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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 28th 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 27th 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,—Ordered, That the HBOS Group Reorganisation Bill be read the third time on Wednesday 19th April.

4    Police and Justice Bill,—Mr Greg Pope reported from Standing Committee D, That it had gone through the Police and Justice Bill, and made Amendments thereunto, and had amended the Title as follows:

    A Bill to establish a National Policing Improvement Agency; to make provision about police forces and police authorities; to make provision about police powers and about the powers and duties of community support officers, weights and measures inspectors and others; to make further provision for combatting crime and disorder; to establish the office of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector for Justice, Community Safety and Custody; to amend Part 12 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003; to amend the Computer Misuse Act 1990; to make provision about the forfeiture of indecent images of children; to provide for the conferring of functions on the Independent Police Complaints Commission in relation to the exercise of enforcement functions by officials involved with immigration and asylum; to amend the Extradition Act 2003; and for connected purposes.

    Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 158].

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

5    Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Eric Forth reported from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Communications Act 2003 (Maximum Penalty for Persistent Misuse of Network or Service) Order 2006.

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

6    Northern Ireland Grand Committee,—Mr Peter Atkinson reported from the Northern Ireland Grand Committee, That it had considered the matter of the Review of Public Administration in Northern Ireland, referred to it on 14th March.

7    European Standing Committee,—Mr David Marshall reported from a European Standing Committee the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 15444/1/05 Rev 1, Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the implications of the Court's judgment of 13th September 2005 (Case C-178/03 Commission v Council); notes that the judgment will have an impact on criminal law measures agreed in support of community objectives; and supports the Government's view that as a general rule criminal law should remain within Third Pillar competence.

    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 do not insist on their Amendments to the Identity Cards Bill to which this House has disagreed, and propose Amendments in lieu to which they desire the agreement of this House.

    The Lords have agreed to the Civil Aviation Bill with Amendments to which they desire the concurrence of this House.

9    Identity Cards Bill,—Lords non-insistence and Amendments in lieu to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 159].

10    Civil Aviation Bill,—Lords Amendments to the Civil Aviation Bill to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 162].

11    Aid Effectiveness (Independent Evaluation),—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require the Secretary of State, when reporting on departmental expenditure, to publish an independent evaluation and measurement of the effectiveness of United Kingdom bilateral aid projects in reducing poverty and a comparison of the effectiveness of different projects and forms of aid in reducing poverty; to require the Secretary of State to redirect resources towards the most effective projects and forms of aid; and for connected purposes: And that Mr Stephen Crabb, John Bercow, Tim Farron, Mrs Sharon Hodgson, Mr Gary Streeter and Daniel Kawczynski do prepare and bring it in.

12    Aid Effectiveness (Independent Evaluation) Bill,—Mr Stephen Crabb accordingly presented a Bill to require the Secretary of State, when reporting on departmental expenditure, to publish an independent evaluation and measurement of the effectiveness of United Kingdom bilateral aid projects in reducing poverty and a comparison of the effectiveness of different projects and forms of aid in reducing poverty; to require the Secretary of State to redirect resources towards the most effective projects and forms of aid; and for connected purposes: 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 157].

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

    The Deputy Speaker then, pursuant to paragraph (3) of Standing Order No. 51 (Ways and means motions), put forthwith the Questions necessary to dispose of the further Motions which were made by Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer.

2. Rates of tobacco products duty

    Resolved, That—

    (1) For the Table of rates of duty in Schedule 1 to the Tobacco Products Duty Act 1979 there shall be substituted—

    TABLE

    1. Cigarettes
An amount equal to 22 per cent of the retail price plus 105.10 per thousand cigarettes.
    2. Cigars
153.07 per kilogram.
    3. Hand-rolling tobacco
110.02 per kilogram.
    4. Other smoking tobacco and chewing tobacco
67.30 per kilogram.

    (2) This Resolution shall have effect as from 6 o'clock in the evening of 22nd March 2006.

    And it is hereby declared that it is expedient in the public interest that this Resolution should have statutory effect under the provisions of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968.

3. Rate of duty on beer

    Resolved, That—

    (1) In section 36(1AA)(a) of the Alcoholic Liquor Duties Act 1979 for "12.92" there shall be substituted "13.26".

    (2) This Resolution shall have effect as from midnight on 26th March 2006.

    And it is hereby declared that it is expedient in the public interest that this Resolution should have statutory effect under the provisions of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968.

4. Rates of duty on wine and made-wine

    Resolved, That—

    (1) For Part 1 of the Table of rates of duty in Schedule 1 to the Alcoholic Liquor Duties Act 1979 there shall be substituted—

    PART 1 WINE AND MADE-WINE OF A STRENGTH NOT EXCEEDING 22 PER CENT

    Description of wine or made-wine
Rates of duty per hectolitre
    Wine or made-wine of a strength not exceeding 4 per cent
53.06
    Wine or made-wine of a strength exceeding 4 per cent but not exceeding 5.5 per cent
72.95
    Wine or made-wine of a strength exceeding 5.5 per cent but not exceeding 15 per cent and not sparkling
172.17
    Sparkling wine or sparkling made-wine of a strength exceeding 5.5 per cent but less than 8.5 per cent
166.70
    Sparkling wine or sparkling made-wine of a strength of 8.5 per cent or of a strength exceeding 8.5 per cent but not exceeding 15 per cent
220.54
    Wine or made-wine of a strength exceeding 15 per cent but not exceeding 22 per cent
229.55

    (2) This Resolution shall have effect as from midnight on 26th March 2006.

    And it is hereby declared that it is expedient in the public interest that this Resolution should have statutory effect under the provisions of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968.

5. Hydrocarbon oil etc (rates and rebates)

    Resolved, That provision may be made amending rates of duty and rebate in the Hydrocarbon Oil Duties Act 1979.

6. Hydrocarbon oil etc (road vehicles)

    Resolved, That provision may be made enabling amendment of the definition of road vehicle in the Hydrocarbon Oil Duties Act 1979.

