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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 15th February 2006

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

PRAYERS.

1    International Development (Reporting and Transparency) Bill,—Mr Jimmy Hood reported from Standing Committee B, That it had gone through the International Development (Reporting and Transparency) Bill, and made Amendments thereunto, and had amended the Title as follows:

    A Bill to require the Secretary of State to report annually on total expenditure on international aid and on the breakdown of such aid, and in particular on progress towards the target for expenditure on official development assistance to constitute 0.7 per cent. of gross national income; to require such reports to contain information about expenditure by country, about the proportion of expenditure in low income countries and about the effectiveness of aid expenditure and the transparency of international aid; and for connected purposes.

    Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered on Friday 12th May; and to be printed [Bill 130].

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

2    Energy,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to establish a Renewable Energy Authority; to lay upon the Authority a duty to promote the use of renewable energy and energy conservation; and for connected purposes: And that Dr Desmond Turner, Colin Challen, Mr David Chaytor, Robert Key, Dr Ian Gibson, Joan Walley, David Lepper, Helen Goodman and Mr David Amess do prepare and bring it in.

3    Energy Bill,—Dr Desmond Turner accordingly presented a Bill to establish a Renewable Energy Authority; to lay upon the Authority a duty to promote the use of renewable energy and energy conservation; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 10th March and to be printed [Bill 129].

4    Terrorism Bill (Programme) (No. 3),—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 Terrorism Bill for the purpose of supplementing the Orders of 26th October and 9th November 2005 (Terrorism Bill (Programme) and Terrorism Bill (Programme) (No. 2)):

Consideration of Lords Amendments

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

    2. The proceedings shall be taken in the order shown in the first column of the following Table.

    3. Each part of those proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the times specified in the second column of the Table.

    Lords Amendments
Time for conclusion of proceedings
    Amendments Nos. 5, 11, 15, 28, 31, 32 and 34.
Two and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments.
    Amendments Nos. 22, 23, 29, 25 to 27, 1 to 4, 6 to 10, 12 to 14, 16 to 21, 24, 30, 33, 35 to 49.
Four hours after the commencement of those proceedings.

Subsequent stages

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

    5. 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—(Kevin Brennan):—It was agreed to.

5    Terrorism Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Lords Amendments to the Terrorism Bill.

    Lords Amendment No. 5.

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

The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Parmjit Dhanda, Mr Frank Roy: 315.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Crispin Blunt, Andrew Rosindell: 277.

So the Question was agreed to.

    The Lords Amendment was accordingly disagreed to.

    It being more than two and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments, the Deputy Speaker, pursuant to Order [this day], put forthwith the remaining Questions to be disposed of at that hour.

    Lords Amendments Nos. 11, 15, 28, 31, 32 and 34 were disagreed to.

    Amendments ((a) and (b)) were made to the Bill in lieu of Lords Amendments Nos. 5, 11, 15, 28, 31, 32 and 34 disagreed to.

6    Deferred Divisions,—The Deputy Speaker announced the results of the Division which had been deferred to this day, pursuant to Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions):

    Northern Ireland,—That the draft Rates (Capital Values, etc.) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 26th January, be approved.

      Ayes: 279.

      Noes: 226.

    So the Question was agreed to.

7    Terrorism Bill,—The House, according to Order, again proceeded to consider the Lords Amendments to the Terrorism Bill.

    Lords Amendment No. 22.

    A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House disagrees with the Lords in their Amendment—(Hazel Blears);

    And it being four hours after the commencement of proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments, the Deputy Speaker put the Question already proposed from the Chair.

The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Alan Campbell, Mr Parmjit Dhanda: 319.

      Tellers for the Noes, Andrew Rosindell, Mr Crispin Blunt: 255.

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

    The Deputy Speaker then put the remaining Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments.

    Lords Amendment No. 23 and 29 were disagreed to.

    Lords Amendment No. 25.

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

The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Alan Campbell, Mr Parmjit Dhanda: 319.

      Tellers for the Noes, Andrew Rosindell, Mr Crispin Blunt: 255.

So the Question was agreed to.

    The Lords Amendment was accordingly disagreed to.

    Lords Amendments Nos. 26 and 27 were disagreed to.

    Amendments ((a) to (e)) made to the Bill, and to the words restored to the Bill by this House's disagreement with Lords Amendment No. 28, in lieu of Lords Amendments Nos. 25, 26 and 27 disagreed to.

    Lords Amendments Nos. 1 to 4, 6 to 10, 12 to 14, 16 to 21, 24, 30, 33 and 35 to 49 were agreed to.

    A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 83H (Programme orders: reasons committee), That a Committee be appointed to draw up Reasons to be assigned to the Lords for disagreeing to their Amendments Nos. 22, 23 and 29;

    That Vera Baird, Mr Alistair Carmichael, Mr Secretary Clarke, Mr Dominic Grieve and Joan Ryan be members of the Committee;

    That Mr Secretary Clarke be the Chairman of the Committee;

    That three be the Quorum of the Committee; and

    That the Committee do withdraw immediately—(Joan Ryan):—It was agreed to.

