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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 21st June 2006

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

PRAYERS.

1    Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—John Cummings reported from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Recovery of Health Services Charges (Northern Ireland) Order 2006.

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

2    Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Peter Atkinson reported from the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Representation of the People (Form of Canvass) (England and Wales) Regulations 2006, and the draft Representation of the People (Form of Canvass) (Scotland) Regulations 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:

    The Lords agree without Amendment to the Amendment made by this House to the Children and Adoption Bill [Lords].

4    Scottish Affairs,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Scottish Affairs 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.

5    Sale of Green Belt Land Bill,—The Order for reading the Sale of Green Belt Land Bill a second time on Friday 14th July was read and discharged.

    Bill to be read a second time on Friday 20th October.

6    St George's Day,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to designate St George's Day as an annual public holiday in England; and for connected purposes: And that Andrew Rosindell, Angela Browning, Mr Peter Lilley, Bob Spink, Mr Andrew Turner, James Brokenshire, Mr Simon Burns, Angela Watkinson, Mr Shahid Malik, Mr Lindsay Hoyle, Geraldine Smith and Bob Russell do prepare and bring it in.

7    St George's Day Bill,—Andrew Rosindell accordingly presented a Bill to designate St George's Day as an annual public holiday in England; 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 199].

8    Opposition Day [17th 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.

    Future of the BBC,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House recognises that the BBC is renowned throughout the world for its quality programming; further recognises the high regard in which it is held by the British public; expresses concern that the final decision over the new licence fee settlement has been delayed without adequate explanation by the Secretary of State; believes that greater transparency of the process is required to deliver value for money for the licence fee payer; expresses concern that a larger than necessary increase will undermine public confidence in the licence fee and will hit low income families the hardest; further expresses concern at the continued uncertainty over the costs of digital switchover; believes that the National Audit Office should be allowed a greater role in scrutinising the BBC's accounts; and calls for a debate on the floor of the House on a substantive Motion to approve any new licence fee settlement—(Mr Hugo Swire);

    An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 4, to leave out from the word 'public' to the end of the Question and add the words 'notes that the decision on the next licence fee settlement will represent best value and be announced in good time to take effect before the current settlement expires in April 2007; further notes that the decision-making process has been one of unprecedented public consultation and transparency and that the settlement should ensure a strong and independent BBC; further notes that the costs of switchover will be one of the considerations in setting the level of the licence fee; welcomes the strengthening of the arrangements for the National Audit Office's involvement with the BBC; and recognises that changes to the level of the licence fee are subject to Parliamentary scrutiny by the negative resolution procedure', instead thereof.—(Mr Shaun Woodward.)

    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 put, That the original words stand part of the Question;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Andrew Rosindell, Mr Crispin Blunt: 218.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Alan Campbell, Mr Ian Cawsey: 288.

    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):—It was agreed to.

    And the Main Question, as amended, being put;

    Resolved, That this House recognises that the BBC is renowned throughout the world for its quality programming; further recognises the high regard in which it is held by the British public; notes that the decision on the next licence fee settlement will represent best value and be announced in good time to take effect before the current settlement expires in April 2007; further notes that the decision-making process has been one of unprecedented public consultation and transparency and that the settlement should ensure a strong and independent BBC; further notes that the costs of switchover will be one of the considerations in setting the level of the licence fee; welcomes the strengthening of the arrangements for the National Audit Office's involvement with the BBC; and recognises that changes to the level of the licence fee are subject to Parliamentary scrutiny by the negative resolution procedure.

