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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 13th June 2006

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

PRAYERS.

1    First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—John Cummings reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Water and Sewerage Services (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006.

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

2    Administration,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Administration Committee in this session of Parliament, together with the Minutes of Proceedings of any sub-committees which it may appoint, be laid upon the Table from time to time.

3    Culture, Media and Sport,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee in this session of Parliament, together with the Minutes of Proceedings of any sub-committee which it may appoint, be laid upon the Table from time to time.

4    International Development,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the International Development Committee in this session of Parliament, together with the Minutes of Proceedings of any sub-committees which it may appoint, be laid upon the Table from time to time.

5    Modernisation of the House of Commons,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons in this session of Parliament be laid upon the Table from time to time.

6    Procedure,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Procedure Committee in this session of Parliament be laid upon the Table from time to time.

7    Treasury,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Treasury Committee in this session of Parliament, together with the Minutes of Proceedings of any sub-committee which it may appoint, be laid upon the Table from time to time.

8    Welsh Affairs,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Welsh Affairs Committee in this session of Parliament, together with the Minutes of Proceedings of any sub-committees which it may appoint, be laid upon the Table from time to time.

9    Honours (Prevention of Corruption) Bill,—Mr Angus MacNeil, supported by Dr Richard Taylor, Mr Elfyn Llwyd, Mr Alex Salmond, Adam Price, Angus Robertson, Hywel Williams, Mr Mike Weir, Stewart Hosie and Pete Wishart, presented a Bill to regulate the award of life peerages to donors to political parties; to create an Honours and Appointments Commission with responsibilities relating to the awarding of certain honours and life peerages to donors to political parties; to create a quarantine period between the award of an honour and a donation to a political party; to regulate donations to political parties from individuals or organisations who benefit from government contracts or sponsor government programmes; and for connected purposes: 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 196].

10    Special Educational Needs,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require that statements by local authorities relating to special educational needs are issued independently of decisions about the funding of facilities and services arising from such needs: And that Mr John Bercow, Mr Peter Bone, Mr Douglas Carswell, Mrs Nadine Dorries, Mr Nick Gibb, Stephen Hammond, Mr John Hayes, Mr Philip Hollobone, Kelvin Hopkins, Dr Julian Lewis, Mr George Mudie and Bob Spink do prepare and bring it in.

11    Special Educational Needs Bill,—Mr John Bercow accordingly presented a Bill to require that statements by local authorities relating to special educational needs are issued independently of decisions about the funding of facilities and services arising from such needs: 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 195].

12    Work and Families Bill (Programme) (No. 2),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 83A (Programme motions), That the following provisions shall apply to the Work and Families Bill for the purpose of supplementing the Order of 5th December 2005 (Work and Families Bill (Programme)):

Consideration of Lords Amendment

    1. Proceedings on consideration of the Lords Amendment shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement at this day's sitting.

Subsequent Stages

    2. Any further Message from the Lords may be considered forthwith without any Question being put.

    3. The proceedings on any further Message from the Lords shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement—(Steve McCabe):—It was agreed to.

13    Work and Families Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Lords Amendment to the Work and Families Bill.

    The Lords Amendment was agreed to.

14    Electoral Administration Bill (Programme) (No. 2),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 83A (Programme motions), That the following provisions shall apply to the Electoral Administration Bill for the purpose of supplementing the Order of 25th October 2005 (Electoral Administration Bill (Programme)):

Consideration of Lords Amendments

    1. Proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion three hours after their commencement at this day's sitting or at the moment of interruption on this day, whichever is the later.

    2. The Lords Amendments shall be considered in the following order, namely: 7 to 15, 61 to 75, 1 to 6, 16 to 60 and 76 to 132.

Subsequent Stages

    3. Any further Message from the Lords may be considered forthwith without any Question being put.

    4. The proceedings on any further Message from the Lords shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement—(Steve McCabe):—It was agreed to.

15    Electoral Administration Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Lords Amendments to the Electoral Administration Bill.

    Lords Amendment No. 7 was agreed to.

    Lords Amendment No. 8.

    A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That this House disagrees with the Lords in their Amendment—(Bridget Prentice);

The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Ian Cawsey, Tony Cunningham: 281.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Evennett, Mr Henry Bellingham: 202.

So the Question was agreed to.

    The Lords Amendment was accordingly disagreed to.

    Lords Amendments Nos. 9 to 15, 61 to 75 and 1 to 5 were agreed to.

    Lords Amendment No. 6.

    An Amendment ((a)) proposed to the Lords Amendment, in line 28, leave out from the word 'above' to end of line 35 and insert the words—

      '(a) is registered to vote, unless under the provision of subsection (3AA) they decline to be so, and

      (b) has (so far as circumstances permit) an effective opportunity of exercising from time to time as occasion may require the rights conferred on him by this Act in relation to—

          (i) the making and cancellation of appointments of a proxy;

          (ii) voting in person, by post or by proxy.

