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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 7th December 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 Resolutions:

    That the proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Joint Nature Conservation Committee) Order 2005, which was laid before to House on 12th October, in the last Session of Parliament, should be amended before an Order is laid before the House.

    That the order-making power under the Regulatory Reform Act 2001 should not be used in respect of the proposals contained in the proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Registration of Births and Deaths) (England and Wales) Order 2004, which was laid before the House on 22nd July, in the last Session of Parliament.

2    First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Alan Hurst reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft International Criminal Court (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2004.

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

3    Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Derek Conway reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Electricity and Gas (Energy Efficiency Obligations) Order 2004.

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

4    Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Eric Forth reported from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Motor Vehicles (Wearing of Seat Belts) (Amendment) Regulations 2005.

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

5    Welsh Grand Committee,—Mr Win Griffiths reported from the Welsh Grand Committee, That it had considered the matter of the Government's Legislative Programme as outlined in the Queen's Speech as it relates to Wales and Public Expenditure in Wales, referred to it on 24th November.

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

6    European Standing Committee B,—Mr Bill Olner reported from European Standing Committee B the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 13244/04 and Addenda 1 and 2 on Turkey's progress towards accession to the European Union; and endorses the Commission's conclusion that Turkey has sufficiently fulfilled the Copenhagen political criteria and its recommendation that accession negotiations should be opened.

    Resolution to lie upon the Table.

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

7    Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill,—Secretary Margaret Beckett, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Blunkett, Secretary Tessa Jowell, Mr Peter Hain and Alun Michael, presented a Bill to amend section 6 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998; to make provision for the gating of certain minor highways; to make provision in relation to vehicles parked on roads that are exposed for sale or being repaired; to make provision in relation to abandoned vehicles and the removal and disposal of vehicles; to make provision relating to litter and refuse, graffiti, fly-posting and the display of advertisements; to make provision relating to the transportation, collection, disposal and management of waste; to make provision relating to the control of dogs and to amend the law relating to stray dogs; to make provision in relation to noise; to provide for the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and for the making of grants relating to the quality of the built environment; to amend the law relating to abandoned shopping and luggage trolleys; to amend the law relating to statutory nuisances; to amend section 78L of the Environmental Protection Act 1990; to amend the law relating to offences under Schedule 1 to the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 11].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill be printed [Bill 11-EN].

8    Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill,—The Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill was, according to Order, read a second time.

9    Serious Organised Crime and Police 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 Serious Organised Crime and Police 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 Thursday 20th January.

    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—(Derek Twigg);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Bridget Prentice, Mr Vernon Coaker: 275.

      Tellers for the Noes, Andrew Selous, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 130.

    So the Question was agreed to.

10    Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Serious Organised Crime and Police 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 Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill it is expedient to authorise—

    (1) the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—

      (a) expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State by virtue of the Act;

      (b) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of money so provided under any other Act; and

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

11    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 Agriculture (Northern Ireland) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 24th November, be approved—(Mr Nick Ainger):—It was agreed to.

12    European Communities,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (European Police Office) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 24th November, be approved—(Mr Nick Ainger):—It was agreed to.

13    European Communities,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft European Communities (Immunities and Privileges of the European Police Office) (Amendment) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 24th November, be approved—(Mr Nick Ainger):—It was agreed to.

14    International Immunities and Privileges,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft European Police College (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 24th November, be approved—(Mr Nick Ainger):—It was agreed to.

15    Regulatory Reform,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 18 (Consideration of draft regulatory reform orders), 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, in the last Session of Parliament, be approved—(Mr Nick Ainger):—It was agreed to.

16    Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from Susan Rankin and others against changes to the Scottish Regiments was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

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

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

[Adjourned at 7.39 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    Agriculture,—Common Agricultural Policy Single Payment and Support Schemes (Cross Compliance) (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3196), dated 5th December 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

2    Competition,—Enterprise Act 2002 (Merger Fees and Determination of Turnover) (Amendment) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3204), dated 2nd December 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

3    Consumer Protection,—Recreational Craft (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3201), dated 3rd December 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

4    Patents,—Patents Act 2004 (Commencement No. 2 and Consequential, etc. and Transitional provisions) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3205), dated 29th November 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

5    Taxes,—(1) Mutual Assistance Provisions Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3207), dated 7th December 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Dawn Primarolo]; and

    (2) Stamp Duty Land Tax (Land Transaction Returns) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3208), dated 7th December 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Stephen Timms].