    Removal of Gardens from Brownfield Definition,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House shares the concern of communities throughout the United Kingdom over the scale of residential development on garden land; recognises that the density and speed of such development can cause irreparable damage to neighbourhood character and cohesion; notes that the loss of garden land threatens urban biodiversity and environmental sustainability in towns and cities; further notes that garden land developments rarely exceed the threshold at which affordable housing must be provided and displaces the regeneration of derelict land; believes the official classification of garden land as brownfield to be inappropriate and misleading; and therefore urges the Government to amend all relevant planning guidance to remove gardens from the definition of previously developed land and thereby return decisions over proposed garden land developments to the discretion of local planning authorities—(Mrs Caroline Spelman);

    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 'notes that the definition of previously developed land in draft Planning Policy Statement 3 (PPS3) was first introduced in 1985, and that the proportion of residential development on previously developed residential land is now significantly lower than it was at that time; believes that more land needs to be made available for housing in future to meet rising demand and deliver sustainable, inclusive, mixed communities and environmental sustainability in towns and cities; further believes that local authorities need to bring forward appropriate land with proper regard for sustainability, local environment and quality of design within existing communities as well as new developments; further notes that draft PPS3 includes tools and powers for local authorities to turn down inappropriate development in gardens as well as other areas; and commends the Government's policy to make better use of land for new homes by increasing the proportion of housing on previously developed land from 56 per cent. in 1997 to 73 per cent. in 2005 and provide greater protection for greenfield land as a result', instead thereof.—(Secretary Ruth Kelly.)

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

9    Royal Assent,—The Deputy Speaker notified the House, in accordance with the Royal Assent Act 1967, That Her Majesty had signified her Royal Assent to the following Act, agreed upon by both Houses:

      Work and Families Act 2006

      Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Act 2006

      Children and Adoption Act 2006

      HBOS Group Reorganisation Act 2006.

10    Opposition Day,—Removal of Gardens from Brownfield Definition,—The Question again 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, Andrew Rosindell, Mr Crispin Blunt: 208.

      Tellers for the Noes, Steve McCabe, Mr Michael Foster: 284.

    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):—It was agreed to.

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

    Resolved, That this House notes that the definition of previously developed land in draft Planning Policy Statement 3 (PPS3) was first introduced in 1985, and that the proportion of residential development on previously developed residential land is now significantly lower than it was at that time; believes that more land needs to be made available for housing in future to meet rising demand and deliver sustainable, inclusive, mixed communities and environmental sustainability in towns and cities; further believes that local authorities need to bring forward appropriate land with proper regard for sustainability, local environment and quality of design within existing communities as well as new developments; further notes that draft PPS3 includes tools and powers for local authorities to turn down inappropriate development in gardens as well as other areas; and commends the Government's policy to make better use of land for new homes by increasing the proportion of housing on previously developed land from 56 per cent. in 1997 to 73 per cent. in 2005 and provide greater protection for greenfield land as a result.

11    Human Tissue,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Human Tissue Act 2004 (Persons who Lack Capacity to Consent and Transplants) Regulations 2006, which were laid before this House on 24th May, be approved—(Liz Blackman):—It was agreed to.

12    Education and Training Key Competences,—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 the Unnumbered Letter from the Department for Education and Skills dated 9th May 2006 relating to the draft recommendation on key competences for lifelong learning; and supports the Government's view that the Recommendation will provide a useful, non-binding, common point of reference for Member States, either when choosing to undertake their own reforms of education and training systems or when learning about what has worked in other countries—(Liz Blackman):—It was agreed to.

13    Public Petitions,—Public Petitions from—

    (1) George Henry Hamilton for legislation requiring a former employer to provide an accurate, balanced and fair reference;

    (2) residents of Benfleet, Essex and others against a proposed development of a new domestic dwelling in Benfleet; and

    (3) Mr D Scott and others for a moratorium on the prescription of Seroxat

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

14    Public Petition,—A Public Petition from the Isitfair Council Tax protest campaign for a fair and equitable replacement for council tax was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

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

    And accordingly, the House, having continued to sit till ten minutes to Eight o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 7.50 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:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1    Communications,—(1) Draft Radio Multiplex Services (Required Percentage of Digital Capacity) Order 2006; and

    (2) draft Television Licensable Content Services Order 2006

    [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [[Secretary Tessa Jowell].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2    National Health Service,—National Health Service (General Ophthalmic Services etc.) Amendment Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 1550), dated 14th June 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

3    Planning,—Planning (Issue of Certificate) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2006 (S.R. (N.I.), 2006, No. 266), dated 16th June 2006 [by Statutory Instrument], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hain].

