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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 19th July 2004

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

PRAYERS.

1    Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Eric Illsley reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Regional Assembly and Local Government Referendums (Date of Referendums, Referendum Question and Explanatory Material) (North West Region) Order 2004, the draft Regional Assembly and Local Government Referendums (Date of Referendums, Referendum Question and Explanatory Material) (North East Region) Order 2004 and the draft Regional Assembly and Local Government Referendums (Date of Referendums, Referendum Question and Explanatory Material) (Yorkshire and the Humber Region) Order 2004.

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

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

    The Lords have agreed to the Carers (Equal Opportunities) Bill, without Amendment.

    The Lords have agreed, without Amendment, to the Amendments made by this House to the Patents Bill [Lords].

    Children Bill [Lords],-The Lords have passed a Bill to make provision for the establishment of a Children's Commissioner; to make provision about services provided to and for children and young people by local authorities and other persons; to make provision in relation to Wales about advisory and support services relating to family proceedings; to make provision about private fostering, child minding and day care, adoption review panels, the defence of reasonable punishment, the making of grants as respects children and families and about child safety orders; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

3    Children Bill [Lords],-The Children Bill [Lords] was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 144].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Children Bill [Lords] be printed [Bill 144-EN].

4    Health Protection Agency Bill [Lords] (Programme) (No. 2),-Ordered, That the Programme Order of 21st June 2004 in relation to the Health Protection Agency Bill [Lords] be varied as follows:

    Proceedings on consideration and Third Reading

    1. Paragraphs 4 and 5 (proceedings on consideration and Third Reading) shall be omitted.

    2. Proceedings on consideration and Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion two hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion for this Order.-(Miss Melanie Johnson.)

5    Health Protection Agency Bill [Lords],-The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Health Protection Agency Bill [Lords], as amended in the Standing Committee.

    A Clause (NC1) (Infection Control Standards)-(Mr Andrew Lansley)-brought up, and read the first time.

    Question put, That the Clause be read a second time.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Hugh Robertson, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 163.

      Tellers for the Noes, Charlotte Atkins, Mr John Heppell: 297.

    Amendment (No. 1) proposed to the Bill, in page 5, line 6, at the end, to insert the words-

    '(2A) To facilitate co-operation the Agency shall consult with other bodies and publish protocols for co-operation.'.-(Mr Paul Burstow.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Bob Russell, Sir Robert Smith: 164.

      Tellers for the Noes, Charlotte Atkins, Jim Fitzpatrick: 287.

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

    And it being two hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion (Health Protection Agency Bill [Lords] (Programme) (No. 2)), the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Order [this day]:-It was agreed to.

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

6    Council Tax,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the draft Council Tax Limitation (England) (Maximum Amounts) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 8th July, be approved-(Mr Nick Raynsford);

    And it being one and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Standing Order No. 16 (Proceedings under an Act or on European Union documents).

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John Heppell, Mr Vernon Coaker: 278.

      Tellers for the Noes, Hugh Robertson, Mr Peter Atkinson: 175.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Resolved, That the draft Council Tax Limitation (England) (Maximum Amounts) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 8th July, be approved.

7    Public Audit (Wales) Bill [Lords] (Programme) (No. 2),-Ordered, That the Programme Order of 17th June 2004 in relation to the Public Audit (Wales) Bill [Lords] be varied as follows:

    Consideration and Third Reading

    1. Paragraphs 4 and 5 of the Order shall be omitted.

    2. Proceedings on consideration and Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion:

      (a) at the moment of interruption at this day's sitting, or

      (b) one hour after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion for this Order, whichever is the later.-(Mr Don Touhig.)

8    Public Audit (Wales) Bill [Lords],-The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Public Audit (Wales) Bill [Lords], as amended in the Standing Committee.

    Amendment (No. 1) made to the Bill.

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

9    Extradition,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Extradition Act 2003 (Amendment to Designations) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 17th June, be approved-(Mr Jim Murphy):-It was agreed to.

10    Extradition,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Extradition Act 2003 (Repeals) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 17th June, be approved-(Mr Jim Murphy):-It was agreed to.

11    Terms and Conditions of Employment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2004, which were laid before this House on 17th June, be approved-(Mr Jim Murphy):-It was agreed to.

12    Education,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Student Fees (Amounts) (England) Regulations 2004, which were laid before this House on 1st July, be approved-(Mr Jim Murphy);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Fraser Kemp, Mr Nick Ainger: 250.

      Tellers for the Noes, Hugh Robertson, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 153.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Resolved, That the draft Student Fees (Amounts) (England) Regulations 2004, which were laid before this House on 1st July, be approved

13    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 Age-Related Payments (Northern Ireland) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 24th June, be approved-(Mr Jim Murphy):-It was agreed to.

14    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 Vehicle Testing (Temporary Exemptions) (Northern Ireland) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 29th June, be approved-(Mr Jim Murphy):-It was agreed to.

15    Welsh Grand Committee,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 108 (Welsh Grand Committee (sittings)), That the Order of the House of 22nd June relating to sittings of the Welsh Grand Committee on Tuesday 20th July be amended, in paragraph (2), by leaving out 'Two o'clock and half-past Four o'clock' and inserting 'Three o'clock and half-past Five o'clock'-(Mr Jim Murphy):-It was agreed to.

16    Environmental Audit,-Ordered, That Mr Jon Owen Jones be discharged from the Environmental Audit Committee and Mr John McWilliam be added.-(Mr Bob Ainsworth, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

17    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from people of the Gidea Park area of Romford against the proposed closure of the Gidea Park Post Office was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

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

    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.-(Mr Jim Murphy.)

