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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 27th 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    Report of a Review by the Independent Police Complaints Commission,—Resolved, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, That she will be graciously pleased to give directions that there be laid before this House a Return of the Report dated 27th February 2006 of the Review by the Independent Police Complaints Commission into the events leading up to and following the death of Christopher Alder on 1st April 1998.

4    First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mrs Joan Humble reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006.

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

5    Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—John Bercow reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Information Sharing Index (England) Regulations 2006.

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

6    Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Roger Gale reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Guardian's Allowance Up-rating Order 2006, the draft Guardian's Allowance Up-rating (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 and the draft Child Benefit (Rates) Regulations 2006.

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

7    Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr David Amess reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft International Organisations (Immunities and Privileges) Miscellaneous Provisions Order 2006.

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

8    European Standing Committee,—Hugh Bayley reported from a European Standing Committee the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Documents No. 15122/05, Commission Communication on improved effectiveness, enhanced interoperability and synergies among European databases in the area of Justice and Home Affairs, and No. 15142/05, Draft Decision on access for consultation of the Visa Information System by the authorities of Member States responsible for internal security and by Europol for the purpose of prevention, detection and investigation of terrorist offences and other serious criminal offences; and supports the Government's view that law enforcement access to the VIS may provide useful information that could assist in the course of investigations into specific cases related to serious criminal or terrorist offences, but that this access must be subject to appropriate standards of data protection and that any future legislative proposals, that could be brought forward as a result of Council Document 15122/05, must first be considered carefully, with full consideration given to the impact that they might have on personal privacy.

    Resolution to lie upon the Table.

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

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

    The Lords have agreed to the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill with Amendments to which they desire the concurrence of this House.

    Compensation Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill to specify certain factors that may be taken into account by a court determining a claim in negligence or breach of statutory duty; and to make provision for the regulation of claims management services; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

10    Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill,—Lords Amendments to the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 156].

11    Compensation Bill [Lords],—The Compensation Bill [Lords] was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 155].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Compensation Bill [Lords] be printed [Bill 155-EN].

12    Identification and Support of Carers (Primary Health Care),—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require that general practitioners or Primary Health Care teams identify certain patients who are carers or who have a carer; to require identified carers to be referred to sources of advocacy, help and support; to require that carers' needs are taken into account in relation to the allocation of appointments, procedures for issuing prescriptions, and waiting room arrangements; to make provision for routinely checking the physical and emotional health of carers; and for connected purposes: And that Barbara Keeley, Dr Hywel Francis, Meg Hillier, Alison Seabeck, Ed Balls, Tony Baldry, Mrs Nadine Dorries, Mr Paul Burstow, Lady Hermon, Helen Goodman, Lynda Waltho and Ms Diana R. Johnson do prepare and bring it in.

13    Identification and Support of Carers (Primary Health Care) Bill,—Barbara Keeley accordingly presented a Bill to require that general practitioners or Primary Health Care teams identify certain patients who are carers or who have a carer; to require identified carers to be referred to sources of advocacy, help and support; to require that carers' needs are taken into account in relation to the allocation of appointments, procedures for issuing prescriptions, and waiting room arrangements; to make provision for routinely checking the physical and emotional health of carers; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 14th July and to be printed [Bill 154].

14    Ways and Means,—Amendment of the Law,—The Order of the day being read, for resuming the adjourned Debate on the Question proposed on 22nd March, That—

    (1) It is expedient to amend the law with respect to the National Debt and the public revenue and to make further provision in connection with finance.

    (2) This Resolution does not extend to the making of any amendment with respect to value added tax so as to provide—

      (a) for zero-rating or exempting a supply, acquisition or importation;

      (b) for refunding an amount of tax;

      (c) for any relief, other than a relief that—

          (i) so far as it is applicable to goods, applies to goods of every description, and

          (ii) so far as it is applicable to services, applies to services of every description;

    And the Question being again proposed:—The House resumed the adjourned Debate.

    And it being Ten o'clock, the Debate stood adjourned.

    Ordered, That the Debate be resumed to-morrow.

15    Sittings of the House,—Ordered, That, at the sitting on Wednesday 29th March, the Speaker shall not adjourn the House until any message from the Lords has been received and any Committee to draw up Reasons which has been appointed at that sitting has reported.—(Tony Cunningham.)

16    Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Tony Cunningham.)

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

[Adjourned at 10.24 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 delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on Friday 24th March 2006 pursuant to Standing Order No. 159 (Presentation of statutory instruments):

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1    Income Tax,—Energy-Saving Items Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 912), dated 23rd March 2006, with an Explanatory Memorandum [John Healey].

2    Road Traffic,—Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (County of Surrey) (Borough of Surrey Heath) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 851), dated 16th March 2006, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Darling].

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

Paper subject to Negative Resolution:

3    Pensions,—Occupational Pension Schemes (Cross-border Activities) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 925), dated 27th March 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hutton].

