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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 18th December 2006

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

PRAYERS.

1    Private Bill Petitions,—The Speaker laid upon the Table a Report from the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills, That, in the case of the Petitions for the following Bills, the Standing Orders have been complied with:

      Bournemouth Borough Council

      Broads Authority

      Manchester City Council

      National Trust (Northern Ireland)

      Transport for London (Supplemental Toll Provisions).

2    Private Bills,—The Chairman of Ways and Means reported, That, in accordance with Standing Order 81 relating to Private Business (Division of bills between this House and the House of Lords), he had conferred with the Chairman of Committees of the House of Lords, for the purpose of determining in which House of Parliament the respective Private Bills should be first considered, and they had determined that the Bills contained in the following list should originate in the House of Lords:

      Bournemouth Borough Council

      Manchester City Council

      Transport for London (Supplemental Toll Provisions)

    and that the Bills contained in the following list should originate in the House of Commons:

      Broads Authority

      National Trust (Northern Ireland).

3    First Delegated Legislation Committee,—Hywel Williams reported from the First Delegated Legislation Committee the draft Employment Act 2002 (Amendment of Schedules 3, 4 and 5) Order 2006.

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

4    Second Delegated Legislation Committee,—Mr David Amess reported from the Second Delegated Legislation Committee the Government's Assessment as set out in the Pre-Budget Report for the purposes of section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993.

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

5    European Standing Committee,—Mrs Joan Humble reported from a European Standing Committee the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 12107/06 and Addenda 1 and 2, Commission Communication: Towards an EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child; supports the Government's view that any such strategy should stay within the Union's existing competences; asks the Government to ensure that any EU activity in the field of children's rights adds value to existing intergovernmental arrangements; and opposes any future legislation on children's rights that does not have a proper Treaty basis.

    Resolution to lie upon the Table.

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

6    Crown Employment (Nationality) Bill,—Mr Andrew Dismore, supported by Dr Tony Wright, Mr Andrew Slaughter, Martin Salter, Annette Brooke, Mr Andrew Love, Keith Vaz, Ms Karen Buck and Mary Creagh presented a Bill to make provision for and in connection with the removal of general restrictions as to nationality which apply to persons employed or holding office in any civil capacity under the Crown; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 29th June and to be printed [Bill 38].

7    Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill,—David Maclean presented a Bill to amend the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to exempt from its provisions the House of Commons and House of Lords and correspondence between Members of Parliament and public authorities: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 19th January and to be printed [Bill 39].

8    Provision of Palliative Care Bill,—Jim Dobbin, supported by Mr Frank Field, Dr Brian Iddon, Mr David Crausby, Mr Lindsay Hoyle, Mr Iain Duncan Smith, Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas, Paul Rowen, Mr David Amess, Mr Julian Brazier, John Robertson and Mr Joe Benton presented a Bill to require the provision of palliative care for persons suffering from a terminal illness; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 19th January and to be printed [Bill 40].

9    Termination of Pregnancy Bill,—Mrs Nadine Dorries, supported by Mr Michael Howard, Mr Iain Duncan Smith, Anne Main, Bob Russell, Mr John Hayes, Dr Liam Fox, Mr Edward Vaizey, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Mike Penning, Mr Mark Field and Mr Brooks Newmark presented a Bill to reduce the time limit for legal terminations of pregnancy from 24 to 20 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 bringing the pregnancy to term as a condition of informed consent to termination; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 23rd March and to be printed [Bill 41].

10    Digital Switchover (Disclosure of Information) Bill,—The Digital Switchover (Disclosure of Information) Bill was, according to Order, read a second time.

11    Digital Switchover (Disclosure of Information) Bill (Programme),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 83A (Programme motions), That the following provisions shall apply to the Digital Switchover (Disclosure of Information) Bill:

Committal

1. The Bill shall be committed to a Public Bill Committee.

Proceedings in Public Bill Committee

2. Proceedings in the Public Bill Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 18th January 2007. 3. The Public Bill Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it meets.