7. Amusement machine licence duty

    Resolved, That provision may be made amending provisions of the Betting and Gaming Duties Act 1981 relating to amusement machine licence duty.

8. Vehicle excise duty (rates)

    Resolved, That—

    (1) Schedule 1 to the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 shall be amended as follows.

    (2) In paragraph 1(2), for "170" there shall be substituted "175".

    (3) For paragraph 1B there shall be substituted—

      "1B The annual rate of vehicle excise duty applicable to a vehicle to which this Part of this Schedule applies shall be determined in accordance with Table A, where the vehicle is first registered before 23rd March 2006, or Table B, where the vehicle is first registered on or after that date, by reference to—

          (a) the applicable CO2 emissions figure, and

          (b) whether the vehicle qualifies for the reduced rate of duty, or is liable to the standard rate or the premium rate of duty.

    TABLE A: VEHICLES FIRST REGISTERED BEFORE 23RD MARCH 2006

    CO2 emissions figure
Rate
    (1)
(2) (3) (4) (5)
    Exceeding
Not exceeding Reduced rate Standard rate Premium rate
    g/km
g/km
    100
120 30 40 50
    120
150 90 100 110
    150
165 115 125 135
    165
185 140 150 160
    185
- 180 190 195

    TABLE B: VEHICLES FIRST REGISTERED ON OR AFTER 23RD MARCH 2006

    CO2 emissions figure
Rate
    (1)
(2) (3) (4) (5)
    Exceeding
Not exceeding Reduced rate Standard rate Premium rate
    g/km
g/km
    100
120 30 40 50
    120
150 90 100 110
    150
165 115 125 135
    165
185 140 150 160
    185
225 180 190 195
    225
- 200 210 215

    (4) In paragraph 1C—

      (a) for sub-paragraph (2) substitute—

          "(2) Condition A is that the vehicle—

      (a) is constructed—

    (i) so as to be propelled by a relevant type of fuel, or

    (ii) so as to be capable of being propelled by any of a number of relevant types of fuel, or

      (b) is constructed or modified—

    (i) so as to be propelled by a prescribed type of fuel, or

    (ii) so as to be capable of being propelled by any of a number of prescribed types of fuel,

      and complies with any other requirements prescribed for the purposes of this condition.", and

      (b) after sub-paragraph (5) there shall be inserted—

          "(6) In this paragraph—

      "bioethanol" has the meaning given in section 2AB of the Hydrocarbon Oil Duties Act 1979,

      "relevant type of fuel" means—

    (a) bioethanol, or

    (b) a mixture of bioethanol and unleaded petrol, if the proportion of bioethanol by volume is at least 85%, and

      "unleaded petrol" has the meaning given in section 1(3C) of the Hydrocarbon Oil Duties Act 1979.

          (7) The Secretary of State may, with the consent of the Treasury, by regulations amend sub-paragraph (6)."

    (5) In paragraph 1J(a), for "165" there shall be substituted "170".

    (6) In paragraph 1K(a), after "1st March 2003" there shall be inserted "and before 1st January 2007".

    (7) In paragraph 2(1)—

      (a) in paragraph (b), for "30" there shall be substituted "31",

      (b) in paragraph (c), for "45" there shall be substituted "46", and

      (c) in paragraph (d), for "60" there shall be substituted "62".

    (8) In Schedule 2 to the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994, after paragraph 24 there shall be inserted—

      "Light passenger vehicles with low CO2 emissions

      25 A vehicle is an exempt vehicle if—

          (a) it is a vehicle to which Part 1A of Schedule 1 applies, and

          (b) the applicable CO2 emissions figure (as defined in paragraph 1A(3) and (4) of that Schedule) for the vehicle does not exceed 100 g/km."

    (9) Paragraph (8) shall come into force on 23rd March 2006; but nothing in that paragraph shall have the effect that a nil licence is required to be in force in respect of a vehicle while a vehicle licence is in force in respect of it.

    (10) The rest of this Resolution shall have effect in relation to licences taken out on or after that date.

    And it is hereby declared that it is expedient in the public interest that this Resolution should have statutory effect under the provisions of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968.

9. Value added tax (gaming machines)

    Resolved, That provision (including provision having retrospective effect) may be made amending section 23 of the Value Added Tax Act 1994.

10. Value added tax (buildings and land)

    Resolved, That provision may be made for, and in connection with, conferring power on the Treasury—

      (a) to substitute Schedule 10 to the Value Added Tax 1994 for the purpose of rewriting that Schedule with amendments, and

      (b) to amend Group 1 of Schedule 9 to that Act.

11. Value added tax (works of art, antiques, etc)

    Resolved, That provision may be made amending section 21 of the Value Added Tax Act 1994 in relation to works of art, antiques, collections and collector's pieces.

12. Value added tax (missing trader intra-community fraud)

    Resolved, That, for the purposes of value added tax, provision may be made for, and in connection with, securing that—

      (a) supplies of goods made to persons carrying on businesses are treated for the purposes of Schedule 1 to the Value Added Tax Act 1994 as their taxable supplies made in the course or furtherance of their businesses, and

      (b) taxable persons carrying on businesses to whom supplies of goods are made by other taxable persons account for and pay value added tax on those supplies.

13. Value added tax (face-value vouchers)

    Resolved, That provision may be made amending, or making amendments connected with, Schedule 10A to the Value Added Tax Act 1994.

14. Income tax (charge and rates for 2006-07)

    Resolved, That income tax shall be charged for the year 2006-07, and for that year—

      (a) the starting rate shall be 10%;

      (b) the basic rate shall be 22%;

      (c) the higher rate shall be 40%.

    And it is hereby declared that it is expedient in the public interest that this Resolution should have statutory effect under the provisions of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968.

15. Corporation tax (charge and rate for 2007)

    Resolved, That corporation tax shall be charged for the financial year 2007 at the rate of 30%.

16. Corporation tax (small companies' rate and fraction for 2006)

    Resolved, That for the financial year 2006—

      (a) the small companies' rate shall be 19%, and

      (b) the fraction mentioned in section 13(2) of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 shall be 11/400ths.

