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Supplement to the House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
26 October 2007

House of Commons

Thursday 25th October 2007

Votes and Proceedings

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

PRAYERS.

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill,—Sir Nicholas Winterton reported—

(1) certain Memoranda from the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill Committee; and

(2) That the Committee had gone through the Bill, in respect of Clauses Nos. 1 to 9 and Schedules Nos. 1 to 4, and, pursuant to Standing Order No. 80A and Order [8th October], had directed him to report the Bill, as so far amended, to the House.

Memoranda to lie upon the Table and to be published.

Bill, as so far amended in the Public Bill Committee, to lie upon the Table.

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

1Eighth Delegated Legislation Committee,—Mr David Wilshire reported from the Eighth Delegated Legislation Committee the draft Tax Avoidance Schemes (Penalty) Regulations 2007.

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

2Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords as follows:

The Lords agree, without Amendment, to the Amendments made by this House to the Legal Services Bill [Lords].

3Modernisation of the House of Commons,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House welcomes the First Report of the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons on Revitalising the Chamber: the role of the back bench Member (House of Commons Paper No. 337) and approves the proposals for changes in the procedures and practices of the House set out in the Government's response to the report (Cm. 7231), including the proposals for topical questions—(Ms Harriet Harman);

And it being Five o'clock, the Deputy Speaker, pursuant to Order [22nd October], proceeded to put the Questions to be disposed of that hour.

An Amendment (a) was proposed to the Question, in line 6, at the end to add the words 'but excluding the proposed acceptance of the Committee's recommendation 35, as set out in paragraph 31 of the Government's response, that the use of handheld devices to keep up to date with emails should be permitted in the Chamber.'—(Sir Nicholas Winterton.)

And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Ann Winterton, Miss Ann Widdecombe: 36.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Kevan Jones, Sir Peter Soulsby: 74.

So the Question was negatived.

Resolved, That this House welcomes the First Report of the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons on Revitalising the Chamber: the role of the back bench Member (House of Commons Paper No. 337) and approves the proposals for changes in the procedures and practices of the House set out in the Government's response to the report (Cm. 7231), including the proposals for topical questions.

4Modernisation of the House of Commons (Changes to Standing Orders),—Ordered, That in the next session of Parliament the following amendments to the Standing Orders, and new Orders, shall have effect:

(A) Topical debates

The following new Standing Order:

Topical debates

(1) A Minister of the Crown may indicate that proceedings on a motion, That the House has considered a specified matter, being a matter of regional, national or international importance, are to be conducted as a topical debate.

(2) A topical debate shall last for not more than one and a half hours, at which time the motion, unless previously disposed of, shall lapse.

(3) A topical debate shall be opened by a Minister of the Crown who, when called by the Speaker, may speak for up to ten minutes.

(4) A Member speaking on behalf of the Leader of the Opposition, when called by the Speaker, may speak for up to ten minutes either immediately following the Minister at the start of the debate or immediately before the Minister at its conclusion.

(5) A Member nominated by the leader of the second largest opposition party, when called by the Speaker, may speak for up to six minutes either at the start of the debate or before the Member speaking on behalf of the Leader of the Opposition or the Minister, as the case may be, at its conclusion.

(6) Members speaking under paragraphs (3), (4) or (5), when speaking at the start of the debate, shall be permitted to speak for an extra minute for each intervention they accept up to the same number as the number of minutes allocated to them to speak.

(7) The Speaker may direct any Member speaking under paragraphs (3), (4) or (5) to resume his seat when he has spoken for the period provided for in those paragraphs and paragraph (6).

(8) Time limits on speeches by other Members may be announced by the Speaker under Standing Order No. 47 (Time limits on speeches).

(B) General debates

(i) The following amendment to Standing Order No. 9 (Sittings of the House):

Line 31, at end insert ', or that the House has considered a specified matter,'

(ii) The following new Standing Order:

Amendments to motions to consider specified matters

Where, in the opinion of the Speaker, a motion, That this House has considered a specified matter, is expressed in neutral terms, no amendment to it may be tabled.

