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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 20th March 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    First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—John Bercow reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (Application and Modification of Certain Enactments to Designated Staff of SOCA) Order 2006.

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

4    Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Miss Anne Begg reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Grants to the Churches Conservation Trust Order 2006.

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

5    Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Eric Illsley reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Tax Credits Up-rating Regulations 2006.

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

6    Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr David Marshall reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Cross-Border Insolvency Regulations 2006.

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

7    European Standing Committee,—Sir John Butterfill reported from a European Standing Committee the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No.15345/05 and ADD 1, the European Commission's White Paper: Financial Services Policy 2005-2010; and agrees with the UK's five priorities for the future approach to financial services in the EU.

    Resolution to lie upon the Table.

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

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

    The Lords have agreed to the National Insurance Contributions Bill, without Amendment.

    The Lords disagree to the Amendments made by this House to the Identity Cards Bill but propose Amendments in lieu to which they desire the agreement of this House; and they do not insist on the remainder of their Amendments.

9    Identity Cards Bill,—Lords non-insistence on certain Lords Amendments, disagreement to Commons Amendments in lieu and Amendments in lieu to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 150].

10    Estimates (2nd allotted day),—The House proceeded, pursuant to Resolution [17th March], to consider the Estimates appointed for consideration under Standing Order No. 145 (Liaison Committee).

    Supplementary Estimates, 2005-06 (Ministry of Defence),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That, for the year ending with 31st March 2006, for expenditure by the Ministry of Defence—

    (1) further resources, not exceeding 1,776,067,000, be authorised for use as set out in House of Commons Paper No. 827,

    (2) a further sum, not exceeding 1,889,814,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to meet the costs as so set out, and

    (3) limits as so set out be set on appropriations in aid—(Mr Ian Cawsey);

    The Debate was concluded, and the Question necessary to dispose of the proceedings was deferred, pursuant to paragraph (4) of Standing Order No. 54 (Consideration of estimates).

    Supplementary Estimates, 2005-06 (Department of Health),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That, for the year ending with 31st March 2006, for expenditure by the Department of Health—

    (1) further resources, not exceeding 1,785,769,000, be authorised for use as set out in House of Commons Paper No. 827,

    (2) a further sum, not exceeding 2,364,998,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to meet the costs as so set out, and

    (3) limits as so set out be set on appropriations in aid—(Jane Kennedy);

    And it being Ten o'clock, the Deputy Speaker interrupted the proceedings, and the Question necessary to dispose of proceedings was deferred, pursuant to paragraph (4) of Standing Order No. 54 (Consideration of estimates).

    The Deputy Speaker, pursuant to paragraph (5) of Standing Order No. 54 (Consideration of estimates), put the deferred Questions on Supplementary Estimates, 2005-06.

    Supplementary Estimates, 2005-06: Ministry of Defence

    Resolved, That, for the year ending with 31st March 2006, for expenditure by the Ministry of Defence—

    (1) further resources, not exceeding 1,776,067,000, be authorised for use as set out in House of Commons Paper No. 827,

    (2) a further sum, not exceeding 1,889,814,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to meet the costs as so set out, and

    (3) limits as so set out be set on appropriations in aid.

    Supplementary Estimates, 2005-06: Department of Health

    Resolved, That, for the year ending with 31st March 2006, for expenditure by the Department of Health—

    (1) further resources, not exceeding 1,785,769,000, be authorised for use as set out in House of Commons Paper No. 827,

    (2) a further sum, not exceeding 2,364,998,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to meet the costs as so set out, and

    (3) limits as so set out be set on appropriations in aid.

11    Estimates,—The Deputy Speaker then put the Questions required to be put, pursuant to Standing Order No. 55 (Questions on voting of estimates, &c.).

    Estimates, 2006-07 (Navy) Vote A

    Resolved, That, during the year ending with 31st March 2007, a number not exceeding 42,050 all ranks be maintained for Naval Service and that numbers in the Reserve Naval and Marine Forces be authorised for the purposes of Parts 1, 3, 4 and 5 of the Reserve Forces Act 1996 up to the maximum numbers set out in House of Commons Paper No. 869 of this Session.—(Tony Cunningham.)

    Estimates, 2006-07 (Army) Vote A

    Resolved, That, during the year ending with 31st March 2007, a number not exceeding 126,945 all ranks be maintained for Army Service and that numbers in the Reserve Land Forces be authorised for the purposes of Parts 1, 3, 4 and 5 of the Reserve Forces Act 1996 up to the maximum numbers set out in House of Commons Paper No. 869 of this Session.—(Tony Cunningham.)

    Estimates, 2006-07 (Air) Vote A

    Resolved, That, during the year ending with 31st March 2007, a number not exceeding 52,110 all ranks be maintained for Air Force Service and that numbers in the Reserve Air Forces be authorised for the purposes of Parts 1, 3, 4 and 5 of the Reserve Forces Act 1996 up to the maximum numbers set out in House of Commons Paper No. 869 of this Session.—(Tony Cunningham.)

    Estimates, Excesses, 2004-05

    Resolved, That, for the year that ended with 31st March 2005, resources, not exceeding 188,157,000.00, be authorised for use to make good excesses of certain resources for defence and civil services as set out in House of Commons Paper No. 896.—(Tony Cunningham.)

    Supplementary Estimates, 2005-06

    Resolved, That, for the year ending with 31st March 2006—

    (1) further resources, not exceeding 6,385,504,000, be authorised for defence and civil services as set out in House of Commons Papers Nos. 827, 908 and 972,

    (2) a further sum, not exceeding 3,382,915,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to meet the costs of defence and civil services as so set out; and

    (3) limits as set out in House of Commons Papers Nos. 827 and 972 be set on appropriations in aid.—(Tony Cunningham.)

