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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 8th June 2005

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

PRAYERS.

1    Violent Crime Reduction Bill,—Mr Secretary Clarke, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Secretary Tessa Jowell, Secretary Ruth Kelly and Hazel Blears, presented a Bill to make provision for reducing and dealing with the abuse of alcohol; to make provision about real and imitation firearms, about ammunition and about knives and other weapons; to amend the Football Spectators Act 1989 and the Football (Disorder) Act 2000; to amend the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and section 8 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998; to amend section 23 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1969; to amend the Mobile Telephones (Re-programming) Act 2002; 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 10].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Violent Crime Reduction Bill be printed [Bill 10-EN].

2    Opposition Day [1st allotted day],—It being an allotted day at the disposal of the Leader of the Opposition in pursuance of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business), the House proceeded to consider Opposition business.

    EU Constitution,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House, in the light of the rejection of the EU Constitution by the French and the Dutch people, urges the Government to make clear its intention not to ratify the EU Constitutional Treaty, and instead to pursue a policy of a more decentralised and deregulated Europe, better suited to serving the people of Europe—(Dr Liam Fox);

    An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word 'House' to the end of the Question and add the words 'endorses the Statement of 6th June by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which set out the Government's response to the results of the French and Dutch referenda on the EU Constitutional Treaty; recognises that discussions will now take place on the future of the Constitutional Treaty between European leaders collectively; and agrees that the EU should uphold the concept of subsidiarity and pursue greater flexibility and better regulation, and continue the contribution it has made to peace, democracy and prosperity over recent decades for the benefit of the people of Europe', instead thereof.—(Mr Douglas Alexander.)

    And the Question being proposed, That the original words stand part of the Question;

    David Maclean rose in his place and claimed to move, That the Question be now put.

    And the Question being put, That the Question be now put:—It was agreed to.

    And the Question being accordingly put;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Gregory Barker, Mr Mark Prisk: 186.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Frank Roy, Tony Cunningham: 331.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Question, That the proposed words be there added, being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Tony Cunningham, Mr Frank Roy: 374.

      Tellers for the Noes, Gregory Barker, Mr Mark Prisk: 189.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    The Deputy Speaker forthwith declared the Main Question, as amended, to be agreed to.

    Resolved, That this House endorses the Statement of 6th June by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which set out the Government's response to the results of the French and Dutch referenda on the EU Constitutional Treaty; recognises that discussions will now take place on the future of the Constitutional Treaty between European leaders collectively; and agrees that the EU should uphold the concept of subsidiarity and pursue greater flexibility and better regulation, and continue the contribution it has made to peace, democracy and prosperity over recent decades for the benefit of the people of Europe.

3    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 (Execution of Deeds and Documents) Order 2005, which was laid before this House on 21st February, in the last Session of Parliament, be approved—(Mr Ian Cawsey):—It was agreed to.

4    Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from citizens of and visitors to the Bradford-on-Avon area in Wiltshire for action at the G8 summit to change international policy on fair trade, debt and aid to the poorest countries was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

5    Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Ian Cawsey);

    And the Motion having been made after Seven o'clock, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, it being then one minute past Eight o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 8.01 p.m.

Michael J. Martin

Speaker


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


APPENDIX

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1    Water Industry,—(1) Draft Water Act 2003 (Consequential and Supplementary Provisions) Regulations 2005; and

    (2) draft Water Supply Licence (Modification of Standard Conditions) Order 2005

    [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2    Criminal Law,—(1) Burma (Financial Sanctions) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1526);

    (2) International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (Financial Sanctions Against Indictees) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1527); and

    (3) Terrorism (United Nations Measures) Order 2001 (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1525),

    dated 7th June 2005 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Mr Ivan Lewis].

3    Education,—Education (Pupil Information) (England) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1437), dated 24th May 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

4    Excise,—Denatured Alcohol Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1524), dated 8th June 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Ivan Lewis].

5    Financial Services and Markets,—Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1518), dated 7th June 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Ivan Lewis].

