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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 11th July 2006

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

PRAYERS.

1    Consolidation, &c., Bills,—Lynda Waltho reported from the Select Committee appointed to join with a Committee of the House of Lords on Consolidation, &c., Bills, to which the Parliamentary Costs Bill [Lords], the National Health Service Bill [Lords], the National Health Service (Wales) Bill [Lords] and the National Health Service (Consequential Provisions) Bill [Lords], now pending in the House of Lords, were referred, That it had gone through the Bills; and had agreed to a Report which it had directed her to make to the House; and had directed her to report the Minutes of Evidence taken before it on 11th July.

    Report to lie upon the Table; and to be printed [No. 1501-I].

    Minutes of Evidence to lie upon the Table; and to be printed [No.1501-II]

    Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 1501-II]

2    European Standing Committee,—Mr Greg Pope reported from a European Standing Committee the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum from HM Treasury dated 23rd May 2006 relating to Preliminary Draft Budget of the European Communities for the financial year 2007; and supports the Government's efforts to maintain budget discipline in the Community.

    Resolution to lie upon the Table.

    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 have agreed to the Leicester City Council Bill, the Liverpool City Council Bill and the Maidstone Borough Council Bill, without Amendment;

    The Lords do not insist on their Amendments to the National Lottery Bill to which this House has disagreed; and agree without Amendment to the Amendment proposed by this House in lieu of the remaining Lords Amendment.

4    Criminal Law (Amendment) (Protection of Property) Bill,—The Order for resuming on Friday 14th July the adjourned Debate on the Question proposed on 2nd December, That the Criminal Law (Amendment) (Protection of Property) Bill be read a second time, was read and discharged.

    Debate to be resumed on Friday 20th October.

5    Adjournment (Extradition Treaty between the USA and the UK),—Mr Nick Clegg, Member for Sheffield, Hallam, rose in his place and asked leave to move the adjournment of the House for the purpose of discussing a specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration, namely the Extradition Treaty between the USA and the UK; and the leave of the House having been given, the Motion stood over under Standing Order No. 24 (Adjournment on specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration) until the commencement of public business to-morrow.

6    Accidents Involving Animals (Strict Liability),—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the Animals Act 1971 to make it a defence in law for the owner of an animal involved in an accident to show that he took all reasonable steps to keep the animal in a secure enclosure; and for connected purposes: And that Mr Laurence Robertson, Mr Mark Todd, Mr Peter Atkinson, Angela Watkinson, Philip Davies, Mr Nigel Evans, Mr Richard Benyon, Kate Hoey, Miss Anne McIntosh, Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson, Mr David Anderson and Lembit Ípik do prepare and bring it in.

7    Accidents Involving Animals (Strict Liability) Bill,—Mr Laurence Robertson accordingly presented a Bill to amend the Animals Act 1971 to make it a defence in law for the owner of an animal involved in an accident to show that he took all reasonable steps to keep the animal in a secure enclosure; 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 214].

8    Adjournment (Intelligence and Security Committee Annual Report 2005-06),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Kevin Brennan);

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 Acts, agreed upon by both Houses, and to the following Measures passed under the provisions of the Church of England Assembly (Powers) Act 1919:

    Childcare Act 2006

    Electoral Administration Act 2006

    National Lottery Act 2006

    Leicester City Council Act 2006

    Liverpool City Council Act 2006

    Maidstone Borough Council Act 2006

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    Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure 2006

    Pastoral (Amendment) Measure 2006.

10    Adjournment (Intelligence and Security Committee Annual Report 2005-06),—The Question being again proposed, That this House do now adjourn;

    And it being Ten o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put.

11    Public Petition,—A Public Petition from the residents of Thundersley and Benfleet against the storage of hazardous asbestos waste in their area was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

12    Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Michael Foster);

    And the Motion having been made after Ten o'clock, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, the Speaker adjourned the House without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, it being then twenty-nine minutes to Eleven o'clock, 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    Social Security,—Draft Social Security (Graduated Retirement Benefit) (Consequential Provisions) Order 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hutton].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2    Education,—(1) Education (Designated Institutions) (No. 2) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 1744); and

    (2) Education (Student Support) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 1745),

    dated 1st July 2006 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Secretary Alan Johnson].

3    Inquiries,—Inquiry Rules 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 1838), dated 11th July 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Harriet Harman].

Other Papers:

4    Access to Justice,—Report and Accounts of the Legal Services Complaints Commissioner for 2005-06, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1225] [Bridget Prentice].

5    Agricultural Marketing,—Report and Accounts of Food from Britain for 2005-06, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1229] [Secretary David Milliband].

6    Betting, Gaming and Lotteries,—Report and Accounts of the Horserace Betting Levy Board and Horserace Totalisator Board for 2005-06 [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

7    Broadcasting,—(1) Report; and

    (2) Statement of Accounts

    of S4C for 2005 [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

8    Chiropractors,—Financial Statements of the General Chiropractic Council for the period from 1st August 2004 to 31st December 2005 [by Act] [Ms Harriet Harman].

9    Coal Industry,—Accounts of the Coal Authority for 2005-06, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1406] [Clerk of the House].

