The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock.
1 Land at Palace Avenue, Kensington (Acquisition of Freehold) Bill,-The Land at Palace Avenue, Kensington (Acquisition of Freehold) Bill was read the third time, and passed.
2 London Development Agency Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the London Development Agency Bill;
Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Thursday 25th April.
3 Foreign Exchange Transactions Tax Commission Bill,-The Order for reading the Foreign Exchange Transactions Tax Commission Bill a second time to-morrow was read and discharged.
Bill to be read a second time on Friday 19th July.
4 Members of Parliament (Employment Disqualification) Bill,-The Order for reading the Members of Parliament (Employment Disqualification) Bill a second time to-morrow was read and discharged.
Bill to be read a second time on Friday 21st June.
5 Ways and Means,-Amendment of the Law,-The Order of the day being read, for resuming the adjourned Debate on the Question proposed yesterday-
(1) That it is expedient to amend the law with respect to the National Debt and the public revenue and to make further provision in connection with finance.
(2) Subject to paragraph (3) below, this Resolution does not extend to the making of any amendment with respect to value added tax so as to provide-
(a) for zero-rating or exempting a supply, acquisition or importation;
(b) for refunding an amount of tax;
(c) for any relief, other than a relief that-
(i) so far as it is applicable to goods, applies to goods of every description, and
(ii) so far as it is applicable to services, applies to services of every description.
(3) Paragraph (2) above does not exclude the making of amendments with respect to value added tax providing for relief on the acquisition from another member State of any goods in relation to which, if they were imported from a place outside the member States, relief would be given by an order under section 37 of the Value Added Tax Act 1994;
And the Question being again proposed:-The House resumed the adjourned Debate.
And it being Seven o'clock, the Debate stood adjourned.
Ordered, That the Debate be resumed on Monday 22nd April.
6 Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Ivor Caplin.)
And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-eight minutes past Seven o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 7.28 p.m.
Michael J. Martin
Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Nine o'clock.
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
1 Betting, Gaming and Lotteries,-Gaming Clubs (Bankers' Games) (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1130), dated 17th April 2002 [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].
2 London Government,-Warrant Enforcement Staff Pensions Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1043), dated 10th April 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
3 Telecommunications,-(1) Public Telecommunication System Designation (Eurocall Limited) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1071), and
(2) Public Telecommunication System Designation (Fibernet UK Limited) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1070),
dated 14th April 2002 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].
4 Access to Justice,-Direction by the Lord Chancellor under section 5(6) of the Access to Justice Act 1999, imposing requirements on the Legal Services Commission as to the services to be funded from specified amounts paid into the Community Legal Services Fund for 2002-03 [by Act] [Ms Rosie Winterton].
5 Armed Forces' Pay,-Supplement to the Thirty-first Report of the Armed Forces' Pay Review Body: Service Medical and Dental Officers [by Command] [Cm. 5362] [The Prime Minister].
6 Biological Standards,-Accounts of the National Biological Standards Board for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 768] [Clerk of the House].
7 Health,-Paper, entitled Delivering the NHS Plan-next steps on investment, next steps on reform [by Command] [Cm. 5503] [Mr Secretary Millburn].
8 Museums and Galleries,-Accounts of the Geffrye Museum Trust Limited for 2000-01 [by Command] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].
9 Overseas Territories,-Overseas Territories (Zimbabwe) (Restrictive Measures) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1077), dated 17th April 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].
10 Telecommunications,-Licences granted under section 7 of the Telecommunications Act 1984 by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to-
(1) Eurocall Limited, and
[by Act] [Secretary Patricia Hewitt].
1 Draft Northern Ireland Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2002,- The Committee of Selection has discharged Roger Casale, Mrs Helen Clark, Mr David Kidney and Fiona Mactaggart from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Scheme); and nominated in substitution Tony Cunningham, Jim Dobbin, Joan Humble and Gisela Stuart.
2 Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 98) (House of Commons Paper No. 727) on Maintenance of Roads Grant 2002-03,- The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr David Drew and Mr Terry Lewis from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Report); and nominated in substitution Mr Chris Bryant and Ross Cranston.
3 Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice)(Visual Recording of Interviews) Order 2002,- The Committee of Selection has discharged Michael Fabricant from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Adrian Flook.
Reports from Select Committees
1 International Development,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [Global Climate Change and Sustainable Development]; to be printed [No. 519-iv] [Tony Baldry].
2 Public Administration,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Public Appointments and Patronage]; to be printed [No. 686-iv] [Tony Wright].
[W.H., No. 74]
Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall
[pursuant to the Order of 20th November 2000]
The sitting commenced at half-past Two o'clock.
Adjournment (The Social Fund-Third Report from the Social Security Committee, Session 2001-02, and the Government's Response thereto),-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Jim Fitzpatrick.)
And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 23rd April.
[Adjourned at 5 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst