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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 21st February 2007

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

PRAYERS.

1    Electoral Commission (Answer to an Address),—The Vice-Chamberlain of the Household reported to the House, That the Address of 16th January, praying that Her Majesty would 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, was presented to Her Majesty, who was graciously pleased to comply with the request, the appointments having become effective from 19th January.

2    Second Delegated Legislation Committee,—Mrs Joan Humble reported from the Second Delegated Legislation Committee the draft District Electoral Areas Commissioner (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Order 2006.

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

3    Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

    Cluster Munitions (Prohibition) Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill to make provision for the control of cluster munitions; for the destruction of such munitions; and for connected purposes; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

    Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill to make provision about tribunals and inquiries; to establish an Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council; to amend the law relating to judicial appointments; to amend the law relating to the enforcement of judgments and debts; to make further provision about the management and relief of debt; to make provision protecting cultural objects from seizure or forfeiture in certain circumstances; to amend the law relating to the taking of possession of land affected by compulsory purchase; to alter the powers of the High Court in judicial review applications; and for connected purposes; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

4    Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill [Lords],—The Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill [Lords] was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 65].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill [Lords] be printed [Bill 65-EN].

5    Pedlars (Street Trading Regulation),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to confer further powers on local authorities for the regulation of street trading by pedlars; and for connected purposes—(Dr Brian Iddon);

    And the Motion being opposed, after permitting a short explanatory statement from the Member who made the Motion and from a Member who opposed it, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Standing Order No. 23 (Motions for leave to bring in bills and nomination of select committees at commencement of public business):—It was agreed to.

    Ordered, That Dr Brian Iddon, Mr David Amess, Jim Dobbin, Mark Hunter, Mr Eric Illsley, Alison Seabeck, Anne Snelgrove, Mr Phil Willis and Sir Nicholas Winterton do prepare and bring in the Bill.

6    Pedlars (Street Trading Regulation) Bill,—Dr Brian Iddon accordingly presented a Bill to confer further powers on local authorities for the regulation of street trading by pedlars; 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 64].

7    Opposition Day [6th 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.

    Reconfiguration of Acute Hospital Services,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House recognises the need to develop and improve acute hospital services; is concerned that current reconfiguration proposals are being dictated by financial and staffing pressures; believes that the Government cannot call for change whilst failing to put in place the commissioning and tariff structures necessary to support, for example, maternity services, acute stroke care, cardiac care and vascular surgery; regrets the Government's lack of support for models of service configuration which would secure high standards whilst maintaining access; calls on Ministers to bring forward proposals to mitigate the effects of the European Working Time Directive on hospital services; insists that reconfigurations should be based on safety, quality of care, accessibility and choice; is deeply concerned that NHS staff, public and patient voices are not given appropriate weight in the decision making process; and calls for a stronger local democratic voice that will contribute to public confidence in the planning of acute NHS services—(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 'recognises that the NHS must respond to developments in medical technologies and changes in patients' needs if it is to continue delivering high quality care; acknowledges that the Government established a clear process for consulting patients, the public and their representatives on changes to the NHS; notes advice received from clinicians that some services need to be concentrated in centres of excellence so that professionals with the right expertise, experience and equipment can treat patients safely and effectively; further notes that, in the case of primary angioplasty services, this could save 500 lives a year and prevent around 1,000 further heart attacks and around 250 strokes; recognises that advances in medical technology mean that other services which were previously delivered in hospitals can now be delivered safely and effectively in the community and people's homes, such as minor operations and outpatient appointments in GP clinics; understands that with an ageing population and more people living with long term conditions there needs to be a shift in services into the community, as patients and the public said in response to consultation and as set out in the White Paper 'Our Health, Our Care, Our Say'; welcomes the Government's commitment to supporting this shift including £750 million being invested in new community hospitals and services; and agrees that the focus of Government policy and NHS services should be on improving health and saving lives, not on preserving buildings and beds', instead thereof.—(Ms Secretary Hewitt.)

