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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 21st November 2006

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

PRAYERS.

1    Sessional Returns,—Ordered, That there be laid before this House Returns for Session 2005-06 of information and statistics relating to—

    (1) Business of the House;

    (2) Closure of Debate, Proposal of Question and Allocation of Time (including Programme Motions);

    (3) Sittings of the House;

    (4) Private Bills and Private Business;

    (5) Public Bills;

    (6) Delegated Legislation and Regulatory Reform Orders;

    (7) European Legislation, etc;

    (8) Grand Committees;

    (9) Chairmen's Panel; and

    (10) Select Committees.—(The Chairman of Ways and Means.)

2    Statistics and Registration Service Bill,—Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Jack Straw, Hilary Armstrong, Mr Secretary Hain, Secretary Alan Johnson, Secretary Ruth Kelly, Mr Secretary Alexander, Mr Stephen Timms, Dawn Primarolo, John Healey and Ed Balls, presented a Bill to establish and make provision about the Statistics Board; to make provision about offices and office-holders under the Registration Service Act 1953; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 8].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Statistics and Registration Service Bill be printed [Bill 8-EN].

3    Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Bill (Allocation of Time),—Ordered, That the following provisions shall apply to the proceedings on the Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Bill-

Timetable

    1. (1) Proceedings on Second Reading, in Committee, on consideration and on Third Reading shall be completed at this day's sitting.

    (2) Proceedings on Second Reading shall be brought to a conclusion, if not previously concluded, four hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion for this Order.

    (3) Proceedings in Committee, on consideration and on Third Reading shall be brought to a conclusion, if not previously concluded, at the moment of interruption or six hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion for this Order, whichever is the later.

Timing of proceedings and Questions to be put

    2. When the Bill has been read a second time-

      (a) it shall, notwithstanding Standing Order No. 63 (Committal of bills not subject to a programme order), stand committed to a Committee of the whole House without any Question being put;

      (b) the Speaker shall leave the Chair whether or not notice of an Instruction has been given.

    3. On the conclusion of proceedings in Committee the Chairman shall report the Bill to the House without putting any Question and, if the Bill is reported with amendments, the House shall proceed to consider the Bill as amended without any Question being put.

    4. For the purpose of bringing any proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with paragraph 1 the Speaker or Chairman shall forthwith put the following Questions (but no others)-

      (a) any Question already proposed from the Chair;

      (b) any Question necessary to bring to a decision a Question so proposed;

      (c) the Question on any amendment moved or Motion made by a Minister of the Crown;

      (d) any other Question necessary for the disposal of the business to be concluded.

    5. On a Motion so made for a new Clause or a new Schedule, the Chairman or Speaker shall put only the Question that the Clause or Schedule be added to the Bill.

Consideration of Lords Amendments

    6. (1) Any Lords Amendments to the Bill shall be considered forthwith without any Question being put.

    (2) Proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments shall be brought to a conclusion, if not previously concluded, one hour after their commencement.

    7. (1) This paragraph applies for the purpose of bringing any proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with paragraph 6.

    (2) The Speaker shall first put forthwith any Question already proposed from the Chair and not yet decided.

    (3) If that Question is for the amendment of a Lords Amendment the Speaker shall then put forthwith-

      (a) a single Question on any further Amendments to the Lords Amendment moved by a Minister of the Crown, and

      (b) the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown, That this House agrees or disagrees to the Lords Amendment or (as the case may be) to the Lords Amendment as amended.

    (4) The Speaker shall then put forthwith-

      (a) a single Question on any Amendments moved by a Minister of the Crown to a Lords Amendment, and

      (b) the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown, That this House agrees or disagrees to the Lords Amendment or (as the case may be) to the Lords Amendment as amended.

    (5) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown, That this House disagrees to a Lords Amendment.

    (6) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question, That this House agrees to all the remaining Lords Amendments.

    (7) As soon as the House has agreed or disagreed to a Lords Amendment, or disposed of an Amendment relevant to a Lords Amendment which has been disagreed to, the Speaker shall put forthwith a single Question on any Amendments moved by a Minister of the Crown and relevant to the Lords Amendment.

Subsequent stages

    8. (1) Any further Message from the Lords on the Bill shall be considered forthwith without any Question being put.

    (2) Proceedings on any further Message from the Lords shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement.

    9. (1) This paragraph applies for the purpose of bringing any proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with paragraph 8.

    (2) The Speaker shall first put forthwith any Question which has already been proposed from the Chair and not yet decided.

    (3) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown which is related to the Question already proposed from the Chair.

    (4) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown on or relevant to any of the remaining items in the Lords Message.

    (5) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question, That this House agrees with the Lords in all the remaining Lords Proposals.

Reasons Committee

    10. (1) The Speaker shall put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown for the appointment, nomination and quorum of a Committee to draw up Reasons in relation to the Bill and the appointment of its Chairman.

    (2) A Committee appointed to draw up Reasons shall report before the conclusion of the sitting at which it is appointed.

    (3) Proceedings in the Committee shall, if not previously brought to a conclusion, be brought to a conclusion 30 minutes after their commencement.

