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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 9th November 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 (Unsolicited Goods and Services Act 1971) (Directory Entries and Demands for Payment) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 25th October, should be approved.

    The Committee came to this Resolution without a Division.

2    Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Eric Illsley reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Criminal Defence Service (Choice in Very High Cost Cases) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2004.

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

3    Corporate Nuisance Telephone Calls,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to create an offence in respect of corporate nuisance telephone calls: And that Kevin Brennan, Jim Knight, Mrs Anne Campbell, Mr Tom Harris, Mr Martin Salter, Mr Khalid Mahmood, John Robertson, Mr John Bercow, Ann Clwyd, Mr Peter Kilfoyle, Lady Hermon and Sir Sydney Chapman do prepare and bring it in.

4    Corporate Nuisance Telephone Calls Bill,—Kevin Brennan accordingly presented a Bill to create an offence in respect of corporate nuisance telephone calls: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 19th November and to be printed [Bill 176].

5    Civil Partnership Bill [Lords],—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Civil Partnership Bill [Lords], as amended in the Standing Committee.

    A Clause (NC1) (Categories of civil partners other than same sex couples)—(Mr Edward Leigh)—brought up, and read the first time.

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

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Gerald Howarth, Miss Ann Widdecombe: 74.

      Tellers for the Noes, Joan Ryan, Mr Jim Murphy: 381.

    Another Clause (NC4) (Appeal against refusal of registration authority to find lawful impediment)—(Mr Christopher Chope)—brought up, and read the first time.

    Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:—Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

    Amendment (No. 21) made to the Bill.

    Another Amendment (No. 11) proposed to the Bill, in page 24, line 22, at the end, to insert the words ', or

      (d) the necessary declaration under section 8 includes a false statement relating to the qualifying condition under Schedule 23.'.—(Mr Christopher Chope.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made.

    And it being Six o'clock, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Order [12th October]:—It was negatived.

    The Deputy Speaker then put the Question on the remaining Amendments moved by a Minister of the Crown.

    Other Amendments (Nos. 22 to 28 and 34) made to the Bill.

    A Motion being made, that the Bill be now read the third time;

    Jacqui Smith, by Her Majesty's Command, acquainted the House, That Her Majesty, having been informed of the purport of the Bill, gives her Consent, as far as Her Majesty's prerogative and interest are concerned, That the House may do therein as it shall think fit.

    And the Question being proposed;

    And it being Seven o'clock, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Order [12th October].

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Nick Ainger, Mr Jim Murphy: 389.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Eric Forth, Mr Christopher Chope: 47.

    So the Question was agreed to.

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

6    Companies,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Companies Act 1985 (International Accounting Standards and Other Accounting Amendments) Regulations 2004, which were laid before this House on 11th October, be approved—(Margaret Moran):—It was agreed to.

7    Companies,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Companies (Fees) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 2621), dated 6th October 2004, a copy of which was laid before this House on 11th October, be approved—(Margaret Moran):—It was agreed to.

8    Partnership,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Limited Liability Partnerships (Fees) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 2620), dated 6th October 2004, a copy of which was laid before this House on 11th October, be approved—(Margaret Moran):—It was agreed to.

9    Children and Young Persons,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003 (Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection and Commission for Social Care Inspection) (Consequential Provisions) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 28th October, be approved—(Margaret Moran):—It was agreed to.

10    Marketing of Oilseed Rape Genetically Modified for Glyphosate Tolerance,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees), That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 12343/04, draft Council Decision concerning the placing on the market, in accordance with Directive 2001/18/EC, of an oilseed rape product (Brassica napus L., GT73 line) genetically modified for glyphosate tolerance; and supports the Government's view that, although expert advice indicates that there probably are no safety concerns, it can adopt a position on authorisation under Directive 2001/18/EC only on receipt of satisfactory data from a further rat feeding study using 15% oilseed rape meal—(Margaret Moran):—It was agreed to.

