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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 17th June 2008

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

PRAYERS.

1    Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill [Lords],—Mr Christopher Chope reported from the Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill [Lords] Committee:

    (1) That it had come to the following Resolution: That, subject to the discretion of the Chair, any written evidence received by the Committee shall be reported to the House for publication; and

    (2) a Memorandum.

    Memorandum to lie upon the Table and be published.

2    Northern Ireland Grand Committee,—Dr William McCrea reported from the Northern Ireland Grand Committee, That it had considered the matter of MASRAM (multi-agency sex offender risk assessment and management arrangements) and the management of the risk posed by sex offenders living in the community in Northern Ireland, referred to it on 20th May.

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

3    Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords as follows:

    The Lords agree to the St. Austell Market Bill, without Amendment.

4    Local Authorities (Social Equality Audits),—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require local authorities to collate and publish specified social, economic and other data on an annual basis; and for connected purposes: And that Ms Karen Buck, Mr Iain Duncan Smith, Mr David Blunkett, Mr Frank Field, Simon Hughes, Fiona Mactaggart, Mr Gary Streeter, Martin Salter, Mr Terry Rooney, Clive Efford, Lyn Brown and John Battle do prepare and bring it in.

5    Local Authorities (Social Equality Audits) Bill,—Ms Karen Buck accordingly presented a Bill to require local authorities to collate and publish specified social, economic and other data on an annual basis; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 17th October and to be printed [Bill 122].

6    Opposition Day [14th allotted day],—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.

    Government's plans for polyclinics,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House opposes the Government's plans to impose a polyclinic, or GP-led health centre, in every primary care trust; regrets that this could result in the closure of up to 1,700 GP surgeries; is concerned that the imposition of polyclinics against the will of patients and GPs could be detrimental to standards of care, particularly for the elderly and vulnerable, by breaking the vital GP/patient link; further regrets that these plans are being imposed without consultation; is alarmed at the prospective loss of patient access to local GP services at a time when care closer to home should be strengthened; believes that the Government's plans would jeopardise the independence and commissioning capability of general practice in the future; supports the strengthening of access to diagnostic and therapeutic services without undermining the structure of GP services; and calls on the Government to reconsider its plans for polyclinics—(Mr Andrew Lansley);

    An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word 'House' to the end of the Question and add the words 'welcomes the Government's support for primary care and proposals to invest 250 million in 113 new GP practices in the most deprived communities and 152 new state-of-the-art GP-led health centres open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, in every part of the country; notes that these centres will offer a wide range of health services including pre-bookable GP appointments and walk-in services for registered and non-registered patients; recognises that the exact format and location of each GP-led centre will be decided locally in consultation with patients; notes that GPs will not be forced to work in the new GP-led centres and where that is the case patients will still be able to remain registered with their GPs at their existing location and premises; acknowledges that the expansion of primary care is essential if the overall health of the population is to improve, and inequalities in health are to be addressed; and welcomes plans to ensure enhanced primary care services are capable of meeting the new challenges facing the NHS including tackling lifestyle diseases such as obesity and through more effective screening programmes for the general population', instead thereof.—(Secretary Alan Johnson.)

    And the Question being put, That the original words stand part of the Question;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Alistair Burt, James Duddridge: 202.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Frank Roy, Mr Sadiq Khan: 298.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Question, That the proposed words be there added, being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments):—It was agreed to.

    The Deputy Speaker forthwith declared the Main Question, as amended, to be agreed to.

    Resolved, That this House welcomes the Government's support for primary care and proposals to invest 250 million in 113 new GP practices in the most deprived communities and 152 new state-of-the-art GP-led health centres open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, in every part of the country; notes that these centres will offer a wide range of health services including pre-bookable GP appointments and walk-in services for registered and non-registered patients; recognises that the exact format and location of each GP-led centre will be decided locally in consultation with patients; notes that GPs will not be forced to work in the new GP-led centres and where that is the case patients will still be able to remain registered with their GPs at their existing location and premises; acknowledges that the expansion of primary care is essential if the overall health of the population is to improve, and inequalities in health are to be addressed; and welcomes plans to ensure enhanced primary care services are capable of meeting the new challenges facing the NHS including tackling lifestyle diseases such as obesity and through more effective screening programmes for the general population.