17. Corporation tax (starting rate and non-corporate distribution rate)

    The Question being put, That provision may be made for, and in connection with, the abolition of—

      (a) the corporation tax starting rate,

      (b) the relief from corporation tax under section 13AA(2) of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988, and

      (c) the non-corporate distribution rate;

The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Alan Campbell, Mr Ian Cawsey: 325.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Henry Bellingham, Mr David Evennett: 259.

So the Question was agreed to. 18. Group relief (corporation tax)

    Resolved, That, for the purposes of corporation tax, provision may be made (including provision having retrospective effect) in relation to group relief.

19. Tax relief for R&D expenditure of small or medium-sized companies

    Resolved, That provision may be made in relation to relief under Schedule 20 to the Finance Act 2000.

20. Tax relief for R&D expenditure of large companies etc

    Resolved, That provision may be made in relation to relief under Schedule 12 to the Finance Act 2002.

21. Tax relief for expenditure on vaccine research etc

    Resolved, That provision may be made in relation to relief under Schedule 13 to the Finance Act 2002.

22. Films and sound recordings

    Resolved, That provision may be made about the taxation of activities in connection with films and sound recordings.

23. Charities (relief on income tax and corporation tax)

    Resolved, That provision may be made amending and supplementing sections 505 and 506 of and Schedule 20 to the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988.

24. Gift aid (payments by companies)

    Resolved, That provision may be made amending section 339 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988.

25. Income tax (mobile telephones)

    Resolved, That—

    (1) In section 266(2) of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003 there shall be inserted at the end "or

      (d) section 319 (mobile telephones)."

    (2) In section 267(2) of that Act there shall be inserted at the end "and

      (g) section 319 (mobile telephones)."

    (3) For section 319 of that Act there shall be substituted—

      "319 Mobile telephones

      (1) No liability to income tax arises by virtue of section 62 (general definition of earnings) or Chapter 10 of Part 3 (taxable benefits: residual liability to charge) in respect of the provision of one mobile telephone for an employee without any transfer of property in it.

      (2) In this section "mobile telephone" means telephone apparatus which—

          (a) is not physically connected to a land-line, and

          (b) is not used only as a wireless extension to a telephone which is physically connected to a land-line,

          or any thing which may be used in such apparatus for the purpose of gaining access to, or using, a public electronic communications service.

      (3) In this section the reference to the provision of a mobile telephone includes a reference to the provision, together with the mobile telephone provided, of access to, or the use of, a public electronic communications service by means of one mobile telephone number.

      (4) For the purposes of subsection (2) "telephone apparatus" means wireless telegraphy apparatus designed or adapted for the primary purpose of transmitting and receiving spoken messages and used in connection with a public electronic communications service."

    (4) The amendments made by this Resolution shall have effect for the year 2006-07 and subsequent years of assessment.

    (5) But the amendment made by paragraph (3) shall not cause any liability to income tax to arise in respect of the provision of a mobile telephone for an employee, or a member of an employee's family or household, if the mobile telephone was first provided to him before 6th April 2006.

    And it is hereby declared that it is expedient in the public interest that this Resolution should have statutory effect under the provisions of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968.

26. Income tax (computer equipment)

    The Question being put, That—

    (1) Section 320 of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003 shall be omitted.

    (2) This Resolution shall have effect for the year 2006-07 and subsequent years of assessment.

    (3) But this Resolution shall not cause any liability to income tax to arise in respect of the provision of computer equipment by making it available to an employee, or a member of an employee's family or household, if the computer equipment was first made available to him before 6th April 2006.

    And it is hereby declared that it is expedient in the public interest that this Resolution should have statutory effect under the provisions of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968;

The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Alan Campbell, Mr Ian Cawsey: 325.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Henry Bellingham, Mr David Evennett: 259.

So the Question was agreed to. 27. Chargeable gains

    Resolved, That provision (including provision having retrospective effect) may be made amending, or making amendments connected with, the Taxation of Chargeable Gains Act 1992.

28. Income tax (interest relief: film partnership)

    Resolved, That provision (including provision having retrospective effect) may be made restricting the relief available under sections 353 and 362 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 in respect of certain loans to buy into partnerships carrying on trade in relation to films or other recordings.

29. Transfers of income arising from securities

    Resolved, That provision (including provision having retrospective effect) may be made amending section 730 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988.

30. Stock lending

    Resolved, That provision (including provision having retrospective effect) may be made for the purposes of income tax and corporation tax—

      (a) in relation to stock lending arrangements, and

      (b) for and in connection with treating arrangements which are not stock lending arrangements as if they were such arrangements.

31. Loan relationships etc

    Resolved, That provision may be made for the purposes of corporation tax in relation to—

      (a) loan relationships, and

      (b) other relationships where a company stands, or is to be treated as standing, in the position of a creditor or debtor in relation to a debt.

32. Derivative contracts

    Resolved, That provision may be made for the purposes of corporation tax in relation to derivative contracts.

33. Intangible fixed assets

    Resolved, That provision (including provision having retrospective effect) may be made amending Schedule 29 to the Finance Act 2002.

34. Controlled foreign companies

    Resolved, That provision may be made amending section 90 of the Finance Act 2002.

35. Transfer of assets abroad

    Resolved, That provision (including provision having retrospective effect) may be made amending, or making amendments connected with, Chapter 3 of Part 17 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988.

36. Income tax (benefits received by former owner of property)

    Resolved, That provision (including provision having retrospective effect) may be made amending Schedule 15 to the Finance Act 2004.

37. Leases of plant or machinery

    Resolved, That, for the purposes of income tax and corporation tax, provision (including provision having retrospective effect) may be made in relation to leases of plant or machinery.

38. Corporation tax (companies carrying on leasing business)

    Resolved, That, for the purposes of corporation tax, provision (including provision having retrospective effect) may be made in relation to any company carrying on (whether alone or in partnership) a business which consists of or includes leasing plant or machinery.

