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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 1st February 2006

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

PRAYERS.

1    Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Mike Hancock reported from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (Increase of Endowment) Order 2006.

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

2    Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Bill Olner reported from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 2006 and the draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 2006.

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

3    Protection of Private Gardens (Housing Development),—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to protect private gardens from housing development which is out of character with the surrounding area; and for connected purposes: And that Greg Clark, Michael Fabricant, Mrs Jacqui Lait, John Penrose, Mr David Burrowes, Mr James Arbuthnot, Mr Jeremy Hunt, Mr Gerald Howarth, Ms Dari Taylor, Mr Douglas Carswell, Mrs Nadine Dorries and Mr John Maples do prepare and bring it in.

4    Protection of Private Gardens (Housing Development) Bill,—Greg Clark accordingly presented a Bill to protect private gardens from housing development which is out of character with the surrounding area; 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 123].

5    Opposition Day [12th allotted day],—It being an allotted day at the disposal of the Leader of the Opposition in pursuance of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business), the House proceeded to consider Opposition business.

    Police Amalgamations,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House notes the Home Secretary's proposals to create regional strategic police forces in England and Wales; further notes the Association of Police Authorities' estimate that amalgamations could cost £600 million to implement; further notes that none of the proposed amalgamated forces has the unanimous agreement of the police authorities concerned; expresses concern about the implications of mergers for local accountability, neighbourhood policing and the level of police precepts; regrets the unnecessarily tight timetable for consultation; recognises that the potential changes are the most significant for over thirty years; and calls on the Government to consider alternative proposals to strengthen the ability of forces to deal with serious crime, including sharing services, as recommended by the Association of Police Authorities—(David Davis);

    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 excellent work of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) in clearly setting out the case for reform of the current structure of policing in England and Wales; thanks police forces and authorities for their hard work in responding to the HMIC findings; congratulates the Government on its commitment to delivering excellent policing at all levels, from vandalism to terrorism, through strategic police forces equipped with dedicated capacity at the neighbourhood level; and endorses the need for reform to move swiftly to minimise uncertainty and damage to morale within a service which has over the past eight years shown itself dedicated to continuous improvement in delivery of a truly locally responsive service', instead thereof.—(Mr Secretary Clarke.)

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

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Andrew Rosindell, Mr Crispin Blunt: 235.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Alan Campbell, Mr Parmjit Dhanda: 311.

    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 welcomes the excellent work of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) in clearly setting out the case for reform of the current structure of policing in England and Wales; thanks police forces and authorities for their hard work in responding to the HMIC findings; congratulates the Government on its commitment to delivering excellent policing at all levels, from vandalism to terrorism, through strategic police forces equipped with dedicated capacity at the neighbourhood level; and endorses the need for reform to move swiftly to minimise uncertainty and damage to morale within a service which has over the past eight years shown itself dedicated to continuous improvement in delivery of a truly locally responsive service.

    Government's Ten Year Transport Plan,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House notes that 2006 marks the beginning of the second half of the decade covered by the Government's Ten Year Plan for Transport; further notes that a substantial proportion of the commitments and specific projects outlined in the document Transport 2010:The Ten Year Plan have subsequently been abandoned; further notes that overcrowding on roads and railways is getting worse; and expresses its concern that, at a time when record amounts of money are being spent on transport, so many of the schemes which could ease overcrowding have been dropped or delayed indefinitely by the Government—(Chris Grayling);

    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 'acknowledges the importance of providing a clear strategy of sustained long-term investment and forward planning to address decades of under-investment in the transport system; welcomes the further investment and new strategic framework provided by the subsequent Future of Transport White Paper; recognises the achievements since the 10 Year Plan was published, including the highest number of people using the railways since the 1960s and the delivery of major strategic road schemes, with further schemes either under way or due to start before April 2008; acknowledges that one of the main reasons for the continuing pressure on transport networks is that the United Kingdom is enjoying the longest period of sustained economic growth for more than 200 years; and supports the Government's determination to take the decisions which will be required to meet these pressures and put UK transport on a sustainable footing, including tackling the environmental impacts of transport, trialling road-pricing and building on the improvements in rail performance, as well as planning for long-term transport needs', instead thereof.—(Mr Secretary Darling.)

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

    Mr Patrick McLoughlin 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, Andrew Rosindell, Mr Crispin Blunt: 226.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Frank Roy, Gillian Merron: 318.

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

    Resolved, That this House acknowledges the importance of providing a clear strategy of sustained long-term investment and forward planning to address decades of under-investment in the transport system; welcomes the further investment and new strategic framework provided by the subsequent Future of Transport White Paper; recognises the achievements since the 10 Year Plan was published, including the highest number of people using the railways since the 1960s and the delivery of major strategic road schemes, with further schemes either under way or due to start before April 2008; acknowledges that one of the main reasons for the continuing pressure on transport networks is that the United Kingdom is enjoying the longest period of sustained economic growth for more than 200 years; and supports the Government's determination to take the decisions which will be required to meet these pressures and put UK transport on a sustainable footing, including tackling the environmental impacts of transport, trialling road-pricing and building on the improvements in rail performance, as well as planning for long-term transport needs.

