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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 14th July 2005

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

PRAYERS.

1    Sixteenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Christopher Chope reported from the Sixteenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Railways Act 1993 (Determination of Turnover) Order 2005.

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

2    Seventeenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Bill Olner reported from the Seventeenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Civil Contingencies Act 2004 (Amendment of List of Responders) Order 2005.

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

3    Eighteenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Joe Benton reported from the Eighteenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Civil Partnership (Amendments to Registration Provisions) Order 2005.

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

4    Nineteenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mrs Janet Dean reported from the Nineteenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Companies Act 1989 (Delegation) Order 2005.

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

5    Twentieth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Eric Forth reported from the Twentieth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Civil Partnerships (Contracted-out Occupational and Appropriate Personal Pension Schemes) (Surviving Civil Partners) Order 2005 and the draft Civil Partnership (Pensions and Benefit Payments) (Consequential, etc. Provisions) Order 2005.

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

6    Twenty-first Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr David Wilshire reported from the Twenty-first Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Modification) (No. 2) Order 2005.

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

7    European Standing Committee,—Frank Cook reported from a European Standing Committee the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 6364/05, draft Directive on the agreement between the Community of European Railways (CER) and the European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF) on certain aspects of the working conditions of mobile workers assigned to interoperable cross-border services; recognises the importance of the social dialogue process; acknowledges the Government's efforts to secure the application of Better Regulation principles to this proposal; and welcomes the European Commission's declarations on Article 3 of the Directive and on monitoring of the development of the rail sector.

    Report, together with Resolution, to lie upon the Table.

8    House observes a period of silence,—At Twelve o'clock the House observed two minutes' silence in memory of those who lost their lives in the London bombings on 7th July.

9    London Olympics Bill,—Secretary Tessa Jowell, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Straw, Mr Secretary Darling, Mr Secretary Clarke, Mr Secretary Hain, Secretary Alan Johnson and Mr Richard Caborn, presented a Bill to make provision in connection with the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games that are to take place in London in the year 2012; to amend the Olympic Symbol etc. (Protection) Act 1995; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Monday 18th July and to be printed [Bill 45].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the London Olympics Bill be printed [Bill 45-EN].

10    Consumer Credit Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Consumer Credit Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee.

    A Clause (NC1) (Data sharing)—(Norman Lamb)—brought up, and read the first time.

    Question put, That the Clause be read a second time.

The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Andrew Selous, Bob Russell: 106.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Dave Watts, Mr Frank Roy: 234.

    Another Clause (NC2) (Access to information)—(Charles Hendry)—brought up, and read the first time.

    Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:—Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

    Another Clause (NC3) (OFT's general duties)—(Charles Hendry)—brought up, and read the first time.

    Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:—Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

    Amendment (No. 7) made to the Bill.

    Another Amendment (No. 5) proposed to the Bill, in page 14, line 11, at the end, to insert the words—

      '(2A) In making a determination under this section, a court shall have regard to guidance published periodically by the OFT.

      (2B) Guidance produced by the OFT under subsection (2A) shall be approved by the Secretary of State before publication.'.—(Charles Hendry.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

    Another Amendment (No. 2) proposed to the Bill, in page 41, line 19, to leave out the words 'includes a reference to' and insert the word 'means', instead thereof.—(Mr Alan Reid.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

    The Bill was read the third time, and passed.

11    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 Local Elections (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Order 2005, which was laid before this House on 16th June, be approved—(Mr Tom Watson):—It was agreed to.

12    Criminal Law (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 Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 (Code of Practice) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005, dated 20th June 2005, which was laid before this House on 23rd June, be approved—(Mr Tom Watson):—It was agreed to.

13    Transport,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Railways (Convention on International Carriage by Rail) Regulations 2005, which were laid before this House on 13th June, be approved—(Mr Tom Watson):—It was agreed to.

14    International Immunities and Privileges,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2005, which was laid before this House on 30th June, be approved—(Mr Tom Watson):—It was agreed to.

15    Terms and Conditions of Employment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 (Amendment) Regulations 2005, which were laid before this House on 20th June, be approved—(Mr Tom Watson):—It was agreed to.

16    Pensions,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Financial Assistance Scheme Regulations 2005, which were laid before this House on 22nd June, be approved—(Mr Tom Watson):—It was agreed to.

17    Pensions,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Financial Assistance Scheme (Internal Review) Regulations 2005, which were laid before this House on 22nd June, be approved—(Mr Tom Watson):—It was agreed to.

18    Social Security,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Age-Related Payments Regulations 2005, which were laid before this House on 23rd June, be approved—(Mr Tom Watson):—It was agreed to.