    (3AA) A person having a service qualification by virtue of paragraph (a) or (b) of section 14(1) above is entitled to decline to be registered by the appropriate government department if he has registered, or declined to be registered, with his local authority.', instead thereof.—(Mr Oliver Heald.)

    And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;

The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Evennett, Mr Henry Bellingham: 138.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Alan Campbell, Huw Irranca-Davies: 322.

So the Question was negatived.

    The Lords Amendment was agreed to.

    Lords Amendments Nos. 16 to 60 and 76 to 132 were accordingly agreed to.

    Ordered, That a Committee be appointed to draw up a Reason to be assigned to the Lords for disagreeing to their Amendment No. 8;

    That Mr Michael Foster, Mr Oliver Heald, Simon Hughes, Martin Linton, and Bridget Prentice be members of the Committee;

    That Bridget Prentice be the Chairman of the Committee;

    That three be the Quorum of the Committee; and

    That the Committee do withdraw immediately.—(Mr Michael Foster.)

16    Magistrates' Courts,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Collection of Fines (Final Scheme) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 20th April, be approved—(Liz Blackman):—It was agreed to.

17    Electoral Administration Bill,—Bridget Prentice reported from the Committee appointed to draw up a Reason to be assigned to the Lords for disagreeing to one of their Amendments to the Electoral Administration Bill, That it had drawn up the following Reason, which it had directed but to report to the House:

    The Commons disagree to Lords Amendment No. 8 for the following Reason:

      Because it is not appropriate for personal identifiers to be collected as part of the registration process for all purposes.

    The Reason was agreed to.

    Message to the Lords to communicate the said Reason, with the Bill.

18    Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Liz Blackman.)

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

[Adjourned at 10.31 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:

Paper subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1    Data Protection,—Draft Data Protection (Processing of Sensitive Personal Data) Order 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Harriet Harman].

Other Papers:

2    Audit (Northern Ireland),—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland on Departmental Responses to Recommendations in NIAO Reports [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [No. 1149] [Mr Secretary Hain].

3    Defence,—Government Response to the Report of a review by Nicholas Blake QC of the circumstances surrounding the deaths of four soldiers at Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut, between 1995 and 2002 [by Command] [Cm. 6851] [Secretary Des Browne].

4    Government Resources and Accounts,—Report and Accounts of the Valuation Office Agency for 2005-06, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1141] [Dawn Primarolo].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

1    Administration,—(1) Record of the discussions of the Parliamentary Visitor Centre Sub-Committee of the Administration Committee at its meeting on 13 June 2006 (meeting held concurrently with the House of Lords Information Committee); and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Parliamentary Visitor Centre Sub-Committee [Parliamentary Visitor Centre]; to be printed [No. 1232-i]

    [Mr Frank Doran].

2    Constitutional Affairs,—(1) Seventh Report from the Constitutional Affairs Committee [Freedom of Information—one year on], 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. 991]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Reform of the coroners system and death certification]; to be printed [No. 902-iii]

    [Mr Alan Beith].

3    Conventions,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on Conventions; to be printed [No. 1212-i]; and

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Joint Committee

    [Sir Malcolm Rifkind].

4    Crossrail Bill,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on the Crossrail Bill to be printed [No. 837-xxxix] [Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger].

5    Culture, 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-iv] [Mr John Whittingdale].

6    Defence,—(1) Sixth Special Report from the Defence Committee [Government Response to the Fifth Report of the Committee, Session 2005-06: The UK deployment to Afghanistan]; to be printed [No. 1211]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Educating Service Children]; to be printed [No. 1054-iii]

    [Mr James Arbuthnot].

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

8    Home Affairs,—(1) Third Report from the Home Affairs Committee [Draft Sentencing Guidelines-Overarching Principles: Domestic Violence and Breach of a Protective Order], together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 1231]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Immigration Control]; to be printed [No. 775-xii]

    [Mr John Denham].

9    International Development,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee, together with Appendices [Humanitarian response to natural disasters]; to be printed [No. 1188-ii] [Malcolm Bruce].

10    Standards and Privileges,—Tenth Report from the Committee on Standards and Privileges [Conduct of Mr Michael Foster (Worcester)], together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 1223] [Sir George Young].

11    Trade and Industry,—(1) Third Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [Trade and Investment Opportunities with India], together with Appendices to the Report; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 881];

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Nuclear new build: issues to be addressed]; to be printed [No. 1122-iv]; and

    (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [UK dependence on gas imports]; to be printed [No. 1123-ii]

    [Peter Luff].

12    Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [Globalisation: its impact on the real economy]; to be printed [No. 1218-i] [Mr John McFall].

13    Welsh Affairs,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee [Future of RAF St Athan]; to be printed [No. 1129-iii]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Energy in Wales]; to be printed [No. 876-ix]

    [Dr Hywel Francis].

[W.H., No. 106]

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—(Jonathan Shaw);

    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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