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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 12th January 2005

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

PRAYERS.

1    European Standing Committee A,—Mr Jonathan Sayeed reported from European Standing Committee A the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 12200/04, draft Directive on introducing humane trapping standards for certain animal species; and supports the Government's view that the humane trapping standards should be implemented and adopted in the United Kingdom.

    Resolution to lie upon the Table.

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

2    Criminal Law (Amendment) (Householder Protection) Bill,—Patrick Mercer, supported by David Davis, Mr Frank Field, Mr Roger Gale, Chris Grayling, Mr Dominic Grieve, Mr Mike Hancock, Lady Hermon, Mr Humfrey Malins, Mr Mark Prisk, Mr Hugo Swire and Dr Richard Taylor, presented a Bill to amend section 3 of the Criminal Law Act 1967 in relation to the use of force in the prevention of crime or in the defence of persons or property: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 4th February and to be printed [Bill 20].

3    Drugs (Sentencing and Commission of Inquiry) Bill,—Mr Nigel Evans, supported by Mr Nigel Jones, Jane Griffiths, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Kate Hoey, Mrs Angela Browning, Dr Julian Lewis, Bob Spink, Mr Robert Syms, Mr David Amess, Andrew Rosindell and Mr Julian Brazier, presented a Bill to make provision about sentencing for persons guilty of an offence in connection with the supply or an offer to supply Class A drugs; and to establish a commission of inquiry into the effects and classification of cannabis: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 25th February and to be printed [Bill 21].

4    Health and Safety (Directors' Duties) Bill,—Mr Stephen Hepburn, supported by Vera Baird, Tony Baldry, Mr Nicholas Brown, Mr Michael Clapham, Mr Tony Clarke, Ross Cranston, Mr Frank Dobson, Mrs Joan Humble, Helen Jackson, Mr Michael Meacher and Dr Jenny Tonge, presented a Bill to impose duties upon company directors in relation to health and safety; to give powers to the Health and Safety Commission to issue and approve codes of practice in connection with the performance of those duties; to require large companies to appoint a director as health and safety information director; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 4th March and to be printed [Bill 22].

5    Smoking in Public Places (Wales) Bill,—Julie Morgan, supported by Mr Kevin Barron, Paul Flynn, Dr Ian Gibson, Mr Win Griffiths, Mr David Hinchliffe, Dr Doug Naysmith, David Taylor, Mrs Betty Williams, Hywel Williams, Mr Roger Williams and Sir George Young, presented a Bill to enable the National Assembly for Wales to prohibit or restrict the smoking of tobacco products by any person in a public place in Wales; to enable functions to be transferred to the National Assembly for Wales in that connection; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 18th March and to be printed [Bill 23].

6    Stamp Duty (Lower Rate for Energy Efficiency Measures) Bill,—Mr Kevin Barron, supported by Mr Peter Ainsworth, Mr Richard Allan, Mr David Amess, Mr John Battle, Mr A. J. Beith, Sir Sydney Chapman, Mr David Chaytor, Mr David Drew, Mr Neil Gerrard, Mr Martin O'Neill and Brian White, presented a Bill to make provision for a lower rate of stamp duty land tax to be charged on residential properties where energy efficiency measures are undertaken by or on behalf of the purchaser: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 8th April and to be printed [Bill 24].

7    Mobile Telephones (Re-Programming) Bill,—Mr Kevan Jones, supported by Ms Dari Taylor, Mark Tami, Mr Liam Byrne, Iain Wright, Jon Cruddas, Helen Jones, Ann McKechin, Mr George Howarth, Mrs Joan Humble, Mr Stephen Pound and Mr Frank Roy, presented a Bill to amend the Mobile Telephones (Re-programming) Act 2002: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 15th April and to be printed [Bill 25].

8    Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Amendment) Bill,—Sir Paul Beresford, supported by Vera Baird, Mr Dominic Grieve, Mr Humfrey Malins, Mr John Randall, John Cryer and Mr Neil Gerrard, presented a Bill to amend the Sexual Offences Act 2003 to give the police powers to enter specified premises in order to ascertain whether a person subject to the notification requirements of Part 2 of that Act is residing at or staying on those premises and to search those premises for information relevant to section 67 of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000, and to create offences in connection with the exercise of those powers: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 4th March and to be printed [Bill 26].

