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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 31st October 2006

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

PRAYERS.

1    Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Bill,—Mr Roger Gale reported from Standing Committee B, That it had gone through the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.

    Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 236].

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

2    Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Hywel Williams reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Electricity Consents (Planning) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006.

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

3    Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr David Wilshire reported from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Code of Practice on the Treasure Act 1996 (Second Revision) England and Wales 2006.

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

4    Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Greg Pope reported from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the the draft Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Amendment) Order 2006.

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

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

    Education and Skills Bill,—The Lords agree to the Education and Skills Bill, with Amendments, to which they desire the concurrence of this House.

    Violent Crime Reduction Bill,—The Lords do not insist on their Amendment to the Violent Crime Reduction Bill to which this House has disagreed.

    London Local Authorities and Transport for London Bill,—The Lords communicate that they have come to the following Resolution in respect of the London Local Authorities and Transport for London Bill, to which they desire the agreement of this House:

    That the promoters of the Bill should have leave to suspend any further proceedings on the Bill in order to proceed with it, if they think fit, in the next session of Parliament according to the provisions of House of Lords Private Business Standing Order 150A (Suspension of bills).

    London Local Authorities Bill [Lords],—The Lords communicate that they have come to the following Resolution in respect of the London Local Authorities Bill [Lords], to which they desire the agreement of this House:

    That the promoters of the Bill should have leave to suspend any further proceedings on the Bill in order to proceed with it, if they think fit, in the next session of Parliament according to the provisions of House of Lords Private Business Standing Order 150A (Suspension of bills).

    Transport for London Bill [Lords],—The Lords communicate that they have come to the following Resolution in respect of the Transport for London Bill [Lords], to which they desire the agreement of this House:

    That the promoters of the Bill should have leave to suspend any further proceedings on the Bill in order to proceed with it, if they think fit, in the next session of Parliament according to the provisions of House of Lords Private Business Standing Order 150A (Suspension of bills).

    Whitehaven Harbour Bill [Lords],—The Lords communicate that they have come to the following Resolution in respect of the Whitehaven Harbour Bill [Lords], to which they desire the agreement of this House:

    That the promoters of the Bill should have leave to suspend any further proceedings on the Bill in order to proceed with it, if they think fit, in the next session of Parliament according to the provisions of House of Lords Private Business Standing Order 150A (Suspension of bills).

6    Education and Skills Bill,—Lords Amendments to the Education and Skills Bill to be considered to-morrow; and printed pursuant to Standing Orders Nos. 57A (Bills brought from the Lords) and 78 (Lords amendments) on 30th October [Bill 238].

7    Termination of Pregnancy,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to reduce the time limit for legal termination of pregnancy from 24 to 21 weeks; to introduce a cooling off period after the first point of contact with a medical practitioner about a termination; to require the provision of counselling about the medical risk of, and about matters relating to, termination and carrying a pregnancy to term as a condition of informed consent to termination; to enable the time period from the end of the cooling off period to the date of termination to be reduced; and for connected purposes—(Mrs Nadine Dorries);

    And the Motion being opposed, after permitting a short explanatory statement from the Member who made the Motion and from a Member who opposed it, the Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Standing Order No. 23 (Motions for leave to bring in bills and nomination of select committees at commencement of public business);

The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Anne Main, Mike Penning: 108.

      Tellers for the Noes, Dr Evan Harris, Barbara Follett: 187.

So the Question was negatived.

8    Conduct of Government policy in relation to the war in Iraq and its aftermath,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House believes that there should be a select committee of seven honourable Members, being members of Her Majesty's Privy Council, to review the way in which the responsibilities of Government were discharged in relation to Iraq and all matters relevant thereto, in the period leading up to military action in that country in March 2003 and in its aftermath—(Adam Price);

    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 'recognising that there have already been four separate independent committees of inquiry into military action in Iraq and recognising the importance of learning all possible lessons from military action in Iraq and its aftermath, declines at this time, whilst the whole effort of the Government and the armed forces is directed towards improving the condition of Iraq, to make a proposal for a further inquiry which would divert attention from this vital task', instead thereof.—(Secretary Margaret Beckett.)

    And the Question being proposed, That the original words stand part of the Question, pursuant to Order [26th October] and Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments);

    Pete Wishart 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, Pete Wishart, Hywel Williams: 273.

