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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 25th January 2007

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

PRAYERS.

1    Pensions Bill,—Mr Roger Gale reported a Memorandum from the Pensions Bill Committee.

    Memorandum to lie upon the Table and to be published.

2    Statistics and Registration Service Bill,—Mr Bill Olner reported from the Statistics and Registration Service Bill Committee, That it had gone through the Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.

    Bill, as amended in the Public Bill Committee, to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 51].

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

3    Post-16 Education and Training Bill,—The Order for reading the Post-16 Education and Training Bill a second time on Friday 23rd February was read and discharged.

    Bill to be read a second time on Friday 18th May.

4    UK Borders Bill,—Secretary John Reid, supported by The Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Darling, Ms Harriet Harman and Mr Liam Byrne presented a Bill to make provision about immigration and asylum; 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 53].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the UK Borders Bill be printed [Bill 53-EN].

5    Fraud (Trials without a Jury) Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Fraud (Trials without a Jury) Bill, not amended in the Public Bill Committee.

    A Clause (NC1) (Applications under section 43 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003: notice of transfer)—(Joan Ryan)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.

    Another Clause (NC4) (Conditions to be satisfied)—(Simon Hughes)—brought up, and read the first time.

    Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:—Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

    Another Clause (NC5) (Conditions to be satisfied (No. 2))—(Simon Hughes)—brought up, and read the first time.

    Question put, That the Clause be read a second time.

The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Roger Williams, Mr Robert Goodwill: 190.

      Tellers for the Noes, Liz Blackman, Huw Irranca-Davies: 278.

    Another Clause (NC9) (Applications by defence for certain fraud cases to be conducted without a jury)—(Simon Hughes)—brought up, and read the first time.

    Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:—Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

    Another Clause (NC11) (Safeguards)—(Simon Hughes)—brought up and read the first time.

    Question put, That the Clause be read a second time.

The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Roger Williams, Bob Russell: 171.

      Tellers for the Noes, Jonathan Shaw, Claire Ward: 281.

    Another Clause (NC13) (Application by defendants for certain fraud cases to be conducted without a jury (No.2))—(Mr Douglas Hogg)—brought up, and read the first time.

    Question put, That the Clause be read a second time.

The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Robert Goodwill, Mr Crispin Blunt: 166.

      Tellers for the Noes, Jonathan Shaw, Claire Ward: 282.

    Another Clause (NC15) (Expert panel)—(Mr Dominic Grieve)—brought up, and read the first time.

    Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:—Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

    An Amendment (No. 14) proposed to the Bill, in page 1, line 1, to leave out Clause 1.—(Mr Douglas Hogg.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made.

    And it being Five o'clock, the Deputy Speaker, pursuant to Order [29th November], put the Question already proposed from the Chair.

The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Angela Watkinson, Mr Robert Goodwill: 185.

      Tellers for the Noes, Jonathan Shaw, Claire Ward: 283.

    The Deputy Speaker then put forthwith the Question on the remaining Amendments moved by a Minister of the Crown to be disposed of at that hour.

    Question put, That Amendments Nos. 1 to 6 be made.

The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Claire Ward, Jonathan Shaw: 283.

      Tellers for the Noes, Angela Watkinson, Mr Robert Goodwill: 184.

    A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read the third time;

    And it being Six o'clock, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Order [29th November].

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Steve McCabe, Kevin Brennan: 281.

      Tellers for the Noes, Angela Watkinson, Mr Robert Goodwill: 246.

    So the Question was agreed to.

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

6    Marriage,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Delegated Legislation Committees), That the draft Marriage Act 1949 (Remedial) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 3rd July, in the last Session of Parliament, be approved—(Mr John Heppell):—It was agreed to.

7    Consumer Credit,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees), That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 13193/05, modified draft Directive on credit agreements for consumers amending Council Directive 93/13/EC; further notes the Government's current negotiating line; and supports the Government's actions in this area—(Mr John Heppell):—It was agreed to.

8    Public Petitions,—Public Petitions from—

    (1) residents of Dacorums against restrictions on the prescription of Alzheimer's drugs; and

    (2) residents of Northampton and people who work in the town and use its facilities against proposals to close Lings Forum Leisure Centre and the Forum Cinema and to cut the number of neighbourhood wardens

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

9    Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr John Heppell.)

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

[Adjourned at 6.40 p.m.

Michael J. Martin

Speaker


Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Nine o'clock.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1    Northern Ireland,—Draft Budget (Northern Ireland) Order 2007 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hain].

2    Terms and Conditions of Employment,—Draft European Communities (Employment in the Civil Service) Order 2007 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Hilary Armstrong].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

3    Insolvency,—Insolvency Practitioners and Insolvency Services Account (Fees) (Amendment) Order 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 133), dated 22nd January 2007 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

4    Road Traffic,—Motor Vehicles (Wearing of Seat Belts) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007 (S.R. (N.I.), 2007, No. 8), dated 9th January 2007 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hain].

APPENDIX II

General Committees

Draft Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections) (Amendment) Order 2007,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Greg Pope Chairman of the Second Delegated Legislation Committee in respect of the draft Order.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1    Crossrail Bill,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on the Crossrail Bill; to be printed [No. 235-iv] [Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger].

2    Health,—(1) Workforce Planning: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee; to be printed [No. 171-iii]; and

    (2) Patient and Public Involvement in the NHS: Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 278-II]

    [Mr Kevin Barron].

3    Public Administration,—(1) Debt of Honour: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration, together with a Memorandum; to be printed [No. 277-i]; and

    (2) The Third Sector and Public Policy—Options for Committee Scrutiny: Paper laid before the Committee; to be published

    [Dr Tony Wright].

[W.H., No. 18]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

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

Adjournment (Protecting a preserving our heritage—Third Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Session 2005-06, HC 912, and the Government's response thereto, Cm.6947),—A motion was made and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned—(Mr David Lammy);

    And the sitting having continued for three hours, it was adjourned without Question put, till Tuesday 30th January.

[Adjourned at 6.45 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker

CORRIGENDUM

In the Votes and Proceedings for Wednesday 23rd January, in Appendix III, Item 10 had incorrect printing numbers and should have read:

    (1) First Report from the Joint Committee on Tax Law Rewrite Bills, with memoranda; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 268]

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee; to be printed [No. 268-i]

    [Mr Kenneth Clarke].



 
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