9    Renewable Heat Bill,—Mr Michael Weir, supported by Hywel Williams, Annabelle Ewing, Pete Wishart, Mr Andrew Stunell, Norman Baker, Paddy Tipping, Mr David Chaytor, Brian White, Mr Peter Ainsworth and Mr Simon Thomas, presented a Bill to make provision to increase the proportion of heating fuel derived from renewable sources; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 4th February and to be printed [Bill 27].

10    Employment Tribunals (Representation and Assistance in Discrimination Proceedings) Bill,—Mr Marsha Singh, supported by Peter Bottomley, Mr Michael Clapham, Mrs Ann Cryer, Mr John Grogan, Mr Fabian Hamilton, Mr Mike Hancock, Mr Eric Illsley, Alice Mahon, Mr Terry Rooney, Brian White and Mrs Betty Williams, presented a Bill to make provision about representation of and assistance to complainants in discrimination proceedings before employment tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal; to establish and confer functions upon the Tribunal Representation and Assistance Board; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 18th March and to be printed [Bill 28].

11    Trespassers on Land (Liability for Damage and Eviction) Bill,—Mr Gerald Howarth, supported by Mr Philip Hammond, Dr Julian Lewis, Mr Mark Todd, Mr Crispin Blunt, Mr Nick Hawkins, Mr Graham Allen, Mr Humfrey Malins, Mr James Arbuthnot and Sir George Young, presented a Bill to make a person liable for damage caused to land, or property on that land, on which he is trespassing with the purpose of residing there; to amend the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 in respect of the removal of trespassers from land, the seizure of property of trespassers and payments to occupiers of land in respect of damages arising from trespass; to establish a register of persons whose identity has been given to a constable after the giving of a direction under Part 5 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 8th April and to be printed [Bill 29].

12    Telecommunications Masts (Planning Control) Bill,—Mr Andrew Stunell, supported by Mr Richard Spring, Derek Wyatt, Mr Phil Willis, Mr Gary Streeter, Brian White, Annette Brooke, Mr John Bercow, Mr Paul Truswell, Mrs Patsy Calton, Mr Mark Oaten and Mr Paul Burstow, presented a Bill to amend the law relating to planning in connection with telecommunications masts and associated apparatus; to amend the electronic communications code in connection with telecommunications masts and associated apparatus and make further provision about that code; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 18th March and to be printed [Bill 30].

13    Armed Forces (Parliamentary Approval for Participation in Armed Conflict) Bill,—Mr Neil Gerrard, supported by Tony Wright, Mr William Hague, Sir Menzies Campbell, Mr Alex Salmond, Mr Simon Thomas, Andrew Bennett, Mr Gordon Prentice, Mr Douglas Hogg, Mr Richard Allan, Mr Kelvin Hopkins and Brian White, presented a Bill to require parliamentary approval for the participation of Her Majesty's armed forces in armed conflict and for a declaration of war; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 4th March and to be printed [Bill 31].

14    Human Tissue Act 2004 (Amendment) Bill,—Mr Stephen Pound, supported by Dr Evan Harris, David Cairns, Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody, Mr Kelvin Hopkins, Mrs Patsy Calton, Mr Tam Dalyell, Chris Bryant, Lembit Ípik, Jane Griffiths, Siobhain McDonagh and Mr Andrew Dismore, presented a Bill to amend the Human Tissue Act 2004 in relation to the removal of organs for the purpose of transplantation from adults who have died: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 22nd April and to be printed [Bill 32].

15    Council Tax Benefit (Entitlement Information) Bill,—Tony Baldry, supported by Hugh Bayley, Dr Hywel Francis, Mr John Burnett, Dr Evan Harris, Mr Robert Jackson and Mr John Bercow, presented a Bill to require billing authorities and local authorities to contact pensioners who may be entitled to council tax benefit: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 4th February and to be printed [Bill 33].

16    Humber Bridge Bill,—Mr Ian Cawsey, supported by Shona McIsaac, Mr Austin Mitchell, Mr Greg Knight, David Davis, Mr Kevin McNamara, Mr James Cran, Mr Edward Leigh, Mr John Grogan, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mr Phil Willis and Kevin Brennan, presented a Bill to amend the Humber Bridge Acts 1959 to 1973; to require the Secretary of State to review the exercise of his power under the Humber Bridge (Debts) Act 1996; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 15th April and to be printed [Bill 34].