19    Employment and Training,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 2005, which was laid before this House on 18th May, be approved—(Mr Tom Watson):—It was agreed to.

20    Business of the House,—Ordered, That, at the sitting on Monday 18th July, the Speaker shall put forthwith the Questions on any Motion relating to committal of the Crossrail Bill and on any instruction to the Committee on the Bill.—(Mr Tom Watson.)

21    Business of the House,—Ordered, That, at the sitting on Wednesday 20th July, 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 the Motion in the name of Mr Secretary Prescott relating to the Council Tax not later than three hours after their commencement; proceedings may continue, though opposed, after the moment of interruption; and Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions) shall not apply.—(Mr Tom Watson.)

22    Sittings in Westminster Hall,—Ordered, That, on Thursday 21st July, there shall be no sitting in Westminster Hall.—(Mr Tom Watson.)

23    Modernisation of the House of Commons,—Ordered, That Mr Crispin Blunt be discharged from the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons and Chris Grayling be added.—(Mr Tom Watson.)

24    Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Tom Watson.)

    And accordingly, the House, having continued to sit till eight minutes to Five o'clock, adjourned till Monday 18th July.

[Adjourned at 4.52 p.m.

Michael J. Martin

Speaker


Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock on Monday next.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1    Merchant Shipping,—Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Oil Pollution) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1916), dated 7th July 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

2    Road Traffic,—Motor Cars (Driving Instruction) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1902), dated 6th July 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

Other Papers:

3    Aircraft and Shipbuilding Industries,—Report and Accounts of British Shipbuilders for 2003-04 [by Act] [Secretary Alan Johnson].

4    Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate,—Report of HM Chief Inspector of the Crown Prosecution Service for 2004-05 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 129] [The Solicitor General].

5    Development of Tourism,—Report and Accounts of VisitBritain for 2004-05, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 312] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

6    Exchequer and Audit Departments,—Report and Accounts of ADAS for 1996-97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 192] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

7    Gaming,—Report and Accounts of the Gaming Board for Great Britain for 2004-05, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 227] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

8    Government Resources and Accounts,—(1) Accounts for 2004-05 of the—

      (i) Hearing Aid Council; and

      (ii) Oil and Pipelines Agency

    with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 349 and 350] [Clerk of the House]; and

    (2) Reports and Accounts for 2004-05 of the—

      (i) Armed Forces Personnel Administration Agency, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 223] [Secretary John Reid];

      (ii) Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science Agency, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 47] [Secretary Margaret Beckett];

      (iii) Defence Estates Agency, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 255] [Secretary John Reid];

      (iv) Defence Geographic and Imagery Intelligence Agency, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 271] [Secretary John Reid];

      (v) Planning Inspectorate, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 102] [Mr Secretary Prescott];

      (vi) Valuation Tribunal Service, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 246] [Clerk of the House]; and

      (vii) Veterinary Medicines Directorate, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 196] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

9    Government Trading Funds,—Report and Accounts of the Defence Aviation Repair Agency for 2004-05, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 304] [Clerk of the House].

10    Immigration and Asylum,—Report and Accounts of the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner for 2004-05, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 219] [Clerk of the House].

11    Life Sentences (Northern Ireland),—Report of the Life Sentence Review Commissioners for 2004-05 [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [No. 113] [Mr Secretary Hain].

12    National Heritage,—Report and Accounts of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew for 2004-05, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 62] [Clerk of the House].

13    National Statistics,—(1) Report of National Statistics for 2004-05, and

    (2) Report and Accounts of the Statistics Commission for 2004-05, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon

    [by Command] [Cms. 6632 and 6570] [John Healey].

14    Northern Ireland,—(1) Reports and Accounts of—

      (i) Business Development Service for 2004-05;

      (ii) Driver and Vehicle Testing Agency for 2004-05;

      (iii) General Consumer Council for Northern Ireland for 2004-05;

      (iv) Forest Service for 2004-05;

      (v) Invest Northern Ireland for 2003-04;

      (vi) Land Registers of Northern Ireland for 2004-05;

      (vii) Northern Ireland Child Support Agency for 2004-05;

      (viii) Northern Ireland Housing Executive for 2004-05;

      (ix) Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland for 2004-05;

      (x) Public Record Office for Northern Ireland for 2004-05;

      (xi) Rivers Agency for 2004-05;

      (xii) The Planning Service for 2004-05;

      (xiii) Water Service for 2004-05; and

    (2) Report and Financial Statements of Rate Collection Agency for 2004-05,

    with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland thereon [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [Nos. 259, 233, 252, 280, 282, 204, 281, 222, 162, 266, 328, 260, 120 and 116] [Mr Secretary Hain].

