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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 22nd May 2006

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

PRAYERS.

1    First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mrs Janet Dean reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) Order 2006.

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

2    Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Martyn Jones reported from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Enterprise Act 2002 (Disqualification from Office: General) Order 2006.

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

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

    Conventions (Joint Committee),—The Lords communicate that they have appointed a Committee of eleven Lords to join with the Committee appointed by the Commons as the Joint Committee on Conventions;

    They have ordered that the Committee have power to agree with the Committee appointed by the Commons in the appointment of a Chairman;

    That the Committee have leave to report from time to time;

    That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;

    That the Committee have power to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom;

    That the Committee do report by 21st July 2006;

    And they propose that the Committee do meet with the Committee appointed by the Commons tomorrow at Ten o'clock.

4    Conventions (Joint Committee),—Ordered, That the Lords Message [this day] relating to the Joint Committee on Conventions be now considered.

    Lords Message considered accordingly.

    Ordered, that the Committee appointed by this House do meet the Lords Committee as proposed by their Lordships.

    Message to the Lords to acquaint them therewith.

5    Armed Forces Bill,—The House, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee on the Armed Forces Bill, as amended in the Select Committee.

    (In the Committee)

    Ordered, That the Bill be considered in the following order, namely, Clauses 1 to 53, Schedule 1, Clauses 54 to 113, Schedule 2, Clauses 114 to 163, Schedule 3, Clauses 164 to 168, Schedule 4, Clauses 169 to 180, Schedule 5, Clauses 181, Schedule 6, Clauses 182 to 205, Schedule 7, Clauses 206 to 271, Schedule 8, Clauses 272 to 275, Schedule 9, Clauses 276 and 277, Schedule 10, Clauses 278 to 319, Schedule 11, Clauses 320 to 347, Schedule 12, Clauses 348 and 349, Schedule 13, Clauses 350 to 354, Schedule 14, Clauses 355 to 363, Schedule 15, Clauses 364 to 371, Schedules 16 and 17, Clauses 372 to 378, new Clauses, new Schedules, any remaining proceedings on the Bill.—(Mr Tom Watson.)

    Clauses Nos. 1 to 7 agreed to.

    Clause No. 8 (Desertion).

    Amendment (No. 8) proposed, in page 5, line 14, to leave out from the word 'property;' to the end of line 15.—(John McDonnell.)

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

    Another Amendment (No. 9) proposed, in page 5, line 18, to leave out from the word 'offence' to the word 'must' in line 20.—(John McDonnell.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Neil Gerrard, Kelvin Hopkins: 19.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Michael Foster, Huw Irranca-Davies: 442.

    Clause agreed to.

    Clauses Nos. 9 to 53 agreed to.

    Schedule No. 1 agreed to.

    Clauses Nos. 54 to 113 agreed to.

    Schedule No. 2 agreed to.

    Clauses Nos. 114 and 115 agreed to.

    Clause No. 116 (Referral of case following investigation by service or civilian police).

    Question put, That the Clause stand part of the Bill.

    The Committee divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John Heppell, Steve McCabe: 323.

      Tellers for the Noes, Angela Watkinson, Mr Crispin Blunt: 122.

    It being after Nine o'clock, the Chairman put the remaining Question necessary to bring proceedings in the Committee to a conclusion, pursuant to Order [12th December].

    Clauses Nos. 117 to 163, Schedule No. 3, Clauses Nos. 164 to 168, Schedule No. 4, Clauses Nos. 169 to 180, Schedule No. 5, Clause No. 181, Schedule No. 6, Clauses Nos. 182 to 205, Schedule No. 7, Clauses Nos. 206 to 271, Schedule No. 8, Clauses Nos. 272 to 275, Schedule No. 9, Clauses Nos. 276 and 277, Schedule No. 10 and Clauses Nos. 278 to 293 agreed to.

    Clause No. 294 (Service detention).

    Amendment (No. 1) made.

    Clause, as amended, Clauses Nos. 295 to 319, Schedule No. 11 and Clauses Nos. 320 to 322 agreed to.

    Clause No. 323 (Evidential burden as respects excuses).

    Amendment (No. 2) made.

    Clause, as amended, Clauses Nos. 324 to 347, Schedule No. 12, Clauses Nos. 348 and 349, Schedule No. 13, Clauses Nos. 350 to 354, Schedule No. 14, Clauses Nos. 355 to 363, Schedule No. 15 and Clauses Nos. 364 to 371 agreed to.

    Schedule No. 16 (Minor and consequential amendments).

    Amendment (No. 3) made.

    Schedule, as amended, agreed to.

    Schedule No. 17 (Repeals and revocations).

    Amendment (No. 4) made.

    Schedule, as amended, and Clauses Nos. 372 to 378 agreed to.

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

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    The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair; and Huw Irranca-Davies reported, That the Committee had gone through the Bill, and had made Amendments thereunto.

    The House, pursuant to Order [12th December], proceeded to consider the Bill, as amended in the Committee.

    The Bill was read the third time, and passed.

6    Income Tax,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Tax Information Exchange Agreement (Taxes on Income) (Gibraltar) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 20th April, be approved—(Huw Irranca-Davies):—It was agreed to.

7    Income Tax,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Botswana) Order 2006 be made in the form of the draft laid before this House on 20th April—(Huw Irranca-Davies):—It was agreed to.

    Address to be presented to Her Majesty by such Members of the House as are of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council or of Her Majesty's Household.

