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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
19 October 2009

No. 121

The House met at 2.30 pm.

PRAYERS.

1 Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

2 Urgent Question: Children's Commissioner (Secretary Ed Balls)

3 Statement: Defence Acquisition (Secretary Bob Ainsworth)

4 Opposition Day: Leader of the Opposition (18th allotted day (Standing Order No. 14))

    Economic Recovery and Welfare

    Motion made and Question proposed, That this House recognises the jobs crisis facing thousands of households as unemployment continues to rise with nearly 2,000 people a day losing their job; regrets the UK's declining competitiveness; further regrets the Government's failure to roll out effective recession schemes to offer support to the struggling small and medium-sized enterprises sector; calls on the Government to do more to increase UK competitiveness through cancelling their planned increase in the small companies tax rate, reducing corporation tax, and restarting their stalled plans for better regulation; further calls on the Government to tackle unemployment and long-term worklessness by replacing the Flexible New Deal, Pathways to Work and the various other New Deal programmes with a new integrated programme to provide personalised long-term support for people out of work, including those on incapacity benefit, and to make better use of private and voluntary sector welfare-to-work providers by paying them by results.—(Mr Kenneth Clarke.)

    Amendment moved, in line 1, to leave out from 'House' to the end of the Question and add 'welcomes the Government's decision to support families and businesses during the current global downturn; believes it is vital the Government takes an active role to support recovery and build future economic strength; notes the authoritative view of business leaders and leading economists against premature withdrawal of the support for the economy; commends the Government's leadership in co-ordinating the international action, through the G20, to support jobs and growth; further welcomes the Government's decision to invest an extra 5 billion to help people back into work and provide the Young Person's Guarantee, increased numbers of Jobcentre Plus staff, 150,000 Future Jobs Fund jobs and an offer to all jobseekers at six months; calls on business and the voluntary sector to support the campaign Backing Young Britain; further welcomes the introduction of the Employment and Support Allowance, the accompanying Work Capability Assessment, the expansion of Access to Work, and the Flexible New Deal delivering tailored support with providers paid by results; further believes that it is the right judgement by Government to encourage investment by small and medium-sized enterprises through the Enterprise Finance Guarantee and other support; further welcomes the successful car scrappage scheme; further welcomes the help for over 150,000 businesses through giving more time to pay tax bills; and commends the Government's new industrial activism, which, combined with the real help now being offered, will help secure the country's future prosperity.'.—(Mr Pat McFadden.)

    Question put, That the original words stand part of the Question (Standing Order No. 31(2)).

    The House divided.

    Division No. 225.

      Ayes: 198 (Tellers: Mr John Baron, Mr Philip Dunne).

      Noes: 276 (Tellers: David Wright, Mrs Sharon Hodgson).

    Question accordingly negatived.

    Question, That the proposed words be there added, put forthwith (Standing Order No. 31).

    The House divided.

    Division No. 226.

      Ayes: 263 (Tellers: David Wright, Mrs Sharon Hodgson).

      Noes: 205 (Tellers: Mr John Baron, Mr Philip Dunne).

    Question accordingly agreed to.

    The Speaker declared the Main Question, as amended, agreed to (Standing Order No. 31(2)).

    Resolved, That this House welcomes the Government's decision to support families and businesses during the current global downturn; believes it is vital the Government takes an active role to support recovery and build future economic strength; notes the authoritative view of business leaders and leading economists against premature withdrawal of the support for the economy; commends the Government's leadership in co-ordinating the international action, through the G20, to support jobs and growth; further welcomes the Government's decision to invest an extra 5 billion to help people back into work and provide the Young Person's Guarantee, increased numbers of Jobcentre Plus staff, 150,000 Future Jobs Fund jobs and an offer to all jobseekers at six months; calls on business and the voluntary sector to support the campaign Backing Young Britain; further welcomes the introduction of the Employment and Support Allowance, the accompanying Work Capability Assessment, the expansion of Access to Work, and the Flexible New Deal delivering tailored support with providers paid by results; further believes that it is the right judgement by Government to encourage investment by small and medium-sized enterprises through the Enterprise Finance Guarantee and other support; further welcomes the successful car scrappage scheme; further welcomes the help for over 150,000 businesses through giving more time to pay tax bills; and commends the Government's new industrial activism, which, combined with the real help now being offered, will help secure the country's future prosperity.

5 Access to Parliament (United Kingdom Members of the European Parliament)

    Motion made, That the Resolutions of the House of 30 January 1989 relating to House of Commons Services and 6 December 1991 relating to Access (Former members and United Kingdom Members of the European Parliament) shall cease to have effect insofar as they relate to United Kingdom Members of the European Parliament.—(Mr Bob Blizzard.)

    Objection taken (Standing Order No. 9(6)).

6 Changes to membership of select committees

    (1) Motion made, That Dr Richard Taylor be a member of the West Midlands Regional Select Committee.—(Mr Bob Blizzard.)

    Objection taken (Standing Order No. 9(6)).

    (2) Motion made, That Mary Creagh be discharged from the Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Select Committee and Mr Austin Mitchell be added.—(Mr Bob Blizzard.)

    Objection taken (Standing Order No. 9(6)).

    (3) Motion made, That Linda Gilroy be discharged from the South West Regional Select Committee and Roger Berry be added.—(Mr Bob Blizzard.)

    Objection taken (Standing Order No. 9(6)).

