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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 23rd March 2005

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

PRAYERS.

1    Spoliation Advisory Panel,—Resolved, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, That she will be graciously pleased to give directions that there will be laid before this House a Return of the Report of the Spoliation Advisory Panel in respect of a 12th Century manuscript now in possession of the British Library.—(Mr Vernon Coaker.)

2    Regulatory Reform,—Mr Peter Pike reported from the Regulatory Reform Committee the following Resolution:

    That the draft Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which was laid before this House on 17th March, should be approved.

    The Committee came to this Resolution without a Division.

3    Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Amendment) Bill,—Keith Vaz presented a Bill to amend the Criminal Justice Act 1988 to establish a right of appeal in relation to the amount of compensation payable under section 133 of that Act and to make provision about the procedure for the assessment of such amounts: 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 96].

4    Immigration Control (Balanced Migration),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to enable annual limits to be set on immigration; and for connected purposes—(Mr Peter Lilley);

    And the Question being opposed, after permitting a short explanatory statement from the Member who made the Motion and from a Member who opposed it, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Standing Order No. 23 (Motions for leave to bring in bills and nomination of select committees at commencement of public business):—It was agreed to.

    Ordered, That Mr Peter Lilley, Sir Sydney Chapman, Mr John Horam, Miss Julie Kirkbride, Mr Edward Leigh, Dame Marion Roe, Mrs Gillian Shephard, Sir Michael Spicer and Mr Andrew Turner do prepare and bring in the Bill.

5    Immigration Control (Balanced Migration) Bill,—Mr Peter Lilley accordingly presented a Bill to enable annual limits to be set on immigration; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 13th May and to be printed [Bill 98].

6    Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords],—The Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords] was, according to Order, read a second time.

7    Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords] (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 Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords]—

Committal

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

Proceedings in Standing Committee

    2. Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 14th April 2005.

    3. The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it meets.

Consideration and Third Reading

    4. Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the day on which those proceedings are commenced.

    5. Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on that day.

    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 any message from the Lords) may be programmed—(Gillian Merron):—It was agreed to.

8    Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords] [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords] [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 Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords], it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable by virtue of any other Act out of money so provided—(Gillian Merron):—It was agreed to.

9    Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords] [Ways and Means],—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 Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords], it is expedient to authorise—

      (a) the charging of fees in connection with rail vehicle accessibility compliance certificates, and

      (b) the payment of sums into the Consolidated Fund—(Gillian Merron):—It was agreed to.

10    Public Petitions,—Public Petitions from—

    (1) residents of Bexleyheath, Crayford and surrounding areas for the reinstatement of rail services between Bexleyheath and central London; and

    (2) residents of the village of Woolavington, Somerset, for a weight restriction on vehicles passing through small villages

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

11    Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Gillian Merron.)

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

[Adjourned at 6.48 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 Negative Resolution:

1    Defence,—Reserve Forces (Call-out and Recall) (Financial Assistance) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 859), dated 21st March 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

2    Environmental Protection,—(1) Landfill Allowances and Trading Scheme (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 880); and

    (2) Waste Management Licensing (England and Wales) (Amendment and Related Provisions) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 883),

    dated 22nd March 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

3    Income Tax,—Corporation Tax (Instalment Payments) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 889), dated 23rd March 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Dawn Primarolo].

4    Insolvency,—Insolvency Act 1986 (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 879), dated 17th March 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

5    Parliament,—Parliamentary Pensions (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 887), dated 22nd March 2005 [by Act] [Mr Peter Hain].

6    Pensions,—(1) Occupational Pension Schemes (Winding up etc.) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 706), dated 22nd March 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Johnson]; and

    (2) Naval, Military and Air Forces Etc. (Disablement and Death) Service Pensions (Amendment) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 851), dated 22nd March 2005 [by Act] [Mr Christopher Leslie].

7    Prisons,—Prison (Amendment) Rules 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 869), dated 21st March 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

8    Prison and Young Offenders Centres,—Prison and Young Offenders Centre (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2005 (S.R. (N.I.), 2005, No. 153), dated 21st March 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

9    Social Security,—Workmen's Compensation (Supplementation) (Amendment) Scheme 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 832), dated 14th March 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Johnson].

10    Supreme Court of Northern Ireland,—Rules of the Supreme Court (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) 2005 (S.R. (N.I.), 2005, No. 146), dated 21st March 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr David Lammy].

Other Papers:

11    Care Standards,—Report and Accounts of the National Care Standards Commission for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [No. 411] [Clerk of the House].

12    Foreign and Commonwealth Office,—Paper, entitled Review of Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction: Implementation of its Conclusions [by Command] [Cm. 6492] [Mr Secretary Straw].

13    Government Resources and Accounts,—National Savings and Investments Product Accounts for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 460] [Mr Stephen Timms].

14    Health and Social Care,—Prudential Borrowing Code (PBC) for National Health Service Foundation Trusts [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

15    Home Office,—Draft Corporate Manslaughter Bill with an Introduction and Explanatory Notes [by Command] [Cm. 6497] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

16    National Loans,—Account of the Consolidated Fund and National Loans Fund for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 484] [Clerk of the House].

17    Parliamentary Commissioner,—First Report of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration, Session 2004-05: Maxwell Communications Pension Plan Complaint [by Act]; to be printed [No. 455] [Clerk of the House].

