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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 10th November 2005

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

PRAYERS.

1    Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Eric Illsley reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 (Contingency Planning) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 2042).

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

2    Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Mike Weir reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft New Opportunities Fund (Specification of Initiatives) (No. 2) Order 2005.

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

3    Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Hugh Bayley reported from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Disability Discrimination (Private Clubs etc.) Regulations 2005.

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

4    European Standing Committee,—Mr Martin Caton reported from a European Standing Committee the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Documents No. 13686/04, Commission Communication on the Instruments for External Assistance under the Future Financial Perspective 2007-2013, No. 13687/04, Draft Council Regulation establishing an Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA), No. 13688/04, Draft Council Regulation establishing a European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument, No. 13689/04, Draft Council Regulation establishing a financing instrument for development co-operation and economic co-operation, No. 13690/04, Draft Council Regulation establishing an Instrument for Stability; and agrees with the Government that they provide a good basis for discussion of external actions spending (Heading 4) in the next Financial Perspective 2007-2013.

    Resolution to lie upon the Table.

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

5    Terrorism Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Third Reading of the Terrorism Bill;

    A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read the third time;

    And it being four hours after commencement of proceedings on the Bill, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Order [26th October]:—It was agreed to.

    The Bill was accordingly read the third time, and passed.

6    European Union Contribution to Achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals,—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 European Union Documents No. 8137/05, Commission Communication on Policy Coherence for Development: Accelerating progress towards attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), No. 8138/05, Commission Communication on Speeding up progress towards the Millennium Development Goals—the European Union's contribution, and No. 8139/05, Commission Communication on Accelerating progress towards attaining the Millennium Development Goals—Financing for Development and Aid Effectiveness; and supports the Government's view welcoming the European Union's recognition that its non-aid policies have an important impact on developing countries' prospects for growth and development, including attaining the MDGs; welcoming European Union Member States' commitments to double annual European Union aid to all developing countries by 2010, with at least 50 per cent. of the agreed increase going to Africa, and to achieving the 0.7 per cent. ODA/GNI target by 2015; and welcoming agreements on increased aid effectiveness under the Paris Declaration, untying of aid, trade-related assistance, multilateral debt relief and innovative financing in line with the outcomes of the United Nations Millennium Review Summit to take stock of progress towards the MDGs—(Mr Alan Campbell):—It was agreed to.

7    European Information Society for Growth and Employment,—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 European Union Document No. 9758/05, Commission Communication: i2010—A European Information Society for Growth and Employment; and supports the Government view welcoming the objectives of the Commission's i2010 Strategy and endorses the Government's work, during its Presidency of the EU, to identify and agree on the respective responsibilities of all players and the most important actions they need to undertake to ensure that i2010 makes a real contribution to the Lisbon objective to make Europe 'the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world by 2010'—(Mr Alan Campbell):—It was agreed to.

8    Plant Breeders' Rights,—Ordered, That the Plant Breeders' Rights (Discontinuation of Prior Use Exemption) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 2726), dated 3rd October 2005, and the Supply of Relevant Veterinary Medicinal Products Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 2751), dated 4th October 2005, be referred to Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation.—(Mr Alan Campbell.)

9    Public Petitions,—Public Petitions from supporters of the Isitfair Council Tax protest campaign for a fair and equitable replacement for council tax [three Petitions] were presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

10    Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Alan Campbell);

    And it being Six o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put.

11    Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr John Heppell.)

    And accordingly, the House, having continued to sit till twenty-nine minutes past Six o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 6.29 p.m.

Michael J. Martin

Speaker


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


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1    Civil Partnership,—Civil Partnership (Supplementary Provisions relating to the Recognition of Overseas Dissolutions, Annulments or Legal Separations) (England and Wales and Northern Ireland) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3104), dated 4th November 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Bridget Prentice].

2    Pensions,—Local Government Pension Scheme (Civil Partnership) (Amendment) (England and Wales) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3069), dated 1st November 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

3    Powers of Attorney,—(1) Court of Protection (Enduring Powers of Attorney) (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3126);

    (2) Enduring Powers of Attorney (Prescribed Form) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3116); and

    (3) Enduring Powers of Attorney (Welsh Language Prescribed Form) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3125),

    dated 8th November 2005 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Ms Harriet Harman].

4    Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships,—Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Fees) Order (Northern Ireland) 2005 (S.R. (N.I.), 2005, No. 478), dated 4th November 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hain].

Other Papers:

5    Audit (Northern Ireland),—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland on The Private Finance Initiative: Electronic Libraries for Northern Ireland [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [No. 523] [Mr Secretary Hain].