      Tellers for the Noes, Kevin Brennan, Mr Frank Roy: 298.

So the Question was negatived.

    And the Question being put forthwith, That the proposed words be there added;

The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Frank Roy, Kevin Brennan: 294.

      Tellers for the Noes, Pete Wishart, Mr Henry Bellingham: 264.

So the Question was agreed to.

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

    Resolved, That this House, recognising that there have already been four separate independent committees of inquiry into military action in Iraq and recognising the importance of learning all possible lessons from military action in Iraq and its aftermath, declines at this time, whilst the whole effort of the Government and the armed forces is directed towards improving the condition of Iraq, to make a proposal for a further inquiry which would divert attention from this vital task.

9    Crossrail Bill (Carry over),—Ordered, That further proceedings on the Crossrail Bill shall be suspended from the day on which this Session of Parliament ends until the next Session of Parliament;

    That if a Bill is presented in the next Session in the same terms as those in which the Crossrail Bill stood when proceedings on it were suspended in this Session—

      (a) the Bill shall be ordered to be printed and shall be deemed to have been read the first and second time;

      (b) the Bill shall stand committed to a Select Committee of the same Members as the members of the Committee when proceedings on the Bill were suspended in this Session;

      (c) the Instruction of the House to the Committee [19th July 2005] shall be an Instruction to the Committee on the Bill in the next Session;

      (d) all Petitions presented in this Session which stand referred to the Committee and which have not been withdrawn shall stand referred to the Committee in the next Session;

      (e) any Minutes of Evidence taken and any papers laid before the Committee in this Session shall stand referred to the Committee in the next Session;

      (f) only those Petitions mentioned in paragraph (d) above, and any Petition which may be presented by being deposited in the Private Bill Office and in which the Petitioners complain of any proposed additional provision or of any matter which has arisen during the progress of the Bill before the Committee in the next Session, shall stand referred to the Committee;

      (g) any Petitioner whose Petition stands referred to the Committee in the next Session shall, subject to the rules and Orders of the House and to the Prayer of his Petition, be entitled to be heard by himself, his Counsel or Agents upon his Petition provided that it is prepared and signed in conformity with the Rules and Orders of the House, and the Member in charge of the Bill shall be entitled to be heard by his Counsel or Agents in favour of the Bill against that Petition;

      (h) the Committee shall have power to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House, to adjourn from place to place, and to report from day to day Minutes of Evidence taken before it;

      (i) three shall be the Quorum of the Committee;

      (j) any person registered in this Session as a parliamentary agent entitled to practice as such in opposing Bills only who, at the time when proceedings on the Bill were suspended in this Session, was employed in opposing the Bill shall be deemed to have been registered as such a parliamentary agent in the next Session;

      (k) the Standing Orders and practice of the House applicable to the Bill, so far as complied with or dispensed with in this Session or in the Session 2004-05, shall be deemed to have been complied with or (as the case may be) dispensed with in the next Session;

    That these Orders be Standing Orders of the House.—(Mr Secretary Alexander.)

10    Crossrail Bill [Instruction] (No. 4),—Ordered, That it be a further Instruction to the Select Committee to which the Crossrail Bill is committed in the next Session—

    (1) that it have power to consider—

      (a) provision in connection with the reinstatement of facilities whose operation or use is discontinued because of the exercise of power conferred by the Bill;

      (b) provision in connection with agreements relating to temporary possession and use of land subject to compulsory acquisition;

      (c) provision in connection with prohibitions of or restrictions on the use of land imposed for purposes connected with Crossrail;

      (d) alterations to the provision which is now made in the Bill regarding works at West Drayton Yard, London Borough of Hillingdon;

      (e) works at Old Oak Common Depot, Ilford Depot and North Pole Depot, including realignment of the railway between Old Oak Common and Ladbroke Grove;

      (f) realignment of the railway between Westbourne Park and Royal Oak;

      (g) the footbridge at Westbourne Park;

      (h) the lowering of Eastbourne Terrace and Chilworth Street, City of Westminster;

      (i) alterations to the provision which is now made in the Bill regarding the acquisition of land at Hanover Square, City of Westminster;

      (j) extension of the limits of deviation at Hanover Square, City of Westminster and at Charterhouse Square, Lindsey Street, Hayne Street and Long Lane, City of London;

