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[No. 59.]

Monday 26th November 2001.

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.

PRAYERS.

1First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Frank Cook reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2001.

Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.

2Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr James Cran reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Lithuania) Order 2001 and the draft Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan) Order 2001.

Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.

3Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr David Chidgey reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Community Legal Service (Cost Protection) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2001.

Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.

4Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Bill O'Brien reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 and the draft Health Professions Order 2001.

Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.

5Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill [2nd allotted day],—The House, according to Order, again resolved itself into a Committee on the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill.

(In the Committee)

Clauses Nos. 36 and 37 agreed to.

Clause No. 38 (Religious hatred offences).

Amendment (No. 153) proposed, in page 19, line 15, to leave out the words ‘RACIAL OR RELIGIOUS HATRED' and insert the words ‘HATRED OFFENCES'.—(Simon Hughes.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Question put, That the Clause stand part of the Bill.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John Heppell, Mr Ian Pearson: 328.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr John Randall, Sir Robert Smith: 209.

And it being after half-past Six o'clock, the Chairman, pursuant to Order [21st November], put the Questions necessary to dispose of the business to be concluded at that hour.

Clauses Nos. 39 to 42 agreed to.

Clauses Nos. 43 and 44 agreed to.

Clause No. 45 (Customs and Excise prosecutions for biological weapons offences).

Amendments (Nos. 23 and 24) made.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause No. 46 (Customs and Excise prosecutions for chemical weapons offences).

Amendments (Nos. 25 and 26) made.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause No. 47 (Use etc. of nuclear weapons).

Amendment (No. 27) made.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses Nos. 48 to 52 agreed to.

Clause No. 53 (Customs and Excise prosecutions).

Amendments (Nos. 28 and 29) made.

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Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses Nos. 54 to 57 agreed to.

Clause No. 58 (Pathogens and toxins in relation to which requirements under Part 7 apply).

Amendments (Nos. 30 and 31) made.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Schedule No. 5 (Pathogens and toxins).

Amendments (Nos. 43 to 45) made.

Schedule, as amended, agreed to.

Clause No. 59 (Duty to notify Secretary of State before keeping or using any dangerous substance).

Amendment (No. 139) proposed, in page 29, line 17, to leave out the words ‘one month' and insert the words ‘fourteen days'.—(Norman Baker.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause agreed to.

Clause No. 60 (Power to require information about security of dangerous substances).

Amendments (Nos. 138 and 32) made.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses Nos. 61 to 70 agreed to.

Schedule No. 6 agreed to.

Clause No. 71 (Other appeals).

Amendment (No. 33) made.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause No. 72 agreed to.

Clause No. 73 (Orders and regulations).

Amendment (No. 34) made.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause No. 74 (Interpretation).

Amendment (No. 35) made.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause No. 75 (Power to extend Part 7 to animal or plant pathogens, pests or toxic chemicals).

Amendments (Nos. 36 and 37) made.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause No. 76 agreed to.

Clause No. 77 (Regulation of security of civil nuclear industry).

Amendment (No. 51) proposed, in page 38, line 41, after the word ‘commission', to insert the words ‘the Scottish Executive and National Assembly for Wales'.—(Mr Elfyn Llwyd.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause agreed to.

Clause No. 78 agreed to.

Clause No. 79 (Prohibition of disclosures in relation to nuclear security).

It being Eight o'clock, the Chairman put the Question necessary to dispose of the business to be concluded at that hour.

Question put, That Clauses Nos. 79 to 87 stand part of the Bill.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Phil Woolas, Mr Nick Ainger: 334.

Tellers for the Noes, Sir Robert Smith, John Thurso: 55.

Clause No. 88 agreed to.

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Clause No. 89 (Searches, examinations and fingerprinting: England and Wales).

Amendment (No. 143) proposed, in page 47, line 17, after the word ‘station', to insert the words ‘in connection with a terrorist investigation'.—(Mr James Paice.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Julian Brazier, Mr Andrew Stunell: 199.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Nick Ainger, Mr Fraser Kemp: 330.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses Nos. 90 to 92 agreed to.

Clause No. 93 (Powers to require removal of disguises: Great Britain).

Amendment (No. 124) proposed, in page 53, to leave out lines 31 to 33 and insert the words—

‘(a) incidents involving serious violence may take place in any locality in his area, and'.—(Andrew Bennett.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Amendments (Nos. 63 and 64) made.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause No. 94 (Powers to require removal of disguises: Northern Ireland).

Amendment (No. 65) made.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses Nos. 95 and 96 agreed to.

Clause No. 97 (Jurisdiction of MoD police).

Amendment (No. 57) proposed, in page 59, line 18, after the word ‘offence', to insert the words ‘involving the use or threat of violence against any person'.—(Mr Chris Mullin.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Another Amendment (No. 166) proposed, in page 59, line 18, after the word ‘offence', to insert the words ‘which he might reasonably assume to be terrorism'.—(Mr James Paice.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Sir Robert Smith, Mr John Randall: 206.

Tellers for the Noes, Jim Fitzpatrick, Angela Smith: 338.

And it being after Eleven o'clock, the Chairman put the Questions necessary to dispose of the business to be concluded at that hour.

Clauses Nos. 97 to 100 agreed to.

