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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 22nd February 2005

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

PRAYERS.

1    HBOS Group Reorganisation Bill,—The HBOS Group Reorganisation Bill was read a second time and referred to the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills.

2    London Local Authorities and Transport for London Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the London Local Authorities and Transport for London Bill;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Tuesday 1st March.

3    First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Kevin Hughes reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2005.

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

4    European Standing Committee B,—Mr John Cummings reported from European Standing Committee B the following Resolution:

That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 9050/04, Commission Communication on the evaluation of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work accompanied by a draft Council Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No. 2062/94 establishing a European Agency for Safety and Health at Work; supports the Government's position that Article 308 of the Treaty on European Union is acceptable as the legal basis for the proposed amended Regulation; and agrees that the Government should signal political agreement to the proposed amended Regulation at the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council on 3rd March 2005. Resolution to lie upon the Table. Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.

5    Electoral Registration (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords],—Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Electoral Registration (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] be printed [Bill 64-EN].

6    Prevention of Terrorism Bill,—Mr Secretary Clarke, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Straw, Mr Secretary Darling, Mr Secretary Murphy, Mr Peter Hain and Ms Hazel Blears, presented a Bill to provide for the making against individuals involved in terrorism-related activity of orders imposing obligations on them for purposes connected with preventing or restricting their further involvement in such activity; to make provision about appeals and other proceedings relating to such orders; 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 61].

Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Prevention of Terrorism Bill be printed [Bill 61-EN].

7    Crossrail Bill,—Mr Secretary Darling, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Secretary Margaret Beckett, Ms Secretary Hewitt, Secretary Tessa Jowell, Mr Peter Hain and Mr Tony McNulty, presented a Bill to make provision for a railway transport system running from Maidenhead, in the County of Berkshire, and Heathrow Airport, in the London Borough of Hillingdon, through central London to Shenfield, in the County of Essex, and Abbey Wood, in the London Borough of Greenwich; 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 62].

Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Crossrail Bill be printed [Bill 62-EN].

8    Regulation of Laser Eye Surgery,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to regulate laser eye surgery: And that Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody, Frank Cook, Dr Ian Gibson, Dr Richard Taylor, Dr Jenny Tonge, Dr Andrew Murrison and Peter Bottomley do prepare and bring it in.

9    Regulation of Laser Eye Surgery Bill,—Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody accordingly presented a Bill to regulate laser eye surgery: 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 63].

10    Social Security,—Resolved, That the draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2005, which was laid before this House on 1st February, be approved.—(Mr Secretary Johnson.)

11    Pensions,—Resolved, That the draft Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase Order 2005, which was laid before this House on 1st February, be approved.—(Jim Fitzpatrick.)

12    Drugs Bill (Programme) (No. 2),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the Programme Order of 18th January 2005 relating to the Drugs Bill be varied as follows:

1. Paragraphs 4 and 5 of the Order shall be omitted. 2. Proceedings on consideration shall be taken in the following order: Amendments to the Clauses of the Bill; Amendments to the Schedules to the Bill; new Clauses; new Schedules; remaining proceedings on consideration. 3. Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion two hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion for this Order. 4. Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion three hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion for this Order—(Caroline Flint); And it being three-quarters of an hour after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Standing Order No. 83A (Programme motions). The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Tom Watson, Gillian Merron: 298.

      Tellers for the Noes, Andrew Selous, Mr Mark Prisk: 179.

So the Question was agreed to.

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

Amendment (No. 9) proposed to the Bill, in page 1, line 17, after the word 'committed', to insert the words 'on or'.—(Caroline Flint.) Question proposed, That the Amendment be made; And it being two hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion (Drugs Bill (Programme) (No. 2)), the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Order [this day]. Amendment (No. 9) made. The Deputy Speaker then put the Question on an Amendment moved by a Minister of the Crown to be disposed of at that hour. Another Amendment (No. 10) made. The Deputy Speaker then put the Question on an Amendment selected for separate decision. Another Amendment (No. 5) proposed to the Bill, in page 1, line 18, to leave out the words 'at a relevant time'.—(Mrs Cheryl Gillan.) Question put, That the Amendment be made; The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Andrew Selous, Mr John Randall: 147.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Vernon Coaker, Gillian Merron: 273.

The Deputy Speaker then put the Question on the remaining Amendments moved by a Minister of the Crown to be disposed of at that hour. Other Amendments (Nos. 11 to 20) made. The Bill was read the third time, and passed.

14    Gender Recognition,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Gender Recognition (Approved Countries and Territories) Order 2005, which was laid before this House on 20th January, be approved—(Mr John Heppell):—It was agreed to.

15    Employment and Training,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 2005, which was laid before this House on 10th January, be approved—(Mr John Heppell):—It was agreed to.

16    Pensions,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Pensions Appeal Tribunals (Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme) (Rights of Appeal) Regulations 2005, which were laid before this House on 13th January, be approved—(Mr John Heppell):—It was agreed to.

17    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 (Joint Nature Conservation Committee) Order 2005, which was laid before this House on 24th January, be approved—(Mr John Heppell):—It was agreed to.

18    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 (Trading Stamps) Order 2005, which was laid before this House on 17th January, be approved—(Mr John Heppell):—It was agreed to.

