Clause 22 — Scope of emergency regulations

Orders of the Day — Civil Contingencies Bill – in the House of Commons at 3:45 pm on 17th November 2004.

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Lords amendment: No. 37, in page 15, line 6, leave out from "provision" to "for" in line 7.

Motion made, and Question put, That this House disagrees with the Lords in the said amendment.—[Mr. Jim Murphy.]

The House divided: Ayes 318, Noes 135.

Division number 335

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Question accordingly agreed to.

Lords amendment disagreed to.

Photo of Mr Colin Pickthall Mr Colin Pickthall PPS (Rt Hon Jack Straw, Secretary of State), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. During the Division, there was a good deal of confusion between Portcullis house and the Chamber. A large number of us, hearing that the Division was off, turned back; that may have been our fault. But when we returned, at least two of us—my hon. Friend Helen Jackson and I—tried to get in the door downstairs behind the Chamber. The door was locked and our passes would not open it, despite the fact that the light was flashing green, so we could not get up to vote. Will you have that looked into?

Photo of Mr Tony Worthington Mr Tony Worthington Labour, Clydebank and Milngavie

Further to that point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. I was one of the first Members here for the last vote, and the monitors clearly showed that the Division was off. I then moved to Portcullis house and misled hon. Members by saying that the Division was off, which seemed a sensible thing to tell them, as it had been announced. That should be taken into account, in addition to the point made by my hon. Friend Mr. Pickthall.

Photo of Sylvia Heal Sylvia Heal Deputy Speaker

Perhaps I can clarify the situation for hon. Members. The Division on Lords amendment No. 10 was called off. The Division on Lords amendment No. 37 followed in quick succession. That, perhaps, explains some of the difficulty. I remind hon. Members that in proceedings such as these, Divisions can be called at any time. On the matter of the door, I will draw that to the attention of the Serjeant at Arms.

Lords amendment No. 38 disagreed to.

Photo of Oliver Heald Oliver Heald Shadow Secretary of State (Justice), Shadow Leader of the House of Commons

On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. For our part, if you wanted to put the Government motions to disagree together, we would be content with that.

Photo of Sylvia Heal Sylvia Heal Deputy Speaker

I thank the hon. Gentleman for that suggestion, but I am required to put the motions separately. I shall go through them as quickly as I can.

Lords amendment Nos. 43 to 45 disagreed to.

Government amendments (a) to (e) in lieu of Lords amendments Nos. 37, 38, 43, 44 and 45 agreed to.

Lords amendment No. 47 disagreed to.

Government amendments (a) and (b) in lieu of Lords amendment No. 47 agreed to.

Remaining Lords amendments agreed to.

Committee appointed to draw up Reasons to be assigned to the Lords for disagreeing to certain of their amendments to the Bill: Mr. Richard Allan, Mr. Oliver Heald, Ruth Kelly, Ms Bridget Prentice and James Purnell; three to be the quorum of the Committee.—[Ms Prentice.]

To withdraw immediately.

Reasons for disagreeing to certain Lords amendments reported, and agreed to; to be communicated to the Lords