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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 16th January 2007

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

PRAYERS.

1    Digital Switchover (Disclosure of Information) Bill,—Derek Conway reported from the Digital Switchover (Disclosure of Information) Bill Committee:

    (1) That it had come to the following Resolution, That, subject to the discretion of the Chair, any written evidence received by the Committee shall be reported to the House for publication; and

    (2) That it had gone through the Digital Switchover (Disclosure of Information) Bill and directed him to report the same, without Amendment.

    Bill, not amended in the Public Bill Committee, to be considered to-morrow.

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

2    Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Bill,—Sir Nicholas Winterton reported from the Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Bill Committee:

    (1) That it had come to the following Resolution, That, subject to the discretion of the Chair, any written evidence received by the Committee shall be reported to the House for publication; and

    (2) a Memorandum.

    Memorandum to lie upon the Table and to be published.

3    Statistics and Registration Service Bill,—Sir John Butterfill reported from the Statistics and Registration Service Bill Committee, that it had come to the following Resolution:

    That, subject to the discretion of the Chair, any written evidence received by the Committee shall be reported to the House for publication.

4    European Standing Committee,—Dr William McCrea reported from a European Standing Committee, the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Document SEC (06) 1195/4, Commission Communication: Consultation on Community Action on Health Services; notes that this document concerns itself primarily with the need for the development of legal certainty in the field of cross-border healthcare; notes that this need arises from case law developed in the European Court of Justice that currently applies to the UK and which contains unhelpful areas of ambiguity; further notes that the rest of the Communication looks broadly at non-regulatory areas where co-operation at a European level may add value to Member states' efforts in the field of healthcare; and therefore supports the Government's position that the UK should pro-actively engage in this area in order to achieve the maximum influence over the shape of the debate and any subsequent proposals.

    Resolution to lie upon the Table.

    Minutes of Proceedings to lie upon the Table.

5    Age-Related Macular Degeneration Bill,—Mrs Linda Riordan, supported by John McDonnell, Jeremy Corbyn, Ms Katy Clark, Mrs Ann Cryer and Dr Gavin Strang presented a Bill to make provision for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 9th March and to be printed [Bill 45].

6    Bilingual Juries (Wales),—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend section 10 of the Juries Act 1974 to provide that in certain cases all members of a jury be bilingual in Welsh and English; and for connected purposes: And that Hywel Williams, Dr Hywel Francis, Mr Elfyn Llwyd, Mr Dai Davies, Mr Roger Williams, Michael Fabricant, Mr Angus MacNeil, Andrew George, Nia Griffith, Adam Price and Mr Dan Rogerson do prepare and bring it in.

7    Bilingual Juries (Wales) Bill,—Hywel Williams accordingly presented a Bill to amend section 10 of the Juries Act 1974 to provide that in certain cases all members of a jury be bilingual in Welsh and English; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 2nd March and to be printed [Bill 46].

8    Pensions Bill,—The Pensions Bill was, according to Order, read a second time.

9    Pensions 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 Pensions 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 8th February 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 John Heppell):—It was agreed to.

10    Pensions Bill [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Pensions Bill [Money];

    A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 52 (Money resolutions and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills), That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Pensions Bill, it is expedient to authorise—

    (1) the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—

      (a) any expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State by virtue of the Act, and

      (b) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable under any other Act out of money so provided, and

    (2) the payment into the Consolidated Fund of any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable into that Fund under any other Act—(Mr John Heppell):—It was agreed to.

11    Excise,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Delegated Legislation Committees), That the Excise Duties (Surcharges or Rebates) (Hydrocarbon Oils etc.) (Revocation) Order 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 3235) dated 6th December 2006, a copy of which was laid before this House on 6th December, be approved—(Mr John Heppell):—It was agreed to.

12    Excise,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Delegated Legislation Committees), That the draft Excepted Vehicles (Amendment of Schedule 1 to the Hydrocarbon Oils Duties Act 1979) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 6th December, be approved—(Mr John Heppell):—It was agreed to.

13    Electoral Commission,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Order [9th January] and Standing Order No. 118 (Delegated Legislation Committees), That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that Her Majesty will, with effect in each case from 19th January 2007, reappoint James Samuel Younger to be the chairman of the Electoral Commission for the period ending on 31st December 2008, and further reappoint Pamela Joan Gordon to be an Electoral Commissioner for the period ending on 30th June 2007—(Mr John Heppell):—It was agreed to.