(C) Emergency debates

The following amendments to Standing Order No. 24 (Adjournment on a specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration):

Line 4, leave out 'to move the adjournment of the House for purpose of discussing' and insert 'that the House should debate'

Line 7, leave out 'discussed' and insert 'debated'

Line 15, leave out from 'made' to the end of the paragraph and insert—

'(a) the debate shall be held on a motion that the House has considered the specified matter; and

(b) the Speaker shall announce either—

(i) the length of the debate and the time at which it is to be held; or

(ii) that he will make such a statement at a later named hour during that sitting.

(2A) Proceedings in respect of a debate under this order may last not more than three hours and, at the conclusion of the time allocated to them, pursuant to paragraph (2)(b) of this order, the motion, unless otherwise disposed of, shall lapse.'

Line 23, leave out 'to propose to move the adjournment of the House under the provisions of' and insert 'make an application under'

Line 43, leave out paragraph (6).

Line 49, at beginning insert, 'If the Speaker announces that the debate will take place on the same day as the application is made,'

Line 49, leave out from 'postponed' to the end of line 52, and insert 'as the result of that announcement, may continue, following the conclusion of proceedings on that debate, for the same time beyond the moment of interruption as that taken by the debate, and'

Line 54, leave out from 'business)' to the end of the paragraph.

(D) Time limits on speeches

(i) Repeal of Standing Order No. 47 (Short speeches)

(ii) The following new Standing Order:

Time limits on speeches

47.—(1) The Speaker may announce that he intends to call Members to speak in a debate, or at certain times during that debate, for no longer than any period he may specify, and he may at any time make subsequent announcements varying the terms of an announcement under this paragraph.

(2) Whenever the Speaker has made an announcement under paragraph (1), he may, subject to paragraph (4), direct any Member (other than a Minister of the Crown, a Member speaking on behalf of the Leader of the Opposition, or not more than one Member nominated by the leader of the second largest opposition party) who has spoken for that period to resume his seat forthwith.

(3) The Speaker may announce, at or before the commencement of any debate (other than a topical debate) in respect of which he has made or intends to make an announcement under paragraph (1) of this order, that speeches by a Minister of the Crown, Members speaking on behalf of the Leader of the Opposition, and not more than one Member nominated by the leader of the second largest opposition party shall be limited to twenty minutes and he may direct any such Member who has spoken for that period to resume his seat forthwith.

(4) In relation to any speech, the Speaker shall add to any period specified

(a) under paragraph (1) of this order—

(i) one minute if one intervention is accepted, plus the time taken by that intervention;

(ii) two minutes if two or more interventions are accepted, plus the time taken by the first two such interventions;

(b) under paragraph (3) of this order, one minute for each intervention accepted up to a maximum of fifteen minutes.—(Mr Dave Watts.)

5Procedure,—Resolved, That this House welcomes the First Report of the Procedure Committee on Public Petitions and Early Day Motions (House of Commons paper No. 513); and approves the proposals for changes in the procedures and practices of the House set out in the Government's response to the report in Cm. 7193.—(Mr Dave Watts.)

6Procedure (Changes to Standing Orders),—Ordered, That the following amendments to Standing Orders be made, with effect from the beginning of the next Session of Parliament:

(1) In Standing Order No. 154 (Time and manner of presenting petitions):

(i) line 5, leave out from 'be' to the end of line 6 and insert 'presented'

(ii) line 10, leave out from the word 'conclusion' to the end of line 19

(iii) line 20, leave out '(a) and (1)(b)'.

(2) In Standing Order No. 156 (Printing of petitions and of ministerial replies)

(i) line 4, leave out the words 'ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed' and insert the words 'published in the Official Report'

(ii) line 7, leave out from the word 'be' to the end of line 9 and insert 'published in the Official Report.'.—(Mr Dave Watts.)

7European Standing Committees (Temporary Nomination),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the Order of the House of 7th July 2005 relating to European Standing Committees (Temporary Nomination) shall continue to have effect in the next Session of Parliament.—(Mr Dave Watts);

The Question was amended, in line 4, at the end, by adding the words 'for a period not longer than three months.'.—(Michael Connarty.)

Ordered, That the Order of the House of 7th July 2005 relating to European Standing Committees (Temporary Nomination) shall continue to have effect in the next Session of Parliament for a period not longer than three months.

