The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock.
1 London Local Authorities and Transport for London Bill [Lords],-The London Local Authorities and Transport for London Bill [Lords] was read a second time and committed.
2 Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Miss Ann Widdecombe reported from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Sea Fisheries (Restrictions on Days at Sea) Order (S.I., 2003, No. 229).
Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
3 Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr James Cran reported from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Electricity and Gas (Energy Efficiency Obligations) (Amendment) Order 2003.
Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
4 Message from the Lords,-A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:
The Lords have agreed to the Electricity (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill with Amendments, to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.
5 Electricity (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill,-Lords Amendments to the Electricity (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill to be considered to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 91].
6 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) 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;
And the Question being again proposed:-The House resumed the adjourned Debate.
And it being Six o'clock, the Debate stood adjourned.
Ordered, That the Debate be resumed to-morrow.
7 Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from residents of Golborne, Lowton, Ashton and the surrounding districts for a new railway station in Golborne was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
8 Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Gerry Sutcliffe.)
And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-seven minutes past Six o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 6.27 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 Affirmative Resolution:
1 Prisons,-Draft Release of Short-Term Prisoners on Licence (Amendment of Requisite Period) Order 2003 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
2 Charities,-Draft Charities (The Shrubbery) Order 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
3 Health and Safety,-Ammonium Nitrate Materials (High Nitrogen Content) Safety Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1082), dated 9th April 2003 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].
4 National Debt,-Premium Savings Bonds (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1085), dated 9th April 2003 [by Act] [Ruth Kelly].
Papers subject to Special Parliamentary Procedure:
5 Marriage,-Marriages Validity (Harrogate District Hospital) Order 2003, dated 31st March 2003, together with a Certificate by the Lord Chancellor under section 2 of the Statutory Orders (Special Procedure) Act 1945 [by Act] [Ms Rosie Winterton].
6 Industrial Organisation and Development,-Report and Accounts of the Apple and Pear Research Council for 2001-02 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].
7 National Audit,-Reports by the Comptroller and Auditor General on-
(1) Getting the evidence: Using research in policy making, and
(2) An international review on Governments' research procurement strategies
[by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 586-I and -II] [Clerk of the House].
8 Parliamentary Commissioner,-Third Report of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration, Session 2002-03, on Individual Learning Accounts [by Act]; to be printed [No. 633] [Clerk of the House].
1 Fireworks Bill,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Joe Benton Chairman of Standing Committee C in respect of the Bill.
2 Marine Safety Bill,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Alan Hurst Chairman of Standing Committee E in respect of the Bill.
3 Care Homes (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 534),-The Speaker has appointed Miss Ann Widdecombe Chairman of the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Regulations.
4 Health Protection Agency (Yr Asiantaeth Diogelu Iechyd) (Establishment) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 505) and the Health Protection Agency (Yr Asiantaeth Diogelu Iechyd) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 506),-The Speaker has appointed Mr Win Griffiths Chairman of the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Regulations.
5 Draft Electricity and Gas (Energy Efficiency Obligations) (Amendment) Order 2003,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Bob Blizzard, Chris McCafferty and Mr Shaun Woodward from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Vera Baird, Julia Drown and Rob Marris.
European Standing Committees
6 The Speaker has appointed Mr John Cummings Chairman of European Standing Committee A in respect of European Union Document No. 13789/02 on the Quality of Bathing Water.
Reports from Select Committees
1 Environmental Audit,-Fifth Report from the Environmental Audit Committee [Waste-An Audit], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 99] [Mr John Horam].
2 Public Administration,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Ministerial Powers and the Prerogative]; to be printed [No. 642-i] [Tony Wright].
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Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall
The sitting commenced at half-past Two o'clock.
Adjournment (National Institute for Clinical Excellence-Second Report from the Health Committee, Session 2001-02, and the Government's response thereto),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned-(Mr Phil Woolas);
And the sitting having continued for three hours, it was adjourned without Question put, till Tuesday 29th April, pursuant to Resolution [1st April].
[Adjourned at 5.30 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst