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Volume 498: debated on Tuesday 27 October 2009

Parliamentary Election Rules

Motion made, and Question put forthwith (Order, 20 October, and Standing Order No. 118(6)),

That, in accordance with rule 56 (1) of the Parliamentary Election Rules contained in Schedule 1 to the Representation of the People Act 1983, the sealed packets containing the completed corresponding number lists forwarded to the sheriff clerk at Kirkcaldy following the Glenrothes by-election on 6 November 2008 (1) shall not be destroyed by the sheriff clerk other than as provided for in the protocol agreed among the Secretary of State for Scotland, the electoral registration officer for Fife, the returning officer for the Glenrothes parliamentary constituency and the sheriff clerk for the Kirkcaldy sheriff court district and dated 16 and 19 October 2009 (Cm 7729); (2) may be delivered by that sheriff clerk to that returning officer; and (3) may be opened by that returning officer in order that a substitute marked copy of the register of electors may be made available for public inspection, all in accordance with and subject to the conditions specified in that protocol. 118(6) and Order of 20 October—(Mark Tami.)

Question agreed to.

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I did not want to interrupt the passage of this motion, which I think is an elegant solution to a problem, but I do want to draw attention to paragraph 10 of the protocol on this matter. I hope that it will be noted that if the matter were to come up in future, it would be better to allow for the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights to observe election processes.

It is questionable whether that constitutes a point of order, but it is the hon. Gentleman’s view, and he has placed it firmly on the record.

delegated legislation

Motion made, and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 118(6)),

Landfill Tax

That the Landfill Tax (Prescribed Landfill Site Activities) Order 2009 (S.I., 2009, No. 1929), dated 21 July 2009, a copy of which was laid before this House on 23 July, be approved.—(Mark Tami.)

Question agreed to.

European Union Documents

Motion made, and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 119(11)),

Eu’s Justice and Home Affairs Programme for the Next Five Years (the Stockholm Programme)

That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 11060/09, which sets out the Commission’s view of the next five year work programme in the field of Justice and Home Affairs; and supports the position that the Government takes on its direction.—(Mark Tami.)

Question agreed to.

Objection taken. What the hon. Member for Argyll and Bute (Mr. Reid) meant was that he did not want me to take the next three motions together. I therefore will not put them together but will take them separately, and we shall see how he or others respond.

Regional Select Committee (West Midlands)

Motion made,

That Dr Richard Taylor be a member of the West Midlands Regional Select Committee.—(Mark Tami.)


Regional Select Committee (Yorkshire and the Humber)

Motion made,

That Mary Creagh be discharged from the Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Select Committee and Mr Austin Mitchell be added.—(Mark Tami.)


REgional Select Committee (South West)

That Linda Gilroy be discharged from the South West Regional Select Committee and Roger Berry be added.—(Mark Tami.)