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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 28th February 2005

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

PRAYERS.

1    Message from the Queen,—The Vice-Chamberlain of the Household reported to the House, That the Address of 19th January, praying that Her Majesty would re-appoint as Electoral Commissioners—

(1) Pamela Joan Gordon for the period of two years; and (2) Sir Neil William David McIntosh KBE for the period of three years,

    was presented to Her Majesty, who was graciously pleased to comply with the request.

2    First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Mike Hancock reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005.

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

3    Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Janet Anderson reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Financing of Maintained Schools (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3130) and the LEA Budget, Schools Budget and Individual Schools Budget (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3131).

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

4    Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Nigel Beard reported from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Gangmasters (Licensing Authority) Regulations 2005.

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

5    Right of Reply and Press Standards Bill,—The Order for reading the Right of Reply and Press Standards Bill a second time this day was read and discharged.

Bill to be read a second time on Friday 8th April.

6    Drugs (Sentencing and Commission of Inquiry) Bill,—The Order for reading the Drugs (Sentencing and Commission of Inquiry) Bill a second time this day was read and discharged.

Bill to be read a second time on Friday 4th March.

7    School Meals and Nutrition Bill,—The Order for reading the School Meals and Nutrition Bill a second time this day was read and discharged.

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

8    Prevention of Terrorism Bill (Programme) (No. 2),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the following provisions shall apply to the Prevention of Terrorism Bill for the purpose of supplementing the Order of 23rd February 2005—

1. Paragraphs 3 and 4 of that Order shall be omitted. 2. Proceedings in Committee of the whole House and any proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion six hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion for this Order or at 10.00 p.m., whichever is the later. 3. Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour after the commencement of those proceedings—(Ms Hazel Blears); 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, Bridget Prentice: 278.

      Tellers for the Noes, Sir Robert Smith, Mr David Ruffley: 185.

So the Question was agreed to.

9    Prevention of Terrorism Bill,—The House, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee on the Prevention of Terrorism Bill.

(In the Committee) Clause No. 1 (Power to make control orders). Amendment (No. 4) proposed, in page 1, line 3, to leave out the word 'make' and insert the words 'apply to the court for'.—(Mr Win Griffiths.) Question put, That the Amendment be made. The Committee divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Clive Betts, Richard Burden: 253.

      Tellers for the Noes, Paul Clark, James Purnell: 267.

And it being after Ten o'clock, the Chairman, pursuant to Order [this day], put the Question on a new Clause selected for separate decision. A Clause (NC6) (Power to make control orders)—(Mr Dominic Grieve)—brought up, and read the first time. Question put, That the Clause be added to the Bill. The Committee divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Crispin Blunt, Sir Robert Smith: 194.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Vernon Coaker, Mr Nick Ainger: 284.

The Chairman then put the Question necessary to bring proceedings in Committee to a conclusion. Question put, That Clauses Nos. 1 to 13 stand part of the Bill and the Schedule be the Schedule to the Bill. The Committee divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Nick Ainger, Mr Vernon Coaker: 281.

      Tellers for the Noes, Sir Robert Smith, Mr David Ruffley: 198.

Whereupon the Chairman left the Chair to report the Bill to the House. ________________ The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair; and Margaret Moran reported, That the Committee had gone through the Bill, and made no Amendment thereunto. A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read the third time; And it being one hour after the commencement of proceedings on Third Reading, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Order [this day]. The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Nick Ainger, Mr Vernon Coaker: 272.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Crispin Blunt, Sir Robert Smith: 219.

So the Question was agreed to. The Bill was accordingly read the third time, and passed.

10    Constitutional Law,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2005, which was laid before this House on 18th January, be approved—(Mr Jim Murphy):—It was agreed to.

11    Constitutional Law,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2005, which was laid before this House on 9th December, be approved—(Mr Jim Murphy):—It was agreed to.

12    Constitutional Law,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) (No. 2) Order 2005, which was laid before this House on 25th January, be approved—(Mr Jim Murphy):—It was agreed to.