Schedule No. 7 (Transport police and MoD police: further provisions).

Amendments (Nos. 76 to 82 and 128) made.

Schedule, as amended, agreed to.

Question put, That Clauses Nos. 101 to 105, 120 and 121 stand part of the Bill, Schedule No. 8 be the Eighth Schedule to the Bill, and Clause No. 122 stand part of the Bill.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Angela Smith, Jim Fitzpatrick: 340.

Tellers for the Noes, Sir Robert Smith, Annette Brooke: 65.

Clause No. 124 (Extent).

Amendment (No. 67) made.

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Clause, as amended, and Clause No. 125 agreed to.

A Clause (Review of sections 21 to 23)—(Mr Secretary Blunkett)—brought up and added.

Whereupon the Chairman left the Chair to report the Bill, as amended, to the House.


The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair; and Mr Ian Pearson reported, That the Committee had gone through the Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.

The House, according to Order [19th November], proceeded to consider the Bill, as amended in the Committee.

Amendment (No. 1) proposed to the Bill, in page 7, line 10, to leave out the word ‘criminal' and insert the word ‘terrorism', instead thereof.—(Mr Dominic Grieve.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John Randall, Sir Robert Smith: 213.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Ivor Caplin, Mr Tony McNulty: 330.

Amendment (No. 2) made to the Bill, in page 15, line 31, at the end, by inserting the words—

‘( ) Sections 21 to 23 shall by virtue of this subsection cease to have effect at the end of 10th November 2006.'.—(Mr Secretary Blunkett.)

Another Amendment (No. 3) made to the Bill, in page 78, line 6, by leaving out the words ‘under this section'.—(Mr Secretary Blunkett.)

A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read the third time;

Tuesday 27th November 2001

And it being midnight, the Deputy Speaker, pursuant to Order [19th November], put the Question already proposed from the Chair.

And the Question being put, That the Bill be now read the third time;

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Ivor Caplin, Mr Tony McNulty: 323.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Douglas Hogg, Sir Robert Smith: 79.

So the Question was agreed to.

The Bill was accordingly read the third time, and passed.

6Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

Human Reproductive Cloning Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill to prohibit the placing in a woman of a human embryo which has been created otherwise than by fertilisation; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

7Human Reproductive Cloning Bill [Lords],—The Human Reproductive Cloning Bill [Lords] was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time this day and to be printed [Bill 57].

Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Human Reproductive Cloning Bill [Lords] be printed [Bill 57–EN].

8Estimates,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 145 (Liaison Committee), That this House agrees with the Report [15th November] of the Liaison Committee—(Jim Fitzpatrick):—It was agreed to.

9Business of the House,—Ordered, That, in respect of the Human Reproductive Cloning Bill [Lords], notices of Amendments, new Clauses and new Schedules to be moved in Committee may be accepted by the Clerks at the Table before the Bill has been read a second time.—(Jim Fitzpatrick.)

10Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Jim Fitzpatrick.)

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-one minutes to One o'clock on Tuesday morning, adjourned till this day.

[Adjourned at 12.39 a.m.

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APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Clean Air,—Smoke Control Areas (Authorised Fuels) (England) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3745), dated 22nd November 2001 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

2Disability Discrimination,—Draft Code of Practice on Rights of Access: Goods, Facilities, Services and Premises [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

3Financial Services and Markets,—Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Scope of Permission Notices) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3771), dated 26th November 2001 [by Act] [Ruth Kelly].

Other Papers:

4National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Managing the relationship to secure a successful partnership in PFI projects [by Act]; to be printed [No. 375] [Clerk of the House].

5National Lottery,—(1) Report, and

(2) Summary Financial Statement

of the Arts Council of Wales for 2000–01 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1National Health Service and Health Care Professionals Bill,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Sir George Young from Standing Committee A (nominated in respect of the Bill); and nominated in substitution Mr Peter Atkinson.

2Draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2001,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Roger Godsiff from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Christine Russell.

3Draft Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Lithuania) Order 2001 and the draft Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan) Order 2001,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Bill Tynan from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Orders); and nominated in substitution Andy King.

4Draft Community Legal Service (Cost Protection) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2001,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Hilton Dawson and Rachel Squire from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mr Adrian Bailey and Tony Cunningham.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Radioactive Waste Policy Sub-Committee of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [Radioactive Waste Policy]; to be printed [No. 407-i] [Mr David Curry].

2Human Rights,—(1) Third Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights [Proceeds of Crime Bill]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings relating to the Report [No. 405]; and

(2) Fourth Report from the Committee [Sex Discrimination (Election Candidates) Bill]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings relating to the Report [No. 406]

[Jean Corston].

3Public Accounts,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Better Regulation: Making Good Use of Regulatory Impact Assessments]; to be printed [No. 408-i] [Mr Edward Leigh].


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[No. 60.]

Tuesday 27th November 2001.

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.

PRAYERS.

1International Development Bill [Lords],—Mr Win Griffiths reported from Standing Committee D, That it had gone through the International Development Bill [Lords] and made an Amendment thereunto.

Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow.

Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 410].

2Home Energy Conservation Bill,—Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Home Energy Conservation Bill be printed [Bill 11–EN].

3New Member makes Affirmation,—Christopher David Mole, Member for Ipswich, made the Affirmation required by law.