6    Pensions,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Pensions Act 2004 (PPF Payments and FAS Payments) (Consequential Provisions) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 9th January, be approved—(Mr Tom Watson):—It was agreed to.

7    Pensions,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Pension Protection Fund (Pension Compensation Cap) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 11th January, be approved—(Mr Tom Watson):—It was agreed to.

8    Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees), That this House 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—(Mr Tom Watson):—It was agreed to.

9    Companies,—Ordered, That the Companies Act 1985 (Operating and Financial Review) (Repeal) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3442), dated 14th December 2005, be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.—(Mr Tom Watson.)

10    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.

11    Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Tom Watson.)

    And accordingly, the House, having continued to sit till fourteen minutes to Eight o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 7.46 p.m.

Michael J. Martin

Speaker


Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Ten o'clock.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1    Excise,—Duty Stamps Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 202), dated 1st February 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [John Healey].

2    Pensions,—Personal Pension Schemes (Appropriate Schemes) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 147), dated 26th January 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hutton].

3    Road Traffic,—Motor Vehicles (EC Type Approval) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 142), dated 26th January 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

Other Papers:

4    Disability Discrimination,—Explanatory Memorandum to the Disability Rights Commission's Code of Practice on the Provision and Use of Transport Vehicles [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

5    Forestry,—Report and Accounts of the Forestry Commission for 2004-05, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 825] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

6    Northern Ireland (Monitoring Commission etc.),—Eighth Report of the Independent Monitoring Commission [by Act]; to be printed [No. 870] [Mr Secretary Hain].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Merchant Shipping (Pollution) Bill:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee A; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Henry Bellingham, Liz Blackman, Tom Brake, Mr Julian Brazier, Mr Jim Cunningham, Philip Davies, Mr Robert Goodwill, Mr Fraser Kemp, Dr Stephen Ladyman, Paul Rowen, Mr Lee Scott, Alison Seabeck, Mr Andrew Slaughter, Mr Neil Turner, Claire Ward and Mr Anthony Wright.

2    Draft Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) Order 2006:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Colin Breed, Mr Stephen Byers, Mr Vernon Coaker, Mr Nigel Dodds, Mr Robert Flello, Mr Christopher Fraser, Mr David Jones, Mr Kevan Jones, Barbara Keeley, David Lepper, Judy Mallaber, Rob Marris, Mr Laurence Robertson, Andrew Rosindell, Mr Ben Wallace, Lynda Waltho and Mr Shaun Woodward.

3    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 Mark Tami from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Mr Ian Austin.

4    Draft School Finance (England) Regulations 2006:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Richard Benyon, Mr Ian Cawsey, Mr Geoffrey Cox, Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas, Mr Edward Davey, Mr David Evennett, Mr Nick Gibb, Linda Gilroy, Mr Mike Hall, Mr George Howarth, Mr Brian Jenkins, Laura Moffatt, Julie Morgan, Sandra Osborne, Jacqui Smith, Mark Williams and Mr Rob Wilson.

5    Draft Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Consultation by Employers and Miscellaneous Amendment) Regulations 2006 and the draft Information and Consultation of Employees (Amendment) Regulations 2006:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Danny Alexander, Mr William Cash, Colin Challen, Mr Stephen Dorrell, Mr David Drew, Paul Farrelly, Mr John Heppell, Mr Lindsay Hoyle, Mr Stewart Jackson, Ms Diana R. Johnson, Alan Keen, Mr David Laws, Mr Nick Raynsford, Alan Simpson, Mr Stephen Timms, Mr Nigel Waterson and Angela Watkinson.

6    National Health Service (General Dental Services Contracts) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3361) and the National Health Service (Personal Dental Services Agreements) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3373):

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Regulations to the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Ms Celia Barlow, Mr Crispin Blunt, Mr Tom Clarke, Mr Stephen Crabb, Mary Creagh, Clive Efford, Mr Bruce George, Julia Goldsworthy, Mr Philip Hollobone, Gillian Merron, Mr Alan Milburn, Edward Miliband, Anne Milton, Dr Andrew Murrison, Steve Webb, Ms Rosie Winterton and Mr Iain Wright.

7    Draft National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (Increase of Endowment) Order 2006,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Alan Simpson from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Mr Jim Devine.

8    Draft Rates (Capital Values, etc.) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Vernon Coaker, Mr Brian H. Donohoe, James Duddridge, Mr Michael Foster (Worcester), Nia Griffith, Mr Stephen Hepburn, Meg Hillier, Mr Adam Holloway, Mr Piara S. Khabra, Lembit Öpik, Mr Laurence Robertson, Andrew Rosindell, Angela E. Smith (Basildon), Mr Ian Taylor, Emily Thornberry, Joan Walley and Sammy Wilson.

