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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 17th January 2006

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

PRAYERS.

1    First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Sir John Butterfill reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Motion in respect of the Electoral Commission in the name of Mr Geoffrey Hoon.

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

2    European Standing Committee,—Hywel Williams reported from a European Standing Committee the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 10368/05, Green Paper on Energy Efficiency or 'Doing More with Less'; and supports the Government's objective of securing an ambitious, but realistic, Action Plan on Energy Efficiency in 2006.

    Resolution to lie upon the Table.

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

3    Pardon for Soldiers of the Great War Bill,—The Order for reading the Pardon for Soldiers of the Great War Bill a second time on Friday 20th January was read and discharged.

    Bill to be read a second time on Friday 3rd March.

4    Opposition Day [11th allotted day],—It being an allotted day at the disposal of the leader of the second largest opposition party in pursuance of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business), the House proceeded to consider Opposition business.

    Child Support Agency,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House agrees with the Prime Minster that the Child Support Agency has lost the confidence of the public, that its basic structural problems remain and that it is not properly suited to carry out its task—(Mr David Laws);

    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 'agrees with the Prime Minister that the Child Support Agency suffers from basic structural problems and is not properly suited to carrying out its current tasks; accepts the importance of ensuring that more families with children receive the maintenance payments to which they are entitled; and notes that the Government will shortly set out its conclusions on the right way forward following the Chief Executive's review of the operation of the Child Support Agency', instead thereof.—(Mr James Plaskitt.)

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

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Sir Robert Smith, Bob Russell: 69.

      Tellers for the Noes, Claire Ward, Tony Cunningham: 306.

    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 agrees with the Prime Minister that the Child Support Agency suffers from basic structural problems and is not properly suited to carrying out its current tasks; accepts the importance of ensuring that more families with children receive the maintenance payments to which they are entitled; and notes that the Government will shortly set out its conclusions on the right way forward following the Chief Executive's review of the operation of the Child Support Agency.

    Civil Nuclear Power,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House opposes the construction of a new generation of civil nuclear power plants—(Norman Baker);

    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 recent announcement of an energy review to assess future options on both the supply and demand for energy including the role of civil nuclear power; and notes the Government's energy policy as set out in the 2003 Energy White Paper, to make progress towards the goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 60 per cent. by 2050, to maintain the reliability of energy supplies, to promote competitive markets in the UK and beyond and to ensure that every home is adequately and affordably heated.', instead thereof.—(Malcolm Wicks.)

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

    Andrew Stunell 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, Lorely Burt, Sir Robert Smith: 63.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Ian Cawsey, Gillian Merron: 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);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Gillian Merron, Mr Ian Cawsey: 289.

      Tellers for the Noes, Lorely Burt, Sir Robert Smith: 63.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    The Speaker forthwith declared the Main Question, as amended, to be agreed to.

    Resolved, That this House welcomes the recent announcement of an energy review to assess future options on both the supply and demand for energy including the role of civil nuclear power; and notes the Government's energy policy as set out in the 2003 Energy White Paper, to make progress towards the goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 60 per cent. by 2050, to maintain the reliability of energy supplies, to promote competitive markets in the UK and beyond and to ensure that every home is adequately and affordably heated.

5    Public Petitions,—Public Petitions from—

    (1) users of the Bridgnorth Community Hospital, Shropshire, against cuts in services or the closure of the hospital, and

    (2) users of the Ludlow Community Hospital, Shropshire, against cuts in services or the closure of the hospital

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

6    Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from the Isitfair Council Tax protest campaign for a fair and equitable replacement for council tax was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

7    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 Deputy Speaker adjourned the House without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, it being then one minute past Eleven o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 11.01 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:

Paper subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1    Northern Ireland,—Draft Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) Order 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hain].

Paper subject to Negative Resolution:

2    Financial Services and Markets,—Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Designated Professional Bodies) (Amendment) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 58), dated 16th January 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Ivan Lewis].

Other Paper:

3    Public Petitions,—Observations by the Secretary of State for Health on the Petition [14th December] from constituents of Harrogate and Knaresborough for the immediate availability of Herceptin to all NHS patients for whom there would be a clinical benefit [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Motion in respect of the Electoral Commission in the name of Mr Geoffrey Hoon,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Clive Betts, Mr David S. Borrow and Mr Michael Meacher from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Motion) and nominated in substitution Mr Jim Devine, Andrew Miller and Mark Tami.

European Standing Committees

2    European Union Document No. 10368/05 relating to Energy Efficiency:

    (1) The Speaker has appointed Mr Joe Benton as an additional Chairman of the European Standing Committee in respect of the Document; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Vernon Coaker and Gwyn Prosser from the European Standing Committee (nominated in respect of the Document) and nominated in substitution Mr Russell Brown and Mr Frank Roy.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1    Administration,—Record of the Administration Committee's discussions at its meeting on 17th January [Mr Frank Doran].

2    Constitutional Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Constitutional Affairs Committee [Compensation culture]; to be printed [No. 754-iv] [Mr Alan Beith].

3    Crossrail Bill,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on the Crossrail Bill; to be printed [No. 837-i] [Mr Alan Meale].

4    Defence,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence Committee [Afghanistan]; to be printed [No. 558-i]; and

    (2) Memorandum laid before the Committee [UK's Strategic Nuclear Deterrent]; to be printed [No. 835]

    [Mr James Arbuthnot].

5    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [The Environment Agency]; together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 780-ii] [Mr Michael Jack].

6    Home Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [Immigration Control]; to be printed [No. 775-iii] [Mr John Denham].

7    International Development,—(1) Second Report from the International Development Committee [Darfur: The killing continues], 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. 657]; and

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Darfur: The killing continues]

    [Malcolm Bruce].

8    Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions,—(1) First Report from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee [ODPM Annual Report and Accounts 2005], 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. 559-I]; and

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [The Fire and Rescue Service]

    [Dr Phyllis Starkey].

9    Scottish Affairs,—First Report from the Scottish Affairs Committee [Work of the Committee in 2005], together with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 836] [Mr Mohammad Sarwar].

10    Trade and Industry,—Tenth Special Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [Response to the First Report from the Committee, on Security of Gas Supply]; to be printed [No. 833] [Peter Luff].

11    Treasury,—Second Report from the Treasury Committee [The Pre-Budget Report 2005], 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. 739] [Mr John McFall].

12    Welsh Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee [Proposed changes to the Police Forces in Wales]; to be printed [No. 751-ii] [Dr Hywel Francis].

[W.H., No. 55]

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 Frank Roy.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.58 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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