    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 Crispin Blunt, Michael Fabricant: 220.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Michael Foster, Mr Ian Cawsey: 288.

    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 recognises that the NHS must respond to developments in medical technologies and changes in patients' needs if it is to continue delivering high quality care; acknowledges that the Government established a clear process for consulting patients, the public and their representatives on changes to the NHS; notes advice received from clinicians that some services need to be concentrated in centres of excellence so that professionals with the right expertise, experience and equipment can treat patients safely and effectively; further notes that, in the case of primary angioplasty services, this could save 500 lives a year and prevent around 1,000 further heart attacks and around 250 strokes; recognises that advances in medical technology mean that other services which were previously delivered in hospitals can now be delivered safely and effectively in the community and people's homes, such as minor operations and outpatient appointments in GP clinics; understands that with an ageing population and more people living with long term conditions there needs to be a shift in services into the community, as patients and the public said in response to consultation and as set out in the White Paper 'Our Health, Our Care, Our Say'; welcomes the Government's commitment to supporting this shift including £750 million being invested in new community hospitals and services; and agrees that the focus of Government policy and NHS services should be on improving health and saving lives, not on preserving buildings and beds.

8    Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Tony Cunningham);

    And the Motion having been made after Seven o'clock, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, it being then a quarter to Eight o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 7.45 p.m.

Michael J. Martin

Speaker


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


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1    Betting, Gaming and Lotteries,—Draft Gambling Act 2005 (Exclusion of Children from Track Areas) Order 2007 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

2    Immigration,—(1) Draft Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Order 2007; and

    (2) draft Integration Loans for Refugees and Others Regulations 2007

    [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Secretary John Reid].

3    Representation of the People,—Draft Representation of the People (England and Wales) and the Representation of the People (Combination of Polls) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2007 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Bridget Prentice].

4    Social Security,—Draft Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2007 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Dawn Primarolo].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

5    Betting, Gaming and Lotteries,—Gambling (Premises Licence Fees) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 479), dated 21st February 2007 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

6    Evidence,—Blood Tests (Evidence of Paternity) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007 (S.R. (N.I.), 2007, No. 99), dated 20th February 2007 [by Statutory Instrument], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Bridget Prentice].

Other Papers:

7    Betting, Gaming and Lotteries,—Explanatory Memorandum to the Gambling Act 2005 (Inspection) (Provision of Information) Regulations 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 319) [by Command] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

8    Defence,—Departmental Minute, dated 12th February 2007, concerning the gifting of non-lethal military equipment to the Government of Nepal [by Command] [Secretary Des Browne].

9    Health,—Paper, entitled Trust, Assurance and Safety—The Regulation of Health Professionals in the 21st Century [by Command] [Cm. 7013] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

10    Northern Ireland,—Explanatory Memorandum to the draft Policing (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 2007 [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hain].

11    Parliamentary Commissioner,—Second Report of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration, Session 2006-07: Put together in haste: 'Cod Wars' trawlermen's compensation scheme [by Act]; to be printed [No. 313] [Clerk of the House].

12    Shipman Inquiry,—Papers, entitled—

    (1) Learning from tragedy, keeping patients safe; Overview of the Government's action programme in response to the recommendations of the Shipman Inquiry; and

    (2) Safeguarding Patients: The Government's response to the recommendations of the Shipman Inquiry's fifth report and to the recommendations of the Ayling, Neale and Kerr/Haslam Inquiries

    [by Command] [Cm. 7014 and 7015] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

13    Sustainable and Secure Buildings,—Paper, entitled Monitoring the Sustainability of Buildings, being the first biennial report under section 6 of the Sustainable and Secure Buildings Act 2004 regarding progress made on sustainability and a report under section 14 of the Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Act 2006 regarding compliance with Part L of the Building Regulations [by Act] [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

Papers withdrawn:

14    Betting, Gaming and Lotteries,—Explanatory Memorandum to the Gambling Act 2005 (Inspection) (Provision of Information) Regulations 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 319) [laid 8th February].

