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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 20th April 2006

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

PRAYERS.

1    Eightieth Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen,—The Vice-Chamberlain of the Household reported to the House, That their Address of 19th April relating to Eightieth Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen had been presented to Her Majesty; and that Her Majesty had been pleased to receive the same very graciously and to give the following Answer:

    It gives me great pleasure to receive the cordial congratulations of your House on the occasion of my eightieth birthday, together with your expression of appreciation and your warm good wishes for my long continuing health and happiness.

    I send my warmest thanks to you.

2    Road Safety Bill [Lords],—Sir Nicholas Winterton reported from Standing Committee A, That it had gone through the Road Safety Bill [Lords], and made Amendments thereunto.

    Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered on Monday 24th April and to be printed [Bill 170].

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

3    Disorderly conduct,—Mr Dennis Skinner, Member for Bolsover, having used a grossly disorderly expression, was ordered by the Deputy Speaker to withdraw the same, but he declined to comply with that direction

    Whereupon the Deputy Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order No. 43 (Disorderly conduct) ordered him to withdraw immediately for the remainder of this day's sitting:—And he withdrew accordingly.

4    Northern Ireland Bill,—Mr Secretary Hain, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Clarke and Mr David Hanson, presented a Bill to make provision for preparations for the restoration of devolved government in Northern Ireland and for the selection of persons to be Ministers on such restoration; to make provision as to the consequences of selecting or not selecting such persons; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Monday 24th April and to be printed [Bill 169].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Northern Ireland Bill be printed [Bill 169-EN].

5    Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill [2nd Allocated Day],—The House, according to Order, again resolved itself into a Committee on the Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (Clauses Nos. 1 to 7, 10 to 12, 19 to 22 and Schedule No. 2, and any New Clauses and Schedules other than those relating to Parts 2 or 4).

    (In the Committee)

    Clause No. 19 (Department with policing and justice functions)

    Amendment (No. 30) proposed, in page 13, line 41, to leave out the words 'and justice'.—(Lady Hermon.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

    Another Amendment (No. 18) proposed, in page 14, line 4, at the end, to insert the words—

      '( ) The Act may provide for the department to be in the charge of the First and Deputy First Minister acting jointly.'.—(Mr Laurence Robertson.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

    Another Amendment (No. 31) proposed, in page 14, line 12, at the end, to insert the words—

      '(4A) No person shall be appointed as Minister or Junior Minister of a Department to exercise functions consisting wholly or mainly of devolved policing and justice functions pursuant to this section if he has—

      (a) been convicted of a criminal offence and had a sentence of imprisonment imposed whether suspended or not; or

      (b) failed to make a declaration to the Assembly of unequivocal support for the Police Service of Northern Ireland (incorporating the Royal Ulster Constabulary).'.—(Lady Hermon.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Andrew Selous, Mr Tobias Ellwood: 130.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Parmjit Dhanda, Mr Alan Campbell: 293.

    Another Amendment (No. 8) proposed, in page 14, line 24, at the end, to insert the words—

      '(8) The Secretary of State shall not lay an Order under section 4(2) in relation to any matter which is specified in any of paragraphs 9 to 12, 14A and 15A and 17 of Schedule 3 unless—

      (a) a period of two years has passed since a restoration order was made under section 2(2) of the Northern Ireland Act 2000; and

      (b) he is satisfied that the Assembly is stable and secure.'.—(Lorely Burt.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

    Clause agreed to.

    Schedule No. 2 (Department with policing and justice functions)

    Amendment (No. 9) proposed, in page 25, line 34, to leave out from the word 'passed' to the end of line 38 and insert the words'with cross-community support.'.—(Lorely Burt.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

    Schedule agreed to.

    Clause No. 20 agreed to.

    Clause No. 21 (Provision for transfer of functions relating to extradition etc.)

    Amendment (No. 32) proposed, in page 15, line 25, at the end to add the words—

    '(4A) No recommendation shall be made to Her Majesty to make an order under this section unless the Assembly has passed with cross-community support a resolution praying that the relevant function be transferred to a Minister or a Northern Ireland Department.'.—(Lady Hermon.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

    Clause agreed to.

    Clause No. 22 agreed to.

    A Clause (NC6) (Police Service Northern Ireland 50-50 recruitment policy)—(Mr Peter Robinson)—brought up and read the first time.

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

    And it being Six o'clock, the Chairman put the Question already proposed from the Chair, pursuant to Order [19th April].

The Committee divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, David Simpson, Mrs Iris Robinson: 103.

      Tellers for the Noes, Joan Ryan, Mr Dave Watts: 282.

Whereupon the Chairman left the Chair to report the Bill (Clauses Nos. 1 to 7, 10 to 12, 19 to 22 and Schedule No. 2, and any New Clauses and Schedules other than those relating to Parts 2 or 4) to the House. ________________

    The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair and Mr Tom Watson reported, That the Committee had gone through the Bill (Clauses Nos. 1 to 7, 10 to 12, 19 to 22 and Schedule No. 2, and any New Clauses and Schedules other than those relating to Parts 2 or 4) and directed him to report the same, without Amendment.