13    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 Drainage (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005, which was laid before this House on 26th January, be approved—(Mr Jim Murphy):—It was agreed to.

14    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 (Prison Officers) (Industrial Action) Order 2005, which was laid before this House on 11th January, be approved—(Mr Jim Murphy):—It was agreed to.

15    Financing of Agricultural and Rural Development Policy,—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 Documents No. 11557/04, draft Regulation on the financing of the Common Agricultural Policy, and No. 11495/04 and Addenda 1 to 9, draft Regulation on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development; and supports the Government's objective of encouraging and sustaining development in rural areas through diverse, competitive and sustainable farming methods, in line with Common Agricultural Policy reform already agreed in June 2003 and consistent with the wider EU's shared rural development and environmental priorities—(Mr Jim Murphy):—It was agreed to.

16    Business of the House,—Ordered, That, at the sitting on Monday 7th March, notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Order No. 16 (Proceedings under an Act or on European Union documents), the Speaker shall put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the Motion in the name of Mr Stephen Timms relating to Future European Union Finances not later than three hours after their commencement; and the proceedings may continue, though opposed, after the moment of interruption.(Mr Jim Murphy.)

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

Tuesday 1st March 2005

And the Motion having been made after Ten o'clock on Monday evening, and Debate having continued for half an hour, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, it being then twenty-nine minutes past Twelve o'clock on Tuesday morning, till this day. [Adjourned at 12.29 a.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    Criminal Law,—Draft Remand in Custody (Effect of Concurrent and Consecutive Sentences of Imprisonment) Rules 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2    Education,—Education (Information as to Provision of Education) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 346), dated 21st February 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

3    Road Traffic,—(1) Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (Borough of Torbay) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 387), dated 22nd February 2005;

(2) Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (City of Coventry) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 378), dated 22nd February 2005; (3) Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (County of Surrey) (Borough of Epsom and Ewell) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 388), dated 22nd February 2005; and (4) Tractor etc (EC Type-Approval) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 390), dated 24th February 2005

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

4    Supreme Court of England and Wales,—Civil Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 352), dated 21st February 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr David Lammy].

Other Papers:

5    Biological Standards,—Account of the National Biological Standards Board for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 384] [Clerk of the House].

6    Marine and Aviation Insurance (War Risks),—Account of the Marine and Aviation Insurance (War Risks) Fund for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 383] [Clerk of the House].

7    Museums and Galleries,—Account of the Imperial War Museum for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 382] [Clerk of the House].

8    National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Financial management of the European Union [by Act]; to be printed [No. 289] [Clerk of the House].

9    Public Petitions,—Observations by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on the Petition [18th January] from residents of Pudsey Constituency and others for a ban on doorstep cold calling by those offering property improvement, repair or maintenance [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

10    School Standards and Framework,—Accounts of—

(1) Peterlee Education Action Zone for 1st April 2004 to 9th January 2005; and (2) Southend Education Action Zone for 1st April to 30th November 2004

    with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 379 and 380] [Clerk of the House].

11    Severn Bridges,—Account prepared pursuant to section 28(1)(b) of the Severn Bridges Act 1992 for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 397] [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Draft Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Keith Bradley from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Dr Nick Palmer.

2    Draft Gangmasters (Licensing Authority) Regulations 2005,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Alan Simpson from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations) and nominated in substitution Jim Sheridan.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1    Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Urban Affairs Sub-Committee of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee [Empty Homes and Low-demand Pathfinders]; to be printed [No. 295-ii] [Andrew Bennett].

2    Public Accounts,—(1) Ninth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [The Drug Treatment and Testing Order: early lessons]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 403]; and

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Improving school attendance in England]; to be printed [No. 404-i]

    [Mr Edward Leigh].

3    Science and Technology,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Science and Technology Committee [Strategic science provision in English Universities]; to be printed [No. 220-ii] [Dr Ian Gibson].



 
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