6    Health Care and Associated Professions,—(1) General Optical Council (Committee Constitution Rules) Order of Council 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1474), dated 27th May 2005;

    (2) General Optical Council (Continuing Education and Training Rules) Order of Council 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1473), dated 27th May 2005;

    (3) General Optical Council (Fitness to Practise Rules) Order of Council 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1475), dated 27th May 2005;

    (4) General Optical Council (Injury or Disease of the Eye and Contact Lens (Qualifications)) (Amendment) Rules Order of Council 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1476), dated 2nd June 2005;

    (5) General Optical Council (Registration Appeals Rules) Order of Council 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1477), dated 27th May 2005;

    (6) General Optical Council (Registration Rules) Order of Council 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1478), dated 27th May 2005; and

    (7) Opticians Act 1989 (Transitional Provisions) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1472), dated 27th May 2005

    [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

7    Insolvency,—Insolvent Partnerships (Amendment) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1516), dated 7th June 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Alan Johnson].

8    Libraries,—Public Lending Right Scheme 1982 (Commencement of Variations) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1519), dated 6th June 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

9    Medicines,—(1) Medicines for Human Use (Prescribing) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1507); and

    (2) Medicines (Sale or Supply) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1520),

    dated 6th June 2005 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

10    Open Spaces,—Royal Parks (Regulation of Specified Parks) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1522), dated 6th June 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

Other Papers:

11    Education and Skills,—Government Reply to the First Report from the Joint Committee on the Draft Children (Contact) and Adoption Bill, Session 2004-05 [by Command] [Cm. 6583] [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

12    Financial Reporting to Parliament,—Departmental Report 2005: The Government's Expenditure Plans for 2005-06 to 2007-08 for Wales Office [by Command] [Cm. 6545] [Mr Secretary Hain].

13    Foreign Affairs,—Government Response to the Sixth Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee, Session 2004-05, on Foreign Policy Aspects of the War Against Terrorism [by Command] [Cm. 6590] [Mr Secretary Straw].

14    Government Resources and Accounts,—Report of the Financial Reporting Advisory Board to the Treasury for 2004-05 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 48] [Mr Des Browne].

15    Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions,—Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions (Pay and Allowances) (Number 2) Order 2005, dated 7th May 2005 [by Act] [Ms Harriet Harman].

16    School Standards and Framework,—Accounts of—

    (1) Bridgwater Education Action Zone for 1st April 2004 to 9th January 2005; and

    (2) North West Shropshire Education Action Zone for 1st April 2004 to 2nd April 2005,

    with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 90 and 91] [Clerk of the House].

17    Sessional Returns, 2004-05,—Returns to an Order [24th May] for Returns for Session 2004-05 of information and statistics relating to—

    (1) Business of the House;

    (2) Closure of Debate, Proposal of Question and Allocation of Time (including Programme Motions);

    (3) Sittings of the House;

    (4) Private Bills and Private Business;

    (5) Public Bills;

    (6) Delegated Legislation and Regulatory Reform Orders;

    (7) European Legislation, etc;

    (8) Grand Committees;

    (9) Chairmen's Panel; and

    (10) Select Committees [pursuant to Order]; to be printed [No. 1] [Clerk of the House].

18    United Nations,—(1) Democratic Republic of the Congo (United Nations Measures) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1517), dated 7th June 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer];

    (2) Democratic Republic of the Congo (United Nations Sanctions) (Channel Islands) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1468), dated 7th June 2005 [by Act] [Bridget Prentice];

    (3) Democratic Republic of the Congo (United Nations Sanctions) (Isle of Man) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1469), dated 7th June 2005 [by Act] [Bridget Prentice];

    (4) Democratic Republic of the Congo (United Nations Sanctions) (Overseas Territories) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1461), dated 7th June 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Straw];

    (5) Sudan (United Nations Measures) (Channel Islands) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1462), dated 7th June 2005 [by Act] [Bridget Prentice]; and

    (6) Sudan (United Nations Measures) (Isle of Man) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1463), dated 7th June 2005 [by Act] [Bridget Prentice].

[W.H., No. 3]

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 Dave Watts);

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

[Adjourned at 5 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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