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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 25th October 2005

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

PRAYERS.

1    Violent Crime Reduction Bill,—Mr Joe Benton reported from Standing Committee B, That it had gone through the Violent Crime Reduction Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.

    Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 66].

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

2    Road Safety and Parking Bill,—The Order for reading the Road Safety and Parking Bill a second time on Friday 28th October was read and discharged.

    Bill to be read a second time on Friday 20th January.

3    Vehicle Registration Marks Bill,—The Order for reading the Vehicle Registration Marks Bill a second time on Friday 11th November was read and discharged.

    Bill to be read a second time on Friday 17th March.

4    Computer Misuse Bill,—The Order for reading the Computer Misuse Bill a second time on Friday 2nd December was read and discharged.

    Bill to be read a second time on Friday 17th March.

5    Licensing Act 2003 (Amendment),—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the Licensing Act 2003 in relation to touring circuses; and for connected purposes: And that Mr Peter Luff, Harry Cohen, Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas, Mark Fisher, Andrew George, Mr Michael Jack, Kate Hoey, Mr Austin Mitchell, Miss Julie Kirkbride, Lembit Ípik, Stephen Pound and Mr John Whittingdale do prepare and bring it in.

6    Licensing Act 2003 (Amendment) Bill,—Mr Peter Luff accordingly presented a Bill to amend the Licensing Act 2003 in relation to touring circuses; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 2nd December and to be printed [Bill 65].

7    Electoral Administration Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Electoral Administration 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 Electoral Administration Bill because it fails to introduce necessary and sufficient measures to restore public confidence and integrity in the electoral system, owing to the absence from the Bill of the tried and tested Northern Ireland system of individual registration; because it lowers the threshold for lost Parliamentary deposits, which will assist extremists like the British National Party in spreading racist propaganda; because it perpetuates the flawed system of all-postal voting and fails to provide for the proper Parliamentary scrutiny of election pilot schemes; and because it exposes the Government's continuing preoccupation with electoral modernisation that has undermined the UK's reputation for free and fair elections', instead thereof.—(Mr Oliver Heald.)

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

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Evennett, Mr Henry Bellingham: 166.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Vernon Coaker, Tony Cunningham: 374.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Main Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 62 (Amendment on second or third reading):—It was agreed to.

    The Bill was accordingly read a second time.

8    Electoral Administration 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 Electoral Administration Bill:

    Committal

    1. The following shall be committed to a Committee of the whole House—

      (a) Clauses Nos. 9 to 18;

      (b) any new Clauses or new Schedules relating to Part 2 or Part 3 of the Bill;

      (c) any new Clauses or new Schedules relating to the procedure to be followed at an election on the death of a candidate;

      (d) any new Clauses or new Schedules relating to candidates standing in more than one constituency at an election.

    2. The remainder of the Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

    Proceedings in Committee

    3. Proceedings in Committee of the whole House shall be completed in one day.

    4. Those proceedings shall be taken in the order shown in the first column of the following table and shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the times specified in the second column of that table.

    Proceedings
Time for conclusion of proceedings
    Clauses Nos. 9 to 12, new Clauses relating to Part 2 of the Bill, new Schedules relating to Part 2 of the Bill.
Two and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Bill.
    Clauses Nos. 13 to 18, new Clauses relating to Part 3 of the Bill, new Schedules relating to Part 3 of the Bill.
Two and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on Clause No. 13.
    New Clauses and new Schedules relating to the procedure to be followed at an election on the death of a candidate or relating to candidates standing in more than one constituency at an election.
The moment of interruption or one hour after the commencement of proceedings on the first such new Clause, whichever is the later.

    5. Standing Order No. 83B (Programming committees) shall not apply to the proceedings in Committee of the whole House.

    Proceedings in Standing Committee

    6. Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 24th November.

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

    Proceedings after Committee

    8. When the provisions of the Bill considered respectively by the Committee of the whole House and by the Standing Committee have been reported to the House, the Bill shall be proceeded with as if it had been reported as a whole from the Standing Committee.

    Consideration and Third Reading

    9. 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.

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

    11. Standing Order No. 83B (Programming committees) shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.

    Programming of proceedings

    12. 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—(Mr Ian Cawsey):—It was agreed to.

9    Electoral Administration Bill [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Electoral Administration Bill [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 Electoral Administration Bill, it is expedient to authorise—

    (1) the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—

      (a) any expenses incurred by the Secretary of State in consequence of the Act; and

      (b) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums which under any other Act are payable out of money so provided;

    (2) the payment out of the Consolidated Fund of any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable under any other Act out of that Fund—(Mr Ian Cawsey):—It was agreed to.

10    Civil Partnership,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Civil Partnership (Miscellaneous and Consequential Provisions) Order 2005, which was laid before this House on 12th October, be approved—(Mr Ian Cawsey):—It was agreed to.