Other Papers:

4    Defence,—Ministry of Defence Minute, dated 21st June 2006, concerning the gifting of military bases to the Iraqi Government [by Command] [Secretary Des Browne].

5    Food Standards,—Report of the Food Standards Agency for 2005-06 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1155] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

6    Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland),—Account of the Northern Ireland National Insurance Fund for 2004-05, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1238] [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Commissioner for Older People (Wales) Bill [Lords]:

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

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Nick Ainger, Mr Stephen Crabb, David T. C. Davies (Monmouth), Mr Jim Devine, Mr David Evennett, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Nia Griffith, Huw Irranca-Davies, Glenda Jackson, Helen Jones, Lynne Jones, Mr Khalid Mahmood, Mrs Madeleine Moon, Jessica Morden, Lembit Ípik, Adam Price and Mark Williams.

2    Draft Pensions Appeal Tribunals (Additional Rights of Appeal) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 and the draft Pensions Appeal Tribunals (Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme) (Rights of Appeal) Amendment Regulations 2006:

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

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Tony Baldry, Mr Richard Benyon, Mr Simon Burns, Tony Cunningham, Natascha Engel, Dr Ian Gibson, Mr Mark Harper, Robert Key, Judy Mallaber, Mr Robert Marshall-Andrews, Kali Mountford, Willie Rennie, Bob Russell, John Smith, Mr Tom Watson, Mr Michael Wills and Derek Wyatt.

3    Draft African Development Fund (Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative) 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: Liz Blackman, Mr Simon Burns, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Clive Efford, Mr John Horam, Mr Piara S. Khabra, Susan Kramer, Tom Levitt, Mr Ian McCartney, Mr John Maples, Mr Alan Milburn, Mr Geoffrey Robinson, Alan Simpson, Sir Robert Smith, Helen Southworth, Sir John Stanley and Dr Gavin Strang.

4    Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure and Pastoral (Amendment) Measure:

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

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Sir Stuart Bell, Liz Blackman, Mr Tim Boswell, Ben Chapman, Ann Coffey, Sir Patrick Cormack, Mr David Drew, James Duddridge, Angela Eagle, Mrs Sharon Hodgson, Simon Hughes, Kali Mountford, Mr George Mudie, Mr Andy Reed, Andrew Selous, Mr Gary Streeter and Steve Webb.

5    Draft Education (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 twenty-three Members to serve on the Committee: James Brokenshire, Mr David Burrowes, Greg Clark, Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson, Mark Durkan, Maria Eagle, Mr Frank Field, Mr Michael Foster (Worcester), Mr Bruce George, Mr Stephen Hepburn, Lady Hermon, Jane Kennedy, Mark Lazarowicz, Mr David Lidington, Mr Andrew Love, Dan Norris, Lembit Ípik, Sandra Osborne, Mr Laurence Robertson, Dr Howard Stoate, Mr Mark Todd, Dr Alan Whitehead and Sammy Wilson.

6    Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Directed Surveillance and Covert Human Intelligence Sources) (Amendment) Order 2006 and the draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Communications Data) (Additional Functions and Amendment) Order 2006:

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

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Graham Allen, Richard Burden, Mr Alan Campbell, Mr Douglas Carswell, Michael Connarty, Mr Geoffrey Cox, Michael Fabricant, Lynne Featherstone, Mr George Howarth, Mark Hunter, Sarah McCarthy-Fry, Mr Tony McNulty, Mr Khalid Mahmood, Patrick Mercer, Mr Richard Shepherd, Mr Andrew Smith and Ms Dari Taylor.

7    Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 1200):

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

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr David S. Borrow, Mr Ben Bradshaw, Mary Creagh, Mr James Gray, Mr Greg Hands, Chris Huhne, Daniel Kawczynski, Ms Sally Keeble, Mr Fraser Kemp, Mr David Kidney, Margaret Moran, Mr Elliot Morley, Andrew Rosindell, Mr John Spellar, Mr Dave Watts, Bill Wiggin and Mr Roger Williams.

