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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 14th March 2006

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

1    The Speaker's Absence,—The House being met, and having been informed on Monday 13th 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    HBOS Group Reorganisation Bill,—The House proceeded to consider the HBOS Group Reorganisation Bill.

    Bill to be read the third time.

4    Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Eric Illsley reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Restricted Byways (Application and Consequential Amendment of Provisions) Regulations 2006.

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

5    Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Miss Anne Begg reported from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2006.

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

6    Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Eric Martlew reported from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Special Health Authorities (Audit) Order 2006.

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

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

    The Lords have agreed to the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill, with Amendments; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

8    Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill,—Lords Amendments to the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 145].

9    International Development (Anti-Corruption Audit) Bill,—The Order for reading the International Development (Anti-Corruption Audit) Bill a second time on Friday 17th March was read and discharged.

    Bill to be read a second time on Friday 12th May.

10    Food Supplements (European Communities Act 1972 Disapplication) Bill,—The Order for reading the Food Supplements (European Communities Act 1972 Disapplication) Bill a second time on Friday 17th March was read and discharged.

    Bill to be read a second time on Friday 12th May.

11    Licensing of Child Location Services,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to establish a licensing regime for the sale or promotion of any service providing data on the location of children where these data have been derived from any mobile telephone network, satellite system or other electronic or communications medium: And that Judy Mallaber, Kali Mountford, Annette Brooke, Margaret Moran, Derek Wyatt, Mrs Betty Williams, Paddy Tipping, Dr Howard Stoate, Mr Ian Taylor, Siobhain McDonagh, Roger Berry and Mary Creagh do prepare and bring it in.

12    Licensing of Child Location Services Bill,—Judy Mallaber accordingly presented a Bill to establish a licensing regime for the sale or promotion of any service providing data on the location of children where these data have been derived from any mobile telephone network, satellite system or other electronic or communications medium: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 16th June and to be printed [Bill 144].

13    Animal Welfare Bill (Programme) (No. 2),—Ordered, That the Order of 10th January 2006 (Animal Welfare Bill (Programme)) be varied as follows:

    1. Paragraphs 4 and 5 of the Order shall be omitted.

    2. Proceedings on consideration shall be taken in the order shown in the first column of the following Table.

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

    Proceedings
Time for conclusion of proceedings
    New Clause relating to the docking of dogs' tails.
Two hours after the commencement of proceedings on the motion for this Order.
    Remaining proceedings on consideration.
Five hours after the commencement of proceedings on the motion for this Order.

    4. Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion six hours after the commencement of proceedings on the motion for this Order.—(Mr Ben Bradshaw.)

14    Animal Welfare Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Animal Welfare Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee.

    A Clause (NC8) (Docking of dogs' tails)—(Mr Ben Bradshaw)—brought up and read the first time.

    Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time.

    And it being Two hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Animal Welfare Bill Programme (No. 2) Motion, the Deputy Speaker put the Question already proposed from the Chair, pursuant to Order [this day].

The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Alan Campbell, Kevin Brennan: 476.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Robert Goodwill, Mr James Gray: 63.

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

    Amendment ((a)) proposed to the proposed Clause, in line 13, to leave out subsections (3) to (6).—(Tony Cunningham.)

    Question put, That the Amendment to the proposed Clause be made.

The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Alan Campbell, Kevin Brennan: 267.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Robert Goodwill, Mr James Gray: 278.

    The Deputy Speaker then put the Question necessary to bring proceedings on the new Clause to a conclusion.

    Clause added to the Bill.

    Another Clause (NC9) (Improvement notices)—(Mr Ben Bradshaw)—brought up, read the first and second time.

    Amendment ((a)) proposed to the proposed Clause, in line 2, to leave out the word 'may' and insert the word 'must', instead thereof.—(Bill Wiggin.)

    Question put, That the Amendment to the proposed Clause be made.

The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Evennett, Mr Henry Bellingham: 153.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Vernon Coaker, Gillian Merron: 342.