9    Draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 2006 and the draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 2006,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Ben Chapman and Tony Lloyd from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Orders) and nominated in substitution Mr Austin Mitchell and Ms Angela C. Smith.

10    Draft Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2006:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Danny Alexander, Mr Richard Bacon, Mr Tim Boswell, Richard Burden, Mr Neil Gerrard, Mr Greg Hands, Mr John Heppell, David Heyes, Margaret Hodge, Lynne Jones, Eric Joyce, Mr David Laws, Mr Edward Leigh, Mr Dennis Skinner, Geraldine Smith, Dr Gavin Strang and Angela Watkinson.

11    Draft Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas, Barry Gardiner, Rob Marris, Mr Alan Milburn, Mr Dennis Skinner and Ian Stewart from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations) and nominated in substitution Roger Berry, Barbara Follett, Sarah McCarthy-Fry, Shona McIsaac, Alun Michael and Alison Seabeck.

    European Standing Committees

12    European Union Document No. 11439/05 relating to Value Added Tax,—The Committee of Selection has nominated thirteen Members to serve on the European Standing Committee nominated in respect of the Document: Mr Vernon Coaker, Jim Dobbin, Mr Michael Fallon, Michael Jabez Foster, Mr Mark Francois, Susan Kramer, Dawn Primarolo, Mr Andy Reed, Andrew Selous, Jon Trickett, Peter Viggers, Mr Robert N. Wareing and Richard Younger-Ross.

13    European Union Documents Nos. 13700/05 and 13759/05 relating to a Strategy for the Protection and Conservation of the Marine Environment,—The Committee of Selection has nominated thirteen Members to serve on the European Standing Committee nominated in respect of the Documents: Gordon Banks, Mr Ben Bradshaw, Mr Vernon Coaker, Mark Fisher, Mr David Hamilton, Mr Nick Hurd, Mr David Kidney, Anne Main, Mr Gordon Prentice, Andrew Rosindell, Matthew Taylor, Bill Wiggin and Mr Roger Williams.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1    Armed Forces Bill,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill; to be printed [No. 828-iii] [Mr George Howarth].

2    Crossrail Bill,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on the Crossrail Bill; to be printed [No. 837-viii]

3    Education and Skills,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Skills Committee [Special Educational Needs]; to be printed [No. 478-v] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

4    Environmental Audit,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee [Pre-Budget 2005]; to be printed [No. 882-i] [Mr Tim Yeo].

5    European Scrutiny,—(1) Seventeenth Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 34-xvii]; and

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Ministerial Correspondence]

    [Jimmy Hood].

6    Foreign Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [East Asia]; to be printed [No. 860-i] [Mike Gapes].

7    Human Rights,—(1) Ninth Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights [Schools White Paper]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 887]; and

    (2) Tenth Report from the Committee [Government Resonse to the Committee's Third Report of this Session: Counter-Terrorism Policy and Human Rights: Terrorism Bill and related matters], together with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 888]

    [Mr Andrew Dismore].

8    Northern Ireland Affairs,—(1) First Report from the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [Education in Northern Ireland], 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. 726]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Organised Crime in Northern Ireland]; to be printed [No. 886-i]

    [Sir Patrick Cormack].

9    Public Accounts,—(1) Twenty-seventh Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Lost in translation? Responding to the challenges of European law]; to be printed [No. 590];

    (2) Twenty-eighth Report from the Committee [Extending access to learning through technology: Ufi and the learndirect service]; to be printed [No. 706]; and

    (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Ministry of Defence: Major Projects Report 2005]; to be printed [No. 889-i]

    [Mr Edward Leigh].

10    Science and Technology,—First Report from the Science and Technology Committee [Meeting UK Energy and Climate needs: the Role of Carbon Capture and Storage], 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. 578-I and -II] [Mr Phil Willis].

11    Statutory Instruments,—(1) Sixteenth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 35-xvi]; and

    (2) Second Report from the Select Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 871-ii]

    [Mr Eric Forth].

12    Transport,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Committee [The Work of the Civil Aviation Authority]; to be printed [No. 809-iv] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

13    Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee of the Treasury Committee [The administration of tax credits]; to be printed [No. 811-iv] [Mr John McFall].

[W.H., No. 61]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

The sitting began at half-past Nine o'clock.

Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned—(Gillian Merron);

    And the sitting having continued for two and a half hours after half-past Two o'clock, it was adjourned without Question put, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 5.15 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker

CORRIGENDUM

In the Votes and Proceedings for Tuesday 31 January, in item 4 (Regulatory Reform) the resolution relating to the proposal for the Regulatory Reform Order (Public Service Vehicles) 2006 should read—

    That the proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Public Service Vehicles) Order 2006, which was laid before the House on 21st November 2005, should be amended before a draft Order is laid before the House.



 
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