Session 2004-2005

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J O U R N A L S


OF THE


HOUSE OF COMMONS




Session 2004–05


The Fifty-Third Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

[No. 1.]

Tuesday 23rd November 2004.

The House met at twenty-five minutes past Eleven o'clock.

PRAYERS.

1Message to attend Her Majesty,—A Message from Her Majesty was delivered by the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod.

Mr Speaker,

The Queen commands this Honourable House to attend Her Majesty immediately, in the House of Peers.

Accordingly, the Speaker, with the House, went up to attend Her Majesty:—And having returned;

The Speaker resumed the Chair at half-past Two o'clock.

2Speaker's Statement,—The Speaker made a Statement to the House, pursuant to the Resolution of 3rd November 2004.

3Metropolitan Police,—Ordered, That the Commissioner of the Police of the Metropolis do take care that the passages through the streets leading to this House be kept free and open and that no obstruction be permitted to hinder the passage of Members to and from this House during the sitting of Parliament, or to hinder Members by any means in the pursuit of their Parliamentary duties in the Parliamentary Estate; and that the Serjeant at Arms attending this House do communicate this Order to the Commissioner.

4Outlawries,—A Bill for the more effectual preventing Clandestine Outlawries was read the first time and ordered to be read a second time.

5Standing Orders (Public Business),—Ordered, That the Standing Orders relating to Public Business be printed [No. 2].

6Queen's Speech,—The Speaker reported Her Majesty's Speech and directed that it be entered in the Journal, as follows:

My Lords and Members of the House of Commons

My Government will continue to pursue policies which entrench economic stability and promote growth and prosperity.

My Government will continue to reform the public services to ensure they provide more security and opportunity for all.

My Government attaches the highest importance to extending educational opportunity so that all individuals can realise their full potential and the country can benefit from the talents of all its people. A Bill will be introduced to streamline the regime of school inspections to help raise standards for every child in every school.

A Bill will be introduced to extend financial support for 16 to 19 year olds engaged in training and education.

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My Government recognises that we live in a time of global uncertainty with an increased threat from international terrorism and organised crime. Measures to extend opportunity will be accompanied by legislation to increase security for all.

My Government will legislate to introduce an identity cards scheme, and will publish proposals to support the continuing fight against terrorism in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.

Legislation will be introduced to establish the Serious Organised Crime Agency, and the powers the police and others have to fight crime will be strengthened. In particular, the Bill will introduce new measures to deal with harassment by animal rights extremists.

My Government will introduce legislation to tackle the problem of drug abuse and the crime that flows from it, and will tackle the disorder and violence that can arise from the abuse of alcohol.

My Government has always recognised the importance of clean and safe neighbourhoods. There will be further legislation to tackle anti-social behaviour.

A Bill will be introduced to help to reduce further the numbers of those killed or injured on the roads.

My Government will bring forward legislation to reduce re-offending by improving the management of offenders.

A draft Bill will be published to tackle juvenile crime through more effective rehabilitation and sentencing.

Legislation will be introduced to reform the criminal defence service, making better use of legal aid resources. A draft Bill will be published to support those with legitimate civil claims and reform the system of tribunals.

A draft Bill will be published to introduce a new offence of corporate manslaughter.

My Government will continue to take action to secure high levels of employment as it reforms the welfare state.

My Government will continue to provide protection from discrimination and exploitation.

Legislation will be introduced to combat discrimination in the provision of goods and services on the grounds of religion, as well as race, sex and disability. A single Commission for Equality and Human Rights will be established.

My Government will maintain its commitment to social justice and legislate to increase the rights of disabled people.

My Government will continue its reform of the National Health Service, offering more information, power and choice to patients, with equal access for all and free at the point of delivery.

My Government will continue with legislation to provide a statutory framework for dealing with the financial, health and welfare decisions of those people who might lack capacity through mental illness or disability.

Measures to reform the law on mental health will continue to undergo pre-legislative scrutiny.

My Government believes that the welfare of children is paramount. Draft legislation will be published to safeguard the welfare of children in circumstances of parental separation and inter-country adoption.