7 Adjournment

    Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Bob Blizzard.)

Adjourned at 10.29 pm until tomorrow.

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Other proceedings

General Committees: Reports

8 Second Reading Committee on the Perpetuities and Accumulations Bill [Lords]

    Mr Roger Gale (Chairman) reported the following Resolution:

    That the Committee recommends that the Perpetuities and Accumulations Bill [Lords] ought to be read a second time.

9 First Delegated Legislation Committee

    Mrs Janet Dean (Chairman) reported the draft National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Social Welfare) Order 2009 and the draft National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Exceptions to Matters) Order 2009.

10 Third Delegated Legislation Committee

    Mr Peter Atkinson (Chairman) reported the draft Double Taxation Relief and International Tax Enforcement (Guernsey) Order 2009, the draft Double Taxation Relief and International Tax Enforcement (Jersey) Order 2009 and the draft Double Taxation Relief and International Tax Enforcement (Virgin Islands) Order 2009.

General Committees: Appointments

    The Speaker appoints the Chairman of General Committees and allocates Statutory Instruments to Delegated Legislation Committees.

    The Committee of Selection nominates Members to serve on General Committees (and certain Members to serve on Grand Committees).

11 First Delegated Legislation Committee (Draft National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Social Welfare) Order 2009 and the draft National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Exceptions to Matters) Order 2009)

    Members: Ann Clwyd, Mr Paul Murphy and Mr Don Touhig discharged and Alan Keen, Mr Denis MacShane and Derek Twigg nominated in substitution.

12 Second Delegated Legislation Committee (Draft Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (Youth Conditional Cautions: Code of Practice) Order 2009 and the draft Criminal Justice Act 2003 (Conditional Cautions: Code of Practice) Order 2009)

    Chairman: Ann Winterton in place of Mr David Wilshire.

13 Third Delegated Legislation Committee (Draft Double Taxation Relief and International Tax Enforcement (Guernsey) Order 2009, the draft Double Taxation Relief and International Tax Enforcement (Jersey) Order 2009 and the draft Double Taxation Relief and International Tax Enforcement (Virgin Islands) Order 2009)

    Members: David Cairns, Mr George Mudie, Meg Munn and Martin Salter discharged and Ben Chapman, Kerry McCarthy, Mr Jim McGovern and Ian Stewart nominated in substitution.

Reports from Select Committees

14 Committee on Issue of Privilege (Police Searches on Parliamentary Estate)

    Evidence, to be printed (HC 1040-i) (Sir Menzies Campbell).

15 Communities and Local Government Committee

    (1) Departmental Annual Report 2009:

    (i) Evidence, to be printed (HC 1038-i);

    (ii) Written evidence, to be published;

    (2) Preventing violent extremism: Written evidence, to be published

    (Dr Phyllis Starkey).

16 Public Accounts (Committee of)

    The failure of Metronet: Evidence, to be printed (HC 1039-i) (Mr Edward Leigh).

17 West Midlands Regional Select Committee

    The impact of the current economic and financial situation on the people of the West Midlands: Evidence, to be printed (HC 1005-ii) (Richard Burden).

John Bercow

Speaker

The Speaker will take the Chair at 2.30 pm.

APPENDIX

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1 Dangerous Drugs

    Draft Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Amendment) Order 2009 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum and an Impact Assessment (by Command) (Secretary Alan Johnson).

2 Income Tax

    Draft Tax Credits (Excluded Companies) Regulations 2009 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Stephen Timms).

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

3 Criminal Law

    (1) Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (Youth Conditional Cautions: Financial Penalties) Order 2009 (S.I., 2009, No. 2781), dated 15 October 2009 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Jack Straw); and

    (2) Criminal Justice Act 2003 (Conditional Cautions: Financial Penalties) Order 2009 (S.I., 2009, No. 2773), dated 15 October 2009 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Jack Straw).

4 Landlord and Tenant

    RTM Companies (Model Articles) (England) Regulations 2009 (S.I., 2009, No. 2767), dated 13 October 2009 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum and an Impact Assessment (by Command) (Secretary John Denham).

5 Local Government

    City of Stoke-on-Trent (Scheme of Elections) Order 2009 (S.I., 2009, No. 2734), dated 12 October 2009 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary John Denham).

Other Papers:

6 National Audit

    Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Measuring Up: How good are the Government's data systems for monitoring performance against Public Service Agreements? Fifth Validation Compendium Report (by Act); to be printed (HC 465) (Clerk of the House).

7 National Health Service

    Summarised Accounts of Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care Trusts and NHS Trusts in England for 2008-09, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (by Act); to be printed (HC 1033) (Clerk of the House).

8 Parliamentary Election Rules

    Protocol to create substitute marked register for Glenrothes by-election on 6 November 2008 (by Command) (Cm. 7729) (Secretary Jim Murphy).

Withdrawn Papers:

9 Income Tax

    Draft Tax Credits (Excluded Companies) Regulations 2009 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (laid 15 October 2009).

EXAMINER OF PETITIONS FOR PRIVATE BILLS

    In pursuance of Standing Order 69 relating to Private Business (Appointment of Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills), the Speaker has appointed Mr Simon John Patrick to be an Examiner of Petitions for Private Bills with immediate effect.

TAXING OFFICER

    In pursuance of section 1(1) of the Parliamentary Costs Act 2006, the Speaker has appointed Mr Simon John Patrick as the Taxing Officer of the House of Commons.



 
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