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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 7th November 2005

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

PRAYERS.

1    European Standing Committee,—Mrs Joan Humble reported from a European Standing Committee the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Commission Document No. 15570/04 Draft Directive laying down rules on nominal quantities for pre-packed products, repealing Council Directives 75/106/EEC and 80/232/EEC, and amending Council Directive 76/211/EEC; and supports the Government's aim of substantial deregulation, so that most products should be free from restrictions as to quantity.

    Resolution to lie upon the Table.

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

2    Council Tax (New Valuation Lists for England) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Council Tax (New Valuation Lists for England) 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 Council Tax (New Valuation Lists for England) Bill because the Bill merely delays rather than cancels the council tax revaluation, applies only to England and creates inequalities with other parts of the United Kingdom; and because the removal of the need for revaluation of domestic properties offers taxpayers no protection against the imposition of new higher council tax bands', instead thereof.—(Mr Eric Pickles.)

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

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Michael Fabricant, Mr Crispin Blunt: 166.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Ian Cawsey, Mr Tom Watson: 338.

    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.

3    Council Tax (New Valuation Lists for England) 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 Council Tax (New Valuation Lists for England) 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 17th November 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—(Mr Dave Watts);

The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Ian Cawsey, Mr Tom Watson: 334.

      Tellers for the Noes, Michael Fabricant, Mr Crispin Blunt: 166.

So the Question was agreed to.

4    Constitutional Law,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Water Services etc. (Scotland) Act 2005 (Consequential Provisions and Modifications) Order 2005, which was laid before this House on 10th October, be approved—(Mr Dave Watts):—It was agreed to.

5    European Union Arms Exports,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees), That this House takes note of the Unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum dated 4th July 2005 from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the Common Position Defining Rules Governing the Control of Exports of Military Technology and Equipment; and agrees with the Government that the Common Position will be an improvement to EU arms control—(Mr Dave Watts):—It was agreed to.

6    Public Petitions,—Public Petitions from—

    (1) supporters of the Isitfair Council Tax protest campaign for a fair and equitable replacement for council tax [four Petitions]; and

    (2) Colin O'Toole, assistant editor of the Surrey Comet newspaper, residents of Surbiton and others against proposals to change services at Surbiton Hospital until there has been full public consultation;

    were presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

7    Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Dave Watts.)

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

[Adjourned at 11.08 p.m.

Michael J. Martin

Speaker


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


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on Friday 4th November 2005 pursuant to Standing Order No. 158 (Presentation of command papers):

1    European Communities (No. 3, 2005),—Co-operation Agreement, done at Luxembourg on 26th October 2004, between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the Swiss Confederation, of the other part, to combat Fraud and any other Illegal Activity to the Detriment of their Financial Interests, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Cm. 6688] [Mr Secretary Straw].

2    Miscellaneous (No. 7, 2005),—United Nations Convention against Corruption, adopted at New York on 31st October 2003, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Cm. 6686] [Mr Secretary Straw].

Papers delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on Friday 4th November 2005 pursuant to Standing Order No. 159 (Presentation of statutory instruments):

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

3    Civil Partnership,—Civil Partnership (Treatment of Overseas Relationships) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3042), dated 1st November 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Bridget Prentice].

4    Financial Services and Markets,—Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Disclosure of Confidential Information) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3071), dated 3rd November 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Ivan Lewis].

5    Food,—(1) Fishery Products (Official Controls Charges) (England) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 2991); and

    (2) Meat (Official Controls Charges) (England) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 2983),

    dated 24th October 2005 [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

6    Pensions,—(1) Personal Injuries (Civilians) (Amendment) (No. 3) Scheme 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3031); and

    (2) War Pensions Committees (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3032),

    dated 26th October 2005, with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [Secretary John Reid].

7    Transport,—(1) Railway (Licensing of Railway Undertakings) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3050); and

    (2) Railways Infrastructure (Access and Management) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3049)

    dated 1st November 2005, with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [Mr Secretary Darling].

Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 7th November 2005:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

8    Civil Partnership,—Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Consequential Amendments) Order (Northern Ireland) 2005 (S.R. (N.I.), 2005, No. 479), dated 4th November 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hain].

9    Competition,—Films (Exclusivity Agreements) (Revocation) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3098), dated 1st November 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Alan Johnson].

10    Water Industry,—(1) Water Supply (Exceptions from Supply System Prohibitions) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3075);

    (2) Water Supply Licence (New Customer Exception) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3076); and

    (3) Water Supply Licence (Prescribed Water Fittings Requirements) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3077),

    dated 2nd November 2005 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

Other Papers:

11    Constitutional Affairs,—Paper, entitled Supporting Magistrates' Courts to Provide Justice [by Command] [Cm. 6681] [Ms Harriet Harman].

12    Government Resources and Accounts,—Resource Accounts of the Northern Ireland Office for 2004-05, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 537] [John Healey].

13    National Lottery,—Report of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland National Lottery Fund for 2004-05 [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

14    Public Accounts,—Treasury Minutes on the Nineteenth and Twenty-seventh Reports from the Committee of Public Accounts, Session 2004-05 [by Command] [Cm. 6682] [John Healey].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

European Union Documents Nos. 15570/04 and 15614/04 relating to Nominal Quantities for Pre-Packed Products,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr David Anderson, Jeff Ennis and Mr Rob Wilson from the European Standing Committee (nominated in respect of the Documents) and nominated in substitution Mr Kevan Jones, Mr Sin Simon and Mr Edward Vaizey.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1    Education and Skills,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Skills Committee [Further Education]; to be printed [No. 649-i] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

2    Home Affairs and Work and Pensions,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the draft Corporate Manslaughter Bill Sub-Committees of the Home Affairs and Work and Pensions Committees [Draft Corporate Manslaughter Bill]; to be printed [No. 540-iii] [Mr John Denham].

3    Human Rights,—Second Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights [Deaths in Custody: Further Government Response to the Third Report from the Committee, Session 2004-05], together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 651] [Mr Andrew Dismore].

4    Public Accounts,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [The BBC White City Development]; to be printed [No. 652-i];

    (2) Thirteenth Report from the Committee [Tackling Homelessness]; to be printed [No. 653]; and

    (3) Fourteenth Report from the Committee [Energywatch and Postwatch]; to be printed [No. 654]

    [Mr Edward Leigh]

5    Trade and Industry,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee [Royal Mail after liberalisation]; to be printed [No. 570-ii]; and

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Security of gas supply]

    [Peter Luff].



 
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