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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 29th June 2005

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

PRAYERS.

1    Northern Ireland Grand Committee,—Mr Joe Benton reported from the Northern Ireland Grand Committee the draft Budget (No. 2) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005, referred to it on 16th June.

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

2    Chairmen's Panel (Parliament Act 1911),—Rosemary McKenna reported from the Committee of Selection, That, in pursuance of section 1(3) of the Parliament Act 1911, it had appointed Frank Cook and Sir Nicholas Winterton to be the two Members whom the Speaker shall consult, if practicable, before certifying a Bill to be a Money Bill.

3    Chairmen's Panel,—The Chairman of Ways and Means reported the following Resolutions from the Chairmen's Panel:

    That if, at any two morning sittings of a Standing Committee called for the consideration of a Bill, the Committee is adjourned by reason of the absence of a quorum within one and a half hours of the time at which the Committee meets, the Committee shall not proceed again to the consideration of that Bill until any other Bills committed to the Committee have been considered.

    That if, during the consideration of a Bill before one of the Standing Committees, it shall appear that the business would be expedited by postponing the further consideration of the Bill in hand until the Bill next on the list has been reported, and if the Member in charge of the Bill rises and makes a Motion to that effect, the Chairman will be in order in proposing such a Question.

    That, whenever the Chairman of a Standing Committee adjourns the Committee without Question put, the Debate on any Question then under discussion, or further consideration of the Bill, shall be resumed at the next meeting.

4    Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

    The Lords communicate that they have ordered that the Committee appointed by them to join with a Committee appointed by this House as the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments do meet with the Committee appointed by this House on Tuesday 5th July at a quarter past Four o'clock, as proposed by this House.

5    Opposition Day [3rd allotted day],—It being an allotted day at the disposal of the leader of the second largest opposition party in pursuance of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business), the House proceeded to consider Opposition business.

    Access to NHS Dentistry and Primary Health Care,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House notes with concern the crisis in NHS dentistry, together with problems in accessing other primary care services; recognises that many dentists chose to undertake more private practice as a consequence of the new contract introduced under the Conservatives in 1990 and the subsequent reduction in dentists' fees in 1992; notes that the Conservative government closed two dental schools; further notes that the number of adults registered with an NHS dentist fell by five million between 1994 and 1998; recalls the Prime Minister's pledge in 1999 that 'everyone within the next two years will be able once again to see an NHS dentist just by phoning NHS Direct', but notes that less than half the adult population is now registered with an NHS dentist; and calls on the Government to work with the dentistry profession to ensure that the new contract delivers more dentists spending more time working in the NHS—(Steve Webb);

    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 'welcomes the Government's record levels of investment in the National Health Service, with expenditure set to rise to over 92 billion in 2007-08; congratulates the Government and NHS staff for improvements in primary care; notes that the Government's ambitions for NHS dentistry will deliver a modernised, high quality primary dental service; congratulates the Government on supporting this with a record level of investment, which has been increased by 19 per cent., or 250 million a year, over 2003-04 levels; further welcomes the increase in NHS primary care dentists from 16,700 in 1997 to 20,192 in April, the creation of 53 dental access centres across England treating some 400,000 patients a year and an NHS support team to improve access to dentistry in areas where there are problems, and the introduction of additional capital grants of 35 million to fund practice improvements; and further congratulates the Government for this investment and programme of reform that has delivered a better quality of life for staff, and improved services for all patients, regardless of their ability to pay, true to the founding principles of the NHS', instead thereof.—(Ms Rosie Winterton.)

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

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Richard Younger-Ross, Danny Alexander: 65.

      Tellers for the Noes, Tony Cunningham, Mr Dave Watts: 467.

    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):—It was agreed to.

