some default text...
          House of Commons portcullis
House of Commons
Session 2001- 02
Publications on the internet

House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 16th July 2002

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

PRAYERS.

1    HSBC Investment Banking Bill [Lords],-Ordered, That the HSBC Investment Banking Bill [Lords] be read the third time on Tuesday 23rd July.

2    Barclays Group Reorganisation Bill [Lords],-Ordered, That the Barclays Group Reorganisation Bill [Lords] be read the third time on Wednesday 24th July.

3    London Development Agency Bill,-The Second Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means reported from the Committee on Unopposed Bills, That it had examined the allegations contained in the Preamble to the London Development Agency Bill and had amended the same so as to make it consistent with the facts as proved by the evidence adduced, and found the same, as amended, to be true; and had gone through the Bill and made Amendments thereunto.

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

4    Milford Haven Port Authority Bill [Lords],-The Second Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means reported from the Committee on Unopposed Bills, That it had examined the allegations contained in the Preamble to the Milford Haven Port Authority Bill [Lords], and had amended the same so as to make it consistent with the facts as proved by the evidence adduced, and found the same, as amended, to be true; and had gone through the Bill and made Amendments thereunto.

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

5    Regulatory Reform Committee,-Mr Peter Pike reported from the Regulatory Reform Committee the following Resolution:

    That a draft Order in the same terms as the proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Removal of 20 Member Limit in Partnerships etc.) Order 2002 should be laid before the House.

6    Welsh Grand Committee,-Mr Win Griffiths reported from the Welsh Grand Committee, That it had considered the matter of the draft National Health Service (Wales) Bill, referred to it on 10th July.

7    Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Alan Hurst reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Terrorism Act (Cessation of Effect of Section 76) Order 2002.

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

8    Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr David Amess reported from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions, etc.) (Amendment) Order 2002.

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

9    Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr James Cran reported from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Treasure (Designation) Order 2002 and the revised Treasure Act 1996 Code of Practice (England and Wales).

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

10    Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mrs Irene Adams reported from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Child Tax Credit Regulations 2002, the draft Working Tax Credit (Entitlement and Maximum Rate) Regulations 2002, the draft Tax Credits (Definition and Calculation of Income) Regulations 2002 and the draft Tax Credits (Income Thresholds and Determination of Rates) Regulations 2002.

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

11    European Standing Committee B,-Mr Joe Benton reported from European Standing Committee B the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum from HM Treasury dated 5 July 2002 relating to the Preliminary Draft General Budget of the European Communities for the financial year 2003; and supports the Government's efforts to maintain budget discipline in the Community.

    Report, together with Resolution, to lie upon the Table.

12    Standing Committee on the Convention,-Frank Cook reported from the Standing Committee on the Convention, That it had considered the First Report (30th April) and the Second Report (20th June) from the United Kingdom Representatives to the Convention on the future of Europe.

13    Message from the Lords,-A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

    The Lords have agreed to the Copyright, etc., and Trade Marks (Offences and Enforcement) Bill, without Amendment.

14    Patents Act 1977 (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill,-The Order for reading the Patents Act 1977 (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill a second time on Friday was read and discharged.

    Bill withdrawn.

15    Sex Discrimination (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill [Lords],-Ordered, That the Sex Discrimination (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill [Lords] be read a second time on Thursday 31st October.

16    Prime Minister (Office, Role and Functions) (No. 2) Bill,-Dr Julian Lewis, supported by Mr Stephen O'Brien, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Mr David Wilshire, Mr Desmond Swayne, Mr Julian Brazier and Mr Peter Luff, presented a Bill to define the office, role and functions of the Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury; to make arrangements for his appointment; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday and to be printed [Bill 180].

17    Criminal Evidence (Prohibition of Sale) (No. 2) Bill,-Dr Julian Lewis, supported by Mr Stephen O'Brien, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Mr David Wilshire, Mr Desmond Swayne, Mr Julian Brazier and Mr Peter Luff, presented a Bill to prohibit the sale of evidence gathered in criminal investigations or used during criminal proceedings: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday and to be printed [Bill 181].

