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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 5th December 2006

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

PRAYERS.

1    Third Delegated Legislation Committee,—Mr Martyn Jones reported from the Third Delegated Legislation Committee the draft Compensation (Claims Management Services) Regulations 2006, the draft Compensation (Regulated Claims Management Services) Order 2006 and the draft Compensation (Specification of Benefits) Order 2006.

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

2    Fourth Delegated Legislation Committee,—Sir John Butterfill reported from the Fourth Delegated Legislation Committee the draft Taxation of Securitisation Companies Regulations 2006.

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

3    Fifth Delegated Legislation Committee,—Mr Eric Martlew reported from the Fifth Delegated Legislation Committee the draft Oil Taxation (Market Value of Oil) Regulations 2006 and the draft Petroleum Revenue Tax (Attribution of Blended Crude Oil) Regulations 2006.

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

4    Sixth Delegated Legislation Committee,—Dr William McCrea reported from the Sixth Delegated Legislation Committee the draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) (Amendment No. 2) (England and Wales) Order 2006.

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

5    European Standing Committee,—Mr David Wilshire reported from a European Standing Committee the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Documents No. 5047/06 and Addenda 1 and 2, Commission Communication; Taking sustainable use of resources forward: A Thematic Strategy on the prevention and recycling of waste, and No. 5050/06, Draft Directive on waste: and agrees with the Government's proposed negotiating position relating to the revision of the Waste Framework Directive.

    Resolution to lie upon the Table.

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

6    Opposition Day [1st 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.

    Government Policy on Public Health,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House notes the Government's failure to improve public health outcomes and to reduce health inequalities; believes that the gap between the public health of the UK and that of comparable health economies is unacceptable; identifies obesity, smoking, sexually transmitted disease, infectious disease control, teenage pregnancy, alcohol and substance abuse, the promotion of healthy lifestyles and screening for treatable disease as areas of particular concern; supports frontline staff striving in adverse circumstances to improve the health of the nation; is concerned about the shortage of public health staff due to the Government's financial mismanagement; joins with the Chief Medical Officer in condemning the use of public health funds to tackle NHS deficits; and calls on the Government to ensure that funds for public health are spent on addressing remediable health issues—(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 trebling of investment in the NHS by 2008 which is crucial to improving public health and tackling health inequalities; notes that this extra investment has enabled a huge expansion in preventive services including extending breast cancer screening to women aged 65-70 which has helped increase the number of breast cancers detected by 40 per cent. since 2001 and the first ever national bowel cancer screening programme which will detect around 3,000 bowel cancers a year when fully rolled out; acknowledges that this Government has done more than any previous government to help people give up smoking, including banning smoking in all workplaces and public places from 1st July 2007; further welcomes the help and support being given to people to live healthier lives including two million 4 to 6 year olds now receiving a free piece of fruit or portion of vegetable, new healthier standards for school meals, clearer food labelling, new health trainers and NHS life checks; and recognises the unprecedented action this Government has taken to tackle the root causes of ill health and health inequalities including helping more people find work, lifting a significant number of children out of relative poverty and taking action to tackle poor housing', instead thereof.—(Caroline Flint.)

    And the Question being put, That the original words stand part of the Question;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Andrew Rosindell, Mr Mark Lancaster: 217.

      Tellers for the Noes, Claire Ward, Kevin Brennan: 296.

    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 trebling of investment in the NHS by 2008 which is crucial to improving public health and tackling health inequalities; notes that this extra investment has enabled a huge expansion in preventive services including extending breast cancer screening to women aged 65-70 which has helped increase the number of breast cancers detected by 40 per cent. since 2001 and the first ever national bowel cancer screening programme which will detect around 3,000 bowel cancers a year when fully rolled out; acknowledges that this Government has done more than any previous government to help people give up smoking, including banning smoking in all workplaces and public places from 1st July 2007; further welcomes the help and support being given to people to live healthier lives including two million 4 to 6 year olds now receiving a free piece of fruit or portion of vegetable, new healthier standards for school meals, clearer food labelling, new health trainers and NHS life checks; and recognises the unprecedented action this Government has taken to tackle the root causes of ill health and health inequalities including helping more people find work, lifting a significant number of children out of relative poverty and taking action to tackle poor housing.

    Government Transport Strategy and Capacity on British Roads and Railways,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House notes that severe congestion on the roads and railways is now very widespread and is significantly worse than it was a decade ago; further notes that the Eddington Report is the eighth major transport strategy document published by this Government since 1997; further notes that in its 10 Year Plan the Government made a series of specific commitments to improve the transport system by 2010 which will not now be fulfilled; further notes that the remit of the Eddington Report was to look at the UK's transport needs after 2015 but that many of its recommendations mirror the Government's now abandoned commitments in the 10 Year Plan; and believes that the UK cannot wait any longer for the Government to keep its promises to ease congestion and improve the transport system—(Chris Grayling);

    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 Sir Rod Eddington's independent report on the impact of transport decisions on economic productivity and growth; accepts his findings that the UK transport network provides the right connections, in the right places, to support the journeys that matter to economic performance, but also that the current unprecedented period of sustained economic growth will continue to place increasing pressures on key sections of that network, and that this needs to be addressed with a wide-ranging strategy encompassing better-use and investment solutions; supports the Government's commitment to taking the decisions which will be required to meet these pressures and put UK transport on a sustainable footing, including tackling the environmental impacts of transport, piloting road-pricing and building on the improvements in rail performance; acknowledges the progress already made through sustained long-term investment and forward planning through the Future of Transport White Paper; and recognises the substantial increases in capacity which this approach has brought, and the continuing programme of investment to provide further increases in capacity and reliability in future', instead thereof.—(Mr Secretary Alexander.)