6    Universities of Oxford and Cambridge,—(1) Statute, dated 2nd September 2004, made by Manchester Academy and Harris College, Oxford, amending the Statutes of the College; and

    (2) Statute, dated 18th February 2004, made by St John's College, Oxford, amending the Statutes of the College

    [by Act] [Mr Christopher Leslie].

7    Water Industry,—(1) Water Mergers (Determination of Turnover) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3206); and

    (2) Water Mergers (Modification of Enactments) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3202),

    dated 2nd December 2004 [by Act], Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

Other Papers:

8    Energy,—Directions to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in respect of the—

    (1) Berkeley Nuclear Site;

    (2) Bradwell Nuclear Site;

    (3) Capenhurst Nuclear Site;

    (4) Chapelcross Nuclear Site;

    (5) Dounreay Nuclear Establishment;

    (6) Drigg Nuclear Site;

    (7) Dungeness A Nuclear Site;

    (8) Harwell Nuclear Establishment;

    (9) Hinckley Point A Nuclear Site;

    (10) Hunterston A Nuclear Site;

    (11) Oldbury Nuclear Site;

    (12) Sellafield Nuclear Site;

    (13) Sizewell A Nuclear Site;

    (14) Springfields Nuclear Site;

    (15) Trawsfynydd Nuclear Site;

    (16) Windscale Nuclear Establishment;

    (17) Winfrith Nuclear Establishment; and

    (18) Wylfa Nuclear Site

    [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

9    Environmental Pollution,—Twenty-fifth Report of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, on Turning the Tide: Addressing the Impact of Fisheries on the Marine Environment [by Command] [Cm. 6392] [Mr Christopher Leslie].

10    Northern Ireland,—Northern Ireland Office: Autumn Performance Report 2004 [by Command] [Cm. 6419] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

11    Trade and Industry,—Department of Trade and Industry: Autumn Performance Report 2004 [by Command] [Cm. 6422] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Draft International Criminal Court (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2004,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mrs Anne Campbell, Mr Denis MacShane and Dr Phyllis Starkey from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Mr Chris Mullin, Mr Colin Pickthall and Mr Mark Todd.

2    Draft Motor Vehicles (Wearing of Seat Belts) (Amendment) Regulations 2005,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mrs Helen Liddell and Mr Gordon Prentice from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations) and nominated in substitution Ann Coffey and Mr Kelvin Hopkins.

3    Draft Criminal Justice Act 2003 (Categories of Offence) Order 2004,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mrs Cheryl Gillan from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Mr Dominic Grieve.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1    Constitutional Affairs,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Constitutional Affairs Committee [Family Justice: The operation of the family courts]; to be printed [No.116-i]; and

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Family Justice: The operation of the family courts]; to be printed [No. 116-II]

    [Mr A. J. Beith]

2    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee on The Future for UK Fishing of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [The Future for UK Fishing]; to be printed [No. 122-i] [Mr Michael Jack].

3    Environmental Audit,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Education Sub-Committee [Environmental Education: Follow-up to the Learning the Sustainability Lesson Inquiry]; to be printed [No. 84-i] [Mr Peter Ainsworth].

4    Home Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [Anti-Social Behaviour]; to be printed [No. 80-ii] [Mr John Denham].

5    International Development,—(1) First Report from the International Development Committee [The Commission for Africa and Policy Coherence for Development: First do no harm], 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. 123];

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [DFID's bilateral programme of assistance to India]; to be printed [No. 124-i]; and

    (3) Memoranda laid before the Committee [The Commission for Africa and Policy Coherence for Development: First do no harm]

    [Tony Baldry].

6    Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee [Homelessness]; to be printed [No. 61-ii] [Andrew Bennett].

7    Regulatory Reform,—(1) First Report from the Regulatory Reform Committee [Proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Joint Nature Conservation Committee) Order 2005]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 117]; and

    (2) Second Report from the Committee [Proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Registration of Births and Deaths) (England and Wales) Order 2004], together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 118]

    [Mr Peter Pike].

8    Statutory Instruments,—Second Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 66-ii] [Mr Brian White].

[W.H., No. 2]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

The sitting began at half-past Nine o'clock.

Adjournment,—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Mr Vernon Coaker.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 4.29 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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