Consideration and Third Reading

4. Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the day on which those proceedings are commenced. 5. Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on that day. 6. Standing Order No. 83B (Programming committees) shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.

Other proceedings

7. Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further messages from the Lords) may be programmed—(Mr Frank Roy):—It was agreed to.

12    Public Petition,—A Public Petition from Mrs Caroline Gibbs and other customers of Creation Post Office for the continuation of the subsidy for rural post offices and for the retention of the Post Office Card Account was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

13    Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Frank Roy.)

And accordingly, the House, having continued to sit till eight minutes to Ten o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow. [Adjourned at 9.52 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 delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on Friday 15th December 2006 pursuant to Standing Order No. 159 (Presentation of statutory instruments):

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1    Consumer Protection,—Enterprise Act 2002 (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 3363), dated 14th December 2006, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Darling].

2    Environmental Protection,—(1) Controls on Dangerous Substances and Preparations Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 3311), dated 11th December 2006; and

    (2) Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Waste Management Licensing) (England and Wales) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 3315), dated 12th December 2006,

    with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [Secretary David Miliband].

3    Housing,—Allocation of Housing and Homelessness (Eligibility) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 3340), dated 14th December 2006, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

4    Legal Services,—Legal Services Ombudsman (Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 3362), dated 15th December 2006, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Bridget Prentice].

5    Social Security,—Social Security (Bulgaria and Romania) Amendment Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 3341), dated 14th December 2006, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Hutton].

Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 18th December 2006:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

6    Companies,—Draft Uncertified Securities (Amendment) Regulations 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ed Balls].

7    Criminal Law,—Draft Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Amendment of Schedules 3 and 5) Order 2007 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary John Reid].

8    Financial Services and Markets,—(1) Draft Financial Services and Markets 2000 (Exemption) (Amendment) Order 2006;

    (2) draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Markets in Financial Instruments) Regulations 2006; and

    (3) Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment No. 3) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 3384), dated 18th December 2006

    [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Ed Balls].

9    Northern Ireland,—(1) Draft Road Traffic (Northern Ireland) Order 2007; and

    (2) draft Waste (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2007

    [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hain].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

10    Betting, Gaming and Lotteries,—Gambling Act 2005 (Relevant Offences) (Amendment) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 3391), dated 16th December 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

11    Building and Buildings,—Building and Approved Inspectors (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 3318), dated 13th December 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

12    Consumer Protection,—(1) Enterprise Act 2002 (Part 8 Community Infringements Specified UK Laws) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 3372); and

    (2) Enterprise Act 2002 (Part 8 Notice to OFT of Intended Prosecution Specified Enactments) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 3371),

    dated 15th December 2006 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

13    Corporation Tax,—(1) Group Relief for Overseas Losses (Modification of the Corporation Tax Acts for Non-resident Insurance Companies) (No. 2) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 3389); and

    (2) Insurance Companies (Corporation Tax Acts) (Amendment No. 2) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 3387),

    dated 18th December 2006 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Ed Balls].

14    Financial Services and Markets,—(1) Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (EEA Passport Rights) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 3385); and

    (2) Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Recognition Requirements for Investment Exchanges and Clearing Houses) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 3386),

    dated 18th December 2006 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Ed Balls].

15    National Health Service,—(1) National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 3306), dated 11th December 2006; and

    (2) National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 3373), dated 13th December 2006

    [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

16    Pensions,—Superannuation (Admission to Schedule 1 to the Superannuation Act 1972) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 3374), dated 14th December 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Hilary Armstrong].

17    Police,—Police and Justice Act 2006 (Supplementary and Transitional Provisions) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 3365), dated 14th December 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary John Reid].