6    Government Resources and Accounts,—Resource Accounts of the Teachers' Pension Scheme (England and Wales) for 2004-05, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 627] [John Healey].

7    Northern Ireland (Monitoring Commission etc.),—Sixth Report of the Independent Monitoring Commission [by Act]; to be printed [No. 567] [Mr Secretary Hain].

8    Public Petitions,—Observations by the Secretary of State for Transport on the Petition [2nd November] from the commuting public of Bromsgrove for longer platforms at Bromsgrove station [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

9    School Standards and Framework,—Accounts of Barrow Education Action Zone for—

    (1) 2002-03;

    (2) 2003-04; and

    (3) 1st April 2004 to 9th January 2005,

    with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 661, 662 and 663] [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Council Tax (New Valuation Lists for England) Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),—The Speaker has appointed appointed David Howarth, Chris Mole, Mr Mark Prisk, Mr Robert Syms, Mr Neil Turner, Mr Dave Watts and Mr Phil Woolas members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee A in respect of the Bill.

2    Council Tax (New Valuation Lists for England) Bill,—The Speaker has appointed Janet Anderson Chairman of Standing Committee A in respect of the Bill.

3    Electoral Administration Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),—The Speaker has appointed Mr Henry Bellingham, Kevin Brennan, David Cairns, Mr Jonathan Djanogly, Ms Harriet Harman, Mr David Heath and Martin Linton members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee B in respect of the Bill.

4    Electoral Administration Bill,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Edward O'Hara and Derek Conway Chairmen of Standing Committee B in respect of the Bill.

5    National Insurance Contributions Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),—The Speaker has appointed Dr Vincent Cable, Michael Fabricant, Mr Mark Field, Dawn Primarolo, Mark Tami, Mr TomWatson and Mr Iain Wright members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee D in respect of the Bill.

6    National Insurance Contributions Bill,—The Speaker has appointed Sir John Butterfill and Miss Anne Begg Chairmen of Standing Committee D in respect of the Bill.

7    Draft Criminal Justice Act 2003 (Commencement No. 12 and Transitory Provisions) Order 2005,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Christopher Chope Chairman of the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

8    Draft Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005,—The Speaker has appointed Mrs Joan Humble Chairman of the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

9    Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (WIPO Copyright Treaty and WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty) Order 2005,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Greg Pope Chairman of the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

10    Draft Healthy Start Scheme and Welfare Food (Amendment) Regulations 2005,—The Speaker has appointed Mr David Marshall Chairman of the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Regulations.

11    Tryptophan in Food (England) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 2630),—The Speaker has appointed Mr Martyn Jones Chairman of the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Regulations.

12    Accession (Immigration and Worker Registration) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 2400),—The Speaker has appointed Ann Winterton Chairman of the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Regulations.

13    Draft Access to Justice Act 1999 (Destination of Appeals) (Family Proceedings) Order 2005, draft Family Procedure (Modification of Enactments) Order 2005 and Revised Funding Code prepared by the Legal Services Commission Order 2005,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Bill Olner Chairman of the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Orders and Code.

14    Draft Financial Assistance Scheme (Appeals) Regulations 2005 and draft Financial Assistance Scheme (Modifications and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2005,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Mike Hancock Chairman of the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Regulations.

    Grand Committees

15    The Speaker has appointed Mr David Wilshire Chairman of the Northern Ireland Grand Committee in respect of its meeting on 15th November.

    European Standing Committees

16    The Speaker has appointed Mrs Janet Dean Chairman of the European Standing Committee in respect of European Union Document No. 12197/05 on Marketing of Foods Derived from Genetically Modified Maize.

17    The Speaker has appointed Mr Bill Olner Chairman of the European Standing Committee in respect of European Union Document No. 11413/05 on European Union Development Policy.

18    European Union Documents Nos. 13686/04, 13687/04, 13688/04, 13689/04 and 13690/04 relating to EC External Action-New Instruments for Co-operation,—The Committee of Selection has discharged John Barrett and Kate Hoey from the European Standing Committee (nominated in respect of the Documents) and nominated in substitution Mr Bob Blizzard and Richard Younger-Ross.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1    Health,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [Changes to Primary Care Trusts]; to be printed [No. 646-ii] [Mr Kevin Barron].

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-iv] [Mr John Denham].

3    Public Administration,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Public Administration: Ministers and Civil Servants]; to be printed [No. 660-i] [Tony Wright].

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

[W.H., No. 36]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

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

Adjournment (Maximising women's skills in the UK economy),—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Mr Parmjit Dhanda.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 15th November.

[Adjourned at 5.29 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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