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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 15th June 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 Resolution:

    That the draft Regulatory Reform (Patents) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 8th May, should be approved.

    The Committee came to this Resolution without a Division.

2    Patents Bill [Lords],-Mr David Amess reported from Standing Committee D, That it had gone through the Patents Bill [Lords], and made an Amendment thereunto.

    Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 117].

    Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 689].

3    Standing Committee on Regional Affairs,-Mr Eric Forth reported from the Standing Committee on Regional Affairs, That it had considered the matter of regional economic performance and the northern way, referred to it on 27th April.

4    Independent Milk Ombudsman Etc. Bill,-The Order for reading the Independent Milk Ombudsman Etc. Bill a second time on Friday 18th June was read and discharged.

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

5    Sustainable Communities Bill,-The Order for reading the Sustainable Communities Bill a second time on Friday 18th June was read and discharged.

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

6    Trade Unions (Political Funds) Reform,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to limit the requirement to re-ballot on the maintenance of trade union political funds to a total of three consecutive ballots-(John Mann);

    And the Motion being opposed, after a brief explanatory statement from the Member who made the Motion and from a Member who opposed it, the Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Standing Order No. 23 (Motions for leave to bring in bills and nomination of select committees at commencement of public business).

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Andrew Love, Tony Lloyd: 136.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Eric Forth, Mr Nigel Evans: 98.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Ordered, That John Mann, Angela Eagle, Helen Jones, Mr Lindsay Hoyle, Mr Parmjit Dhanda, David Winnick, Tony Lloyd, Geraldine Smith, Mr David Crausby, Brian White, David Taylor and Mr Bill Tynan do prepare and bring in the Bill.

7    Trade Unions (Political Funds) Reform Bill,-John Mann accordingly presented a Bill to limit the requirement to re-ballot on the maintenance of trade union political funds to a total of three consecutive ballots: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 15th October and to be printed [Bill 116].

8    Opposition Day [10th 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 Transport Policy,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House notes that the Government has failed to meet its target of reducing congestion on Britain's roads by 5 per cent., that congestion is set to rise by up to 20 per cent. by 2010 and that, according to the CBI, traffic congestion costs British industry 15 billion to 20 billion a year; recognises that the Government is failing to meet its targets for increased passenger and freight use of the railways and that rail freight declined by 0.3 billion net tonne kilometres in 2002; regrets the fact that one in five trains is still running late and that reliability on the railways has not even returned to the levels achieved before the Hatfield crash; condemns the Government's failure to decide the future of Crossrail, the East London Line Extension and Thameslink 2000 and the delay of improvements such as the upgrading of the East Coast Main Line; further notes that the Transport Committee stated that the Government has had 'years to address the problems of the railway but failed to take effective action'; calls on the Government to acknowledge that its Ten Year Transport Plan has failed in all its key objectives; deplores the Government's failure to develop a coherent planning strategy for Britain's ports; further condemns the Government for the confusion and blight caused by the Aviation White Paper to many communities near airports; and further calls, in the light of these failures, for a re-evaluation of transport policy which properly recognises the needs of both drivers and users of public transport-(Mr Tim Yeo);

    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 'recognises that the problems with the transport system stem from decades of under-investment; welcomes the Government's commitment to long-term funding for transport through the Ten Year Plan; acknowledges that one of the main reasons for the continuing pressure on transport networks is that the United Kingdom is enjoying the longest period of sustained economic growth for more than 200 years; supports the Government's determination to face the tough decisions which will be required to meet these pressures and put UK transport on a sustainable footing, including runway capacity at UK airports, management of road space and re-organising Britain's railways following a failed privatisation; and welcomes the early signs of success, including the halt in the decline in bus use, the biggest replacement programme for railway rolling stock ever seen in this country, the major programme of investment in the West Coast Main Line and the 22 per cent. decline in the numbers of people killed or seriously injured on the roads since the mid-1990s', instead thereof.-(Mr Secretary Darling.)

    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 David Ruffley, Mr David Wilshire: 177.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Fraser Kemp, Margaret Moran: 281.