      (k) an additional ticket hall and other works at Bond Street Station;

      (l) the construction of the works at Tottenham Court Road Station;

      (m) alterations to the provision which is now made in the Bill regarding a shaft at Fox and Knot Street, London Borough of Islington;

      (n) an additional ticket hall and enhancement of the existing ticket hall at Liverpool Street Station;

      (o) the vertical alignment of the running tunnel beneath Stepney Green, London Borough of Tower Hamlets;

      (p) a train reversing facility at West Ham;

      (q) a barge loading facility at Instone Wharf, London Boroughs of Newham and Tower Hamlets, including a conveyor for construction purposes;

      (r) alterations to the proposed Isle of Dogs Station;

      (s) alterations to the tables in paragraphs 1 and 2 of Schedule No. 8 to the Bill (disapplication and modification of heritage controls);

    and, if it thinks fit, to make amendments to the Bill with respect to any of the matters mentioned above, and for connected purposes;

    (2) that any Petition against Amendments to the Bill which the Select Committee mentioned in paragraph (1) above is empowered by that paragraph to make shall be referred to that Select Committee if—

      (a) it is presented by being deposited in the Private Bill Office not later than the end of the period of four weeks beginning with the day on which the first newspaper notice of the Amendments was published or, if that period includes any time during which the House is adjourned, or prorogued, for more than four days, not later than five weeks beginning with that day, and

      (b) it is one in which the Petitioners pray to be heard by themselves, their Counsel or Agents;

    (3) that, in its application to Amendments of which the first newspaper notice is published after the date of this Instruction, paragraph 2(a) of Instruction (No. 2) [12th January] shall have effect with the insertion after 'is adjourned' of ', or prorogued,'.

    That these Orders be Standing Orders of the House.—(Mr Tom Harris.)

11    Northern Ireland,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Rates (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 9th October, be approved—(Mr Michael Foster);

    And the Deputy Speaker's opinion as to the decision of the Question being challenged, the Division was deferred till to-morrow, pursuant to Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions).

12    Value Added Tax,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Value Added Tax (Betting, Gaming and Lotteries) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 2685), dated 9th October 2006, a copy of which was laid before this House on 10th October, be approved—(Mr Michael Foster):—It was agreed to.

13    National Lottery,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Big Lottery Fund (Prescribed Expenditure) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 11th October, be approved—(Mr Michael Foster):—It was agreed to.

14    Immigration,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 (Juxtaposed Controls) (Amendment) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 16th October, be approved—(Mr Michael Foster):—It was agreed to.

15    Voluntary Reduction ("Modulation") of Direct Farm Support Payments,—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 European Union Document No. 10014/06, Draft Council Regulation laying down rules for voluntary modulation of direct payments provided for in Regulation (EC) No. 1782/2003 establishing common rules for direct support schemes under the common agricultural policy and establishing certain support schemes for farmers, and amending Regulation (EC) No. 1290/2005; and welcomes the voluntary modulation proposal as a means of providing additional funding for rural development programmes in the United Kingdom which will help meet the Government's commitment to sustainable rural development; but supports the Government in wanting to ensure that the voluntary modulation rules operate in a way appropriate to the needs of the United Kingdom—(Mr Michael Foster);

    And the Deputy Speaker's opinion as to the decision of the Question being challenged, the Division was deferred till to-morrow, pursuant to Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions).

16    Transport Policy,—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 European Union Document No. 10954/06 and Addendum 1, Commission Communication: Keep Europe Moving—Sustainable Mobility for Our Continent—Mid-Term-Review of The European Commission's 2001 Transport White Paper; and endorses the Government's approach to discussions on these documents(Mr Michael Foster):—It was agreed to.

17    Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Michael Foster.)

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

[Adjourned at 10.34 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:

Other Papers:

1    Animals (Scientific Procedures),—Report of the Animal Procedures Committee for 2005 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1660] [Mr Secretary John Reid].

2    Electoral Law (Northern Ireland),—Report of the Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland for 2005-06 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1651] [Mr Secretary Hain].

3    Foreign and Commonwealth Office,—Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minute, dated 31st October 2006, concerning the gifting of equipment to the Iraqi Government [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

4    Government Resources and Accounts,—Report and Accounts of Jobcentre Plus for 2005-06, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1650] [Mr Secretary Hutton].