4Compulsory Voting,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the Representation of the People Act 1983 to make voting compulsory in all Parliamentary elections; and for connected purposes—(Mr Gareth R. Thomas);

And the Motion being opposed, after a brief explanatory statement from the Member who made the Motion and from a Member who opposed it, the Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Standing Order No. 23 (Motions for leave to bring in bills and nomination of select committees at commencement of public business):—It was agreed to.

Ordered, That Mr Gareth R. Thomas, Fiona Mactaggart, Mr Paul Marsden, Mr Peter Kilfoyle, David Winnick, Linda Perham, Mr Tom Watson, Mark Tami, Mr Tony Colman and Martin Linton do prepare and bring in the Bill.

5Compulsory Voting Bill,—Mr Gareth R. Thomas accordingly presented a Bill to amend the Representation of the People Act 1983 to make voting compulsory in all Parliamentary elections; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 18th January and to be printed [Bill 58].

6Employment Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Employment Bill;

And a Motion being made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read a second time;

An Amendment was proposed to the Question, to leave out from the word ‘That' to the end of the Question and add the words ‘this House regrets that a wider debate has not taken place on how the benefits and burdens arising from the Employment Bill are shared between individuals and the workplace; declines to give a Second Reading to the Bill because, although it contains welcome measures which promote family friendly practices in the workplace and which seek to improve dispute resolution procedures, it depends excessively on secondary legislation which is likely to impose significant extra burdens on business, especially small businesses; and because it will impose extra costs on business, further damaging British competitiveness at a time when manufacturing industry is already in a fourth successive quarter of recession', instead thereof.—(Mr John Whittingdale.)

And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Dr Julian Lewis, Mrs Cheryl Gillan: 134.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Tony McNulty, Mr Nick Ainger: 311.

So the Question was negatived.

And the Main Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 62 (Amendment on second or third reading);

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Tony McNulty, Mr Nick Ainger: 307.

Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Dr Julian Lewis: 131.

So the Question was agreed to.

The Bill was accordingly read a second time.

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7Employment Bill (Programme),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Order [28th June], That the following provisions shall apply to the Employment Bill:

Committal

1. The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

Programming of proceedings

2. All proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further message from the Lords) shall be programmed.

Proceedings in Standing Committee

3. Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on 22nd January 2002.

4. The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it meets.

Consideration and Third Reading

5. Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at Nine o'clock on the day on which those proceedings are commenced or, if that day is a Thursday, at Six o'clock on that day.

6. Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at Ten o'clock on the day on which those proceedings are commenced or, if that day is a Thursday, at Seven o'clock on that day.

7. Sessional Order B (Programming Committees) made by the House on 28th June 2001 shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading—(Mr Graham Stringer);

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Tony McNulty, Mr Nick Ainger: 294.

Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Dr Julian Lewis: 134.

So the Question was agreed to.

8Employment Bill [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Employment Bill [Money];

A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 52 (Money resolutions and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills), That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Employment Bill, it is expedient to authorise—

(1) the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—

(a) any expenditure incurred by a Minister of the Crown or government department under the Act,

(b) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums which under any other Act are payable out of money so provided;

(2) the payment into the Consolidated Fund of any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable into that Fund under any other Act—(Mr Graham Stringer):—It was agreed to.

9Procedure,—Ordered, That Mr David Drew be discharged from the Procedure Committee and Mr Iain Luke be added.—(Mr Graham Stringer.)

10Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from residents of Meriden and others against the proposed development of a National Stadium on Green Belt Land was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

11Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Graham Stringer.)

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till nine minutes past Eleven o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 11.09 p.m.

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APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Taxes,—Variation of Stamp Duties Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3746), dated 27th November 2001 [by Act] [Mr Paul Boateng].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2Food,—Miscellaneous Food Additives (Amendment) (England) (No. 2) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3775), dated 26th November 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

3Road Traffic,—M25 Motorway (Junctions 10 to 16) (Variable Speed Limits) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3763), dated 16th November 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

4Social Care,—Preserved Rights (Transfer of Responsibilities to Local Authorities) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3776), dated 26th November 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

5Universities of Oxford and Cambridge,—Statute, dated 18th June 2001, made by the University of Cambridge, amending the Statutes of the University [by Act] [Mr Robin Cook].

Other Papers:

6Pre-Budget Report,—Paper, entitled Pre-Budget Report, November 2001: Building a stronger, fairer Britain in an uncertain world [by Command] [Cm. 5318] [Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer].

7Transport, Local Government and the Regions,—Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions Minute, dated 27th November 2001, concerning a contingent liability in respect of General Lighthouse Fund Pensions [by Command] [Mr Secretary Byers].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

1Home Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [The Government's Drugs Policy: Is it Working?]; to be printed [No. 318-iv] [Mr Chris Mullin].

2Statutory Instruments,—Eleventh Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 135-xi] [Mr David Tredinnick].

3Trade and Industry,—First Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [End of Life Vehicles Directive], 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. 299] [Mr Martin O'Neill].

4Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee on 20th and 27th November [The Bank of England November Inflation Report]; to be printed [Nos. 409-i and -ii] [Mr John McFall].

5Welsh Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee [Transport in Wales]; to be printed [No. 378-ii] [Mr Martyn Jones].


[No. 60; WH, No. 29.]

