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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 11th October 2006

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

PRAYERS.

1    Contingencies Fund 2005-06,—Ordered, That there be laid before this House Accounts of the Contingencies Fund, 2005-06, showing—

      (1) a balance sheet,

      (2) a cashflow statement; and

      (3) notes to the account; together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon.—(Mr Michael Foster.)

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

    Parliamentary Costs Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill to Consolidate the House of Commons Costs Taxation Act 1847, the House of Lords Costs Taxation Act 1849, the Parliamentary Costs Act 1865, the Parliamentary Costs Act 1867, the Parliamentary Costs Act 1871 and the House of Commons Costs Taxation Act 1879, with amendments to give effect to recommendations of the Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

    National Health Service Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill to Consolidate certain enactments relating to the health service; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

    National Health Service (Wales) Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill to Consolidate certain enactments relating to the health service; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

    National Health Service (Consequential Provisions) Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill to Make provision for repeals, revocations, consequential amendments, transitional and transitory modifications and savings in connection with the consolidation of enactments in the National Health Service Act 2006 and the National Health Service (Wales) Act 2006; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

3    Parliamentary Costs Bill [Lords],—The Parliamentary Costs Bill [Lords] was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 224].

4    National Health Service Bill [Lords],—The National Health Service Bill [Lords] was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 225].

5    National Health Service (Wales) Bill [Lords],—The National Health Service (Wales) Bill [Lords] was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 226].

6    National Health Service (Consequential Provisions) Bill [Lords],—The National Health Service (Consequential Provisions) Bill [Lords] was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 227].

7    Scrambler Bikes (Licensing),—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require scrambler bikes to be licensed; and for connected purposes: And that Chris Bryant, Jessica Morden, Philip Davies, Anne Snelgrove, Barbara Keeley, Mrs Madeleine Moon, Rosie Cooper, David Wright, Mr Iain Wright and Mr Tom Watson do prepare and bring it in.

8    Scrambler Bikes (Licensing) Bill,—Chris Bryant accordingly presented a Bill to require scrambler bikes to be licensed; 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 223].

9    Opposition Day [18th 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.

    NHS workforce and service development,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House, while welcoming past increases in the number of doctors, nurses and other health professionals working in the NHS, is alarmed at the recent reports of up to 20,000 posts to be lost in NHS hospitals and cuts in training budgets; is deeply concerned about the lack of training posts for junior doctors; condemns the severe shortage of posts for nurses and physiotherapists leaving training; regrets the complete failure of the Government to remedy flaws in the implementation of the European Working Time Directive in its application to doctors' hours; further regrets the unemployment of specialist medical staff; believes NHS services are being cut back as a result of both financial deficits and staffing shortages rather than in the interests of patient safety; and calls on the Government to ensure that the NHS fully utilises the potential of healthcare professionals available to the service—(Mr Andrew Lansley);

    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 'welcomes the Government's historic investment in the NHS since 1997, trebling funding by 2008; pays tribute to the commitment of NHS staff; recognises the ongoing investment in their training and development; notes that there are now 32,000 more doctors and 85,000 more nurses, and that overall there are over 300,000 more staff working in the NHS; acknowledges that as a result of the Government's investment and reforms and the hard work and dedication of NHS staff, virtually no-one now waits more than six months for their operation whereas in 1997, 284,000 people waited longer than six months with some patients waiting up to two years; further notes that over 99 per cent. of people with suspected cancer are now seen by a specialist within two weeks of being referred by their general practitioner, up from 63 per cent. in 1997, and that death rates from cancer and heart disease are falling faster than ever before; and further recognises the need to ensure NHS services continue to change to benefit from new medical technologies and treatments which mean more care can be delivered in local communities and people's homes', instead thereof.—(Ms Secretary Hewitt.)

    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 accordingly put;

The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Crispin Blunt, Andrew Rosindell: 230.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Alan Campbell, Huw Irranca-Davies: 302.

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

    Resolved, That this House welcomes the Government's historic investment in the NHS since 1997, trebling funding by 2008; pays tribute to the commitment of NHS staff; recognises the ongoing investment in their training and development; notes that there are now 32,000 more doctors and 85,000 more nurses, and that overall there are over 300,000 more staff working in the NHS; acknowledges that as a result of the Government's investment and reforms and the hard work and dedication of NHS staff, virtually no-one now waits more than six months for their operation whereas in 1997, 284,000 people waited longer than six months with some patients waiting up to two years; further notes that over 99 per cent. of people with suspected cancer are now seen by a specialist within two weeks of being referred by their general practitioner, up from 63 per cent. in 1997, and that death rates from cancer and heart disease are falling faster than ever before; and further recognises the need to ensure NHS services continue to change to benefit from new medical technologies and treatments which mean more care can be delivered in local communities and people's homes.

10    Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Liz Blackman);

    And the Motion having been made after Seven o'clock, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, it being then twelve minutes to Eight o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 7.48 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:

Paper subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1    National Lottery,—Draft Big Lottery Fund (Prescribed Expenditure) Order 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2    Civil Aviation,—Airports Slot Allocation Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 2665), dated 5th October 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Alexander].

3    Excise,—Air Passenger Duty (Rate) (Qualifying Territories) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 2693), dated 10th October 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [John Healey].

