The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock.
1 London Local Authorities Bill [Lords],-The Order of the day being read, for resuming the adjourned debate on the Question proposed on 7th January, That the promoters of the London Local Authorities Bill [Lords] may, notwithstanding anything in the Standing Orders or practice of this House, proceed with the Bill in the present Session; and the Petition for the Bill shall be deemed to have been deposited and all Standing Orders applicable to it shall be deemed to have been complied with;
That, if the Bill is brought from the Lords in the present Session, a declaration signed by the agent shall be deposited in the Private Bill Office, stating that the Bill is the same in every respect as the Bill brought from the Lords in the last Session;
That the Clerk in the Private Bill Office shall lay upon the Table of the House a certificate, that such a declaration has been deposited;
That in the present session the Bill shall be deemed to have passed through every stage through which it passed in the last Session, and shall be recorded in the Journal of the House as having passed those stages;
That no further fees shall be charged to such stages;
And the Question being again proposed;
And objection being taken to further proceeding, the Debate stood adjourned.
Ordered, That the Debate be resumed on Wednesday 4th February.
2 Report into the circumstances surrounding the death of Dr David Kelly CMG,-Resolved, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, That she will be graciously pleased to give directions that there be laid before this House a Return of the Report into the circumstances surrounding the death of Dr David Kelly CMG.-(Margaret Moran.)
3 Crown Employment (Nationality) Bill,-Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Crown Employment (Nationality) Bill be printed [Bill 39-EN].
4 Motor Vehicle Insurance Disc,-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend Part 6 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 to require users of motor vehicles to display on the vehicle a disc certifying that a policy of insurance or security in respect of third party risks is in force; and for connected purposes: And that Andy Burnham, James Purnell, Jim Knight, Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons, Eric Joyce, Siobhain McDonagh, Jim Dowd, Mr Parmjit Dhanda, Mr Wayne David, Shona McIsaac, Mr Richard Page and Christine Russell do prepare and bring it in.
5 Motor Vehicle Insurance Disc Bill,-Andy Burnham accordingly presented a Bill to amend Part 6 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 to require users of motor vehicles to display on the vehicle a disc certifying that a policy of insurance or security in respect of third party risks is in force; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 12th March and to be printed [Bill 46].
6 National Insurance Contributions and Statutory Payments Bill,-The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the National Insurance Contributions and Statutory Payments Bill, not amended in the Standing Committee.
The Bill was read the third time, and passed.
7 Business of the House,-Ordered, That, at the sitting on Thursday 29th January, the Speaker shall put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the Motions in the name of Mr Peter Hain relating to the House of Commons Members Estimate and Bicycle and Motorcycle Mileage Allowances not later than Six o'clock; such Questions shall include the Questions on any Amendments selected by the Speaker which may then be moved; the Questions may be put after the moment of interruption; and the Orders of the House of 28th June 2001 and 6th November 2003 relating to deferred Divisions shall not apply.-(Mr Nick Ainger.)
8 Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Nick Ainger.)
And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till nine minutes to Four o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 3.51 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 subject to Affirmative Resolution:
1 Social Security,-Draft Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Smith].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
2 Customs and Excise,-Betting and Gaming Duties Act 1981 (Bingo Prize Limit) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 155), dated 27th January 2004 [by Act] [John Healey].
3 Forestry,-Report and Accounts of the Forestry Commission for 2002-03 with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 179] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].
4 Government Resources and Accounts,-Resource Accounts of-
(1) Department for Education and Skills,
(2) Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,
(3) NHS Pension Scheme and NHS Compensation for Premature Retirement Scheme,
(4) Northern Ireland Office,
(5) Postal Services Commission,
(7) UK Trade & Investment (formerly British Trade International)
for 2002-03, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 188, 189, 194, 158, 199, 201 and 184] [Ruth Kelly].
5 Report into the circumstances surrounding the death of Dr David Kelly CMG,-Return to an Address to Her Majesty for a Return of the Report made by Lord Hutton in January 2004 in respect of the circumstances surrounding the death of Dr David Kelly CMG [pursuant to Resolution this day]; to be printed [No. 247] [Christopher Leslie].
6 Northern Ireland,-Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland on the Navan Centre [by Act]; to be printed [No. 204] [Mr Secretary Murphy].
Reports from Select Committees
1 Defence,-Second Report from the Defence Committee [Annual Report for 2003]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 293] [Mr Bruce George].
2 Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee [Decent Homes]; to be printed [No. 46-iv] [Andrew Bennett].
3 Public Accounts,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [The Management of Suspensions of Clinical Staff in NHS Hospital and Ambulance Trusts in England]; to be printed [No. 296-i] [Mr Edward Leigh].
4 Science and Technology,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Science and Technology Committee [Government Support for Nanotechnology]; to be printed [No. 56-ii] [Dr Ian Gibson].
5 Transport,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Committee [The Regulation of Licensed Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles in the UK]; to be printed [No. 251-i] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].
6 Work and Pensions,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Work and Pensions Committee [Child Poverty in the UK]; to be printed [No. 85-iv] [Sir Archy Kirkwood].
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Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall
The sitting commenced at half-past Nine o'clock.
Adjournment,-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Mr Vernon Coaker.)
And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 6.28 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst