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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 15th November 2006

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

PRAYERS.

1    Message to attend Her Majesty,—A Message from Her Majesty was delivered by the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod.

    Mr Speaker,

    The Queen commands this Honourable House to attend Her Majesty immediately, in the House of Peers.

    Accordingly, the Speaker, with the House, went up to attend Her Majesty:(And having returned;

    The Speaker resumed the Chair at half-past Two o'clock.

2    Speaker's Statement,—The Speaker made a Statement to the House.

3    Outlawries,—A Bill for the more effectual preventing Clandestine Outlawries was read the first time and ordered to be read a second time.

4    Queen's Speech,—The Speaker reported Her Majesty's Speech and directed that it be entered in the Journal, as follows:

    My Lords and Members of the House of Commons

    My Government will pursue policies aimed at meeting the challenges which the United Kingdom faces at home and abroad.

    A stable economy is the foundation of a fair and prosperous society. My Government will continue to maintain low inflation, sound public finances and high employment.

    At the heart of my Government's programme will be further action to provide strong, secure and stable communities, and to address the threat of terrorism.

    My Government will put victims at the heart of the criminal justice system, support the police and all those responsible for the public's safety, and proceed with the development of ID cards.

    A Bill will be brought forward for the next stage of reform of the criminal justice system, giving the police and probation services new powers to protect the public from violent offenders and anti-social behaviour.

    Legislation will be introduced to improve the way that offenders are managed and supervised.

    Measures will be brought forward to give law enforcement agencies new powers to combat serious and organised crime.

    A Bill will be introduced to provide the immigration service with further powers to police the country's borders, tackle immigration crime, and to make it easier to deport those who break the law.

    A Bill will be introduced to provide for trials without a jury in serious fraud cases.

    Legislation will be brought forward to improve the administration of justice by reforming the tribunal system, the qualifications for judicial appointment and the enforcement of judgments.

    My Government will publish a Bill on climate change as part of its policy to protect the environment, consistent with the need to secure long-term energy supplies.

    My Government will continue its investment in, and reforms of, the public services in order to improve further their effectiveness and to help the most vulnerable members of society.

    My Government will take forward legislation to reform the welfare system, and to reduce poverty.

    A Bill will be introduced to improve the system of child support.

    A Bill will be introduced providing for long-term reform of pensions.

    Legislation will provide for free off-peak local bus travel for pensioners and disabled people.

    My Government's programme of educational reform will continue to raise standards in schools to help all children achieve their full potential.

    A Bill will be introduced to reform the Further Education system so that it can better equip people with the skills that they and the economy need.

    My Government will carry through the modernisation of healthcare based on the founding principles of the National Health Service.

    A Bill will be introduced to provide a better framework for treating people with mental disorders.

    Draft proposals will be published to reform the regulation of human embryology.

    A draft Bill will be published to tackle road congestion and to improve public transport.

    My Government will publish proposals to reform the planning system.

    Legislation will provide for improved arrangements for consumer advocacy and for the regulation of estate agents.

    My Government will also continue its programme of reform to provide institutions that better serve a modern democracy. It will work to build a consensus on reform of the House of Lords and will bring forward proposals.

    Bills will provide for reform of local government and enhanced powers for the Mayor and Assembly for London.

    Legislation will be introduced to create an independent board to enhance confidence in Government statistics.

    Members of the House of Commons

    Estimates for the Public Services will be laid before you.

    My Lords and Members of the House of Commons

    My Government will work closely with the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales.

    My Government will work towards the restoration of devolution in Northern Ireland, including by bringing forward legislation.

    The Duke of Edinburgh and I look forward to our State Visit to the United States of America in May 2007 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown Settlement. We also look forward to receiving the President of Ghana and Mrs Kufuor.

    My Government remains committed to peace in the Middle East. It will continue to work to find a lasting settlement between Israel and the Palestinians, to support the new Iraqi Government in its efforts to build an enduring constitutional settlement, and to assist the Government of Afghanistan.

    My Government will work with the United Nations and European Union partners to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction, including addressing international concerns over North Korea and Iran, and to promote good governance.

    My Government will continue to work to build an effective and globally competitive European Union and will also work to strengthen the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

    My Government will contribute to a modern and inclusive United Nations and will work to take forward the World Trade Organisation Doha talks.

    My Government will continue its focus on Africa, including by seeking a resolution to the crisis in Darfur. I look forward to visiting Kampala next year for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

    My Government will work to foster a strong partnership between Europe and the United States of America in order to meet these objectives.

    Other measures will be laid before you.

    My Lords and Members of the House of Commons

    I pray that the blessing of Almighty God may rest upon your counsels.

5    Queen's Speech (Motion for an Address),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, as follows:

    Most Gracious Sovereign,

    We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled, beg leave to offer our humble thanks to Your Majesty for the Gracious Speech which Your Majesty has addressed to both Houses of Parliament—(Alun Michael);

    Ordered, That the Debate be now adjourned.—(Jonathan Shaw.)

    Debate to be resumed to-morrow.

6    Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Jonathan Shaw);

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

7    Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Jonathan Shaw.)