11    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 Social Security (Inherited SERPS) (Amendments relating to Civil Partnership) Regulations 2005, which were laid before this House on 12th October, be approved—(Mr Ian Cawsey):—It was agreed to.

12    Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Ian Cawsey.)

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

[Adjourned at 10.42 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    Disability Discrimination,—Draft Code of Practice: The Duty to Promote Disability Equality, laid under section 53A(4) of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

2    Consumer Protection,—Medical Devices (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 2909), dated 18th October 2005 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

3    Disabled Persons,—Disability Discrimination (Public Authorities) (Statutory Duties) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 2966), dated 21st October 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

4    Family Law,—Dissolution etc (Pensions) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 2920), dated 18th October 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Bridget Prentice].

5    Family Proceedings,—(1) Family Law Act 1996 (Part IV) (Allocation of Proceedings) (Amendment) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 2924);

    (2) Family Proceedings (Amendment) (No. 5) Rules 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 2922); and

    (3) Family Proceedings (Civil Partnership: Staying of Proceedings) Rules 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 2921),

    dated 18th October 2005 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Bridget Prentice].

6    Financial Services and Markets,—Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 2967), dated 24th October 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Ivan Lewis].

7    Housing,—Housing (Right to Buy) (Designated Rural Areas and Designated Regions) (England) (No. 2) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 2908), dated 14th October 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

8    Magistrates' Courts,—Magistrates' Courts (Miscellaneous Amendments) Rules 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 2930), dated 18th October 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Bridget Prentice].

9    Pensions,—Protected Rights (Transfer Payment) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 2906), dated 18th October 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

Other Papers:

10    Air Force (Constitution),—Amendment to the Rates of Pay and Trainer Pay for Medical and Dental Officers of the Royal Air Force, the Royal Air Force Reserve and the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, dated 1st July 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary John Reid].

11    Education and Skills,—Paper, entitled Higher Standards, Better Schools for All: More choice for parents and pupils [by Command] [Cm. 6677] [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

12    Immigration,—Explanatory Memorandum to the Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules [laid 24th October] [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

13    Pastoral Measure,—Report of the Churches Conservation Trust for 2004-05 [by Measure] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

14    Public Petitions,—(1) Observations by the Deputy Prime Minister on the Petition [19th July] from Castle Point Triangle Club for blind and partially sighted people and others for the continued availability of Swans Green Hall and other community halls in Castle Point;

    (2) Observations by the Deputy Prime Minister on the Petition [20th July] from tenants and residents of Langley Estate, Middleton, Manchester for funding to complete the boundary wall and environmental schemes for all properties in the area; and

    (3) Observations by the Secretary of State for International Development on the Petition [21st July] from people of Sittingbourne and Sheppey for fairer trade, debt relief and more aid for Africa

    [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

15    Reserve Forces,—(1) Amendment to the Published Rate of Experimental Pay for the Royal Air Force, the Royal Air Force Reserve and the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, dated 1st July 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command]; and

    (2) Report under section 56(7) of the Reserve Forces Act 1996 on the making of a call-out order under section 56(1) of that Act, dated 24th October 2005 [by Act]

    [Secretary John Reid].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

1    Administration,—Record of the Administration Committee's discussions at its meetings on 19 July, 11 October, 18 October and 25 October 2005 [Mr Frank Doran].

2    Culture, Media and Sport,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [London 2012 Olympics: First Steps]; to be printed [No. 552-ii]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [DCMS Annual Report for 2004-05]; to be printed [No. 589-i]

    [Mr John Whittingdale].

3    Defence,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence Committee [Future Carrier and Joint Combat Aircraft Programmes]; to be printed [No. 554-ii] [Mr James Arbuthnot].

4    Environmental Audit,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee [Sustainable Timber]; to be printed [No. 607-i] [Mr Peter Ainsworth].

5    Home Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [The Work of the Home Office]; to be printed [No. 604-i] [Mr John Denham].

6    International Development,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee, together with an Appendix [Making poverty history? The promises of Gleneagles]; to be printed [No. 418-ii] [Malcolm Bruce].

7    Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions,—(1) Second Special Report from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee [The Role and Effectiveness of the Local Government Ombudsmen for England: Government Response to the Committee's Eleventh Report of Session 2004-05]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 605];

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [ODPM Annual Report and Accounts 2005]; to be printed [No. 559-ii]; and

    (3) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Re-licensing]

    [Dr Phyllis Starkey].

8    Trade and Industry,—(1) Ninth Special Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [Response to the Thirteenth Report from the Committee, Session 2004-05, on Ofcom's Strategic Review of Telecommunications]; to be printed [No. 598]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [DTI Annual Report]; to be printed [No. 599-i]

    [Peter Luff].

9    Welsh Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee [Government White Paper: Better Governance For Wales]; to be printed [No. 551-ii] [Dr Hywel Francis].

[W.H., No. 28]

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 Ian Cawsey.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.59 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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