Health (Wales) Bill (Programme)

– in the House of Commons at 9:45 pm on 27th November 2002.

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Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Orders [28 June 2001 and 29 October 2002],

That the following provisions shall apply to the Health (Wales) Bill:


1. The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

2. The proviso in paragraph (2)(ii) of Standing Order No. 86 (Nomination of Standing Committees) shall not apply to the Bill.

Proceedings in Standing Committee

3. Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 12th December.

4. The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it meets.

Consideration and Third Reading

5. Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the day on which those proceedings are commenced.

6. Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on the day on which proceedings on consideration are commenced.

7. Sessional Order B (programming committees) made on 28th June 2001 shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.

Other proceedings

8. Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of Lords amendments or any further messages from the Lords) may be programmed.—[Mr. Jim Murphy.]

The House divided: Ayes 240, Noes 72.

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Question accordingly agreed to.

Photo of Julian Lewis Julian Lewis Shadow Minister (Defence) 10:13 pm, 27th November 2002

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Did you notice, during the vote, a senior Cabinet Minister walking the length of the Chamber, presumably on her way to vote, clutching a mobile phone to her ear? Is that appropriate behaviour from any hon. Member, let alone a senior Cabinet Minister?

Photo of Desmond Swayne Desmond Swayne Opposition Whip (Commons)

Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. You will recall, because I wrote to you a fortnight ago, that on Friday a couple of weeks ago an hon. Member entered the Chamber, sat just below the Gangway and sought to be called wearing a pair of jeans. Surely there must be a limit to modernisation.

Photo of Michael Martin Michael Martin Speaker of the House of Commons

That matter did not arise today. The hon. Gentleman wrote to me, and when hon. Members write to me I deal with their complaints. So I have dealt with that matter.

I say to Dr. Lewis that no hon. Member should come into the Chamber with their mobile phone. All mobile phones should be switched off before they come into the Chamber and no one should be in conversation on a mobile phone. I certainly hope that note is taken of the hon. Gentleman's complaint.