18    Public Health,—Smoke-free (Premises and Enforcement) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 3368), dated 13th December 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

19    Town and Country Planning,—Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 3295), dated 11th December 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

Other Papers:

20    Development of Tourism,—Statement, dated 18th December 2006, of the appointment and salary of Christopher Rodrigues as Chair of the British Tourist Authority [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

21    Government Resources and Accounts,—Report and Accounts of the Community Development Foundation for 2005-06, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 137] [Clerk of the House].

22    Justice (Northern Ireland),—Paper, entitled Handling Volume Crime and the Use of Police Bail: A review of how the Police Service of Northern Ireland deal with incidents of volume crime and uses of police bail [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hain].

23    National Audit,—Reports by the Comptroller and Auditor General on—

    (1) Sure Start Children's Centres; and

    (2) Third Validation Compendium Report: Volumes I and II

    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 104 and 127 -I and -II] [Clerk of the House].

24    National Lottery,—Report and Accounts of the Scottish Arts Council National Lottery Distribution Fund for 2005-06 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 145] [Mr Secretary Alexander].

25    National Savings Bank,—Accounts of the National Savings Ordinary Deposits for 2005-06, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 173] [Clerk of the House].

26    Northern Ireland,—(1) Northern Ireland Office: Autumn Performance Report 2006 [by Command] [Cm. 6991]; and

    (2) Report and Financial Accounts of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission for 2005-06, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 139]

    [Mr Secretary Hain].

27    Registration Service,—Mortality Statistics: Review of the Registrar General on deaths by cause, sex and age in England and Wales for 2005 [by Act] [John Healey].

28    Regulatory Reform,—Proposals for—

    (1) a Regulatory Reform (Collaboration etc. between Ombudsmen) Order 2007, with a statement by the Cabinet Office [by Act] [Hilary Armstrong];

    (2) a Regulatory Reform (Deer) (England and Wales) Order 2007, with a statement by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs [by Act] [Secretary David Miliband]; and

    (3) a Regulatory Reform (Financial Services and Markets Act 2000) Order 2006, with a statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer [by Act] [Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer].

29    Severn Bridges,—Accounts prepared pursuant to the Severn Bridges Act 1992 for 2005-06, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 174] [Clerk of the House].

30    Superannuation,—(1) Civil Service Additional Voluntary Contribution Scheme (Amendment) Scheme 2006 (No. 3);

    (2) Civil Service Compensation Scheme (Amendment) Scheme 2006 (No. 3);

    (3) Civil Service Injury Benefits Scheme (Amendment) Scheme 2006;

    (4) Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme (Amendment) Scheme 2006 (No. 3); and

    (5) Unregistered Death Benefits Scheme

    [by Act] [Hilary Armstrong].

31    United Nations,—North Korea (United Nations Measures) (Overseas Territories) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 3327), dated 14th December 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

APPENDIX II

General Committees

1    Draft Employment Act 2002 (Amendment of Schedules 3, 4 and 5) Order 2006,—The Committee of Selection has discharged John Battle, Mr Fabian Hamilton and Margaret Moran from the First Delegated Legislation Committee (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Linda Gilroy, Mr George Howarth and Paddy Tipping.

2    Government's Assessment as set out in the Pre-Budget Report for the purposes of section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Graham Stringer from the Second Delegated Legislation Committee (nominated in respect of the Government's Assessment) and nominated in substitution Mr Tom Watson.

3    Stamp Duty Land Tax (Variation of the Finance Act 2003) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 3237),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Mark Field from the Fourth Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Regulations) and nominated in substitution Mr Frank Field.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1    Education and Skills,—Prison Education: Follow-Up:

    (1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Skills Committee; to be printed [No. 170-i]; and

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

    [Mr Barry Sheerman].

2    Public Accounts,—ASPIRE—the re-competition of outsourced IT services: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts; to be printed [No. 179-i] [Mr Alan Williams].

3    Work and Pensions,— The Government's Employment Strategy: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Work and Pensions Committee; to be printed [No. 63-v] [Mr Terry Rooney].



 
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