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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 16th January 2006

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

PRAYERS.

1    Equality Bill [Lords],—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Equality Bill [Lords], as amended in the Standing Committee.

    A Clause (NC9) (Discrimination on grounds of gender reassignment)—(Lynne Jones)—brought up and read the first time.

    Question put, That the Clause be read a second time;

The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Andrew Stunell, Lorely Burt: 138.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Ian Cawsey, Mr Dave Watts: 254.

    Another Clause (NC10) (Guidance on the application of prohibition in relation to school transport)—(Dr Evan Harris)—brought up, and read the first time.

    Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:—Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

    An Amendment (No. 43) proposed to the Bill, in page 6, line 2, to leave out the word 'particular'.—(Mr Dominic Grieve.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

    Amendment (No. 11) made to the Bill.

    Ordered, That Clause 28 be transferred to the end of line 20 on page 28.—(Meg Munn.)

    Another Amendment (No. 21) proposed to the Bill, in page 18, line 44, to leave out from the word 'Commission' to end of line 45 and insert the words 'shall consider any application for assistance from an individual and may provide assistance if—', instead thereof.—(John McDonnell.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

    Another Amendment (No. 27) proposed to the Bill, in page 21, line 14, at the end, to insert the words—

    '(2A) A person established by an Act of the Scottish Parliament and whose principal duties relate to human rights and are similar to any of the Commission's duties under section 9 shall be taken to have title and interest in relation to the subject matter of any legal proceedings in Scotland which it has capacity to institute, or in which it has capacity to intervene by virtue of subsection (1).'.—(Dr Evan Harris.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

    It being Nine o'clock, the Deputy Speaker, pursuant to Order [21st November], put the Question on the remaining Amendments moved by a Minister of the Crown to be disposed of at that hour.

    Other Amendments (Nos. 12, 15 and 14) made to the Bill.

    The Bill was read the third time, and passed, with Amendments.

2    Climate Change Levy,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Climate Change Agreement (Energy-intensive Installations) Regulations 2006, which were laid before this House on 5th December, be approved—(Mr John Heppell):—It was agreed to.

3    Value Added Tax,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Value Added Tax (Betting, Gaming and Lotteries) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3328), dated 5th December 2005, a copy of which was laid before this House on 5th December, be approved—(Mr John Heppell):—It was agreed to.

4    Standards and Privileges,—Ordered, That Ben Chapman and Mr Andrew Mackay be discharged from the Committee on Standards and Privileges and Mr David Curry and Mr Chris Mullin be added.—(Mr John Heppell.)

5    Modernisation of the House of Commons,—Ordered, That Chris Grayling and Jessica Morden be discharged from Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons and Mrs Theresa May and Graham Stringer be added.—(Mr John Heppell.)

6    Defence,—Ordered, That Derek Conway be discharged from the Defence Committee and Mr Mark Lancaster be added.—(Rosemary McKenna, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

7    Education and Skills,—Ordered, That Mr David Evennett be discharged from the Education and Skills Committee and Mr Douglas Carswell be added.—(Rosemary McKenna, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

8    Environmental Audit,—Ordered, That Mrs Theresa Villiers be discharged from the Environmental Audit Committee and Mr Edward Vaizey be added.—(Rosemary McKenna, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

9    Home Affairs,—Ordered, That Nick Herbert be discharged from the Home Affairs Committee and Mr Richard Spring be added.—(Rosemary McKenna, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

10    Office of the Deputy Prime Minister,—Ordered, That Mr Mark Lancaster be discharged from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee and Mr Greg Hands be added.—(Rosemary McKenna, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

11    Treasury,—Ordered, That Damian Green be discharged from the Treasury Committee and Mr Brooks Newmark be added.—(Rosemary McKenna, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

12    Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from residents of the Furs Estate, South Woodford, London, and others against the use of enclosed estates as practices areas and test routes for learner drivers was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

13    Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Claire Ward);

    And the Motion having been made after Ten o'clock, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, the Speaker adjourned the House without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, it being then twenty-eight minutes to Eleven o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 10.32 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 13th January 2006 pursuant to Standing Order No. 159 (Presentation of statutory instruments):

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1    Environmental Protection,—Non-Road Mobile Machinery (Emission of Gaseous and Particulate Pollutants) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 29), dated 9th January 2006, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Darling].

Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 16th January 2006:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2    Freedom of Information,—Freedom of Information (Additional Public Authorities) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3593), dated 29th December 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Harriet Harman].

3    Pensions,—Occupational Pension Schemes (Transfer Values etc.) (Coal Staff and Mineworkers' Schemes) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 34), dated 10th January 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hutton].

4    Supreme Court of England and Wales,—Register of Judgments, Orders and Fines Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3595), dated 29th December 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Harriet Harman].

Other Papers:

5    Freedom of Information,—Freedom of Information (Removal of References to Public Authorities) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3594), dated 29th December 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Harriet Harman].

6    National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Northern Ireland Policing Board: Best Value Performance Plan for 2005-06 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 796] [Clerk of the House].

7    Public Accounts,—Treasury Minutes on the Fourth, Ninth and Twelfth Reports from the Committee of Public Accounts, Session 2005-06 [by Command] [Cm. 6728] [John Healey].

8    Public Petitions,—Observations by the Deputy Prime Minister on the Petitions [10th November [three Petitions]; 14th November [two Petitions]; 15th November [two Petitions]; 16th November [two Petitions]; 23rd November; 30th November; 7th December; 12th December [two Petitions]; and 14th December] from the supporters of the Isitfair Council Tax protest campaign for a fair and equitable replacement for council tax [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

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-v] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

2    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-iv] [Dr Phyllis Starkey].

3    Human Rights,—(1) Seventh Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights [Legislative Scrutiny: Fourth Progress Report]; with an Appendix, to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 829]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Human rights policy]; to be printed [No. 830-i]

    [Mr Andrew Dismore].

4    Public Accounts,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [A safer place for patients: Learning to improve patient safety]; to be printed [No. 831-i] [Mr Edward Leigh].



 
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