39. Insurance companies

    Resolved, That provision (including provision having retrospective effect) may be made about insurance companies.

40. Income tax (settlements)

    Resolved, That provision may be made in relation to settlors, beneficiaries and trustees of settlements.

41. Investment reliefs (limits on value of gross assets of issuers of shares etc)

    Resolved, That—

    (1) In section 293(6A) of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 ("ICTA")—

      (a) in paragraph (a), for "15 million" there shall be substituted "7 million", and

      (b) in paragraph (b), for "16 million" there shall be substituted "8 million".

    (2) In paragraph 8(1) of Schedule 28B to ICTA—

      (a) in paragraph (a), for "15 million" there shall be substituted "7 million", and

      (b) in paragraph (b), for "16 million" there shall be substituted "8 million".

    (3) In paragraph 22(1) and (2) of Schedule 15 to the Finance Act 2000—

      (a) in paragraph (a), for "15 million" there shall be substituted "7 million", and

      (b) in paragraph (b), for "16 million" there shall be substituted "8 million".

    (4) Paragraphs (1) and (3) of this Resolution have effect in relation to shares issued on or after 6th April 2006, subject to paragraphs (5) and (6) of this Resolution.

    (5) Neither of paragraphs (1) and (3) of this Resolution has effect in relation to shares issued on or after 6th April 2006 to a person who subscribed for them before 22nd March 2006.

    (6) Paragraph (1) of this Resolution does not have effect in relation to shares issued on or after 6th April 2006 to the managers of an investment fund approved for the purposes of section 311 of ICTA by the Commissioners for Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs if—

      (a) the fund was approved before 22nd March 2006,

      (b) investments in the fund have been accepted before 6th April 2006, and

      (c) the shares are issued to the managers as nominee for an individual who has (whether or not before 6th April 2006) invested in the fund.

    (7) Paragraph (2) of this Resolution has effect in relation to relevant holdings issued on or after 6th April 2006, subject to paragraph (8) of this Resolution.

    (8) Paragraph (2) of this Resolution does not have effect for the purpose of determining whether any shares or securities acquired by a company ("the trust company") by means of the investment of protected money are, for the purposes of section 842AA of ICTA, to be regarded as comprised in qualifying holdings of the company at any time.

    (9) In paragraph (8) of this Resolution "protected money" means—

      (a) money raised by the issue before 6th April 2006 of shares in or securities of the trust company, or

      (b) money derived from the investment by the trust company of any such money.

    And it is hereby declared that it is expedient in the public interest that this Resolution should have statutory effect under the provisions of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968.

42. Venture capital trusts (relief from income tax)

    Resolved, That provision may be made amending Schedule 15B to the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988.

43. Venture capital trusts (meaning of "investments")

    Resolved, That provision may be made amending the meaning of "investments" for the purposes of approvals, and withdrawals of approvals, under section 842AA of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988.

44. Securities and securities options

    Resolved, That—

    (1) Section 420 of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003 shall be amended as follows.

    (2) In subsection (1)(f), at the beginning there shall be inserted "options and".

    (3) In subsection (5)(e), at the beginning there shall be inserted "securities".

    (4) In subsection (8), in the definition of "securities option", after "acquire securities" there shall be inserted "other than a right to acquire securities which is acquired pursuant to a right or opportunity made available under arrangements the main purpose (or one of the main purposes) of which is the avoidance of tax or national insurance contributions".

    (5) The amendments made by this Resolution shall have effect in relation to options acquired on or after 2nd December 2004; but paragraph (4) shall also have effect in relation to an option acquired before that date where something is done on or after that date as part of the arrangements under which it was made available.

    And it is hereby declared that it is expedient in the public interest that this Resolution should have statutory effect under the provisions of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968.

45. PAYE (retrospective notional payments)

    Resolved, That provision may be made for and in connection with facilitating the operation of pay as you earn in relation to notional payments treated by any Act as made before the date on which the Act is passed.

46. Alternative finance

    Resolved, That provision may be made—

      (a) amending, and permitting amendment of, Chapter 5 of Part 2 of the Finance Act 2005, and

      (b) about the treatment of alternative finance arrangements as loans to employees.

47. Corporation tax (nuclear decommissioning)

    The Question being put, That provision may be made amending Chapter 1 of Part 1 of the Energy Act 2004;

The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Alan Campbell, Mr Ian Cawsey: 320.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Alan Reid, Sir Robert Smith: 73.

So the Question was agreed to. 48. Securitisation companies

    Resolved, That provision (including provision having retrospective effect) may be made about the taxation of securitisation companies.

49. Real Estate Investment Trusts

    Resolved, That provision may be made enabling companies which carry on property rental business to acquire a status that provides certain exemptions and liabilities (in relation to companies and shareholders).

50. Oil (market value)

    Resolved, That provision may be made in relation to the market value of oil (within the meaning of Part 1 of the Oil Taxation Act 1975).

51. Oil (nominated contracts and blended oil)

    Resolved, That provision may be made—

      (a) for allocating blended oil to different fields for the purposes of section 2 of the Oil Taxation Act 1975, and

      (b) amending section 61 of and Schedule 10 to the Finance Act 1987.

52. Ring fence trades (rate of supplementary charge)

    The Question being put, That—

    (1) In section 501A of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988, in subsection (1), for "10 per cent" there shall be substituted "20 per cent".

    (2) The amendment made by paragraph (1) shall have effect in relation to any accounting period beginning on or after 1st January 2006 (but see also paragraph (3)).

    (3) For the purpose of calculating the amount of the supplementary charge on a company for an accounting period (a "straddling period") beginning before 1st January 2006 and ending on or after that date—

      (a) so much of the straddling period as falls before 1st January 2006, and so much of the straddling period as falls on or after that date, shall be treated as separate accounting periods, and

      (b) the company's adjusted ring fence profits for the straddling period shall be apportioned to the two separate accounting periods in proportion to the number of days in those periods.

