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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 23rd November 2006

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

PRAYERS.

1    Queen's Speech (Motion for an Address),—The Order of the Day being read, for resuming the adjourned Debate on the Question proposed on 15th November, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, as follows:

    Most Gracious Sovereign,

    We, Your Majesty's 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;

    And the Question being again proposed:—The House resumed the adjourned Debate.

    An Amendment was proposed to the Question, at the end, to add the words 'but humbly regret that the Gracious Speech contains no measures enabling the Government to fulfil its commitments to the people of the UK on their security, public services and the quality of their daily lives; further regret the absence of proposals to permit telephone intercepts and post-charge interviews to be introduced as evidence in order to strengthen the Government's ability to prosecute those involved in terrorism, or to tackle rising violent crime, overcrowded prisons and the mismanagement of dangerous offenders; welcome those measures which will deliver additional public protection in practice but deplore proposals such as the removal of trial by jury and the circumvention of the criminal justice system which will be costly, counter-productive and which will undermine democracy and the rule of law; and further regret the absence from the Gracious Speech of plans to police the road network more effectively, to catch more drivers without insurance, road tax or appropriate licences, to encourage motorists to choose cars with lower carbon dioxide emissions, to tackle the competitive problems faced by British hauliers or to deal with the gridlock on the roads and the overcrowding on the railways and on public transport systems in cities.'.—(David Davis.)

    And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;

The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Tobias Ellwood, Mr Robert Goodwill: 190.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Michael Foster, Huw Irranca-Davies: 263.

So the Question was negatived.

    And it being after Six o'clock, the Debate stood adjourned.

    Ordered, That the Debate be resumed on Monday 27th November.

2    Public Petitions,—Public Petitions from—

    (1) BBC Radio Suffolk and the East Anglia Daily Times for the reinstatement of St Edmund as the patron saint of England; and

    (2) residents of Huntingdonshire and Cambridgeshire against the reduction of services at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.

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

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

    And accordingly, the House, having continued to sit till fourteen minutes to Seven o'clock, adjourned till Monday 27th November.

[Adjourned at 6.46 p.m.

Michael J. Martin

Speaker


Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock on Monday next.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1    Cinemas and Films,—Draft Films (Definition of "British Film") (No. 2) Order 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

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

3    Employment Tribunals,—Draft Employment Act 2002 (Amendment of Schedules 3, 4 and 5) Order 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

4    Scientific Research,—Draft Technology Strategy Board Order 2007 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

5    Competition,—Enterprise Act 2002 (Enforcement Undertakings) (No. 2) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 3095), dated 20th November 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

6    Consumer Credit,—Consumer Credit (Enforcement, Default and Termination Notices) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 3094), dated 18th November 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

7    Insolvency,—Banks (Former Authorised Institutions) (Insolvency) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 3107), dated 20th November 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

8    Justice,—Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 (Addition of Listed Judicial Offices etc.) Order 2006 (S.R. (N.I.), 2006, No. 469), dated 23rd November 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Bridget Prentice].

Other Papers:

9    Cereals Marketing,—Report and Accounts of the Home-Grown Cereals Authority for 2005-06, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 21] [Secretary David Miliband].

10    Justice (Northern Ireland),—Paper, entitled Added Value? A Review of the Voluntary and Community Sector's contribution to the Northern Ireland Criminal Justice System [by Act] [Secretary Hain].

11    Northern Ireland,—(1) Accounts of the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium; and

    (2) Report and Accounts of Invest Northern Ireland

    for 2005-06, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General of Northern Ireland thereon [by Statutory Instrument], to be printed [Nos. 26 and 27] [Secretary Hain].

Papers withdrawn:

12    Corporation Tax,— Draft Oil Taxation (Market Value of Oil) Regulations 2006 [laid 21st November].

APPENDIX II

General Committees

1    Welfare Reform Bill,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Jimmy Hood and Mr David Amess Chairmen of the Welfare Reform Bill Committee.

2    Draft Non-Domestic Rating (Chargeable Amounts) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2006,—The Speaker has appointed Mr David Wilshire Chairman of the First Delegated Legislation Committee in respect of the draft Regulations.

3    Draft Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Poland) Order 2006,—The Speaker has appointed Ann Winterton Chairman of the Third Delegated Legislation Committee in respect of the draft Order.

4    Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules (Cm. 6918),—The Speaker has appointed Mr Bill Olner Chairman of the Fourth Delegated Legislation Committee in respect of the Statement.

5    Draft Water and Sewerage Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Martin Caton Chairman of the Fifth Delegated Legislation Committee in respect of the draft Order.

    European Standing Committees

6    European Union Documents No. 5047/06 and Addendum 1, and No. 5050/06 and Addendum 1, relating to Waste Prevention and Recycling,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Dr John Pugh from the European Standing Committee (nominated in respect of the Documents) and nominated in substitution Bob Russell.

7    The Speaker has appointed Mr Mike Weir Chairman of the European Standing Committee in respect of European Union Document No. 9898/06 on Consultation on Fisheries Management Proposals.

8    The Speaker has appointed Mr Christopher Chope Chairman of the European Standing Committee in respect of European Union Documents No. 10755/06 on European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights and No. 13104/06 on Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1    Health,—Public Expenditure on Health and Personal Social Services 2006: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee; to be printed [No. 94-i] [Mr Kevin Barron].

2    Public Administration,—(1) Government Communications: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration, with a Memorandum; to be printed [No. 92-i]; and

    (2) Skills for Government: Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 93]

    [Dr Tony Wright].

3    Treasury,—The scope of FSA insurance regulation: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee; to be printed [No. 50-i] [Mr John McFall].



 
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