    (4) For the purpose of bringing any proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with sub-paragraph (3) the Chairman shall-

      (a) first put forthwith any Question which has been proposed from the Chair but not yet decided, and

      (b) then put forthwith successively Questions on motions which may be made by a Minister of the Crown for assigning a Reason for disagreeing with the Lords in any of their Amendments.

    (5) The proceedings of the Committee shall be reported without any further Question being put.

Miscellaneous

    11. Paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business) shall apply in so far as necessary for the purposes of this Order.

    12. The proceedings on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown for varying or supplementing the provisions of this Order shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement and paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 15 shall apply to those proceedings.

    13. Standing Order No. 82 (Business Committee) shall not apply in relation to any proceedings to which this Order applies.

    14. No Motion shall be made, except by a Minister of the Crown, to alter the order in which any proceedings on the Bill are taken or to re-commit the Bill; and the Question on any such Motion shall be put forthwith.

    15. No dilatory Motion shall be made in relation to proceedings to which this Order applies except by a Minister of the Crown; and the Question on any such Motion shall be put forthwith.

    16. (1) This paragraph applies if-

      (a) a Motion for the Adjournment of the House under Standing Order No. 24 (Adjournment on specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration) has been stood over to Seven o'clock, Four o'clock or Three o'clock (as the case may be), but

      (b) proceedings to which this Order applies have begun before then.

    (2) Proceedings on that Motion shall stand postponed until the conclusion of those proceedings.

    17. If the House is adjourned, or the sitting is suspended, before the conclusion of any proceedings to which this Order applies, no notice shall be required of a Motion made at the next sitting by a Minister of the Crown for varying or supplementing the provisions of this Order.

    18. Proceedings to which this Order applies shall not be interrupted under any Standing Order relating to the sittings of the House.—(Mr Secretary Hain.)

4    Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Bill;

    And a Motion being made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read a second time;

    And it being four hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion relating to Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Bill (Allocation of Time), the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Order [this day]:—It was agreed to.

    The House, pursuant to Order [this day], resolved itself into a Committee on the Bill.

    (In the Committee)

    Clause No. 1 agreed to.

    Clause No. 2 (Compliance or non-compliance with St Andrews Agreement timetable).

    Amendment (No. 43) proposed, in ?page 2, line 10, after '2007,', to insert the words 'or such later date as may be specified in an order made by the Secretary of State,'.—(Mr Nigel Dodds.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

    The Committee divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Nigel Dodds, Mrs Iris Robinson: 12.

      Tellers for the Noes, Tony Cunningham, Steve McCabe: 319.

    Clause agreed to.

    Clauses Nos. 3 and 4 agreed to.

    Clause No. 5 (The Executive Committee and the Ministerial Code).

    Amendment (No. 33) proposed, in page 4, to leave out lines 8 to 10.—(Mark Durkan.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

    It being Ten o'clock, the Chairman put the Questions necessary to bring proceedings in the Committee to a conclusion.

    Clause agreed to.

    Clauses Nos. 6 to 28 agreed to.

    Schedules Nos. 1 to 9 agreed to.

    Whereupon the Chairman left the Chair to report the Bill to the House, pursuant to Order [this day].

           _______________

      The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair; and Mr Michael Foster reported, That the Committee had gone through the Bill and made no Amendment thereunto.

      A Motion was made and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Order [this day], That the Bill be now read the third time:—It was agreed to.

      The Bill was accordingly read the third time, and passed.

    5    Business of the House,—Ordered, That, in respect of the Investment Exchanges and Clearing Houses Bill, notices of Amendments, new Clauses and new Schedules to be moved in Committee may be accepted by the Clerks at the Table before the Bill has been read a second time.—(Mr Dave Watts.)

    6    Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Dave Watts.)

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

    [Adjourned at 10.33 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:

    Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

    1    Corporation Tax,—Draft Oil Taxation (Market Value of Oil) Regulations 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [John Healey].

    2    Immigration,—Draft Accession (Immigration and Worker Authorisation) Regulations 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary John Reid].

    3    Petroleum Revenue Tax,—Draft Petroleum Revenue Tax (Attribution of Blended Crude Oil) Regulations 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [John Healey].

    4    Welfare Reform and Pensions,—Report by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions under section 82 of the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999, stating the changes in law which the Secretary of State is proposing in the Welfare Reform Bill by way of amendments to the Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979, the amount of expenditure which the Secretary of State proposes to incur and the purposes for which he proposes to incur it [by Act]; to be printed [No. 39] [Mr Secretary Hutton].

    Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    5    Children and Young Persons,—Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 2991), dated 15th November 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Alan Johnson].

    6    Corporation Tax,—Petroleum Revenue Tax (Nomination Scheme for Disposals and Appropriations) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 3089), dated 20th November 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [John Healey].

    7    Marine Pollution,—Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Pollution by Sewage and Garbage) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 2950), dated 14th November 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Alexander].