    (4) The amount of the supplementary charge on the company for the straddling period shall be the sum of the amounts of supplementary charge that would, in accordance with paragraph (3), be chargeable on the company for those separate accounting periods.

    (5) In the case of a company's straddling period—

      (a) the Instalment Payments Regulations shall apply as if the amendment made by paragraph (1) had not been made, but

      (b) those Regulations shall also apply separately, in accordance with the following paragraph, in relation to the increase in the amount of any supplementary charge on the company for that period that arises as a result of that amendment.

    (6) In that separate application of those Regulations as mentioned in paragraph (5)(b), those Regulations shall have effect as if, for the purposes of those Regulations,—

      (a) the straddling period were an accounting period beginning on 1st January 2006,

      (b) supplementary charge were chargeable on the company for that period, and

      (c) the amount of that charge were equal to the increase in the amount of the supplementary charge for the straddling period that arises as a result of the amendment made by paragraph (1).

    (7) Any reference in the Instalment Payments Regulations to the total liability of a company shall, accordingly, be read—

      (a) in their application as a result of paragraph (5)(a), as a reference to the amount that would be the company's total liability for the straddling period if the amendment made by paragraph (1) had not been made, and

      (b) in their application as a result of paragraph (5)(b), as a reference to the amount of the supplementary charge on the company for the deemed accounting period under paragraph (6)(a).

    (8) For the purposes of the Instalment Payments Regulations—

      (a) a company shall be regarded as a large company as respects the deemed accounting period under paragraph (6)(a) if (and only if) it is a large company for those purposes as respects the straddling period, and

      (b) any question whether a company is a large company as respects the straddling period shall be determined as it would have been determined if the amendment made by paragraph (1) had not been made.

    (9) If the Instalment Payments Regulations—

      (a) apply in relation to a company's liability to supplementary charge for the deemed accounting period under paragraph (6)(a), and

      (b) would (but for this paragraph) treat any instalment payment in respect of that liability as being due and payable on a date falling on or before 22nd March 2006,

    those Regulations shall have effect as if the payment were due and payable instead at the end of the period of 14 days beginning with that date.

    (10) In this Resolution—

      (a) "adjusted ring fence profits" has the meaning given by section 501A of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988,

      (b) "the Instalment Payments Regulations" means the Corporation Tax (Instalment Payments) Regulations 1998,

      (c) "supplementary charge" means any sum chargeable under section 501A(1) of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 as if it were an amount of corporation tax.

    And it is hereby declared that it is expedient in the public interest that this Resolution should have statutory effect under the provisions of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968;

The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Gillian Merron, Kevin Brennan: 320.

      Tellers for the Noes, Sir Robert Smith, Mr Alan Reid: 75.

So the Question was agreed to. 53. Ring fence trades (exploration expenditure supplement)

    Resolved, That provision (including provision having retrospective effect) may be made amending Schedule 19B to the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988.

54. Inheritance tax (rates and rate bands for years 2008-09 and 2009-10)

    Resolved, That provision may be made for successive substitutions of the Table in Schedule 1 to the Inheritance Tax Act 1984.

55. Inheritance tax (rules for trusts etc)

    Resolved, That provision may be made—

      (a) amending provisions of the Inheritance Tax Act 1984 relating to settled property, and

      (b) amending, in connection with cases where a person's interest in settled property has come to an end, provisions relating to property that, for purposes of that Act, is property subject to a reservation.

56. Inheritance tax (purchase of interests in foreign trusts)

    Resolved, That provision (including provision having retrospective effect) may be made amending section 48 of the Inheritance Tax Act 1984.

57. Pension schemes etc

    Resolved, That provision may be made in relation to pension schemes and similar schemes under which benefits are provided to or in respect of employees or former employees.

58. Stamp duty land tax (thresholds)

    Resolved, That—

    (1) In section 55 of the Finance Act 2003 in subsection (2), in Table A, for "120,000", in both places, there shall be substituted "125,000".

    (2) In Schedule 5 to the Finance Act 2003, in paragraph 2(3), in Table A, for "120,000", in both places, there shall be substituted "125,000".

    (3) The amendments made by this Resolution shall have effect in relation to any transaction of which the effective date (within the meaning of Part 4 of the Finance Act 2003) is after 22nd March 2006.

    And it is hereby declared that it is expedient in the public interest that this Resolution should have statutory effect under the provisions of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968.

59. Stamp duty (thresholds)

    Resolved, That the following provisions shall have effect for the period beginning with 23rd March 2006 and ending 31 days after the earliest of the dates mentioned in section 50(2) of the Finance Act 1973—

    (1) In Schedule 13 to the Finance Act 1999, in paragraph 4, for "120,000", in both places, there shall be substituted "125,000".

    (2) The amendment made by this Resolution shall have effect in relation to instruments executed after 22nd March 2006.

    And it is hereby declared that it is expedient in the public interest that this Resolution should have statutory effect under the provisions of section 50 of the Finance Act 1973.

60. Stamp duty land tax (leases)

    Resolved, That provision may be made amending Schedules 5 and 17A to the Finance Act 2003.

61. Stamp duty land tax (unit trust schemes)

    Resolved, That—

    (1) Part 4 of the Finance Act 2003 shall be amended as follows.

    (2) Section 64A shall be omitted.

    (3) In section 101—

      (a) in subsection (1) for "provisions" there shall be substituted "provision", and

      (b) in subsection (7) the words from "section 53" to "companies), or" shall be omitted.

    (4) This Resolution shall have effect in relation to any land transaction of which the effective date is, or is after, 22nd March 2006 (but see paragraphs (5) and (6)).

    (5) This Resolution shall not have effect in relation to—

      (a) any land transaction which is effected in pursuance of a contract entered into and substantially performed before 2 p.m. on 22nd March 2006 ("the relevant time"), or

      (b) any other land transaction which is effected in pursuance of a contract entered into before the relevant time and which is not an excluded transaction.