    Ordered, That a Bill be brought in upon the foregoing Resolutions relating to Supplementary Estimates, 2005-06, and Excesses, 2004-05, and the Resolution of 8th December relating to Supplementary Estimates, 2005-06: And that the Chairman of Ways and Means, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Des Browne, John Healey, Dawn Primarolo and Mr Ivan Lewis do prepare and bring it in.

12    Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) (No. 2) Bill,—John Healey accordingly presented a Bill to authorise the use of resources for the service of the years ending with 31st March 2005 and 31st March 2006 and to apply certain sums out of the Consolidated Fund to the service of the year ending with 31st March 2006; and to appropriate the supply authorised in this Session of Parliament for the service of the year ending with 31st March 2005 and the further supply authorised in this session of Parliament for the service of the year ending with 31st March 2006: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be printed [Bill 149].

13    Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) (No. 2) Bill,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, pursuant to Order [9th March], That the Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) (No. 2) Bill be read a second time;

    And the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 54 (Consolidated Fund Bills), That the Bill be now read a second time:—It was agreed to.

    And the Question being put forthwith, That the Bill be now read the third time:—It was agreed to.

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

14    Delegated Legislation,—Ordered, That the Hill Farm Allowance Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 225), dated 1st February 2006 and the Bee Diseases and Pest Control (England) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 342), dated 11th February 2006, be referred to Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation.—(Tony Cunningham.)

15    Public Petitions,—Public Petitions from—

    (1) Friends of Grizedale Forest against plans to redevelop the Grizedale Visitor Centre, Cumbria; and

    (2) residents of Bassetlaw for retaining a link between Bassetlaw Primary Care Trust and Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals Trust

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

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

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

[Adjourned at 10.32 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 subject to Negative Resolution:

1    Land Drainage,—General Drainage Charges (Anglian Region) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 826), dated 16th March 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

2    Social Security,—(1) Social Security (Incapacity for Work) Amendment Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 757), dated 14th March 2006;

    (2) Social Security (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No. 2) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 832), dated 20th March 2006;

    (3) Social Security (Young Persons) Amendment Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 718), dated 13th March 2006;

    (4) Statutory Sick Pay (General) Amendment Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 799), dated 15th March 2006; and

    (5) Workmen's Compensation (Supplementation) (Amendment) Scheme 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 738), dated 13th March 2006

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

3    Sports Grounds and Sporting Events,—Football Spectators (Prescription) (Amendment) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 761), dated 14th March 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

Other Papers:

4    Audit (Northern Ireland),—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland on The PFI Contract for Northern Ireland's New Vehicle Testing Facilities [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [No. 952] [Mr Secretary Hain].

5    Australia (No. 1, 2006),—Supplementary Agreement, done at Canberra on 3rd November 2005, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia concerning the Anglo-Australian Optical Telescope, at Siding Spring, New South Wales, Australia, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 6767] [Mr Secretary Straw].

6    Food Standards,—Paper, entitled Food Law-Practice Guidance (England) [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

7    Low Pay Commission,—Paper, entitled National Minimum Wage: Low Pay Commission Report 2006 [by Command] [Cm. 6759] [Secretary Alan Johnson].

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

    (1) Improving the efficiency of postal services procurement in the public sector, with case studies and a good practice guide;

    (2) Re-opening the post: Postcomm and the quality of mail services; and

    (3) Second Validation Compendium Report: 2003-06 PSA data systems

    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 946-I, -II and -III, 944 and 985] [Clerk of the House].

9    Pensions,—Naval, Military and Air Forces etc. (Disablement and Death) Service Pensions Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 606), dated 8th March 2006 [by Act] [Ms Harriet Harman].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Road Safety Bill [Lords],—The Committee of Selection has discharged Dr John Pugh from Standing Committee A (nominated in respect of the Bill) and nominated in substitution Paul Rowen.

2    Draft Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (Application and Modification of Certain Enactments to Designated Staff of SOCA) Order 2006,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr David Anderson, Mr Clive Betts and Mr George Howarth from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Mrs Ann Cryer, Mr Khalid Mahmood and Mr Anthony Wright.

3    Draft Grants to the Churches Conservation Trust Order 2006,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Frank Dobson, Mr Peter Kilfoyle and Claire Ward from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Dr Ian Gibson, Eric Joyce and Mr Frank Roy.

4    Draft Tax Credits Up-rating Regulations 2006,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Tom Clarke, Mr Nicholas Hurd, Steve McCabe, Kerry McCarthy and Mr Alan Milburn from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations) and nominated in substitution Mr Ian Austin, Mr Michael Foster, Mr David Gauke, Kali Mountford and Mr Sin Simon.

5    Draft Cross-Border Insolvency Regulations 2006,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr John MacDougall, Andrew Mackinlay, Mr Austin Mitchell and Mr Ken Purchase from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations) and nominated in substitution Dr Ashok Kumar, Chris Mole, John Robertson and Joan Ruddock.

    European Standing Committees

6    European Union Document No. 15345/05 and ADD 1 relating to Financial Services Policy,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Ben Chapman and Dr Alan Whitehead from the European Standing Committee (nominated in respect of the Document) and nominated in substitution Mr Pat McFadden and Mr Iain Wright.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1    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-iii] [Mr John Whittingdale].

2    Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee [Is there a future for regional Government?]; to be printed [No. 977-ii] [Dr Phyllis Starkey].

3    Public Accounts,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [The closure of MG Rover]; to be printed [No. 1003-i] [Mr Edward Leigh].



 
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