11    Credit Institutions and Investment Firms,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees), That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 11545/04, and Addenda 1-3, draft Directive re-casting Directive 2000/12/EC relating to the taking up and pursuit of the business of credit institutions and Council Directive 93/6/EEC on the capital adequacy of investment firms and credit institutions; and notes that the Government, whilst supportive of the aims of the proposals, is seeking to amend them to ensure they fit with realities of the EU market and, in particular, the circumstances of smaller banks, building societies and investment firms—(Margaret Moran):—It was agreed to.

12    Notices of Questions,—Ordered, That, in respect of Questions to the Advocate General and the Secretary of State for Scotland for oral answer on Tuesday 30th November in the next Session of Parliament, paragraph (5)(a) of Standing Order No. 22 (Notices of Questions, Motions and Amendments) shall apply with the substitution of 'three days' for 'four days'.—(Margaret Moran.)

13    Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from residents of Epping Forest District and others for reconsideration of research underlying plans to build new houses in the Green Belt in the District was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

14    Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Margaret Moran.)

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

[Adjourned at 7.42 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    Education,—Education (School Performance Targets) (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 2858), dated 1st November 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

2    Environmental Protection,—Air Quality Limit Values (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 2888), dated 4th November 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

3    Immigration,—Immigration (Assisting Unlawful Immigration) (Section 25 List of Schengen Acquis States) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 2877), dated 1st November 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

4    Insurance,—Employers' Liability (Compulsory Insurance) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 2882), dated 1st November 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Johnson].

5    Legal Services Commission,—(1) Community Legal Service (Financial) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 2899); and

    (2) Community Legal Service (Funding) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 2900),

    dated 9th November 2004 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Mr David Lammy].

6    Road Traffic,—Motor Cars (Driving Instruction) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 2871), dated 1st November 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

Other Papers:

7    Foreign and Commonwealth Office,—Report on Human Rights for 2004 [by Command] [Cm. 6364] [Mr Secretary Straw].

8    Home Office,—Paper, entitled Building Communities, Beating Crime: A better police service for the 21st century [by Command] [Cm. 6360] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

9    Special Procedure Orders,—Report by the Chairman of Committees of the House of Lords and the Chairman of Ways and Means in the House of Commons, under section 3 of the Statutory Orders (Special Procedure) Act 1945, that no Petition has been presented against the Yorkshire Water Services Limited (Langthwaite Water Treatment Works First Time Filtration Scheme) Compulsory Purchase Order 2004 [by Act] [Chairman of Ways and Means].

10    Treaty Series (No. 41, 2004),—Agreement, done at Corfu on 24th June 1994, on Partnership and Cooperation Establishing a Partnership between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Russian Federation of the other [by Command] [Cm. 6365] [Mr Secretary Straw].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

Gambling Bill,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Phil Hope from Standing Committee B (nominated in respect of the Bill); and nominated in substitution Estelle Morris.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1    Constitutional Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Constitutional Affairs Committee [Family Justice: the operation of the family courts]; to be printed [No. 1247-i] [Mr A. J. Beith].

2    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee on the Government's Rural Delivery Strategy of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [The Government's Rural Delivery Strategy]; to be printed [No. 1225-ii] [Mr Michael Jack].

3    Home Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [Terrorism and Community Relations]; to be printed [No. 1250-i] [Mr John Denham].

4    International Development,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee and Appendices [The Autumn Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank]; to be printed [No. 1251-i] [Tony Worthington].

5    Regulatory Reform,—Thirteenth Report from the Regulatory Reform Committee [Draft Regulatory Reform (Unsolicited Goods and Services Act 1971) (Directory Entries and Demands for Payment) Order 2004]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 1246] [Mr Peter Pike].

6    Statutory Instruments,—Thirty-third Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 82-xxxiii] [Mr Brian White].

7    Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [Regional Productivity]; to be printed [No. 308-v] [Mr John McFall].

[W.H., No. 98]

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 John Hutton.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 4.30 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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