    (6) For this purpose, a land transaction effected in pursuance of a contract is an excluded transaction if—

      (a) any provision of the contract has effect by reference to a unit trust scheme and the scheme is not established before the relevant time,

      (b) at or after the relevant time the contract is varied in a way that significantly affects the land transaction (see paragraph (7)),

      (c) the subject-matter of the land transaction is not identified in the contract in a way that would have enabled its acquisition before the relevant time,

      (d) rights under the contract are assigned at or after the relevant time,

      (e) the land transaction is effected in consequence of the exercise, at or after the relevant time, of any option, right of pre-emption or similar right, or

      (f) at or after the relevant time there is an assignment, subsale or other transaction (relating to the whole or part of the contract's subject-matter) as a result of which a person other than the purchaser under the contract becomes entitled to call for a conveyance to him.

    (7) For the purposes of paragraph (6)(b) the contract is varied in a way that significantly affects the land transaction if (and only if)—

      (a) it is varied so as to substitute a different purchaser in relation to the land transaction,

      (b) it is varied so as to alter the subject-matter of the land transaction, or

      (c) it is varied so as to alter the consideration for the land transaction.

    (8) Expressions which are used in Part 4 of the Finance Act 2003 and in this Resolution have the same meaning in this Resolution as in that Part.

    And it is hereby declared that it is expedient in the public interest that this Resolution should have statutory effect under the provisions of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968.

62. Stamp duty land tax (alternative finance)

    Resolved, That provision may be made amending and supplementing sections 71A to 73 of the Finance Act 2003.

63. Rate of landfill tax

    Resolved, That—

    (1) In section 42 of the Finance Act 1996, for the amount specified in subsection (1)(a), and the corresponding amount specified in subsection (2), there shall be substituted "21".

    (2) This Resolution shall have effect in relation to taxable disposals made, or treated as made, on or after 1st April 2006.

    And it is hereby declared that it is expedient in the public interest that this Resolution should have statutory effect under the provisions of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968.

64. Climate change levy (rates)

    Resolved, That provision may be made substituting the Table in paragraph 42(1) of Schedule 6 to the Finance Act 2000.

65. Climate change levy (abolition of half-rate supplies)

    Resolved, That—

    (1) For the purposes of climate change levy, no supply made on or after 1st April 2006 shall be a half-rate supply.

    (2) Paragraphs (3) to (6) shall have effect for determining when a supply is to be regarded as made for the purposes of paragraph (1).

    (3) A supply—

      (a) of electricity, or

      (b) of gas that is in a gaseous state and is of a kind supplied by a gas utility,

    is to be regarded as made at the time when the electricity or gas is actually supplied.

    (4) In the case of a supply of a taxable commodity not falling within paragraph (3) by a person who is resident in the United Kingdom—

      (a) if the commodity is to be removed, the supply is to be regarded as made at the time of the removal,

      (b) if the commodity is not to be removed, the supply is to be regarded as made when the commodity is made available to the person to whom it is supplied.

    This paragraph shall not apply if paragraph (6) applies in the case of the supply.

    (5) In the case of a supply of a taxable commodity not falling within paragraph (3) by a person who is not resident in the United Kingdom, the supply is to be regarded as made—

      (a) when the commodity is delivered to the person to whom it is supplied, or

      (b) if earlier, when it is made available in the United Kingdom to that person.

    This paragraph shall not apply if paragraph (6) applies in the case of the supply.

    (6) In any case where, by virtue of paragraph 23(3) of Schedule 6 to the Finance Act 2000, a person is, for the purposes of that Schedule, deemed to make a supply to himself of a quantity of a taxable commodity—

      (a) which he has produced, and

      (b) which does not fall within paragraph (3),

    the supply is to be regarded as made at the time when he produced that particular quantity of the taxable commodity.

    And it is hereby declared that it is expedient in the public interest that this Resolution should have statutory effect under the provisions of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968.

66. Relief from tax (incidental and consequential charges)

    Resolved, That it is expedient to authorise any incidental or consequential charges to any duty or tax (including charges having retrospective effect) that may arise from provisions designed in general to afford relief from taxation.

    Procedure (Evasion of Tobacco Products Duty),—Resolved, That, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the practice of the House relating to the matters that may be included in Finance Bills, any Finance Bill of the present Session may include provision requiring manufacturers of tobacco products not to facilitate smuggling and enabling the imposition of a penalty for breach of that requirement.

    Procedure (Film Tax Credits),—Resolved, That, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the practice of the House relating to the matters that may be included in Finance Bills, any Finance Bill of the present Session may contain provision for tax credits to be paid to film production companies in respect of expenditure on film making activities.

    Procedure (International Tax Enforcement Arrangements),—Resolved, That, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the practice of the House relating to the matters that may be included in Finance Bills, any Finance Bill of the present Session may contain provision about arrangements made in relation to any territory or territories outside the United Kingdom and concerning the exchange of information, the recovery of debts or the service of documents relating to taxes imposed under the domestic law of the United Kingdom or taxes imposed under the law of that territory or any of those territories.

    Procedure (Future Taxation),—Resolved, That, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the practice of the House relating to the matters that may be included in Finance Bills, any Finance Bill of the present Session may contain the following provisions taking effect in a future year—

      (a) provision for corporation tax to be charged for the financial year 2007;

      (b) provision amending, or making amendments connected with, section 139 of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003;

      (c) provision enabling regulations to be made about taxation in respect of income arising from participation in, or the provision of certain services in relation to, the 2012 London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games;

      (d) provision in relation to the residence of trustees of settlements;

      (e) provision for substituting the Table in Schedule 1 to the Inheritance Tax Act 1984 in relation to chargeable transfers made on or after 6th April 2008 or made on or after 6th April 2009;

      (f) provision amending provisions of the Inheritance Tax Act 1984 relating to settled property;

      (g) provision about the rates of climate change levy.

    Ordered, That a Bill be brought in upon the foregoing Resolutions; and that the Chairman of Ways and Means, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Secretary Darling, Ms Secretary Hewitt, Mr Secretary Clarke, Secretary Alan Johnson, Secretary Ruth Kelly, Mr Des Browne, Dawn Primarolo, John Healey and Mr Ivan Lewis do prepare and bring it in.