4    Road Traffic,—Motor Vehicles (Tests) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 2680), dated 7th October 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Alexander].

5    Tax Credits,—Tax Credits (Claims and Notifications) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 2689), dated 10th October 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Dawn Primarolo].

6    United Nations,—Terrorism (United Nations Measures) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 2657), dated 10th October 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ed Balls].

Other Papers:

7    Contingencies Fund, 2005-06,—Account of the Contingencies Fund for 2005-06, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [pursuant to Order this day]; to be printed [No. 1589] [John Healey].

8    Education and Skills,—Government Response to the Third Report from the Education and Skills Committee, Session 2005-06, on Special Educational Needs [by Command] [Cm. 6940] [Secretary Alan Johnson].

9    Local Government,—Financial Statements of the South Bank Centre for 2005-06, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

10    Public Accounts,—Treasury Minutes on the Forty-seventh to Fifty-first Reports from the Committee of Public Accounts, Session 2005-06 [by Command] [Cm. 6908] [John Healey].

11    Treaty Series (No. 24, 2006),—Protocol of Amendment, done at Strasbourg on 22nd June 1998, to the European Convention for the Protection of Vertebrate Animals used for Experimental and Other Purposes [by Command] [Cm. 6938] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Welfare Reform Bill:

    (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: Danny Alexander, Gordon Banks, Mr Tim Boswell, Mr Russell Brown, Mr Wayne David, Natascha Engel, Mr John Heppell, Mr Jeremy Hunt, Mr David Laws, Mrs Anne McGuire, Kali Mountford, Mr Jim Murphy, John Penrose, John Robertson, Mr David Ruffley, Alison Seabeck and Mr Ben Wallace.

2    Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Bill:

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

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: James Brokenshire, Mr Alan Campbell, Mr Edward Davey, James Duddridge, Michael Fabricant, Mr Robert Flello, Mr Dominic Grieve, Andrew Gwynne, Tony Lloyd, Mr Jim McGovern, Ann McKechin, Anne Snelgrove, Ian Stewart, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe, Jo Swinson, Ms Dari Taylor and Jeremy Wright.

3    Draft Social Security (Graduated Retirement Benefit) (Consequential Provisions) Order 2006:

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

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Danny Alexander, Mr Stephen Byers, Paul Farrelly, Mr Michael Foster, Helen Goodman, Mr Philip Hollobone, Mr Nick Hurd, Barbara Keeley, Mr David Laws, Anne Milton, Mrs Madeleine Moon, Sandra Osborne, James Purnell, Mr Marsha Singh, Helen Southworth, Mr Nigel Waterson and Angela Watkinson.

4    Draft Mental Capacity Act 2005 (Independent Mental Capacity Advocates) (Expansion of Role) Regulations 2006:

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

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Crispin Blunt, Mr Douglas Carswell, Mr Charles Clarke, Mrs Nadine Dorries, Jeff Ennis, Sandra Gidley, Mr Robert Goodwill, Huw Irranca-Davies, Tim Loughton, Ian Lucas, Mr Robert Marshall-Andrews, Alun Michael, Mr Austin Mitchell, Dr John Pugh, Anne Snelgrove, Joan Walley and Ms Rosie Winterton.

    European Standing Committees

5    European Union Document No. 10014/06, relating to Voluntary Reduction ("Modulation") of Direct Farm Support Payments,—The Committee of Selection has nominated thirteen Members to serve on the European Standing Committee nominated in respect of the Document: Roger Berry, Rosie Cooper, Tony Cunningham, Barry Gardiner, Patrick Hall, Chris Huhne, Mr Stewart Jackson, Daniel Kawczynski, Andrew Mackinlay, Mr James Paice, Andrew Rosindell, Keith Vaz and Mr Roger Williams.

6    European Union Document No. 14181/04, relating to the electronic recording and reporting of fishing activities and means of remote sensing, has been referred to European Standing Committee A.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1    Crossrail Bill,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on the Crossrail Bill, on 26th July 2006; to be printed [No. 837-lvii]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed [No. 837-lviii]

    [Mr Alan Meale].

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

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

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

    [Jimmy Hood].

4    Northern Ireland Affairs,—Ninth Special Report from the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [Organised Crime in Northern Ireland; Government Response to the Committee's Third Report of Session 2005-06]; to be printed [No. 1642] [Sir Patrick Cormack].

5    Public Accounts,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Smarter food procurement in the public sector]; to be printed [No. 1645-i] [Mr Edward Leigh].

6    Transport,—(1) Twelfth Special Report from the Transport Committee [Government Response to the Fifth Report from the Committee, Session 2005-06, on the Future of the British Transport Police]; to be printed [No. 1639];

    (2) Thirteenth Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Sixth Report from the Committee, Session 2005-06, on How fair are the fares? Train fares and ticketing]; to be printed [No. 1640];

    (3) Fourteenth Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Seventh Report from the Committee, Session 2005-06, on Parking Policy and Enforcement]; to be printed [No. 1641]; and

    (4) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Transport Security: Travelling without Fear]; to be printed [No. 1085-iii]

    [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

[W.H., No. 125]

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—(Kevin Brennan);

    And the sitting having continued for two and a half hours after half-past Two o'clock, it was adjourned without Question put, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 5 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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