17    Local Services and Facilities Bill,—Mr Roger Williams, supported by Andrew George, Sue Doughty, Mr Simon Thomas, Mr David Drew, Mr Don Foster, Alan Simpson, Dr Ian Gibson, Mr Huw Edwards, Jim Dowd, Mr David Chaytor and Matthew Green, presented a Bill to require public authorities to undertake a social and environmental impact assessment and to consult persons or bodies affected before closing premises that provide services or ceasing to provide services from particular premises; to amend the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 in relation to material changes in use affecting services to or amenities for the public; to confer powers on local authorities in connection with the proposed closure of leisure and sports facilities; to make provision about local food strategies; to make provision in connection with the delivery of beer to public houses from local breweries; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 25th February and to be printed [Bill 35].

18    Succession to the Crown (No. 2) Bill,—Ann Taylor, supported by Joyce Quin, Paddy Tipping, Sandra Osborne, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Gwyn Prosser, Ms Candy Atherton, Tony Wright, Mr Khalid Mahmood, Mrs Betty Williams, Kali Mountford and Judy Mallaber, presented a Bill to make provision about succession to the Crown and about Royal marriages: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 4th March and to be printed [Bill 36].

19    School Meals and Nutrition Bill,—Geraint Davies, supported by Ms Debra Shipley, Ms Karen Buck, Julia Drown, Dr Howard Stoate, Harry Cohen, Ms Oona King, Siobhain McDonagh, Mrs Janet Dean, John Austin and Julie Morgan, presented a Bill to make further provision about nutritional standards, and other nutritional requirements, for school meals; to regulate food vending machines in schools; to provide for restrictions on the whereabouts of pupils during school hours for the purpose of controlling the supply of food to them; to require the inclusion of information about nutritional standards of food in schools in reports of school inspections; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 25th February and to be printed [Bill 37].

20    Estate Agents (Independent Redress Scheme) Bill,—Mr Alan Williams, supported by Mr Clive Betts, Andrew Bennett, Mr Adrian Sanders, Mr Kevin McNamara, Mr David Clelland, John Barrett, Mr Jon Owen Jones and Claire Ward, presented a Bill to amend the Estate Agents Act 1979 to make provision for independent consumer redress in connection with the sale and purchase of residential property: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 4th March and to be printed [Bill 38].

21    Right of Reply and Press Standards Bill,—Peter Bradley, supported by Mr Clive Soley, Ann Clwyd, Tony Wright, Angela Eagle, Tony Worthington, Sir Sydney Chapman, Mr Paul Tyler, Mr Robert Walter, Martin Linton, Dr Alan Whitehead and Mr Si˘n Simon, presented a Bill to give persons a right of reply to correct factual inaccuracies in the press in specified circumstances; to establish and confer functions upon the Press Standards Board and the Press Standards Adjudicator; to create an offence in connection with non-compliance with an enforcement notice served by the Press Standards Board; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 25th February and to be printed [Bill 39].

22    Child Benefit Bill,—The Child Benefit Bill was, according to Order, read a second time.

23    Child Benefit 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 Child Benefit Bill:

Committal

    1. The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

Proceedings in Standing Committee

    2. Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 20th January 2005.

    3. The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on that day.

Consideration and Third Reading

    4. Proceedings on consideration (so far as not previously concluded) shall be brought to a conclusion two and a half hours after their commencement.

    5. Proceedings on Third Reading (so far as not previously concluded) shall be brought to a conclusion half an hour after their commencement.

Programming Committee

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

Other 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—(Margaret Moran);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Jim Fitzpatrick, Margaret Moran: 312.

      Tellers for the Noes, Gregory Barker, Mr Mark Prisk: 183.

    So the Question was agreed to.

24    Child Benefit Bill [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Child Benefit 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 Child Benefit Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any increase attributable to the Act in the sums which under any other Act are payable out of money so provided—(Jim Fitzpatrick):—It was agreed to.

25    Public Petitions,—Public Petitions from—

    (1) residents of Caersws, Llanwnog and the surrounding area for the removal of the radio mast in Manthrig Lane, Caersws, Powys; and

    (2) Mr and Mrs Cribbs and others against the proposed closure of public halls in the Borough of Castle Point, Essex

    were presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

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

    And it being Seven o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put.

27    Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Tom Watson.)

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

[Adjourned at 7.29 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    Companies,—Draft Companies Act 1985 (Operating and Financial Review and Directors' Report etc.) Regulations 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2    Competition,—Supply of Extended Warranties on Domestic Electrical Goods Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 37), dated 11th January 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

3    National Health Service,—National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) (Personal Medical Services Agreements) and (Pharmaceutical Services) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 28), dated 11th January 2005 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

4    Social Security,—Social Security (Incapacity Benefit Work-focused Interviews) Amendment Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3), dated 5th January 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Johnson].

Other Papers:

5    Bolivia (No. 1, 2005),—Agreement, done at La Paz on 13th and 17th September 2004, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Republic of Bolivia concerning Development Assistance and the Status of the United Kingdom Department for International Development in the Republic of Bolivia, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 6445] [Mr Secretary Straw].

6    Government Resources and Accounts,—Report and Accounts of the Warship Support Agency for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 192] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

7    Police,—Code of Practice on the National Intelligence Model [by Act] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

8    School Standards and Framework,—Account of the Wakefield Education Action Zone for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 196] [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

European Standing Committees

1    European Union Document No. 9050/04, relating to the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, has been referred to European Standing Committee B.

2    European Union Document No. 14549/04, relating to the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), has been referred to European Standing Committee B, together with European Union Documents Nos. 11890/04 and 11981/04 and Addenda 1 and 2, relating to the fight against fraud, already referred to the Committee on 13th October 2004.

3    European Union Document No. 6174/04 and Addendum 1, relating to an internal market for services, has been referred to European Standing Committee C.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1    Defence,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence Committee [Future Capabilities]; to be printed [No. 45-ii] [Bruce George].

2    Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development and Trade and Industry,—Part of Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development and Trade and Industry Committees [Strategic Export Controls]; to be printed [No. 145-ii] [Mr Roger Berry].

3    Draft Mental Health Bill,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on the Draft Mental Health Bill; to be printed [No. 95-vii and -ix]; and

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 95-viii]

    [Mr George Howarth].

4    Education and Skills,—(1) Second Special Report from the Education and Skills Committee [Government and Ofsted's Response to the Sixth Report from the Committee, Session 2003-04, on The Work of Ofsted]; to be printed [No. 206]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [UK e-University]; to be printed [No. 205-i]

    [Mr Barry Sheerman].

5    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,—(1) Third Special Report from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [Government's Reply to the Seventeenth Report from the Committee, Session 2003-04, on Agriculture and EU Enlargement]; to be printed [No. 221]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Climate Change: Looking Forward]; to be printed [No. 130-ii]

    [Mr Michael Jack].

6    Environmental Audit,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee [The International Challenge of Climate Change: UK leadership in the G8 and EU]; to be printed [No. 105-iv] [Mr Peter Ainsworth].

7    European Scrutiny,—(1) Third Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 38-iii]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The EU's constitutional treaty]; to be printed [No. 132-ii]

    [Mr Jimmy Hood].

8    Human Rights,—Fourth Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights [Scrutiny: First Progress Report], together with Appendices; to be printed, together with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 224] [Jean Corston].

9    Public Accounts,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Managing National Lottery Distribution Fund balances]; to be printed [No. 223-i] [Mr Edward Leigh].

10    Public Administration,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Government by Inquiry]; to be printed [No. 51-iii] [Tony Wright].

11    Science and Technology,—(1) Second Report from the Science and Technology Committee [Annual Report 2004]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 199]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Forensic Science]; to be printed [No. 96-ii]

    [Dr Ian Gibson].

12    Transport,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Committee [Road Pricing]; to be printed [No. 218-i] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

13    Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee of the Treasury Committee [Excise Duty Fraud]; to be printed [No. 126-ii] [Mr John McFall].

14    Welsh Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee [Police Service, Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour in Wales]; to be printed [No. 46-iv] [Mr Martyn Jones].

15    Work and Pensions,—First Report from the Work and Pensions Committee [The Committee's Work in 2004], to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 133] [Sir Archy Kirkwood].

[W.H., No. 9]

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.—(James Purnell.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 4.29 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker

CORRIGENDUM

The Votes and Proceedings for Tuesday 11th January 2005 should have had Issue No. 19.



 
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