We shall take motions 2 and 3 together.
Motion made, and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 118(6)),
That the draft Real Estate Investment Trusts (Prescribed Arrangements) Regulations 2009, which were laid before this House on 5 November, in the previous Session of Parliament, be approved.
That the draft Social Security (Contributions Credits for Parents and Carers) Regulations 2009, which were laid before this House on 12 October, in the previous Session of Parliament, be approved.—(Mr. Mudie.)
Question agreed to.
European Union Documents
Motion made, and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 119(1)),
Fisheries Catch Quotas for 2010
That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 14738/09 and Addendum 1, draft Council Regulation fixing for 2010 the fishing opportunities for certain fish stocks and groups of fish stocks, applicable in Community waters and, for Community vessels, in waters where catch limitations are required; supports the Government’s approach, which is in line with the principles enshrined in the Common Fisheries Policy, to seek adoption of measures which provide for the sustainable exploitation of fishery resources, based on sound scientific advice and on the precautionary approach; and further accepts the Government’s overarching objective of seeking a balanced and fair settlement across all the negotiations which promotes the long-term sustainable exploitation of fish stocks in European waters, the economic viability of the UK fishing industry and the protection of vulnerable species.—(Mr. Mudie.)
Question agreed to.
Regional Select Committees (London)
That Ms Karen Buck, Jeremy Corbyn, Clive Efford, Siobhain McDonagh, Mr Andy Slaughter and Mr Andrew Pelling be members of the London Regional Select Committee.—(Mr. Mudie.)
Sittings of the House
(1) Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business) shall have effect for this Session with the following modifications, namely:
In paragraph (4) the word ‘eight’ shall be substituted for the word ‘thirteen’ in line 42 and in paragraph (5) the word ‘fifth’ shall be substituted for the word ‘eighth’ in line 44;
(2) Standing Order No. 90 (Second reading committees) shall have effect for this Session with the following modification, namely:
In paragraph (2) the word ‘fifth’ shall be substituted for the word ‘eighth’ in line 21; and
(3) Private Members’ Bills shall have precedence over Government business on 29 January; 5 and 26 February; 5 and 12 March; 23 and 30 April; and 7 May.—(Mr. Mudie.)
We now come to petitions—
Order. I advise the House that time is crucial and I would like to explain how we plan to do this.
There are a large number of petitions to be presented and I hope that it will be of assistance to the House if I set out how we shall proceed.
Once the first petition relating to the Badman report has been read to the House, with its prayer, subsequent petitions on the same topic should not be read out in full. Members should give a brief description of the number and location of the petitioners, and state that the petition is “in the same terms”.
When a Member has presented a petition, she or he should proceed directly to the petitions bag at the back of the Chair. I will call the next Member immediately their predecessor has finished speaking.
In addition to petitions relating to the Badman report, I understand that there are two Members who wish to present petitions relating to Equitable Life. I trust that these will also be presented expeditiously.
At the expiry of half an hour no further petitions may be presented orally, but they may be placed in the petition bag and will be recorded as formally presented.
I call Mr. Graham Stuart.