14    Finance (No. 2) Bill,—Dawn Primarolo accordingly presented a Bill to grant certain duties, to alter other duties, and to amend the law relating to the National Debt and the Public Revenue, and to make further provision in connection with finance: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 161].

15    Civil Aviation (Scotland),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Transport Act 2000 (Consequential Amendments) (Scotland) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 6th February, be approved—(Mr Dave Watts):—It was agreed to.

16    Health and Safety,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Railway Safety Levy Regulations 2006, which were laid before this House on 16th February, be approved—(Mr Dave Watts):—It was agreed to.

17    Ecclesiastical Law,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Grants to the Churches Conservation Trust Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 8th February, be approved—(Mr Dave Watts):—It was agreed to.

18    Cinemas and Film,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Films (Definition of "British Film") Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 15th February, be approved—(Mr Dave Watts):—It was agreed to.

19    Town and Country Planning,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2006, which were laid before this House on 9th February, be approved—(Mr Dave Watts):—It was agreed to.

20    Income Tax,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Authorised Investment Funds (Tax) Regulations 2006, which were laid before this House on 13th February, be approved—(Mr Dave Watts):—It was agreed to.

21    Tax Credits,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Tax Credits Up-rating Regulations 2006, which were laid before this House on 13th February, be approved—(Mr Dave Watts):—It was agreed to.

22    Government Resources and Accounts,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Special Health Authorities (Audit) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 13th February, be approved—(Mr Dave Watts):—It was agreed to.

23    Social Security,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Guardian's Allowance Up-rating Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 13th February, be approved—(Mr Dave Watts):—It was agreed to.

24    Social Security,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Child Benefit (Rates) Regulations 2006, which were laid before this House on 13th February, be approved—(Mr Dave Watts):—It was agreed to.

25    Social Security (Northern Ireland),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Guardian's Allowance Up-rating (Northern Ireland) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 13th February, be approved—(Mr Dave Watts):—It was agreed to.

26    Social Security,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Employment Zones (Allocation to Contractors) Pilot Regulations 2006, which were laid before this House on 15th February, be approved—(Mr Dave Watts):—It was agreed to.

27    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 Social Security (Reduced Rates of Class 1 Contributions, Rebates and Minimum Contributions) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 1st March, be approved—(Mr Dave Watts):—It was agreed to.

28    Highways,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Restricted Byways (Application and Consequential Amendment of Provisions) Regulations 2006, which were laid before this House on 16th February, be approved—(Mr Dave Watts):—It was agreed to.

29    Constitutional Law,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Act 2005 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 27th February, be approved—(Mr Dave Watts):—It was agreed to.

30    Constitutional Law,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005 (Consequential Modifications) (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 27th February, be approved—(Mr Dave Watts):—It was agreed to.

31    Constitutional Law,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003 (Consequential Provisions and Modifications) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 27th February, be approved—(Mr Dave Watts):—It was agreed to.

32    Constitutional Law,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) (No. 2) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 28th February, be approved—(Mr Dave Watts):—It was agreed to.

33    Insolvency,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Cross-Border Insolvency Regulations 2006, which were laid before this House on 1st March, be approved—(Mr Dave Watts):—It was agreed to.

34    Employment and Training,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006, which were laid before this House on 9th March, be approved—(Mr Dave Watts):—It was agreed to.

35    Northern Ireland,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Modification) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 27th February, be approved—(Mr Dave Watts):—It was agreed to.

36    Serious Organised Crime Agency,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (Application and Modification of Certain Enactments to Designated Staff of SOCA) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 28th February, be approved—(Mr Dave Watts):—It was agreed to.

37    Lord Chancellor,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Lord Chancellor (Transfer of Functions and Supplementary Provisions) (No. 2) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 1st March, be approved—(Mr Dave Watts):—It was agreed to.

38    Children and Young 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 Information Sharing Index (England) Regulations 2006, which were laid before this House on 2nd March, be approved—(Mr Dave Watts):—It was agreed to.

39    International Immunities and Privileges,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft International Organisations (Immunities and Privileges) Miscellaneous Provisions Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 6th March, be approved—(Mr Dave Watts):—It was agreed to.

40    Financial Services Policy,—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. 15345/05 and Addendum 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—(Mr Dave Watts):—It was agreed to.

41    Access to European Databases on Asylum, Immigration and Visas,—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 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 (VIS) 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—(Mr Dave Watts):—It was agreed to.

42    Welsh Grand Committee,—Ordered, That—

    (1) the matter of the Budget Statement and its implications for Wales, being a matter relating exclusively to Wales, be referred to the Welsh Grand Committee for its consideration;

    (2) the Committee shall meet at Westminster on Wednesday 19th April at Nine o'clock and between Two o'clock and Four o'clock to consider the matter of the Budget Statement and its implications for Wales, under Standing Order No. 107 (Welsh Grand Committee (matters relating exclusively to Wales))—(Mr Dave Watts.)

43    Public Petitions,—Public Petitions from—

    (1) residents of North Fambridge against the erection of a telecommunications mast at White House Farm, Ferry Road, North Fambridge, Essex; and

