-ii] [Mr John McFall].

    14    Work and Pensions,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Work and Pensions Committee on 11th and 12th May [Health and Safety]; to be printed [Nos. 456-v and -vi] [Sir Archy Kirkwood].

[W.H., No. 52]

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.-(Bridget Prentice.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 4.44 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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