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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 30th January 2006

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

PRAYERS.

1    First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Christopher Chope reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Pensions Act 2004 (PPF Payments and FAS Payments) (Consequential Provisions) Order 2006, and the draft Pension Protection Fund (Pension Compensation Cap) Order 2006.

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

2    European Standing Committee,—Mr David Wilshire reported from a European Standing Committee the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 11408/05, Communication from the Commission: 'TSE Roadmap'; and agrees with the Government's policy of maintaining a set of effective and proportionate TSE controls to protect human and animal health and of securing the long overdue lifting of the EU ban on UK beef exports.

    Resolution to lie upon the Table.

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

3    Northern Ireland Grand Committee,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 116 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (sittings)), That—

    1. the draft Budget (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 be referred to the Northern Ireland Grand Committee;

    2. the Committee shall meet at Westminster on Tuesday 7th February at four o'clock; and

    3. at that sitting—

      (a) the Committee shall take questions under Standing Order No. 110 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (questions for oral answer)), and shall then consider the instrument referred to it under paragraph (1) above; and

      (b) at the conclusion of those proceedings, a motion for the adjournment of the Committee may be made by a Minister of the Crown, pursuant to paragraph (5) of Standing Order No. 116 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (sittings))—(Kevin Brennan):—It was agreed to.

4    Government of Wales Bill [3rd allocated day],—The House, according to Order, again resolved itself into a Committee on the Government of Wales Bill.

    (In the Committee)

    Clause No. 103 (Proposal for referendum by Assembly).

    Another Amendment (No. 110) proposed, in page 57, line 13, to leave out subsection (3) and insert the words—

    '(3) The Secretary of State must—

    (a) within the period of 120 days beginning immediately after the day upon which it is received consult upon—

      (i) the voting system, and

      (ii) the number of Assembly members

    of an Assembly after the Assembly Act provisions have come into force, and

    (b) within the period of 180 days after the end of the consultation—

      (i) lay a draft of a statutory instrument containing on Order in Council under section 102(1) before each House of Parliament, or

      (ii) give notice in writing to the First Minister of the Secretary of State's refusal to do so and the reasons for that refusal.'.—(Ian Lucas.)

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

    Clause agreed to.

    Clause No. 104 (Commencement of Assembly Act provisions).

    Amendment (No. 124) proposed, in page 57, line 38, at the end to add the words—

    '(5) This section is subject to section [Commencement of provisions relating to Welsh language].'.—(Hywel Williams.)

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

    Clause agreed to.

    Clauses No. 105 and 107 agreed to.

    Schedule No. 7 (Acts of the Assembly).

    Amendment (No. 33) proposed, in page 115, to leave out line 17.—(Hywel Williams.)

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

    Schedule agreed to.

    Clause No. 108 (Legislative competence: supplementary).

    Amendment (No. 159) proposed, in page 59, line 18, after the word 'Parliament', to insert the words 'or

    (aa) has been laid before each House of Parliament and has been approved by a resolution of the House of Commons, but has been rejected by the House of Lords,'.—(Adam Price.)

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

    Clause agreed to.

    Clause No. 109 agreed to.

    Clause No. 110 (Proceedings on Bills).

    Amendment (No. 192) proposed, in page 60, line 15, to leave out subsection (2).—(Mr Dominic Grieve.)

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

    Clause agreed to.

    Clauses Nos. 111 and 112 agreed to.

    Clause No. 113 (Power to intervene in certain cases).

    Amendment (No. 45) proposed, in page 61, line 38, to leave out paragraph (a).—(Mr Elfyn Llwyd.)

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

    Clause agreed to.

    Clauses Nos. 114 and 115 agreed to.

    Clause No. 1 (The Assembly).

    Amendment (No. 67) proposed, in page 1, line 7, to leave out subsection (2) and insert the words—

    '(1A) The Senedd is to consist of eighty members elected through the single transferable vote from multi-member constituencies.'.—(Jenny Willott.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

    The Committee divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Roger Williams, Lorely Burt: 46.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Ian Cawsey, Claire Ward: 428.

    Clause agreed to.

    Clauses No. 2 agreed to.

    Schedule No. 1 agreed to.

    Clauses No. 3 agreed to.

    Clause No. 4 (Power to vary date of ordinary general election).

    Amendment (No. 196) proposed, in page 2, line 35, to leave out the words 'one month' and insert the words 'three months'. —(Mrs Cheryl Gillan.)

