Main Business

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ANIMAL HEALTH BILL: Second Reading.        [Until 10.00 p.m.]

 

Mr Elfyn Llwyd
Mr Simon Thomas
Mr Hywel Williams
Adam Price

 

    That this House declines to give a Second Reading to the Animal Health Bill because it does not establish an independent public inquiry into the foot and mouth disease outbreak this year; does not address properly the failure of both MAFF and DEFRA to deal with the outbreak; has not been prepared with sufficient public consultation, particularly with the National Assembly for Wales; and does not devolve animal health issues to the National Assembly in line with the requirements of good governance and effective disease control.

 

Mr Iain Duncan Smith
Mr Peter Ainsworth
Mrs Ann Winterton
Mr Jonathan Sayeed
Mr Keith Simpson
David Maclean

 

    That this House declines to give a Second Reading to the Animal Health Bill because it is inappropriate to legislate on this matter before an independent inquiry into the causes and handling of the foot and mouth epidemic has been established and before the Government's internal inquiries have reported; because the Bill confers undue powers on officials; and because it makes no provision for controls to prevent the importation of disease.

 

    The Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee on 6th November 2001, HC 339-i, on the Animal Health Bill, are relevant.

 

Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.

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ANIMAL HEALTH BILL (PROGRAMME)        [No debate]

 

Mr Robin Cook
Secretary Margaret Beckett

 

    That the following provisions shall apply to the Animal Health Bill:

 

Committal

 

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

 

Programming of proceedings

 

    2.   All proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further message from the Lords) shall be programmed.

 

Proceedings in Standing Committee

 

    3.(1)   Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Tuesday 4th December 2001.

 

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

 

Consideration and Third Reading

 

    4.(1)   Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at Nine o'clock on the day on which those proceedings are commenced or, if that day is a Thursday, at Six o'clock on that day.

 

(2)   Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at Ten o'clock on the day on which those proceedings are commenced or, if that day is a Thursday, at Seven o'clock on that day.

 

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

 

To be decided without debate (Order of 28th June).

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ANIMAL HEALTH BILL [MONEY]: Queen's recommendation signified.        [No debate]

 

Mr Paul Boateng

 

    That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Animal Health Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any expenditure incurred by a Minister of the Crown in consequence of the Act.

 

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 52(1)(a)).