    Bill (Clauses Nos. 1 to 7, 10 to 12, 19 to 22 and Schedule No. 2) to lie upon the Table.

6    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 Local Government (Boundaries) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 22nd March, be approved—(Mr Tom Watson);

    And the Deputy Speaker's opinion as to the decision of the Question being challenged, the Division was deferred till Wednesday 26th April, pursuant to Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions).

7    Northern Ireland Bill,—Ordered, That, in respect of the Northern Ireland Bill, notices of Amendments, new Clauses and new Schedules to be moved in Committee may be accepted by the Clerks at the Table before the Bill has been read a second time.—(Mr Tom Watson.)

8    Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Tom Watson.)

    And accordingly, the House, having continued to sit till nineteen minutes to Seven o'clock, adjourned till Monday 24th April.

[Adjourned at 6.41 p.m.

Michael J. Martin

Speaker


Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock on Monday next.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1    Income Tax,—(1) Draft Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Botswana) Order 2006;

    (2) draft Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Japan) Order 2006; and

    (3) draft Tax Information Exchange Agreement (Taxes on Income) (Gibraltar) Order 2006

    [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Dawn Primarolo].

2    Magistrates' Courts,—Draft Collection of Fines (Final Scheme) Order 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Harriet Harman].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

3    Civil Partnership,—Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Relationships Arising Through Civil Partnership) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 1121), dated 19th April 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Dawn Primarolo].

4    Education,—(1) Education (Pupil Referral Units) (Application of Enactments) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 1068); and

    (2) School Staffing (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 1067),

    dated 8th April 2006 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

5    Immigration,—Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1053], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

6    Road Traffic,—Passenger and Goods Vehicles (Recording Equipment) (Fitting Date) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 1117), dated 18th April 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

Other Papers:

7    Air Force (Constitution),—Amendments to the Rates of Pay, Specialist Pay and Charges of the Royal Air Force, dated 21st March [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary John Reid].

8    Reserve Forces,—Amendments to the Rates of Pay, Specialist Pay, Charges and Bounties of The Royal Air Force Reserve, The Royal Auxiliary Air Force and Uniformed Adult Instructors of the Air Training Corps and the Combined Cadet Force (RAF), dated 21st March [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary John Reid].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),—The Speaker has appointed Mr Vernon Coaker, Mr David Hanson, Mr Lembit Ípik, Mr Laurence Robertson, Andrew Rosindell, Lynda Waltho and Mr Shaun Woodward members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee B in respect of the Bill.

2    Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill:

    (1) The Speaker has appointed David Taylor and Mr Peter Atkinson Chairmen of Standing Committee B in respect of the Bill; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Stephen Hepburn from Standing Committee B (nominated in respect of the Bill) and nominated in substitution Mr George Mudie.

3    Commons Bill [Lords] (Programming Sub-Committee),—The Speaker has appointed Tony Cunningham, Mr David Kidney, Jim Knight, David Maclean, Mr James Paice, Paddy Tipping and Mr Roger Williams members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee D in respect of the Bill.

4    Commons Bill [Lords],—The Speaker has appointed Miss Anne Begg and Mr Mike Weir Chairmen of Standing Committee D in respect of the Bill.

5    Draft Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Eric Forth Chairman of the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

    European Standing Committees

6    The Speaker has appointed John Bercow Chairman of the European Standing Committee in respect of European Union Document No. 5130/06 and Addendum 1 on Promotion of Clean Road Vehicles.

7    The Speaker has appointed Mr Bill Olner Chairman of the European Standing Committee in respect of European Union Document No. 9606/05 and Addendum 1 on Protection of Chickens Kept for Meat Production.

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-xxvi] [Mr Alan Meale].

2    Environmental Audit,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee on Trade, Development and the Environment of the Environmental Audit Committee [The Role of DfID]; to be printed [No. 1014-iii] [Mr Tim Yeo].

3    International Development,—(1) Third Report from the International Development Committee [The WTO Hong Kong Ministerial and the Doha Development Agenda], 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. 730-I and II]; and

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [The WTO Hong Kong Ministerial and the Doha Development Agenda]

    [Malcolm Bruce].

4    Public Administration,—(1) Third Report from the Select Committee on Public Administration [Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill], together with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 1033]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee, together with Appendices [Governing the Future]; to be printed [No. 756-iii]

    [Dr Tony Wright].

5    Treasury,—Fourth Report from the Treasury Committee [The 2006 Budget], 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. 994] [Mr John McFall].

[W.H., No. 87]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

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

Adjournment (Forensic Science on Trial—Seventh Report from the Science and Technology Committee, Session 2004-05, and the Government response thereto),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned—(Mr Dave Watts);

    And the sitting having continued for three hours, it was adjourned without Question put, till Tuesday 25th April.

[Adjourned at 5.45 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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