Clause added to the Bill.

    Another Clause (NC2) (Sale of animals on the Internet)—(Mark Pritchard)—brought up and read the first time.

    Question put, That the Clause be read a second time.

The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mike Penning, Bob Spink: 128.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Parmjit Dhanda, Mr Vernon Coaker: 280.

    And it being more than Five hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Animal Welfare Bill Programme (No. 2) Motion, the Deputy Speaker put the Question on Amendments moved by a Minister of the Crown.

    Amendments (Nos. 38, 62 to 70, 82 to 84, 79, 80, 78, 71, 85, 72, 73, 86, 74, 75, 39, 40, 87 and 88) made to the Bill.

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

    Another Amendment (No. 24) proposed to the Bill, in page 14, line 3, to leave out from the word 'liable' to the end of line 7 and insert the words—

    '(a) on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 51 weeks, or a fine not exceeding 20,000, or to both;

    (b) on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or a fine not exceeding 20,000, or to both.', instead thereof.—(Bill Wiggin.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mike Penning, Mr Brian Binley: 79.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Vernon Coaker, Mr Parmjit Dhanda: 325.

    The Deputy Speaker proceeded to put the Question on the remaining Amendments moved by a Minister of the Crown.

    Other Amendments (Nos. 41 to 44, 89 to 91, 76, 92, 45, 46, 93, 77, 94, 47, 95, 48, 96 to 105, 81, 49, 61 and 50 to 60) made to the Bill.

    A Motion being made, That the Bill be now read the third time;

    Secretary Margaret Beckett, by Her Majesty's Command, acquainted the House, That Her Majesty, having been informed of the purport of the Bill, gives her Consent, as far as Her Majesty's interest is concerned, That the House may do therein as it shall think fit.

    And the Question being put:—It was agreed to.

    The Bill was accordingly read the third time, and passed.

15    Disabled Persons,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Gatwick Express Class 458 Vehicles) Exemption Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 7th February, be approved—(Mr Parmjit Dhanda):—It was agreed to.

16    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 (Levies) (Amendment) Regulations 2006, which were laid before this House on 15th February, be approved—(Mr Parmjit Dhanda):—It was agreed to.

17    Air Traffic Management,—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. 15143/05 and Addendum 1, Commission Communication and draft Council Regulation on the establishment of a Joint Undertaking to develop the new generation European air traffic management system (SESAR); and endorses the Government's prudent approach to the Commission's proposals, as set out in the Explanatory Memorandum—(Mr Parmjit Dhanda):—It was agreed to.

18    Adjournment (Easter),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 25 (Periodic adjournments), That this House, at its rising on Thursday 30th March 2006, do adjourn till Tuesday 18th April 2006—(Mr Parmjit Dhanda):—It was agreed to.

19    Northern Ireland Grand Committee,—Ordered, That—

    (1) the matter of the Review of Public Administration in Northern Ireland be referred to the Northern Ireland Grand Committee;

    (2) the Committee shall meet at Westminster on Tuesday 28th March at half-past four o'clock; and

    (3) at that sitting—

      (a) the Committee shall take questions under Standing Order No. 110 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (questions for oral answer)), and shall then consider the matter referred to it under paragraph (1) above;

      (b) the Chairman shall interrupt proceedings not later than two and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the matter referred to the Committee; and

      (c) at the conclusion of those proceedings, a motion for the adjournment of the Committee may be made by a Minister of the Crown, pursuant to paragraph (5) of Standing Order No. 116 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (sittings)).—(Mr Parmjit Dhanda.)

20    Public Petition,—A Public Petition from residents of Llanelli and others for the referral of the sentencing guidelines for manslaughter to the Sentencing Guidelines Council was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

21    Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Parmjit Dhanda.)

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

[Adjourned at 11.40 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker

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

APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1    Insolvency,—(1) Insolvency (Scotland) Amendment Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 735); and

    (2) Insolvency (Scotland) Amendment Rules 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 734),

    dated 13th March 2006 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Secretary Alan Johnson].