8Modernisation of the House,—Ordered, That Mr Paul Burstow be discharged from the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons and Simon Hughes be added.—(Mr Dave Watts.)

9Business of the House,—Ordered, That, at the sitting on Monday 29th October, proceedings on the Motion for the adjournment of the House in the name of the Prime Minister relating to Burma may continue, though opposed, for three hours or until Ten o'clock, whichever is the later, and shall then lapse if not previously disposed of.—(Mr Dave Watts.)

10Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Dave Watts.)

And accordingly, the House, having continued to sit till twenty-five minutes to Six o'clock, adjourned till Monday 29th October.

[Adjourned at 5.35 p.m.

Michael J. Martin

Speaker

Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock on Monday next.

APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

11Criminal Law,—Draft Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (Additional Authorities) Order 2007 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Jacqui Smith].

National Lottery,—Draft Payments into the Olympic Lottery Distribution Fund etc. Order 2007 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary James Purnell].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

Immigration,—Accession (Worker Authorisation and Worker Registration) (Amendment) Regulations 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 3012), dated 23rd October 2007 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Jacqui Smith].

Income Tax,—Income Tax (Car Benefits) (Reduction of Value of Appropriate Percentage) (Amendment) Regulations 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 3068), dated 24th October 2007 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Jane Kennedy].

Plant Health,—Plant Health (Import Inspection Fees) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 3013), dated 22nd October 2007 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Hilary Benn].

Other Papers:

Children, Schools and Families,—Review of Section 58 of the Children Act 2004 [by Command] [Cm. 7232] [Secretary Ed Balls].

Constitutional Affairs,—Government Response to the Fourth Report from the Constitutional Affairs Committee, Session 2006-07, on Freedom of Information: Government's proposals for reform [by Command] [Cm. 7187] [Secretary Jack Straw].

Governance of Britain,—Papers, entitled—

(1) The Governance of Britain: Judicial Appointments [by Command] [Cm. 7210] [Secretary Jack Straw];

(2) The Governance of Britain: Managing Protest around Parliament [by Command] [Cm. 7235] [Secretary Jacqui Smith]; and

(3) The Governance of Britain: War powers and treaties: Limiting Executive powers [by Command] [Cm. 7239] [Secretary Jack Straw].

National Heritage,—Report and Accounts of the Royal Armouries for 2006-07, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1008] [Secretary James Purnell].

National Lottery,—Report and Accounts of the English Sports Council Grant in Aid and Lottery for 2006-07, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 818] [Secretary James Purnell].

Pensions,—Report and Accounts of the Pension Protection Fund for 2006-07, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1018] [Mr Secretary Hain].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

12Culture, Media and Sport,—DCMS Annual Report 2007 and Responsibilities of the Secretary of State: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee; to be printed [No. 1099-i] [Mr John Whittingdale].

13Foreign Affairs,—(1) Developments in the EU: Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be published;

(2) Global Security: Iran: Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be published; and

(3) Overseas Territories: Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be published

[Mr Mike Gapes].

Health,—Our NHS Our Future: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee; to be printed [No. 1106-i] [Mr Kevin Barron].

Public Administration,—Propriety and Honours: Lessons Learned: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration; to be printed [No. 1049-iv] [Dr Tony Wright].

Treasury,—(1) Financial Stability and Transparency: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee; to be printed [No. 999-iv]; and

(2) The 2007 Pre-Budget Report: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed [No. 1031-iii]

[John McFall].

[W.H., No. 90]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

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

Adjournment (Second Report from the Environmental Audit Committee, The EU Emissions Trading Scheme: Lessons for the Future, and the Eighth Report from the Committee, Emissions Trading: Government Response to the Committee's Second Report),—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Mr Tom Watson.)

And accordingly the sitting was adjourned.

[Adjourned at 4.55 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker

CORRIGENDA

In the Votes and Proceedings for Tuesday 23rd October, in Appendix III, item 2(2) should have read:

'(2) Party Funding: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 6th June 2006, in the last Session of Parliament'

In the Votes and Proceedings for Wednesday 24th October, in Appendix III, item 6(1) should have read:

'Thirty-eighth Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 41-xxxvi]; and'

906 Votes and Proceedings: 25th October 2007 No. 144 No. 144 905



 
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