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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 27th February 2006

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

1    The Speaker's Absence,—The House being met, the Clerk at the Table informed the House of the unavoidable absence, through illness, of Mr. Speaker from the sittings of the House this week.

    Whereupon Sir Alan Haselhurst, the Chairman of Ways and Means, proceeded to the Table.

PRAYERS.

2    The Chairman of Ways and Means took the Chair as Deputy Speaker, pursuant to the Standing Order.

3    Pardon for Soldiers of the Great War Bill,—The Order for reading the Pardon for Soldiers of the Great War Bill a second time on Friday 3rd March was read and discharged.

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

4    Government of Wales Bill (Programme) (No. 2),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That the Order of 9th January 2006 (Government of Wales Bill (Programme)) be varied as follows:

    1. Paragraphs 6 to 8 shall be omitted.

    2. Proceedings on consideration and Third Reading shall be completed in two days.

    3. Proceedings on consideration shall be taken on each of those days as shown in the first column of the Table and in the order so shown.

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

    5. Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on the second day.

First Day

    Proceedings
Time for conclusion of proceedings
    Amendments relating to Clauses Nos. 1 and 2, Schedule No. 1 and Clauses Nos. 3 to 22.
Two hours after the commencement of proceedings on the motion for this Order.
    Amendments relating to Clauses Nos. 23 to 27, Schedule No. 2 and Clauses Nos. 28 to 44.
The moment of interruption.

Second Day

    Proceedings
Time for conclusion of proceedings
    Amendments relating to Clauses Nos. 45 to 58, Schedule No. 3, Clauses Nos. 59 to 87, Schedule No. 4, Clauses Nos. 88 to 93, Schedule No. 5, Clauses Nos. 94 to 102, Schedule No. 6, Clauses Nos. 103 to 107, Schedule No. 7, Clauses Nos. 108 to 144, Schedule No. 8, Clauses Nos. 145 to 148, Schedule No. 9, Clauses Nos. 149 to 159, Schedule No. 10, Clauses Nos. 160 and 161, Schedule No. 11, Clause No. 162, Schedule No. 12 and Clauses Nos. 163 to 165; new Clauses and new Schedules; any other proceedings on the Bill.
One and a half hours before the moment of interruption

    —(Nick Ainger);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Vernon Coaker, Mr Dave Watts: 279.

      Tellers for the Noes, Angela Watkinson, Michael Fabricant: 148.

    So the Question was agreed to.

5    Government of Wales Bill [1st allocated day],—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Government of Wales Bill, as amended in the Committee.

    Amendment (No. 1) proposed to the Bill, in page 4, line 36, to leave out subsections (5) and (6) and to insert the words—

    '(5) The list must not include a person—

      (a) who is included on any other list submitted for the Assembly electoral region or any list submitted for another Assembly electoral region,

      (b) who is an individual candidate to be an Assembly member for the Assembly electoral region or another Assembly electoral region,

      (c) who is a candidate to be the Assembly member for an Assembly constituency which is not included in the Assembly electoral region, or

      (d) who is a candidate to be the Assembly member for an Assembly constituency included in the Assembly electoral region but is not a candidate of the party.

    (6) A person may not be an individual candidate to be an Assembly member for the Assembly electoral region if he is—

      (a) included on a list submitted by a registered political party for the Assembly electoral region or another Assembly electoral region,

      (b) an individual candidate to be an Assembly member for another Assembly electoral region,

      (c) a candidate to be the Assembly member for an Assembly constituency which is not included in the Assembly electoral region, or

      (d) a candidate of any registered political party to be the Assembly member for an Assembly constituency included in the Assembly electoral region.', instead thereof.—(Mrs Cheryl Gillan.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made.

    And it being two hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion for the Order relating to Government of Wales Bill (Programme) (No. 2), the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Order [this day].

The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Angela Watkinson, Michael Fabricant: 205.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Vernon Coaker, Mr Dave Watts: 283.

    The Deputy Speaker then proceeded to put forthwith the Question on an Amendment selected by the Deputy Speaker for separate decision.

    Another Amendment (No. 2) proposed to the Bill, in page 7, line 43, to leave out subsection (8).—(Mrs Cheryl Gillan.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Angela Watkinson, Michael Fabricant: 204.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Vernon Coaker, Mr Dave Watts: 289.

    The Deputy Speaker then put forthwith the Question on the Amendments moved by a Minister of the Crown to be disposed of at that hour.

    Amendments Nos. 32 and 33 made to the Bill.

    Another Amendment (No. 20) proposed to the Bill, in page 14, line 15, after the word 'affirmation)', to insert the words 'or in the form of the Assembly Oath set out in subsection (1A)'.—(Mr Elfyn Llwyd.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

    Another Amendment (No. 30) proposed to the Bill, in page 17, line 17, at the end, to insert the words 'not belonging to the same political group.'.—(Lembit Ípik.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Angela Watkinson, Mr Roger Williams: 179.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Alan Campbell, Mr John Heppell: 269.