8    Income Tax,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Japan) Order 2006 be made in the form of the draft laid before this House on 20th April—(Huw Irranca-Davies):—It was agreed to.

    Address to be presented to Her Majesty by such Members of the House as are of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council or of Her Majesty's Household.

9    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 Wireless Telegraphy (Pre-Consolidation Amendment) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 27th April, be approved—(Huw Irranca-Davies):—It was agreed to.

10    Internal Market for Services,—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. 8413/06, Commission Communication: Amended Draft Directive on Services in the Internal Market; and supports the Government's approach to securing practical and proportionate legislation that promotes economic growth, competitiveness and job creation within the context of an Internal Market for Services—(Huw Irranca-Davies):—It was agreed to.

11    Animals,—Ordered, That the Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 1200), dated 28th April 2006 be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.—(Huw Irranca-Davies.)

12    Public Accounts,—Ordered, That Mr Alistair Carmichael be discharged from the Public Accounts Committee and Dr John Pugh be added.—(Rosemary McKenna, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

13    Education and Skills,—Ordered, That Tim Farron be discharged from the Education and Skills Committee and Paul Holmes be added.—(Rosemary McKenna, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

14    Environmental Audit,—Ordered, That Lynne Featherstone be discharged from the Environmental Audit Committee and Tim Farron be added.—(Rosemary McKenna, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

15    Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Huw Irranca-Davies.)

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

[Adjourned at 10.28 p.m.

Michael J. Martin

Speaker


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


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on Friday 19th May 2006 pursuant to Standing Order No. 159 (Presentation of statutory instruments):

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1    Constitutional Law,—Scotland Act 1998 (Agency Arrangements) (Specification) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 1251), dated 9th May 2006, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Alexander].

2    Corporation Tax,—Insurance Companies (Corporation Tax Acts) (Amendment) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 1358), dated 18th May 2006, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Ed Balls].

3    Marine Pollution,—Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 1248), dated 9th May 2006, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Alexander].

4    Merchant Shipping,—Merchant Shipping (Oil Pollution) (Supplementary Fund Protocol) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 1265), dated 9th May 2006, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Alexander].

Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 22nd May 2006:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

5    Contracting Out,—Draft Contracting Out (Functions Relating to Child Support) Order 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hutton].

6    Defence,—Draft Courts-Martial (Prosecution Appeals) Order 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Des Browne].

7    Investigatory Powers,—(1) Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Communications Data) (Additional Functions and Amendment) Order 2006; and

    (2) draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Directed Surveillance and Covert Human Intelligence Sources) (Amendment) Order 2006

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

Other Papers:

8    Defence,—Ministry of Defence Minute, dated 22nd May 2006, concerning a contingent liability for the underwriting of funding for the Armed Forces Memorial [by Command] [Secretary Des Browne].

9    Government Resources and Accounts,—Report and Resource Accounts of the Office of Fair Trading for 2005-06, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1095] [Mr John Healey].

10    National Audit,—Reports by the Comptroller and Auditor General on—

    (1) Department for Constitutional Affairs: Fines Collection; and

    (2) HM Revenue & Customs: VAT on e-commerce

    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 1049 and 1051] [Clerk of the House].

11    Pensions,—Report and Accounts of the Pensions Compensation Board for 6th April 2005 to 31st August 2005, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1096] [Mr Secretary Hutton].

12    Treaty Series (No. 8, 2006),—Euro-Mediterranean Agreement, done at Valencia on 22nd April 2002, establishing an Association between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria of the other part [by Command] [Cm. 6842] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

Papers withdrawn:

13    Defence,—Draft Courts-Martial (Prosecution Appeals) Order 2006 [laid 27th April].

14    Human Tissue,—Draft Human Tissue Act 2004 (Persons who Lack Capacity to Consent and Transplants) Regulations 2006 [laid 17th May].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Draft National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) Order 2006,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Chris McCafferty, Chris Ruane, Mr Don Touhig and Hywel Williams from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Mrs Siān C. James, Mr Elfyn Llwyd, Ms Gisela Stuart and Mark Tami.

2    Draft Social Security (Income Support and Jobseeker's Allowance) Amendment Regulations 2006,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr David Chaytor, Patrick Hall, Mr John Heppell, Mark Lazarowicz, Ms Gisela Stuart and Jenny Willott from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations) and nominated in substitution Rosie Cooper, Jeff Ennis, Mr Robert Flello, Jane Kennedy, Greg Mulholland and Mr Dave Watts.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1    Education and Skills,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Skills Committee [Citizenship Education]; to be printed [No. 581-iv] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

2    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Rural Payments Agency Sub-Committee of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [The Rural Payments Agency]; to be printed [No. 1071-iv] [Mr Michael Jack].

3    Human Rights,—(1) Twentieth Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights [Legislative Scrutiny: Tenth Progress Report]; together with Appendices, to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 1138]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Human Trafficking]; to be printed [No. 1127-i]

    [Mr Andrew Dismore].

4    Public Accounts,—(1) Second Special Report from the Committee of Public Accounts together with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [The BBC's response to the Committee's Twenty-fourth Report, The BBC's White City 2 development]; to be printed [No. 1139]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The provision of out-of-hours care in England]; to be printed [No. 1140-i]

    [Mr Edward Leigh].

5    Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [Financial Inclusion]; to be printed [No. 848-viii] [Mr John McFall].

6    Welsh Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee [Future of RAF St Athan]; to be printed [No. 1129-i] [Dr Hywel Francis].



 
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