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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 16th February 2006

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

PRAYERS.

1    Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr David Amess reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Parliamentary Constituencies and Assembly Electoral Regions (Wales) Order 2006.

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

2    European Standing Committee,—Hywel Williams reported from a European Standing Committee the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 11439/05, draft Council directive amending Directive 77/388/EEC as regards the place of supply of services; and welcomes the principle that tax is due in the country where the service is consumed and that there is a need to create a level playing field for businesses engaged in cross border transactions of services which are subject to VAT.

    Resolution to lie upon the Table.

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

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

    Commissioner for Older People (Wales) Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill to establish and make provision about the office of Commissioner for Older People in Wales; to make provision about the functions of the Commissioner for Older People in Wales; and for connected purposes; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

4    Commissioner for Older People (Wales) Bill [Lords],—The Commissioner for Older People (Wales) Bill [Lords] was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Monday 27th February and to be printed [Bill 132].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Commissioner for Older People (Wales) Bill [Lords] be printed [Bill 132-EN].

5    Bus Services Bill,—The Order for reading the Bus Services Bill a second time on Friday 12th May was read and discharged.

    Bill to be read a second time on Friday 20th October.

6    Palliative Care for the Terminally Ill Bill,—The Order for reading the Palliative Care for the Terminally Ill Bill a second time on Friday 17th March was read and discharged.

    Bill to be read a second time on Friday 20th October.

7    Professional Football (Supporter Involvement) Bill,—The Order for reading the Professional Football (Supporter Involvement) Bill a second time on Friday 3rd March was read and discharged.

    Bill to be read a second time on Friday 10th March.

8    Royal Assent,—The Speaker notified the House, in accordance with the Royal Assent Act 1967, That Her Majesty had signified her Royal Assent to the following Acts, agreed upon by both Houses:

      Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006

      European Union (Accessions) Act 2006

      Equality Act 2006

      Terrorism (Northern Ireland) Act 2006

      Transport (Wales) Act 2006.

9    Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill,—Mr Secretary Hain, supported by The Prime Minister, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Straw, Mr Secretary Clarke, Secretary Alan Johnson and Mr David Hanson, presented a Bill to make provision about registration of electors and the Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland; to amend the Northern Ireland Act 1998; to make provision about donations for political purposes; to extend the amnesty period for arms decommissioning in Northern Ireland; and to make miscellaneous amendments in the law relating to Northern Ireland: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Monday 27th February and to be printed [Bill 131].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill be printed [Bill 131-EN].

10    Social Security,—Resolved, That the draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 25th January, be approved.—(Mr Stephen Timms.)

11    Pensions,—Resolved, That the draft Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 25th January, be approved.—(Mr Stephen Timms.)

12    Adjournment (Tackling health inequalities),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Caroline Flint);

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

13    International Development,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft International Development Association (Fourteenth Replenishment) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 18th January, be approved.—(Gillian Merron):—It was agreed to.

14    Public Petition,—A Public Petition from residents of Humberstone, Leicester against the decision of St. Mary's Parochial Church Council preventing visitors from placing flowers and mementoes at grave sites was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

15    Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Vernon Coaker.)

    And accordingly, the House, having continued to sit till twenty-nine minutes past Six o'clock, adjourned till Monday 27th February, pursuant to Order [24th January].

[Adjourned at 6.29 p.m.

Michael J. Martin

Speaker


Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock on Monday 27th February.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1    Church of England (General Synod) (Measures),—Measures passed by the General Synod of the Church of England, entitled—

    (1) Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure; and

    (2) Pastoral (Amendment) Measure

    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 931 and 929] [Clerk of the House].

2    Health and Safety,—Draft Railway Safety Levy Regulations 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

3    Highways,—Draft Restricted Byways (Application and Consequential Amendment of Provisions) Regulations 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

4    Competition,—(1) Enterprise Act 2002 (Enforcement Undertakings and Orders) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 355), dated 13th February 2006; and

    (2) Enterprise Act 2002 (Enforcement Undertakings) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 354), dated 14th February 2006

    [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Secretary Alan Johnson].

5    Health and Safety,—Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 336), dated 13th February 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hutton].

Other Papers:

6    Armed Forces Pay,—Report of the Armed Forces' Pay Review Body for 2006 [by Command] [Cm. 6740] [Secretary John Reid].

7    Church of England (General Synod) (Measures),—Reports by the Ecclesiastical Committee on the—

    (1) Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure; and

    (2) Pastoral (Amendment) Measure

    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 932 and 930] [Clerk of the House].

8    Criminal Injuries Compensation,—Report and Accounts of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel for 2004-05, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 849] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

9    Human Rights,—Proposal for a draft Marriage Act 1949 (Remedial) Order 2006, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Act] [Ms Harriet Harman].

10    Museums and Galleries,—Report and Accounts for 2004-05 of the—

    (1) National Maritime Museum;

    (2) National Museum of Science and Industry; and

    (3) Wallace Collection,

    with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 336, 277 and 832] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

11    National Heritage,—Report and Accounts of the Royal Armouries for 2004-05, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 357] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

12    Police,—Report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary for 2004-05 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 842] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

13    Science and Technology,—Government Response to the Fourth Report of the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee, Session 2005-06, on Pandemic Influenza [by Command] [Cm. 6738] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),—The Speaker has appointed Mr Parmjit Dhanda, Mr Oliver Heald, Mr David Heath, Barbara Keeley, Mr Jim Murphy, Alison Seabeck and Angela Watkinson members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee A in respect of the Bill.

2    Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill,—The Speaker has appointed Sir Nicholas Winterton and Mr Martin Caton Chairmen of Standing Committee A in respect of the Bill.

3    Draft Representation of the People (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2006, draft National Assembly for Wales (Representation of the People) (Amendment) Order 2006 and draft Representation of the People (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations 2006,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Peter Atkinson Chairman of the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Regulations and Order.

4    Draft Renewables Obligation Order 2006,—The Speaker has appointed Mrs Janet Dean Chairman of the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

5    Draft Community Order (Review by Specified Courts in Liverpool and Salford) Order 2006,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Greg Pope Chairman of the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

6    Draft Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating and National Insurance Funds Payments) Order 2006,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Mike Hancock Chairman of the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

    European Standing Committees

7    European Union Document 11439/05 relating to Value Added Tax,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Michael Jabez Foster from European Standing Committee (nominated in respect of the Document) and nominated in substitution Ann Keen.

8    The Speaker has appointed Mr Martyn Jones Chairman of the European Standing Committee in respect of European Union Document No. 13413/05 and Addendum 1 on Exchange of Information between Law Enforcement Authorities.

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-v] [Robert Key].

2    Health,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [NHS Charges]; to be printed [No. 815-iv]; and

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Independent Sector Treatment Centres]; to be printed [No. 934-II]

    [Mr Kevin Barron].

[W.H., No. 69]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

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

Adjournment (Cash Machine Charges—Fifth Report from the Treasury Committee, Session 2004-05, and the Government's response thereto),—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Mr Ivan Lewis.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 28th February.

[Adjourned at 4.32 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker

CORRIGENDUM

In the Votes and Proceedings for Wednesday 15th February 2006, in Appendix III, Item 7(1) should have read:

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



 
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