15    Northern Ireland (Sentences),—Report of the Sentence Review Commissioners for 2004-05 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 112] [Mr Secretary Hain].

16    Pensions,—Report and Accounts of the Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority for 2004-05, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 182] [Clerk of the House].

17    Police (Northern Ireland),—Report and Statement of Accounts for Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland for 2004-05, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 270] Mr Secretary Hain].

18    Postal Services,—Report of the Postal Services Commission for 2004-05 [by Act] [Secretary Alan Johnson].

19    Science and Technology,—Reports and Accounts for 2004-05 of the—

    (1) Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 128] [Clerk of the House]; and

    (2) Economic and Social Research Council, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 92] [Secretary Alan Johnson].

20    Social Security Administration,—Report by the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council in accordance with Section 171 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992 reviewing the prescription of the asbestos-related diseases [by Command] [Cm. 6553] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Draft Extradition Act 2003 (Amendment to Designations) (No. 2) Order 2005,—The Speaker has appointed Mrs Joan Humble Chairman of the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

2    Draft Code of Practice on Industrial Action Ballots and Notice to Employers and draft Code of Practice on Access and Unfair Practices during Recognition and Derecognition Ballots,—The Speaker has appointed Miss Anne Begg Chairman of the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Codes of Practice.

3    Value Added Tax (Disclosure of Avoidance Schemes) (Designations) (Amendment) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005 No. 1724),—The Speaker has appointed Mr Eric Forth Chairman of the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Order 2005.

4    Draft Civil Procedure (Modification of Crown Proceedings Act 1947) Order 2005,—The Speaker has appointed John Bercow Chairman of the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order 2005.

5    Draft Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency Trading Fund (Amendment) Order 2005,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Greg Pope Chairman of the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

6    Draft Companies Act 1989 (Delegation) Order 2005,—The Committee of Selection has discharged John Battle, Mr Ronnie Campbell and Ian Stewart from the Nineteenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Mrs Ann Cryer, Chris Mole and Mr Sin Simon.

7    Draft Civil Partnership (Contracted-out Occupational and Appropriate Personal Pension Schemes) (Surviving Civil Partners) Order 2005 and the draft Civil Partnership (Pensions and Benefit Payments) (Consequential, etc. Provisions) Order 2005,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr David Chaytor and Mr John Heppell from the Twentieth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Orders) and nominated in substitution Mr Ian Cawsey and Helen Southworth.

8    Draft Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Modification) (No. 2) Order 2005,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Clive Betts, Mr Vernon Coaker, Clive Efford and Mr Eric Forth from the Twenty-first Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Mr Philip Dunne, Mr Lindsay Hoyle, Gillian Merron and Mr Anthony Wright.

    European Standing Committees

9    The Speaker has appointed Mr Edward O'Hara Chairman of the European Standing Committee in respect of European Union Document No. (7455/05) relating to EU Contribution to the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

10    European Union Document No. 6364/05 relating to Working Conditions on Interoperable Cross-Border Rail Services,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Michael Jabez Foster and Fabian Hamilton from the European Standing Committee (nominated in respect of the Document) and nominated in substitution Mr Mark Hendrink and Dr Desmond Turner.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1    Culture, Media and Sport,—First Special Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [Maritime Heritage and Historic Ships: replies to the Committee's Fourth Report of Session 2004-05], together with Appendices; to be printed [No. 358] [Mr John Whittingdale].

2    Select Committees (Choice of Chairmen),—The following Members reported from their respective Committees, That they had been chosen Chairmen of those Committees:

    Committee        Chairman

    Culture, Media and Sport  John Whittingdale

    Environmental Audit    Mr Peter Ainsworth

    International Development  Malcolm Bruce

    Public Accounts      Mr Edward Leigh

    Public Administration  Dr Tony Wright

    Standards and Privileges  Sir George Young

    Trade and Industry    Peter Luff

    Treasury        Mr John McFall

3    Treasury,—(1) First Special Report from the Treasury Committee [Government Response to the Fifth Report from the Committee, Session 2004-05 on Cash Machine Charges]; to be printed [No. 359]; and

    (2) Second Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Fourth Report from the Committee, Session 2004-05 on Excise Duty Fraud]; to be printed [No. 360]

    [Mr John McFall].

[W.H., No. 19]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

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

Adjournment (Elite sports),—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Tony Cunningham.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 19th July.

[Adjourned at 4.59 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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