8    Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism,—Resolved, That the draft Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 (Continuance in force of sections 1 to 9) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 2nd February, be approved.—(Hazel Blears.)

9    Terrorism Bill,—Mr Secretary Clarke reported from the Committee appointed to draw up Reasons to be assigned to the Lords for disagreeing to certain of their Amendments to the Terrorism Bill, That it had drawn up the following Reason, which it had directed him to report to the House:

    The Commons disagree to Lords Amendments Nos. 22, 23 and 29 for the following Reason:

      Because the Commons do not consider that it is appropriate that approval of a judge be required before a notice can be served under Clause No. 3.

    The Reason was agreed to.

    Message to the Lords to communicate the said Reason, with the Bill and Amendments.

10    Northern Ireland,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Stormont Estate (Northern Ireland) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 23rd January, be approved—(Tony Cunningham):—It was agreed to.

11    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 (Risk-based Pension Protection Levy) Regulations 2006, which were laid before this House on 18th January, be approved—(Tony Cunningham):—It was agreed to.

12    Public Petitions,—Public Petitions from—

    (1) Rosemary Cecilia Spooner and staff, residents, carers and supporters of Orchard Lea Residential Care Home, Cullompton, Devon against the closure of the care home;

    (2) the Health Service Journal and staff and managers in NHS organisations against any weakening of a comprehensive ban on smoking in enclosed public places; and

    (3) the Association of Directors of Public Health and its members against any weakening of a comprehensive ban on smoking in enclosed public places

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

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

    And it being Seven o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put.

14    Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Alan Campbell.)

    And accordingly, the House, having continued to sit till twenty-nine minutes past Seven o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 7.29 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 Affirmative Resolution:

1    Cinemas and Film,—Draft Films (Definition of "British Film") Order 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

2    Pensions,—Draft Occupational Pension Schemes (Levies) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hutton].

3    Social Security,—Draft Employment Zones (Allocation to Contractors) Pilot Regulations 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hutton].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

4    Bee Diseases,—Bee Diseases and Pests Control (England) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 342), dated 11th February 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

5    Family Proceedings,—Family Proceedings (Amendment) Rules 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 352), dated 10th February 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Harriet Harman].

6    London Government,—Greater London Authority (Allocation of Grants for Precept Calculations) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 351), dated 14th February 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

7    Supreme Court of England and Wales,—Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 353), dated 9th February 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Harriet Harman].

Other Papers:

8    National Lottery etc.,—Report and Summary Financial Statement of the Arts Council of Wales for 2004-05, with Summary Financial Statement of the Arts Council of Wales Lottery Distribution Account for 2004-05 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hain].

9    Overseas Territories,—Uzbekistan (Restrictive Measures) (Overseas Territories) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 310), dated 14th February 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Straw].

10    Public Accounts,—Treasury Minutes on the Thirteenth to Seventeenth Reports from the Committee of Public Accounts, Session 2005-06 [by Command] [Cm. 6743] [John Healey].

11    Public Petitions,—Observations by the Deputy Prime Minister on the Petition [30th January] from supporters of the Isitfair Council Tax protest campaign for a fair and equitable replacement for council tax [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

12    Regulatory Reform,—Proposal for a Regulatory Reform (Registered Designs) Order 2006, with a Statement by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry [by Act] [Secretary Alan Johnson].

13    Terrorism,—Report on the Operation in 2005 of the Terrorism Act 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

14    United Nations,—Lebanon and Syria (United Nations Measures) (Overseas Territories) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 311), dated 14th February 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Straw].

Paper withdrawn:

15    Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism,—Draft Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 (Continuance in force of sections 21 to 23) Order 2005 [laid 27th January 2005, in the last Session of Parliament].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill:

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

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Gordon Banks, Mr Alan Campbell, Mr Douglas Carswell, Mr Christopher Chope, Rosie Cooper, Mr Parmjit Dhanda, Mr Mark Harper, Mr Oliver Heald, Mr David Heath, Meg Hillier, Mrs Sharon Hodgson, David Howarth, Barbara Keeley, Mr Andrew Love, Mr Jim Murphy, Alison Seabeck and Angela Watkinson.

2    Draft Representation of the People (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2006, the draft National Assembly for Wales (Representation of the People) (Amendment) Order 2006, and the draft Representation of the People (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations 2006:

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

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated twenty-one Members to serve on the Committee: Kevin Brennan, Mr David Burrowes, Mrs Ann Cryer, Mr Ian Davidson, David T. C. Davies (Monmouth), Mr Jonathan Djanogly, Mr David Hamilton, Ms Harriet Harman, Mr Dai Havard, Mr David Heath, Mark Lazarowicz, Martin Linton, Mike Penning, Geraldine Smith, John Smith, Emily Thornberry, John Thurso, Angela Watkinson, Mrs Betty Williams, Hywel Williams and Pete Wishart.

