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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 3rd May 2006

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

PRAYERS.

1    British Overseas Territories Bill,—The Order for reading the British Overseas Territories Bill a second time on Friday 12th May was read and discharged.

    Bill to be read a second time on Friday 16th June.

2    Neighbourhood Policing,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require police services to include proposals to introduce and sustain neighbourhood policing as a provision of their policing plans; and for connected purposes: And that Mr Andrew Slaughter, Lyn Brown, Jon Cruddas, Ms Karen Buck, Stephen Pound, Mr Andrew Love, Mike Gapes, Meg Hillier, Mr Andrew Dismore, Dr Rudi Vis, Harry Cohen and Ann Keen do prepare and bring it in.

3    Neighbourhood Policing Bill,—Mr Andrew Slaughter accordingly presented a Bill to require police services to include proposals to introduce and sustain neighbourhood policing as a provision of their policing plans; 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 177].

4    Finance (No. 2) Bill,—The House, according to Order, again resolved itself into a Committee on the Finance (No. 2) Bill (Clauses Nos. 13 to 15, 26, 61, 91 and 106, Schedule No. 14, and New Clauses relating to the effect of provisions of the Bill on section 18 of the Inheritance Tax Act 1984).

    (In the Committee)

    Clause No. 91 agreed to.

    Schedule No. 14 (Investment reliefs: venture capital schemes).

    Amendment (No. 6) proposed, in page 74 [Vol II], to leave out lines 5 to 26.—(Mr Mark Hoban.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

    Another Amendment (No. 10) proposed, in page 75, line 25 [Vol II], to leave out '30' and insert '40'.—(Mr Mark Hoban.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

    Another Amendment (No. 12) proposed, in page 76 [Vol II], to leave out lines 1 to 13.—(Mr Mark Hoban.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

    Another Amendment (No. 5) proposed, in page 77, line 3 [Vol II], at end to add—

    'PART 6

    INHERITANCE TAX

    9 In section 104(1)(a) of IHTA 1984 for "(b) or (bb)" substitute "(b) (bb) or (bc)"

    10 In section 105(1) of IHTA 1984 after subsection (bb) insert—

      "(bc) eligible shares in a venture capital trust as defined by section 842AA(14) of the Taxes Act 1988;"

    PART 7

    LONGER HOLDING PERIODS

    11 (1) Schedule 15B to The Taxes Act 1988 is amended as follows

    (2) In paragraph 1, after subparagraph (2) insert—

      "(2A) An individual shall also be eligible for relief in the 6th year after subscribing for eligible shares if those shares are held by him at the 6th anniversary of the subscription.

      (2B) The amounts on which an individual shall be taken for the purposes of sub-paragraph (2A) above to be eligible for relief shall be the original subscription amount for such shares.

    (3) In paragraph 3(1)(b) leave out "those shares were issued to that individual" and insert "the shares became eligible for relief under paragraph 1(2) or (2A) above. But relief claimed for a subscription of eligible shares more than five years before the date of disposal shall not be withdrawn.".'.—(Mr Mark Hoban.)

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

    Schedule agreed to.

    Clause No. 106 (Conditions for company).

    Amendment (No. 24) proposed, in page 97, line 13 [Vol I], at end to add—

    '(1A) Not later than 31st March 2007, and annually thereafter, the Chancellor of the Exchequer shall lay before Parliament a report of the number and estimated market capitalisation of the companies that have given notice to register as Real Estate Investment Trusts under section 109.'.—(Mr Mark Francois.)

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

    Clause agreed to.

    Clause No. 13 (Rates).

    Amendment (No. 25) proposed, in page 14, line 20 [Vol I], to leave out Table A and insert—

CO2 Emissions figure Rate
(1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
Exceeding Not Exceeding Reduced Rate Standard Rate Premium Rate
Households with a postcode in a sparsely populated rural area Households with a postcode in a sparsely populated rural area Households with a postcode in a sparsely populated rural area
g/km g/km £ £ £ £ £ £
100 120 30 15 40 20 50 25
120 150 90 45 100 50 110 55
150 165 115 57.50 125 62.50 135 67.50
165 185 140 70 150 75 160 80
185 180 90 190 95 195 97.50

    —(Julia Goldsworthy.)

