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Mr. Andrew F. Bennett (Denton and Reddish) rose in his place and claimed to move, That the Question be now put.

Mr. Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath): On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Several of my hon. Friends and myself have sat throughout the debate on the clauses--

Mr. Deputy Speaker: Order. Accepting or refusing a motion on closure is entirely a matter for the Chair, and is not a matter of argument.

Question put, That the Question be now put:--

The House proceeded to a Division--

Mr. Denis MacShane (Rotherham) (seated and covered): On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I am

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making this point of order, wearing this ludicrous hat, so as not to take up debating time. Can you give me guidance? In the light of last week's filibustering, and the unspeakable behaviour of the Tories, who pursued indefensible tactics against the will of the people and of Parliament, do you have power under the procedures laid down in Erskine May to ensure that debate on the Bill is completed by 2.30 pm, and that it passes to the House of Lords?

Mr. Deputy Speaker: The hon. Gentleman knows that he is expecting far too much of the powers of the Chair. The Chair presides over the orderly conduct of debate, according to well-accepted rules. We shall make such progress as is possible, according to how many hon. Members seek to catch my eye, and the manner in which they pursue the discussion of the content of the groups of amendments that are before us. We shall proceed through the amendments in an orderly manner--there is no short cut that the Chair can impose.

The House having divided: Ayes 132, Noes 42.

Division No. 205
[10.24 am


AYES


Ainger, Nick
Anderson, Donald (Swansea E)
Anderson, Janet (Rossendale)
Atkins, Charlotte
Atkinson, David (Bour'mth E)
Austin, John
Ballard, Mrs Jackie
Barnes, Harry
Begg, Miss Anne
Benn, Rt Hon Tony
Bennett, Andrew F
Bradley, Peter (The Wrekin)
Bradshaw, Ben
Brake, Tom
Brown, Rt Hon Nick (Newcastle E)
Buck, Ms Karen
Burden, Richard
Butler, Mrs Christine
Campbell, Alan (Tynemouth)
Caplin, Ivor
Casale, Roger
Caton, Martin
Cawsey, Ian
Clapham, Michael
Clark, Rt Hon Dr David (S Shields)
Clark, Dr Lynda
(Edinburgh Pentlands)
Clarke, Charles (Norwich S)
Clarke, Tony (Northampton S)
Clwyd, Ann
Coaker, Vernon
Cooper, Yvette
Corbyn, Jeremy
Corston, Ms Jean
Cousins, Jim
Darvill, Keith
Davis, Terry (B'ham Hodge H)
Dobbin, Jim
Dowd, Jim
Etherington, Bill
Ewing, Mrs Margaret
Fitzpatrick, Jim
Flint, Caroline
Flynn, Paul
Foster, Don (Bath)
Foster, Michael J (Worcester)
Gale, Roger
Gibson, Dr Ian
Gilroy, Mrs Linda
Gordon, Mrs Eileen
Hall, Mike (Weaver Vale)
Hancock, Mike
Henderson, Ivan (Harwich)
Hill, Keith
Home Robertson, John
Howarth, George (Knowsley N)
Hughes, Kevin (Doncaster N)
Hutton, John
Iddon, Dr Brian
Jackson, Ms Glenda (Hampstead)
Jones, Dr Lynne (Selly Oak)
Kennedy, Jane (Wavertree)
King, Andy (Rugby & Kenilworth)
King, Ms Oona (Bethnal Green)
Lawrence, Ms Jackie
Lepper, David
Lloyd, Tony (Manchester C)
Love, Andrew
McCabe, Steve
McDonagh, Siobhain
McFall, John
McIsaac, Shona
Mackinlay, Andrew
McNamara, Kevin
McNulty, Tony
MacShane, Denis
Marshall-Andrews, Robert
Martlew, Eric
Merron, Gillian
Michie, Bill (Shef'ld Heeley)
Miller, Andrew
Moffatt, Laura
Morgan, Ms Julie (Cardiff N)
Morley, Elliot
Mountford, Kali
Murphy, Paul (Torfaen)
Naysmith, Dr Doug
Norris, Dan
O'Brien, Mike (N Warks)
Olner, Bill
Palmer, Dr Nick
Pickthall, Colin
Pike, Peter L
Pound, Stephen
Prescott, Rt Hon John
Primarolo, Dawn
Prosser, Gwyn
Quinn, Lawrie
Rammell, Bill
Rapson, Syd
Reed, Andrew (Loughborough)
Rendel, David
Robinson, Geoffrey (Cov'try NW)
Rooker, Jeff
Ruane, Chris
Russell, Bob (Colchester)
Savidge, Malcolm
Sawford, Phil
Sedgemore, Brian
Shaw, Jonathan
Skinner, Dennis
Smith, Angela (Basildon)
Smith, Jacqui (Redditch)
Smith, Llew (Blaenau Gwent)
Southworth, Ms Helen
Squire, Ms Rachel
Starkey, Dr Phyllis
Stewart, Ian (Eccles)
Stinchcombe, Paul
Taylor, Sir Teddy
Thomas, Gareth R (Harrow W)
Timms, Stephen
Tipping, Paddy
Todd, Mark
Turner, Dr Desmond (Kemptown)
Turner, Dr George (NW Norfolk)
Twigg, Stephen (Enfield)
Vis, Dr Rudi
Walley, Ms Joan
Watts, David
White, Brian
Winterton, Ms Rosie (Doncaster C)
Wright, Anthony D (Gt Yarmouth)