Consumer credit law will be updated to provide greater protection from unfair lending practices and create a fairer and more competitive credit market.

My Government will also introduce a Bill to improve standards of animal welfare and increase the penalties for abuse.

My Government will continue to modernise the constitution and institutions of our country to ensure they are equipped to meet the challenges of the future.

Legislation will be brought forward to provide a modern and comprehensive framework for statutory inquiries into matters of public concern.

My Government will continue to take forward in this Session the constitutional legislation introduced last year.

A Bill will be introduced to give effect to the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union, subject to a referendum.

My Government is committed to reducing bureaucracy and the costs of Government, and to promoting efficiency. A Bill will be introduced to integrate the Inland Revenue and Her Majesty's Customs and Excise.

My Government recognises the importance of modern, effective and safe transport to meet the needs of the public and the wider economy.

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Legislation will be introduced to streamline the organisation of the national rail system to improve performance.

A Bill will be brought forward to authorise the construction of Crossrail.

The Government will continue to legislate to allow local authorities to provide innovative and safe school transport.

My Government believes that the voluntary sector is a great strength of this country. Charity law will be modernised so that a vibrant, diverse and independent charitable sector can continue to flourish with public confidence.

My Government will introduce legislation to consolidate the distribution of lottery money to good causes.

Proposals will be published to protect the nation's rural heritage, through draft legislation to modernise the management of common land, and to create new arrangements to deliver rural policy.

Members of the House of Commons

Estimates for the Public Services will be laid before you.

My Lords and Members of the House of Commons

My Government will continue to work closely with the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales, and will work to bring about the conditions necessary for the restoration of the political institutions in Northern Ireland.

Legislation will be introduced to provide the Welsh Assembly with a range of transport related powers.

Other measures will be laid before you.

The Duke of Edinburgh and I look forward to our visit to Canada. We look forward to receiving the state visit of His Excellency the President of the Republic of Korea and receiving the state visit of His Excellency the President of Italy. To mark the centenary of Norway's independence, we also look forward to receiving Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway.

My Government will assume the Presidency of the European Union in July and will use this opportunity to work towards building an increasingly prosperous and secure Europe.

In addition to the European Union Presidency, my Government will hold the G8 Presidency in 2005, which will include working on the important issues of Africa and climate change.

My Government will continue to work with partners around the world to prevent terrorism and the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, and the problems of drug smuggling and international crime.

My Government will work to strengthen commitment on both sides of the Atlantic to the transatlantic relationship and to the continued effectiveness of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and will work with the international community to strengthen the United Nations.

My Government will continue to support the Government of Iraq to provide security and stability and ensure that elections can be held in January.

My Government will continue to support efforts to build peace in the Middle East, to promote democratic reform and reduce conflict and extremism.

My Lords and Members of the House of Commons

I pray that the blessing of Almighty God may rest upon your counsels.

7Queen's Speech (Motion for an Address),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, as follows:

Most Gracious Sovereign,

We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled, beg leave to offer our humble thanks to Your Majesty for the Gracious Speech which Your Majesty has addressed to both Houses of Parliament—(Mr George Howarth);

Ordered, That the Debate be now adjourned.—(Bridget Prentice.)

Debate to be resumed to-morrow.

8Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Bridget Prentice.)

And accordingly, the House, having continued to sit till seven minutes to Nine o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 8.53 p.m.

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APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers presented by Her Majesty's Command and delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office during the Prorogation of Parliament pursuant to Standing Order No. 158 (Presentation of command papers):

Monday 22nd November 2004

1Treaty Series (No. 47, 2004),—Exchange of Notes, done at Kinshasa on 25th February and 9th June 2004, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo concerning Certain Commercial Debts (The United Kingdom/Democratic Republic of Congo Debt Agreement No. 10 (2002) Amendment) [Cm. 6400] [Mr Secretary Straw].

Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Tuesday 23rd November 2004:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2Income Tax,—Income Tax (Exemption of Minor Benefits) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3087), dated 23rd November 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Dawn Primarolo].