5    National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on the Ministry of Defence: Recruitment and Retention in the Armed Forces [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 1633-I and -II] [Clerk of the House].

6    National Lottery,—(1) Report, Accounts and Policy Directions of the New Opportunities Fund for 2005-06, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1598] [Secretary Tessa Jowell];

    (2) Report and Accounts of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts for 2005-06, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1584] [Secretary Tessa Jowell];

    (3) Report and Accounts of the Scottish Screen National Lottery Distribution Fund for 2005-06 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1638] [Mr Secretary Alexander]; and

    (4) Report of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland National Lottery Fund for 2005-06 [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

7    Northern Ireland,—(1) Report and Accounts of the Northern Ireland Assembly for 2005-06, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland thereon [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [No. 1620]; and

    (2) Resource Accounts of the—

      (i) Department for Employment and Learning;

      (ii) Department for Social Development;

      (iii) Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure;

      (iv) Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety; and

      (v) Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety—Health and Personal Social Services Superannuation Scheme,

    for 2005-06, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland thereon [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [Nos. 1610, 1619, 1607, 1616 and 1617] [Mr Secretary Hain].

8    Public Petitions,—Observations by the Secretary of State for Transport on the Petition [18th October] from the people of Irlam and Cadishead, Manchester, for the licensing of all off road bikes [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

9    Reserve Forces,—Report under section 56(7) of the Reserve Forces Act 1996 on the making of a call-out order under section 56(1) of that Act [by Act] [Secretary Des Browne].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Draft Electricity Consents (Planning) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Neil Gerrard, Mr Roger Godsiff, Julie Morgan and Geraldine Smith from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Mr Stephen Byers, Mr David Drew, Mark Lazarowicz and Mr Ken Purchase.

2    Draft Code of Practice on the Treasure Act 1996 (Second Revision) England and Wales 2006,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Harry Cohen, Mark Fisher, Michael Jabez Foster and Mr Doug Henderson from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Code) and nominated in substitution Mr Fabian Hamilton, Chris Mole, Mr Don Touhig and Dr Alan Whitehead.

3    Draft Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Amendment) Order 2006,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Michael Connarty from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Andrew Gwynne.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1    Administration,—Record of the Committee's discussions at its meeting on 31st October [Mr Frank Doran].

2    Constitutional Affairs and Home Affairs,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Constitutional Affairs and Home Affairs Committees [Human Rights Legislation and Government Policy-Making]; to be printed [No. 1703-i] [Mr John Denham]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committees [Human Rights Legislation and Government Policy-Making]; to be printed [No. 1703-ii] [Mr Alan Beith].

3    Conventions,—Report from the Joint Committee on Conventions, together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee; to be printed [No. 1212-I and -II] [Sir Malcolm Rifkind].

4    Culture, Media and Sport,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [Caring for our Collections]; to be printed [No. 1624-ii] [Mr John Whittingdale].

5    Environmental Audit,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee [Policy Appraisal and RIAs]; to be printed [No. 1698-i] [Mr Tim Yeo].

6    International Development,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [Development Assistance and the Occupied Palestinian Territories], together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 1683-ii] [Malcolm Bruce].

7    Procedure,—Memorandum laid before the Procedure Committee [Application of the sub judice rule to proceedings in coroners' courts] [Mr Greg Knight].

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

9    Trade and Industry,—(1) Sixteenth Special Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [Response to the Committee's Sixth Report, on The Work of the NDA and UKAEA]; to be printed [No. 1699]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Local Energy Generation]; to be printed [No. 1664-iii]

    [Peter Luff].

10    Welsh Affairs,—(1) Seventh Special Report from the Welsh Affairs Committee [Current Restructuring of the Police Force in Wales: Government Response to the Committee's Fifth Report of Session 2005-06]; to be printed [No. 1695]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Welsh Prisoners in the Prison Estate]; to be printed [No. 1658-i]

    [Martyn Jones].

11    Work and Pensions,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Work and Pensions Committee [The Government's Employment Strategy]; to be printed [No. 1649-i]; and

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [The Government's Employment Strategy]

    [Mr Terry Rooney].

[W.H., No. 133]

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—(Mr Dave Watts);

    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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