    (2) supporters of (i) Hornsea Cottage Hospital; (ii) Withernsea Hospital; (iii) Beverley Westwood Hospital; (iv) Save Felixstowe Hospital; (v) Aldeburgh Hospital; (vi) Surbiton Hospital; (vii) Sudbury Hospitals; (viii) Hartismere Hospital; (ix) Lymington Hospital; (x) Milford-on-Sea War Memorial Hospital; (xi) Fordingbridge Hospital; (xii) Hythe Hospital; (xiii) Fenwick Hospital; (xiv) Thames Ditton Hospital; (xv) Molesey Hospital; (xvi) Cobham and Oxshott Hospital; (xvii) Walton Community Hospital; (xviii) Cossham Memorial Hospital; (xix) Edenbridge War Memorial Hospital; (xx) Tonbridge Cottage Hospital; (xxi) Weybridge Hospital; (xxii) Penrith and Eden Community Hospital; (xxiii) Wigton Community Hospital; (xxiv) the League of Friends of Ruth Lancaster James Hospital; (xxv) Brampton and District War Memorial Cottage Hospital; (xxvi) Bishop's Castle Community Hospital; (xxvii) Ludlow Community Hospital; (xxviii) Romsey Hospital; (xxix) the Minor Injuries Unit, Buxton Cottage Hospital; (xxx) Macclesfield District General Hospital; (xxxi) Macclesfield and Congleton District Hospitals; (xxxii) Newmarket Community Hospital; (xxxiii) Mary Hewetson Hospital; (xxxiv) Maryport Victoria Cottage Hospital League of Friends; (xxxv) Cockermouth Cottage Hospital; (xxxvi) Millom Community Hospital; (xxxvii) Bradford on Avon Hospital; (xxxviii) Warminster Community Hospital; (xxxix) Westbury Hospital; (xl) Tetbury Hospital; (xli) Fairford Hospital; (xlii) Townlands Hospital; and (xliii) Chipping Norton War Memorial Hospital against reductions in community hospital services

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

44    Public Petition,—A Public Petition from Doddington Community Hospital against reductions in community hospital services was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

45    Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Dave Watts.)

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

[Adjourned at 11.48 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    Corporation Tax,—Loan Relationships and Derivative Contracts (Disregard and Bringing into Account of Profits and Losses) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 936), dated 28th March 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Dawn Primarolo].

2    Disabled Persons,—Disability Discrimination (Premises) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 887), dated 21st March 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hutton].

Other Papers:

3    Animal Health,—Return of Expenditure incurred and prosecutions taken under the Animal Health Act 1981 and incidences of disease in imported animals for the year 2005 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

4    Audit (Northern Ireland),—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland on Improving Literacy and Numeracy in Schools [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [No. 953] [Mr Secretary Hain].

5    Climate Change,—Paper, entitled Climate Change—The UK Programme 2006 [by Command] [Cm. 6764] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

6    Foreign and Commonwealth,—Paper, entitled Active Diplomacy for a Changing World: The UK's International Priorities [by Command] [Cm. 6762] [Mr Secretary Straw].

7    Government Resources and Accounts,—General Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General on Financial Auditing and Reporting 2004-05 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1015] [Clerk of the House].

8    Industrial Training,—Report and Accounts of the Construction Industry Training Board for 2005, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1001] [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

9    National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Ministry of Defence: Reserve Forces [by Act]; to be printed [No. 964] [Clerk of the House].

10    Registration Service,—Marriage, divorce and adoption statistics: Review of the Registrar General on marriages and divorces in 2003, and adoptions in 2004, in England and Wales [by Act] [Mr John Healey].

11    Superannuation,—(1) Civil Service Additional Voluntary Contribution Scheme (Amendment) Scheme 2006;

    (2) Civil Service Compensation Scheme (Amendment) Scheme 2006;

    (3) Partnership Pension Account Death Benefits Scheme (Amendment) Scheme 2006;

    (4) Partnership Pension Account Ill Health Benefits Scheme (Amendment) Scheme 2006; and

    (5) Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme (Amendment) Scheme 2006

    [by Act] [Mr Jim Murphy].

12    Treasury,—Treasury Minute, dated 28th March 2006, concerning the dissolution and reconfiguration of certain NHS Trusts: Remission of outstanding public dividend capital [by Command] [Mr Des Browne].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Draft Communications Act 2003 (Maximum Penalty for Persistent Misuse of Network or Service) Order 2006,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Ian Davidson, Mark Fisher, Mr David Hamilton, Mr Dai Havard and Mr Denis MacShane from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Roger Berry, Chris Mole, Mrs Madeline Moon, Mr John MacDougall and Mr Jamie Reed.

    European Standing Committee

2    European Union Document No. 15444/1/05 relating to the EC Treaty and Criminal Law,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Fiona MacTaggart and Stephen Pound from the European Standing Committee (nominated in respect of the Document) and nominated in substitution Andy Burnham and Paul Farrelly.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1    Administration,—Record of the Committee's discussions at its meeting on 28th March [Mr Frank Doran].

2    Constitutional Affairs,—(1) First Special Report from the Constitutional Affairs Committee [Legal Services Commission's response to the Committee's Fourth Report, on removal of Specialist Support Services]; to be printed [No. 1029]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Freedom of Information—one year on]; to be printed [No. 991-ii]

    [Mr Alan Beith].

3    Crossrail Bill,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on the Crossrail Bill to be printed [No. 837-xxi] [Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger].

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-iv] [Mr John Whittingdale].

5    Defence,—(1) Fifth Report from the Defence Committee [The UK Deployment to Afghanistan]; 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. 558];

    (2) Sixth Report [Ministry of Defence Annual Report and accounts 2004-05]; 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. 822];

    (3) Fourth Special Report [Government Response to the Committee's First Report of Session 2005-06: Armed Forces Bill]; to be printed [No. 1021]; and

    (4) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Future of the UK's Strategic Nuclear Deterrent: The Strategic Context]; to be printed [No. 986-iii]

    [Mr James Arbuthnot].

6    Environmental Audit Committee,—Sixth Report from the Environmental Audit Committee [Keeping the Lights On: Nuclear, Renewables 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. 584] [Mr Tim Yeo].

7    Home Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [Immigration Control]; to be printed [No. 775-vi] [Mr John Denham].

8    International Development,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee, together with Appendices [Private Sector Development]; to be printed [No. 921-iii] [Malcolm Bruce].

9    Procedure,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Procedure Committee [Early Day Motions]; to be printed [No. 1002-i] [Mr Greg Knight].

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

11    Trade and Industry,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee [The work of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority]; to be printed [No. 1028-i] [Peter Luff].

12    Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [February 2006 Inflation Report]; to be printed [No. 973-ii] [Mr John McFall].

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

[W.H., No. 82]

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.—(Derek Twigg.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.58 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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