3    Draft Renewables Obligation Order 2006:

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

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Crispin Blunt, Mr Ronnie Campbell, Mr Parmjit Dhanda, Mr Philip Dunne, Mr Nigel Evans, Dr Ian Gibson, Charles Hendry, Helen Jones, Anne Milton, Mr George Mudie, Dr Nick Palmer, Mr Geoffrey Robinson, Mr Dan Rogerson, Mr Dennis Skinner, Sir Robert Smith, Graham Stringer and Malcolm Wicks.

4    Draft Community Order (Review by Specified Courts in Liverpool and Salford) Order 2006:

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

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: John Austin, Kevin Brennan, Mr Jonathan Djanogly, Mr John Grogan, Ms Harriet Harman, Mr David Heath, Dr Brian Iddon, Mr Sadiq Khan, Martin Linton, Mr Denis MacShane, Mr Michael Meacher, Dr Doug Naysmith, John Penrose, Mr Graham Stuart, Andrew Stunell, Mr Ian Taylor and Angela Watkinson.

5    Draft Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating and National Insurance Funds Payments) Order 2006:

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

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Richard Bacon, Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods, Lorely Burt, Mr Michael Fallon, Mr Mark Francois, Mr David Gauke, Susan Kramer, Mr Pat McFadden, Mrs Madeleine Moon, Dawn Primarolo, Mr Andy Reed, Mr Jamie Reed, Andrew Selous, Mr Andrew Smith, Kitty Ussher, Mr Tom Watson and Mr Michael Wills.

    European Standing Committees

6    European Union Document No. 12588/05 relating to Civil Aviation Security,—The Committee of Selection has nominated thirteen Members to serve on the European Standing Committee nominated in respect of the Document: Ms Diane Abbott, Mr Henry Bellingham, Tom Brake, Lyn Brown, Ms Karen Buck, Mr Vernon Coaker, Mr Roger Godsiff, Mr Mark Lancaster, Chris McCafferty, Patrick Mercer, Paul Rowen, Mr Lee Scott and Mr Andrew Slaughter.

7    European Union Document No. 16106/05 and Addendum 1 relating to Competition: Maritime Transport,—The Committee of Selection has nominated thirteen Members to serve on the European Standing Committee nominated in respect of the Document: Mr Crispin Blunt, Peter Bottomley, Colin Burgon, Mr Vernon Coaker, Angela Eagle, Mr Robert Goodwill, Kate Hoey, Mr Peter Kilfoyle, Mr Mark Prisk, Mr Alan Reid, Sir Robert Smith, Ian Stewart and Mr Gerry Sutcliffe.

8    European Union Document No. 9606/05 and Addendum 1, relating to protection of chickens kept for meat production, has been referred to European Standing Committee A.

9    European Union Document No. 5198/06, relating to adoption by co-decision of measures relating to maintenance obligations, has been referred to European Standing Committee B.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

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

2    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,—Fourth Special Report from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [Government's Response to the Second Report from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, Session 2005-06, on the Reform of the EU Sugar Regime]; to be printed [No. 927] [Mr Michael Jack].

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

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

    [Jimmy Hood].

4    Foreign Affairs,—(1) First Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee [Human Rights Annual 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. 574]; and

    (2) Second Report from the Committee [Foreign and Commonwealth Office Annual Report 2004-05], 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. 522]

    [Mike Gapes].

5    International Development,—(1) First Special Report from the International Development Committee [Delivering the goods: HIV/AIDS and the provision of anti-retrovirals: Government Response to the Committee's First Report of Session 2005-06]; to be printed [No. 922]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee, together with Appendices [Conflict and development: peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction]; to be printed [No.923-i]

    [Malcolm Bruce].

6    Northern Ireland Affairs,—(1) Second Report from the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [Work of the Committee in 2005], together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 928]; and

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

    [Sir Patrick Cormack].

7    Public Accounts,—(1) Thirty-third Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Working with the voluntary sector]; to be printed [No. 717]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Foreign and Commonwealth Office Resource Accounts 2004-05]; to be printed [No. 933-i]

    [Mr Edward Leigh].

8    Science and Technology,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Science and Technology Committee [Scientific advice, risk and evidence: how Government handles them]; to be printed [900-i] [Mr Phil Willis].

9    Statutory Instruments,—Eighteenth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 35-xviii] [Mr Eric Forth].

10    Transport,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Committee [The Work of the Department for Transport's Executive Agencies—Driver and Vehicle Operator Group and the Highways Agency]; to be printed [No. 907-ii] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

11    Work and Pensions,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Work and Pensions Committee [Child Support Agency]; to be printed [No. 920] [Mr Terry Rooney].

[W.H., No. 68]

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 Ian Cawsey.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 5.42 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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