8    Draft Recovery of Health Services Charges (Northern Ireland) Order 2006,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr John MacDougall and Graham Stringer from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Rosie Cooper and Mrs Janet Dean.

9    Draft Scotland Act 1998 (River Tweed) Order 2006:

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

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated twenty-one Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Russell Brown, David Cairns, Mr Tom Clarke, Jeremy Corbyn, Mr Ian Davidson, Mr Brian H. Donohoe, Jim Dowd, Mr Tobias Ellwood, Mr Neil Gerrard, Linda Gilroy, Anne Main, Anne Milton, Anne Moffat, Mr Michael Moore, David Mundell, Mr Frank Roy, Jo Swinson, Mr Charles Walker, Mr Ben Wallace, Mr David Winnick and Pete Wishart.

10    Draft Representation of the People (Form of Canvass) (England and Wales) Regulations 2006 and the draft Representation of the People (Form of Canvass) (Scotland) Regulations 2006,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Frank Dobson and Mr Stephen Hepburn from the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations) and nominated in substitution Mr Jim Devine and Mr Russell Brown.

11    Draft European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Privileges and Immunities) Order 2006:

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

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Graham Brady, Mr Jeremy Browne, Colin Burgon, Mr Simon Burns, Mr Ronnie Campbell, Mr James Clappison, Mr Stephen Crabb, Mr David Crausby, Jon Cruddas, Tony Cunningham, Mr David Curry, Frank Dobson, Mr Geoffrey Hoon, Mr Michael Moore, Alison Seabeck, Geraldine Smith and Dr Desmond Turner.

    European Standing Committees

12    European Union Documents Nos. 5047/06 and Addendum 1, and 5050/06 and Addendum 1, relating to Waste Prevention and Recycling,—The Committee of Selection has nominated thirteen Members to serve on the European Standing Committee nominated in respect of the Documents: Gregory Barker, Roger Berry, Mr Ben Bradshaw, Tony Cunningham, Mr Adam Holloway, Martin Horwood, Chris Huhne, Mr David Kidney, Dr Doug Naysmith, Gwyn Prosser, Andrew Rosindell, Ms Gisela Stuart and Mr Shailesh Vara.

13    European Union Document No. 5163/06 and Addendum 1, relating to vehicle type approval: emission limits, has been referred to European Standing Committee A.

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-xliii] [Mr Alan Meale].

2    Education and Skills,—Third Report from the Education and Skills Committee [Special Educational Needs], 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. 478] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

3    Environmental Audit Committee,—(1) Seventh Report from the Environmental Audit Committee [Sustainable Development Reporting by Government Departments], together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 1322]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [A new Marine Bill]; to be printed [No. 1323-i]

    [Mr Tim Yeo].

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

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

    [Jimmy Hood].

5    Foreign Affairs,—(1) Fourth Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee [Foreign Policy Aspects of the War against Terrorism], 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. 573]; and

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Foreign Affairs Committee [Miscellaneous matters]; to be printed [No. 1329]

    [Mike Gapes].

6    Modernisation of the House of Commons,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons [The Legislative Process]; to be printed [No. 1097-iv] [Mr Jack Straw].

7    Procedure,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Procedure Committee [Application of the sub judice rule to proceedings in coroners' courts]; to be printed [No. 714-ii] [Mr Greg Knight].

8    Public Accounts,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Improving literacy and numeracy (Northern Ireland)]; to be printed [No. 1327-i]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Collections management in the National Museums and Galleries of Northern Ireland]; to be printed [No. 1328-i]

    [Mr Edward Leigh].

9    Scottish Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Scottish Affairs Committee on 20th June [Effects of Tax Increases on the Oil Industry]; to be printed [No. 1326-i] [Mr Mohammad Sarwar].

10    Statutory Instruments,—Thirtieth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 35-xxx] [Mr David Kidney].

11    Transport,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Committee [Bus Services across the UK]; to be printed [No. 1317-i] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

[W.H., No. 110]

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 Alan Campbell.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 5.13 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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