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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 12th December 2005

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

PRAYERS.

1    First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Eric Martlew reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Communications Act 2003 (Maximum Penalty and Disclosure of Information) Order 2005.

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

2    Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Sir John Butterfill reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2005.

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

3    Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Derek Conway reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (Amendment) Order 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 Document No. 5436/05, Green Paper on a European Union approach to managing economic migration; and supports the Government's position in response to it to date

    Resolution to lie upon the Table.

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

5    Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

    Tax Law Rewrite Bill (Joint Committee),—The Lords communicate that they have appointed a Select Committee of twelve Lords to join with the Committee appointed by the Commons to consider Tax Law Rewrite Bills, and in particular to consider whether each Bill committed to it preserves the effect of the existing law, subject to any minor changes which may be desirable;

    they have ordered that the Committee have power to agree with the Commons in the appointment of a Chairman;

    that the quorum of the Committee shall be two;

    that the Committee have leave to report from time to time;

    that the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;

    that the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee from time to time shall, if the Committee think fit, be printed;

    and that the procedure of the Joint Committee shall follow the procedure of Select Committees of the House of Commons when such procedure differs from that of Select Committees of this House, and shall include the power of the Chairman to select Amendments.

6    Armed Forces Bill,—The Armed Forces Bill, was according to Order, read a second time.

7    Armed Forces 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 Armed Forces Bill:

Select Committee

    1. The Bill shall be committed to a Select Committee.

    2. The Select Committee shall report the Bill to the House on or before Thursday 27th April.

Committee of the whole House, consideration and Third Reading

    3. On report from the Select Committee the Bill shall be re-committed to a Committee of the whole House.

    4. Proceedings in Committee of the whole House on re-committal, any proceedings on consideration and proceedings on Third Reading shall be completed at one day's sitting.

    5. Proceedings in Committee of the whole House and any 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.

    6. Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour after the commencement of those proceedings or at the moment of interruption on that day, whichever is the earlier.

    7. Standing Order No. 83B (Programming committees) shall not apply to proceedings in Committee of the whole House and on consideration and Third Reading.

Other proceedings

    8. Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further message from the Lords) may be programmed—(Mr Alan Campbell):—It was agreed to.

8    Armed Forces Bill,—Ordered, That the following provisions shall apply to the Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill:

    1. The Committee shall have 14 members, to be nominated by the Committee of Selection.

    2. The Committee shall have power—

      (a) to send for persons, papers and records, to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House, to adjourn from place to place and to report from day to day the minutes of evidence taken before it;

      (b) to admit the public during the examination of witnesses and during consideration of the Bill (but not otherwise); and

      (c) to appoint specialist advisers either to supply information not readily available or to elucidate matters of complexity relating to the provisions of the Armed Forces Bill.—(Mr Alan Campbell.)

9    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 Jobseeker's Allowance (Jobseeker Mandatory Activity) Pilot Regulations 2005, which were laid before this House on 15th November, be approved—(Mr Alan Campbell):—It was agreed to.

10    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 Safety of Sports Grounds (Northern Ireland) Order 2005, which was laid before this House on 21st November, be approved—(Mr Alan Campbell):—It was agreed to.

11    European Scrutiny,—Ordered, That Rosie Cooper be discharged from the European Scrutiny Committee and Mrs Sharon Hodgson be added.—(Rosemary McKenna, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

12    Procedure,—Ordered, That Sir Nicholas Winterton be discharged from the Procedure Committee and Mr Christopher Chope be added.—(Rosemary McKenna, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

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

14    Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Vernon Coaker.)

    And accordingly, the House, having continued to sit till half-past Ten o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 10.30 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 9th December 2005 pursuant to Standing Order No. 158 (Presentation of command papers):

1    International Development,—Department for International Development: Autumn Performance Report 2005 [Cm. 6706] [Secretary Hilary Benn].

2    Pensions,—Explanatory Memorandum to the draft Code of Practice No. 3 by the Pensions Regulator on Funding defined benefits [Mr Secretary Hutton].

3    Treaty Series (No. 41, 2005),—Agreement, done at London on 13th July 2004, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Georgia for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income and on Capital [Cm. 6714] [Mr Secretary Straw].

Papers delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on Friday 9th December 2005 pursuant to Standing Order No. 159 (Presentation of statutory instruments):

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

4    Agriculture,—Products of Animal Origin (Third Country Imports) (England) (No. 4) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3386), dated 7th December 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

5    Animals,—Avian Influenza (Preventive Measures) (No. 2) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3394), dated 8th December 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

6    Children and Young Persons,—(1) Independent Review of Determinations (Adoption) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3332), dated 3rd December 2005;

    (2) Local Authority (Adoption) (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3390), dated 8th December 2005; and

    (3) Voluntary Adoption Agencies (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3341), dated 3rd December 2005,

    with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

7    Consumer Protection,—Biofuel (Labelling) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3355), dated 2nd December 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Darling].

