Commons Journal 265
[No. 65 Monday 27 April 2009 ]
The house met at 2.30 pm.
1 Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
2 Statements: (1) Prisons and probation (Secretary Jack Straw)
(2) Swine flu (Secretary Alan Johnson)
3 Cheapest Energy Tariff (Information): Motion for leave to bring in a Bill (Standing Order No. 23)
Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the law relating to the regulation of domestic energy providers; to require an energy company to publish on invoices information indicating whether the customer is on the cheapest tariff offered by that company, based on pattern of energy use, and the savings to be gained from any switch to this tariff; and for connected purposes;
That Mr John Baron, Mr Lee Scott, Mr Frank Field, Mr Peter Kilfoyle, Nick Harvey, Mr Peter Ainsworth, Mike Penning, Dr Kim Howells, Mr Peter Bone, Dr Ian Gibson, Mr David Laws and Dr Richard Taylor present the Bill.
Mr John Baron accordingly presented the Bill.
Bill read the first time; to be read a second time on Friday 16 October, and to be printed (Bill 87).
4 Ways and Means: Amendment of the Law: Adjourned Debate (22 April)
Question again proposed, That_
(1) It is expedient to amend the law with respect to the National Debt and the public revenue and to make further provision in connection with finance.
(2) This Resolution does not extend to the making of any amendment with respect to value added tax so as to provide_
(a) for zero-rating or exempting a supply, acquisition or importation;
(b) for refunding an amount of tax;
(c) for any relief, other than a relief that_
(i) so far as it is applicable to goods, applies to goods of every description, and
(ii) so far as it is applicable to services, applies to services of every description.
Ordered, That the debate be now adjourned._(Ms Diana R. Johnson.)
Debate to be resumed tomorrow.
5 Draft Bribery Bill (Joint Committee)
Resolved, That this House concurs with the Lords Message of 30 March, that it is expedient that a Joint Committee of Lords and Commons be appointed to consider and report on any draft Bribery Bill presented to both Houses.
That a Select Committee of twelve Members be appointed to join with the Committee appointed by the Lords to consider the draft Bribery Bill (Cm. 7570).
That the Committee should report by 21 July 2009.
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That the Committee shall have power_
(i) to send for persons, papers and records;
(ii) to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House;
(iii) to report from time to time;
(iv) to appoint specialist advisers;
(v) to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom; and
That Mr David S. Borrow, Mr Alistair Carmichael, Mr Geoffrey Cox, Mary Creagh, Mr Jonathan Djanogly, Mr Bruce George, Linda Gilroy, Dr Brian Iddon, Martin Linton, Mr Virendra Sharma, Dr Desmond Turner and Jeremy Wright be members of the Committee._(Ms Diana R. Johnson.)
Subject: Pedestrian crossing installations and Highways Agency costs (Mr Oliver Letwin).
Motion made and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn._(Ms Diana R. Johnson.)
House adjourned without Question put (Standing Order No. 9(7)).
[Adjourned at 10.30 pm until tomorrow. ]
Changes to Notices Given
7 Employment Retention Bill
Order for Second Reading on Friday 1 May, read and discharged.
Bill to be read a second time on Friday 16 October.
8 Lending (Regulation) Bill
Order for resuming on Friday 15 May the adjourned debate on the Question proposed on 27 February, That the Lending (Regulation) Bill be read a second time, read and discharged.
General Committees: Reports
9 First Delegated Legislation Committee
Robert Key (Chairman) reported the draft Housing (Replacement of Terminated Tenancies) (Successor Landlords) (England) Order 2009.
10 Second Delegated Legislation Committee
David Taylor (Chairman) reported the draft Freedom of Information (Time for Compliance with Request) Regulations 2009.
11 Sixth Delegated Legislation Committee
Mr Eric Illsley (Chairman) reported the Motion in the name of Mr Pat McFadden relating to Financial Assistance to Industry.
12 European Committee B in respect of European Union Documents No. 16940/08 and No. >16941/08,> relating to The Eastern Partnership
Mr Bill Olner (Chairman) reported the following Resolution:
That the Committee takes note of European Union Documents No. 16940/08 and No. >16941/08,> Commission Communication on Eastern Partnership and the accompanying Staff Working Document; and endorses the Government's policy of support for an Eastern Partnership as set out in the Conclusions of the Brussels European Council of 20 March.
General Committees: Appointments
The Speaker appoints the Chairman of General Committees and allocates Statutory Instruments to Delegated Legislation Committees.
The Committee of Selection nominates Members to serve on General Committees (and certain Members to serve on Grand Committees).
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13 First Delegated Legislation Committee (Draft Housing (Replacement of Terminated Tenancies) (Successor Landlords) (England) Order 2009)
Members: Mr Philip Dunne, Paul Flynn, David Lepper and Chris McCafferty discharged and Linda Gilroy, Mr George Howarth, Derek Twigg and Mr Rob Wilson nominated in substitution.
14 Second Delegated Legislation Committee (Draft Freedom of Information (Time for Compliance with Request) Regulations 2009)
Members: Colin Burgon, Lindsay Roy, Mr Andrew Smith and Mr Neil Turner discharged and John Grogan, Andrew Gwynne, Mrs Anne McGuire and Martin Salter nominated in substitution.
15 Sixth Delegated Legislation Committee (Motion relating to Financial Assistance to Industry in the name of Mr Pat McFadden)
Members: Mr Richard Caborn, Mr Michael Fallon, Barry Gardiner and Mr Tom Harris discharged and Mr Russell Brown, Jeff Ennis, Mr Edward Timpson and Phil Wilson nominated in substitution.
16 European Committee B in respect of European Union Documents No. 16940/08 and No. >16941/08,> relating to The Eastern Partnership
Chairman: Mr Bill Olner appointed in place of Bob Russell.
Members: Michael Jabez Foster, Patrick Hall and Mr James Plaskitt discharged and Mr David Anderson, Hilary Armstrong and Ms Dari Taylor nominated in substitution.
Reports from Select Committees
17 Children, Schools and Families Committee
(1) Teacher Training: Evidence, to be printed (HC 369-iii);
(2) Diversity of School Provision: Written evidence, to be printed (HC 432)
(Mr Barry Sheerman).
18 Communities and Local Government Committee
New Towns: follow-up: Government Response to the Ninth Report of the Committee, Session 2007^08: Fifth Report, with written evidence, to be printed,with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report, and written evidence reported and ordered to be published on 10 February (HC 253) (Dr Phyllis Starkey).
19 East Midlands Regional Select Committee
East Midlands Development Agency and the Regional Economic Strategy: Evidence, to be printed (HC 406-i) (Paddy Tipping).
20 Public Accounts (Committee of)
(1) Mathematics performance in primary schools: getting the best results: Twenty-third Report, with written evidence, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 44);
(2) Maintaining the occupied Royal Palaces: Twenty-fourth Report, with written evidence, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 201);
(3) The efficiency of radio production at the BBC: Twenty-fifth Report, with written evidence, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 285); and
(4) Building the capacity of the Third Sector: Evidence, to be printed (HC 436-i)
(Mr Edward Leigh).
21 Treasury Committee
(1) Pre-Budget Report 2008: Government Response to the Committee's Second Report of Session 2008^09: Third Special Report, to be printed (HC 431);
(2) Budget 2009:
(i) Evidence, to be printed (HC 438-i);
(ii) Written evidence
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22 Welsh Affairs Committee
The Proposed National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Welsh Language) Order 2009: Evidence, to be printed (HC 348-iv) (Dr Hywel Francis).
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
Armed Forces Act 2006 (Transitional Provisions etc) Order 2009 (S.I., 2009, No. 1059), dated 23 April 2009 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Mr Secretary Hutton).
2 Home Office
Protecting the Public in a Changing Communications Environment (by Command) (Cm. 7586) (Secretary Jacqui Smith).
3 National Audit
Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Addressing the environmental impacts of government procurement (by Act); to be printed (HC 420) (Clerk of the House).
4 Regional Development Agencies
(1) Report and Accounts of the East of England Development Agency for 2006^07, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (by Act) (Mr Pat McFadden); and
(2) Report and Accounts of the South West of England Regional Development Agency for 2006^07, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (by Act) (Mr Pat McFadden).
Pre-legislative Scrutiny of the Proposed National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Environment) Order 2009 (by Command) (Cm. 7608) (Secretary Paul Murphy).
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