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

    Resolved, That this House welcomes the Government's record levels of investment in the National Health Service, with expenditure set to rise to over 92 billion in 2007-08; congratulates the Government and NHS staff for improvements in primary care; notes that the Government's ambitions for NHS dentistry will deliver a modernised, high quality primary dental service; congratulates the Government on supporting this with a record level of investment, which has been increased by 19 per cent., or 250 million a year, over 2003-04 levels; further welcomes the increase in NHS primary care dentists from 16,700 in 1997 to 20,192 in April, the creation of 53 dental access centres across England treating some 400,000 patients a year and an NHS support team to improve access to dentistry in areas where there are problems, and the introduction of additional capital grants of 35 million to fund practice improvements; and further congratulates the Government for this investment and programme of reform that has delivered a better quality of life for staff, and improved services for all patients, regardless of their ability to pay, true to the founding principles of the NHS.

    Using the G8 Summit to Tackle Climate Change,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House recognises the serious threat posed to the planet by climate change; welcomes the decision of the Prime Minister to make this a priority for the UK presidency of the G8; notes with concern however the lack of progress being made to secure effective international agreement on the way forward and in particular the wrecking tactics of the present US Administration and the total lack of leverage on this issue by the Prime Minister over President Bush, who is still in public denial of even the basic science; believes that carbon emissions need to be cut by at least 60 per cent. by 2050; further believes that without such action, measures to reduce poverty in developing countries will be severely undermined; calls on the Prime Minister to use the G8 to win support for a successor regime to Kyoto based upon the principle of contraction and convergence, engaging the participation of both developed and developing nations; further believes that he will be in a stronger position to give an international lead if he now tackles his failures in domestic climate change policy, which mean that the UK is now virtually certain to miss its 2010 carbon emissions reduction target and is now in danger of missing even its Kyoto target; and urges him in particular to adopt effective policies to conserve energy within the domestic sector, and to cut emissions within the transport and energy sectors—(Norman Baker);

    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 'welcomes the UK's global leadership on climate change and in particular the Prime Minister's decision to make climate change one of the top two priorities for the G8 Presidency and a priority for the EU Presidency; recognises that UK initiatives in 2005 have already made important contributions to the international debate on future climate change policy, in particular the scientific conference on stabilisation in February 2005 and the Energy and Environment Ministerial Roundtable in March 2005; looks forward to the Gleneagles Summit and provides its full support to the Prime Minister's continuing efforts to secure a successful outcome; commends the UK's plans to continue to strive for further international action following Gleneagles through both the G8 and EU; further commends the Labour Party for being the only party to commit in its manifesto to a national goal to reduce emissions by 20 per cent. by 2010; celebrates the UK's achievement in already reducing emissions to 13.4 per cent. between the base year and 2003, beyond that required by the Kyoto Protocol; further welcomes the introduction of policies such as the climate change levy and renewables obligation that have been so important in achieving this; and looks forward to the publication of the climate change programme later this year which will set out further policies to deliver the goal of a 20 per cent. reduction in emissions by 2010', instead thereof.—(Mr Elliot Morley.)

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

    Richard Younger-Ross 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, Sir Robert Smith, Danny Alexander: 220.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Tom Watson, Claire Ward: 313.

    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):—It was agreed to.

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

    Resolved, That this House welcomes the UK's global leadership on climate change and in particular the Prime Minister's decision to make climate change one of the top two priorities for the G8 Presidency and a priority for the EU Presidency; recognises that UK initiatives in 2005 have already made important contributions to the international debate on future climate change policy, in particular the scientific conference on stabilisation in February 2005 and the Energy and Environment Ministerial Roundtable in March 2005; looks forward to the Gleneagles Summit and provides its full support to the Prime Minister's continuing efforts to secure a successful outcome; commends the UK's plans to continue to strive for further international action following Gleneagles through both the G8 and EU; further commends the Labour Party for being the only party to commit in its manifesto to a national goal to reduce emissions by 20 per cent. by 2010; celebrates the UK's achievement in already reducing emissions to 13.4 per cent. between the base year and 2003, beyond that required by the Kyoto Protocol; further welcomes the introduction of policies such as the climate change levy and renewables obligation that have been so important in achieving this; and looks forward to the publication of the climate change programme later this year which will set out further policies to deliver the goal of a 20 per cent. reduction in emissions by 2010.