8    Criminal Law,—Victims of Violent Intentional Crime (Arrangements for Compensation) (European Communities) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3396), dated 8th December 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Clarke].

9    Education,—(1) Education (Head Teachers' Qualifications) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3322), dated 30th November 2005;

    (2) Education (School Organisation Proposals) (Amendment) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3342), dated 2nd December 2005; and

    (3) Education (Teacher Student Loans) (Repayment etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3309), dated 30th November 2005,

    with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

10    Medicines,—Medicines for Human Use (Prescribing) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No. 2) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3324), dated 2nd December 2005 [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

11    National Health Service,—(1) National Health Service (General Dental Services Contracts) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3361), dated 6th December 2005;

    (2) National Health Service (Personal Dental Services Agreements) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3373), dated 7th December 2005; and

    (3) National Health Service (Primary Medical Services) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No. 2) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3315), dated 1st December 2005

    [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

12    Pensions,—(1) Occupational Pension Schemes (Cross-border Activities) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3381);

    (2) Occupational Pension Schemes (Internal Controls) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3379);

    (3) Occupational Pension Schemes (Investment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3378);

    (4) Occupational Pension Schemes (Regulatory Own Funds) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3380); and

    (5) Occupational Pension Schemes (Scheme Funding) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3377),

    dated 8th December 2005, with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [Mr Secretary Hutton].

13    Rating and Valuation,—Non-Domestic Rating Contributions (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3333), dated 1st December 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Prescott].

14    Social Care,—Local Authority Adoption Service (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3339), dated 3rd December 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

15    Social Security,—Income-related Benefits (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3391), dated 8th December 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Hutton].

Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 12th December 2005:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

16    Industrial and Provident Societies,—(1) Draft Community Benefit Societies (Restriction on Use of Assets) Regulations 2006; and

    (2) draft Friendly and Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1968 (Audit Exemption) (Amendment) Order 2006

    [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Mr Ivan Lewis].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

17    Agriculture (Scotland),—Feeding Stuffs (Application to Zootechnical Additives etc.) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3362), dated 7th December 2005 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

18    Income Tax,—Loan Relationships and Derivative Contracts (Exchange Gains and Losses using Fair Value Accounting) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3422), dated 12th December 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Dawn Primarolo].

19    Pensions,—Draft Code of Practice No. 3 by the Pensions Regulator on Funding defined benefits [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hutton].

20    Social Security,—Social Security (Hospital In-Patients) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3360), dated 6th December 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hutton].

Other Papers:

21    Air Force (Constitution),—(1) Amendments to Air Publication 3392—Royal Air Force Manual of Personnel Administration Volume 2, Pay and Personnel (Second Edition) and Volume 3, Allowances (Second Edition); and

    (2) Amendments to Joint Service Publication 752—Tri-Service Regulations for Allowances,

    dated 21st November 2005 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Secretary John Reid].

22    Health and Social Care,—Report of the Commission for Social Care Inspection: the state of social care in England 2004-05 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

23    National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Employers' perspectives on improving skills for employment [by Act]; to be printed [No. 461] [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Draft Communications Act 2003 (Maximum Penalty and Disclosure of Information) Order 2005,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Clive Betts and Mr Michael Wills from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Mr Neil Gerrard and John Robertson.

2    Draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2005,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Colin Burgon from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations) and nominated in substitution Michael Connarty.

3    Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2006,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Ben Wallace from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Mr Mark Harper.

4    European Union Document No. 5436/05 relating to the Green Paper on Economic Migration,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Vernon Coaker from European Standing Committee (nominated in respect of the Document) and nominated in substitution Mr John Heppell.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1    Education and Skills,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Skills Committee [Schools White Paper]; to be printed [No. 633-v] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

2    Home Affairs and Work and Pensions,—First Joint Report from the Home Affairs and Work and Pensions Committees [Draft Corporate Manslaughter Bill] [being the First Report from the Home Affairs Committee and the First Report from the Work and Pensions Committee]; with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committees; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committees relating to the Report [No. 540-I and -III] [Mr John Denham and Mr Terry Rooney].

3    Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee [Affordability and the Supply of Housing]; to be printed [No. 703-iii] [Dr Phyllis Starkey].

4    Public Accounts,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [South Eastern passenger rail franchise]; to be printed [No. 770-i] [Mr Edward Leigh].

CHAIRMEN'S PANEL

In pursuance of Standing Order No. 4 (Chairmen's Panel) the Speaker has nominated Mr Peter Atkinson to be a member of the Chairmen's Panel for the current Parliament and discharged Miss Ann Widdecombe from the Panel



 
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