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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 31st January 2006

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

PRAYERS.

1    Leicester City Council Bill,—The Leicester City Council Bill was read a second time and committed.

2    Liverpool City Council Bill,—The Liverpool City Council Bill was read a second time and committed.

3    Maidstone Borough Council Bill,—The Maidstone Borough Council Bill was read a second time and committed.

4    Regulatory Reform,—Andrew Miller reported from the Regulatory Reform Committee the following Resolutions:

    That a draft Order in the same terms as the proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Public Service Vehicles) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 21st November, should be laid before the House.

    That the draft Regulatory Reform (Forestry) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 23rd January, should be approved.

    The Committee came to this Resolution without a Division

5    Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr David Marshall reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Cooperation Agreement between the European Community and its Member States and the Swiss Confederation to Combat Fraud) Order 2006.

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

6    Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Derek Conway reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2006, the draft Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2006 and the draft Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 (Consequential Provisions and Modification) Order 2006.

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

7    Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Hywel Williams reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Friendly and Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1968 (Audit Exemption) (Amendment) Order 2006 and the draft Community Benefit Societies (Restriction on Use of Assets) Regulations 2006.

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

8    Trade in Endangered Animals on the Internet,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to end the trade in endangered animals on the internet; and for connected purposes: And that Mark Pritchard, Mr Roger Gale, Jeremy Wright, David Howarth, Mr Eric Martlew, Hugh Robertson, Mr David Drew, Michael Fabricant, Ms Celia Barlow, Mr John Randall, David T. C. Davies and Mr Edward Vaizey do prepare and bring it in.

9    Trade in Endangered Animals on the Internet Bill,—Mark Pritchard accordingly presented a Bill to end the trade in endangered animals on the internet; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 12th May and to be printed [Bill 122].

10    Racial and Religious Hatred Bill (Programme) (No. 2),—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 Racial and Religious Hatred Bill for the purpose of supplementing the Order of 21st June 2005 (Racial and Religious Hatred Bill (Programme)):

Consideration of Lords Amendments

    1. Proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion three hours after their commencement at this day's sitting.

Subsequent stages

    2. Any further Message from the Lords may be considered forthwith without any Question being put.

    3. The proceedings on any further Message from the Lords shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement—(Mr Vernon Coaker);

    The House proceeded to a Division.

    Mr Vernon Coaker and Mr Alan Campbell were appointed Tellers for the Ayes, but no Member being willing to act as Teller for the Noes, the Deputy Speaker declared that the Ayes had it.

    So the Question was agreed to.

11    Racial and Religious Hatred Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Lords Amendments to the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill.

    Lords Amendment No. 1

    A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House agrees with the Lords in their Amendment—(Paul Goggins);

    And it being three hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Lords Amendments, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Order [this day]:—It was agreed to.

    The Lords Amendment was accordingly agreed to.

    The Deputy Speaker then put the remaining Questions to be decided at that hour.

    Lords Amendment No. 2

    A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That this House disagrees with the Lords in their Amendment—(Paul Goggins);

The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Claire Ward, Mr Dave Watts: 278.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Henry Bellingham, Lorely Burt: 288.

So the Question was negatived.

    The Lords Amendment was accordingly agreed to.

    Lords Amendment No. 4

    A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That this House disagrees with the Lords in their Amendment—(Paul Goggins);

The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Dave Watts, Claire Ward: 282.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Evennett, Lorely Burt: 283.

So the Question was negatived. The Lords Amendment was accordingly agreed to.

    Lords Amendment No. 3 was agreed to.

12    Adjournment (Pensions),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Joan Ryan);

    The Motion was, with the leave of the House, withdrawn.

13    Business of the House,—Ordered, That, at the sitting on Monday 6th February, notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Order No. 16 (Proceedings under an Act or on European Union documents), the Speaker shall put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on any Motions in the name of Mr Secretary Clarke relating to reports on Police Grant not later than three hours after the commencement of proceedings on the first such Motion, and shall put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on any Motions in the name of Mr Secretary Prescott relating to reports on Local Government Finance and on Limitation of Council Tax and Precepts not later than three hours after the commencement of proceedings on the first such Motion, or six hours after the commencement of proceedings on the first Motion relating to reports on Police Grant, whichever is the later; proceedings may continue after the moment of interruption; and Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions) shall not apply.—(Tony Cunningham.)

14    Standards and Privileges,—Ordered, That Angela Browning be discharged from the Committee on Standards and Privileges and the Hon. Nicholas Soames be added.—(Tony Cunningham.)

15    Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Tony Cunningham);

    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 seventeen minutes to Twelve o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 11.43 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    Electricity,—Draft Renewables Obligation Order 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Alan Johnson].