3Pensions,—Occupational Pension Schemes (Minimum Funding Requirement and Actuarial Valuations) Amendment Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3031), dated 17th November 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Johnson].

Other Papers:

4Air Force (Constitution),—Amendment List 14 to Air Publication 1269: The Royal Air Force—Manual of Medical Management and Administration (Eighth Edition) [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

5Foreign Affairs,—Government Response to the Eighth Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee, Session 2003–04, on Foreign and Commonwealth Office Annual Report 2003–04 [by Command] [Cm. 6415] [Mr Secretary Straw].

6Foreign and Commonwealth Office,—Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minute, dated 23rd November 2004, concerning the gifting of VIP-related equipment to Pakistan [by Command] [Mr Secretary Straw].

7Government Trading Funds,—Treasury Minute, dated 19th November 2004, on the Driving Standards Agency Trading Fund [by Act] [Mr Paul Boateng].

8National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Department of Health: Reforming NHS Dentistry: Ensuring effective management of risks [by Act]; to be printed [No. 25] [Clerk of the House].

9Treaty Series (No. 46, 2004),—Rotterdam Convention, done at Rotterdam on 10th September 1998, on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade [by Command] [Cm. 6390] [Mr Secretary Straw].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

Foreign Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [Foreign Policy Aspects of the War against Terrorism]; to be printed [No. 36-i] [Mr Donald Anderson].


CHAIRMEN'S PANEL

 In pursuance of Standing Order No. 4 (Chairmen's Panel) the Speaker nominated Mrs Irene Adams, Mr David Amess, Janet Anderson, Mr Nigel Beard, Miss Anne Begg, Mr Joe Benton, Sir John Butterfill, Mr Martin Caton, Mr David Chidgey, Derek Conway, Frank Cook, Mr James Cran, Mr John Cummings, Mr Eric Forth, Mr Roger Gale, Mr Win Griffiths, Mr Mike Hancock, Mr Jimmy Hood, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mr Alan Hurst, Mr Eric Illsley, Mr John McWilliam, Mr Bill O'Brien, Mr Edward O'Hara, Mr Bill Olner, Mr Peter Pike, Dame Marion Roe, Mr Jonathan Sayeed, Mr George Stevenson, David Taylor, Miss Ann Widdecombe and Sir Nicholas Winterton to be members of the Chairmen's Panel during this Session.


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[No. 2.]

Wednesday 24th November 2004.

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

PRAYERS.

1Spoliation Advisory Panel,—Resolved, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, That she will be graciously pleased to give directions that there will be laid before this House a Return of the Report of the Spoliation Advisory Panel in respect of a painting now in possession of Glasgow City Council by the Right Honourable Sir David Hirst.—(Mr Richard Caborn.)

2Mental Capacity Bill,—Mr David Lammy, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Blunkett, Mr Secretary Reid, Ms Rosie Winterton and Mr Christopher Leslie, presented a Bill to make new provision relating to persons who lack capacity; to establish a superior court of record called the Court of Protection in place of the office of the Supreme Court called by that name; to make provision in connection with the Convention on the International Protection of Adults signed at the Hague on 13th January 2000; and for connected purposes.

Pursuant to Standing Order No. 80A (Carry-over of bills) and Order [11th October], the Bill was read the first and second time without Question put, and was ordered to be considered to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 1].

Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Mental Capacity Bill be printed [Bill 1–EN].

3Gambling Bill,—Secretary Tessa Jowell, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Blunkett, Mr Secretary Darling, Mr Secretary Reid, Mr Secretary Murphy, Ms Secretary Hewitt, Mr Peter Hain, Margaret Hodge and Mr Richard Caborn, presented a Bill to make provision about gambling.

Pursuant to Standing Order No. 80A (Carry-over of bills) and Order [1st November], the Bill was read the first and second time without Question put, was ordered to be printed [Bill 2], and stood committed to a Standing Committee in respect of Clauses Nos. 33 to 337 and Schedules Nos. 6 to 15.

Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Gambling Bill be printed [Bill 2–EN].

4Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill,—Mr Secretary Blunkett, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Straw, Ms Secretary Hewitt and Caroline Flint, presented a Bill to provide for the establishment and functions of the Serious Organised Crime Agency; to make provision about investigations, prosecutions, offenders and witnesses in criminal proceedings and the protection of persons involved in investigations or proceedings; to provide for the implementation of certain international obligations relating to criminal matters; to amend the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002; to make further provision for combatting crime and disorder, including new provision about powers of arrest and search warrants; to make further provision about the police and policing and persons supporting the police; to make provision about criminal records; to provide for the Private Security Industry Act 2001 to extend to Scotland; 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 5].

Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill be printed [Bill 5–EN].

5Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Bill,—Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, supported by Mr Secretary Blunkett, Mr Paul Boateng, Dawn Primarolo, the Solicitor General, John Healey and Mr Stephen Timms, presented a Bill to make provision for the appointment of Commissioners to exercise functions presently vested in the Commissioners of Inland Revenue and the Commissioners of Customs and Excise; for the establishment of a Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office; 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 3].

Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Bill be printed [Bill 3–EN].

6School Transport Bill,—Mr Secretary Clarke, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Darling, Mr Secretary Johnson, Mr Richard Caborn, Mr Stephen Twigg and Dr Stephen Ladyman, presented a Bill to make provision for school travel schemes; and for connected purposes.

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Pursuant to Standing Order No. 80A (Carry-over of bills) and Order [28th October], the Bill was read the first and second time without Question put and was ordered to be considered to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 4].

Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the School Transport Bill be printed [Bill 4–EN].

7Queen's Speech (Motion for an Address),—The Order of the day being read, for resuming the adjourned Debate on the Question proposed yesterday, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, as follows:

Most Gracious Sovereign,

We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled, beg leave to offer our humble thanks to Your Majesty for the Gracious Speech which Your Majesty has addressed to both Houses of Parliament;

And the Question being again proposed:—The House resumed the adjourned Debate.

And it being Seven o'clock, the Debate stood adjourned.

Ordered, That the Debate be resumed to-morrow.

8Welsh Grand Committee,—Ordered, That—

(a) the matter of the Government's Legislative Programme as outlined in the Queen's Speech as it relates to Wales and Public Expenditure in Wales be referred to the Welsh Grand Committee for its consideration;

(b) the Committee shall meet at Westminster on Tuesday 7th December at twenty five minutes past Nine o'clock and between Two o'clock and half-past Four o'clock to consider the matter of the Government's Legislative Programme as outlined in the Queen's Speech as it relates to Wales and Public Expenditure in Wales, under Standing Order No. 107 (Welsh Grand Committee (matters relating exclusively to Wales)).—(Mr Tom Watson.)

9Northern Ireland Grand Committee,—Ordered, That—

(1) the matter of a multi-agency approach to tackling racially motivated attacks and harassment in Northern Ireland be referred to the Northern Ireland Grand Committee;

(2) the Committee shall meet at Westminster on Thursday 9th December, at half-past Two o'clock; and

(3) at that sitting—

(a) the Committee shall take questions under Standing Order No. 110 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (questions for oral answer)), and shall then consider the matter referred to it under paragraph (1) above;

(b) the Chairman shall interrupt proceedings not later than two and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the matter referred to the Committee; and

(c) at the conclusion of those proceedings, a motion for the adjournment of the Committee may be made by a Minister of the Crown, pursuant to paragraph (5) of Standing Order No. 116 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (sittings)).—(Mr Tom Watson.)

10Business of the House,—Ordered, That Private Members' Bills shall have precedence over Government business on 4th and 25th February; 4th and 18th March; 8th, 15th and 22nd April; 13th and 20th May; 17th and 24th June; 1st July and 14th October 2005.—(Mr Tom Watson.)

11Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from residents of central Romford against plans to close the local General Practitioner surgery in South Street was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

12Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Joan Ryan.)

And accordingly, the House, having continued to sit till twenty-six minutes past Seven o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 7.26 p.m.