18    Spoliation Advisory Panel,—Return to an Address to Her Majesty for a Return of the Report made by the Right Honourable Sir David Hirst on The Spoliation Advisory Panel in respect of a 12th Century manuscript now in the possession of the British Library [pursuant to Resolution this day]; to be printed [No. 406] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

19    Treaty Series (No. 7, 2005),—Sixth Protocol, done at Strasbourg on 5th March 1996, to the General Agreement on Privileges and Immunities of the Council of Europe [by Command] [Cm. 6493] [Mr Secretary Straw].

20    Treaty Series (No. 8, 2005),—Agreement, done at Dublin on 10th December 2004, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Ireland on the Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident or Incident of Radiological Significance and the Exchange of Information concerning the Operation and Management of Nuclear Facilities or Activities [by Command] [Cm. 6494] [Mr Secretary Straw].

21    Treaty Series (No. 9, 2005),—Headquarters Agreement, done at The Hague on 30th December 2004, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the European Police College [by Command] [Cm. 6495] [Mr Secretary Straw].

22    Work and Pensions,—Papers, entitled—

    (1) Opportunity Age: Meeting the challenges of ageing in the 21st century; and

    (2) Opportunity Age: Volume Two: A social portrait of ageing in the UK

    [by Command] [Cm. 6466-I and II] [Mr Secretary Johnson].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 656):

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Rules to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Richard Allan, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Richard Bacon, Jeremy Corbyn, Geraint Davies, Mr Hilton Dawson, Mr Jonathan Djanogly, Mr David Heath, Mr Kelvin Hopkins, Mr David Lammy, Tony Lloyd, Mr Archie Norman, Bridget Prentice, Mrs Barbara Roche, Joan Ruddock and Mr Clive Soley.

2    Town and Country Planning (Temporary Stop Notice) (England) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 206),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Adrian Bailey, Mr Roger Berry, Mr John Hayes, Mr David Heyes, Mr John Gummer and Mr Brian Sedgemore from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Regulations) and nominated in substitution Linda Gilroy, Mr Philip Hammond, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Andrew Miller, Ms Meg Munn and Phil Sawford.

    European Standing Committees

3    European Union Document No. 6364/05, relating to Working conditions on interoperable cross-border rail services, has been referred to European Standing Committee A.

4    European Union Document No. 5436/05, relating to Economic migration, has been referred to European Standing Committee B.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1    Culture, Media and Sport,—Sixth Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [The Market for Art], 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. 414] [Sir Gerald Kaufman].

2    Education and Skills,—(1) Ninth Report from the Education and Skills Committee [Every Child Matters], 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. 40-I and -II]; and

    (2) Third Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the First Report from the Committee, Session 2004-05, on Public Expenditure on Education and Skills]; to be printed [No. 492]

    [Mr Barry Sheerman].

3    European Scrutiny,—(1) Twelfth Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 38-xii];

    (2) Thirteenth Report from the Committee [The Commission's Work Programme for 2005]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 38-xiii];

    (3) Fourteenth Report from the Committee [Aspects of the EU's Constitutional Treaty], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 38-xiv]; and

    (4) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Ministerial Correspondence]

    [Mr Jimmy Hood].

4    Human Rights,—(1) Fifteenth Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights [Scrutiny: Seventh Progress Report]; together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 496];

    (2) Sixteenth Report from the Committee [Equality Bill]; together with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 497]; and

    (3) Seventeenth Report from the Committee [Review of International Human Rights Instruments]; 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. 264]

    [Jean Corston].

5    International Development,—(1) Sixth Report from the International Development Committee [Fair Trade? The European Union's trade agreements with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries]; together with an Appendix, and 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. 68];

    (2) Third Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the First Report from the Committee, on The Commission for Africa and Policy Coherence for Development: First do no harm]; to be printed [No. 494]; and

    (3) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Fair Trade? The European Union's trade agreements with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries]

    [Tony Baldry].

6    Public Accounts,—(1) Eighteenth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Financial Management in the European Union]; to be printed [No. 498]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The NHS Cancer Plan]; to be printed [No. 499-i]

    [Mr Edward Leigh].

7    Regulatory Reform,—Ninth Report from the Regulatory Reform Committee [Draft Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 495] [Mr Peter Pike].

8    Science and Technology,—(1) Eighth Special Report from the Science and Technology Committee [Inquiry into Human Reproductive Technologies and the Law]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 491]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Chief Scientific Adviser to DFID: Introductory Hearing]; to be printed [No. 487-i]

    [Dr Ian Gibson].

9    Transport,—(1) Eighth Report from the Transport Committee [Search and Rescue]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 322];

    (2) Ninth Report from the Committee [European Community Competence and Transport]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 467]; and

    (3) Tenth Report from the Committee [Integrated Transport: the Future of Light Rail And Modern Trams in the United Kingdom]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 378-I and -II]

    [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

10    Work and Pensions,—(1) Fourth Report from the Work and Pensions Committee [Department for Work and Pensions Service Delivery to Minority Ethnic Clients], 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. 268]; and

    (2) First Special Report from the Committee [Child Support Agency: Government Response to the Committee's Second Report of Session 2004-05]; to be printed [No. 477]

    [Sir Archy Kirkwood].

[W.H., No. 36]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

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

Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned—(Mr Nick Ainger);

    And the sitting having continued for two and a half hours after Two o'clock, it was adjourned without Question put, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 4.30 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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