18    Rape (Consent),-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the law relating to consent in the crime of rape so as to provide that consent shall require the free agreement of the parties involved, that the parties take reasonable steps to ensure that consent has been given, and that the giving of consent on one occasion shall lead to no presumption about the giving of consent on any further occasion; and for related purposes: And that Julia Drown, Vera Baird, Julie Morgan, Joyce Quin, Judy Mallaber, Ms Oona King, Harry Cohen, Mr Michael Clapham, Tom Cox, Margaret Moran, Ms Debra Shipley and Fiona Mactaggart do prepare and bring it in.

19    Rape (Consent) Bill,-Julia Drown accordingly presented a Bill to amend the law relating to consent in the crime of rape so as to provide that consent shall require the free agreement of the parties involved, that the parties take reasonable steps to ensure that consent has been given, and that the giving of consent on one occasion shall lead to no presumption about the giving of consent on any further occasion; and for related purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday and to be printed [Bill 182].

20    Business of the House,-Ordered, That, at this day's sitting, the Motion in the name of Mr Iain Duncan Smith relating to the Peace Process in Northern Ireland shall, notwithstanding paragraph (2)(c)(ii) of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business), be entered upon at Seven o'clock or when proceedings on Lords Amendments to the Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill have been concluded, whichever is the later, and may then be proceeded with, though opposed, for three hours; and the Order of 28th June 2001 relating to deferred Divisions shall not apply to it.-(Mr Phil Woolas.)

21    Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill (Programme) (No. 2),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Order [28th June 2001], That the following provisions shall apply to the Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill for the purpose of supplementing the Order of 21st January:

    Consideration of Lords Amendments

    1. Proceedings on Consideration of Lords Amendments shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion three hours after their commencement.

    Subsequent stages

    2. Proceedings on any further Message from the Lords shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement-(Mr Phil Woolas):-It was agreed to.

22    Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill,-The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Lords Amendments to the Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill.

    Lords Amendment No. 1.

    An Amendment ((a)) was proposed to the Lords Amendment, in line 2, after the word 'he', to insert the words 'does not have recorded against him in Northern Ireland or elsewhere a criminal conviction for which he has received a sentence of imprisonment whether suspended or otherwise and'.-(Lady Hermon.)

    And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made:-It was negatived.

    The Lords Amendment was agreed to.

    Lords Amendments Nos. 2 to 4 were agreed to.

    Lords Amendment No. 5.

    An Amendment ((a)) was proposed to the Lords Amendment, in line 3, to leave out the words 'acting jointly'.-(Lady Hermon.)

    And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made:-It was negatived.

    The Lords Amendment was agreed to.

    Lords Amendments Nos. 6 to 10 were agreed to, the Commons being willing to waive their privileges in respect of Lords Amendment No. 6.

    Lords Amendment No. 11.

    An Amendment ((a)) was proposed to the Lords Amendment, in line 8, to leave out the words 'Director of Public Prosecutions' and insert the words 'Public Prosecution Service', instead thereof.-(Lady Hermon.)

    And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made:-It was negatived.

    The Lords Amendment was agreed to.

    Lords Amendments Nos. 12 to 32 were agreed to.

23    Opposition Day [17th allotted day: second part],-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.

    Peace Process in Northern Ireland,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House regards the Belfast Agreement as representing the best hope for peace and normalisation available or likely to be achievable in Northern Ireland; is deeply concerned, therefore, at the failure by both Republican and Loyalist paramilitaries to implement essential aspects of it, including decommissioning, which should have been completed two years ago; welcomes recent conciliatory statements by the President of Sinn Fein and the Loyalist Commission; believes that continuing evidence of military activity by Sinn Fein-IRA makes it clear that this organisation has been in breach of its obligations under the ceasefire and the Agreement; regards as quite inconsistent with any declared adherence to democratic methods the failure by the chairman of Sinn Fein to condemn the attempted murder of a Catholic policeman in Ballymena; considers that no peace process can succeed unless rewards only follow performance, and that there is some penalty for breaches; and calls upon all parties to do all they can to contribute to the implementation of the Agreement, forbearance, mutual understanding and respect between the two communities in Northern Ireland, and avoidance of all forms of violence-(Mr Quentin Davies);

    And it being three hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion, the Debate stood adjourned, pursuant to Order [this day].