6    Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr John Heppell);

    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 sixteen minutes to Eight o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 7.44 p.m.

Michael J. Martin

Speaker


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


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1    Civil Partnership,—Draft Civil Partnership (Pensions and Benefit Payments) (Consequential, etc. Provisions) Order 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

2    Pensions,—(1) Draft Pension Protection Fund (Investigation by PPF Ombudsman of Complaints of Maladministration) Regulations 2005;

    (2) draft Pension Protection Fund (PPF Ombudsman) Amendment Order 2005; and

    (3) draft Pension Protection Fund (Reference of Reviewable Matters to the PPF Ombudsman) Regulations 2005

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

3    Value Added Tax,—Value Added Tax (Disclosure of Avoidance Schemes) (Designations) (Amendment) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1724), dated 29th June 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Dawn Primarolo].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

4    Energy Conservation,—Energy Information (Household Air Conditioners) (No. 2) Regulations (S.I., 2005, No. 1726), dated 28th June 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

5    Environmental Protection,—Waste Management Licensing (England and Wales) (Amendment and Related Provisions) (No. 3) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1728), dated 29th June 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

Other Papers:

6    Duchy of Lancaster and Cornwall,—Report and Financial Statements of the Duchy of Cornwall for the year ended 31st March 2005 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 174] [Mr John Healey].

7    Financial Services and Markets,—Report and Financial Review of the Financial Services Authority for 2004-05 [by Act] [Mr Ivan Lewis].

8    Industrial Organisation and Development,—Report and Accounts of the British Potato Council for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 58] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

9    Miscellaneous (No. 2, 2005),—Framework Agreement, done at Washington on 28th February 2005, for International Collaboration on Research and Development of Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 6613] [Mr Secretary Straw].

10    Miscellaneous (No. 3, 2005),—Framework Agreement, done at Stockholm on 21st May 2003, on a Multilateral Nuclear Environmental Programme in the Russian Federation, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 6615] [Mr Secretary Straw].

11    Northern Ireland,—(1) Accounts of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission for 2000-01, 2001-02 and 2002-03, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 231] [Clerk of the House]; and

    (2) Report and Accounts of the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland thereon [by Statutory Instrument] to be printed [No. 89] [Mr Secretary Hain].

12    Public Accounts,—Treasury Minutes on the Twelfth, Fourteenth and Sixteenth to Eighteenth Reports from the Committee of Public Accounts, Session 2004-05 [by Command] [Cm. 6579] [Mr John Healey].

13    School Standards and Framework,—Accounts of Wakefield Education Action Zone for 1st April 2004 to 9th January 2005, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 225] [Clerk of the House].

14    Treasury,—Treasury Minute, dated 29th June 2005, concerning the Write-Off of British Shipbuilders' Public Dividend Capital [by Command] [Mr Des Browne]; and

15    Treaty Series (No. 52, 2004),—Index to Treaty Series 2004 [by Command] [Cm. 6608] [Mr Secretary Straw].

16    Treaty Series (No. 30, 2005),—Exchange of Notes, done at London on 8th and 10th November 2004, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Republic of Ecuador concerning Certain Commercial Debts (The United Kingdom/Ecuador Debt Agreement No. 8 (2003)) [by Command] [Cm. 6614] [Mr Secretary Straw].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Civil Aviation Bill:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee B; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Adam Afriyie, Mr Peter Atkinson, Tom Brake, Mr Julian Brazier, Ms Karen Buck, Mr David Crausby, Justine Greening, Andrew Gwynne, Mrs Sharon Hodgson, Alan Keen, Mr Jim McGovern, Laura Moffatt, Mr Mark Prisk, Dr John Pugh, Mr Frank Roy, John Smith and Graham Stringer.

2    Identity Cards Bill:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee D; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Vera Baird, Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods, Mr David S. Borrow, Andy Burnham, Mr Alistair Carmichael, Mr David Drew, Mr Tobias Ellwood, Tim Farron, Mr Edward Garnier, Mr Tony McNulty, Patrick Mercer, Kali Mountford, Dr Nick Palmer, Mr Mark Prisk, John Robertson, Joan Ryan and Mr Ben Wallace.