Tuesday 26th November 2001.

The House sitting in Westminster Hall [pursuant to Order of 20th November 2000].

The sitting commenced at half-past Nine o'clock.

Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned—(Mr Nick Ainger);

And it being Two o'clock, the sitting was adjourned without Question put, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 2 p.m.


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[No. 61.]

Wednesday 28th November 2001.

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.

PRAYERS.

1Greenham and Crookham Commons Bill,—The First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means reported from the Committee on Unopposed Bills, That it had examined the allegations contained in the Preamble to the Greenham and Crookham Commons Bill and had amended the same so as to make it consistent with the facts as proved by the evidence adduced, and found the same, as amended, to be true; and had gone through the Bill and made Amendments thereunto.

Bill, as amended in the Committee, to lie upon the Table.

2Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr John Cummings reported from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft The Local Government Commission for England (Transfer of Functions) Order 2001.

Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.

3Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Nicholas Winterton reported from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Enforcement of External Orders) Order 2001.

Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.

4Welsh Grand Committee,—Mr Win Griffiths reported from the Welsh Grand Committee, That it had considered the matter of the Pre-Budget Statement and its implications for Wales, referred to it on 14th November.

5European Standing Committee C,—Mr Bill Olner reported from European Standing Committee C the following Resolution:

That the Committee takes note of European Union documents Nos. 5619/01, the Commission Green Paper, Towards a European Strategy for the Security of Energy Supply, and 7218/01, relating to common rules for the internal market in electricity and natural gas; and supports the Government's welcome of both these documents as the Green Paper provides analysis of the energy supply situation and the proposed Directive and Regulation would increase competition in the internal energy market and facilitate cross-border trading in electricity and thereby contribute to security of supply.

Report, together with Resolution, to lie upon the Table.

6Tax Credits Bill,—Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, supported by Mr Secretary Darling, Mr Andrew Smith, Secretary Estelle Morris, Dawn Primarolo, Mr Paul Boateng and Ruth Kelly, presented (under Standing Order No. 50 (Procedure upon bills whose main object is to create a charge upon the public revenue)) a Bill to make provision for tax credits; to amend the law about child benefit and guardian's allowance; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 59].

Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Tax Credits Bill be printed [Bill 59–EN].

7Prime Minister (Office, Role and Functions),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to define the office, role and functions of the Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury; to make arrangements for his appointment; and for connected purposes—(Mr Graham Allen);

And the Motion being opposed, after a brief explanatory statement from the Member who made the Motion and from a Member who opposed it, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Standing Order No. 23 (Motions for leave to bring in bills and nomination of select committees at commencement of public business):—It was agreed to.

Ordered, That Mr Graham Allen, Mr Nicholas Winterton, Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody, Mr Archy Kirkwood, Mr David Curry, Donald Anderson, Mr Michael Mates, Jean Corston, Mr John Horam, Mr Chris Mullin, Dr Ian Gibson and Mr Edward Leigh do prepare and bring in the Bill.

8Prime Minister (Office, Role and Functions) Bill,—Mr Graham Allen accordingly presented a Bill to define the office, role and functions of the Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury; to make arrangements for his appointment; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 19th July and to be printed [Bill 60].

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9Civil Defence (Grant) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Civil Defence (Grant) Bill;

And a Motion being made, and the Question being put, That the Bill be now read a second time;

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Ivor Caplin, Mr John Heppell: 292.

Tellers for the Noes, Dr Julian Lewis, Mr Charles Hendry: 159.

So the Question was agreed to.

The Bill was accordingly read a second time and stood committed to a Standing Committee.

10Civil Defence (Grant) Bill [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Civil Defence (Grant) Bill [Money];

A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 52 (Money resolutions and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills), That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Civil Defence (Grant) Bill, it is expedient to authorise—

(1) the payment out of money provided by Parliament of grants made by a Minister of the Crown to authorities with functions under section 2 of the Civil Defence Act 1948, and

(2) the payment of sums into the Consolidated Fund—(Angela Smith):—It was agreed to.

11Rehabilitation of Offenders,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 19th November, be approved—(Angela Smith):—It was agreed to.

12Legal Services Commission,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Community Legal Service (Cost Protection) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2001, which were laid before this House on 30th October, be approved—(Angela Smith):—It was agreed to.

13Income Tax,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Lithuania) Order 2001 be made in the form of the draft laid before this House on 14th November—(Angela Smith):—It was agreed to.

Address to be presented to Her Majesty by such Members of this House as are of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council or of Her Majesty's Household.

14Income Tax,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan) Order 2001 be made in the form of the draft laid before this House on 14th November—(Angela Smith):—It was agreed to.

Address to be presented to Her Majesty by such Members of this House as are of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council or of Her Majesty's Household.

15Nurses and Midwives,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 15th November, be approved—(Angela Smith);

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Ivor Caplin, Mr John Heppell: 289.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Charles Hendry, Mr David Wilshire: 152.

So the Question was agreed to.

16Health Professions,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Health Professions Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 15th November, be approved—(Angela Smith);

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The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Ivor Caplin, Mr John Heppell: 292.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Wilshire, Mr Charles Hendry: 113.

So the Question was agreed to.

