House of Commons

Session 2010-11

House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday
9th December 2010

No. 87

The House met at 10.30 am.

PRAYERS.

1 Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

2 Speaker’s Statement: Division (Numbers incorrectly reported)

The Speaker reported to the House that in the Division on Wednesday 8 December relating to the Motion on Deferred Divisions the numbers voting Aye had been erroneously reported as 320 instead of 310; and that he had directed the Clerk to correct the number in the Journal accordingly: Ayes 310, Noes 216.

3 Business Question (Leader of the House)

4 Loans to Ireland Bill: Presentation (Standing Order No. 50)

Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, supported by the Prime Minister, Secretary William Hague, Secretary Vince Cable, Secretary Owen Paterson, Danny Alexander, Mr Mark Hoban and Justine Greening, presented a Bill to make provision in connection with the making of loans to Ireland by the United Kingdom.

Bill read the first time; to be read a second time on Monday 13 December, and to be printed (Bill 125) with Explanatory Notes (Bill 125–EN).

5 Consolidated Fund Bill: Second Reading and Third Reading (Standing Order No. 56)

Motion made and Question put forthwith, That the Bill be now read a second time.

Question agreed to and Bill accordingly read a second time.

Motion made and Question put forthwith, That the Bill be now read the third time.

Question agreed to and Bill accordingly read the third time, and passed.

6 Higher Education Higher Amount

Motion made and Question put, That, for the purpose of section 24 of the Higher Education Act 2004, the higher amount should be increased to £9,000, and to £4,500 in the cases described in regulation 5 of the draft regulations in Command Paper Cm. 7986, and that the increase should take effect from 1 September 2012.-(Secretary Vince Cable.)

The House divided.

Division No. 150.

Ayes: 323 (Tellers: Mr Philip Dunne, Mark Hunter).

Noes: 302 (Tellers: Lyn Brown, Mark Tami).

Question accordingly agreed to.

7 Education

Motion made and Question put, That the draft Higher Education (Basic Amount) (England) Regulations 2010, which were laid before this House on 29 November, be approved.-(James Duddridge.)

The House divided.

Division No. 151.

Ayes: 323 (Tellers: Mr Philip Dunne, Mark Hunter).

Noes: 302 (Tellers: Lyn Brown, Mark Tami).

Question accordingly agreed to.

8 Business of the House

Ordered, That, in respect of the Loans to Ireland Bill, notices of Amendments, new Clauses and new Schedules to be moved in Committee may be accepted by the Clerks at the Table before the Bill has been read a second time.-(Sir George Young.)

9 Sittings of the House

Ordered, That, at the sitting on Tuesday 21 December, the Speaker shall not adjourn the House until he has notified the Royal Assent to Acts agreed upon by both Houses.-(Sir George Young.)

10 Public Petitions

A Public Petition from users of Bus Service 639, Walsall to Wednesbury relating to Bus Service (Walsall) was presented and read by Valerie Vaz.

A Public Petition from residents of Kelsall, Malpas, Tattenhall, Tarporley and Audlem and their neighbouring districts relating to Day Care Centres (Cheshire) was presented by Mr Stephen O’Brien.

11 Adjournment

Subject: Patient confidentiality and the mentally ill (Dr Julian Lewis).

Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(James Duddridge.)

Adjourned at 6.26 pm until Monday 13 December.

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Other proceedings

General Committees: Reports

12 National Insurance Contributions Bill Committee

Jim Sheridan (Chair) reported:

(1) written evidence submitted to the Committee; and

(2) the Bill without Amendment.

Written evidence (reported on 2 and 7 December and today) to be printed.

Bill, not amended, to be considered on Monday 13 December.

13 Postal Services Bill Committee

Mr Jim Hood (Chair) reported:

(1) written evidence submitted to the Committee; and

(2) the Bill with Amendments.

Written evidence (reported on 16, 18, 23, 25 and 30 November and 7 December and today) to be printed.

Bill, as amended, to be considered Monday 13 December; and to be printed [Bill 120].

General Committees: Appointments

The Speaker appoints the Chair of General Committees and members of Programming Sub-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).

14 First Delegated Legislation Committee (Draft Road Safety (Financial Penalty Deposit) (Appropriate Amount) (Amendment) Order 2010)

Members: Mr Shailesh Vara discharged and Miss Chloe Smith nominated in substitution.

Reports from Select Committees

15 Health Committee

Public Expenditure:

(1) Second Report, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 512);

(2) Written evidence, to be published

(Mr Stephen Dorrell).

