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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 18th July 2006

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

PRAYERS.

1    Regulatory Reform,—Andrew Miller reported from the Regulatory Reform Committee the following Resolution:

    That the draft Regulatory Reform (Agricultural Tenancies) (England and Wales) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 5th July, should be approved.

    The Committee came to this Resolution without a Division.

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

    The Lords have agreed to the Housing Corporation (Delegation) etc. Bill, without Amendment.

3    Registration Service Bill,—The Order for reading the Registration Service Bill a second time this day was read and discharged.

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

4    Food Labelling,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to introduce a uniform system for the labelling of food and drinks retailed in England and Wales to show the quantity of salt, sugar and fats they contain; and for connected purposes: And that Mr David Amess, Dr Richard Taylor, Mr Ronnie Campbell, Sandra Gidley, Dr Howard Stoate, Bob Russell, Jim Dowd, Charlotte Atkins, David Taylor, Mike Penning, Jeremy Corbyn and Dr Doug Naysmith do prepare and bring it in.

5    Food Labelling Bill,—Mr David Amess accordingly presented a Bill to introduce a uniform system for the labelling of food and drinks retailed in England and Wales to show the quantity of salt, sugar and fats they contain; 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 216].

6    Health Bill (Programme) (No. 3),—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 Health Bill for the purpose of supplementing the Orders of 29th November 2005 and 14th February 2006 (Health Bill (Programme) and Health Bill (Programme) (No. 2)):

Consideration of Lords Amendments

    1. Proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments 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—(Mr Alan Campbell):—It was agreed to.

7    Health Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Lords Amendments to the Health Bill.

    Mr Secretary Hutton, by Her Majesty's Command, acquainted the House, That Her Majesty, having been informed of the purport of the Bill, gives Her Consent, as far as Her Majesty's interest is concerned, That the House may do therein as it shall think fit.

    Lords Amendment Nos. 1 to 58 were agreed to.

8    Government of Wales Bill (Programme) (No. 3),—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 Government of Wales Bill for the purpose of supplementing the Orders of 9th January and 27th February 2006 (Government of Wales Bill (Programme) and Government of Wales Bill (Programme) (No. 2)):

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.

    2. The Lords Amendments shall be considered in the following order, namely: 3, 17, 21, 22, 18, 4 to 9, 19, 20, 16, 1, 2, 10 to 15 and 23 to 102.

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-(Mr Dave Watts):—It was agreed to.

9    Government of Wales Bill,— The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Lords Amendments to the Government of Wales Bill.

    Lords Amendment No. 3.

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

The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Dave Watts, Mr Michael Foster: 294.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Evennett, Mr Simon Burns: 213.

So the Question was agreed to.

    The Lords Amendment was accordingly disagreed to.

    Lords Amendment No. 17.

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

The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Ian Cawsey, Huw Irranca-Davies: 287.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Henry Bellingham, Mr David Evennett: 153.

So the Question was agreed to.

    The Lords Amendment was accordingly disagreed to.

    Lords Amendments Nos. 21 and 22 were disagreed to.

    Lords Amendment No. 18.

    A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House disagrees with the Lords in their Amendment—(Mr Secretary Hain);

    And it being three hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Lords Amendments, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Order [this day].

The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Ian Cawsey, Liz Blackman: 294.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Evennett, Mr Henry Bellingham: 189.

So the Question was agreed to.

    The Lords Amendment was accordingly disagreed to.

    The Deputy Speaker then put the remaining Questions to be disposed of at that hour.

    Lords Amendment No. 4 was disagreed to.

    Amendment (a) was made to the Bill, in lieu of Lords Amendment No. 4 disagreed to.

    Lords Amendment No. 5 was disagreed to.

    Amendments (a) to (d) were made to the Bill, in lieu of Lords Amendment No. 5 disagreed to.

    Lords Amendments Nos. 6 to 9, 19 and 20 were disagreed to.

    Amendment (a) was made to the Bill, in lieu of Lords Amendments Nos. 6 to 9, 19 and 20 disagreed to.

    Lords Amendments Nos. 16, 1, 2, 10 to 15 and 23 to 102 were agreed to.

    Ordered, That a Committee be appointed to draw up Reasons to be assigned to the Lords for disagreeing to their Amendments Nos. 3, 17, 21, 22 and 18;

    That Nick Ainger, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Huw Irranca-Davies, Lembit Ípik and Chris Ruane be members of the Committee;

    That Nick Ainger be the Chairman of the Committee;

    That three be the Quorum of the Committee; and

    That the Committee do withdraw immediately.—(Huw Irranca-Davies.)

