Housing and Regeneration Bill (programme) (no. 2)

Bill Presented – in the House of Commons at 6:00 pm on 21st July 2008.

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Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 83A (Programme motions),

That the following provisions shall apply to the Housing and Regeneration Bill for the purpose of supplementing the Order of 27th November 2007 (Housing and Regeneration Bill (Programme)):

Consideration of Lords Amendments

1. Proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption at this day's sitting.

Subsequent stages

2. Any further Message from the Lords may be considered forthwith without any Question being put.

3. The proceedings on any further Message from the Lords shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement. —[Alison Seabeck.]

The House proceeded to a Division.

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Photo of Alan Haselhurst Alan Haselhurst Chairman of Ways and Means

Order. I ask the Serjeant at Arms to investigate the delay in the No lobby.

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The House having divided: Ayes 253, Noes 175.

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Question accordingly agreed to.

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Photo of Andrew MacKinlay Andrew MacKinlay Labour, Thurrock

On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker, I wonder whether you might be able to use your good offices to persuade the Department for Communities and Local Government to release from the Vote Office the Thames Gateway annual report, which was supposed to be published in June. I am told by the Vote Office staff that it is in the cellars here, but they have not been given the say-so by the Department to release it. It is material to this legislation: section 45 refers to the interface of the Homes And Communities Agency with the urban development corporations. It really is sloppy that the report has not been made available in the Vote Office this afternoon. The Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, my hon. Friend Mr. Wright, looks a bit bewildered; I hope he will use his good offices to get the civil servants to release it pretty damned quick.

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Photo of Alan Haselhurst Alan Haselhurst Chairman of Ways and Means

I am sure that the hon. Gentleman would not expect me to be able to explain what is happening and why, but his remarks will have been noted. Perhaps if it is in the cellar, it is maturing, like good wine, and we shall see it before too long.

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