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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 27th April 2006

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

PRAYERS.

1    Spoliation Advisory Panel,—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 from the Right Honourable Sir David Hirst, Chairman of the Spoliation Advisory Panel, in respect of four drawings now in the possession of the British Museum.—(Mr Ian Cawsey.)

2    Commons Bill [Lords],—Mr Mike Weir reported from Standing Committee D, That it had gone through the Commons Bill [Lords], and made Amendments thereunto.

    Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered on Tuesday 2nd May; and to be printed [Bill 173].

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

3    European Standing Committee,—Mr Bill Olner reported from a European Standing Committee the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 9606/05, Communication from the Commission of a Proposal for a Council Directive laying down minimum rules for the protection of chickens kept for meat production; and that the Government should secure sustainable and affordable improvements to meat chicken welfare through effective and proportionate means including a harmonised environment and inspection regime.

    Resolution to lie upon the Table.

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

4    Northern Ireland Bill—The House, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee on the Northern Ireland Bill.

    (In the Committee)

    Clause No. 1 (Preparations for restoration of devolved government)

    Amendment (No. 7) proposed, in page 1, line 9, at the end, to insert the words '(including proposals to give effect to the agreement reached at the multi-party talks on Northern Ireland set out in Command Paper 3883)'.—(Mark Durkan.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

    Clause agreed to.

    Clause No. 2 (Selection of persons to be Ministers on restoration of devolved government)

    Amendment (No. 10) proposed, in page 1, line 19, to leave out the words 'before 25th November 2006'.—(Mr Nigel Dodds.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

    The Committee divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Gregory Campbell, Mrs Iris Robinson: 64.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Parmjit Dhanda, Mr Dave Watts: 256.

    Clause agreed to.

    Clauses Nos. 3 to 6 agreed to.

    Schedule No. 1 (The Assembly)

    Amendment (No. 6) proposed, in page 5, line 20, at the end, to insert the words—

    'Assembly control of Orders in Council

    7 Paragraph 2 of the Schedule to the 2000 Act is replaced by—

      "Parliamentary and Assembly control of Orders in Council

      2 (1) Except where sub-paragraph (2) applies, an Order in Council may not be made under paragraph 1(1) unless each of the following conditions is met—

      (a) Condition 1 is that a draft of the Order has been referred under section 1(1) of the Northern Ireland Act 2006 to the Assembly;

      (b) Condition 2 is that a meeting of the Assembly has taken place at which it has had the opportunity to consider the draft of the Order;

      (c) Condition 3 is that the Assembly at that meeting has not expressed by resolution passed with cross-community support its opposition to the draft of the Order;

      (d) Condition 4 is that the draft of the Order has been approved by resolution of each House of Parliament.

      (2) This sub-paragraph applies where the Order declares that the Secretary of State has advised Her Majesty that because of the urgency of the matter it is necessary to make the Order without meeting any of the conditions in sub-paragraph (1).

      (3) Where an Order contains a declaration under sub-paragraph (2) it—

      (a)  must be laid before Parliament after being made; and

      (b)  ceases to have effect if it is not approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament before the end of the relevant period.

      (4) Where an Order contains a declaration under sub-paragraph (2) it—

      (a) must be referred to the Assembly under section 1(1) of the Northern Ireland Act 2006 after being made; and

      (b) ceases to have effect if before the end of the relevant period—

      (i) the Assembly has not had an opportunity to consider the Order; or

      (ii) the Assembly has passed a resolution with cross community support expressing its opposition to the Order.

      (5) But sub-paragraphs (3)(b) and (4)(b) do not prejudice—

      (a) anything done under the Order before it ceased to have effect; or

      (b) the making of a new Order.

      (6) In this paragraph—

      "the Assembly" means the Assembly referred to in paragraph 1 of Schedule 1 to the Northern Ireland Act 2006;

      "the relevant period" means the period of 40 days beginning with the date on which the Order is made.'.—(Mark Durkan.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

    The Committee divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Dr Alasdair McDonnell, David Simpson: 51.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Dave Watts, Mr Parmjit Dhanda: 234.

    Schedule agreed to.

    Schedules Nos. 2 and 3 agreed to.

    Whereupon the Chairman left the Chair to report the Bill to the House.

    _______________

    The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair and Mr Vernon Coaker reported, That the Committee had gone through the Bill and directed him to report the same, without Amendment.