    8    Medicines,—Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 2984), dated 15th November 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    9    Ministers of the Crown,—Transfer of Functions (Third Sector, Communities and Equality) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 2951), dated 14th November 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary John Reid].

    Other Papers:

    10    Broadcasting,—Papers, entitled:

      (1) BBC Independent Television Commissioning: Deloitte and Touche LLP review presented to the BBC Governors' Audit Committee, September 2006, and a response to the review from the BBC; and

      (2) The BBC's Management of Risk: National Audit Office review presented to the BBC Governors' Audit Committee, September 2006, by the Comptroller and Auditor General, and a response to the review from the BBC

      [by Command] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

    11    Constitutional Affairs,—Government Response to the Sixth Report from the Constitutional Affairs Committee, Session 2005-06, on Family Justice: The operation of the family courts revisited [by Command] [Cm. 6971] [Ms Harriet Harman].

    12    Defence (Votes A), 2006-07,—Winter Supplementary Estimates of the maximum numbers of personnel to be maintained for service with the Armed Forces for the year ending 31st March 2007 [by Command]; to be printed [No. 18] [Secretary Des Browne].

    13    Government Resources and Accounts,—Treasury Minute, dated 21st November 2006, directing the application of certain amounts as Appropriations in Aid of the Estimates for the year ending 31st March 2007 [by Act] [Mr Stephen Timms].

    14    National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Ministry of Defence: Major Projects Report 2006, with Project Summary Sheets [by Act]; to be printed [No. 23-I and -II] [Clerk of the House].

    15    Northern Ireland,—Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of the —

      (1) Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland thereon; and

      (2) Northern Ireland Local Government Officers' Superannuation Committee

      [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [Nos. 34 and 17] [Mr Secretary Hain].

    16    Supply Estimates, 2006-07,—(1) Winter Supplementary Estimates and New Estimates for Central Government [by Command]; to be printed [No. 2] [Mr Stephen Timms]; and

      (2) Winter Supplementary Estimates for the National Audit Office [by Act]; to be printed [No. 7] [Mr Alan Williams].

    17    Supply Estimates, 2007-08,—Estimates for which a Vote on Account is required for 2007-08 for—

      (1) Central Government [by Command]; to be printed [No. 19] [Mr Stephen Timms];

      (2) the Electoral Commission [by Act]; to be printed [No. 6] [The Speaker];

      (3) the House of Commons: Administration [by Act]; to be printed [No. 4] [The Speaker]; and

      (4) the National Audit Office [by Act]; to be printed [No. 5] [Mr Alan Williams].

    APPENDIX II

    Reports from Select Committees

    1    Administration,—Record of the Committee's discussions at its meeting on 21st November; to be published [Mr Frank Doran].

    2    Communities and Local Government,—The Supply of Rented Housing: Memoranda laid before the Communities and Local Government Committee; to be printed [No. 47-II] [Dr Phyllis Starkey].

    3    Communities and Local Government and International Development,—The World Urban Forum III: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Communities and Local Government and the International Development Committees, with a Memorandum laid before the Committees; to be printed [No. 48] [Mr John Battle].

    4    Culture, Media and Sport,—London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee; to be printed [No. 69-i] [Mr John Whittingdale].

    5    Defence,—(1) Government Response to the Eleventh Report of the Committee, Session 2005-06: Educating Service Children: First Special Report from the Defence Committee; to be printed [No. 58]; and

      (2) The Future of the UK's Strategic Nuclear Deterrent: the manufacturing and skills base: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed [No. 59-i and ii]

      [Mr James Arbuthnot].

    6    Environmental Audit,—The EU ETS: Lessons from phase I: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee; to be printed [No. 70-i] [Mr Tim Yeo].

    7    Health,—NHS Deficits: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee; to be printed [No. 73-i] [Mr Kevin Barron].

    8    Home Affairs,—Justice and Home Affairs Issues at European Union Level: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee; to be printed [No. 76-i] [Mr John Denham].

    9    International Development,—(1) Department for International Development Departmental Report 2006: First Report from the International Development Committee, with Memoranda; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 71];

      (2) Development Assistance and the Occupied Palestinian Territories: Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be published; and

      (3) Water and Sanitation: Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be published

      [Malcolm Bruce].

    10    Treasury,—(1) Financial inclusion: the roles of the Government and the FSA, and financial capability: First Report from the Treasury Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 53];

      (2) The Administration of Tax Credits: Government Response to the Sixth Report from the Committee, Session 2005-06: First Special Report from the Committee; to be printed [No. 52]; and

      (3) Globalisation: the role of the IMF: Government Response to the Ninth Report from the Committee, Session 2005-06: Second Special Report from the Committee; to be printed [No. 49]

      [Mr John McFall].

    11    Welsh Affairs,—Welsh Prisoners in the Prison Estate:

      (1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee; to be printed [No. 74-i]; and

      (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be published

      [Dr Hywel Francis].

    CORRIGENDUM

    In the Votes and Proceedings for Monday 20th November, item 2 (1) should have read—

      '(1) residents in the St Mary's Church Conservation Area against overdevelopment in their community; and'.



     
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