Tellers for the Ayes:


Mr. John Heppell and
Mr. Joe Benton.


NOES


Arbuthnot, James
Blunt, Crispin
Boswell, Tim
Brooke, Rt Hon Peter
Clarke, Rt Hon Kenneth
(Rushcliffe)
Clifton-Brown, Geoffrey
Colvin, Michael
Curry, Rt Hon David
Duncan, Alan
Emery, Rt Hon Sir Peter
Forth, Rt Hon Eric
Garnier, Edward
Gill, Christopher
Goodlad, Rt Hon Sir Alastair
Gray, James
Greenway, John
Gummer, Rt Hon John
Hamilton, Rt Hon Sir Archie
Hawkins, Nick
Heald, Oliver
Heathcoat-Amory, Rt Hon David
Heseltine, Rt Hon Michael
Hogg, Rt Hon Douglas
Johnson Smith,
Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey
Lansley, Andrew
Leigh, Edward
Luff, Peter
Lyell, Rt Hon Sir Nicholas
McIntosh, Miss Anne
MacKay, Andrew
Maclean, Rt Hon David
Maginnis, Ken
Mawhinney, Rt Hon Sir Brian
Öpik, Lembit
Prior, David
Robathan, Andrew
Spring, Richard
Streeter, Gary
Taylor, Ian (Esher & Walton)
Wilkinson, John
Woodward, Shaun
Yeo, Tim

Tellers for the Noes:


Mr. Peter Atkinson and
Mr. Owen Paterson.

Question accordingly agreed to.

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Question put accordingly, That the clause be read a Second time:--

The House divided: Ayes 44, Noes 136.

Division No. 206
[10.36 am


AYES


Arbuthnot, James
Baldry, Tony
Blunt, Crispin
Boswell, Tim
Brooke, Rt Hon Peter
Clarke, Rt Hon Kenneth
(Rushcliffe)
Colvin, Michael
Curry, Rt Hon David
Duncan, Alan
Emery, Rt Hon Sir Peter
Forth, Rt Hon Eric
Garnier, Edward
Gill, Christopher
Goodlad, Rt Hon Sir Alastair
Gray, James
Greenway, John
Gummer, Rt Hon John
Hamilton, Rt Hon Sir Archie
Hawkins, Nick
Heald, Oliver
Heathcoat-Amory, Rt Hon David
Heseltine, Rt Hon Michael
Hoey, Kate
Hogg, Rt Hon Douglas
Howarth, Gerald (Aldershot)
Johnson Smith,
Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey
Lansley, Andrew
Leigh, Edward
Luff, Peter
Lyell, Rt Hon Sir Nicholas
McIntosh, Miss Anne
MacKay, Andrew
Maclean, Rt Hon David
Maginnis, Ken
Mawhinney, Rt Hon Sir Brian
Öpik, Lembit
Prior, David
Robathan, Andrew
Spring, Richard
Streeter, Gary
Taylor, Ian (Esher & Walton)
Wilkinson, John
Woodward, Shaun
Yeo, Tim

Tellers for the Ayes:


Mr. Peter Atkinson and
Mr. Owen Paterson.