      Question put, That the Amendment be made:—It was negatived.

      Clause agreed to.

      Clauses Nos. 14 and 15 agreed to.

      Bill (Clauses Nos. 13 to 15, 26, 61, 91 and 106, Schedule No. 14, and New Clauses relating to the effect of provisions of the Bill on section 18 of the Inheritance Tax Act 1984) to be reported, without Amendment.

      _______________

      The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair and Mr Dave Watts reported, That the Committee had gone through the Bill (Clauses Nos. 13 to 15, 26, 61, 91 and 106, Schedule No. 14, and New Clauses relating to the effect of provisions of the Bill on section 18 of the Inheritance Tax Act 1984) and directed him to report the same, without Amendment.

      Ordered, That the Bill (Clauses Nos. 13 to 15, 26, 61, 91 and 106, and Schedule No. 14) do lie upon the Table.

    5    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 Planning Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 8th March, be approved—(Mr Dave Watts):—It was agreed to.

    6    Protection of Chickens Kept for Meat Production,—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. 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 agrees 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—(Mr Dave Watts):—It was agreed to.

    7    Sittings of the House,—Ordered, That, at the sitting on Monday 8th May, the Speaker shall not adjourn the House until any message from the Lords has been received, any Committee to draw up Reasons which has been appointed at that sitting has reported, and he has notified the Royal Assent to Acts agreed upon by both Houses.—(Mr Dave Watts.)

    8    Business of the House,—Ordered, That, at the sitting on Monday 8th May, notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Order No. 16 (Proceedings under an Act or on European Union documents), the Speaker shall put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the Motion in the names of Mr Douglas Alexander and John Healey relating to European Union Documents not later than three hours after their commencement; proceedings may continue, though opposed after the moment of interruption; and Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions) shall not apply.—(Mr Dave Watts.)

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

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

    [Adjourned at 7.26 p.m.

    Michael J. Martin

    Speaker


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


    APPENDIX I

    Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

    Paper subject to Affirmative Resolution:

    1    Criminal Law,—Draft Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (Amendment of Section 61 (1)) Order 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

    Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    2    Intellectual Property,—Registered Designs Act 1949 and Patents Act 1977 (Electronic Communications) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 1229), dated 26th April 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Alan Johnson].

    3    Northern Ireland Departments,—Departments (Transfer of Functions) Order (Northern Ireland) 2006 (S.R. (N.I.), 2006, No. 192), dated 3rd April 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hain].

    4    Road Traffic,—M6 Toll (Speed Limit) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 1185), dated 13th April 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

    Other Paper:

    5    Constitutional Affairs,—Government Response to the Third and Fifth Reports from the Constitutional Affairs Committee, on Compensation culture and Compensation culture: NHS Redress Bill [by Command] [Cm. 6784] [Bridget Prentice].

    APPENDIX II

    Standing Committees

    1    Finance (No. 2) Bill (except Clauses Nos. 13 to 15, 23, 61, 91 and 106 and Schedule No. 14, and new Clauses relating to the effect of provisions of the Bill on section 18 of the Inheritance Tax Act 1984):

      (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee A; and

      (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated thirty-four Members to serve on the Committee: Gordon Banks, Ms Celia Barlow, Mr Colin Breed, Mr Philip Dunne, Mr Mark Francois, Mr David Gauke, Julia Goldsworthy, Helen Goodman, Mr Paul Goodman, Nia Griffith, John Healey, John Hemming, Stephen Hesford, Mr Mark Hoban, Mrs Sharon Hodgson, Stewart Hosie, Barbara Keeley, Mr Sadiq Khan, Mr Ivan Lewis, Kerry McCarthy, Rob Marris, Kali Mountford, Mr Brooks Newmark, Dawn Primarolo, Mr Andy Reed, Mr Jamie Reed, Andrew Selous, Mark Tami, John Thurso, Mrs Theresa Villiers, Mr Tom Watson, Mr Iain Wright, Jeremy Wright and Sir George Young.