24    Local Government Finance,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 92) (House of Commons Paper No. 877) on Special Grant for Asylum Seekers Support (Adults and Families of Asylum Seekers) for 1999-2000, which was laid before this House on 26th June, be approved-(Mr Fraser Kemp):-It was agreed to.

25    Local Government Finance,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 99) (House of Commons Paper No. 878) on Special Grant for Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children for 2002-03, which was laid before this House on 26th June, be approved-(Mr Fraser Kemp):-It was agreed to.

26    Contracting Out,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Contracting Out (Functions of Local Authorities: Income-Related Benefits) Order 2002, which was laid before this House on 26th June, be approved-(Mr Fraser Kemp):-It was agreed to.

27    Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000 (Information) Order 2002, which was laid before this House on 3rd July, be approved-(Mr Fraser Kemp):-It was agreed to.

28    Terms and Conditions of Employment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Fixed-term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002, which were laid before this House on 9th July, be approved-(Mr Fraser Kemp):-It was agreed to.

29    Terms and Conditions of Employment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Part-time workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000 (Amendment) Regulations 2002, which were laid before this House on 9th July, be approved-(Mr Fraser Kemp):-It was agreed to.

30    Parliament,-Ordered, That the Parliamentary Pensions (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1807), dated 15th July 2002, a copy of which was laid before this House on 15th July, be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.-(Mr Fraser Kemp.)

31    Public Petitions,-Public Petitions from-

    (1) residents of South Bedfordshire for a bypass and other road improvements around Dunstable;

    (2) St Bonaventure's Parish, Bristol, for fairer international trading rules; and

    (3) residents of Orchard Park, Greenwood, Hull North and others for a review of sentencing powers for driving offences

    were presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

32    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Mr Fraser Kemp);

    And the Motion having been made after Ten 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 eight minutes past Eleven o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 11.08 p.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


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


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1    Companies,-Companies (Disqualification Orders) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1834), dated 8th July 2002 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

2    Countryside,-Local Access Forums (England) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1836), dated 15th July 2002 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

3    Customs and Excise,-Hydrocarbon Oil (Marking) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1773), dated 16th July 2002 [by Act] [Ruth Kelly].

4    Housing,-Housing (Right to Buy) (Designated Rural Areas and Designated Regions) (England) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1769), dated 3rd July 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Other Papers:

5    Betting, Gaming and Lotteries,-Report and Accounts of the Horserace Betting Levy Board and the Horserace Totalisator Board for 2001-02 [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

6    Broadcasting,-(1) Account of Radio Authority Additional Payments by Radio Programme Licensees for 2001-02, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1098] [Clerk of the House]; and

    (2) Report and Accounts of the British Broadcasting Corporation for 2001-02 [by Command] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

7    Company Law,-Paper, entitled Modernising Company Law [by Command] [Cm. 5553-I and -II] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

8    Defence Executive Agencies,-Report and Accounts of the Pay and Personnel Agency for 2001-02, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 952] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

9    Disability Rights Commission,-Account of the Disability Rights Commission for 2001-02, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1099] [Clerk of the House].

10    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Executive Agencies,-Report and Accounts of the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science for 2001-02, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1033] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

11    Government Trading Funds,-Reports and Accounts of-

    (1) the Forensic Science Service, and

    (2) NHS Estates

    for 2001-02, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 944 and 889] [Clerk of the House].

12    National Lottery,-Report and Accounts of the National Lottery Commission for 2001-02, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 977] [Clerk of the House].

13    Prosecution of Offences,-Report of the Crown Prosecution Service for 2001-02 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 933] [The Solicitor General].