NOES


Ainger, Nick
Anderson, Donald (Swansea E)
Anderson, Janet (Rossendale)
Atkins, Charlotte
Atkinson, David (Bour'mth E)
Austin, John
Ballard, Mrs Jackie
Barnes, Harry
Begg, Miss Anne
Benn, Rt Hon Tony
Bennett, Andrew F
Bradley, Peter (The Wrekin)
Bradshaw, Ben
Brake, Tom
Brown, Rt Hon Nick (Newcastle E)
Buck, Ms Karen
Burden, Richard
Butler, Mrs Christine
Byers, Stephen
Campbell, Alan (Tynemouth)
Caplin, Ivor
Casale, Roger
Caton, Martin
Cawsey, Ian
Clapham, Michael
Clark, Rt Hon Dr David (S Shields)
Clark, Dr Lynda
(Edinburgh Pentlands)
Clarke, Charles (Norwich S)
Clarke, Tony (Northampton S)
Clwyd, Ann
Coaker, Vernon
Coleman, Iain
Cooper, Yvette
Corbyn, Jeremy
Corston, Ms Jean
Cousins, Jim
Cox, Tom
Darvill, Keith
Davis, Terry (B'ham Hodge H)
Dobbin, Jim
Dowd, Jim
Etherington, Bill
Ewing, Mrs Margaret
Fitzpatrick, Jim
Flint, Caroline
Flynn, Paul
Foster, Don (Bath)
Foster, Michael J (Worcester)
Gale, Roger
Gibson, Dr Ian
Gilroy, Mrs Linda
Gordon, Mrs Eileen
Hall, Mike (Weaver Vale)
Hancock, Mike
Henderson, Ivan (Harwich)
Hill, Keith
Hughes, Kevin (Doncaster N)
Hutton, John
Iddon, Dr Brian
Jackson, Ms Glenda (Hampstead)
Jones, Dr Lynne (Selly Oak)
Kennedy, Jane (Wavertree)
King, Andy (Rugby & Kenilworth)
King, Ms Oona (Bethnal Green)
Lawrence, Ms Jackie
Lepper, David
Lloyd, Tony (Manchester C)
Love, Andrew
McCabe, Steve
McDonagh, Siobhain
McFall, John
McIsaac, Shona
Mackinlay, Andrew
McNamara, Kevin
McNulty, Tony
MacShane, Denis
Marshall-Andrews, Robert
Martlew, Eric
Merron, Gillian
Michie, Bill (Shef'ld Heeley)
Miller, Andrew
Moffatt, Laura
Morgan, Ms Julie (Cardiff N)
Morley, Elliot
Mountford, Kali
Murphy, Paul (Torfaen)
Naysmith, Dr Doug
Norris, Dan
O'Brien, Mike (N Warks)
Olner, Bill
Palmer, Dr Nick
Pickthall, Colin
Pike, Peter L
Pound, Stephen
Prescott, Rt Hon John
Primarolo, Dawn
Prosser, Gwyn
Quinn, Lawrie
Rammell, Bill
Rapson, Syd
Reed, Andrew (Loughborough)
Rendel, David
Robinson, Geoffrey (Cov'try NW)
Rooker, Jeff
Ruane, Chris
Russell, Bob (Colchester)
Savidge, Malcolm
Sawford, Phil
Sedgemore, Brian
Shaw, Jonathan
Skinner, Dennis
Smith, Angela (Basildon)
Smith, Jacqui (Redditch)
Smith, Llew (Blaenau Gwent)
Southworth, Ms Helen
Squire, Ms Rachel
Starkey, Dr Phyllis
Stewart, Ian (Eccles)
Stinchcombe, Paul
Taylor, Rt Hon Mrs Ann
(Dewsbury)
Taylor, Sir Teddy
Thomas, Gareth R (Harrow W)
Timms, Stephen
Tipping, Paddy
Todd, Mark
Turner, Dr Desmond (Kemptown)
Turner, Dr George (NW Norfolk)
Twigg, Stephen (Enfield)
Vis, Dr Rudi
Walley, Ms Joan
Watts, David
White, Brian
Whitehead, Dr Alan
Williams, Alan W (E Carmarthen)
Winterton, Ms Rosie (Doncaster C)
Wright, Anthony D (Gt Yarmouth)

Tellers for the Noes:


Mr. John Heppell and
Mr. Joe Benton.

Question accordingly negatived.

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New clause 3

Mink


'.--(1) Subject to compliance with subsections (2) and (3), hunting of feral mink with dogs shall be permitted on any land, river, lake, waterway or coastal area at the request of the owner or occupier thereof where that person reasonably believes that mink need to be controlled there in order to protect or conserve fish (whether required for angling or human consumption), waterfowl, ground nesting birds or other wild life.
(2) Any person hunting mink under subsection (1), should take all reasonable steps to avoid unnecessary damage to habitat or wild life.
(3) When any otter is located during the course of hunting all dogs under the control of the person hunting shall be withdrawn from the vicinity immediately.
(4) Hunting of feral mink shall not be permitted in any area certified by the Environment Agency or the Scottish Environment Protection Agency as unsuitable for hunting because of likely disturbance to the habitat of wild life, provided the relevant Agency controls the mink in such area by other means.
(5) For the purpose of this section "owner" shall include riparian owner.'.--[Kate Hoey.]
Brought up, and read the First time.

Motion made, and Question put, That the clause be read a Second time:--

The House proceeded to a Division--


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