17Regulatory Reform,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 18 (Consideration of draft deregulation, etc., orders), That the draft Regulatory Reform (Special Occasions Licensing) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 16th November, be approved—(Angela Smith):—It was agreed to.

18Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Angela Smith);

And it being Ten o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put.

19Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Nick Ainger);

And the Motion having been made at Ten 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, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 10.30 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Deregulation,—Draft Deregulation (Disposals of Dwelling-houses by Local Authorities) Order 2001, together with a statement by the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2Agriculture,—Environmentally Sensitive Areas (Stage II) Designation (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3774), dated 22nd November 2001 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

3Financial Services and Markets,—(1) Financial Services and Markets Act (Consequential Amendments) (No. 2) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3801), and

(2) Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) (Amendment No. 2) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3800)

dated 28th November 2001 [by Act] [Ruth Kelly].

4Income Tax,—(1) Enterprise Management Incentives (Gross Asset Requirement) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3799), dated 27th November 2001,

(2) Individual Savings Account (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3778), dated 28th November 2001, and

(3) Personal Equity Plan (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3777), dated 28th November 2001

[by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

5National Health Service,—(1) Care Trusts (Applications and Consultation) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3788),

(2) National Health Service Trusts (Membership and Procedure) Amendment (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3786), and

(3) Primary Care Trusts (Membership, Procedure and Administration Arrangements) Amendment (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3787),

dated 27th November 2001, and

(4) Health Service Medicines (Information on the Prices of Specified Generic Medicines) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3798)

dated 28th November 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

6Taxes,—Stamp Duty Reserve Tax (UK Depositary Interests in Foreign Securities) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3779), dated 28th November 2001 [by Act] [Ruth Kelly].

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Other Papers:

7Defence Executive Agencies,—Report and Accounts of the Defence Procurement Agency for 2000–01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 243] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

8Health and Safety,—Report and Accounts of the Health and Safety Commission for 2000–01, and Accounts of the Health and Safety Executive for 2000–01, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 228] [Clerk of the House].

9Overseas Development,—Report of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom for the year ending 30th September 2000 [by Act] [Secretary Clare Short].

10Public Petitions,—Observations by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the Petition [26th March, in the last Session of Parliament] from the Guisborough Amateur Swimming Club and others for the improvement of facilities for swimming in Guisborough [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

11Regulatory Reform,—Proposal under the Regulatory Reform Act 2001 for a Regulatory Reform (Golden Jubilee Licensing) Order 2002, together with a statement by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

12Transport,—Paper, entitled Development of a Rural Road Hierarchy for Speed Management: Progress Report October 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

13Treasury,—Treasury Minute, dated 28th November 2001, concerning contingent liabilities undertaken, and a further proposed contingent liability, in respect of the provision of third party (war and terrorism) insurance cover to UK operating airlines and the UK airline industry [by Command] [Mr Andrew Smith].

14Wales,—Resource Accounts of the Wales Office (Office of the Secretary of State for Wales) for 2000–01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 288] [Mr Paul Boateng].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Copyright, etc. and Trade Marks (Offences and Enforcement) Bill,—The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee C, and has appointed Mr Joe Benton Chairman.

2British Overseas Territories Bill [Lords]:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee D, and has appointed Mr John Butterfill Chairman; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Ben Bradshaw, Mr Ivor Caplin, Jeremy Corbyn, Jon Cruddas, Mr Parmjit Dhanda, Mr John Grogan, Mr Lindsay Hoyle, Mr Eric Joyce, Mr Michael Moore, Anne Picking, Mr John Randall, Bob Russell, Mr Richard Spring, Dr Phyllis Starkey, Mr Michael Trend and Angela Watkinson.

3Employment Bill:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee F; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated twenty-two Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Brian Cotter, Mr Philip Hammond, John Healey, Mr Charles Hendry, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mrs Joan Humble, Alan Johnson, Helen Jones, Norman Lamb, Mr Bob Laxton, Mr Tony Lloyd, Judy Mallaber, Rob Marris, Mr George Osborne, Mr Ian Pearson, Mr Mark Prisk, Mr Mark Simmonds, Geraldine Smith, Mark Tami, Malcolm Wicks, Mrs Betty Williams and Hywel Williams.

4Draft Electricity and Gas (Energy Efficiency Obligations) Order 2001:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Derek Conway Chairman; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Nick Ainger, Vera Baird, Tony Baldry, Mr Colin Breed, Dr Jack Cunningham, Mr Hilton Dawson, Mr Mark Francois, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Mr Roger Godsiff, Mr Michael Meacher, Mr Mike O'Brien, Mr Geoffrey Robinson, Mr Terry Rooney, Mr Jonathan Sayeed, Mr Clive Soley and Mr Roger Williams.

5Draft Local Authorities (Contracting Out of Highway Functions) (England) Order 2001 and the draft Street Works (Charges for Occupation of the Highway) (England) Regulations 2001:

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(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order and draft Regulations to the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Win Griffiths Chairman; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Ms Diane Abbott, Peter Bottomley, Mr Julian Brazier, Sir Sydney Chapman, Mr Wayne David, Paul Farrelly, Alan Howarth, Ms Sally Keeble, Mr Kevin McNamara, Chris Mole, Mr Malcolm Moss, Mr Adrian Sanders, Mr Dave Watts, Mr Phil Woolas, David Wright and Richard Younger-Ross.

