The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock.
1 Higher Education Bill,-Mr Secretary Clarke, supported by Mr Secretary Smith, Ms Secretary Hewitt, Mr Peter Hain, Alan Johnson, Mr Ivan Lewis and Mr Don Touhig, presented a Bill to make provision about research in the arts and humanities and about complaints by students against institutions providing higher education; to make provision about fees payable by students in higher education; to provide for the appointment of a Director of Fair Access to Higher Education; to make provision about grants and loans to students in higher or further education; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Monday 12th January and to be printed [Bill 35].
Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Higher Education Bill be printed [Bill 35-EN].
2 Horserace Betting and Olympic Lottery Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Horserace Betting and Olympic Lottery Bill;
And a Motion being made, and the Question being put, That the Bill be now read a second time;
Tellers for the Ayes, Joan Ryan, Paul Clark: 348.
Tellers for the Noes, Pete Wishart, Mr Elfyn Llwyd: 5.
So the Question was agreed to.
The Bill was accordingly read a second time.
3 Horserace Betting and Olympic Lottery Bill (Programme),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Orders [28th June 2001 and 6th November 2003 (Programming of Bills)], That the following provisions shall apply to the Horserace Betting and Olympic Lottery Bill:
1. The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.
Proceedings in Standing Committee
2. Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on 29th January 2004.
3. The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it meets.
Consideration and Third Reading
4. Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the day on which proceedings are commenced.
5. Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on that day.
6. Sessional Order B (programming committees) made on 28th June 2001 shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.
Programming of proceedings
7. All proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further messages from the Lords) may be programmed-(Charlotte Atkins):-It was agreed to.
4 Horserace Betting and Olympic Lottery Bill [Money],-Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Horserace Betting and Olympic Lottery Bill [Money];
A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 52 (Money and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills), That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Horserace Betting and Olympic Lottery Bill, it is expedient to authorise-
(1) the payment out of money provided by Parliament of-
(a) expenditure of the Secretary of State in connection with the Act,
(b) expenditure of the National Debt Commissioners in connection with the Act, and
(c) any increase attributable to the Act in sums payable out of money provided by Parliament under another enactment, and
(2) the payment of sums into the Consolidated Fund-(Charlotte Atkins):-It was agreed to.
5 Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee),-Ordered, That Huw Irranca-Davies be discharged from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments and Mr Kevin Hughes be added.-(Charlotte Atkins.)
6 Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Charlotte Atkins);
And the Motion having been made after Six o'clock, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House, without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, it being then thirteen minutes to Seven o'clock, till Monday 12th January.
[Adjourned at 6.47 p.m.
Michael J. Martin
Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock on Monday next.
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:
1 Employment and Training,-Draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
2 Northern Ireland,-Food Benefit Schemes (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 3202), dated 10th December 2003 [by Act] [Mr David Lammy].
3 Government Resources and Accounts,-Financial Statement of the Security and Intelligence Agencies for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 12] [Ruth Kelly].
1 National Insurance Contributions and Statutory Payments Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),-The Speaker has appointed Mr Peter Atkinson, Dr Brian Iddon, Norman Lamb, Margaret Moran, Dawn Primarolo, Mr Mark Prisk and Mr Tom Watson members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee D in respect of the Bill.
2 Draft Charities (Alexandra Park and Palace) Order 2003,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Richard Bacon from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Peter Bottomley.
3 Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Common Electoral Principles) Order 2004,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Eric Forth Chairman of the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.
4 Draft Primary Medical Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2004,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Mr David Lidington.
5 The Speaker has appointed Mr Roger Gale Chairman of the Northern Ireland Grand Committee in respect of its meeting on Thursday 15 January.
European Standing Committees
6 The Speaker has appointed Mr Bill O'Brien Chairman of European Standing Committee A in respect of European Union Document No. 12179/03 on Controls on Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases.
Reports from Select Committees
1 Draft Gambling Bill,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on the Draft Gambling Bill; to be printed [No. 139-iii] [Mr John Greenway].
2 Health,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [Obesity]; to be printed [No. 23-iv] [Mr David Hinchliffe].
3 Liaison,-Memorandum laid before the Liaison Committee [Scrutiny of Government] [Mr Alan Williams].
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Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall
The sitting commenced at half-past Two o'clock.
Adjournment (Ministerial Accountability and Parliamentary Questions-Ninth Report from the Select Committee on Public Administration, Session 2001-02, and the First Report from the Committee, Session 2002-03, containing the Government's response thereto),-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Bridget Prentice.)
And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 13th January.
[Adjourned at 4.48 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst
In the Votes and Proceedings for Wednesday 10th December 2003, in Appendix I, Item 10, the Family Proceedings Courts (Constitution) (Amendment) Rules 2003 should have the registration number S.I., 2003, No. 3367.