10    Government of Wales Bill,—Nick Ainger reported from the Committee appointed to draw up Reasons to be assigned to the Lords for disagreeing to certain of their Amendments to the Government of Wales Bill, That it had drawn up the following Reasons, which it had directed him to report to the House:

    The Commons disagree to Lords Amendment No. 3 for the following Reason:

      Because it is not desirable that, at any election of Assembly members, a person should be both a candidate to be an Assembly constituency member and a candidate to be an Assembly regional member.

    The Commons disagree to Lords Amendment No. 17 for the following Reason:

      Because it is desirable that an Order in Council under Clause 94 should be able to include any provision having retrospective effect which appears appropriate.

    The Commons disagree to Lords Amendment No. 21 for the following Reason:

      Because it is desirable that an order under Clause 149 should be able to include any provision having retrospective effect which appears appropriate.

    The Commons disagree to Lords Amendment No. 22 for the following Reason:

      Because it is desirable that an Order in Council under Clause 150 should be able to include any provision having retrospective effect which appears appropriate.

    The Commons disagree to Lords Amendment No. 18 for the following Reason:

      Because it is important that the Secretary of State should have discretion to refuse to lay before Parliament an Order in Council for a referendum about the commencement of the Assembly Act provisions which has been requested by the National Assembly for Wales.

    The Reasons were agreed to.

    Message to the Lords to communicate the said Reasons, with the Bill and Amendments.

11    Public Accounts,—Resolved, That this House takes note of the 4th, the 7th to the 9th, the 12th to the 34th and the 36th to the 42nd Reports, and the Second Special Report from the Committee of Public Accounts of Session 2005-06, and of the Treasury Minutes and the Northern Ireland Department of Finance and Personnel Memoranda on these Reports, Cm 6699, 6728, 6743, 6766, 6775, 6789, 6843, 6863 and 6884.—(Mr Edward Leigh.)

12    Terms and Conditions of Employment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Adoption and Children Act 2002 (Consequential Amendment to Statutory Adoption Pay) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 27th June, be approved—(Huw Irranca-Davies):—It was agreed to.

13    Terms and Conditions of Employment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Maternity and Parental Leave etc. and the Paternity and Adoption Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2006, which were laid before this House on 27th June, be approved—(Huw Irranca-Davies):—It was agreed to.

14    Regulatory Reform,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 18 (Consideration of draft regulatory reform orders), That the draft Regulatory Reform (Registered Designs) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 19th June, be approved—(Huw Irranca-Davies):—It was agreed to.

15    Public Petitions,—Public Petitions from—

    (1) citizens of Buckinghamshire and others for the provision of infrastructure improvements to support local development; and

    (2) users of Post Offices in the Ludlow area against the withdrawal of Post Office Cards Accounts

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

16    Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Huw Irranca-Davies);

Wednesday 19th July 2006

    And the Question being put;

    Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.

    And accordingly, the House, having continued to sit till twenty-one minutes past Twelve o'clock on Wednesday morning, adjourned till this day.

[Adjourned at 12.21 a.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:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1    Family Law,—(1) Dissolution etc. (Pension Protection Fund) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 1934); and

    (2) Divorce etc. (Pension Protection Fund) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 1932),

    dated 17th July 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memoranda [by Command] [Ms Harriet Harman].

2    Pensions,—Draft Code of Practice No. 9 on Internal Controls [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hutton].

Other Papers:

3    Commissioners for Revenue and Customs,—Report of the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office for the period 18th April 2005 to 31st March 2006 [by Act] [The Solicitor General].

4    Covent Garden Market,—Report and Accounts of the Covent Garden Market Authority for 2005-06 [by Act] [Secretary David Miliband].

5    Criminal Justice,—Report of the Serious Fraud Office for the period 5th April 2005 to 4th April 2006 [by Act] [The Solicitor General].

6    Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate,—Report of HM Chief Inspector of the Crown Prosecution Service for 2005-06 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1315] [The Solicitor General].

7    Gangmasters (Licensing),—Report and Accounts of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority for 2005-06, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1191] [Secretary David Miliband].