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APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1European Communities,—(1) Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (European Police Office) Order 2004; and

(2) draft European Communities (Immunities and Privileges of the European Police Office) (Amendment) Order 2004

[by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Mr Secretary Straw].

2International Immunities and Privileges,—(1) Draft European Police College (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2004; and

(2) draft International Criminal Court (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2004

[by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Mr Secretary Straw].

3Northern Ireland,—Draft Agriculture (Northern Ireland) Order 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

4Terms and Conditions of Employment,—Draft Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

5Criminal Law,—(1) Burma (Prohibition on Financing) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3100); and

(2) International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (Freezing of Funds and Economic Resources of Indictees) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3099),

dated 24th November 2004 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Mr Stephen Timms].

6Medicines,—Medicines (Products for Animal Use—Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3081), dated 16th November 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

7Value Added Tax,—(1) Value Added Tax (Cars) (Amendment) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3084);

(2) Value Added Tax (Insurance) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3083); and

(3) Value Added Tax (Special Provisions) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3085),

dated 24th November 2004 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Dawn Primarolo].

Other Papers:

8Constitutional Affairs,—Government Response to the Fifth Report from the Constitutional Affairs Committee, Session 2003–04, on the Draft Criminal Defence Service Bill [by Command] [Cm. 6410] [Mr David Lammy].

9Culture, Media and Sport,—Department for Culture, Media and Sport Minute, dated 24th November 2004, approving the National Museums Liverpool as a borrower under the Government Indemnity Scheme [by Command] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

10Defence,—Ministry of Defence Minute, dated 24th November 2004, concerning the gifting of a non-core Ministry of Defence site in Aldershot to the English Churches Housing Group [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

11Government Resources and Accounts,—(1) Consolidated Resource Accounts of the Department of Trade and Industry; and

(2) Resource Accounts of the—

(i) Office of the Deputy Prime Minister; and

(ii) Department for Transport

for 2003–04, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 26, 4 and 22] [Mr Stephen Timms].

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12National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Tackling Congestion by making better use of England's motorways and trunk roads [by Act]; to be printed [No. 15] [Clerk of the House].

13National Lottery,—Review of the Arts Council, England, for 2004, incorporating Report and National Lottery Accounts [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

14Police Reform,—National Policing Plan 2005–08 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

15Spoliation Advisory Panel,—Return to an Address to Her Majesty for a Return of the Report made by the Right Honourable Sir David Hirst on The Spoliation Advisory Panel in respect of a painting now in possession of Glasgow City Council [pursuant to Resolution this day]; to be printed [No. 10] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

16Public Petitions,—Observations by the Deputy Prime Minister on:

(1) the Petition [25th October, in the last session of Parliament] from residents of Wincham and Lostock Gralam, Cheshire, against proposals to build an incinerator between Lostock Gralam and Rudheath; and

(2) the Petition [9th November, in the last session of Parliament] from residents of Epping Forest District and others for reconsideration of research underlying plans to build new houses in the Green Belt in the District

[by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

1Defence,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence Committee [Future Capabilities]; to be printed [No. 45-i] [Bruce George].

2Education and Skills,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Skills Committee [National Skills Strategy: 14–19 Education]; to be printed [No. 37-i] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

3Public Accounts,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Department of Trade and Industry: The United Kingdom's Civil Space Activities]; to be printed [No. 47-i] [Mr Edward Leigh].

4Science and Technology,—(1) First Special Report from the Science and Technology Committee [Research Assessment Exercise: a re-assessment: Government Response to the Committee's Eleventh Report, Session 2003–04]; to be printed [No. 34]; and

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Human reproductive technologies and the law]; to be printed [No. 7-i]

[Dr Ian Gibson].

5Welsh Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee [Police Service, Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour in Wales]; to be printed [No. 46-i] [Mr Martyn Jones].

6Work and Pensions,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Work and Pensions Committee [Pension Credit]; to be printed [No. 43-i] [Sir Archy Kirkwood].


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[No. 3.]

Thursday 25th November 2004.

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

PRAYERS.

