The House met at half-past Nine o'clock.
1 The Speaker's Absence,-The House being met, the Clerk at the Table informed the House of the Speaker's absence from this day's sitting, pursuant to leave given [yesterday].
Whereupon Sylvia Heal, the First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means, proceeded to the Table.
2 The First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means took the Chair as Deputy Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order No. 3 (Deputy Speaker).
3 Pension Annuities (Amendment) Bill,-The Order of the Day being read, for the Second Reading of the Pension Annuities (Amendment) Bill;
And a Motion being made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read a second time;
Mr Adrian Sanders rose in his place and claimed to move, That the Question be now put; but the Deputy Speaker withheld his assent and declined then to put that Question.
Mr David Curry 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;
Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Mark Hoban, Mr Mark Field: 139.
Tellers for the Noes, Mr Andrew Dismore, Mr Barry Gardiner: 25.
So the Question was agreed to.
And the Question being accordingly put, That the Bill be now read a second time;
Tellers for the Ayes, Sir George Young, Mr George Osborne: 139.
Tellers for the Noes, Mr Andrew Dismore, Mr Barry Gardiner: 27.
So the Question was agreed to.
The Bill was accordingly read a second time and stood committed to a Standing Committee.
4 Football Spectators Bill,-The Order of the Day being read, for the Second Reading of the Football Spectators Bill;
Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 12th April.
5 National Heritage Bill [Lords],-The Order of the Day being read, for the Second Reading of the National Heritage Bill [Lords];
Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 18th January.
6 Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Mr Tony McNulty);
And the Motion having been made after half-past Two 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 six minutes past Three o'clock, till Monday 14th January.
[Adjourned at 3.06 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst
Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock on Monday next.
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
National Health Service,-(1) National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) Amendment (England) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 35), and
(2) Retained Organs Commission (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 34),
dated 10th January 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].
Rent Officers (Housing Benefit Functions) (Amendment) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3561),-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Tim Boswell.
In the Votes and Proceedings of Tuesday 8th January, in Appendix I, items 21(1) and (2) (Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions) should have appeared under the heading Other Papers.
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