6Draft Social Security (Loss of Benefit) Regulations 2001:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Nigel Beard Chairman; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Bob Blizzard, Mr Julian Brazier, Mr James Clappison, Sir Patrick Cormack, Denzil Davies, Mrs Janet Dean, Mr Edward Garnier, Paul Holmes, Mr Khalid Mahmood, Mr Brian Sedgemore, Angela Smith, Mr Chris Smith, Dr Rudi Vis, Steve Webb, Malcolm Wicks and Mr James Wray.

7Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Enforcement of External Orders) Order 2001,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Jon Cruddas, Paul Farrelly and Mr James Wray from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution David Cairns, Mr Tom Clarke and Ann McKechin.

8Draft Driving Licences (Disqualification until Test Passed) (Prescribed Offence) Order 2001,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Bill O'Brien Chairman of the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

European Standing Committees

9European Union document No. 13425/01, relating to the European Arrest Warrant, has been referred to European Standing Committee B.

APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees

1Defence,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence Committee [The Threat from Terrorism]; to be printed [Nos. 348-iii and -iv] [Mr Bruce George].

2Education and Skills,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Skills Committee [Department for Education and Skills: The Next Four Years]; to be printed [Nos. 304-v] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

3Environmental Audit,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee [Departmental Responsibilities for Sustainable Development]; to be printed [No. 326-iii] [Mr John Horam].

4Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [Flooding]; to be printed [No. 411-i] [Mr David Curry].

5European Scrutiny,—Eighth Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 152-viii] [Mr Jim Marshall].

6Foreign Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [Gibraltar]; to be printed [Nos. 413-i and -ii] [Donald Anderson].

7Public Accounts,—Part of the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Giving Confidently: The Role of the Charity Commission in Regulating Charities]; to be printed [No. 412-i] [Mr Edward Leigh].

8Transport, Local Government and the Regions,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Sub-Committee of the Transport, Local Government and the Regions Committee [London Underground]; to be printed [No. 387-ii] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

9Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee of the Treasury Committee [HM Customs and Excise: The Roques Report]; to be printed [No. 371-ii] [Mr John McFall].

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[No. 61; WH, No. 30.]

Wednesday 28th November 2001.

The House sitting in Westminster Hall [pursuant to Order of 20th November 2000].

The sitting commenced at half-past Nine o'clock.

Adjournment,—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Mr Tony McNulty.)

And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.59 p.m.


[No. 62.]

Thursday 29th November 2001.

The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock.

PRAYERS.

1Land Registration Bill [Lords],—Mr Mike Hancock reported from the Second Reading Committee on the Land Registration Bill [Lords], That it had come to the following Resolution, which it had directed him to report to the House: That the Committee recommends that the Land Registration Bill [Lords] ought to be read a second time.

Report to lie upon the Table.

Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 414].

2Human Reproductive Cloning Bill [Lords] (Allocation of Time),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That the following provisions shall apply to the proceedings on the Human Reproductive Cloning Bill [Lords]—

Timetable

1. Proceedings on Second Reading, in Committee, on consideration and on Third Reading shall be completed at today's sitting and shall be brought to a conclusion, if not previously concluded, at Seven o'clock.

Questions to be put

2. When the Bill has been read a second time—

(a) it shall, notwithstanding Standing Order No. 63 (Committal of bills), stand committed to a Committee of the whole House without any Question being put;

(b) the Speaker shall leave the Chair whether or not notice of an Instruction has been given.

3. On the conclusion of proceedings in Committee the Chairman shall report the Bill to the House without putting any Question and, if the Bill is reported with Amendments, the House shall proceed to consider the Bill as amended without any Question being put.

4. For the purpose of bringing any proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with paragraph 1 the Speaker or Chairman shall forthwith put the following Questions (but no others)—

(a) any Question already proposed from the Chair;

(b) any Question necessary to bring to a decision a Question so proposed;

(c) the Question on any Amendment moved or Motion made by a Minister of the Crown;

(d) any other Question necessary for the disposal of the business to be concluded.

5. On a Motion so made for a new Clause or a new Schedule, the Chairman or Speaker shall put only the Question that the Clause or Schedule be added to the Bill.

Miscellaneous

6. Standing Order No. 15(1) (Exempted business) shall apply to proceedings on the Bill at today's sitting.

7. The proceedings on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown for varying or supplementing the provisions of this Order shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion one hour after commencement, and Standing Order No. 15(1) shall apply to those proceedings.

8. Standing Order No. 82 (Business Committee) shall not apply in relation to proceedings on the Bill.

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9. No Motion shall be made to alter the order in which any proceedings on the Bill are taken.

10. No dilatory Motion shall be made in relation to the Bill except by a Minister of the Crown.

11. No debate shall be permitted on any Motion to recommit the Bill (whether as a whole or otherwise) and the Speaker shall put forthwith any Question necessary to dispose of the Motion, including the Question on any Amendment moved to the Question.

12. If at today's sitting a Motion for the adjournment of the House under Standing Order No. 24 (Adjournment on specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration) stands over to Four o'clock and proceedings on the Bill have begun before that time, the Motion for the adjournment shall stand over until the conclusion of proceedings on the Bill.