15    Northern Ireland,—Explanatory Memorandum to the draft Policing (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 2007 [laid 5th February].

16    Social Security,—Draft Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2007 [laid 19th February].

APPENDIX II

General Committees

1    Sustainable Communities Bill,—The Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Sustainable Communities Bill Committee: Mr Richard Benyon, Lyn Brown, Mr Douglas Carswell, Jeremy Corbyn, Jim Cousins, Frank Dobson, Mr David Drew, Clive Efford, Julia Goldsworthy, Nia Griffith, Mr Philip Hollobone, Mr Lindsay Hoyle, Mr Nick Hurd, Mr Oliver Letwin, Mr Dan Rogerson and Mr Phil Woolas.

2    Draft Part 7 of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 (Extension to Animal Pathogens) Order 2007 and draft Schedule 5 to the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 (Modification) Order 2007:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Orders to the First Delegated Legislation Committee; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Crispin Blunt, Mr Jeremy Browne, Mr Alan Campbell, Jim Cousins, Mr Stephen Dorrell, Mrs Nadine Dorries, Mrs Louise Ellman, Mr Mark Field, Andrew Gwynne, Mr Fabian Hamilton, Mark Hunter, Chris McCafferty, Mr Tony McNulty, Patrick Mercer, Ian Stewart, Joan Walley and David Wright.

3    Draft Smoke-free (Exemptions and Vehicles) Regulations 2007, draft Smoke-free (Penalties and Discounted Amounts) Regulations 2007 and draft Children and Young Persons (Sale of Tobacco etc) Order 2007:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations and draft Order to the Second Delegated Legislation Committee; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Nicholas Brown, Caroline Flint, Sandra Gidley, David Heyes, Mr Adam Holloway, Mr Bernard Jenkin, Daniel Kawczynski, Ms Sally Keeble, Shona McIsaac, Mr Michael Meacher, Mr Elliot Morley, Mr Chris Mullin, Dr Andrew Murrison, Dr John Pugh, Andrew Rosindell, Claire Ward and Mr Anthony Wright.

4    Draft Post Office Network Subsidy Scheme Order 2007:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Third Delegated Legislation Committee; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Lorely Burt, Mr David Chaytor, Ann Coffey, Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas, Mr Tobias Ellwood, Jim Fitzpatrick, Charles Hendry, Robert Key, Mr Piara S. Khabra, Mr Greg Knight, Susan Kramer, Ian Lucas, Steve McCabe, Margaret Moran, Mr Brooks Newmark, Mr Andrew Smith and Helen Southworth.

5    Draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Industry Training Board) Order 2007 and draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Industry Training Board) Order 2007:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Orders to the Fourth Delegated Legislation Committee; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr David Anderson, Mr Ian Cawsey, Clive Efford, Mr John Hayes, Kate Hoey, Lynne Jones, Judy Mallaber, Mr Austin Mitchell, Mrs Madeleine Moon, Julie Morgan, Mr Andrew Pelling, Mike Penning, Bill Rammell, Mr John Redwood, Sarah Teather, Angela Watkinson and Stephen Williams.

6    Draft Private Security Industry (Licence Fees) Order 2007:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Fifth Delegated Legislation Committee; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: John Austin, Mr Crispin Blunt, Mr Jeremy Browne, Mr Alan Campbell, Mr Nick Clegg, Mr Vernon Coaker, Frank Dobson, Patrick Mercer, Sandra Osborne, Mr Jamie Reed, Joan Ruddock, Mr Richard Shepherd, Mr Marsha Singh, Bob Spink, Ms Dari Taylor, Mr Robert N. Wareing and Mr Rob Wilson.

7    Draft Policing (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 2007:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Sixth Delegated Legislation Committee; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated twenty-one Members to serve on the Committee: Ms Diane Abbott, Adam Afriyie, Mr Graham Allen, Mr Michael Foster (Worcester), Dr Ian Gibson, Paul Goggins, Mr John Grogan, Lady Hermon, Mr Mark Lancaster, Mark Lazarowicz, Mr Khalid Mahmood, Lembit Öpik, Mr Ken Purchase, Mr Laurence Robertson, Dr Howard Stoate, Mr Gary Streeter, Mr Ian Taylor, Dr Desmond Turner, Lynda Waltho, Sammy Wilson and Mr Tim Yeo.