2    Pensions,—Draft Code of Practice No. 4 by the Pensions Regulator on Early leavers-reasonable periods [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hutton].

3    Social Security,—Pneumoconiosis, Byssinosis and Miscellaneous Diseases Benefit (Amendment) Scheme 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 638), dated 7th March 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 6763] [Mr Secretary Hutton].

4    Weights and Measures,—Weights and Measures (Packaged Goods) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 659), dated 13th March 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Alan Johnson].

Other Papers:

5    Culture, Media and Sport,—Paper, entitled A public service for all: the BBC in the digital age [by Command] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

6    National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on The restructuring of British Energy [by Act]; to be printed [No. 943] [Clerk of the House].

7    Parliamentary Commissioner,—Sixth Report of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration on Trusting in the pensions promise: Government bodies and the security of final salary occupational pensions [by Act]; to be printed [No. 984] [Clerk of the House].

8    Terrorism,—Draft Code of Practice for the detention, treatment and questioning of detained persons and for the identification of persons by police officers under the Terrorism Act 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hain].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Draft Restricted Byways (Application and Consequential Amendment of Provisions) Regulations 2006,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Ian Austin, Mr David S. Borrow, Mr Doug Henderson, Mr David Kidney and John Smith from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations) and nominated in substitution Ms Diane Abbott, Jim Dobbin, Nia Griffith, Mr Mark Hendrick and Mr Jamie Reed.

2    Draft Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2006,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr David Anderson, Mr David Crausby, Dr Howard Stoate and Mr David Winnick from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations) and nominated in substitution Stephen Hesford, Mr Peter Kilfoyle, Andrew Miller and Siobhain McDonagh.

3    Draft Special Health Authorities (Audit) Order 2006,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Keith Vaz from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Mr Khalid Mahmood.

4    Draft Films (Definition of "British Film") Order 2006,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Angela Watkinson from the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Mr Tobias Ellwood.

5    Draft Transport Act 2000 (Consequential Amendments) (Scotland) Order 2006,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Julian Brazier from the Tenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Stephen Hammond.

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

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1    Administration,—(1) Memorandum laid before the Administration Committee [Star Chamber Covered Walkway: Report from the National Audit Office]; and

    (2)Record of the Committee's discussions at its meeting on 14th March

    [Mr Frank Doran].

2    Constitutional Affairs,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Constitutional Affairs Committee [Freedom of Information—one year on]; to be printed [No. 991-i]; and

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Freedom of Information—one year on]

    [Mr Alan Beith].

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

4    Culture, Media and Sport,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [Protecting and preserving our heritage]; to be printed [No. 912-ii]; and

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Protecting and preserving our heritage]; to be printed [No. 912-II]

    [Mr John Whittingdale].

5    Defence,—(1) Fourth Report from the Defence Committee [Costs of peace-keeping in Iraq and Afghanistan: Spring Supplementary Estimate 2005-06], together with Appendices to the Report; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 980]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Strategic Nuclear Deterrent: Strategic Context]; to be printed [No. 986-i]

    [Mr James Arbuthnot].

6    Environmental Audit,—Fourth Report from the Environmental Audit Committee [Pre-Budget 2005: Tax, Economic Analysis, and Climate Change], 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. 882] [Mr Tim Yeo].

7    Procedure,—First Report from the Procedure Committee [Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill], together with an Appendix 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. 894-I and -II] [Mr Greg Knight].

8    Scottish Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Scottish Affairs Committee [The Sewel Convention: The Westminster Perspective]; to be printed [No. 983-ii] [Mr Mohammad Sarwar].

9    Trade and Industry,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee [Trade and Investment Opportunities with India]; to be printed [No. 881-iv] [Peter Luff].

10    Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [Financial Inclusion]; to be printed [No. 848-iv] [Mr John McFall].

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

[W.H., No. 76]

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.—(Claire Ward.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.59 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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