Commons Journal 265

Session 2008-09
Chronological Index
Alphabetical Index - Part I
Alphabetical Index - Part II


[No. 80 Wednesday 20 May 2009 ]

The house met at 11.30 am.

PRAYERS.

1 Questions to (1) the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

(2) the Prime Minister

2 Statement: Parliamentary Standards Authority (Leader of the House)

3 Appointment of the Comptroller and Auditor General

Agreement of the Chairman of the Committee of Public Accounts signified, pursuant to section 1(1) of the National Audit Act 1983.

Resolved, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that Her Majesty will appoint Amyas Morse to the Office of Comptroller and Auditor General._(The Prime Minister.)

Address to be presented to Her Majesty by Members of this House who are Privy Counsellors or Members of Her Majesty's Household.

4 Planning: National Policy Statements

Motion made and Question proposed, That the following new Standing Order and Amendments to the Standing Orders be made_

A. New Standing Order: Planning: national policy statements

(1) Whenever a proposal for a national policy statement is laid before this House under section 9(2) of the Planning Act 2008 (`the Act'), the Liaison Committee shall report either_

(a) that it has designated a select committee appointed under Standing Order No. 152, or

(b) that it recommends the appointment of a National Policy Statement Committee to consider the proposal.

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(2) A National Policy Statement Committee_

(a) shall be composed of not fewer than seven nor more than fourteen members, all of whom shall be, at the time of nomination, members of one or more of the following select committees_

Communities and Local Government

Energy and Climate Change

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Transport

Welsh Affairs;

(b) shall have power_

(i) to send for persons, papers and records, to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House, to adjourn from place to place within the UK; and

(ii) to appoint specialist advisers either to supply information which is not readily available or to elucidate matters of complexity within the committee's order of reference; and

(c) may report from time to time and shall cease to exist either_

(i) if it has reported on the proposal before the designated date, when the relevant national policy statement or amended national policy statement has been laid under section 5(9) or section 6(9) of the Act; or

(ii) if it has not reported on the proposal before the designated date, on the designated date;

(3) A committee designated or appointed to consider a proposal for a national policy statement shall have power, in the course of its proceedings under this order, to invite Members of the House who are not members of the committee to attend, and, at the discretion of the chairman, take part in, its proceedings, but such Members may not move any motion or amendment to any motion or draft report, nor vote nor be counted in the quorum of the committee;

(4) If a committee designated or appointed to consider a proposal for a national policy statement has not reported on the proposal before the designated date, then the chairman of the committee shall report that the committee makes no recommendation with regard to the proposal.

(5) For the purposes of this Order, the designated date in relation to any proposal for a national policy statement is the thirty-ninth day before the expiry of the relevant period defined under section 9(6) of the Act.

B. Amendments to Standing Orders

That Standing Order No. 121 (Nomination of select committees) be amended, by inserting after `(b)' in line 17_

`(i) in the case of a motion to agree with a report from the Liaison Committee to appoint and nominate Members to a National Policy Statement Committee under Standing Order (Planning: National Policy Statements) the motion is made on behalf of the Liaison Committee by the chairman or another member of the committee; or

(ii) in other cases';

That Standing Order No. 145 (Liaison Committee) be amended by leaving out paragraphs (6), (7) and (8) and inserting the following paragraphs_

`(6) The committee shall have power to appoint two sub-committees, one of which shall be a National Policy Statements sub-committee.

(7) A National Policy Statements sub-committee_

(a) shall be composed of_

(i) those members of the committee who are members of the Communities and Local Government, Energy and Climate Change, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Transport and Welsh Affairs Committees; and

(ii) up to two other members of the committee, one of whom shall be appointed chairman of the sub-committee;

(b) shall report to the committee on the use of the committee's powers under paragraph (1) of Standing Order (Planning: National Policy Statements); and

(c) may report to the committee on matters relating to national policy statements under the Planning Act 2008.

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(8) Each sub-committee shall have_

(a) a quorum of three; and

(b) power to send for persons, papers and records, to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House, and to report to the committee from time to time.

(9) The committee shall have power to report from time to time the minutes of evidence taken before any sub-committee.

(10) The quorum of the committee shall be as provided in Standing Order No. 124 (Quorum of select committees), save that for consideration of a report from a National Policy Statements sub-committee under sub-paragraph (7)(b) the quorum shall be three.'._(Mr Iain Wright.)

