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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 29th March 2006

The House met at half-past Eleven 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    Report of a review by Nicholas Blake QC,—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 of a review by Nicholas Blake QC of the circumstances surrounding the deaths of four soldiers at Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut, between 1995 and 2002.—(Tony Cunningham.)

4    Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Ann Winterton reported from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Common Agricultural Policy Single Payment and Support Schemes (Cross-Compliance) (England) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3459), the Common Agricultural Policy Single Payment Scheme (Set-aside) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3460) and the Common Agricultural Policy Single Payment and Support Schemes (Reduction from Payments) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 169).

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

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

    Fraud Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill to make provision for, and in connection with, criminal liability for fraud and obtaining services dishonestly; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

6    Fraud Bill [Lords],—The Fraud Bill [Lords] was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 166].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Fraud Bill [Lords] be printed [Bill 166-EN].

7    Breast Cancer Bill,—Ordered, That the adjourned Debate on the Question [20th January], That the Breast Cancer Bill be read a second time, be resumed on Friday 12th May.

8    International Development (Reporting and Transparency) Bill,—The Order for considering the International Development (Reporting and Transparency) Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, on Friday 12th May was read and discharged.

    Bill to be considered on Friday 16th June.

9    Housing (Council Tenants and Leaseholders),—Simon Hughes, supported by Lynne Featherstone, Tom Brake, Mr Edward Davey, Susan Kramer, Paul Holmes, Mr Mike Hancock, Dr Evan Harris, Mr Dan Rogerson, Mr John Leech, Mark Hunter and Lorely Burt, presented a Bill to make provision with regard to the rights and obligations of council tenants and leaseholders; 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 163].

10    Prevention of Scalding Injuries (Bathing in the Home),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision about the installation in homes of thermostatic mixing valves to set bath tap water temperature to a maximum of 46 degrees centigrade; and for connected purposes—(Mary Creagh);

    And the Motion being opposed, after a brief explanatory statement from the Member who made the Motion and from a Member who opposed it, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Standing Order No. 23 (Motions for leave to bring in bills and nomination of select committees at commencement of public business):—It was agreed to.

    Ordered, That Mary Creagh, Sandra Gidley, Mr David Blunkett, Mrs Siān C. James, Dr Alasdair McDonnell, Dr Ian Gibson, Alan Simpson, Mr Stewart Jackson, Mr Sadiq Khan, Mr Robert Walter and John Bercow do prepare and bring it in.

11    Prevention of Scalding Injuries (Bathing in the Home) Bill,—Mary Creagh accordingly presented a Bill to make provision about the installation in homes of thermostatic mixing valves to set bath tap water temperature to a maximum of 46 degrees centigrade; 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 160].

12    Identity Cards Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Lords Message [28th March] to the Identity Cards Bill.

    A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House disagrees with the Lords in their Amendments Nos. 22J and 22K.—(Mr Secretary Clarke.)

    And it being one hour after the commencement of proceedings on the Lords Message, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Order [13th February].

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Gillian Merron, Mr Dave Watts: 305.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Crispin Blunt, Annette Brooke: 251.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 83H (Programme orders: reasons committee), That a Committee be appointed to draw up Reasons to be assigned to the Lords for disagreeing to their Amendments Nos. 22J and 22K;

    That Mr Nick Clegg, Mr Edward Garnier, Andy Burnham, Mr Khalid Mahmood and Joan Ryan be members of the Committee;

    That Andy Burnham be the Chairman of the Committee;

    That three be the Quorum of the Committee; and

    That the Committee do withdraw immediately—(Joan Ryan):—It was agreed to.

13    Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill (Programme) (No. 3),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 83A (Programme motions), That the following provisions shall apply to the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill for the purpose of supplementing the Order of 5th July 2005 (as varied by the Order of 11th October 2005):

Consideration of Lords Amendments

    1. Proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion two hours after their commencement at this day's sitting.

Subsequent stages

    2. Any further Message from the Lords may be considered forthwith without any Question being put.

    3. The proceedings on any further Message from the Lords shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement—(Mr Tom Watson);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Claire Ward, Mr Parmjit Dhanda: 317.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Simon Burns, Mr Crispin Blunt: 247.