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

5    Public Petition,—A Public Petition from Ms Marion Miller and others against increases to council house rents to pay for street wardens was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

6    Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Vernon Coaker.)

    And accordingly, the House, having continued to sit till a quarter past Six o'clock, adjourned till Tuesday 2nd May, pursuant to Order [26th April].

[Adjourned at 6.15 p.m.

Michael J. Martin

Speaker


Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock on Tuesday 2nd May.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1    Defence,—(1) Draft Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 2006; and

    (2) draft Courts-Martial (Prosecution Appeals) Order 2006

    [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Secretary John Reid].

2    Electronic Communications,—Draft Wireless Telegraphy (Pre-Consolidation Amendments) Order 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Alan Johnson].

3    Income Tax,—Draft Partnerships (Restrictions on Contributions to a Trade) Regulations 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Dawn Primarolo].

4    International Development,—Draft International Development Association (Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative) Order 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Hilary Benn].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

5    Companies,—Takeovers Directive (Interim Implementation) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 1183), dated 25th April 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Alan Johnson].

6    Corporation Tax,—Investment Trusts and Venture Capital Trusts (Definition of Capital Profits, Gains or Losses) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 1182), dated 26th April 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Ivan Lewis].

7    Food,—Ceramic Articles in Contact with Food (England) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 1179), dated 24th April 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Alan Johnson].

8    Health and Safety,—Carriage of Explosives Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 (S.R. (N.I.), 2006, No. 182), dated 31st March 2006 [by Statutory Instrument], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hain].

Other Papers:

9    Air Force (Constitution),—(1) Amendment List 18 to Air Publication 1269—The Royal Air Force Manual of Medical Management and Administration (Eighth Edition); and

    (2) Amendment List 30 to Air Publication 1269A—Assessment of Medical Fitness (Third Edition),

    dated 18th April [by Act] [Secretary John Reid].

10    Broadcasting,—Paper, entitled BBC People: human resources operations, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP review presented to the BBC Governors' Audit Committee, March 2005, with a response to the review from the BBC [by Command] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

11    Nationality, Immigration and Asylum,—Report of the Certification Monitor for 2005 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

12    Spoliation Advisory Panel,—Return to an Address to Her Majesty for a Return of the Report made by the Right Honourable Sir David Hirst, Chairman of the Spoliation Advisory Panel, in respect of four drawings now in the possession of the British Museum [pursuant to Resolution this day]; to be printed [No. 1052] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Housing Corporation (Delegation) etc. Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),—The Speaker has appointed Mr Henry Bellingham, Yvette Cooper, Michael Gove, Mr Peter Kilfoyle, Mr Dan Rogerson, Mr Dave Watts and David Wright members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee D in respect of the Bill.

2    Housing Corporation (Delegation) etc. Bill:

    (1) The Speaker has appointed Mr Joe Benton Chairman of Standing Committee D in respect of the Bill; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has discharged Mr John Randall and Mr Sin Simon from Standing Committee D (nominated in respect of the Bill) and nominated in substitution Yvette Cooper and Michael Gove.

3    Draft Planning Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2006,—The Speaker has appointed Mr David Wilshire Chairman of the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

    European Standing Committees

4    European Union Document No. 9606/05 and Addendum 1 relating to Protection of Chickens Kept for Meat Production,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Vernon Coaker, Mr Roger Godsiff and Chris Huhne from the European Standing Committee (nominated in respect of the Document and Addendum) and nominated in substitution Mr Colin Breed, Mr Alan Campbell and Dr Doug Naysmith.

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-xxvii] [Mr Alan Meale].

2    International Development,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee, together with Appendices [Conflict and development: peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction]; to be printed [No. 923-iii] [Malcolm Bruce].

3    Public Administration,—(1) Fourth Special Report from the Select Committee on Public Administration [Tax Credits: putting things right: Government Response to the Committee's Second Report], together with Appendices; to be printed [No. 1076]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee, together with Appendices [Ethics and Standards]; to be printed [No. 884-iv]

    [Dr Tony Wright].

4    Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [Globalisation: the role of the IMF]; to be printed [No. 875-ii] [Mr John McFall].

[W.H., No. 90]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

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

Adjournment (A Matter of Honour: Reforming the Honours System—Fifth Report from the Public Administration Committee, Session 2003-04, and the Government's response thereto),—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Mr Dave Watts.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 2nd May.

[Adjourned at 5.50 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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