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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 7th February 2006

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

PRAYERS.

1    Merchant Shipping (Pollution) Bill [Lords],—Janet Anderson reported from Standing Committee A, That it had gone through the Merchant Shipping (Pollution) Bill [Lords], and made an Amendment thereunto.

    Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow.

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

2    Northern Ireland Grand Committee,—Mr Bill Olner reported from the Northern Ireland Grand Committee the draft Budget (Northern Ireland) Order 2006, referred to it on 30th January.

3    Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

    The Lords have agreed to the Identity Cards Bill, with Amendments; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

    The Lords have agreed to the European Union (Accessions) Bill, without Amendment.

4    Identity Cards Bill,—Lords Amendments to the Identity Cards Bill to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 126].

5    Procurement of Innovative Technologies and Research,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision in relation to the awarding by government departments and agencies of research and development contracts for innovative technologies; and for connected purposes: And that Kitty Ussher, Danny Alexander, Janet Anderson, Mr Michael Clapham, Rosie Cooper, Mary Creagh, Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas, Paul Flynn, Mr Shahid Malik, Andrew Miller, Mr Austin Mitchell and Mr Edward Vaizey do prepare and bring it in.

6    Procurement of Innovative Technologies and Research Bill,—Kitty Ussher accordingly presented a Bill to make provision in relation to the awarding by Government departments and agencies of research and development contracts for innovative technologies; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 3rd March and to be printed [Bill 125].

7    Opposition Day [13th 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.

    Future of Mental Health Services,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House notes that one in four people will suffer mental health problems; is aware that mental health trusts are facing some of the largest cuts in planned budgets whilst already having to cope with worryingly high recruitment shortages; further notes that patients with mental illness are often denied real choice in their treatments due to long waiting times for referrals and an acute shortage of non-drug therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy; is alarmed at the particular problems experienced by black and minority ethnic patients in accessing services; is concerned at the continued absence of a Mental Health Bill almost four years after the first draft Bill was published; and calls on the Government to raise the relative importance of mental health within the NHS, making early intervention a priority in order to enable access to a range of appropriate services and urgently to publish a revised Mental Health Bill which recognises the rights and dignity of people with mental illness—(Mr Andrew Lansley);

    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 'recognises that the Government has made mental health a key priority through the National Service Framework for Mental Health and the NHS plan; welcomes the achievements set out in the National Director's progress report published in December 2004; further welcomes the record increases in investment and staffing; notes that under this Government there are now over 700 specialised community mental health teams and that suicide rates are the lowest since records began, that there are 1,200 more consultant psychiatrists, over 3,000 more clinical psychologists, and 8,000 more mental health nurses than in 1997; further welcomes the Government's five year action plan to tackle inequalities in mental health services amongst black and ethnic minority communities and its action to tackle social exclusion in mental health; acknowledges the Government's commitment to early intervention to support good mental health and improve preventative mental health services in the community, as set out in the recent White Paper "Our health, our care, our say: a new direction for community services", including by improving public understanding of mental health issues to counteract stigma and discrimination, expanding access to psychological therapies including cognitive behavioural therapy, promoting the use of information technology recently reviewed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence which supports people to take charge of their own treatment, and working with health professionals to improve standards in mental health services in the community; and further welcomes the Government's commitment to reform mental health legislation as soon as parliamentary time permits', instead thereof.—(Ms Rosie Winterton.)

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

The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Henry Bellingham, Mr David Evennett: 215.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Ian Cawsey, Claire Ward: 283.

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, agreed to. Resolved, That this House recognises that the Government has made mental health a key priority through the National Service Framework for Mental Health and the NHS plan; welcomes the achievements set out in the National Director's progress report published in December 2004; further welcomes the record increases in investment and staffing; notes that under this Government there are now over 700 specialised community mental health teams and that suicide rates are the lowest since records began, that there are 1,200 more consultant psychiatrists, over 3,000 more clinical psychologists, and 8,000 more mental health nurses than in 1997; further welcomes the Government's five year action plan to tackle inequalities in mental health services amongst black and ethnic minority communities and its action to tackle social exclusion in mental health; acknowledges the Government's commitment to early intervention to support good mental health and improve preventative mental health services in the community, as set out in the recent White Paper "Our health, our care, our say: a new direction for community services", including by improving public understanding of mental health issues to counteract stigma and discrimination, expanding access to psychological therapies including cognitive behavioural therapy, promoting the use of information technology recently reviewed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence which supports people to take charge of their own treatment, and working with health professionals to improve standards in mental health services in the community; and further welcomes the Government's commitment to reform mental health legislation as soon as parliamentary time permits. Reorganisation of Primary Care Trusts, Strategic Health Authorities and Ambulance Trusts,— A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House believes the structures of the NHS should serve the needs of the service and patients; notes the Health Select Committee's report on Changes to Primary Care Trusts (House of Commons Paper No. 646); regrets the mishandling of the reorganisation of primary care trusts (PCTs) by the Department of Health; wishes to see administration costs minimised; further believes that structure must follow function and that the future functions of PCTs have not been clarified; further believes that strategic health authorities should be abolished; further believes that ambulance trusts should not be required to undergo restructuring unless the services themselves request it; fears that restructuring proposals will seek to mask the consequences of 1 billion worth of deficits across the NHS; further regrets the loss of morale amongst NHS staff in PCTs; and calls on the Government to enter into a new and genuine debate about NHS structures, so that the service can better meet its aim of comprehensive quality healthcare available to all, based on need not ability to pay—(Mr Stephen O'Brien);