    So the Question was agreed to.

14    Identity Cards Bill,—Andy Burnham reported from the Committee appointed to draw up Reasons to be assigned to the Lords for disagreeing to certain of their Amendments to the Identity Cards Bill, That it had drawn up the following Reason, which it had directed him to report to the House:

    The Commons disagree to Lords Amendments Nos. 22J and 22K for the following Reason:

      Because the Commons consider it appropriate that a person applying for a designated document be required at the same time to apply to be entered in the Register and to have an ID Card issued to him.

    The Reason was agreed to.

    Message to the Lords to communicate the said Reason, with the Bill and Amendments.

15    Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider Lords Amendments to the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill.

    Lords Amendments Nos. 1 to 17 agreed to.

    Lords Amendment No. 18.

    An Amendment ((a)) proposed to the Lords Amendment, in line 10, to leave out the word 'not'.—(Mr Neil Gerrard.)

    And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Andrew Stunell, Mr Roger Williams: 89.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Ian Cawsey, Mr Frank Roy: 308.

    So the Question was negatived.

    It being more than two hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Lords Amendments, the Deputy Speaker, pursuant to Order [this day], put the Questions to be disposed of at that hour.

    The Lords Amendment was agreed to, the Commons being willing to waive their privileges.

    Lords Amendments Nos. 19 to 40 agreed to, the Commons being willing to waive their privileges in respect of Lords Amendment No. 19.

16    Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (Programme) (No. 2),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 83A (Programme motions), That the following provisions shall apply to the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill for the purpose of supplementing the Order of 6th June 2005 (Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (Programme)):

Consideration of Lords Amendments

    1. Proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion two hours after their commencement at this day's sitting.

Subsequent stages

    2. Any further Message from the Lords may be considered forthwith without any Question being put.

    3. The proceedings on any further Message from the Lords shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement—(Joan Ryan):—It was agreed to.

17    Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider Lords Amendments to the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill.

    Lords Amendments Nos. 1 to 16 agreed to.

    Lords Amendment No. 17.

    An Amendment ((a)) was proposed to the Lords Amendment, in line 7, to leave out the words 'cultural heritage' and insert the word 'landscape', instead thereof.—(Mr James Paice.)

    And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Andrew Rosindell, Mr Crispin Blunt: 162.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Frank Roy, Mr Ian Cawsey: 380.

    So the Question was negatived.

    The Lords Amendment was agreed to.

    Lords Amendments Nos. 18 to 64 agreed to, the Commons being willing to waive their privileges in respect of Lords Amendment No. 19.

18    Business of the House,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business), That, at this day's sitting, the consideration of any Lords Amendments and Messages that may be received may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour—(Tony Cunningham):—It was agreed to.

19    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, but they propose Amendments in lieu to which they desire the agreement of this House.

20    Identity Cards Bill,—Lords non-insistence and Amendments in lieu to the Identity Cards Bill to be printed [Bill 165].

21    Consumer Credit Bill (Programme) (No. 2),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 83A (Programme motions), That the following provisions shall apply to the Consumer Credit Bill for the purpose of supplementing the Order of 9th June 2005 (Consumer Credit Bill (Programme)):

Consideration of Lords Amendments

    1. Proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion two hours after their commencement at this day's sitting.

Subsequent stages

    2. Any further Message from the Lords may be considered forthwith without any Question being put.

    3. The proceedings on any further Message from the Lords shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement—(Tony Cunningham);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Dave Watts, Joan Ryan: 310.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Crispin Blunt, Andrew Rosindell: 212.

    So the Question was agreed to.

