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Question put, pursuant to Standing Order No. 23 (Motions for leave to bring in Bills and nomination of Select Committees at commencement of public business):—

The House divided: Ayes 136, Noes 98.

Division No. 196
[12:46 pm


Atherton, Ms Candy
Austin, John
Banks, Tony
Barnes, Harry
Barrett, John
Battle, John
Begg, Miss Anne
Bell, Sir Stuart
Best, Harold
Blizzard, Bob
Borrow, David
Bradley, rh Keith (Withington)
Breed, Colin
Brooke, Mrs Annette L.
Bruce, Malcolm
Buck, Ms Karen
Burden, Richard
Burgon, Colin
Burstow, Paul
Cable, Dr. Vincent
Campbell, Mrs Anne (C'bridge)
Carmichael, Alistair
Caton, Martin
Chaytor, David
Clapham, Michael
Clark, Mrs Helen (Peterborough)
Clarke, rh Tom (Coatbridge & Chryston)
Clelland, David
Clwyd, Ann (Cynon V)
Cohen, Harry
Cook, rh Robin (Livingston)
Corston, Jean
Cotter, Brian
Cox, Tom (Tooting)
Cranston, Ross
Cryer, Ann (Keighley)
Cryer, John (Hornchurch)
Dalyell, Tam
Davey, Valerie (Bristol W)
Davies, Geraint (Croydon C)
Dobbin, Jim (Heywood)
Dobson, rh Frank
Donohoe, Brian H.
Doran, Frank
Dowd, Jim (Lewisham W)
Drew, David (Stroud)
Eagle, Angela (Wallasey)
Etherington, Bill
Farrelly, Paul
Fisher, Mark
Flynn, Paul (Newport W)
Foulkes, rh George
Francis, Dr. Hywel
George, Andrew (St. Ives)
Gibson, Dr. Ian
Gilroy, Linda
Hamilton, David (Midlothian)
Hancock, Mike
Harris, Tom (Glasgow Cathcart)
Harvey, Nick
Hepburn, Stephen
Hermon, Lady
Hinchliffe, David
Holmes, Paul
Hopkins, Kelvin
Howarth, George (Knowsley N & Sefton E)
Hoyle, Lindsay
Hurst, Alan (Braintree)
Iddon, Dr. Brian
Jackson, Helen (Hillsborough)
Jones, Helen (Warrington N)
Jones, Jon Owen (Cardiff C)
Jones, Martyn (Clwyd S)
King, Andy (Rugby)
Lazarowicz, Mark
Lewis, Terry (Worsley)
Lucas, Ian (Wrexham)
Lyons, John (Strathkelvin)
McDonagh, Siobhain
MacDougall, John
McIsaac, Shona
McKechin, Ann
McWilliam, John
Mahmood, Khalid
Mallaber, Judy
Mann, John (Bassetlaw)
Marris, Rob (Wolverh'ton SW)
Marsden, Paul (Shrewsbury & Atcham)
Martlew, Eric
Meale, Alan (Mansfield)
Mitchell, Austin (Gt Grimsby)
Mole, Chris
Morgan, Julie
Mountford, Kali
Murphy, Denis (Wansbeck)
Naysmith, Dr. Doug
O'Brien, Bill (Normanton)
O'Hara, Edward
Öpik, Lembit
Owen, Albert
Picking, Anne
Pickthall, Colin
Prosser, Gwyn
Purchase, Ken
Quinn, Lawrie
Rapson, Syd (Portsmouth N)
Rendel, David
Robertson, John (Glasgow Anniesland)
Salter, Martin
Sanders, Adrian
Savidge, Malcolm
Sawford, Phil
Sedgemore, Brian
Shaw, Jonathan
Sheridan, Jim
Simpson, Alan (Nottingham S)
Skinner, Dennis
Squire, Rachel
Steinberg, Gerry
Stewart, Ian (Eccles)
Stinchcombe, Paul
Stunell, Andrew
Tami, Mark (Alyn)
Taylor, Matthew (Truro)
Thurso, John
Turner, Dennis (Wolverh'ton SE)
Turner, Dr. Desmond (Brighton Kemptown)
Tyler, Paul (N Cornwall)
Tynan, Bill (Hamilton S)
Walley, Ms Joan
Ward, Claire
Wareing, Robert N.
White, Brian
Wilson, Brian
Winnick, David
Younger-Ross, Richard

Tellers for the Ayes:

