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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 21st June 2005

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

PRAYERS.

1    London Local Authorities and Transport for London Bill,—The London Local Authorities and Transport for London Bill was, according to Order, read a second time and committed.

2    First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Roger Gale reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Remand in Custody (Effect of Concurrent and Consecutive Sentences of Imprisonment) Rules 2005.

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

3    Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Martin Caton reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Community Interest Company Regulations 2005.

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

4    Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Joe Benton reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Suitability of Adopters Regulations 2005 and the draft Restriction on the Preparation of Adoption Reports Regulations 2005.

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

5    Racial and Religious Hatred Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill;

    And a Motion being made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read a second time;

    An Amendment was proposed to the Question, to leave out from the word 'That' to the end of the Question and add the words 'this House declines to give a Second Reading to the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill because, while the Bill recognises the problems caused by extremists seeking to stir up hatred against others on the grounds of their ethnic identity, by creating a new offence of inciting religious hatred, it will disproportionately curtail freedom of expression, worsen community relations as different religious and belief groups call for the prosecution of their opponents, create uncertainty as to what words or behaviour are lawful and lead to the selective application of the law in a manner likely to bring it into disrepute', instead thereof.—(David Davis.)

    And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Henry Bellingham, Andrew Stunell: 246.

      Tellers for the Noes, Claire Ward, Mr Parmjit Dhanda: 303.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Main Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 62 (Amendment on second or third reading);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Claire Ward, Mr Parmjit Dhanda: 303.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Henry Bellingham, Andrew Stunell: 247.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    The Bill was accordingly read a second time.

6    Racial and Religious Hatred Bill (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 Racial and Religious Hatred Bill:

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 30th June 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 consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further messages from the Lords) may be programmed—(Gillian Merron);

The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Claire Ward, Mr Parmjit Dhanda: 305.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Henry Bellingham, Mr Alan Reid: 235.

So the Question was agreed to.

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

    And accordingly, the House, having continued to sit till eleven minutes past Eleven o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 11.11 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    Access to Justice,—Revised Funding Code prepared by the Legal Services Commission [by Act] [Bridget Prentice].

2    Legal Services Commission,—(1) Draft Community Legal Service (Cost Protection) (Amendment) Regulations 2005; and

    (2) draft Community Legal Service (Scope) Regulations 2005

    [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Bridget Prentice].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

3    Environmental Protection,—Landfill (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1640), dated 17th June 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

4    Financial Services and Markets,—Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Administration Orders Relating to Insurers) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1644), dated 20th June 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Ivan Lewis].

Other Papers:

5    Access to Justice,—Direction by the Lord Chancellor under section 6(8) of the Access to Justice Act 1999, authorising the Legal Services Commission to fund in specified circumstances services generally excluded from the scope of the Community Legal Service Fund [by Act] [Bridget Prentice].

6    Financial Reporting to Parliament,—Departmental Report 2005: The Government's Expenditure Plans for 2005-06 to 2007-08 for the Department of Health [by Command] [Cm. 6524] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

7    International Development,—Government Response to the Sixth Report from the International Development Committee, Session 2004-05, on Fair trade? The European Union's trade agreements with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries [by Command] [Cm. 6605] [Secretary Hilary Benn].

8    National Health Service,—Summarised Accounts of Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care Trusts and NHS Trusts in England, of the Dental Practice Board and Special Health Authorities providing central services in England, and of funds held on Trust by Health Authorities, Primary Care Trusts, NHS Trusts, Special Health Authorities and Special Trustees in England for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 60-I and -II] [Clerk of the House].

9    Parliamentary and Health Service Commissioner,—Third Report of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration, Session 2005-06: Tax Credits: Putting Things Right [by Act]; to be printed [No. 124] [Clerk of the House].

Papers withdrawn:

10    Criminal Law (Northern Ireland),—Draft Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 (Code of Practice) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005 [laid 16th June].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Draft Community Interest Company Regulations 2005,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Graham Allen from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations) and nominated in substitution Chris Mole.

2    Draft Suitability of Adopters Regulations 2005,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Beverley Hughes from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations) and nominated in substitution Maria Eagle.

[W.H., No. 8]

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.—(Mr Dave Watts.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.56 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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