The House met at twenty-five minutes past Eleven o'clock.
1 Message to attend Her Majesty,-A Message from Her Majesty was delivered by the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod.
The Queen commands this Honourable House to attend Her Majesty immediately, in the House of Peers.
Accordingly, the Speaker, with the House, went up to attend Her Majesty:-And having returned;
The Speaker resumed the Chair at half-past Two o'clock.
2 Elections,-Ordered, That all Members who are returned for two or more places in any part of the United Kingdom do make their Election for which of the places they will serve, within one week after it shall appear that there is no question upon the Return for that place; and if any thing shall come in question touching the Return or Election of any Member, he is to withdraw during the time the matter is in debate; and that all Members returned upon double Returns do withdraw till their Returns are determined.
Resolved, That if it shall appear that any person has been elected or returned a Member of this House, or endeavoured so to be by bribery, or any other corrupt practices, this House will proceed with the utmost severity against all such persons as shall have been wilfully concerned in such bribery or other corrupt practices.
3 Witnesses,-Resolved, That if it shall appear that any person has been tampering with any witness, in respect of his evidence to be given to this House, or any Committee thereof, or directly or indirectly has endeavoured to deter or hinder any person from appearing or giving evidence, the same is declared to be a high crime and misdemeanour; and this House will proceed with the utmost severity against such offender.
Resolved, That if it shall appear that any person has given false evidence in any case before this House, or any Committee thereof, this House will proceed with the utmost severity against such offender.
4 Metropolitan Police,-Ordered, That the Commissioner of the Police of the Metropolis do take care that during the Session of Parliament the passages through the streets leading to this House be kept free and open and that no obstruction be permitted to hinder the passage of Members to and from this House, and that no disorder be allowed in Westminster Hall, or in the passages leading to this House, during the Sitting of Parliament, and that there be no annoyance therein or thereabouts; and that the Serjeant at Arms attending this House do communicate this Order to the Commissioner aforesaid.
5 Votes and Proceedings,-Ordered, That the Votes and Proceedings of this House be printed, being first perused by the Speaker.
6 Outlawries,-A Bill for the more effectual preventing Clandestine Outlawries was read the first time and ordered to be read a second time.
7 Standing Orders (Public Business),-Ordered, That the Standing Orders relating to Public Business be printed [No. 2].
8 Queen's Speech,-The Speaker reported Her Majesty's Speech and directed that it be entered in the Journal, as follows:
My Lords and members of the House of Commons,
My Government's main priorities are economic stability, investment and reform in public services and a constructive foreign policy.
To this end, my Government will maintain sound public finances and will continue to take action to secure high levels of employment.
This approach will enable my Government to continue to invest in the public services, while supporting major programmes of reform on health, education, transport and crime.
At the heart of my Government's legislative programme is a commitment to reform and rebalance the criminal justice system to deliver justice for all and to safeguard the interests of victims, witnesses and communities.
A Bill will be introduced to reform sentencing arrangements and criminal procedures.
Sentencing will be reformed to ensure that the punishment is appropriate for the offender. New types of sentence will be introduced to protect the public from dangerous offenders, help reduce re-offending and deal with young offenders.
The Bill will also allow retrials for those acquitted of serious offences where new and compelling evidence emerges. It will also simplify the rules of evidence to allow judge and jury to hear all the facts, including relevant previous convictions of a defendant.
Legislation will also be introduced to reform the courts system. It will bring together Magistrates' Courts and the Crown Court to work more effectively under a single organisation. New sanctions will allow courts to enforce the payment of fines more efficiently.
My Government will introduce a Bill to tackle anti-social behaviour that damages communities.
A Bill will be brought forward to modernise the laws on sexual offences and to strengthen the framework of penalties for sex offenders to protect the public.
A Bill will also be introduced to improve international co-operation in tackling crime, including drugs trafficking, and to modernise the arrangements for international mutual assistance to catch criminals.
My Government will bring forward legislation to streamline the licensing system for premises selling alcohol. This will abolish fixed opening hours and introduce a range of measures to reduce anti-social behaviour.
My Government will continue to modernise the delivery of healthcare based on the founding principles of the National Health Service.
Legislation will be brought forward to devolve power and resources to frontline staff; give greater freedom to successful hospitals while increasing their accountability to local communities; and to introduce an independent health inspectorate.
A Bill will also be introduced to help ensure that local authorities support older people awaiting discharge from hospital.
Raising educational standards remains my Government's main priority for Britain's future prosperity. Secondary school reform will continue to promote opportunity and choice through greater diversity for parents and pupils. University reform proposals will be published to improve access and build on excellence.