    Another Amendment (No. 3) proposed to the Bill, in page 18, line 14, to leave out subsections (2) to (9) and insert the words—

    '(1A) The standing orders shall include provision for ensuring that in apportioning Members to committees and sub-committees regard is had to the balance of political parties represented in the Assembly.', instead thereof.—(Mrs Cheryl Gillan.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made. The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Angela Watkinson, Mr Roger Williams: 181.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Parmjit Dhanda, Mr John Heppell: 270.

    Another Amendment (No. 17) proposed to the Bill, in page 21, line 40, to leave out from the word 'effect,' to the word 'to' in line 41 and insert the words 'save in exceptional cases where it is not reasonably possible to do so', instead thereof.—(Hywel Williams.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

    Ordered, That further consideration of the Bill be now adjourned.—(Mr Alan Campbell.)

    Bill to be further considered to-morrow.

6    Culture, Media and Sport,—Ordered, That Mr Tim Yeo be discharged from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee and Philip Davies be added.—(Rosemary McKenna, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

7    Public Petitions,—Public Petitions from—

    (1) residents of Castle Point, Essex, and others against the removal of the bus service from Pitsea to Benfleet; and

    (2) residents of Canvey Island, Essex, and others for a pedestrian crossing on Furtherwick Road;

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

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

    And accordingly, the House, having continued to sit till seven minutes past Nine o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 9.07 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker

The Deputy Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock.

APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers presented by Her Majesty's Command and delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on the undermentioned dates during the adjournment pursuant to Standing Order No. 158 (Presentation of command papers):

Monday 20th February 2006

1    Treaty Series (No. 1, 2006),—Amendments, done at Geneva on 16th May 1998, to Articles 24 and 25 of the Constitution of the World Health Organization [Cm. 6748] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    Friday 24th February 2006

2    Slovak Republic (No. 1, 2006),—Agreement, done at Bratislava on 25th March 2004, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Slovak Republic concerning Air Services, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Cm. 6750] [Mr Secretary Straw].

3    Treaty Series (No. 2, 2006),—Exchange of Notes, done at The Hague on 28th January and 7th June 2004, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands amending the Agreement of 6th October 1965 relating to the Delimitation of the Continental Shelf under the North Sea between the Two Countries as amended by the Protocol of 25th November 1971 [Cm. 6749] [Mr Secretary Straw].

Papers delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on the undermentioned dates during the adjournment pursuant to Standing Order No. 159 (Presentation of statutory instruments):

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

Friday 17th February 2006

4    Income Tax,—(1) Registered Pension Schemes (Modification of the Rules of Existing Schemes) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 364); and

    (2) Registered Pension Schemes (Unauthorised Payments by Existing Schemes) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 365),

    dated 16th February 2006, with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [Mr Ivan Lewis].

    Monday 20th February 2006

5    Legal Services Commission,—Criminal Defence Service (Funding) (Amendment) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 389), dated 16th February 2006, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Bridget Prentice].

6    Pensions,—Judicial Pensions and Retirement Act 1993 (Addition of Qualifying Judicial Offices) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 391), dated 16th February 2006, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Bridget Prentice].

    Wednesday 22nd February 2006

7    Housing,—(1) Housing (Empty Dwelling Management Orders) (Prescribed Exceptions and Requirements) (England) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 367);

    (2) Housing (Interim Management Orders) (Prescribed Circumstances) (England) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 369);

    (3) Housing (Management Orders and Empty Dwelling Management Orders) (Supplemental Provisions) (England) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 368);

    (4) Licensing and Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation and Other Houses (Miscellaneous Provisions) (England) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 373);

    (5) Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Prescribed Descriptions) (England) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 371);

    (6) Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 372); and

    (7) Selective Licensing of Houses (Specified Exemptions) (England) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 370),

    dated 15th February 2006, with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [Mr Secretary Prescott].

8    Insolvency,—Insolvency (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2006 (S.R. (N.I.), 2006, No. 47), dated 9th February 2006, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Ms Harriet Harman].

9    National Health Service,—Public Benefit Corporation (Register of Members) Amendment Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 361), dated 15th February 2006 [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

10    Representation of the People,—Local Elections (Principal Areas and Parishes and Communities) (Amendment) (England and Wales) Rules 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 390), dated 16th February 2006, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Ms Harriet Harman].

    Thursday 23rd February 2006

11    Immigration,—Immigration Services Commissioner (Designated Professional Body) (Fees) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 400), dated 20th February 2006, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Clarke].

12    Transport,—Railways (Interoperability) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 397), dated 16th February 2006, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Darling].

    Friday 24th February 2006

13    Copyright,—Copyright and Performances (Application to Other Countries) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 316), dated 14th February 2006, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Secretary Alan Johnson].