8    Government Resources and Accounts,—(1) Reports and Accounts for 2005-06 of the—

      (i) Defence Vetting Agency, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1347] [Secretary Des Browne];

      (ii) Employment Tribunals Service, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1303] [Mr Secretary Darling];

      (iii) Pay and Personnel Agency, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1449] [Secretary Des Browne]; and

      (iv) Treasury Solicitor's Department, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1247] [The Solicitor General]; and

    (2) Resource Accounts for 2005-06 of the—

      (i) Crown Estate, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1525] [John Healey]; and

      (ii) HM Procurator General and Treasury Solicitor, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1413] [John Healey].

9    Government Trading Funds,—Reports and Accounts for 2005-06 of the—

    (1) Army Base Repair Organisation Agency; and

    (2) Royal Mint,

    with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 1314 and 1432] [Clerk of the House].

10    Immigration and Asylum,—Report and Accounts of the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner for 2005-06, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1281] [Clerk of the House].

11    Law Commission,—Report of the Law Commission on Trustee Exemption Clauses [by Command] [Cm. 6874] [Ms Harriet Harman].

12    Local Government Finance,—Accounts of the Pooling of Non-Domestic Rates and Redistribution to Local Authorities in England for 2005-06, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1545] [Clerk of the House].

13    National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Progress in tackling pensioner poverty: Encouraging take-up of entitlements [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1178-I and -II] [Clerk of the House].

14    National Lottery,—Report and Accounts of the Arts Council England grant-in-aid and lottery for 2005-06, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1365] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

15    Northern Ireland,—(1) Northern Ireland Department of Finance and Personnel Memorandum on the Forty-sixth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts, Session 2005-06 [by Command] [Cm. 6879] [Mr Secretary Hain]; and

    (2) Reports and Accounts for 2005-06 of—

      (i) General Consumer Council for Northern Ireland;

      (ii) Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland;

      (iii) Rivers Agency; and

      (iv) Social Security Agency,

    with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland thereon [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [Nos. 1285, 1286, 1467 and 1384] [Mr Secretary Hain].

16    Prisons,—Report of the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman for England and Wales for 2005-06 [by Command] [Cm. 6873] [Secretary John Reid].

17    Prosecution of Offences,—Report and Resource Accounts of the Crown Prosecution Service for 2005-06, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1203] [John Healey].

18    Public Petitions,—Observations by the Secretary of State for International Development on the Petition [8th June] from residents of Bishop Auckland constituency and others for the passage of the International Development (Reporting and Transparency) Bill [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

19    Science and Technology,—Accounts of the Research Councils' Pension Scheme for 2005-06, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1546] [Clerk of the House].

20    Transport,—Report and Accounts of British Waterways for 2005-06 [by Act] [Secretary David Miliband].

21    Treasury Solicitor,—Accounts of the Crown's Nominee for 2005-06, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [John Healey].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

1    Constitutional Affairs,—(1) Eighth Report from the Constitutional Affairs Committee [Reform of the coroners' system and death certification], 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. 902-I and II]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The operation of the Judicial Appointments Commission]; to be printed [No. 1154-i]

    [Mr Alan Beith].

2    Conventions,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on Conventions; to be printed [No. 1212-v] [Sir Malcolm Rifkind].

3    Crossrail Bill,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on the Crossrail Bill to be printed [No. 837-liv] [Mr Alan Meale].

4    Culture, Media and Sport,—Fourth Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [Women's Football], 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. 1357] [Mr John Whittingdale].

5    International Development,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [Humanitarian response to natural disasters]; to be printed [No. 1188-vii] [Malcolm Bruce].

6    Public Administration,—Fifth Report from the Select Committee on Public Administration [Whitehall Confidential? The Publication of Political Memoirs], 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. 689-I and-II] [Dr Tony Wright].

7    Regulatory Reform,—Eighth Report from the Regulatory Reform Committee [Draft Regulatory Reform (Agricultural Tenancies) (England and Wales) Order 2006]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 1555] [Andrew Miller].

8    Science and Technology,—Fifth Report from the Science and Technology Committee [Drug classification: making a hash of it?], 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. 1031] [Mr Phil Willis].

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

10    Trade and Industry,—(1) Fifth Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [Export Credits Guarantee Department's bribery rules], together with Appendices to the Report; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 1124];

    (2) Sixth Report from the Committee [Work of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority], together with Appendices to the Report; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 1028];

    (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Royal Mail Group]; to be printed [No.   1556-i]; and

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

    [Peter Luff].

11    Treasury,—Tenth Report from the Treasury Committee [Independence for Statistics], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 1111] [Mr John McFall].

[W.H., No. 121]

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 1.53 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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