2    Local Government Finance,—(1) Limitation of Council Tax and Precepts (Alternative Notional Amounts) Report (England) for 2006-07;

    (2) Local Government Finance Report (England) for 2004-05: Amending Report 2006;

    (3) Local Government Finance Report (England) for 2005-06: Amending Report 2006; and

    (4) Local Government Finance Report (England) for 2006-07; and

    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 859, 856, 857 and 858] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

3    Police,—(1) Police Grant Report (England and Wales) for 2004-05: Amending Report 2005-06;

    (2) Police Grant Report (England and Wales) for 2005-06: Amending Report 2005-06; and

    (3) Police Grant Report (England and Wales) for 2006-07

    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 847, 846 and 845] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

4    Agriculture,—Common Agricultural Policy Single Payment and Support Schemes (Reductions from Payments) (England) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 169), dated 26th January 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

5    Animals,—Cattle Compensation (England) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 168), dated 26th January 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command][Secretary Margaret Beckett].

6    Child Trust Funds,—Child Trust Funds (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 199), dated 31st January 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Des Browne].

7    Education,—Education (Admission of Looked After Children) (England) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 128), dated 25th January 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

8    Energy Conservation,—Boiler (Efficiency) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 170), dated 26th January 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

Other Papers:

9    Access to Justice (Northern Ireland),—Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission Business Plan for 2005-06 [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [No. 805] [Mr Secretary Hain].

10    Audit (Northern Ireland),—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland on Insolvency and the Conduct of Directors [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [No. 816] [Mr Secretary Hain].

11    Culture, Media and Sport,—Government Response to the First Report from the House of Lords Review of the BBC Charter Select Committee, on the Review of the BBC's Royal Charter, Session 2005-06 [by Command] [Cm. 6739] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

12    European Union,—Paper entitled, Prospects for the European Union in 2006, and retrospective of the UK's Presidency of the EU, 1st July to 31st December 2005 [by Command] [Cm. 6735] [Mr Secretary Straw].

13    Government Resources and Accounts,—Resource Accounts of the Home Office for 2004-05, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 826] [John Healey].

14    Judicial Appointments,—Report by the Lord Chancellor on Judicial Appointments for 2004-05 [by Command] [Cm. 6731] [Ms Harriet Harman].

15    Justice (Northern Ireland),—Inspection of the Compensation Agency (Northern Ireland) [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hain].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Cooperation Agreement between the European Community and its Member States and the Swiss Confederation to Combat Fraud) Order 2006,—The Committee of Selection has discharged John Healey, Mr Brian Jenkins, Mr Kevan Jones and Mr Ian Austin from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Mr Ian Austin, Dawn Primarolo, Mr Andy Reed and Mr John Spellar.

2    Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2006, the draft Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2006 and the draft Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 (Consequential Provisions and Modification) Order 2006,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Russell Brown and Judy Mallaber from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Orders) and nominated in substitution Dr Howard Stoate and Mr Anthony Wright (Great Yarmouth).

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1    Administration,—(1) Second Report from the Administration Committee [Refreshment Department Services]; together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings relating to the Report [No. 733]; and

    (2) Record of the Committee's discussions at its meeting on 31st January

    [Mr Frank Doran].

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

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

4    Defence,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence Committee [Defence Industrial Strategy]; to be printed [No. 824-i] [Mr James Arbuthnot].

5    Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development and Trade and Industry—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development and Trade and Industry Committees [Strategic Export Controls]; to be printed [No. 873-i] [Roger Berry].

6    Environmental Audit,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee [Sustainable Housing: a progress report]; to be printed [No. 779-iv] [Mr Tim Yeo].

7    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 [No. 872-ii]; and

    (2) Memorandum laid before the Committee [Ministerial Informal Summit on Sustainable Communities under the UK Presidency]

    [Dr Phyllis Starkey].

8    Regulatory Reform,—(1) First Special Report from the Regulatory Reform Committee [Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 878];

    (2) Second Report from the Committee [Proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Public Service Vehicles) Order 2006]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 879]; and

    (3) Third Report from the Committee [Draft Regulatory Reform (Forestry) Order 2006]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 880]

    [Andrew Miller].

9    Trade and Industry,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee [Trade and Investment Opportunities with India]; to be printed [No. 881-i] [Peter Luff].

10    Treasury,—(1) Third Report from the Treasury Committee [The Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England: appointment hearing for Sir John Gieve], together with the Appendices to Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 861]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Globalisation: the role of the International Monetary Fund]; to be printed [No. 875-i]

    [Mr John McFall].

11    Welsh Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee [Energy in Wales]; to be printed [No. 876-i] [Dr Hywel Francis].

[W.H., No. 61]

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 Tom Watson.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 2 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker
CORRIGENDA

1    In the Votes and Proceedings for Monday 30th January, in item 5 (Government of Wales Bill), in the proceedings in Committee—

    'Clauses No. 105 and 107 agreed to' should read 'Clauses Nos. 105 to 107 agreed to'.

2    In Appendix III, item 3(3) should read—

    (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [HM Customs and Excise Standard Report 2004-05]; to be printed [No. 874-i]



 
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