14    Public Accounts,-Treasury Minute on the Thirty-first to the Thirty-fifth Reports from the Committee of Public Accounts, Session 2001-02 [by Command] [Cm. 5549] [Ruth Kelly].

15    Registration Service,-Review of the Registrar General on marriages, divorces and adoptions in England and Wales, 2000 [by Act] [Ruth Kelly].

16    Regulatory Reform,-Proposal under the Regulatory Reform Act 2001 for the Regulatory Reform (Sugar Beet Research and Education) Order 2003, together with a statement by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

17    Science and Technology,-(1) Accounts of the Economic and Social Research Council for 2001-02, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1100] [Clerk of the House]; and

    (2) Report and Accounts of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council for 2001-02 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

18    Trade Union and Labour Relations,-Report of the Certification Officer for 2001-02 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions, etc.) (Amendment) Order 2002,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr John Lyons from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Tom Harris.

2    Draft Treasure (Designation) Order 2002 and the revised Treasure Act 1996 Code of Practice (England and Wales),-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Roger Godsiff and Mr Kerry Pollard from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order and revised Code of Practice); and nominated in substitution Mr Michael Jabez Foster and Mr Gordon Marsden.

3    Draft Working Tax Credit (Entitlement and Maximum Rate) Regulations 2002, draft Child Tax Credit Regulations 2002, draft Tax Credits (Definition and Calculation of Income) Regulations 2002 and the draft Tax Credits (Income Thresholds and Determination of Rates) Regulations 2002,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Chris Pond from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Helen Southworth.

European Standing Committees

4    The Speaker has appointed Mr Joe Benton Chairman of European Standing Committee C in respect of European Union Document Nos. 9923/01 and 10143/01 on waste from electrical and electronic equipment and two unnumbered explanatory memoranda dated 15th March from the Department of Trade and Industry, in place of Mrs Marion Roe.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development and Trade and Industry,-First Joint Report from the Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development and Trade and Industry Committees [Strategic Export Controls: Annual Report for 2000, Licensing Policy and Prior Parliamentary Scrutiny] [being the Fifth Report from the Defence Committee, the Eighth Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Fourth Report from the International Development Committee and the Fourth Report from the Trade and Industry Committee]; to be printed [No. 718] [Mr Roger Berry].

    2    European Scrutiny,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the European Scrutiny Committee [Seville European Council and Convention on the Future of Europe]; to be printed [No. 1112-i] [Mr Jimmy Hood].

    3    Foreign Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [FCO Annual Report 2002]; to be printed [No. 826-ii] [Sir John Stanley].

    4    House of Lords Reform,-First Special Report from the Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform [House of Lords Reform: First Steps]; to be printed [No. 1109] [Dr Jack Cunningham].

    5    International Development,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [Africa, NEPAD and the G8 Africa Action Plan]; to be printed [No. 1107] [Tony Baldry].

    6    Liaison,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Liaison Committee [The Prime Minister]; to be printed [No. 1095] [Mr Alan Williams].

    7    Regulatory Reform,-(1) Twelfth Report from the Regulatory Reform Committee [Proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Removal of 20 Member Limit in Partnerships etc) Order 2002]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 1104]; and

    (2) Second Special Report from the Committee [Operation of the Regulatory Reform Act], with an Appendix to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed [No. 1029]

    [Mr Peter Pike].

    8    Statutory Instruments,-Thirty-sixth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 135-xxxvi] [Mr David Tredinnick].

    9    Treasury,-Fifth Report from the Treasury Committee [Banking, Consumers and Small Businesses], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings relating to the Report [No. 818-I and -II] [Mr John McFall].

    10    Welsh Affairs,-Appendices to Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee on 1st May [Post Office in Wales]; to be printed [No. 812] [Mr Martyn Jones].

[W.H., No. 104]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

[pursuant to the Order of 20th November 2000]

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

    Adjournment,-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Mr Jim Murphy.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 2 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
House of Commons home page Houses of Parliament home page House 

of Lords home page search page enquiries

© Parliamentary copyright 2002
Revised 17 July 2002