22    Consumer Credit Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider Lords Amendments to the Consumer Credit Bill.

    Lords Amendments Nos. 1 to 5 were agreed to.

23    Electronic Communications,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Communications Act 2003 (Maximum Penalty for Persistent Misuse of Network or Service) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 6th March, be approved—(Mr Frank Roy):—It was agreed to.

24    EC Treaty and Criminal Law,—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. 15444/1/05 Rev 1, Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the implications of the Court's judgement of 13th September 2005 (Case C-178/03 Commission v Council); notes that the judgement 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—(Mr Frank Roy):—It was agreed to.

25    Social Security,—Ordered, That the Social Security Benefits Up-rating Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 712), dated 9th March 2006, be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.—(Mr Frank Roy.)

26    Identity Cards Bill,—The House, pursuant to Order [13th February], proceeded forthwith to consider the Lords Message [this day] relating to the Identity Cards Bill.

    A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That this House agrees with the Lords in their Amendments Nos. 22M, 22N and 22O—(Mr Secretary Clarke);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Ian Cawsey, Kevin Brennan: 301.

      Tellers for the Noes, Jenny Willott, Mr Roger Williams: 84.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    The Lords Amendments were accordingly agreed to.

27    Public Petitions,—Public Petitions from—

    (1) residents of Newark and others against further delay in the programme to make the A46 in Nottinghamshire a dual carriageway;

    (2) Andrew and Julie Wright against the removal of children's doorstep play areas in North Bretton, Peterborough; and

    (3) the SaveFriarswoodPrimary.com Campaign against the closure of Friarswood Primary School, Newcastle-under-Lyme

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

28    Public Petitions,—Public Petitions from—

    (1) supporters of New Market Community Hospital against reductions in community hospital services; and

    (2) residents of Worcester Constituency against changes in the arrangements made for wardens of sheltered housing provided by Worcester Community Housing

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

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

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

[Adjourned at 11.09 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

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

APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1    Climate Change Levy,—Climate Change Levy (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 954), dated 29th March 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [John Healey].

2    Income Tax,—Income Tax (Trading and Other Income) Act 2005 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 959), dated 29th March 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Dawn Primarolo].

3    Local Government,—Local Authorities (Functions and Responsibilities) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 886), dated 22nd March 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

4    Pensions,—(1) European Parliamentary (United Kingdom Representatives) Pensions (Amendment) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 919); and

    (2) Parliamentary Pensions (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 920),

    dated 23rd March 2006 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda [by Command] [Mr Geoffrey Hoon].

5    Social Security,—Social Security (Working Neighbourhoods) Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 909), dated 23rd March 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hutton].

Other Papers:

6    Civil Aviation,—Statement of Guarantee given on 29th March 2006 in respect of temporary borrowing by the Civil Aviation Authority in pursuance of section 14 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982 [by Act] [John Healey].

7    Enterprise,—Plan of the Office of Fair Trading for 2006-07 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 970] [Secretary Alan Johnson].

8    Health,—Government Response to the First Report from the Health Committee, Session 2005-06, on Smoking in Public Places [by Command] [Cm. 6769] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

9    Health and Social Care,—Report of the Healthcare Commission's findings relating to the independent healthcare sector in England 2004-05 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

10    Report of a Review by Nicolas Blake QC,—Return to an Address to Her Majesty for a Return of the Report of a review by Nicholas Blake QC of the circumstances surrounding the deaths of four soldiers at Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut, between 1995 and 2002 [pursuant to Resolution this day]; to be printed [No. 795] [Secretary John Reid].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Draft Local Government (Boundaries) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006:

    (1) The Deputy Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated twenty-three Members to serve on the Committee: Charlotte Atkins, Mr Vernon Coaker, Natascha Engel, Mr Michael Foster (Worcester), Mr Christopher Fraser, Mr Fabian Hamilton, Lady Hermon, Mr Kevan Jones, Mr Fraser Kemp, Dr William McCrea, Mr Eddie McGrady, Mr Alan Milburn, Anne Milton, Margaret Moran, Lembit Öpik, Mark Pritchard, Mr Laurence Robertson, Mr Geoffrey Robinson, Mr Peter Robinson, Angela E. Smith (Basildon), Mr Ben Wallace, Mr Michael Wills and Derek Wyatt.