13. If the House is adjourned at today's sitting, or the sitting is suspended, before the conclusion of proceedings on the Bill, no notice shall be required of a Motion made at the next sitting by a Minister of the Crown for varying or supplementing the provisions of this Order—(Ms Hazel Blears);

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Ivor Caplin, Mr Tony McNulty: 259.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Charles Hendry, Mr Laurence Robertson: 171.

So the Question was agreed to.

3Human Reproductive Cloning Bill [Lords],—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Human Reproductive Cloning Bill [Lords];

And a Motion being made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read a second time;

An Amendment was proposed to the Question, to leave out from the word ‘That' to the end of the Question and add the words ‘this House declines to give a Second Reading to the Human Reproductive Cloning Bill because it does not address the subject of therapeutic cloning; it does not prevent the creation of embryos by cell nuclear replacement; it does not define terms central to the Bill, such as “fertilisation” and “embryo”; and it fails to address the wider issues raised by the prospect of the creation of a cloned human being', instead thereof.—(Mr Edward Leigh.)

And the Question being proposed, That the Amendment be made;

And it being Seven o'clock, the Deputy Speaker put the Question already proposed from the Chair, pursuant to Order [this day].

The Question being put, That the Amendment be made;

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Paul Goodman, Mr Paul Marsden: 49.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Tony McNulty, Mr John Heppell: 288.

So the Question was negatived.

And the Main Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 62 (Amendment on second or third reading):—It was agreed to.

The Bill was accordingly read a second time.

The House, pursuant to Order [this day], resolved itself into a Committee on the Bill.

(In the Committee)

It being after Seven o'clock, the Chairman put the Questions necessary for the disposal of the business to be concluded at that hour.

Clauses Nos. 1 and 2 agreed to.

Whereupon the Chairman left the Chair to report the Bill to the House.


The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair, and Mr Graham Stringer reported, That the Committee had gone through the Bill, and made no Amendment thereunto.

The Deputy Speaker then put the remaining Question necessary for the disposal of the business to be concluded at Seven o'clock.

The Bill was read the third time and passed, without Amendment.

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4Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from residents of Carshalton and Wallington and others in favour of the Home Energy Conservation Bill was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

5Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Graham Stringer.)

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till a quarter to Eight o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 7.45 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Education,—Education (School Attendance Targets) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3785), dated 27th November 2001 [by Act] [Secretary Estelle Morris].

2Health and Safety,—Equipment and Protective Systems Intended for Use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3766), dated 22nd November 2001 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

3Taxes,—Stamp Duty (Disadvantaged Areas) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3747), dated 29th November 2001 [by Act] [Mr Paul Boateng].

Other Papers:

4Courts and Legal Services,—Report and Accounts of the Court Service for 2000–01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 356] [Mr Michael Wills].

5Defence,—Ministry of Defence Minute, dated 29th November 2001, concerning the gifting of surplus Challenger 2 ammunition to the Government of Oman [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

6Freedom of Information,—Report, under section 87(5) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, on proposals for bringing fully into force those provisions of the Act which are not yet fully in force [by Act]; to be printed [No. 367] [Mr Michael Wills].

7Supply Estimates, 2002–03,—Estimates for which a Vote on Account is required for 2002–03 for—

(1) Central Government [by Command]; to be printed [No. 392] [Mr Andrew Smith];

(2) the Electoral Commission [by Command]; to be printed [No. 395] [The Speaker]; and

(3) the House of Commons [by Command]; to be printed [No. 393] [The Speaker].

8Supply Estimates, 2001–02,—(1) Winter Supplementary Estimates for 2001–02 for—

(a) British Trade International [by Command] [Cm. 5299] [Ms Secretary Hewitt];

(b) the Cabinet Office [by Command] [Cm. 5287] [Mr Secretary Prescott];

(c) the Charity Commission [by Command] [Cm. 5285] [Mr Secretary Blunkett];

(d) the Department for Culture, Media and Sport [by Command] [Cm. 5308] [Secretary Tessa Jowell];

(e) the Department for Education and Skills [by Command] [Cm. 5335] [Secretary Estelle Morris];

(f) the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs [by Command] [Cm. 5273] [Secretary Margaret Beckett];

(g) the Department of Health [by Command] [Cm. 5331] [Mr Secretary Milburn];

(h) the Department of Trade and Industry [by Command] [Cm. 5282] [Ms Secretary Hewitt];

(i) the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions [by Command] [Cm. 5294] [Mr Secretary Byers];

(j) the Department for Work and Pensions [by Command] [Cm. 5271] [Mr Secretary Darling];

(k) the Export Credits Guarantee Department [by Command] [Cm. 5272] [Ms Secretary Hewitt];

(l) the Food Standards Agency [by Command] [Cm. 5306] [Mr Secretary Milburn];

(m) HM Customs and Excise [by Command] [Cm. 5292] [Mr Paul Boateng];

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(n) HM Treasury [by Command] [Cm. 5323] [Ruth Kelly];

(o) the Home Office [by Command] [Cm. 5314] [Mr Secretary Blunkett];

(p) the House of Commons—Members' Salaries [by Command] [Cm. 5325] [Mr Robin Cook];

(q) the House of Lords [by Command] [Cm. 5320] [Mr Andrew Smith];