My Government wants to create a welfare state based on giving people rights and responsibilities. They will pursue proposals that focus on the importance of work as part of our social security system. They will also bring forward proposals to tackle problems of truancy.
A Bill will be brought forward to establish a Railway Accident Investigation Branch in the light of Lord Cullen's recommendations on transport safety and reform the way railways are regulated to improve services for the public.
My Government will introduce a Bill to modernise local government by improving the delivery of local services through better financial management and greater freedom for councils based on performance. Legislation will also be introduced to provide for the holding of referendums on the issue of regional governance in England.
Legislation will be brought forward to reform the broadcasting and telecommunications industry by promoting competition and investment and giving powers to the Office of Communications.
Measures will be brought forward to protect our environment including legislation on the conservation and proper management of water.
My Government will also introduce legislation to speed up the planning system while improving the involvement of local communities.
Members of the House of Commons,
Estimates for the Public Services will be laid before you.
My Lords and Members of the House of Commons,
In Northern Ireland, my Government will continue to work closely with the political parties and the Irish Government to secure the full implementation of the Belfast Agreement. Legislation will be brought forward on policing in Northern Ireland.
My Government maintains its commitment to devolution in Scotland and Wales. A Bill will be introduced to reform the provision of health services in Wales.
A Bill will be introduced to enable Parliament to reach a conclusion on hunting with dogs.
Parliament will be invited to scrutinise legislation in draft on a number of measures, reflecting the importance that my Government places on pre-legislative scrutiny by Parliament.
Legislation in draft will be published to improve both housing standards and standards of management of private rented accommodation by landlords.
Draft legislation will be published on the management of nuclear liabilities. A draft Bill will also be published to reform the laws on corruption.
My Government looks forward to considering the report from the Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform.
Other measures will be laid before you.
My Lords and Members of the House of Commons,
The Duke of Edinburgh and I look forward to paying a visit to Belgium next spring and to receiving the state visit of His Excellency the President of Russia next summer.
My Government will work for rapid progress on enlargement of the European Union, notably at next month's European Council meeting in Copenhagen. Legislation will be introduced to enable the United Kingdom to ratify the Accession Treaty with prospective member states.
My Government will make a decision on whether to recommend entry into the single currency on the basis of the assessment of the Five Economic Tests to be completed by next June.
The forthcoming NATO Summit in Prague will emphasise the Alliance's continuing role as the cornerstone of Britain's national security. My Government will continue work for an enlarged and even more effective NATO, enjoying a close partnership with Russia.
My Government will continue to play a leading role in combating terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, which are among the most serious threats to the security of the United Kingdom and our allies. My Government will continue to work with the international community to ensure the implementation of all United Nations Security Council Resolutions.
My Government will work for rapid and effective implementation of the agreements reached at the recent World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg and will focus on tackling climate change and finding new ways to meet our energy needs.
My Government will continue to work for a more effective global effort to reduce poverty, building on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and on progress achieved at the recent Monterrey Conference on Financing for Development. Britain's aid budget will be increased and we will work to implement the Africa Action Plan in response to the New Partnership for Africa's Development.
My Government will work for a successful outcome to the current round of world trade negotiations that benefits industrialised and developing countries alike.
My Lords and Members of the House of Commons,
I pray that the blessing of Almighty God may rest upon your counsels.
9 Queen's Speech (Motion for an Address),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, as follows:
We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled, beg leave to offer our humble thanks to Your Majesty for the Gracious Speech which Your Majesty has addressed to both Houses of Parliament-(Mr George Foulkes);
Ordered, That the Debate be now adjourned.-(Mr Nick Ainger.)
Debate to be resumed to-morrow.
10 Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Nick Ainger.)
And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-nine minutes past Ten o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 10.29 p.m.
Michael J. Martin
Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Eleven o'clock.
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers presented by Her Majesty's Command and delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office during the Prorogation of Parliament pursuant to Standing Order No. 158 (Presentation of command papers):
Friday 8th November 2002
1 Competition Commission,-Report by the Competition Commission on the proposed merger between Vivendi Water UK PLC and First Aqua (JVCo) Limited [Cm. 5681] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].
2 Treaty Series (No. 47, 2002),-Exchange of Notes, done at Bangkok on 5th and 25th June 2002, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand concerning the reciprocal granting of Licences to Amateur Radio Operators [Cm. 5670] [Mr Secretary Straw].
