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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 22nd November 2005

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

PRAYERS.

1    Electoral Administration Bill,—Mr Edward O'Hara reported from Standing Committee B, That it had gone through the Electoral Administration Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.

    Bill, as amended in the Committee and the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 90].

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

2    Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Martin Caton reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Retention of Communications Data (Further Extension of Initial Period) Order 2005.

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

3    British Subjects (Registration),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the British Nationality Act 1981 to enable citizens of the Republic of Ireland resident in the United Kingdom to register as British subjects—(Mr Gregory Campbell);

    And the Motion being opposed, after a brief explanatory statement from the Member who made the Motion and from a Member who opposed it, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Standing Order No. 23 (Motions for leave to bring in bills and nomination of select committees at commencement of public business):—It was agreed to.

    Ordered, That Mr Gregory Campbell, Kate Hoey, Michael Fabricant, Andrew Mackinlay, Lembit Ípik, the Reverend Ian Paisley, Mr Peter Robinson, Mr Nigel Dodds and Mrs Iris Robinson do prepare and bring in the Bill.

4    British Subjects (Registration) Bill,—Mr Gregory Campbell accordingly presented a Bill to amend the British Nationality Act 1981 to enable citizens of the Republic of Ireland resident in the United Kingdom to register as British subjects: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 16th June and to be printed [Bill 91].

5    Opposition Day [10th Allotted Day],—It being an allotted day at the disposal of the Leader of the Opposition in pursuance of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business), the House proceeded to consider Opposition business.

    Welfare Reform and Incapacity Benefit,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House is extremely concerned that the Government is failing to tackle welfare reform despite promises to do so; recognises that the pensions system is in crisis; notes that the Prime Minister believes the Child Support Agency is not suited to carry out the task that it has been given; believes that the New Deal has failed to deliver; notes that 116,000 more people are claiming incapacity benefit than in 1997 despite the Government's pledge to reduce the number; is deeply disturbed that the Incapacity Benefit Green Paper, which was due to be published in the summer and then the autumn, will not now be published until January; believes that this is due to continuing conflict between the Prime Minister and the Department for Work and Pensions on the desired content of the Paper; and calls on the Government finally to deal with the increasingly urgent need for welfare reform, for the benefit of users of the system and all taxpayers—(Sir Malcolm Rifkind);

    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 consistent commitment since 1997 to pursue welfare reform to create an active, enabling welfare state where rights match responsibilities; supports the recent publication of the Principles of Welfare Reform, which builds on the foundations laid out in A New Contract for Welfare, published in 1998 and the Department for Work and Pensions' Five Year Strategy of February 2005; commends the Government's achievements in helping 2.1 million children out of absolute poverty since 1997; recognises the success of the New Deals, through which over 1.2 million people have moved into work; notes that new claims for incapacity benefit have been cut by one third since 1997; further recognises the importance of the National Pensions Debate in creating a dialogue with the public and building a consensus on pensions reform; further welcomes the progress made on tackling disability discrimination, opening doors for disabled people to remain in or return to work; in contrast, condemns the shameful record of the Opposition who spent more on administering the Child Support Agency than they paid out in maintenance and who allowed those on unemployment benefit to hit three million twice whilst also trebling the numbers on incapacity benefits between 1979 and 1997, costing the taxpayer billions and condemning millions of people to a life of benefit dependency', instead thereof.—(Mr John Hutton.)

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

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Evennett, Mr Henry Bellingham: 232.

      Tellers for the Noes, Joan Ryan, Mr Parmjit Dhanda: 309.

    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 consistent commitment since 1997 to pursue welfare reform to create an active, enabling welfare state where rights match responsibilities; supports the recent publication of the Principles of Welfare Reform, which builds on the foundations laid out in A New Contract for Welfare, published in 1998 and the Department for Work and Pensions' Five Year Strategy of February 2005; commends the Government's achievements in helping 2.1 million children out of absolute poverty since 1997; recognises the success of the New Deals, through which over 1.2 million people have moved into work; notes that new claims for incapacity benefit have been cut by one third since 1997; further recognises the importance of the National Pensions Debate in creating a dialogue with the public and building a consensus on pensions reform; further welcomes the progress made on tackling disability discrimination, opening doors for disabled people to remain in or return to work; in contrast, condemns the shameful record of the Opposition who spent more on administering the Child Support Agency than they paid out in maintenance and who allowed those on unemployment benefit to hit three million twice whilst also trebling the numbers on incapacity benefits between 1979 and 1997, costing the taxpayer billions and condemning millions of people to a life of benefit dependency.