Amendment (a) moved, in line 35, at the end, to insert_

`(3A) If a committee designated or appointed to consider a proposal for a national policy statement has reported to the House its recommendation that a proposal for a national policy statement should be designated as a national policy statement, and a motion is made by a Minister of the Crown to that effect, the question thereon shall be put not later than one and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the motion.

(3B) If a committee designated or appointed to consider a proposal for a national policy statement has reported to the House its recommendation that a proposal for a national policy statement should not be designated as a national policy statement, no motion to approve the proposal for a statement shall be made unless the House has previously resolved to disagree with the committee's recommendation; the questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the motion for such a resolution to disagree shall be put not later than three hours after their commencement; and the question shall be put forthwith on any motion thereafter made by a Minister of the Crown that such a proposal be designated as a national policy statement.

(3C) Motions to which paragraphs (3A) and (3B) of this Order apply may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour.'._(John McDonnell.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The House divided.

Division No. 138.

Ayes: 216 (Tellers: Mr Stephen Crabb, Susan Kramer).

Noes: 262 (Tellers: Helen Goodman, Steve McCabe).

Question accordingly negatived.

Main Question put.

The House divided.

Division No. 139.

Ayes: 265 (Tellers: Helen Goodman, Steve McCabe).

Noes: 212 (Tellers: Bill Wiggin, John Hemming).

Question accordingly agreed to.

Ordered, That the following new Standing Order and Amendments to the Standing Orders be made_

A. New Standing Order: Planning: national policy statements

(1) Whenever a proposal for a national policy statement is laid before this House under section 9(2) of the Planning Act 2008 (`the Act'), the Liaison Committee shall report either_

(a) that it has designated a select committee appointed under Standing Order No. 152, or

(b) that it recommends the appointment of a National Policy Statement Committee to consider the proposal.

(2) A National Policy Statement Committee_

(a) shall be composed of not fewer than seven nor more than fourteen members, all of whom shall be, at the time of nomination, members of one or more of the following select committees_

Communities and Local Government

Energy and Climate Change

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Transport

Welsh Affairs;

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(b) shall have power_

(i) to send for persons, papers and records, to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House, to adjourn from place to place within the UK; and

(ii) to appoint specialist advisers either to supply information which is not readily available or to elucidate matters of complexity within the committee's order of reference; and

(c) may report from time to time and shall cease to exist either_

(i) if it has reported on the proposal before the designated date, when the relevant national policy statement or amended national policy statement has been laid under section 5(9) or section 6(9) of the Act; or

(ii) if it has not reported on the proposal before the designated date, on the designated date;

(3) A committee designated or appointed to consider a proposal for a national policy statement shall have power, in the course of its proceedings under this order, to invite Members of the House who are not members of the committee to attend, and, at the discretion of the chairman, take part in, its proceedings, but such Members may not move any motion or amendment to any motion or draft report, nor vote nor be counted in the quorum of the committee;

(4) If a committee designated or appointed to consider a proposal for a national policy statement has not reported on the proposal before the designated date, then the chairman of the committee shall report that the committee makes no recommendation with regard to the proposal.

(5) For the purposes of this Order, the designated date in relation to any proposal for a national policy statement is the thirty-ninth day before the expiry of the relevant period defined under section 9(6) of the Act.

B. Amendments to Standing Orders

That Standing Order No. 121 (Nomination of select committees) be amended, by inserting after `(b)' in line 17_

`(i) in the case of a motion to agree with a report from the Liaison Committee to appoint and nominate Members to a National Policy Statement Committee under Standing Order (Planning: National Policy Statements) the motion is made on behalf of the Liaison Committee by the chairman or another member of the committee; or

(ii) in other cases';

That Standing Order No. 145 (Liaison Committee) be amended by leaving out paragraphs (6), (7) and (8) and inserting the following paragraphs_

`(6) The committee shall have power to appoint two sub-committees, one of which shall be a National Policy Statements sub-committee.

(7) A National Policy Statements sub-committee_

(a) shall be composed of_

(i) those members of the committee who are members of the Communities and Local Government, Energy and Climate Change, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Transport and Welsh Affairs Committees; and

(ii) up to two other members of the committee, one of whom shall be appointed chairman of the sub-committee;

(b) shall report to the committee on the use of the committee's powers under paragraph (1) of Standing Order (Planning: National Policy Statements); and

(c) may report to the committee on matters relating to national policy statements under the Planning Act 2008.

(8) Each sub-committee shall have_

(a) a quorum of three; and

(b) power to send for persons, papers and records, to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House, and to report to the committee from time to time.

