The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock.
1 University of Manchester Bill [Lords],-The University of Manchester Bill [Lords] was read a second time and committed.
2 Lighter Evenings,-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to advance time by one hour in England and Wales throughout the year; to provide that the power to make decisions in relation to time zones in Northern Ireland and Scotland be devolved to the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Scottish Parliament; and for connected purposes; and that Mr Nigel Beard, Chris Bryant, Sir John Butterfill, Dr Vincent Cable, Derek Conway, Dr Brian Iddon, Mr Jon Owen Jones, Mr David Kidney, Norman Lamb, Mr Seamus Mallon, Syd Rapson and David Taylor do prepare and bring it in.
3 Lighter Evenings Bill,-Mr Nigel Beard accordingly presented a Bill to advance time by one hour in England and Wales throughout the year; to provide that the power to make decisions in relation to time zones in Northern Ireland and Scotland be devolved to the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Scottish Parliament; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 15th October and to be printed [Bill 115].
4 Global Navigation Satellite System,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees), That this House takes note of European Union Documents Nos. 12058/03, draft regulation on the establishment of structures for the management of the European Satellite Radionavigation Programme, and 6470/04, a Commission communication on progress on the Galileo research programme; endorses the Government's support for the draft Regulation to put in place effective supervision of the private sector concessionaire; and supports the Government's wider aims in seeking a lead role in the Galileo programme-(Joan Ryan):-It was agreed to.
5 Age-related Payments Bill (Programme) (No. 2),-Ordered, That, in accordance with the Resolution of the Standing Committee of 25th May, the Programme Order of 12th May in relation to the Age-Related Payments Bill be varied as follows:
Consideration and Third Reading
1. Paragraphs 4 and 5 of the Order (consideration and Third Reading) shall be omitted.
2. Proceedings on consideration and Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion three hours after the commencement of proceedings on consideration or, if earlier, at the moment of interruption.-(Malcolm Wicks.)
6 Age-related Payments Bill,-The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Age-related Payments Bill, not amended in the Standing Committee.
Amendment (No. 3) proposed to the Bill, in page 1, line 6, to leave out paragraph (b) and insert the words-
'(b)is already 70 years old at the start of the financial year ending 31st March 2005, or attains that age at any time during the said financial year, or was living with such a person who dies during the said financial year.', instead thereof.-(Mr George Osborne.)
Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:-Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
Another Amendment (No. 8) proposed, in page 4, line 14, to leave out Clause No. 7.-(Mr George Osborne.)
Question put, That the Amendment be made.
Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Ruffley, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 109.
Tellers for the Noes, Mr Nick Ainger, Bridget Prentice: 253.
The Bill was read the third time, and passed.
7 Adjournment (The Future of Air Transport White Paper),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Derek Twigg);
The Motion was, with leave of the House, withdrawn.
8 Business of the House,-Ordered, That, at the sitting on Tuesday 15th June,
(a) notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (2)(c)(i) of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business) and the limits on half-days in paragraph (2)(b) of that Order, proceedings on a Motion in the name of the Leader of the Opposition may be proceeded with, though opposed, for three hours, or until Four o'clock, whichever is the later, and shall then lapse if not previously disposed of; and
(b) notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Order No. 16 (Proceedings under an Act or on European Union documents), the Speaker shall put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the Motion in the name of the Prime Minister relating to New Financial Perspective and EU regional policy not later than Seven o'clock, or three hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion, whichever is the later; proceedings may continue 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 Vernon Coaker.)
9 Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from residents of Southfields in the constituency of Putney against the proposed closure of Princes Way Post Office, Southfields, was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
10 Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Mr Vernon Coaker);
And it being Seven o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put.
11 Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Vernon Coaker.)
And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-two minutes past Seven o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 7.22 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 Civil Aviation,-Draft Stansted Airport Aircraft Movement Limit (Revocation) Order 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].
2 Northern Ireland,-Draft Budget (No. 2) (Northern Ireland) Order 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Murphy].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
3 Building and Buildings,-(1) Building (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1465), and
(2) Building (Approved Inspectors etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1466),
dated 28th May 2004 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
4 National Debt,-Government Stock (Consequential and Transitional Provision) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1486), dated 8th June 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ruth Kelly].
5 Public Petitions,-Observations from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs on the Petition [28th April] from citizens of the United Kingdom for amendments to the Gender Recognition Bill [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].
6 Work and Pensions,-Government Reply to the Second Report of the Work and Pensions Committee, Session 2003-04, on Child Poverty in the UK [by Command] [Cm. 6200] [Mr Secretary Smith].
Reports from Select Committees
1 Constitutional Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Constitutional Affairs Committee [Constitutional Reform Bill: the Government's Proposals]; to be printed [No. 628-iii] [Mr A. J. Beith].
2 Culture, Media and Sport,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [BBC Charter Renewal]; to be printed [No. 598-ii] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].
3 Foreign Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [Foreign Policy Aspects of the War against Terrorism]; to be printed [No. 441-vi] [Mr Donald Anderson].
4 Home Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [Identity Cards]; to be printed [No. 130-viii] [Mr John Denham].
5 Trade and Industry,-Sixth Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [The work of the Export Credits Guarantee Department], together with Appendices to the Report; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 506] [Mr Martin O'Neill].
6 Treasury,-(1) Fourth Special Report from the Treasury Committee [Government Response to the Sixth Report from the Committee, The 2004 Budget]; to be printed [No. 654];
(2) Fifth Special Report from the Committee [Responses to the Fifth Report from the Committee, Restoring confidence in long-term savings: Endowment mortgages]; to be printed [No. 655];
(3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Bank of England May 2004 Inflation Report]; to be printed [No. 656]; and
(4) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Restoring confidence in long-term savings]; to be printed [No. 71-x]
[W.H., No. 60]
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.-(Paul Clark.)
And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 4.29 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst
In the Votes and Proceedings for Monday 7th June, in Appendix III, Item 1, relating to the Education and Skills Committee, should have had printing number 647-i.