    And accordingly, the House, having continued to sit till sixteen minutes past Ten o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 10.16 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 presented by Her Majesty's Command and delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on the undermentioned date during the Prorogation of Parliament pursuant to Standing Order No. 158 (Presentation of command papers):

Monday 13th November 2006

1    Treaty Series (No. 29, 2006),—Implementation Agreement, done at London on 10th August 2006 and Moscow on 16th August 2006, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Russian Federation concerning the Prepayment of Certain Debt Obligations of the Government of the Russian Federation [Cm. 6962] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

Papers delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on the undermentioned dates during the Prorogation of Parliament pursuant to Standing Order No. 159 (Presentation of statutory instruments):

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

Thursday 9th November 2006

2    Defence,—(1) Royal Marines Terms of Service Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 2917); and

    (2) Royal Navy Terms of Service (Ratings) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 2918)

    dated 3rd November 2006, with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [Secretary Des Browne].

3    Education,—Education (School Performance Information) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 2896), dated 1st November 2006, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Secretary Alan Johnson].

4    Health Care and Associated Professions,—General Optical Council (Continuing Education and Training) (Amendment No. 2) Rules Order of Council 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 2901), dated 30th October 2006, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

5    Social Security,—Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 6) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 2924), dated 8th November 2006, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Dawn Primarolo].

    Friday 10th November 2006

6    Agriculture,—Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (England and Wales) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 2922), dated 6th November 2006, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Secretary David Miliband].

7    Employment and Training,—Employment Equality (Age) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 2931), dated 9th November 2006, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Hutton].

8    Gender Equality,—Draft Code of Practice on Gender Equality Duty [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

9    Sex Discrimination,—Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (Public Authorities) (Statutory Duties) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 2930), dated 7th November 2006, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

    Monday 13th November 2006

10    Pesticides,—Plant Protection Products (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 2933), dated 8th November 2006, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Secretary David Miliband].

Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Wednesday 15th November 2006:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

11    Corporation Tax,—Draft Taxation of Securitisation Companies Regulations 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Dawn Primarolo].

12    National Health Service,—Draft Personal Injuries (NHS Charges) (Amounts) Regulations 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

13    Pensions,—Draft Financial Assistance Scheme (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hutton].

14    Petroleum,—Draft Petroleum Act 1998 (Third Party Access) Order 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

15    Financial Services and Markets,—Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Markets in Financial Instruments) (Modification of Powers) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 2975), dated 15th November 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ed Balls].

16    Food,—Fishery Products (Official Controls Charges) (England) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 2904), dated 3rd November 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

17    Road Traffic,—Motor Cycles Etc. (EC Type Approval) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 2935), dated 9th November 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Alexander].

18    United Nations,—(1) Al-Qaida and Taliban (United Nations Measures) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 2952); and

    (2) North Korea (United Nations Measures) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 2958),

    dated 14th November 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer].

Other Papers:

19    Foreign and Commonwealth Office,—Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minute, dated 15th November 2006, concerning a contingent liability for "Whistler in Moscow" [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

20    Government Resources and Accounts,—Accounts of the Royal Air Force Museum for 2005-06, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 38] [Clerk of the House].

21    National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Delivering successful IT-enabled business change, with case studies [by Act]; to be printed [No. 33-I and -II] [Clerk of the House].

22    Northern Ireland,—Resource Accounts of the—

    (1) Department for Regional Development;

    (2) Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment;

    (3) Department of Environment;

    (4) Department of Finance and Personnel;

    (5) Department of Finance and Personnel North/South Pension Scheme;

    (6) Department of Finance and Personnel—Superannuation and Other Allowances;

    (7) Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister; and

    (8) Public Income and Expenditure of Northern Ireland

    for 2005-06, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland thereon [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [Nos. 13, 8, 9, 10, 12, 11, 14 and 3] [Mr Secretary Hain].

23    Osteopaths,—Report and Accounts of the General Osteopathic Council for 2004-05 [by Act] [Bridget Prentice].

24    Public Petitions,—Observations by—

    (1) the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the Petition [1st March] from residents of Canvey Island and others against an application to build twelve flats at the corner of Somnes Avenue and Maple Avenue;

    (2) the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the Petition [24th April] from residents of Canvey Island and surrounding areas against a proposed change in use of the Canvey Calor Gas site;

    (3) the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the Petition [10th July] from residents of Benfleet, Essex, and others against the proposed development of a military style assault course near Rivenhall;

    (4) the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the Petition [11th July] from the residents of Thundersley and Benfleet against the storage of hazardous asbestos waste in their area;

    (5) the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the Petition [18th July] from citizens of Buckinghamshire and others for the provision of infrastructure improvements to support local development; and

    (6) the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the Petition [25th July] from the North Riding Infirmary Campaign for action to save the North Riding Infirmary

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

25    Treaty Series (No. 30, 2006),—Convention, done at London on 2nd February 2006, between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Japan for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income and on Capital Gains [by Command] [Cm. 6980] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

Public Accounts,—Recruitment and retention in the armed forces: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts; to be printed [No. 43-i] [Mr Edward Leigh].



 
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