Mr. Andrew Love and
Tony Lloyd


Amess, David
Atkinson, David (Bour'mth E)
Atkinson, Peter (Hexham)
Bacon, Richard
Baker, Norman
Baron, John (Billericay)
Bercow, John
Blunt, Crispin
Brazier, Julian
Browning, Mrs Angela
Burt, Alistair
Cameron, David
Campbell, rh Sir Menzies (NE Fife)
Chapman, Sir Sydney (Chipping Barnet)
Chope, Christopher
Clappison, James
Clifton-Brown, Geoffrey
Collins, Tim
Davey, Edward (Kingston)
Davis, rh David (Haltemprice & Howden)
Djanogly, Jonathan
Dorrell, rh Stephen
Doughty, Sue
Duncan, Peter (Galloway)
Duncan Smith, rh Iain
Flight, Howard
Foster, Don (Bath)
Francois, Mark
Gibb, Nick (Bognor Regis)
Gray, James (N Wilts)
Grayling, Chris
Green, Damian (Ashford)
Greenway, John
Grieve, Dominic
Gummer, rh John
Hague, rh William
Heath, David
Hendry, Charles
Hoban, Mark (Fareham)
Hogg, rh Douglas
Horam, John (Orpington)
Howarth, Gerald (Aldershot)
Jenkin, Bernard
Johnson, Boris (Henley)
Jones, Nigel (Cheltenham)
Keetch, Paul
Kirkbride, Miss Julie
Kirkwood, Sir Archy
Knight, rh Greg (E Yorkshire)
Laws, David (Yeovil)
Lewis, Dr. Julian (New Forest E)
Liddell-Grainger, Ian
Lilley, rh Peter
Luff, Peter (M-Worcs)
McIntosh, Miss Anne
Maclean, rh David
McLoughlin, Patrick
Malins, Humfrey
Maude, rh Francis
Mawhinney, rh Sir Brian
May, Mrs Theresa
Moss, Malcolm
Murrison, Dr. Andrew
Osborne, George (Tatton)
Paterson, Owen
Pickles, Eric
Price, Adam (E Carmarthen & Dinefwr)
Pugh, Dr. John
Randall, John
Redwood, rh John
Robathan, Andrew
Robertson, Angus (Moray)
Robertson, Hugh (Faversham & M-Kent)
Robertson, Laurence (Tewk'b'ry)
Ruffley, David
Selous, Andrew
Shepherd, Richard
Spelman, Mrs Caroline
Spicer, Sir Michael
Spink, Bob (Castle Point)
Steen, Anthony
Streeter, Gary
Syms, Robert
Taylor, John (Solihull)
Tredinnick, David
Turner, Andrew (Isle of Wight)
Tyrie, Andrew
Viggers, Peter
Watkinson, Angela
Weir, Michael
Whittingdale, John
Wiggin, Bill
Wilkinson, John
Williams, Hywel (Caernarfon)
Wilshire, David
Wishart, Pete
Yeo, Tim (S Suffolk)
Young, rh Sir George

Tellers for the Noes:

Mr. Eric Forth and
Mr. Nigel Evans

Question accordingly agreed to.

15 Jun 2004 : Column 650

Bill ordered to be brought in by John Mann, Angela Eagle, Helen Jones, Mr. Lindsay Hoyle, Mr. Parmjit Dhanda, David Winnick, Tony Lloyd, Geraldine Smith, Mr. David Crausby, Brian White, David Taylor and Mr. Bill Tynan.

Trade Unions (Political Funds) Reform

John Mann accordingly presented a Bill to limit the requirement to re-ballot on the maintenance of trade union political funds to a total of three consecutive ballots: And the same was read the First Time; and ordered to be read a Second Time on Friday 15 October, and to be printed [Bill 116].

15 Jun 2004 : Column 651

Opposition Day

[10th Allotted Day—Second Part]


Mr. Speaker: I inform the House that I have selected the amendment in the name of the Prime Minister.

12.59 pm

Mr. Tim Yeo (South Suffolk): I beg to move,

That this House notes that the Government has failed to meet its target of reducing congestion on Britain's roads by 5 per cent., that congestion is set to rise by up to 20 per cent. by 2010 and that, according to the CBI, traffic congestion costs British industry £15 billion to £20 billion a year; recognises that the Government is failing to meet its targets for increased passenger and freight use of the railways and that rail freight declined by 0.3 billion net tonne kilometres in 2002; regrets the fact that one in five trains is still running late and that reliability on the railways has not even returned to the levels achieved before the Hatfield crash; condemns the Government's failure to decide the future of Crossrail, the East London Line Extension and Thameslink 2000 and the delay of improvements such as the upgrading of the East Coast Main Line; further notes that the Transport Committee stated that the Government has had 'years to address the problems of the railway but failed to take effective action'; calls on the Government to acknowledge that its Ten Year Transport Plan has failed in all its key objectives; deplores the Government's failure to develop a coherent planning strategy for Britain's ports; further condemns the Government for the confusion and blight caused by the Aviation White Paper to many communities near airports; and further calls, in the light of these failures, for a re-evaluation of transport policy which properly recognises the needs of both drivers and users of public transport.

I am delighted to have an opportunity to debate these important issues one day into my new job.

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