    Action on Climate Change,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House endorses the principle of a cross-party consensus on carbon reduction—(Mr Oliver Letwin);

    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 leadership shown by the UK Government internationally on climate change, and the important progress made at the July Summit and at the recent meeting of the Dialogue on Climate Change, Clean Energy and Sustainable Development; further welcomes the recent announcement of the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation and looks forward to the publication of the climate change programme review; recognises the importance of building greater understanding and support among all sectors of society for action on climate change; and further welcomes new ideas and contributions from all quarters that help to reduce carbon emissions', instead thereof.—(Mr Elliot Morley.)

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

    Mr Patrick McLoughlin 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, Mr Henry Bellingham, Mr David Evennett: 233.

      Tellers for the Noes, Kevin Brennan, Mr Ian Cawsey: 296.

    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 leadership shown by the UK Government internationally on climate change, and the important progress made at the July Summit and at the recent meeting of the Dialogue on Climate Change, Clean Energy and Sustainable Development; further welcomes the recent announcement of the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation and looks forward to the publication of the climate change programme review; recognises the importance of building greater understanding and support among all sectors of society for action on climate change; and further welcomes new ideas and contributions from all quarters that help to reduce carbon emissions.

6    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 (Appeals) Regulations 2005, which were laid before this House on 26th October, be approved—(Mr Alan Campbell):—It was agreed to.

7    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 (Modifications and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2005, which were laid before this House on 26th October, be approved—(Mr Alan Campbell):—It was agreed to.

8    Declaration on European Union Development Policy,—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. 11413/05, Commission Communication: 'Draft Joint Declaration by the Council, the European Parliament and the Commission on the European Union Development Policy'; and supports the Government's view that poverty eradication must remain the overarching objective and that the Document clarifies the role and added value of the European Community—(Mr Alan Campbell):—It was agreed to.

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

    And the Motion having been made after Ten 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 a quarter to Eleven o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 10.45 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 Affirmative Resolution:

1    National Health Service,—Draft National Health Service (Dental Charges) Regulations 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

2    Proceeds of Crime,—Draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and Money Laundering Regulations 2003 (Amendment) Order 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

3    Social Security,—State Pension Credit (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3205), dated 16th November 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hutton].

4    Sports Grounds and Sporting Events,—Sports Grounds and Sporting Events (Designation) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3204), dated 15th November 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

Other Papers:

5    Civil Aviation,—Statement of Guarantee given on 22nd November 2005 in respect of temporary borrowing by the Civil Aviation Authority in pursuance of section 14 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982 [by Act] [John Healey].

6    Health and Social Care,—Review and Consolidated Accounts of NHS Foundation Trusts for 2004-05, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 622] [Clerk of the House].

7    Public Petitions,—Observations by the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on the Petition [1st November] from residents of Exmouth and others against the relocation of Rolle College, Exmouth, to Plymouth [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Draft Retention of Communications Data (Further Extension of Initial Period) Order 2005,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Natascha Engel and Mr George Howarth from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Mr David Hamilton and Mr Mike Hall.

2    Draft Asylum (Designated States) (No. 2) Order 2005,—The Committee of Selection has discharged John Bercow from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Mr Brian Binley.

3    Draft European Forest Institute (Legal Capacities) Order 2005,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Richard Younger-Ross from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Norman Baker.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1    Constitutional Affairs,—First Report from the Constitutional Affairs Committee [The courts: small claims], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 519] [Mr Alan Beith].

2    Home Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [UK-US Extradition Treaty]; to be printed [No. 710-i] [Mr John Denham].

3    International Development,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee, together with Appendices [Delivering the Goods: HIV/AIDS and the provision of anti-retrovirals]; to be printed [No. 708-i] [Hugh Bayley].

4    Liaison,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Liaison Committee [The Prime Minister]; to be printed [No. 709-i] [Mr Alan Williams].

5    Scottish Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Scottish Affairs Committee [The Potential Benefits for Scotland of the 2012 Olympics]; to be printed [No. 658-iii] [Mr Mohammad Sarwar].

6    Trade and Industry,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee [The European Commission's negotiating strategy for the World Trade Organisation Hong Kong Ministerial Conference]; to be printed [No. 711-i] [Peter Luff].

MEMORANDUM

    Westminster Hall,—In pursuance of paragraph (13) of Standing Order No. 10, the Speaker has approved 9th February, 16th March, 27th April, 11th May, 15th June and 6th July 2006 as days when the business to be taken in Westminster Hall shall be debates on select committee reports chosen by the Liaison Committee.

[W.H., No. 40]

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 2 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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