    2    Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Revised Code of Practice for the Identification of Persons by Police Officers) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006:

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

      (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Vernon Coaker, Mr David Curry, Philip Davies, Mr Jim Devine, Mr Nigel Dodds, Mr Stephen Hepburn, Mr Adam Holloway, Mr Piara S. Khabra, Mr Pat McFadden, Mr Alan Milburn, Dan Norris, Lembit Öpik, Sandra Osborne, Mr Laurence Robertson, Andrew Rosindell, Lynda Waltho and Mr Shaun Woodward.

    3    Draft Planning (Application to the Houses of Parliament) Order 2006:

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

      (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Henry Bellingham, Tom Brake, Mr David Burrowes, Colin Challen, Frank Dobson, Mr David Drew, Mark Fisher, Jim Fitzpatrick, Michael Gove, Kate Hoey, Mr Brian Jenkins, Alan Keen, Mr Mark Lancaster, Anne Main, Andrew Stunell, Mr Dave Watts and David Wright.

    4    Draft Private Tenancies (Northern Ireland) Order 2006:

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

      (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Richard Burden, Mr Douglas Carswell, Mr David Clelland, Mr Vernon Coaker, Mr Nigel Dodds, Mrs Nadine Dorries, Clive Efford, Mr Michael Foster (Worcester), Mr David Hanson, Mr Stewart Jackson, Lembit Öpik, Mr Laurence Robertson, Andrew Rosindell, Joan Ruddock, Dr Gavin Strang, Mr Paul Truswell and Joan Walley.

    5    Bee Diseases and Pest Control (England) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 342):

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

      (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Ben Bradshaw, Tony Cunningham, Mr Roger Godsiff, Mr Greg Hands, Mr Lindsay Hoyle, Chris Huhne, Lynne Jones, Mr David Kidney, Mr Mark Lancaster, John McDonnell, Andrew Rosindell, Geraldine Smith, Graham Stringer, Mr Shailesh Vara, Bill Wiggin, Mrs Betty Williams and Mr Roger Williams.

    APPENDIX III

    Reports from Select Committees

    1    Crossrail,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on the Crossrail Bill; to be printed [No. 837-xxviii] [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-iv] [Mr Tim Yeo].

    3    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,—(1) Seventh Report from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [The Environment Agency], 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. 780]; and

      (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before Committee [Climate change: role of bioenergy], together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 965-v]

      [Mr Michael Jack].

    4    European Scrutiny,—(1) Twenty-seventh Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 34-xxvii]; and

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

      [Jimmy Hood].

    5    Foreign Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [Developments in the European Union]; to be printed [No. 768-iii] [Mike Gapes].

    6    Northern Ireland Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [Organised Crime in Northern Ireland]; to be printed [No. 886-vi] [Sir Patrick Cormack].

    7    Public Accounts,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Gaining and retaining a job: The Department for Work and Pensions' support for disabled people]; to be printed [No. 1089-i] [Mr Ian Davidson].

    8    Science and Technology,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Science and Technology Committee [Scientific advice, risk and evidence: how Government handles them]; to be printed [No. 900-v] [Mr Phil Willis].

    9    Statutory Instruments,—Fourth Report from the Select Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 871-iv] [Mr Eric Forth].

    10    Transport,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Committee [Transport Security: Travelling without Fear]; to be printed [No. 1085-i]; and

      (2) Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 19th April [Personal Passenger Safety in Railway Stations]; to be printed [No. 1057-ii]

      [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

    11    Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [The design of a National Pension Savings Scheme and the role of the financial services regulation]; to be printed [No. 1074-ii] [Mr John McFall].

    12    Work and Pensions,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Work and Pensions Committee [Pension Reform]; to be printed [No. 1068-ii] [Mr Terry Rooney].

    [W.H., No. 92]

    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.—(Mr Vernon Coaker.)

      And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

    [Adjourned at 4.59 p.m.

    Sir Alan Haselhurst

    Deputy Speaker



 
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