Papers delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on the undermentioned dates during the Prorogation of Parliament pursuant to Standing Order No. 159 (Presentation of statutory instruments):
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
Friday 8th November 2002
3 Education,-(1) Dudley Partnership for Achievement Education Action Zone (Extension) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2768), dated 7th November 2002,
(2) Education (London Residuary Body) (Property Transfer) (Amendment No. 2) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2760), dated 5th November 2002,
(3) East Manchester Education Action Zone (Extension) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2770), dated 7th November 2002,
(4) Financing of Maintained Schools (England) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2763), dated 7th November 2002,
(5) Hackney Education Action Zone (Extension) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2764), dated 7th November 2002,
(6) Hastings and St Leonards Education Action Zone (Extension) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2774), dated 7th November 2002,
(7) Heart of Slough Education Action Zone (Extension) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2775), dated 7th November 2002,
(8) New Horizons Kent-Somerset Virtual Education Action Zone (Extension) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2772), dated 7th November 2002,
(9) North East Derbyshire Coalfields Education Action Zone (Extension) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2765), dated 7th November 2002,
(10) Southend Education Action Zone (Extension) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2766), dated 7th November 2002,
(11) Telford and Wrekin Education Action Zone (Extension) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2767), dated 7th November 2002,
(12) Wednesbury Education Action Zone (Extension) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2773), dated 7th November 2002,
(13) Widening Horizons-North Islington Education Action Zone (Extension) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2769), dated 7th November 2002, and
(14) Wythenshawe Education Action Zone (Extension) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2771), dated 7th November 2002
4 Road Traffic,-(1) Goods Vehicles (Licensing of Operators) (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2778), dated 8th November 2002, and
(2) Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2742), dated 4th November 2002
Monday 11th November 2002
5 Magistrates' Courts,-(1) Magistrates' Courts (Anti-Social Behaviour Orders) Rules 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2784), dated 8th November 2002; and
(2) Magistrates' Courts (Sex Offender Orders) Rules 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2782), dated 7th November 2002
6 Legal Services Commission,-Criminal Defence Service (General) (No. 2) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2785), dated 11th November 2002 [Ms Rosie Winterton].
7 Road Traffic,-Removal and Disposal of Vehicles (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2777), dated 7th November 2002 [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
8 Supreme Court of England and Wales,-Crown Court (Amendment) Rules 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2783), dated 8th November 2002 [Yvette Cooper].
Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Wednesday 13th November 2002:
Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:
9 Legal Services,-Draft Access to Justice Act 1999 (Solicitors' Practising Certificates) Order 2002 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Rosie Winterton].
10 Police,-Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Statutory Powers of Stop and Search) Order 2002 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
11 Cereals Marketing,-Report and Accounts of the Home-Grown Cereals Authority for 2001-02 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].
12 National Audit,-Reports by the Comptroller and Auditor General on-
(1) Facing the Challenge: NHS Emergency Planning in England, and
(2) Tackling Pensioner Poverty: Encouraging take-up of entitlements
[by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 36 and 37] [Clerk of the House].
13 National Lottery,-Accounts of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts for 2001-02, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 45] [Clerk of the House].
14 Public Petitions,-Observations by the Secretary of State for Transport on the Petition [28th October, in the last Session of Parliament] from Mrs Susan Penney and others for legislation to prohibit the use of mobile telephones by drivers [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].
15 Suriname (No. 1, 2002),-Agreement, done at Paramaribo on 29th June 2002, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Republic of Suriname on the Transfer of Prisoners [by Command] [Cm. 5679] [Mr Secretary Straw].
Reports from Select Committees
Science and Technology,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Science and Technology Committee [Towards a Non-Carbon Fuel Economy: Research, Development and Demonstration]; to be printed [No. 55-i] [Dr Ian Gibson].
In pursuance of Standing Order No. 4 (Chairmen's Panel), the Speaker has nominated Mrs Irene Adams, Mr David Amess, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Nigel Beard, Miss Anne Begg, Mr Joe Benton, Mr John Butterfill, Mr David Chidgey, Derek Conway, Frank Cook, Mr James Cran, Mr John Cummings, Mr Roger Gale, Mr Win Griffiths, Mr Mike Hancock, Mr Jimmy Hood, Mr Alan Hurst, Mr Eric Illsley, Mr John McWilliam, Mr Bill O'Brien, Mr Edward O'Hara, Mr Bill Olner, Mr Peter Pike, Mrs Marion Roe, Mr George Stevenson, David Taylor, Miss Ann Widdecombe and Sir Nicholas Winterton to be members of the Chairmen's Panel during this Session.