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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 27th January 2005

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

PRAYERS.

1    Identity Cards Bill,—Derek Conway reported from Standing Committee B, That it had gone through the Identity Cards Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.

Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered on Monday 31st January; and to be printed [Bill 49]. Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.

2    Consumer Credit Bill,—Mr Joe Benton reported from Standing Committee E, That it had gone through the Consumer Credit Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.

    Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered on Monday 31st January; and to be printed [Bill 48].

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

3    Railways Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Railways Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee.

A Clause (NC1) (Provision of first class passenger accommodation)—(Mr Christopher Chope)—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 John Randall, Mr Mark Prisk: 123.

      Tellers for the Noes, Margaret Moran, Mr Jim Murphy: 220.

Another Clause (NC3) (Railway functions of Passenger Transport Executives in Scotland)—(Mr Ian Davidson)—brought up, and read the first time. Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:—Clause, by leave, withdrawn. Another Clause (NC5) (Rail efficiency report)—(Mr Greg Knight)—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 Mark Prisk, Andrew Selous: 129.

      Tellers for the Noes, James Purnell, Bridget Prentice: 222.

Another Clause (NC9) (Railway strategy for Wales)—(Mr Elfyn Llwyd)—brought up, and read the first time. Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:—Clause, by leave, withdrawn. Another Clause (NC12) (Office of Rail Regulation safety report)—(Mr Elfyn Llwyd)—brought up, and read the first time. Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:—Clause, by leave, withdrawn. Another Clause (NC13) (Code of practice for disabled rail users in England and Wales)—(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 Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:—Clause, by leave, withdrawn.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. 35) proposed to the Bill, in page 11, line 6, at the end, to insert the words— '(2A) The appropriate national authority may make a scheme for the transfer, before the end of the franchise period, if the authority considers, after consultation with the Office of Rail Regulation, that the safety record of the franchisee is such as to warrant a transfer on the grounds of passenger safety.'.—(Mr Elfyn Llwyd.) Question proposed, That the Amendment be made. And it being Five o'clock, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Order [6th December]:—It was negatived. The Deputy Speaker then put the Questions on Amendments selected for separate decision. Another Amendment (No. 17) proposed to the Bill, in page 11, line 14, at the end, to insert the words— '(3A) The appropriate national authority shall not make a scheme for the transfer of relevant franchise assets to a franchise company, at the end of the franchise period, if an independent assessment, which must be authorised by the national authority, demonstrates that the assets could be operated more economically and efficiently by a person identified in subsection (3)(a), (b), (c) or (d).'.—(John McDonnell.) Question put, That the Amendment be made. The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Robert N. Wareing, Jeremy Corbyn: 49.

      Tellers for the Noes, James Purnell, Margaret Moran: 208.

Another Amendment (No. 38) proposed to the Bill, in page 21, line 2, at the end, to insert the words— '(aa) in relation to a proposal relating to services all of which are Wales-only services, means the National Assembly for Wales; and'.—(Mr Elfyn Llwyd.) Question put, That the Amendment be made. The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Michael Weir, Hywel Williams: 22.

      Tellers for the Noes, Margaret Moran, Mr Tom Watson: 215.

The Deputy Speaker then put the Question on the Amendments moved by a Minister of the Crown. Amendments (Nos. 14, 9 to 11, 13, 15, 16, 12 and 19 to 21) made to the Bill. The Bill was read the third time, and passed.

4    Child Trust Funds,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Child Trust Funds (Amendment) Regulations 2005, which were laid before this House on 21st December, be approved—(James Purnell):—It was agreed to.

5    Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from residents of Doddington, Erriottwood, Kingsdown and Lynsted in Kent for an extension of resurfacing work on the M2 as far as Faversham was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

6    Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(James Purnell.)

And accordingly, the House, having continued to sit till twenty-eight minutes past Six o'clock, adjourned till Monday 31st January. [Adjourned at 6.28 p.m.

Michael J. Martin

Speaker


Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock on Monday next.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1    Audit Commission,—Codes of Audit Practice—

    (1) for local government bodies (2005); and

    (2) for local NHS bodies (2005)

    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

2    Local Government Finance,—(1) Local Government Finance (England) Report for 2003-04: Amending Report 2005; and

    (2) Local Government Finance (England) Report for 2005-06

    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 241 and 242] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

3    Police,—(1) Police Grant Report (England and Wales) 2003-04: Amending Report 2004-05; and

    (2) Police Grant Report (England and Wales) 2005-06

    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 247 and 246] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

4    Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism,—Draft Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 (Continuance in force of sections 21 to 23) Order 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

5    Agriculture,—Fees for Assessment of Active Substances (Third Stage Review) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 117), dated 24th January 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

6    Marine Pollution,—Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Pollution) (Drilling Rigs and Other Platforms) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 74), dated 19th January 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

Other Papers:

7    Environmental Protection,—Report by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 for the period 1st April 2003 to 31st March 2004 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

8    Forestry,—Reports and Accounts of—

    (1) the Forestry Commission Great Britain and England; and

    (2) Forest Research

    for 2003-04, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 208 and 222] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

9    Government Resources and Accounts,—(1) Report and Accounts of the Criminal Records Bureau for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 141] [Mr Secretary Clarke]; and

    (2) Resource Accounts of—

      (i) the Department for Education and Skills;

      (ii) the Home Office;

      (ii) the Northern Ireland Office;

      (iv) the Scotland Office; and

      (v) the Teachers' Pension Scheme (England and Wales)

    for 2003-04, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 227, 230, 232, 229 and 228] [Mr Stephen Timms].

10    Office of the Deputy Prime Minister,—Government Response to the Thirteenth Report from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee, Session 2003-04, on Gypsy and Traveller Sites [by Command] [Cm. 6465] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

11    Political Parties, Elections and Referendums,—First Report from the Speaker's Committee, Session 2004-05 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 255] [The Speaker].

12    Public Petitions,—Observations by the Secretary of State for Transport on the Petition [21st December] from residents of Leighton Buzzard, Linslade and the surrounding area against Luton Airport's flight path proposals [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Draft Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Amendments to Schedule 2) Order 2005,—The Speaker has appointed Miss Ann Widdecombe Chairman of the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

2    Draft Companies Act 1985 (Operating and Financial Review and Directors' Report etc.) Regulations 2005,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Bill O'Brien Chairman of the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Regulations.

3    Fire and Rescue Services (National Framework) (England) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3217),—The Speaker has appointed Mr David Amess Chairman of the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Order.

4    Draft Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (Disapplication of Part IV for Northern Ireland Parties, etc) Order 2005,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Nigel Beard Chairman of the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1    Defence,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence Committee on 26th January [Iraq] to be printed [No. 65-ii] [Bruce George].

2    Health,—(1) First Report from the Health Committee [The Work of the Health Committee 2004]; to be printed with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 284]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [New Developments in HIV/AIDS and Sexual Health Policy]; to be printed [No. 252-i]

    [Mr David Hinchliffe].

3    Public Administration,—(1) First Report from the Select Committee on Public Administration [Government by Inquiry]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 51-I]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Choice, Voice and Public Services]; to be printed [No. 49-v]

    [Tony Wright].

[W.H., No. 16]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

The sitting began at twenty-five minutes to Three o'clock.

Adjournment (Fire safety),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(James Purnell.)

    And the sitting having continued for three hours, it was adjourned without Question put, till Tuesday 1st February.

[Adjourned at 6.09 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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