    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 David Evennett, Mr Mark Lancaster: 213.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Michael Foster, Tony Cunningham: 290.

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

    Resolved, That this House welcomes Sir Rod Eddington's independent report on the impact of transport decisions on economic productivity and growth; accepts his findings that the UK transport network provides the right connections, in the right places, to support the journeys that matter to economic performance, but also that the current unprecedented period of sustained economic growth will continue to place increasing pressures on key sections of that network, and that this needs to be addressed with a wide-ranging strategy encompassing better-use and investment solutions; supports the Government's commitment to taking the decisions which will be required to meet these pressures and put UK transport on a sustainable footing, including tackling the environmental impacts of transport, piloting road-pricing and building on the improvements in rail performance; acknowledges the progress already made through sustained long-term investment and forward planning through the Future of Transport White Paper; and recognises the substantial increases in capacity which this approach has brought, and the continuing programme of investment to provide further increases in capacity and reliability in future.

7    Legal Services,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Delegated Legislation Committees), That the draft Association of Law Costs Draftsmen Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 19th October, in the last Session of Parliament, be approved—(Steve McCabe):—It was agreed to.

8    Public Petition,—A Public Petition from members of the Alzheimer's Society and residents of Brighton and Hove against restrictions on the prescription of Alzheimer drug treatments was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

9    Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Steve McCabe.)

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

[Adjourned at 10.53 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 Negative Resolution:

1    Corporation Tax,—(1) Group Relief for Overseas Losses (Modification of the Corporation Tax Acts for Non-resident Insurance Companies) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 3218); and

    (2) Real Estate Investment Trusts (Assessment and Recovery of Tax) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 3222),

    dated 4th December 2006 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Ed Balls].

2    Financial Services and Markets,—Capital Requirements Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 3221), dated 4th December 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ed Balls].

3    Housing,—Housing (Assessment of Accommodation Needs) (Meaning of Gypsies and Travellers) (England) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 3190), dated 27th November 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

4    Statistics of Trade,—Statistics of Trade (Customs and Excise) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 3216), dated 4th December 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Dawn Primarolo].

5    Supreme Court (Northern Ireland),—Criminal Appeal (Trial without jury where danger of jury tampering and Trial by jury of sample counts only) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2006 (S.R. (N.I.), 2006, No. 487), dated 30th November 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Bridget Prentice].

Other Papers:

6    Audit (Northern Ireland),—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland on Reinvestment and Reform: Improving Northern Ireland's Public Infrastructure [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [No. 79] [Mr Secretary Hain].

7    Gangmasters (Licensing),—First Report on the Operation of the Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004 for 2005-06 [by Act] [Secretary David Miliband].

8    National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on The Home Office: Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour [by Act]; to be printed [No. 99] [Clerk of the House].

9    Police (Northern Ireland),—Eighteenth Report of the Oversight Commissioner [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hain].

APPENDIX II

General Committees

1    Draft Compensation (Claims Management Services) Regulations 2006, the draft Compensation (Regulated Claims Management Services) Order 2006 and the draft Compensation (Specification of Benefits) Order 2006,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Dai Havard from the Third Delegated Legislation Committee (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations and draft Orders) and nominated in substitution David Wright.

2    Draft Taxation of Securitisation Companies Regulations 2006,—The Committee of Selection has discharged John McDonnell and Mr Alan Milburn from the Fourth Delegated Legislation Committee (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations) and nominated in substitution Chris Bryant and Ian Lucas.

3    Draft Oil Taxation (Market Value of Oil) Regulations 2006 and the draft Petroleum Revenue Tax (Attribution of Blended Crude Oil) Regulations 2006,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr David Hamilton and Mr Denis Murphy from the Fifth Delegated Legislation Committee (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations) and nominated in substitution Kelvin Hopkins and Mr Shahid Malik.

4    Draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) (Amendment No. 2) (England and Wales) Order 2006,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Jamie Reed and Helen Southworth from the Sixth Delegated Legislation Committee (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Andrew Gwynne and Ms Dari Taylor.

    European Standing Committees

5    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 Mr Kevan Jones from the European Standing Committee (nominated in respect of the Documents) and nominated in substitution Jim Dobbin.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1    Defence,—(1) Costs of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan: Winter Supplementary Estimate 2006-07: Third Report from the Defence Committee, with Memoranda; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report, and a Memorandum reported and ordered to be published on 28th November [No. 129];

    (2) Future Rapid Effect System (FRES): Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be published; and

    (3) Disposal of radioactive waste at Foulness: Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be published

    [Mr James Arbuthnot].

2    International Development,—Water and Sanitation: Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee; to be printed [No. 126-ii] [Malcolm Bruce].

3    Northern Ireland Affairs,—Community Restorative Justice: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee; to be printed [No. 87-iii] [Sir Patrick Cormack].

[W.H., No. 4]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

The sitting began at half-past Nine o'clock.

Adjournment,—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Jonathan Shaw.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.57 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker

    Taxing Officer,—In pursuance of section 1(1) of the Parliamentary Costs Act 2006, the Speaker appointed Mr David William Neal Doig to be the Taxing Officer of the House of Commons, with effect from 6th November 2006.



 
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