    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 Government's determination to reform primary care trusts (PCTs) and strategic health authorities (SHAs) to ensure all patients get the services they need, to shift the focus of services more towards prevention and tackling health inequalities, to engage better with GPs in developing services that meet patients' needs, to reduce bureaucracy and to deliver better value for money for taxpayers; further welcomes the widespread support within PCTs and SHAs for the principles on which Commissioning a Patient-Led NHS has been based; and further welcomes the Government's consultation on reforming ambulance trusts to ensure more care is provided in the home and at the scene, to give better advice to patients over the telephone and to deliver faster response times to save more lives, in line with the recommendations from the National Ambulance Adviser Peter Bradley's review "Taking Healthcare to the Patient: Transforming Ambulance Services",' instead thereof.—(Jane Kennedy.)

    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, Mr Henry Bellingham, Mr David Evennett: 216.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Parmjit Dhanda, Mr Dave Watts: 291.

    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 welcomes the Government's determination to reform primary care trusts (PCTs) and strategic health authorities (SHAs) to ensure all patients get the services they need, to shift the focus of services more towards prevention and tackling health inequalities, to engage better with GPs in developing services that meet patients' needs, to reduce bureaucracy and to deliver better value for money for taxpayers; further welcomes the widespread support within PCTs and SHAs for the principles on which Commissioning a Patient-Led NHS has been based; and further welcomes the Government's consultation on reforming ambulance trusts to ensure more care is provided in the home and at the scene, to give better advice to patients over the telephone and to deliver faster response times to save more lives, in line with the recommendations from the National Ambulance Adviser Peter Bradley's review "Taking Healthcare to the Patient: Transforming Ambulance Services".

8    Intellectual Property,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006, which were laid before this House on 15th December, be approved—(Joan Ryan);

    And the Speaker's opinion as to the decision of the Question being challenged, the Division was deferred till to-morrow, pursuant to Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions).

9    National Lottery,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (Increase of Endowment) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 9th January, be approved—(Joan Ryan):—It was agreed to.

10    Public Petitions,—Public Petitions from—

    (1) residents and patients in Staffordshire against the merger of Staffordshire Ambulance Service; and

    (2) residents of North West Leicestershire and other areas for bursaries for NHS students of midwifery and nursing

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

11    Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Joan Ryan.)

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

[Adjourned at 10.44 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    Disabled Persons,—Draft Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Gatwick Express Class 458 Vehicles) Exemption Order 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2    Agriculture,—Common Agricultural Policy Single Payment and Support Schemes (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 239), dated 3rd February 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

3    Disability Discrimination,—Draft guidance on matters to be taken into account in determining questions relating to the definition of disability [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hutton].

4    Education,—Education (Student Support) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 119), dated 23rd January 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

5    Local Government,—Local Authorities (Alteration of Requisite Calculations) (England) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 247), dated 6th February 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

6    Road Traffic,—Community Drivers' Hours and Working Time (Road Tankers) (Temporary Exception) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 244), dated 4th February 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

7    Terms and Conditions of Employment,—Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 246), dated 6th February 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Alan Johnson].

8    Town and Country Planning,—Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (England) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 221), dated 23rd January 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

1    Constitutional Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Constitutional Affairs Committee [Reform of the coroners system and death certification]; to be printed [No. 902-i] [Mr Alan Beith].

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

3    Defence,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence Committee [Defence Industrial Strategy]; to be printed [No. 824-ii] [Mr David Crausby].

4    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [Bovine TB: badger culling]; together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 905-i] [Mr Michael Jack].

5    Home Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [Terrorism Detention Powers]; to be printed [No. 910-i] [Mr John Denham].

6    Liaison,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Liaison Committee [The Prime Minister]; to be printed [No. 709-ii] [Mr Alan Williams].

7    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 [Ministerial Informal Summit on Sustainable Communities under the UK Presidency]; to be printed [No. 906] [Dr Phyllis Starkey].

8    Procedure,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Procedure Committee [Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill]; to be printed [No. 894-i] [Mr Greg Knight].

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

[W.H., No. 64]

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 Parmjit Dhanda.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.55 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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