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

    Another Amendment (No. 8) proposed, in page 2, line 40, to leave out the word 'seven' and insert the word 'twenty-one'.—(Hywel Williams.)

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

    Another Amendment (No. 69) proposed, in page 3, line 14, to leave out from the word 'the' to end of line 15 and insert the words 'Senedd has passed a resolution in favour with at least two-thirds of the Assembly Members voting to support it.'.—(Lembit Ípik.)

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

    Clause agreed to.

    Clauses Nos. 5 and 6 agreed to.

    Clause No. 7 (Candidates at general elections).

    Amendment (No. 50) proposed, in page 4, line 32, to leave out subsections (5) and (6) and insert the words—

    '(5) The list must not include a person—

      (a) who is included on any other list submitted for the Assembly electoral region or any list submitted for another Assembly electoral region,

      (b) who is an individual candidate to be an Assembly member for the Assembly electoral region or another Assembly electoral region,

      (c) who is a candidate to be the Assembly member for an Assembly constituency which is not included in the Assembly electoral region, or

      (d) who is a candidate to be the Assembly member for an Assembly constituency included in the Assembly electoral region but is not a candidate of the party.

    (6) A person may not be an individual candidate to be an Assembly member for the Assembly electoral region if he is—

      (a) included on a list submitted by a registered political party for the Assembly electoral region or another Assembly electoral region,

      (b) an individual candidate to be an Assembly member for another Assembly electoral region,

      (c) a candidate to be the Assembly member for an Assembly constituency which is not included in the Assembly electoral region, or

      (d) a candidate of any registered political party to be the Assembly member for an Assembly constituency included in the Assembly electoral region.'.—(Mrs Cheryl Gillan.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

    The Committee divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Michael Fabricant, Angela Watkinson: 200.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Alan Campbell, Gillian Merron: 280.

    It being after Nine o'clock, the Chairman put the remaining Question necessary to bring proceedings in the Committee to a conclusion, pursuant to Order [9th January].

    Clauses Nos. 7 to 27 , Schedule No. 2 and Clauses Nos. 28 to 58 agreed to.

    Schedule No. 3 (Transfer etc. of functions: further provisions).

    Amendments (Nos. 220 to 229) made.

    Schedule, as amended, and Clauses Nos. 59 to 82 agreed to.

    Clause No. 83 (Different exercise of functions by Welsh Ministers etc.).

    Amendments (Nos. 230 to 233) made.

    Clause, as amended, and Clause No. 84 agreed to.

    Clause No. 85 (Laying of reports and statements).

    Amendments (Nos. 234 to 237) made.

    Clause, as amended, and Clauses Nos. 86 and 87, Schedule No. 4, and Clauses Nos. 88 to 91 and 116 to 123 agreed to.

    Clause No. 124 (Annual Budget motions).

    Amendment (No. 238) made.

    Clause, as amended, agreed to.

    Clause No. 125 (Supplementary Budget motions).

    Amendment (No. 239) made.

    Clause, as amended, and Clause No. 126 agreed to.

    Clause No. 127 (Contingencies).

    Amendments (Nos. 240 to 243) made.

    Clause, as amended, and Clauses Nos. 128 and 129 agreed to.

    Clause No. 130 (Welsh Ministers' accounts).

    Amendments (Nos. 253 and 254) and made.

    Clause, as amended, and Clause No. 131 agreed to.

    Clause No. 132 (Accounting officers for Welsh Ministers).

    Amendments (Nos. 255 and 256) made.

    Clause, as amended, and Clause No. 133 agreed to.

    Clause No. 134 (Examinations into Welsh Ministers' use of resources).

    Amendments (Nos. 257 and 258) made.

    Clause, as amended, agreed to.

    Clause No. 135 (Examinations by Comptroller and Auditor General).

    Amendment (No. 259) made.

    Clause, as amended, and Clauses Nos. 136 to 144, Schedule No. 8, Clauses Nos. 145 to 148, Schedule No. 9, and Clauses Nos. 149 to 159 agreed to.

    Schedule No. 10 (Minor and consequential amendments).

    Amendment (No. 244) made.

    Schedule, as amended, and Clause No. 160 agreed to.

    Clause No. 161 (Transitional etc. provision).

    Amendment (No. 245) made.

    Clause, as amended, agreed to.

    Schedule No. 11 (Transitional provisions).