19    Northern Ireland Grand Committee,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 116 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (sittings)), That—

(1) the draft Budget (Northern Ireland) Order 2005 be referred to the Northern Ireland Grand Committee; (2) the Committee shall meet at Westminster on Tuesday 8th March at half-past Two o'clock; and (3) at that sitting—

      (a) the Committee shall take questions under Standing Order No. 110 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (questions for oral answer)); and shall then consider the instrument referred to it under paragraph (1) above; and

      (b) at the conclusion of those proceedings, a motion for the adjournment of the Committee may be made by a Minister of the Crown, pursuant to paragraph (5) of Standing Order No. 116 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (sittings))—(Mr John Heppell):—It was agreed to.

20    Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr John Heppell.)

And accordingly, the House, having continued to sit till twelve minutes to Nine o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow. [Adjourned at 8.48 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    Northern Ireland,—Draft Public Processions (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

2    Social Security,—Draft Employment Zones (Allocation to Contractors) Pilot Regulations 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Johnson].

3    Water Industry,—(1) Draft Water Fluoridation (Consultation) (England) Regulations 2005; and

(2) draft Water Supply (Fluoridation Indemnities) (England) Regulations 2005

    [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Mr Secretary Reid].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

4    Immigration,—Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules [by Act]; to be printed [No. 346], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

5    Licences and Licensing,—Licensing Act 2003 (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 357), dated 21st February 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

Other Papers:

6    Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security,—Paper, entitled Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001: Part IV Section 28 Review 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

7    Armed Forces Pay,—Report of the Armed Forces' Pay Review Body for 2005 [by Command] [Cm. 6455] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

8    Cabinet Office,—Paper entitled, Reform of the Honours System [by Command] [Cm. 6479] [The Prime Minister].

9    Defence (Votes A), 2005-06,—Estimates of the maximum numbers of personnel to be maintained for service with the Armed Forces for the year ending 31st March 2006 [by Command]; to be printed [No. 291] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

10    Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration,—Thirty-fourth Report of the Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration [by Command] [Cm. 6463] [The Prime Minister].

11    Foreign and Commonwealth Office,—Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minute, dated 22nd February, concerning the gifting of body armour to Iranian Anti Narcotics Police [by Command] [Mr Secretary Straw].

12    Government Resources and Accounts,—Treasury Minutes, dated 22nd February, directing the application of certain amounts as Appropriations in Aid of the Estimates for the years ending—

(1) 31st March 2004; and (2) 31st March 2005

    [by Act] [Mr Paul Boateng].

13    Police (Northern Ireland),—Account of the Northern Ireland Policing Board (Board Grant) for 2003-04, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 351] [Clerk of the House].

14    Prison Service Pay,—Fourth Report of the Prison Service Pay Review Body on England and Wales [by Command] [Cm. 6478] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

15    School Teachers,—Fourteenth Report of the School Teachers' Review Body: 2005 [by Command] [Cm. 6430] [The Prime Minister].

16    Senior Salaries,—Twenty-seventh Report of the Review Body on Senior Salaries [by Command] [Cm. 6451] [The Prime Minister].

17    Supply Estimates, 2003-04,—Statement of Excesses for 2003-04 [by Command]; to be printed [No. 324] [Mr Paul Boateng].

18    Supply Estimates, 2004-05,—Spring Supplementary Estimates for Central Government for 2004-05 [by Command]; to be printed [No. 325] [Mr Paul Boateng].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

Licensing Act 2003 (Fees) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 79),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Ben Chapman, Mr David Clelland, Mr David Drew, Mr Roger Godsiff and Derek Wyatt from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Regulations) and nominated in substitution Mr Kevan Jones, Mr Gordon Marsden, Mr Khalid Mahmood, Mr Sin Simon and Mark Tami.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1    Constitutional Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Constitutional Affairs Committee [The operation of the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC)]; to be printed [No. 323-i]; to be printed [Mr A. J. Beith].

2    Culture, Media and Sport,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [Arts Development: Theatre]; to be printed [No. 254-iv] [Sir Gerald Kaufman].

3    Home Affairs,—(1) Fourth Report from the Home Affairs Committee [Police Reform], with the 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. 370];

(2) First Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Fifth Report from the Committee, Session 2003-04, on Draft Sentencing Guidelines 1 and 2]; to be printed [No. 371]; and (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Anti-Social Behaviour]; to be printed [No. 80-v]

    [Mr John Denham].

4    International Development,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [Darfur, Sudan: Crisis, response and lessons]; to be printed [No. 67-v]; and

(2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [The Autumn Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank]

    [Tony Baldry].

5    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 [Local Government Consultation]; to be printed [No. 316-i] [Andrew Bennett].

6    Scottish Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Scottish Affairs Committee [Meeting Scotland's Future Energy Needs]; to be printed [No. 259-iii] [Mrs Irene Adams].

7    Statutory Instruments,—Ninth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 66-ix] [Brian White].

8    Trade and Industry,—(1) Sixth Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [Trade with South East Asia], 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. 368]; and

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Fuel Prices]; to be printed [No. 279-v]

    [Mr Martin O'Neill].

[W.H., No. 23]

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.—(Margaret Moran.) And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 4.30 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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