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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 9th March 2006

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

1    The Speaker's Absence,—The House being met, and having been informed on Monday 6th March of the unavoidable absence, through illness, of Mr Speaker from the sittings of the House this week, 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    Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill,—Sir Nicholas Winterton reported from Standing Committee A, That it had gone through the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.

    Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 141].

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

4    Telecommunications Masts (Planning Control) Bill,—The Order for resuming on Friday 10th March the adjourned Debate on the Question proposed on 3rd March, That the Telecommunications Masts (Planning Control) Bill be read a second time, was read and discharged.

    Debate to be resumed on Friday 20th October.

5    Management of Energy in Buildings Bill,—The Order for resuming on Friday 10th March the adjourned Debate on the Question proposed on 11th November 2005, That the Management of Energy in Buildings Bill be read a second time, was read and discharged.

    Bill withdrawn.

6    Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Amendment) Bill,—Keith Vaz presented a Bill to amend the Criminal Justice Act 1988 to establish a right of appeal in relation to the amount of compensation payable under section 133 of that Act and to make provision about the procedure for the assessment of such amounts: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 17th March and to be printed [Bill 143].

7    Childcare Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Childcare Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee.

    A Clause (NC1) (Power of constable to assist in exercise of powers of entry)—(Maria Eagle)—brought up, read the first and second time and added to the Bill.

    Another Clause (NC2) (Provision of information about young children: England)—(Beverley Hughes)—brought up, read the first and second time and added to the Bill.

    Another Clause (NC3) (Provision of information about young children: transitory provision)—(Beverley Hughes)—brought up, read the first and second time and added to the Bill.

    Another Clause (NC4) (Provision of information about children: Wales)—(Beverley Hughes)—brought up, read the first and second time and added to the Bill.

    Another Clause (NC5) (Disqualification for registration under Children Act 1989)—(Maria Eagle)—brought up, read the first and second time and added to the Bill.

    Another Clause (NC6) (Best value: code of practice)—(Mr Paul Goodman)—brought up, and read the first time.

    Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:—Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

    Amendment (No. 1) proposed to the Bill, in page 1, line 7, to leave out the words 'reduce inequalities between' and insert the words 'show how it is raising the quality of outcomes of the most disadvantaged', instead thereof.—(Mrs Maria Miller.)

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

    Amendment (No. 15) made to the Bill.

    Another Amendment (No. 9) proposed to the Bill, in page 20, line 16, to leave out from the word 'which' to the word 'and' in line 17 and insert the words 'young children should experience and learn, appropriate to their age, ability', instead thereof.—(Annette Brooke.)

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

    Other Amendments (Nos. 19 to 25, 16, 26 to 28, 17, 18 and 29) made to the Bill.

    Title accordingly amended, as follows: A Bill to make provision about the powers and duties of local authorities and other bodies in England in relation to the improvement of the well-being of young children; to make provision about the powers and duties of local authorities in England and Wales in relation to the provision of childcare and the provision of information to parents and other persons; to make provision about the regulation and inspection of childcare provision in England; to amend Part 10A of the Children Act 1989 in relation to Wales; and for connected purposes.

    The Bill was read the third time, and passed.

8    Supreme Court of England and Wales,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Courts Act 2003 (Consequential Amendment) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 6th February, be approved—(Mr Alan Campbell):—It was agreed to.

9    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 Occupational Pension Schemes (Levy Ceiling) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 8th February, be approved—(Mr Alan Campbell):—It was agreed to.

10    Civil Aviation Security,—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. 12588/05, draft regulation to replace Regulation 2320/02 on civil aviation security; welcomes the Commission's initiative in producing a clearer, shorter text which will give more legal certainty; and endorses the Government's intention to work with the Presidency, the European Parliament and other Member States to resolve outstanding areas of difficulty—(Mr Alan Campbell):—It was agreed to.

11    Estimates,—Ordered, That, in the current Session of Parliament, Standing Order No. 55 (Questions on voting of estimates, &c.) shall apply as if the words '18th March' in line 18 were replaced by the words '20th March'.—( Mr Alan Campbell.)

12    Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) (No. 2) Bill,—Ordered, That, at the sitting on Monday 20th March, any Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) (No. 2) Bill ordered to be brought in and read the first time shall be proceeded with as if its Second Reading stood as an Order of the Day, and Standing Order No. 56 (Consolidated Fund Bills) shall apply.—(Mr Alan Campbell.)

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

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

[Adjourned at 5.28 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

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

APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Paper subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1    Employment and Training,—Draft Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Alan Johnson].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2    Betting, Gaming and Lotteries,—(1) Gambling Act 2005 (Licensing Authority Policy Statement) (England and Wales) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 636); and

    (2) Gambling Act 2005 (Licensing Authority Policy Statement) (First Appointed Day) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 637),

    dated 5th March 2006 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

3    Competition,—Competition Act 1998 (Public Policy Exclusion) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 605), dated 6th March 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Alan Johnson].

4    European Communities,—European Communities (Designation) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 608), dated 8th March 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Straw].

5    Food,—Fish Labelling (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 506), dated 27th February 2006 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

6    Health and Safety,—Health and Safety (Enforcing Authority for Railways and Other Guided Transport Systems) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 557), dated 2nd March 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

7    Land Drainage,—Environmental Impact Assessment (Land Drainage Improvement Works) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 618), dated 7th March 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

8    Ministers of the Crown,—Transfer of Functions (Office of Her Majesty's Paymaster General) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 607), dated 8th March 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Dawn Primarolo].