14    International Immunities and Privileges,—Commonwealth Countries and Ireland (Immunities and Privileges) (Amendment) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 309), dated 14th February 2006, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Straw].

15    Medicines,—Medicines (Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products for Human Use) (Consequential Amendment) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 395), dated 14th February 2006 [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

16    National Health Service,—(1) Health Service Commissioner for England (Special Health Authorities) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 305), dated 14th February 2006, with an Explanatory Memorandum; and

    (2) National Health Service (Functions of Strategic Health Authorities and Primary Care Trusts and Administration Arrangements) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 359), dated 14th February 2006

    [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

17    Patents,—Patents (Convention Countries) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 315), dated 14th February 2006, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Secretary Alan Johnson].

Other Papers:

    Friday 24th February 2006

18    Pensions,—Naval, Military and Air Forces Etc. (Disablement and Death) Service Pensions (Amendment) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 303), dated 14th February 2006 [Ms Harriet Harman].

Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 27th February 2006:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

19    Constitutional Law,—(1) Draft Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Act 2005 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2006;

    (2) draft Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005 (Consequential Modifications) (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) Order 2006; and

    (3) draft Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003 (Consequential Provisions and Modifications) Order 2006

    [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

20    International Immunities and Privileges,—Draft International Organisations (Immunities and Privileges) Miscellaneous Provisions Order 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Straw].

21    Northern Ireland,—Draft Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Modification) Order 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hain].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

22    Pensions,—Occupational Pension Schemes (Republic of Ireland Schemes Exemption (Revocation) and Tax Exempt Schemes (Miscellaneous Amendments)) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 467), dated 23rd February 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hutton].

23    Security Industry,—(1) Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Approved Contractor Scheme) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 425), dated 15th February 2006;

    (2) Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Designated Activities) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 426), dated 15th February 2006;

    (3) Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Duration of Licence) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 427), dated 15th February 2006; and

    (4) Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Exemption) (Aviation Security) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 428), dated 18th February 2006;

    [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

Other Papers:

24    Constitutional Affairs,—Government Response to the First Report from the Constitutional Affairs Committee, Session 2005-06, on The Courts: small claims [by Command] [Cm. 6754] [Ms Harriet Harman].

25    House of Commons Members Estimate,—Concordance of Resolutions: List of Provisions of the Resolutions of the House relating to expenditure charged to the Estimate for House of Commons: Members, as codified and modified pursuant to paragraph (3) of Standing Order No. 152D; to be printed [No. 950] [Mr Geoffrey Hoon].

26    National Audit,—Reports by the Comptroller and Auditor General on—

    (1) Department for International Development: Tsunami: Provision of Financial Support for Humanitarian Assistance;

    (2) Ministry of Defence: Progress in Combat Identification;

    (3) Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Enhancing Urban Green Space; and

    (4) Tackling Child Obesity - First Steps

    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 803, 936, 935 and 801] [Clerk of the House].

27    Northern Ireland,—Report and Accounts of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland for 2004-05, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland thereon [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [No. 913] [Mr Secretary Hain].

28    Prisons,—Report of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales for 2004-05 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 883] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

29    Public Petitions,—Observations by the Deputy Prime Minister on the Petitions [19th December] from residents of Thundersley area and others for improved toilet facilities in Castle Point, Essex; and [20th December] from the Canvey Independent Party and others against the closure of public toilets in Castle Point [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Alan Campbell from Standing Committee A (nominated in respect of the Bill) and nominated in substitution Mr Ian Austin.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1    Human Rights,—(1) Thirteenth Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights [Implementation of Strasbourg Judgments: First Progress Report]; together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 954]; and

    (2) Fourteenth Report from the Committee [Legislative Scrutiny: Sixth Progress Report], together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 955]

    [Mr Andrew Dismore].

2    Public Accounts,—(1) Thirty-third Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [The Royal Parks and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain]; to be printed [No. 644];

    (2) Thirty-fourth Report from the Committee [Returning failed asylum applicants]; to be printed [No. 620];

    (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Improving Poorly Performing Schools in England]; to be printed [No.956-i];

    (4) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [National Audit Office Supply Estimate 2006-07]; to be printed [No. 957-i]; and

    (5) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Northern Ireland Audit Office Supply Estimate 2006-07]; to be printed [No. 958-i]

    [Mr Edward Leigh].

3    Work and Pensions,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Work and Pensions Committee [Incapacity Benefits and Pathways to Work]; to be printed [No. 616-iii]; and

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Incapacity Benefits and Pathways to Work]

    [Mr Terry Rooney].

CORRIGENDUM

In the Votes and Proceedings for Tuesday 7th February 2006, the following should have appeared at the end of Appendix I:

'Other Papers

9     Audit (Northern Ireland),—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland on Governance Issues in the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment's Former Local Enterprise Development Unit [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [No. 817] [Mr Secretary Hain].'



 
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