2    Common Agricultural Policy Single Payment and Support Schemes (Cross-Compliance) (England) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3459), the Common Agricultural Policy Single Payment Scheme (Set-aside) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 3460) and the Common Agricultural Policy Single Payment and Support Schemes (Reduction from Payments) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 169),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr David Kidney and Mr Jamie Reed from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Regulations) and nominated in substitution Mr Dai Havard and Mrs Madeleine Moon.

Grand Committees

3    Welsh Grand Committee,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr David Ruffley and Bill Wiggin from the Welsh Grand Committee and nominated in substitution Mr David Evennett and Mrs Cheryl Gillan.

European Standing Committees

4    European Union Document No. 5130/06 and Addendum 1 relating to the Promotion of Clean Road Vehicles,—The Committee of Selection has nominated thirteen Members to serve on the European Standing Committee nominated in respect of the Document: Mr Henry Bellingham, Mr Alistair Carmichael, Mr Vernon Coaker, Frank Dobson, Linda Gilroy, Mr Robert Goodwill, Dr Stephen Ladyman, Mr John Leech, Dan Norris, Mr Owen Paterson, Mr Lee Scott, Mr Andrew Slaughter and Graham Stringer.

5    European Union Document No. 9606/05 and Addendum 1 relating to Protection of Chickens Kept for Meat Production,—The Committee of Selection has nominated thirteen Members to serve on the European Standing Committee nominated in respect of the Document: Ms Celia Barlow, Mr Ben Bradshaw, Mr Vernon Coaker, Mrs Louise Ellman, Mr Nigel Evans, Mr Roger Godsiff, Chris Huhne, Daniel Kawczynski, Mr David Kidney, Andrew Rosindell, Alan Simpson, Bill Wiggin and Mr Roger Williams.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

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

2    Environmental Audit,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee [Reducing Carbon Emissions from Transport]; to be printed [No. 981-ii] [Mr Tim Yeo].

3    European Scrutiny,—(1) Twenty-third Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 34-xxiii];

    (2) Twenty-fourth Report from the Committee [The Commission's and Council's Programmes for 2006]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 34-xxiv]; and

    (3) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Ministerial Correspondence]

    [Jimmy Hood].

4    Foreign Affairs,—(1) Third Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee [Public Diplomacy], 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. 903]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Foreign Policy Aspects of the War against Terrorism]; to be printed [No. 573-v]

    [Mike Gapes].

5    Modernisation of the House of Commons,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons [Connecting Parliament with the Public]; to be printed [No. 951-ii] [Mr Geoffrey Hoon].

6    Public Accounts,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Department for Work and Pensions: Delivering effective services through contact centres]; to be printed [No. 1034-i] [Mr Edward Leigh].

7    Public Administration,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Publication of Political Memoirs]; to be printed [No. 689-v] [Dr Tony Wright].

8    Science and Technology,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Science and Technology Committee [Research Council support for knowledge transfer]; to be printed [No. 995-ii] [Mr Phil Willis].

9    Statutory Instruments,—(1) Twenty-third Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 35-xxiii]; and

    (2) Third Report from the Select Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 871-iii]

    [Mr Eric Forth].

10    Transport,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Committee [Piracy on the High Seas]; to be printed [No. 1026-i] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

11    Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [2006 Budget]; to be printed [No. 994-ii] [Mr John McFall].

[W.H., No. 83]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

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

Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned—(Mr Parmjit Dhanda);

    And the sitting having continued for two and a half hours after half-past Two o'clock, it was adjourned without Question put, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 5.45 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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