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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 9th May 2006

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

PRAYERS.

1    Misuse of Drugs (Reclassification of Methylamphetamine),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to reclassify methylamphetamine as a category A drug—(Bob Spink);

    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 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 Bob Spink, James Duddridge, Angus Robertson, Mr George Mudie, Mr Robert Goodwill, Mr Brooks Newmark, Angela Watkinson, Mr Lee Scott, Mr Philip Hollobone, Ann Winterton and Philip Davies do prepare and bring in the Bill.

2    Misuse of Drugs (Reclassification of Methylamphetamine) Bill,—Bob Spink accordingly presented a Bill to reclassify methylamphetamine as a category A drug: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 20th October and to be printed [Bill 179].

3    Opposition Day (15th allotted day),—It being an allotted day at the disposal of the Leader of the Opposition in pursuance of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business), the House proceeded to consider Opposition business.

    Management of the National Health Service by the Department of Health,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House notes the current financial crisis and associated job losses, ward and bed closures and service reductions in the NHS; believes that these are consequences primarily of the failures of management at the Department of Health; further notes the Secretary of State for Health's denial of responsibility for this situation and her failure to recognise the realities within the NHS; sees a lack of leadership within the Department of Health; and, in addition to turnaround teams in NHS Trusts, calls on the Government to appoint a turnaround team to the Department of Health—(Mr Andrew Lansley);

    An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word 'House' to the end of the Question and add the words 'recognises the effective leadership given by the Department of Health in managing the NHS; acknowledges that the majority of NHS organisations are living within their budget and providing patients with better services; welcomes the turnaround in the NHS since 1997 as a result of the dedication and commitment of staff, backed by the Government's programme of investment and reform; congratulates the Government for trebling investment in the NHS by 2008 compared with 1997; welcomes the recruitment of more than 300,000 extra staff in the NHS since 1997 including 85,000 more nurses; notes that waiting lists are now at their lowest since records began with over 370,000 fewer patients waiting for an operation than in March 1997; further welcomes the fact that all patients can now expect to wait no longer than six months for their operation and that 98 per cent. of patients are now seen, treated or admitted within four hours in accident and emergency departments; and applauds the NHS for saving more lives than ever before, including 43,000 more people saved from cancer and 87,000 saved from coronary heart disease', instead thereof.—(Ms Secretary Hewitt.)

    And the Question being proposed, That the original words stand part of the Question;

    Mr Patrick McLoughlin rose in his place and claimed to move, That the Question be now put.

    And the Question being put, That the Question be now put:—It was agreed to.

    And the Question being accordingly put;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Henry Bellingham, Mr David Evennett: 236.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Alan Campbell, Liz Blackman: 309.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Question, That the proposed words be there added, being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Alan Campbell, Liz Blackman: 302.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Evennett, Mr Henry Bellingham: 232.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    The Speaker forthwith declared the Main Question, as amended, to be agreed to.

    Resolved, That this House recognises the effective leadership given by the Department of Health in managing the NHS; acknowledges that the majority of NHS organisations are living within their budget and providing patients with better services; welcomes the turnaround in the NHS since 1997 as a result of the dedication and commitment of staff, backed by the Government's programme of investment and reform; congratulates the Government for trebling investment in the NHS by 2008 compared with 1997; welcomes the recruitment of more than 300,000 extra staff in the NHS since 1997 including 85,000 more nurses; notes that waiting lists are now at their lowest since records began with over 370,000 fewer patients waiting for an operation than in March 1997; further welcomes the fact that all patients can now expect to wait no longer than six months for their operation and that 98 per cent. of patients are now seen, treated or admitted within four hours in accident and emergency departments; and applauds the NHS for saving more lives than ever before, including 43,000 more people saved from cancer and 87,000 saved from coronary heart disease.

4    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 Planning (Application to the Houses of Parliament) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 19th April, be approved—(Mr Frank Roy):—It was agreed to.

5    Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism (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 Terrorism Act 2000 (Revised Code of Practice for the Identification of Persons by Police Officers) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 15th March, be approved—(Mr Frank Roy):—It was agreed to.

6    Immigration,—Ordered, That the Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules (HC 1016), dated 30th March 2006, be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.—(Mr Frank Roy.)

7    Public Petitions,—Public Petitions from—

    (1) UK farmers and others for an improved test for bovine TB and other measures to combat the disease; and

    (2) dog breeders, owners and lovers against the Government's proposals for revision of the current law on tail-docking

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

8    Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Frank Roy.)

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

[Adjourned at 11.04 p.m.

Michael J. Martin

Speaker


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


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Other Papers:

1    Education,—Explanatory Memorandum to the Education (Change of Category of Maintained Schools) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 1164) [by Command] [Secretary Alan Johnson].

2Financial Reporting to Parliament,—Departmental Report 2006: The Government's Expenditure Plans for 2006-07 to 2007-08 for:—

    (1) Department for International Development [by Command] [Cm. 6824] [Secretary Hilary Benn]; and

    (2) Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED) [by Command] [Cm. 6813] [Secretary Alan Johnson].

3National Health Service,—Report and Accounts for 1st April 2005 to 30th September 2005 of the—

    (1) National Blood Authority; and

    (2) UK Transplant,

    with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 820 and 821] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

4Private Security Industry,—Report and Accounts of the Security Industry Authority for 2004-05, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1059] [Secretary John Reid]. 5Public Petitions,—Observations by—

    (1) the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the Petition [15th March] from traders and residents of Billericay and others against increases in business rates; and

    (2) the Secretary of State for Transport on the Petition [26th April] from people of Boyce and St. Mary's Wards, Castle Point, Essex for improved pedestrian safety

    [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

Papers withdrawn:

6Education,—Explanatory Memorandum to the Education (Change of Category of Maintained Schools) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 1164) [laid 4th May].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

Finance (No. 2) Bill (except Clauses Nos. 13 to 15, 26, 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),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Ivan Lewis, Kali Mountford and Mr Tom Watson from Standing Committee A (nominated in respect of the Bill) and nominated in substitution Ed Balls, Mr John Heppell and Mr John MacDougall.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Administration,—Record of the Administration Committee's discussions at its meeting on 9th May [Mr Frank Doran]. 2Crossrail Bill,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on the Crossrail Bill; to be printed [No. 837-xxix] [Mr Alan Meale]. 3Culture, Media and Sport,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [New media and the creative industries]; to be printed [No. 1091-i] [Mr John Whittingdale]. 4Home Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [Immigration Control]; to be printed [No. 775-vii] [Mr David Winnick]. 5International Development,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [Private Sector Development], together with Appendices; to be printed [No. 921-v] [Malcolm Bruce]. 6Scottish Affairs,—(1) Third Report from the Scottish Affairs Committee [Putting Citizens First: the Report from the Commission on Boundary Differences and Voting Systems]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 924]; and

    (2) Memorandum laid before the Committee [Spring Supplementary Estimate 2006: Explanatory Memorandum by the Scotland Office]; to be printed [No. 1106]

    [Mr Mohammad Sarwar].

7Treasury,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [Financial Inclusion]; to be printed [No. 848-v]; and

    (2) Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Bank of England February 2006 Inflation Report]; to be printed [No. 973]

    [Mr John McFall].

[W.H., No. 94]

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 Michael Foster);

    And it being Two o'clock, the sitting was adjourned without Question put, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 2 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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