    Sentencing policy and the early release of offenders,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House is concerned that a failure to plan adequate prison capacity has led to the End of Custody Licence scheme and the early release of 26,000 prisoners; notes that the current rate of prisoner release is running ahead of initial projections so that an additional 5,000 prisoners will be released early in a full year; expresses grave concern that no decision on whether to suspend this scheme will be taken until 2009, at the earliest, when prison capacity reaches 86,000 due to the Government's delayed prison-building programme; agrees with the Lord Chief Justice that early release schemes erode the sentences originally handed down; further notes the low levels of public confidence in community sentences; recognises the objections of local communities that prisoners released early on home detention curfew are being housed in over 150 residential areas, without consultation, under the Bail Accommodation and Support Service scheme managed by ClearSprings; further notes criticism of the Youth Justice Board for failing to meet targets on youth crime; further expresses concern over plans to link resources to sentencing through the creation of a Sentencing Commission; and calls upon the Government to introduce honesty in sentencing, cancel the End of Custody Licence scheme, suspend the Bail Accommodation and Support Service policy and take immediate steps to ensure adequate prison capacity in the interests of public safety—(Nick Herbert);

    An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word 'House' to the end of the Question and add the words 'welcomes the Government's record in cutting crime by a third, its provision of 23,000 more prison places since 1997, and its commitment to create a total of 96,000 prison places by 2014, demonstrating that public protection is at the heart of its strategy; further welcomes the Government's commitment to remove the End of Custody Licence Scheme when headroom allows; notes that the use of police cells is much lower than under the previous administration; further welcomes the tough and effective community sentences that have been introduced and the work done to increase public awareness of their role and effectiveness, and the further investment in intensive alternatives to custody to continue to build the confidence of sentencers in their effectiveness, as demonstrated by significantly reduced re-offending rates; notes in respect of the Bail Accommodation and Support Service that ClearSprings is required to consult the police, local authorities and probation to avoid inappropriate property locations; considers that there should be greater consistency in sentencing and the opportunity for a focused and informed debate on sentencing provided by the work of the Sentencing Commission Working Group on the potential for a structured sentencing framework; and further welcomes the reforms which have been made to the youth justice system including the strengthening of alternatives to custody', instead thereof.—(Secretary Jack Straw.)

    And the Question being put, That the original words stand part of the Question;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Jeremy Wright, James Duddridge: 147.

      Tellers for the Noes, Siobhain McDonagh, Ms Diana R. Johnson: 320.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Question, That the proposed words be there added, being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Siobhain McDonagh, Ms Diana R. Johnson: 280.

      Tellers for the Noes, James Duddridge, Jeremy Wright: 184.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    The Speaker forthwith declared the Main Question, as amended, to be agreed to.

    Resolved, That this House welcomes the Government's record in cutting crime by a third, its provision of 23,000 more prison places since 1997, and its commitment to create a total of 96,000 prison places by 2014, demonstrating that public protection is at the heart of its strategy; further welcomes the Government's commitment to remove the End of Custody Licence Scheme when headroom allows; notes that the use of police cells is much lower than under the previous administration; further welcomes the tough and effective community sentences that have been introduced and the work done to increase public awareness of their role and effectiveness, and the further investment in intensive alternatives to custody to continue to build the confidence of sentencers in their effectiveness, as demonstrated by significantly reduced re-offending rates; notes in respect of the Bail Accommodation and Support Service that ClearSprings is required to consult the police, local authorities and probation to avoid inappropriate property locations; considers that there should be greater consistency in sentencing and the opportunity for a focused and informed debate on sentencing provided by the work of the Sentencing Commission Working Group on the potential for a structured sentencing framework; and further welcomes the reforms which have been made to the youth justice system including the strengthening of alternatives to custody.

7    Public Petition,—A Public Petition from residents of the village of Great Bridgeford in the Parish of Seighford and surrounding areas in the County of Stafford against the closure of their rural Post Office relating to Post Office closures (Staffordshire) was presented and read.

8    Adjournment.

    Subject: Local government PFI contracts (Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger).

    A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Frank Roy);

    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 two minutes to Eleven o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 10.58 p.m.

Michael J. Martin

Speaker


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


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Draft Legislative Reform Order:

1    Regulatory Reform,—Draft Legislative Reform (Consumer Credit) Order 2008, with an Explanatory Document recommending the affirmative resolution procedure [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hutton].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2    Corporation Tax,—Corporation Tax (Implementation of the Mergers Directive) Regulations 2008 (S.I., 2008, No. 1579), dated 16th June 2008 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Jane Kennedy].

3    Health Care and Associated Professions,—Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (Registration Amendment Rules) Order 2008 (S.I., 2008, No. 1553), dated 12th June 2008 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Order] [Secretary Alan Johnson].

4    Public Passenger Transport,—Road Transport (International Passenger Services) (Amendment) Regulations 2008 (S.I., 2008, No. 1577), dated 13th June 2008 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum and Impact Assessment [by Command] [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

5    Road Traffic,—(1) Goods Vehicles (Authorisation of International Journeys) (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2008 (S.I., 2008, No. 1576);

    (2) International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2008 (S.I., 2008, No. 1578);

    (3) International Transport of Goods under Cover of TIR Carnets (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2008 (S.I., 2008, No. 1580); and

    (4) Passenger and Goods Vehicles (Recording Equipment) (Approval of Fitters and Workshops) (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2008 (S.I., 2008, No. 1581),

    dated 13th June 2008 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda and Impact Assessments thereon [by Command] [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

Other Papers:

6    Government Resources and Accounts,—Treasury Minute, dated 17th June 2008, directing the application of certain amounts as Appropriations in Aid of the Estimates for the year ending 31st March 2009 [by Act] [Jane Kennedy].