Other Papers:

4    Education and Skills,—Paper, entitled Further Education: Raising Skills, Improving Life Chances [by Command] [Cm. 6768] [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

5    Report of a Review by the Independent Police Complaints Commission,—Return to an Address to Her Majesty for a Return of the Report dated 27th February 2006 of the Review by the Independent Police Complaints Commission into the events leading up to and following the death of Christopher Alder on 1st April 1998 [pursuant to Resolution this day]; to be printed [No. 971-I, -II and -III] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

6    Judicature (Northern Ireland),—Accounts of Funds in Court in Northern Ireland for—

    (1) 2003-04; and

    (2) 2004-05

    with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 1018 and 1019] [Clerk of the House].

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

    (1) Financial management in the European Union; and

    (2) Smarter food procurement in the public sector, with case studies and a good practice guide

    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 999 and 963-I, -II and -III] [Clerk of the House].

8    Public Petitions,—Observations by the Secretary of State for Transport on the Petition [13th March] from residents of Benfleet, Essex and others against the removal of the bus service from Tarpots, Benfleet, to Pitsea [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Education and Inspections Bill,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr John Heppell from Standing Committee E (nominated in respect of the Bill) and nominated in substitution Andrew Gwynne.

2    Draft Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Frank Dobson, Mr Ken Purchase and Ian Stewart from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations) and nominated in substitution Mr Robert Flello, Mr Khalid Mahmood and Shona McIsaac.

3    Draft Information Sharing Index (England) Regulations 2006,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Fabian Hamilton, Margaret Moran and Christine Russell from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations) and nominated in substitution Jonathan Shaw, Ms Angela C. Smith and Jon Trickett.

4    Draft Guardian's Allowance Up-rating Order 2006, the draft Guardian's Allowance Up-rating (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 and the draft Child Benefit (Rates) Regulations 2006,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Roger Godsiff, Mr Kevan Jones and Alan Simpson from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order and Regulations) and nominated in substitution Mr John Spellar, Mark Tami and Mr Iain Wright.

5    Draft International Organisations (Immunities and Privileges) Miscellaneous Provisions Order 2006,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Paul Farrelly, Linda Gilroy, Mr John MacDougall and John Robertson from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Mr Bob Blizzard, Mr Ian Davidson, Helen Goodman and Dr Ashok Kumar.

6    European Union Documents Nos. 15122/05 and 15142/05 relating to Access to European Databases on Asylum, Immigration and Visas,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Stephen Byers from the European Standing Committee (nominated in respect of the Document) and nominated in substitution Mr Wayne David.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1    Human Rights,—(1) Sixteenth Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights [Proposal for a Draft Marriage Act 1949 (Remedial) Order 2006], together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 1022]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [UK Compliance with the UN Convention Against Torture (UNCAT)]; to be printed [No. 701-v]

    [Mr Andrew Dismore].

2    Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions,—(1) 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-iii];

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Coastal Towns]; to be printed [No. 1023-II]; and

    (3) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Planning Gain Supplement]; to be printed [No. 1024-II]

    [Mr Clive Betts].

3     Public Accounts,—(1) Thirty-fifth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [The refinancing of the Norfolk and Norwich PFI Hospital]; to be printed [No. 694];

    (2) Thirty-sixth Report from the Committee [Tackling the complexity of the benefits system]; to be printed [No. 765];

    (3) Thirty-seventh Report from the Committee [Inland Revenue Standard Report: New Tax Credits]; to be printed [No. 782];

    (4) Thirty-eighth Report from the Committee [Channel Tunnel Rail Link]; to be printed [No. 727];

    (5) Thirty-ninth Report from the Committee [Consular services to British nationals]; to be printed [No. 813]; and

    (6) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The restructuring of British Energy]; to be printed [No. 1025-i]

    [Mr Edward Leigh]

4    Public Administration,—Third Special Report from the Select Committee on Public Administration [Inquiry into the Scrutiny of Political Honours], together with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 1020] [Dr Tony Wright]

5    Science and Technology,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Science and Technology Committee [Changes to chemistry provision at the University of Sussex]; to be printed [No. 1011-i] [Mr Phil Willis].

6    Treasury,—(1) Third Special Report from the Treasury Committee [Government Response to the Second Report from the Committee, on The 2005 Pre-Budget Report]; to be printed [No. 1013]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [2006 Budget]; to be printed [No. 994-i]

    [Mr John McFall].

POLITICAL PARTIES, ELECTIONS AND REFERENDUMS ACT 2000

Mrs Angela Browning has resigned from the committee, known as the Speaker's Committee, established by section 2(1) of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000. The Prime Minister has, by virtue of the provisions of section 2(3) of the Act, appointed Mr Phil Woolas to serve on the Speaker's Committee. The Speaker has, by virtue of the provisions of section 2(4) of the Act, appointed Mr Gary Streeter to serve on the Speaker's Committee.



 
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