House of Commons

Session 2010-12

House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday
12th May 2011

No. 155

The House met at 10.30 am.

PRAYERS.

1 Questions to (1) the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

(2) the honourable Member representing the Church Commissioners, the honourable Member representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission and the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission

2 Business Question (Leader of the House)

3 Statement: Government response to Professor Wolf’s Review of Vocational Education (Secretary Michael Gove)

4 Personal Statement (Mr David Laws)

5 Backbench Business (27th allotted day)

Review of Parliamentary Standards Act 2009

Ordered, That it be an instruction to the Committee on Members’ Allowances established under Standing Order No. 152G (Committee on Members’ Allowances) that it review the operation of the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009 and make recommendations, giving due consideration to ensuring:

(a) value for money for taxpayers;

(b) accountability;

(c) public confidence in Parliament;

(d) the ability of Members to fulfil their duties effectively;

(e) fairness for less well-off Members and those with families; and

(f) that Members are not deterred from submitting legitimate claims.-(Adam Afriyie.)

Fish Discards and 2012 Common Fisheries Policy Reform

Resolved, That this House welcomes the Fish Fight campaign; and calls on the Government to vote against proposed reforms of the EU Common Fisheries Policy unless they implement an ecosystems-based approach to fisheries management, end discards in relation to all fish and shellfish with derogation only for species proven to have a high survival rate on discarding, require that all fish and shellfish are harvested at sustainable levels by 2015, ensure the involvement of fishers and other stakeholders in decision-making processes and enable the UK to introduce higher standards of management and conservation in respect of all vessels fishing within its territorial waters, taking into particular account vessel size and environmental impact.-(Zac Goldsmith.)

6 Adjournment

Subject: Support for business in Lancaster and Fleetwood (Eric Ollerenshaw).

Motion made and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Brooks Newmark.)

At 6.00 pm, the Motion lapsed (Standing Order No. 9(3)).

Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Brooks Newmark.)

Adjourned at 6.29 pm until tomorrow.

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Other proceedings

Changes to Notices Given

7 Cheques Bill

Order for Second Reading on Friday 17 June, read and discharged.

Bill to be read a second time on Friday 20 January 2012.

General Committees: Reports

8 Protection of Freedoms Bill Committee

Martin Caton (Chair) reported written evidence submitted to the Committee.

Written evidence to be published.

9 Welfare Reform Bill Committee

Mr Mike Weir (Chair) reported written evidence submitted to the Committee.

Written evidence to be published.

Reports from Select Committees

10 Business, Innovation and Skills Committee

(1) Government Assistance to Industry: Government Response to the Committee’s Third Report of Session 2010–11: Fifth Report, with written evidence, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 1038);

(2) Is Kraft working for Cadbury?: Sixth Report, with written evidence, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 871)

(Mr Adrian Bailey).

11 Culture, Media and Sport Committee

BBC Licence Fee Settlement and Annual Report: Fourth Report, with written evidence, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 454) (Mr John Whittingdale).

12 Political and Constitutional Reform Committee

(1) The Coalition Government’s programme of political and constitutional reform: Evidence, to be printed (HC 358-ii);

(2) Role and powers of the Prime Minister: Written evidence, to be published

(Mr Graham Allen).

John Bercow

Speaker

The Speaker will take the Chair at 9.30 am

Sitting in Westminster Hall

No. 101

The sitting began at 2.30 pm.

Adjournment

Backbench Business (26th allotted day: Second half (Standing Order No. 14))

Subject: Education performance.

Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Bill Wiggin.)

Adjourned at 5.29 pm until Tuesday 17 May.

Lindsay Hoyle

Deputy Speaker

APPENDIX

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1 Charities

(1) Draft Charities Act 2006 (Changes in Exempt Charities) Order 2011 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Francis Maude); and

(2) draft Charities Act 2006 (Principal Regulators of Exempt Charities) Regulations 2011 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Francis Maude).

2 International Development

(1) Draft Caribbean Development Bank (Further Payments to Capital Stock) Order 2011 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Mr Secretary Mitchell);

(2) draft Inter-American Development Bank (Contribution to the Fund for Special Operations) Order 2011 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Mr Secretary Mitchell); and

(3) draft Inter-American Development Bank (Further Payments to Capital Stock) Order 2011 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Mr Secretary Mitchell).

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

3 Immigration

Immigration (European Economic Area) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 (S.I., 2011, No. 1247), dated 9 May 2011 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Theresa May).

Other Papers:

4 Further and Higher Education

Report and Accounts of the Higher Education Funding Council for England for 2010–11, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (by Act); to be printed (HC 932) (Secretary Vince Cable).

5 Government Resources and Accounts

(1) Accounts of Returning Officers’ Expenses, Northern Ireland for 2008–09 (by Act); to be printed (HC 937) (Mark Hoban); and

(2) Accounts of Returning Officers’ Expenses, Northern Ireland for 2009–10 (by Act); to be printed (HC 938) (Mark Hoban).

6 Immigration

Immigration (Designation of Travel Bans) (Amendment No. 4) Order 2011 (S.I., 2011, No. 1260), dated 11 May 2011 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Theresa May).

7 International Development

(1) Department for International Development Minute, dated 28 March 2011, concerning a contingent liability arising from subscription to shares in the Caribbean Development Bank (by Command) (Mr Secretary Mitchell); and

(2) Department for International Development Minute, dated 28 March 2011, concerning a contingent liability arising from subscription to shares in the Inter-American Development Bank (by Command) (Mr Secretary Mitchell).

8 National Heritage

Acceptance-in-Lieu Scheme: Statement to Parliament listing items accepted in lieu of inheritance tax during the financial year 2010–11 (by Act) (Secretary Jeremy Hunt).

9 Treaty Series (No. 12, 2011)

Protocol, done at Mexico City on 23 April 2009, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the United Mexican States to amend the Convention for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income and Capital Gains, signed at Mexico City on 2 June 1994 (by Command) (Cm. 8073) (Secretary William Hague).

10 Treaty Series (No. 13, 2011)

Optional Protocol, adopted in New York on 25 May 2000, to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography (by Command) (Cm. 8074) (Secretary William Hague).

11 Treaty Series (No. 14, 2011)

Exchange of Notes, done at London on 12 March and 1 June 2007, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the United States of America amending the Agreement of 27 May 1993 concerning Defence Co-operation Arrangements (by Command) (Cm. 8075) (Secretary William Hague).

12 Treaty Series (No. 15, 2011)

Protocol, done at London on 3 February 2010, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Georgia to amend the Agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income and on Capital, signed at London 13 July 2004 (by Command) (Cm. 8076) (Secretary William Hague).