7    Government Trading Funds,—Report and Accounts of the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre for 2007-08 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 586] [Clerk of the House].

8    India (No. 2, 2008),—Film Co-Production Agreement, done at New Delhi, 5th December 2005, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Republic of India [by Command] [Cm. 7423] [Secretary David Miliband].

9    Isle of Man,—Account for 2006-07 of the Commissioners of HM Revenue and Customs in Account with the Government of the Isle of Man [by Act] [Jane Kennedy].

10    Justice (Northern Ireland),—Paper, entitled Roads Policing [by Act] [Mr Secretary Woodward].

11    Parliamentary Pay and Pensions,—(1) Parliamentary pay, pensions and allowances: Government memorandum to Sir John Baker's review of the mechanism for determining the pay of Members of Parliament [by Command] [Cm. 7418] [Ms Harriet Harman]; and

    (2) Review of Parliamentary Pay and Pensions [by Command] [Cm. 7416] [The Prime Minister].

12    Senior Salaries,—Thirtieth Report of the Review Body on Senior Salaries [by Command] [Cm. 7388] [The Prime Minister].

13    Supply Estimates,—Summer Supplementary Estimates for Central Government for 2008-09 [by Command]; to be printed [No. 621] [Jane Kennedy].

Papers withdrawn:

14    Regulatory Reform,—Draft Legislative Reform (Consumer Credit) Order 2008, with an Impact Assessment [laid 11th June].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

1    Business and Enterprise,—Energy Prices: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Business and Enterprise Committee; to be printed [No. 293-v] [Peter Luff].

2    Defence,—UK National security and resilience: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence Committee; to be printed [No. 718-i] [Mr James Arbuthnot].

3    Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on the Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill; to be printed [No. 551-ix]; and

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be published

    [Michael Jabez Foster].

4    Environmental Audit,—Halting UK Biodiversity Loss: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee; to be printed [No. 743-i] [Mr Tim Yeo].

5    Home Affairs,—(1) Human Trafficking: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee; to be printed [No. 318-iii]; and

    (2) Policing in the 21st Century: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed [No. 364-vii]

    [Keith Vaz].

6    Human Rights,—(1) Government Response to the Committee's Fourteenth Report of Session 2007-08: Data Protection and Human Rights: Twenty-Second Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights, with a Memorandum; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 754];

    (2) Legislative Scrutiny: Government Replies: Twenty-Third Report from the Committee, with Memoranda; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 755];

    (3)  Counter-Terrorism Policy and Human Rights: Government Responses to the Committee's Twentieth and Twenty-First Reports of Session 2007-08: Twenty-Fourth Report from the Committee, with Memoranda; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report, and Memoranda reported and ordered to be published on 10th June [No. 756];

    (4)  Human rights judgments: Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be published;

    (5)  Human rights of adults with learning disabilities: Memorandum laid before the Committee; to be published; and

    (6)  Legislative scrutiny: Memorandum laid before the Committee; to be published

    [Mr Andrew Dismore].

7    International Development,—The World Food Programme and global food security: Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee; to be printed [No. 493-ii] [Malcolm Bruce].

8    Justice,—(1) Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill (provisions relating the Attorney General): Fourth Report from the Justice Committee, with Memoranda; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 698];

    (2) Counter Terrorism Bill: Government Response to the Third Report from the Committee: Fourth Special Report from the Justice Committee, to be printed, [No. 758]; and

    (3) Justice Reinvestment: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed [No. 425-iii]

    [Sir Alan Beith].

9    Standards and Privileges,—Conduct of Sir Nicholas Winterton and Lady Winterton: Twelfth Report from the Committee on Standards and Privileges, with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 744] [Sir George Young].

10    Treasury,—The Bank of England's May 2008 Inflation Report: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee; to be printed [No. 739-i] [John McFall].

11    Welsh Affairs,—(1) The proposed National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (social welfare and other fields) Order 2008: Fifth Report from the Welsh Affairs Committee, with Memoranda; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 576]; and

    (2) The provision of cross-border public services for Wales:

      (i) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed [No. 401-viii]; and

      (ii) Memoranda laid before the Committee, to be published

    [Dr Hywel Francis].

[W.H., No. 72]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

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

Adjournment.

    Subjects:

      Impact of military operations on the development and reconstruction of Helmand Province, Afghanistan (Mr Adam Holloway).

      Future of the bee industry (Dr Ian Gibson).

      Post Office closure programme in Shropshire (Mr Philip Dunne).

      Regeneration of Featherstone (Jon Trickett).

      Abuse of powers of attorney relating to the elderly (Susan Kramer).

    A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Mr Bob Blizzard.)

    And it being Two o'clock, the sitting was adjourned without Question put, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 2 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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