    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 recognises that the problems with the transport system stem from decades of under-investment; welcomes the Government's commitment to long-term funding for transport through the Ten Year Plan; acknowledges that one of the main reasons for the continuing pressure on transport networks is that the United Kingdom is enjoying the longest period of sustained economic growth for more than 200 years; supports the Government's determination to face the tough decisions which will be required to meet these pressures and put UK transport on a sustainable footing, including runway capacity at UK airports, management of road space and re-organising Britain's railways following a failed privatisation; and welcomes the early signs of success, including the halt in the decline in bus use, the biggest replacement programme for railway rolling stock ever seen in this country, the major programme of investment in the West Coast Main Line and the 22 per cent. decline in the numbers of people killed or seriously injured on the roads since the mid-1990s.

9    New Financial Perspective and EU Regional Policy ,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House takes note of European Union Documents No. 6232/04, Commission Communication: Building our common future: Policy challenges and Budgetary means of the Enlarged Union 2007-2013, and No. COM(04) 107, Commission Communication: 'Third report on economic and social cohesion'; supports the Government's efforts to refocus allocations within a budget of 1 per cent. of EU Gross National Income in support of the European Union's goals, with structural funding focused on the poorest member states; and in particular, supports the Government's view that the Commission's overall proposals are unrealistic and unacceptable, that its structural funds proposals are inconsistent with the United Kingdom's objectives for reform, and that the future European Union Budget should be reprioritised and refocused in line with the principles of subsidiarity and spending that adds value at the European Union level-(Dawn Primarolo);

    The Question was amended, in line 13, at the end, by adding the words 'and calls on the Government to set out its principles and plans for those objectives and how it will achieve them'.-(Mr Mark Prisk.)

    And the Main Question, as amended, being put;

    Resolved, That this House takes note of European Union Documents No. 6232/04, Commission Communication: Building our common future: Policy challenges and Budgetary means of the Enlarged Union 2007-2013, and No. COM(04) 107, Commission Communication: 'Third report on economic and social cohesion'; supports the Government's efforts to refocus allocations within a budget of 1 per cent. of EU Gross National Income in support of the European Union's goals, with structural funding focused on the poorest member states; and in particular, supports the Government's view that the Commission's overall proposals are unrealistic and unacceptable, that its structural funds proposals are inconsistent with the United Kingdom's objectives for reform, and that the future European Union Budget should be reprioritised and refocused in line with the principles of subsidiarity and spending that adds value at the European Union level and calls on the Government to set out its principles and plans for those objectives and how it will achieve them.

10    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Jim Fitzpatrick.)

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

[Adjourned at 7.41 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    Broadcasting,-Draft Community Radio Order 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

    2    Environmental Protection,-Draft Landfill (Scheme Year and Maximum Landfill Amount) Regulations 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    3    Agriculture,-Pig Carcase (Grading) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1505), dated 12th June 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

    4    Merchant Shipping,-Merchant Shipping (Hours of Work) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1469), dated 1st June 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

Other Papers:

    5    Isle of Man,-Account for 2002-03 of the Commissioners of Customs and Excise in Account with the Government of the Isle of Man, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [John Healey].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Food Information Sub-Committee of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [Food Information]; to be printed [No. 690-i] [Mr Michael Jack].

    2    Home Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [Identity Cards]; to be printed [No. 130-ix] [Mr John Denham].

    3    International Development,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [DFID's bilateral programme of assistance to India]; to be printed, together with Appendices [No. 692-i] [Tony Baldry].

    4    Public Administration,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Government by Inquiry]; to be printed [No. 606-iii] [Tony Wright].

    5    Regulatory Reform,-(1) Eighth Report from the Regulatory Reform Committee [Draft Regulatory Reform (Patents) Order 2004]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 683]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2004]; to be printed [No. 684-i]

    [Mr Peter Pike].

    6    Statutory Instruments,-Twenty-first Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments; to be printed [No. 82-xxi] [Mr David Tredinnick].

[W.H., No. 62]

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 4.44 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker



 
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