    Amendments (Nos. 246 to 249) made.

    Schedule, as amended, and Clause No. 162 agreed to.

    Schedule No. 12 (Repeals and revocations).

    Amendment (No. 250) made.

    Schedule, as amended, and Clauses Nos. 163 to 165 agreed to.

    Whereupon the Chairman left the Chair to report the Bill to the House.

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    The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair, and Mr Tom Watson reported, That the Committee had gone through the Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.

    Ordered, That the Bill, as amended in the Committee, be considered on to-morrow, and be printed [Bill 121].

5    Business of the House,—Ordered, That, at the sitting on Tuesday 31st January, proceedings on the Motion for the Adjournment of the House in the name of the Prime Minister relating to pensions may continue, though opposed, for three hours or until Ten o'clock, whichever is the later, and shall then lapse if not previously disposed of.—(Mr Tom Watson.)

6    Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from supporters of the Isitfair Council Tax protest campaign for a fair and equitable replacement for council tax was presented and read; 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—(Joan Ryan);

    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 ten minutes to Eleven o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 10.50 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 27th January 2006 pursuant to Standing Order No. 159 (Presentation of statutory instruments):

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1    Police,—Police Act 1996 (Local Policing Summaries) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 122), dated 23rd January 2006, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Clarke].

Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 30th January 2006:

Other Papers:

2    Government Resources and Accounts,—(1) Account of the Royal Air Force Museum for 2004-05, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 865] [Clerk of the House]; and

    (2) Resource Accounts of the NHS Pension Scheme and NHS Compensation for Premature Retirement Scheme for 2004-05, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 764] [John Healey].

3    Health,—Paper, entitled Our health, our care, our say: a new direction for community services [by Command] [Cm. 6737] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

4    National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on The Electronic Monitoring of Adult Offenders [by Act]; to be printed [No. 800] [Clerk of the House].

5    National Lottery,—Account of the Sports Council for Northern Ireland Lottery Distribution for 2004-05, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 864] [Clerk of the House].

6    Probation Board (Northern Ireland),—Account of the Probation Board for Northern Ireland for 2004-05, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [No. 863] [Clerk of the House].

7    Public Petitions,—(1) Observations by the Deputy Prime Minister on the Petition [19th December] from users of Broseley Leisure Centre for a multi-purpose leisure facility in Broseley, Shropshire;

    (2) Observations by the Deputy Prime Minister on the Petitions [20th December [three petitions]; 17th January] from the Isitfair Council Tax protest campaign for a fair and equitable replacement for council tax; and

    (3) Observations by the Secretary of State for Home Affairs on the Petition [21st July] from residents of Hullbridge in the County of Essex and others for more frequent police patrols and a regular team of officers to protect the area

    [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

8    Transport,—Government Response to the First Report from the Transport Committee, Session 2005-06, on UK Transport Security [by Command] [Cm. 6736] [Mr Secretary Darling].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

Draft Pensions Act 2004 (PPF Payments and FAS Payments) (Consequential Provisions) Order 2006, and the draft Pension Protection Fund (Pension Compensation Cap) Order 2006,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Jim Dobbin, Clive Efford, Mr Austin Mitchell and Julie Morgan from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Orders) and nominated in substitution Ms Sally Keeble, Dr Howard Stoate, Lynda Waltho and Mr Iain Wright.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1    Education and Skills,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Skills Committee [Teaching Children to Read]; to be printed [No. 867-i] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

2    Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee [The Fire and Rescue Service]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 872-i]; and

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Planning Performance]

    [Dr Phyllis Starkey].

3    Public Accounts,—(1) Twenty-fifth Report from the Committee [Securing strategic leadership in the learning and skills sector]; to be printed [No. 602];

    (2) Twenty-sixth Report from the Committee [Assessing and reporting military readiness] to be printed [No. 667]; and

    (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Employers' perspectives on improving skills for employment]; to be printed [No. 874-i]

    [Mr Edward Leigh].

4    Standards and Privileges,—(1) Sixth Report from the Committee on Standards and Privileges [Mr Stephen Byers (Matter referred on 19 October 2005)], together with Appendices and the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 24th and 29th November, 6th December 2005 and 10th January 2006; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 854]; and

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee on Standards and Privileges [Mr Stephen Byers (Matter referred on 19 October 2005)]

    [Sir George Young].

5    Statutory Instruments,—First Report from the Select Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 871-i] [Mr Eric Forth].



 
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