(r) Inland Revenue [by Command] [Cm. 5268] [Dawn Primarolo];

(s) the Intervention Board—Executive Agency [by Command] [Cm. 5307] [Secretary Margaret Beckett];

(t) the Ministry of Defence [by Command] [Cm. 5303] [Mr Secretary Hoon];

(u) the Office of Fair Trading [by Command] [Cm. 5317] [Ms Secretary Hewitt];

(v) the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets [by Command] [Cm. 5324] [Ms Secretary Hewitt];

(w) the Office for National Statistics [by Command] [Cm. 5330] [Ruth Kelly];

(x) the Office of Telecommunications [by Command] [Cm. 5329] [Ms Secretary Hewitt];

(y) the Security and Intelligence Agencies [by Command] [Cm. 5333] [The Prime Minister]; and

(z) the Wales Office (Office of the Secretary of State for Wales) [by Command] [Cm. 5336] [Mr Secretary Murphy]; and

(2) Corrections to the Main Estimates for 2001–02, and Winter Supplementary Estimates for 2001–02, for the Lord Chancellor's Departments [by Command] [Cm. 5337] [Mr Michael Wills].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Employment Bill,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Joe Benton, Mr David Amess and Derek Conway Chairmen of Standing Committee F in respect of the Bill.

2Draft Carriage by Air Acts (Implementation of the Montreal Convention 1999) Order 2001 and the draft Carriage by Air Acts (Application of Provisions) Order 2001,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Orders); and nominated in substitution Mr Eric Pickles.

European Standing Committees

3The Speaker has appointed Mr Win Griffiths Chairman of European Standing Committee B in respect of European Union Document No. 13425/01, Draft Council Framework Decision on the European Arrest Warrant and the Surrender Procedures between the Member States.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Health,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [The Role of the Private Sector in the NHS]; to be printed [No. 308-vi] [Mr David Hinchliffe].

2Public Administration,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Public Service Reform]; to be printed [No. 263-v] [Tony Wright].

3Welsh Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee [Transport in Wales]; to be printed [No. 378-iii] [Mr Martyn Jones].


[No. 62; WH, No. 31.]

Thursday 29th November 2001.

The House sitting in Westminster Hall [pursuant to Order of 20th November 2000].

The sitting commenced at half-past Two o'clock.

Adjournment (Public Participation: Issues and Innovations—Sixth Report from the Select Committee on Public Administration, Session 2000–01),—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Mr Fraser Kemp.)

And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 4th December.

[Adjourned at 5.35 p.m.


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[No. 63.]

Friday 30th November 2001.

The House met at half-past Nine o'clock.

PRAYERS.

1Home Energy Conservation Bill,—The Home Energy Conservation Bill was, according to Order, read a second time and stood committed to a Standing Committee.

2Housing (Wales) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Housing (Wales) Bill;

And it being half-past Two o'clock, the Deputy Speaker interrupted the business.

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 12th April.

3Firearms (Amendment) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Firearms (Amendment) Bill;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 10th May.

4Environmental Audit Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Environmental Audit Bill;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 10th May.

5Firearms (Replica Weapons) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Firearms (Replica Weapons) Bill;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 15th March.

6Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Tony McNulty.)

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till Three o'clock, adjourned till Monday 3rd December.

[Adjourned at 3 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Local Government Finance,—Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 89) on Children's Services (Quality Protects) Special Grants for 2000–01 and 2001–02 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 415] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2Education,—(1) Derby College (Government) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3810),

(2) Derby College (Incorporation) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3808), and

(3) Ealing Tertiary College (Dissolution) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3809),

dated 27th November 2001; and

(4) Education Development Plans (England) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3815), dated 30th November 2001

[by Act] [Secretary Estelle Morris].

3Social Security,—Social Security Amendment (Residential Care and Nursing Homes) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3767), dated 26th November 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

Other Papers:

4Companies,—Report and Accounts of the National College for School Leadership Limited for 2000–01 [by Act] [Secretary Estelle Morris].

5Defence,—Ministry of Defence Performance Report for 2000–01 [by Command] [Cm. 5290] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

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6European Communities,—Report by the Department of Trade and Industry on the exercise of powers conferred by certain sections of the European Communities Act 1972 and the Customs and Excise Duties (General Reliefs) Act 1979, for 2000–01 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 148] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

7Northern Ireland Office Executive Agencies,—Report and Accounts of Forensic Science Northern Ireland for 2000–01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 342] [Mr Secretary Reid].

8Supply Estimates, 2001–02,—Winter Supplementary Estimates for 2001–02 for—

(1) the Department for International Development [by Command] [Cm. 5334] [Secretary Clare Short];

(2) the Law Officers' Departments [by Command] [Cm. 5293] [The Solicitor General]; and

(3) the Postal Services Commission [by Command] [Cm. 5328] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Draft Driving Licences (Disqualification until Test Passed) (Prescribed Offence) Order 2001,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Ian Davidson, Mr Tony Lloyd and Mr Frank Roy from the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Dr Hywel Francis, Mr David Kidney and Mr Ernie Ross.

2Employment Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),—The Speaker has appointed Brian Cotter, Mr Philip Hammond, Mr Charles Hendry, Alan Johnson, Mr Bob Laxton, Rob Marris and Mr Ian Pearson members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee F in respect of the Bill.



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