(9) The committee shall have power to report from time to time the minutes of evidence taken before any sub-committee.

(10) The quorum of the committee shall be as provided in Standing Order No. 124 (Quorum of select committees), save that for consideration of a report from a National Policy Statements sub-committee under sub-paragraph (7)(b) the quorum shall be three.'.

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5 Electronic Communications (S.I., 2009, No. 505)

Motion made and Question proposed, That the Communications (Television Licensing) (Amendment) Regulations 2009 (S.I., 2009, No. 505), dated 26 February 2009, a copy of which was laid before this House on 9 March, be revoked._(Mr Jeremy Hunt.)

One and a half hours after the start of proceedings on the Motion, the Deputy Speaker put the Question (Standing Orders No. 16(1) and No. 17(2) and Order, 18 May).

The House divided.

Division No. 140.

Ayes: 156 (Tellers: Mr Stephen Crabb, Bill Wiggin).

Noes: 334 (Tellers: Barbara Keeley, Mr Bob Blizzard).

Question accordingly negatived.

6 Public Petitions

A Public Petition from Mr Martin Burke relating to Economic and voting scales was presented and read by Sir Gerald Kaufman.

A Public Petition from residents of Barwick, and others relating to Schools (Yorkshire) was presented and read by Ms Dari Taylor.

A Public Petition from residents of Hartford, and others relating to Roads (Cheshire) was presented and read by Mr Mike Hall.

7 Adjournment

Subject: Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology (Ben Chapman).

Motion made and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn._(Mr Frank Roy.)

At 7.00 pm the Motion lapsed (Standing Order No. 9(7)).

Resolved, That this House do now adjourn._(Mr Frank Roy.)

[Adjourned at 7.07 pm until tomorrow. ]

Other proceedings

Lords Messages

8 Industry and Exports (Financial Support) Bill

The Lords have agreed to the Industry and Exports (Financial Support) Bill, without Amendment.

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)

9 Finance Bill Committee (except clauses 7, 8, 9, 11, 14, 16, 20 and 92)

Additional Chairman: Sir Nicholas Winterton.

10 Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies and Credit Unions Bill Committee

Members: Ms Celia Barlow, Mr Brian Binley, Mr Tim Boswell, Mr Colin Breed, Sir John Butterfill, Linda Gilroy, Mr Mark Hoban, Mark Lazarowicz, David Lepper, Alun Michael, Meg Munn, Dr Nick Palmer, Ian Pearson, Mark Pritchard, Dr John Pugh and Malcolm Wicks.

11 Holocaust (Stolen Art) Restitution Bill Committee

Members: John Bercow, Ms Karen Buck, Mary Creagh, Mr Andrew Dismore, Mrs Louise Ellman, Barbara Follett, Mr Don Foster, Mr Fabian Hamilton, Siobhain McDonagh, John Mann, Lembit O­pik, Mark Pritchard, Mr Lee Scott, Mr Virendra Sharma, Mr Edward Vaizey and Mr John Whittingdale.

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12 Statutory Redundancy Pay (Amendment) Bill Committee

Members: John Bercow, Peter Bottomley, Mr Russell Brown, Lorely Burt, Mr David Crausby, Jon Cruddas, Jim Dobbin, Mr David Drew, Mr Nigel Evans, Mr Lindsay Hoyle, Mr Paul Keetch, Tony Lloyd, Mr Pat McFadden, Andrew Miller, Mr Andrew Pelling and Mike Penning.

13 European Committee B in respect of European Union Document No. 5289/09, relating to External Service

Members: Mr Michael Clapham, Mr Edward Davey, Caroline Flint, Mr Mark Francois, Helen Goodman, Patrick Hall, Mr Lindsay Hoyle, Mr Brooks Newmark, Sir John Stanley, Mr Anthony Steen, Ms Gisela Stuart, Jo Swinson and Mrs Betty Williams.

14 European Committee B in respect of European Union Document No. 7084/09 and Addendum, relating to Economic Recovery

Members: Dr Vincent Cable, Mr William Cash, Mr Ian Cawsey, Jim Cousins, James Duddridge, Angela Eagle, Mr David Gauke, Helen Goodman, Kelvin Hopkins, Mr Ian McCartney, Dr John Pugh, John Robertson and Mr Andrew Tyrie.

Reports from Select Committees

15 Business and Enterprise Committee

Automotive Assistance Programme: Evidence, to be printed (HC 550-ii) (Peter Luff).

