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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 24th February 2005

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

PRAYERS.

1    Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Joe Benton reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Drainage (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005.

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

2    Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Derek Conway reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2005, the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) (No. 2) Order 2005 and the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2005.

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

3    Local Services and Facilities Bill,—The Order for reading the Local Services and Facilities Bill a second time to-morrow was read and discharged.

    Bill to be read a second time on Friday 15th April.

4    Electoral Registration (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] (Allocation of Time),—Ordered, That the following provisions shall apply to proceedings on the Electoral Registration (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords]—

Timetable

    1. Proceedings on the Bill on Second Reading, in Committee, on consideration and on Third Reading shall be completed at this day's sitting and shall be brought to a conclusion, if not previously concluded, at Six o'clock.

Timing of proceedings and questions to be put

    2. When the Bill has been read a second time—

      (a) it shall, notwithstanding Standing Order No. 63 (Committal of bills), stand committed to a Committee of the whole House without any Question being put, and

      (b) the Speaker shall leave the Chair whether or not notice of an Instruction has been given.

    3. On the conclusion of proceedings in Committee the Chairman shall report the Bill to the House without putting any Question and, if the Bill is reported with Amendments, the House shall proceed to consider the Bill as amended without any Question being put.

    4. For the purpose of bringing any proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with paragraph 1 the Speaker or Chairman shall forthwith put the following Questions (but no others)—

      (a) any Question already proposed from the Chair;

      (b) any Question necessary to bring to a decision a Question so proposed;

      (c) the Question on any Amendment moved or Motion made by a Minister of the Crown;

      (d) any other Question necessary for the disposal of the business to be concluded.

    5. On a Motion so made for a new Clause or a new Schedule, the Chairman or Speaker shall put only the Question that the Clause or Schedule be added to the Bill.

Subsequent stages

    6.—(1) Any further Message from the Lords on the Bill shall be considered forthwith without any Question being put.

    (2) Proceedings on any further Message from the Lords shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement.

    7.—(1) This paragraph applies for the purpose of bringing any proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with paragraph 6.

    (2) The Speaker shall first put forthwith any Question which has already been proposed from the Chair and not yet decided.

    (3) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown which is related to the Question already proposed from the Chair.

    (4) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown on or relevant to any of the remaining items in the Lords Message.

    (5) The Speaker shall put forthwith the Question, That this House agrees with the Lords in all remaining Lords Proposals.

Reasons Committee

    8.—(1) The Speaker shall put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown for the appointment, nomination and quorum of a Committee to draw up Reasons in relation to the Bill and the appointment of its Chairman.

    (2) A Committee appointed to draw up Reasons shall report before the conclusion of the sitting at which it is appointed.

    (3) Proceedings in the Committee shall, if not previously brought to a conclusion, be brought to a conclusion 30 minutes after their commencement.

    (4) For the purpose of bringing any proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with sub-paragraph (3) the Chairman shall—

      (a) first put forthwith any Question which has been proposed from the Chair but not yet decided, and

      (b) then put forthwith successively Questions on motions which may be made by a Minister of the Crown for assigning a Reason for disagreeing with the Lords in any of their Amendments.

    (5) The proceedings of the Committee shall be reported without any further Question being put.

Miscellaneous

    9. Paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business) shall apply to any proceedings to which this Order applies.

    10. The proceedings on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown for varying or supplementing the provisions of this Order shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement and paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 15 shall apply to those proceedings.

    11. Standing Order No. 82 (Business Committee) shall not apply in relation to any proceedings to which this Order applies.

    12. No Motion shall be made to alter the order in which proceedings on the Bill are taken or to re-commit the Bill.

    13. No dilatory Motion shall be made in relation to proceedings to which this Order applies except by a Minister of the Crown; and the Question on any such Motion shall be put forthwith.

    14.—(1) This paragraph applies if—

      (a) a Motion for the Adjournment of the House under Standing Order No. 24 (Adjournment on specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration) has been stood over to Seven o'clock, Three o'clock or Four o'clock (as the case may be), but

      (b) proceedings to which this Order applies have begun before then.

    (2) Proceedings on that Motion shall stand postponed until the conclusion of those proceedings.

    15. If the House is adjourned, or the sitting is suspended, before the conclusion of any proceedings to which this Order applies, no notice shall be required of a Motion made at the next sitting by a Minister of the Crown for varying or supplementing the provisions of this Order.

    16. Proceedings to which this Order applies shall not be interrupted under any Standing Order relating to the sittings of the House.—(Mr John Spellar.)

5    Electoral Registration (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords],—The Electoral Registration (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] was according to Order read a second time.

    The House, pursuant to Order [this day], resolved itself into a Committee on the Bill.

    (In the Committee)

    Clause No. 1 (Restoration to electoral register of names previously removed).

    Amendment (No. 1) proposed, page 1, line 18, to leave out from the word 'Officer' to the end of line 19 and insert the words 'shall conduct an additional canvass in respect of such former electors.'.—(Lembit Ípik.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

    Clause agreed to.

    Clause No. 2 agreed to.

    Clause No. 3 (Duration of Act).

    Amendment (No. 3) proposed, in page 3, line 15, to leave out subsections (2) and (3).—(Lembit Ípik.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

    Clause agreed to.

    Clause No. 4 agreed to.

    A Clause (NC2) (Absent and proxy votes)—(Mr David Trimble)—brought up and read the first time.

    Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:—Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

    Whereupon the Chairman left the Chair to report the Bill to the House, pursuant to Order [this day].

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    The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair; and Mr Vernon Coaker reported, That the Committee had gone through the Bill, and made no Amendment thereunto.

    The Bill was read the third time, and passed, without Amendment.

6    Social Security,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2005, which were laid before this House on 26th January, be approved—(Mr Vernon Coaker):—It was agreed to.

7    European Agency for Safety and Health at Work,—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 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—(Mr Vernon Coaker):—It was agreed to.

8    Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Vernon Coaker);

9    Royal Assent,—The Deputy Speaker notified the House, in accordance with the Royal Assent Act 1967, That Her Majesty had signified her Royal Assent to the following Act, agreed upon by both Houses:

      Electoral Registration (Northern Ireland) Act 2005

10    Adjournment,—The Question being put, That this House do now adjourn:—It was agreed to.

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

[Adjourned at 5.22 p.m.

Michael J. Martin

Speaker


Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Nine o'clock.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1    Church of England (General Synod) (Measures),—Measures passed by the General Synod of the Church of England, entitled—

    (1) Care of Cathedrals (Amendment) Measure;

    (2) Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure; and

    (3) Stipends (Cessation of Special Payments) Measure

    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 391, 393 and 395] [Clerk of the House].

2    Companies,—Draft Companies Act 1989 (Delegation) Order 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

3    Contracting Out,—Draft Contracting Out (Functions in Relation to Cultural Objects) Order 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

4    Health Care and Associated Professions,—Draft Opticians Act 1989 (Amendment) Order 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Reid].

5    Northern Ireland,—Draft Electoral Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1962 (Amendment No. 2) Order 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

6    Animals,—Diseases of Animals (Fees for the Testing of Disinfectants) (England) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 379), dated 22nd February 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

7    Financial Services,—Investment Recommendations (Media) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 382), dated 23rd February 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Stephen Timms].

8    Financial Services and Markets,—Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Market Abuse) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 381), dated 23rd February 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Stephen Timms].

9    Police,—Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 347), dated 21st February 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

Other Papers:

10    Church of England (General Synod) (Measures),—Reports by the Ecclesiastical Committee on the—

    (1) Care of Cathedrals (Amendment) Measure;

    (2) Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure; and

    (3) Stipends (Cessation of Special Payments) Measure

    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 392, 394 and 396] [Clerk of the House].

11    Foreign and Commonwealth Office,—Report of the United Nations Secretary General High-level Panel, entitled Threats, Challenges and Change on A More Secure World: our Shared Responsibility [by Command] [Cm. 6449] [Mr Secretary Straw].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Draft Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Mike Hancock Chairman of the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

2    Financing of Maintained Schools (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3130) and LEA Budget, Schools Budget and Individual Schools Budget (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3131),—The Speaker has appointed Janet Anderson Chairman of the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Regulations.

3    Draft Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 2005,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Bill Olner Chairman of the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

4    Draft Data Protection (Subject Access Modification) (Social Work) (Amendment) Order 2005,—The Speaker has appointed Derek Conway Chairman of the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

5    Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2005, the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) (No. 2) Order 2005 and the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2005,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Tom Cox, Mrs Barbara Roche, Mr Paul Stinchcombe and Pete Wishart from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Orders) and nominated in substitution David Cairns, Mr Brian H. Donohoe, Ann McKechin and Mr Michael Weir.

6    Draft Company Directors Disqualification (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005—The Speaker has appointed Mr David Amess Chairman of the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

7    Code of Audit Practice for Local Government Bodies (2005) and Code of Audit Practice for Local NHS Bodies (2005),—The Speaker has appointed Mr Bill O'Brien Chairman of the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Codes of Audit Practice.

8    Draft Social Security (Intensive Activity Period 50 to 59 Pilot) Regulations 2005 and draft Social Security (Intensive Activity Period 50 to 59 Pilot) (No. 2) Regulations 2005,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Bill Olner Chairman of the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Regulations.

    European Standing Committees

9    The Speaker has appointed Mr Eric Forth Chairman of European Standing Committee B in respect of European Union Document Nos. 11890/04 and 11981/04 on Fight Against Fraud, 14549/04 on European Anti-Fraud Office and Unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum relating to the 2003 Annual Report of the European Court of Auditors.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1    Culture, Media and Sport,—Third Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [Public Libraries], 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. 81] [Sir Gerald Kaufman].

2    Draft Children (Contact) and Adoption Bill,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on the Draft Children (Contact) and Adoption Bill; to be printed [Nos. 400-i and -ii] [Mr Clive Soley].

3    Draft Mental Health Bill,—Memoranda laid before the Joint Committee on the Draft Mental Health Bill; to be printed [No. 95-xviii] [Mr George Howarth].

4    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee on Progress on Pesticides of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [Progress on Pesticides]; to be printed [No. 258-iv] [Mr Michael Jack].

5    International Development,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [The Future of EU Development Policy]; to be printed [No. 390-i] [Tony Baldry].

6    Public Administration,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Civil Service Effectiveness]; to be printed [No. 307-ii] [Tony Wright].

[W.H., No. 25]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

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

Adjournment (Migration and Development: how to make migration work for poverty reduction—Sixth Report from the International Development Committee, Session 2003-04, and the Government's response thereto),—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Margaret Moran.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 1st March.

[Adjourned at 5.06 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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