8    Value Added Tax (Health and Welfare) Order 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 206):

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Order to the Seventh Delegated Legislation Committee; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Richard Bacon, Kevin Brennan, Mr Stephen Byers, Dr Vincent Cable, Mr Kenneth Clarke, Jim Dowd, Mr David Drew, Natascha Engel, Mr David Evennett, Mr Mark Francois, John Hemming, Andrew Mackinlay, Albert Owen, Dawn Primarolo, Mr Andy Reed, Martin Salter and Mr Robert Walter.

    European Standing Committees

9    European Union Document No. 17066/06, No. 17067/06 and Addendum 1 and No. 17068/06, relating to Taxation,—The Committee of Selection has nominated thirteen Members to serve on the Committee: Dr Vincent Cable, Tony Cunningham, Mr David Evennett, Mark Fisher, Julia Goldsworthy, Mr James Gray, Mr Dai Havard, Mr Nick Hurd, Dawn Primarolo, Mr Andy Reed, Geraldine Smith, Mrs Theresa Villiers and Mrs Betty Williams.

10    European Union Document No. 5422/07, relating to limiting global climate change, has been referred to European Standing Committee A.

11    European Union Documents No. 5282/07 and No. 5354/07, relating to an energy policy for Europe, have been referred to European Standing Committee C.

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-xi] [Mr Alan Meale].

2    Education and Skills,—(1) Citizenship Education: Second Report from the Education and Skills Committee, with Memoranda; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report, and Memoranda reported and ordered to be published on 11th December [No. 147];

    (2) Post-16 Skills:

      (i) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed [No. 333-i]; and

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

    [Mr Barry Sheerman].

3    Environmental Audit,—The Role of the FCO: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee on Trade, Development and the Environment of the Environmental Audit Committee; to be printed [No. 289-iii] [Mr Tim Yeo].

4    European Scrutiny,—(1) Tenth Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 41-x]; and

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

    [Jim Dobbin].

5    Human Rights,—The Treatment of Asylum Seekers: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on Human Rights; to be printed [No. 60-vi] [Mr Andrew Dismore].

6    Northern Ireland Affairs,—Tourism in Northern Ireland and its Economic Impact and Benefits: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee; to be printed [No. 119-iv] [Sir Patrick Cormack].

7    Science and Technology,—(l) Scientific Advice, Risk and Evidence Based Policy Making: Government Response to the Science and Technology Committee's Seventh Report of Session 2005-06: First Special Report from the Science and Technology Committee; to be printed [No. 307];

    (2) Space Policy: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed [No. 66-v]; and

    (3) Government's proposals for the regulation of hybrid and chimera embryos: Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be published

    [Mr Phil Willis].

8    Statutory Instruments,—Ninth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 82-ix] [David Maclean].

9    Transport,—(1) Local Transport Planning and Funding: Government Response to the Twelfth Report from the Committee, Session 2005-06: Fourth Special Report from the Transport Committee; to be printed [No. 334]; and

    (2) The New National Boatmasters' Licence: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed [No. 320-i]

    [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

10    Treasury,—(1) Preparations for the 2011 Census: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee of the Treasury Committee, with Memoranda; to be printed [No. 326-i]; and

    (2) National Savings and Investments: Annual Report and Accounts 2005-06: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee; to be printed [No. 327-i]

    [John McFall].

11    Work and Pensions,— Personal Accounts: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Work and Pensions Committee; to be printed [No. 220-ii] [Mr Terry Rooney].

[W.H., No. 26]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

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

Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned—(Liz Blackman);

    And the sitting having continued for two and a half hours after half-past Two o'clock, it was adjourned without Question put, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 5 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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