    Address to be presented to Her Majesty by such Members of the House as are of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council or of Her Majesty's Household.

14    Delegated Legislation,—Ordered, That the Merchant Shipping (Inland Waterway and Limited Coastal Operations) (Boatmasters' Qualifications and Hours of Work) Regulations 2006 (S.I., 2006, No. 3223), dated 7th December, be referred to a Delegated Legislation Committee.—(Mr John Heppell.)

15    Public Petitions,—Public Petitions from—

    (1) residents of Werrington, Peterborough and others for a more visible police presence in the Werrington Centre, Peterborough; and

    (2) County Councillor Sally Morgan, residents and users of rural community hospitals and minor injury units in the Teignbridge and South Dartmoor area for the retention of minor injury units at Bovey Tracey and Ashburton Hospitals

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

16    Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Huw Irranca-Davies.)

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

[Adjourned at 10.31 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:

Paper subject to Negative Resolution:

1    Laganside Corporation,—Laganside Corporation Dissolution Order (Northern Ireland) 2006 (S.R. (N.I.), 2006, No. 527), dated 18th December 2006 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hain].

Other Papers:

2    National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on How the Department for Culture, Media and Sport assessed the BBC's efficiency as part of the licence fee settlement [by Act]; to be printed [No. 183] [Clerk of the House].

3    Police (Northern Ireland),—Accounts of the Police Service of Northern Ireland for 2005-06, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 224] [Clerk of the House].

4    Public Petitions,—Observations by the Secretary of State for Transport on the Petition [11th December] from residents of London and surrounding areas for measures to prevent passengers playing loud music on buses [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

5    Race Relations,—Report of the Independent Race Monitor for 2005-06 [by Act] [Secretary John Reid].

APPENDIX II

European Standing Committees

European Union Document No. SEC (06) 1195/4 relating to EC Action on Health Services,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Ben Chapman and Mr Jim Devine from the European Standing Committee (nominated in respect of the Document) and nominated in substitution Anne Moffat and Mr Tom Watson.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1    Administration,—Record of the Committee's discussions at its meeting on 16th January; to be published [Mr Frank Doran].

2    Crossrail Bill,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on the Crossrail Bill; to be printed [No. 235-i] [Mr Alan Meale].

3    Culture, Media and Sport,—Work of the Committee, 2005-06: First Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 234] [Mr John Whittingdale].

4    Defence,—(1) The work of the Committee in 2005 and 2006: Fifth Report from the Defence Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 233];

    (2) The Future of the UK's Strategic Nuclear Deterrent: the White Paper:

      (i) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed [No. 225-i]; and

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

    [Mr James Arbuthnot].

5    Environmental Audit,—The Stern Report and Pre-Budget Report 2006: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee; to be printed [No. 227-i] [Mr Tim Yeo].

6    Home Affairs,—Young Black People and the Criminal Justice System: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee; to be printed [No. 181-ii] [Mr John Denham].

7    International Development,— (1) Work of the Committee in 2005-06: Third Report from the International Development Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 228];

    (2) Humanitarian response to natural disasters: Government Response to the Seventh Report from the Committee, Session 2005-06: Second Special Report from the Committee; to be printed [No. 229];

    (3) Water and Sanitation:

      (i) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed [No. 126-iv]; and

      (ii) Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be published; and

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

    [Malcolm Bruce].

8    Scottish Affairs,—Poverty in Scotland: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Scottish Affairs Committee; to be printed [No. 168-ii] [Mr Mohammad Sarwar].

9    Trade and Industry,—(1) Royal Mail Group: Government Response to the Ninth Report from the Committee, Session 2005-06: First Special Report from the Trade and Industry Committee; to be printed [No. 230]; and

    (2) The future of UK manufacturing: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed [No. 161-ii]

    [Peter Luff].

10    Treasury,—(1) The 2006 Pre-Budget Report: Second Report from the Treasury Committee, with Memoranda; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 115];

    (2) Work of the Committee in 2005-06: Third Report from the Committee to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 191]; and

    (3) Financial Services Authority: annual report scrutiny: Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 193-i]

    [Mr John McFall].

11    Welsh Affairs,—Energy in Wales: follow-up:

    (1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee; to be printed [No. 221-i]; and

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

    [Dr Hywel Francis].

[W.H., No. 13]

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.—(Liz Blackman.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 13.59 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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