10    Constitutional Affairs,—Paper entitled, Confidence and confidentiality: Improving transparency and privacy in family courts [by Command] [Cm. 6886] [Ms Harriet Harman].

11    Courts and Legal Services,—Report and Accounts of the Legal Services Ombudsman for England and Wales for 2005-06, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1375] [Bridget Prentice].

12    Data Protection,—Report and Accounts of the Information Commissioner's Office for 2005-06, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1228] [Clerk of the House].

13    Energy,—Second Annual Report on the Security of Gas and Electricity Supply in Great Britain, dated July 2006 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1370] [Mr Secretary Darling].

14    Enterprise,—Report and Accounts of the Competition Commission for 2005-06, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1295] [Mr Secretary Darling].

15    Fair Trading,—Report of the Office of Fair Trading for 2005-06 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1213] [Mr Secretary Darling].

16    Government Resources and Accounts,—(1) Resource Accounts for 2005-06 of the—

      (i) HM Revenue and Customs, with Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1159];

      (ii) National Audit Office, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1487] [Mr Alan Williams]; and

      (iii) Office of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools in England, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1417] [John Healey]; and

    (2) Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of the—

      (i) Defence Procurement Agency, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1164] [Secretary Des Browne];

      (ii) National Savings and Investments, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1233] [Ed Balls]; and

      (iii) National Weights and Measures Laboratory, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1320] [Mr Secretary Darling].

17    Intelligence Services,—Government Response to the Report of the Intelligence and Security Committee for 2005-06 [by Command] [Cm. 6865] [The Prime Minister].

18    National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on A Foot on the Ladder: Low Cost Home Ownership Assistance [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1048] [Clerk of the House].

19    National Health Service,—Report and Accounts of the National Health Service Litigation Authority for 2005-06, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1179] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

20    Northern Ireland,—Report and Accounts of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board for 2004-05, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland thereon [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [No. 1345] [Mr Secretary Hain].

21    Oil and Pipelines,—Accounts of the Oil and Pipelines Agency for 2005-06, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1479] [Clerk of the House].

22    Prisons (Northern Ireland),—Report and Accounts of the Northern Ireland Prison Service for 2005-06, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [No. 1251] [Mr Secretary Hain].

23    Public Petitions,—Observations by—

    (1) the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the Petition [21st June] from residents of Benfleet, Essex and others against a proposed development of a new domestic dwelling in Benfleet; and

    (2) the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the Petition [27th June] from pensioners affected by the freezing of their pensions for fully uprated pensions for all state pensioners

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

24    Trade and Industry,—Paper entitled, The Energy Challenge: Energy Review Report 2006 [by Command] [Cm. 6887] [Mr Secretary Darling].

25    Trade Union and Labour Relations,—Report of the Certification Officer for 2005-06 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

Unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum dated 23rd May relating to the Preliminary Draft Budget,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Denis Murphy, Mr Andy Reed and Mr Paul Truswell from the European Standing Committee (nominated in respect of the Memorandum) and nominated in substitution Ms Diana R. Johnson, Tony Lloyd and Jessica Morden.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1     Administration,—Record of the Committee's discussions at its meeting on 11th July [Mr Frank Doran].

2    Communities and Local Government,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Communities and Local Government Committee [Coastal Towns]; to be printed [No. 1023-iii] [Dr Phyllis Starkey].

3    Conventions,—Memoranda laid before the Joint Committee on Conventions [Sir Malcolm Rifkind].

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

5    Culture, Media and Sport,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [BBC Report and Accounts, 2005-06]; to be printed [No. 1490-i] [Mr John Whittingdale].

6    Defence,—(1) Ninth Report from the Defence Committee [The Work of the Met Office], 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. 823];

    (2) Tenth Report from the Committee [Educating Service Children], 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. 1054];

    (3) Eighth Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Seventh Report of the Committee, Session 2005-06: The Defence Industrial Strategy]; to be printed [No. 1488]; and

    (4) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Introductory Evidence Session with the Secretary of State for Defence]; to be printed [No. 1458-i]

    [Mr James Arbuthnot].

7    Environmental Audit,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee on Trade, Development and the Environment of the Environmental Audit Committee [International Trade and the WTO]; to be printed [No. 1455-ii] [Mr Tim Yeo].

8    International Development,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [Humanitarian response to natural disasters], together with Appendices; to be printed [No. 1188-v]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Department for International Development: Departmental Report 2006], together with Appendices; to be printed [No. 1491-i]

    [Malcolm Bruce].

9    Trade and Industry,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee [Reasons for success and failure in the UK automotive industry and lessons to be learned from the Rover Taskforce]; to be printed [No. 1075-iii] [Peter Luff].

10    Treasury,—(l) Fourth Special Report from the Treasury Committee [Government Response to the Fourth Report from the Committee, on The 2005 Budget]; to be printed [No. 1472]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Globalisation: its impact on the real economy] be printed [No. 1218-ii]

    [Mr John McFall].

11    Welsh Affairs,—Third Report from the Welsh Affairs Committee [Energy in Wales], 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. 876] [Dr Hywel Francis].

[W.H., No. 118]

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 Michael Foster.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.59 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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