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

[Adjourned at 10.25 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 Police Act 2001 (Amendment) and Police Reform Act 2002 (Modification) Order 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    2    Education,-Education (National Curriculum) (Attainment Targets and Programmes of Study in Science in respect of the First, Second , Third and Fourth Key Stages) (England) (No. 2) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1800), dated 12th July 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

    3    Financial Services and Markets,-Financial Conglomerates and Other Financial Groups Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1862), dated 19th July 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ruth Kelly].

    4    Road Traffic,-Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1773), dated 7th July 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

Other Papers:

    5    Agriculture,-Report and Accounts of the Meat and Livestock Commission for 2003-04,with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

    6    Animals,-Review of the Controls on Imports of Animal Products for 2003-04 [by Command] [Cm. 6286] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

    7    Audit Commission,-Accounts of the Audit Commission for Local Authorities and the National Health Service in England and Wales for the seventeen month period ended 31st March 2004, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 930] [Clerk of the House].

    8    British Library,-Report and Accounts of the British Library Board for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 732] [Clerk of the House].

    9    Broadcasting,-Account of the Broadcasting Standards Commission for the period from 1st April to 28th December 2003, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 932] [Clerk of the House].

    10    Criminal Justice,-Report of the Serious Fraud Office for 2003-04 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 850] [The Solicitor General].

    11    Education,-Account of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 942] [Clerk of the House].

    12    Environmental Protection,-Report and Financial Statements of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee for 2003-04 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

    13    Exchange Equalisation Account,-Report and Accounts of the Exchange Equalisation Account for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 893] [Ruth Kelly].

    14    Foreign and Commonwealth,-Paper, entitled Provisional Text of the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union [by Command] [Cm. 6289] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    15    Government Resources and Accounts,-(1) Accounts of the Oil and Pipelines Agency for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 941] [Clerk of the House]; and

    (2) Reports and Accounts for 2003-04 of the-

      (i) Central Science Laboratory, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 849] [Secretary Margaret Beckett];

      (ii) National Weights and Measures Laboratories, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 784] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

      (iii) Pesticides Safety Directorate, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 829] [Secretary Margaret Beckett];

      (iv) Planning Inspectorate, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 723] [Mr Secretary Prescott]; and

    (3) Resource Accounts of HM Treasury for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 920] [Ruth Kelly].

    16    Government Trading Funds,-Reports and Accounts of the-

    (1) Driving Standards Agency, and

    (2) Patent Office

    for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 821 and 861] [Clerk of the House].

    17    Home Office,-Papers, entitled-

    (1) Confident Communities in a Secure Britain: The Home Office Strategic Plan 2004-08; and

    (2) Cutting Crime, Delivering Justice: A Strategic Plan for Criminal Justice 2004-08

    [by Command] [Cms. 6287 and 6288] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    18    Local Government,-Financial Statements of the South Bank Centre for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

    19    National Audit,-Reports by the Comptroller and Auditor General on-

    (1) Managing National Lottery Distribution Fund balances, and

    (2) Ofgem: Social Action Plan and Household Energy Efficiency

    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 875 and 878] [Clerk of the House].

    20    National Lottery,-(1) Report and Accounts of the National Lottery Commission for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 715] [Clerk of the House] and

    (2) Accounts for 2003-04 of the-

      (i) Arts Council of Northern Ireland Lottery Distribution Fund, and

      (ii) Sports Council for Wales Lottery Distribution,

    with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 929 and 944] [Clerk of the House].

    21    Northern Ireland,-Report and Accounts of the-

    (1) Driving and Vehicle Licensing Northern Ireland,

    (2) Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland, and

    (3) Rivers Agency,

    for 2003-04, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland thereon [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [Nos. 847, 832 and 846] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

    22    Parliamentary Commissioner,-Third Report of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration, Session 2003-04: A Further Investigation of the Prudential Regulation of Equitable Life? [by Act]; to be printed [No. 910] [Clerk of the House].

    23    Pensions and Yeomanry,-Amendments 37 and 38 to the Army Pensions Warrant 1977 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

    24    Public Petitions,-Observations by the Secretary of State for Transport on the Petition [1st July] from Anna Peschek and others for speed restrictions in rural villages [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

    25    Teaching and Higher Education,-Account of the General Teaching Council for England for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 937] [Clerk of the House].

    26    Transport,-Report and Accounts of British Waterways for 2003-04 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

    27    Treasury Solicitor,-Account of the Crown's Nominee for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Ruth Kelly].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    Draft Regional Assembly and Local Government Referendums (Date of Referendums, Referendum Question and Explanatory Material) (North West Region) Order 2004, draft Regional Assembly and Local Government Referendums (Date of Referendums, Referendum Question and Explanatory Material) (North East Region) Order 2004, and the draft Regional Assembly and Local Government Referendums (Date of Referendums, Referendum Question and Explanatory Material) (Yorkshire and the Humber Region) Order 2004,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Richard Allan from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Orders) and nominated in substitution Matthew Green.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Health,-Fifth Report from the Health Committee [GP Out of Hours Services], 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. 697-I and -II] [Mr David Hinchliffe].

    2    Treasury,-Eighth Report from the Treasury Committee [Restoring confidence in long-term savings], 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. 71-I and -II]; and

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Restoring confidence in long-term savings]

    [Mr John McFall].



 
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