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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 6th December 2004

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

PRAYERS.

1    Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Eric Forth reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Agriculture (Northern Ireland) Order 2004.

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

2    Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Jonathan Sayeed reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Georgia) Order 2004.

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

3    Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Eric Illsley reported from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft European Police College (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2004, the draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (European Police Office) Order 2004 and the draft European Communities (Immunities and Privileges of the European Police Office) (Amendment) Order 2004.

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

4    Railways Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Railways Bill;

    And a Motion being made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read a second time;

    An Amendment was proposed to the Question, to leave out from the word 'That' to the end of the Question and add the words 'this House declines to give a Second Reading to the Railways Bill because it increases the extent to which politicians and civil servants interfere in the running of the railways; gives the Mayor of London power over train services which begin or end beyond the boundaries of the Greater London Authority; perpetuates instability in the rail industry with regard to franchising; fails to encourage additional private investment; offers nothing to improve conditions for passengers and the travelling public; and exposes the Government's continuing disarray over the strategic direction of the industry', instead thereof.—(Mr Tim Yeo.)

    And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Crispin Blunt, Mr David Ruffley: 124.

      Tellers for the Noes, Margaret Moran, Mr Jim Murphy: 321.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Main Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 62 (Amendment on second or third reading):—It was agreed to.

    The Bill was accordingly read a second time.

5    Railways Bill (Programme),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 83A (Programme motions), That the following provisions shall apply to the Railways 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 Tuesday 18th January 2005.

    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. Standing Order No. 83B (Programming committees) shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.

Programming of proceedings

    7. Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further messages from the Lords) may be programmed—(Mr Nick Ainger);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Jim Murphy, Margaret Moran: 312.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Crispin Blunt, Mr David Ruffley: 131.

    So the Question was agreed to.

6    Railways Bill (Money),—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Railways Bill (Money);

    A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 52 (Money resolutions and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills), That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Railways Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—

      (a) any expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State for or in connection with the carrying out of any of his functions under that Act; and

      (b) any increase attributable to that Act in the sums which are payable out of money so provided under any other Act—(Mr Nick Ainger):—It was agreed to.

7    Railways Bill (Ways and Means),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 52 (Money resolutions and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills), That, for the purpose of any Act resulting from the Railways Bill, it is expedient to authorise—

      (a) the imposition of charges to corporation tax by provisions relating to transfer schemes; and

      (b) the payment of sums into the Consolidated Fund—(Mr Nick Ainger):—It was agreed to.

8    Services of General Interest,—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 Documents No. 9824/03, Commission Green Paper on Services of General Interest, No. 7549/04, Commission Staff Working Paper; Report on Public Consultation on the Green Paper on Services of General Interest, and No. 9643/04, Commission Communication, White Paper on Services of General Interest; welcomes the debate on Services of General Interest and supports the Government's view that, at a European Union level, sector-specific regulation continues to provide a more satisfactory approach than a horizontal framework directive on Services of General Interest—(Mr Nick Ainger):—It was agreed to.

9    European Satellite Radionavigation Programme,—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 Documents Nos. 9941/04, 11834/04 and 13300/04 and the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum dated 26th May 2004 from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, relating to the European satellite radionavigation programme (Galileo); endorses the Government's support for the draft Conclusions on the deployment and operational phases of the European Global Navigation Satellite System programmes for the Transport Council on 10th December 2004; and supports the Government's wider aims in seeking a lead role in the Galileo programme—(Mr Nick Ainger):—It was agreed to.

10    Estimates,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 145 (Liaison Committee), That this House agrees with the Report [2nd December] of the Liaison Committee—(Mr Nick Ainger):—It was agreed to.

11    Tax Law Rewrite Bills,—Ordered, That Mr Chris Pond be discharged from the Joint Committee on Tax Law Rewrite Bills and Mr Ivan Henderson be added.—(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

12    Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Nick Ainger.)

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

[Adjourned at 10.55 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 delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on Friday 3rd December 2004 pursuant to Standing Order No. 158 (Presentation of command papers):

1    Constitutional Affairs,—Department for Constitutional Affairs: Autumn Performance Report 2004 [Cm. 6391] [Mr David Lammy].

2    Crown Prosecution Service,—Crown Prosecution Service: Autumn Performance Report 2004 [Cm. 6398] [The Solicitor General].

Papers delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on Friday 3rd December 2004 pursuant to Standing Order No. 159 (Presentation of statutory instruments):

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

3    Criminal Law,—(1) Penalties for Disorderly Behaviour (Amount of Penalty) (Amendment No. 3) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3167); and

    (2) Penalties for Disorderly Behaviour (Form of Penalty Notice) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3169),

    dated 2nd December 2004, with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

4    Education—(1) Tyne Metropolitan College (Government) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3109); and

    (2) Tyne Metropolitan College (Incorporation) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3108),

    dated 25th November 2004, with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [Mr Secretary Clarke].

5    Immigration—Immigration (Exemption from Control) (Amendment) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3171), dated 2nd December 2004, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

6    Land Drainage,—(1) Anglian Regional Flood Defence Committee (Abolition) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3163);

    (2) Southern Regional Flood Defence Committee Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3165); and

    (3) Wessex Regional Flood Defence Committee Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3164),

    dated 30th November 2004, with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

7    Town and Country Planning (Wales),—Town and Country Planning (Electronic Communications) (Wales) (No. 3) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3172), dated 1st December 2004, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Christopher Leslie].

Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 6th December 2004:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

8    Building Societies,—(1) Building Societies (Accounts and Related Provisions) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3199); and

    (2) Building Societies Act 1986 (Modification of the Lending Limit and Funding Limit Calculations) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3200),

    dated 6th December 2004 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Mr Stephen Timms].

9    Medicines,—Marketing Authorisations for Veterinary Medicinal Products (Revocation of Confidentiality Provision) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3193), dated 2nd December 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

10    Universities of Oxford and Cambridge,—Statute, dated 23rd April 2004, made by Templeton College, Oxford, amending the Charter and the Statutes of the College [by Act] [Mr Christopher Leslie].

Other Papers:

11    National Audit,—Reports by the Comptroller and Auditor General on—

    (1) Delivering Public Services to a Diverse Society, and

    (2) Managing Attendance in the Department for Work and Pensions

    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 19-I and -II and 18] [Clerk of the House].

12    National Lottery,—Report and Financial Statements of the UK Film Council (formerly Film Council) Group and Lottery for 2003-04 [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Draft Agriculture (Northern Ireland) Order 2004,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Glenda Jackson from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution John Robertson.

2    Draft Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Georgia) Order 2004,—The Committee of Selection has discharged David Hamilton from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Hugh Bayley.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1    Education and Skills,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Skills Committee [Prison Education]; to be printed [No. 114-i] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

2    Foreign Affairs,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [European Council]; to be printed [No. 110-i]; and

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Overseas Territories]; to be printed [No. 115]

    [Mr Donald Anderson].

3    Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Urban Affairs Sub-Committee of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions [The Role and Effectiveness of the Standards Board for England]; to be printed [No. 60-i] [Chris Mole].



 
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