9    Pensions,—Occupational Pension Schemes (Pension Protection Levies) (Transitional Period and Modification for Multi-employer Schemes) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 566), dated 6th March 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hutton].

10    Police,—(1) Police (Recruitment) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 (S.R. (N.I.), 2006, No. 69), dated 23rd February 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hain]; and

    (2) Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (Consequential and Supplementary Amendments to Secondary Legislation) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 594), dated 6th March 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

11    Representation of the People,—Elections (Policy Development Grants Scheme) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 602), dated 7th March 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Harriet Harman].

12    Road Traffic,—(1) Motor Cars (Driving Instruction) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 525); and

    (2) Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 524),

    dated 27th February 2006 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

13    Social Security,—Income-related Benefits (Subsidy to Authorities) Amendment (No. 2) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 559), dated 2nd March 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hutton].

14    Transport,—Railways Act 2005 (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 556), dated 1st March 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

15    Universities and Colleges (Trusts),—Scheme, made by the Governing Body of St John's College in the University of Cambridge, amending the scheme of the College for the administration of certain trust funds, dated 19th May 2005 [by Act] [Bridget Prentice].

Other paper:

16    Overseas Territories,—Ivory Coast (Restrictive Measures) (Overseas Territories) (Amendment) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 610), dated 8th March 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Straw].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Children and Adoption Bill [Lords] (Programming Sub-Committee),—The Deputy Speaker has appointed Annette Brooke, Mr Ian Cawsey, Ann Coffey, Maria Eagle, Mr David Evennett, Mrs Maria Miller and Christine Russell members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee B in respect of the Bill.

2    Children and Adoption Bill [Lords],—The Deputy Speaker has appointed Mr Jimmy Hood and Mr Mike Hancock Chairmen of Standing Committee B in respect of the Bill.

3    Police and Justice Bill,—The Deputy Speaker has appointed Derek Conway and Mr Greg Pope Chairmen of Standing Committee D in respect of the Bill.

4    Draft Authorised Investment Funds (Tax) Regulations 2006,—The Deputy Speaker has appointed Mr Mike Weir Chairman of the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Regulations.

5    Draft Occupational Pension Schemes (Levies) (Amendment) Regulations 2006:

    (1) The Deputy Speaker has appointed Mr Eric Forth Chairman of the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Regulations; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has discharged Ms Diane Abbott from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations) and nominated in substitution Mr Fabian Hamilton.

6    Draft Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Gatwick Express Class 458 Vehicles) Exemption Order 2006:

    (1) The Deputy Speaker has appointed Miss Anne Begg Chairman of the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Fabian Hamilton from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Ms Diane Abbott.

7    Draft Restricted Byways (Application and Consequential Amendment of Provisions) Regulations 2006:

    (1) The Deputy Speaker has appointed Mr Eric Illsley Chairman of the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Regulations; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Michael Meacher from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations) and nominated in substitution Mr Denis Murphy.

8    Draft Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2006:

    (1) The Deputy Speaker has appointed Miss Anne Begg Chairman of the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Regulations; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Denis Murphy from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations) and nominated in substitution Mr Michael Meacher.

9    Draft Special Health Authorities (Audit) Order 2006,—The Deputy Speaker has appointed Mr Eric Martlew Chairman of the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

10    Draft Employment Zones (Allocation of Contractors) Pilot Regulations 2006,—The Deputy Speaker has appointed David Taylor Chairman of the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Regulations.

11    Draft Films (Definition of "British Film") Order 2006,—The Deputy Speaker has appointed Ann Winterton Chairman of the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

12    Civil Proceedings Fees (Amendment) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3445),—The Deputy Speaker has appointed Mr Bill Olner Chairman of the Ninth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Order.

13    Draft Transport Act 2000 (Consequential Amendments) (Scotland) Order 2006,—The Deputy Speaker has appointed Mr Martyn Jones Chairman of the Tenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

14    Companies Act 1985 (Operating and Financial Review) (Repeal) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3442),—The Deputy Speaker has appointed Hywel Williams Chairman of the Eleventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Regulations.

    European Standing Committees

15    The Deputy Speaker has appointed Mr David Marshall Chairman of the European Standing Committee in respect of European Union Document No. 15143/05 and Addendum 1 on Air Traffic Management.

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-xv] [Mr Alan Meale].

2    Health,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [Independent Sector Treatment Centres]; to be printed [No. 934-i] [Mr Kevin Barron].

3    Public Administration,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration, together with Appendices [Politics and Administration: Ministers and Civil Servants]; to be printed [No. 660-iv] [Tony Wright].

[W.H., No. 75]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

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

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

    And the sitting having continued for three hours, it was adjourned without Question put, till Tuesday 14th March.

[Adjourned at 5.30 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker

CORRIGENDUM

In the Votes and Proceedings for Tuesday 2nd November 2005, the following should have appeared in Appendix III, item 10:

    (1) Seventh Special Report from the Transport Committee [Government Response to the Fifteenth Report from the Committee, Session 2003-04, on Financial Protection for Air Travellers]; to be printed [No.639] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].



 
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