16 Children, Schools and Families Committee

(1) Child Health Strategy: Evidence, to be printed (HC 356-ii);

(2) National Curriculum Tests: Evidence, to be printed (HC 205-iii)

(Mr Barry Sheerman).

17 Draft Bribery Bill (Joint Committee on)

(1) Evidence, to be printed (HC 430-ii);

(2) Written evidence, to be published

(Linda Gilroy).

18 Energy and Climate Change Committee

(1) The Future of Britain's Electricity Networks: Evidence, to be printed (HC 388-v);

(2) Energy prices in 2009 and future investment in electricity generating capacity: Written evidence, to be published;

(3) UK offshore oil and gas: Written evidence, to be published

(Paddy Tipping).

19 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

(1) Ofwat Price Review 2009: Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee, to be printed (HC 554-i);

(2) Draft Flood and Water Management Bill: Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee, to be printed (HC 555-i)

(Mr Michael Jack).

20 Home Affairs

Knife Crime: Seventh Report, with written evidence, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 112) (Keith Vaz).

21 Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee

Further education college capital expenditure: Evidence, to be printed (HC 530-ii) (Mr Phil Willis).

22 International Development Committee

Sustainable Development in a Global Economic Downturn: 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 14 and 27 January (HC 177-I and -II) (Malcolm Bruce).

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23 Public Accounts (Committee of)

Helping government learn/Innovation across central government: Evidence, to be printed (HC 562-i) (Mr Edward Leigh).

24 Scottish Affairs Committee

Dunfermline Building Society: Evidence, to be printed (HC 548-i) (Mr Mohammad Sarwar).

25 Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee on)

Fifteenth Report, with written evidence, to be printed (HC 3-xv) (David Maclean).

26 Statutory Instruments (Select Committee on)

Third Report, to be printed (HC 4-iii) (David Maclean).

27 Transport Committee

(1) The effects of adverse weather conditions on transport: Fourth Report, with written evidence, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 328);

(2) School Travel: Government Response to the Committee's Second Report of Session 2008^09: Third Special Report, to be printed (HC 561);

(3) The major road network: Evidence, to be printed (HC 533-i)

(Mrs Louise Ellman).

28 Work and Pensions Committee

Tackling Pensioner Poverty in Great Britain: Evidence, to be printed (HC 411-iii) (Mr Terry Rooney).

[WH, No. 50]  

Sitting in Westminster Hall

The sitting began at 9.30 am.

Subjects:

Primary care trust criteria for allocating beds to elderly patients (Miss Anne McIntosh).

Allocation of school places (Anne Main).

London Metropolitan University (Jeremy Corbyn).

Progress of Better Healthcare Closer to Home strategy (Siobhain McDonagh).

Future of the Nimrod project (Mark Hunter).

Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned._(Mr Bob Blizzard.)

[Adjourned at 5.23 pm until tomorrow. ]

APPENDIX

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1 Betting, Gaming and Lotteries

Gambling Act 2005 (Limits on Prize Gaming) Regulations 2009 (S.I., 2009, No. 1272), dated 19 May 2009 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum and an Impact Assessment (by Command) (Secretary Andy Burnham).

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2 Human Tissue

(1) Human Tissue Authority draft Code of Practice on Anatomical examination (Code of Practice 4) (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Alan Johnson);

(2) Human Tissue Authority draft Code of Practice on Consent (Code of Practice 1) (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Alan Johnson);

(3) Human Tissue Authority draft Code of Practice on Donation of allogeneic bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cells for transplantation (Code of Practice 6) (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Alan Johnson);

(4) Human Tissue Authority draft Code of Practice on Donation of solid organs for transplantation (Code of Practice 2) (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Alan Johnson);

(5) Human Tissue Authority draft Code of Practice on Post-mortem examination (Code of Practice 3) (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Alan Johnson);

(6) Human Tissue Authority draft Code of Practice on Public display (Code of Practice 7) (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Alan Johnson); and

(7) Human Tissue Authority draft Code of Practice on Research (Code of Practice 9) (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Alan Johnson).

3 National Debt

National Savings (Unclaimed Moneys) Regulations 2009 (S.I., 2009, No. 1263), dated 19 May 2009 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Ian Pearson).

Other Papers:

4 Armed Forces Pay

Supplement to the Thirty-eighth Report of the Armed Forces' Pay Review Body: Service Medical and Dental Officers (by Command) (Cm. 7569) (Mr Secretary Hutton).

5 National Audit

Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Financial Management in the Home Office (by Act); to be printed (HC 299) (Clerk of the House).


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