16 Political and Constitutional Reform Committee

(1) Prospects for codifying the relationship between central and local government:

(i) Evidence, to be printed (HC 592-iv);

(ii) Written evidence, to be published;

(2) The process of government formation after the 2010 general election: Written evidence, to be published;

(3) The government’s voting and parliamentary reform proposals: Fixed-term Parliaments Bill: Written evidence, to be published

(Mr Graham Allen).

John Bercow

Speaker

The Speaker will take the Chair at 2.30 pm.

Sitting in Westminster Hall

No. 53

The sitting began at 2.30 pm.

Adjournment

Subject:

Backbench Business (13th allotted day: First half (Standing Order No. 14))

Future of Pubs

Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Bill Wiggin.)

Adjourned at 5.25 pm until Tuesday 14 December.

Lindsay Hoyle

Deputy Speaker

APPENDIX

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1 Corporation Tax

(1) Insurance Companies (Calculation of Profits: Policy Holders’ Tax) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 (S.I., 2010, No. 2932), dated 8 December 2010 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Mark Hoban); and

(2) Tax Treatment of Financing Costs and Income (Available Amount) Regulations 2010 (S.I., 2010, No. 2929), dated 8 December 2010 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (David Gauke).

2 Fisheries

Licensable Means of Fishing Order 2010 (S.I., 2010, No. 2910), dated 6 December 2010 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Caroline Spelman).

3 Social Security

National Insurance Contributions (Application of Part 7 of the Finance Act 2004) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 (S.I., 2010, No. 2927), dated 8 December 2010 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (David Gauke).

4 Taxes

Tax Avoidance Schemes (Information) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2010 (S.I., 2010, No. 2928), dated 8 December 2010 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (David Gauke).

5 Universities of Oxford and Cambridge

Statute, dated 10 March 2010, made by the Governing Body of St Antony’s College in the University of Oxford, revising the existing Statutes of the College (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Vince Cable).

6 Value Added Tax

(1) Value Added Tax (Imported Gas, Electricity, Heat and Cooling) Relief Order 2010 (S.I., 2010, No. 2924), dated 8 December 2010 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (David Gauke);

(2) Value Added Tax (Place of Supply of Goods) (Amendment) Order 2010 (S.I., 2010, No. 2923), dated 8 December 2010 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (David Gauke); and

(3) Value Added Tax (Removal of Gas, Electricity, Heat and Cooling) Order 2010 (S.I., 2010, No. 2925), dated 8 December 2010 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (David Gauke).

Other Papers:

7 National Audit

Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Ministry of Justice: The youth justice system in England and Wales: Reducing offending by young people (by Act); to be printed (HC 663) (Clerk of the House).

8 National Lottery

(1) Report and Account of Scottish Screen National Lottery Distribution Fund for 2009–10 (by Act); to be printed (HC 642) (Mr Secretary Moore); and

(2) Report and Accounts of Scottish Arts Council National Lottery Distribution Fund for 2009–10 (by Act); to be printed (HC 643) (Mr Secretary Moore).

9 Science and Technology

Report and Accounts of Economic and Social Research Council for 2009–10, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (by Act); to be printed (HC 597) (Secretary Vince Cable).

THE SPEAKER'S CERTIFICATE

The Speaker has certified that the Consolidated Fund Bill is a Money Bill within the meaning of the Parliament Act 1911.

CORRIGENDA

Wednesday 8 December 2010

Item 22 should read:

European Committee B

Unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum dated 24 November 2010, submitted by the Department for International Development, relating to the European Court of Auditors’ Annual Report on Activities Funded by the Seventh, Eighth and Ninth European Development Funds (EDFs) and Unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum, dated 25 November 2010, submitted by HM Treasury, relating to the European Court of Auditors’ Annual Report on Implementation of the Budget concerning the financial year 2009 have been referred alongside European Union Documents No. 12393/10 and Addenda 1 and 2 and No. 13075/10 and Addendum and Unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum dated 22 October 2010 submitted by HM Treasury, relating to the fight against fraud already referred to European Committee on 3 November.

Item 26 should read:

European Scrutiny Committee

(1) Eleventh Report, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 428-x);

(2) The EU Bill Part 1 provisions:

(i) Evidence, to be printed (HC 682-i);

(ii) Written evidence, to be published;

(3) Ministerial Correspondence: Written evidence, to be published

(Mr William Cash).