3    Regulation of Financial Services (Land Transactions) Bill:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee E; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Ian Austin, Gregory Barker, Dr Vincent Cable, Mr Mark Field, Mr David Gauke, Mr Mark Harper, Mr Kevan Jones, Susan Kramer, Mr Ivan Lewis, Ann McKechin, Mrs Maria Miller, Mr Andy Reed, Mr Sin Simon, Mark Tami, Lynda Waltho, Mr Tom Watson and Mr Iain Wright.

4    Draft Offshore Petroleum Activities (Oil Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations 2005:

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

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Ms Diane Abbott, Mr Kevin Barron, Malcolm Bruce, Mr David Clelland, Mr Ian Davidson, Mr Parmjit Dhanda, Michael Fabricant, Dr Hywel Francis, Dr Ian Gibson, Mr Bernard Jenkin, Norman Lamb, Dr Nick Palmer, Mike Penning, Mr Edward Vaizey, Mrs Theresa Villiers and Malcolm Wicks.

5    Draft Colleges of Education (Northern Ireland) Order 2005:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Charlotte Atkins, Roger Berry, Lorely Burt, Ben Chapman, Mr Vernon Coaker, Philip Davies, Mr John Denham, Mark Fisher, Mr Michael Foster (Worcester), Mr John Grogan, Mark Pritchard, Mr Laurence Robertson, Andrew Selous, Grant Shapps, Angela E. Smith (Basildon) and Sammy Wilson.

6    Draft Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: John Austin, Lyn Brown, Mr Vernon Coaker, Michael Connarty, Mr Quentin Davies, Mr Nigel Dodds, Mr Brian H. Donohoe, Mr Michael Foster (Worcester), Kelvin Hopkins, Mrs Sin C. James, Daniel Kawczynski, Greg Mulholland, Mr Laurence Robertson, Andrew Selous, Angela E. Smith (Basildon) and Mr Rob Wilson.

7    Draft Local Government (Northern Ireland) Order 2005:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Richard Burden, Mr Vernon Coaker, Mary Creagh, Mr Michael Foster (Worcester), Linda Gilroy, Michael Gove, Mr Stephen Hepburn, Mr David Jones, Helen Jones, Ms Sally Keeble, Lembit pik, Mr Laurence Robertson, Andrew Selous, Angela E. Smith (Basildon), Mr Robert Walter and Sammy Wilson.

8    Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2005:

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

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Vernon Coaker, Mr Michael Foster (Worcester), Mr David Hanson, Lady Hermon, Mrs Joan Humble, Mr Nick Hurd, Mr Piara S. Khabra, Mr David Lidington, Mr Eddie McGrady, Anne Moffat, Lembit pik, The Reverend Ian Paisley, Mr Greg Pope, Stephen Pound, Mr Andrew Robathan, Andrew Selous and Paddy Tipping.

9    Draft Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 2005:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Alan Campbell, Mr Robin Cook, Jim Cousins, Mr Wayne David, Michael Fabricant, Mr Roger Godsiff, Mr Gerald Howarth, Ms Diana R. Johnson, Robert Key, Mr Michael Moore, Dr Doug Naysmith, Dan Norris, Bob Russell, Mr Lee Scott, Mr Ian Taylor and Mr Don Touhig.

10    Draft Traffic Management (Northern Ireland) Order 2005:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Vernon Coaker, Mr Stephen Dorrell, Mrs Nadine Dorries, Mr Michael Foster (Worcester), Mr David Lidington, Greg Mulholland, Sandra Osborne, The Reverend Ian Paisley, Mrs Linda Riordan, Mr Laurence Robertson, Andrew Selous, Jim Sheridan, Helen Southworth, Ms Emily Thornberry, Dr Desmond Turner and Mr Shaun Woodward.

[W.H., No. 12]

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 Alan Campbell.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 5.06 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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