1Railways Bill,—Mr Secretary Darling, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Secretary Margaret Beckett, Mr Peter Hain, Mr Secretary Johnson, Mr Tony McNulty and Charlotte Atkins, presented a Bill to amend the law relating to the provision and regulation of railway services; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Monday 29th November and to be printed [Bill 6].

Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Railways Bill be printed [Bill 6–EN].

2National Lottery Bill,—Secretary Tessa Jowell, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Blunkett, Secretary Margaret Beckett, Mr Secretary Darling, Mr Secretary Reid, Mr Secretary Murphy, Mr Secretary Clarke, Mr Peter Hain and Estelle Morris, presented a Bill to make provision about the National Lottery: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Monday 29th November and to be printed [Bill 7].

Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the National Lottery Bill be printed [Bill 7–EN].

3Queen's Speech (Motion for an Address),—The Order of the day being read, for resuming the adjourned Debate on the Question proposed on 23rd November, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, as follows:

Most Gracious Sovereign,

We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled, beg leave to offer our humble thanks to Your Majesty for the Gracious Speech which Your Majesty has addressed to both Houses of Parliament;

And the Question being again proposed:—The House resumed the adjourned Debate.

Ordered, That the Debate be now adjourned.—(Mr John Heppell.)

Debate to be resumed on Monday 29th November.

4Business of the House,—Ordered, That, at the sitting on Thursday 2nd December, proceedings on the Motion for the adjournment of the House in the name of the Prime Minister relating to fisheries may continue, though opposed, for three hours or until Six o'clock, whichever is the later, and shall then lapse if not previously disposed of.—(Mr John Heppell.)

5Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr John Heppell.)

And accordingly, the House, having continued to sit till twenty-six minutes past Six o'clock, adjourned till Monday 29th November.

[Adjourned at 6.26 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Northern Ireland,—Draft Financial Provisions (Northern Ireland) Order 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2Education,—Education (School Organisation Proposals) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3052), dated 17th November 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

3European Communities,—European Communities (Designation) (No. 6) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3037), dated 17th November 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Straw].

4Food,—Contaminants in Food (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3062), dated 18th November 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

5Local Government,—Local Authorities (Capital Finance and Accounting) (Amendment) (England) (No. 2) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3055), dated 18th November 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

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6Rating and Valuation,—Non-Domestic Rating (Alteration of Lists and Appeals) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3057), dated 18th November 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Other Papers:

7Criminal Appeal,—Report and Accounts of the Criminal Cases Review Commission for 2003–04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 9] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

8Freedom of Information,—Code of Practice on the discharge of public authorities' functions under Part I of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, issued under section 45 of the Act by the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs [by Act]; to be printed [No. 33] [Mr Christopher Leslie].

9Government Resources and Accounts,—Resource Accounts of—

(1) the Cabinet Office: Civil Superannuation; and

(2) the Government Actuary's Department

for 2003–04, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 28 and 11] [Mr Stephen Timms].

10Human Fertilisation and Embryology,—Report of the Human Fertilisation Embryology Authority for 2003–04, together with a Supplementary Statement by the Comptroller and Auditor General [by Command] [Mr Secretary Reid].

11National Lottery,—Report of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland National Lottery Fund for 2003–04 [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

12Treaty Series (No. 48, 2004),—Exchange of Notes, done at Oslo on 30th September and 4th October 2004, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Kingdom of Norway concerning the Playfair and Boa Petroleum Fields [by Command] [Cm. 6412] [Mr Secretary Straw].

Papers withdrawn:

13Report of the Registrar General for Northern Ireland for 2003 [laid 16th November, in the last Session of Parliament].

APPENDIX II

European Standing Committees

1The Speaker has appointed Mr Mike Hancock Chairman of European Standing Committee A in respect of European Union Document Nos. 9941/04, 11834/04 and 13300/04 on European Satellite Radio Navigation Programme (Galileo).

2The Speaker has appointed Mr Jonathan Sayeed Chairman of European Standing Committee C in respect of European Union Document Nos. 9824/03, 7549/04 and 9643/04 on Services of General Interest in place of Janet Anderson.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Education and Skills,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Skills Committee [Admissions to Higher Education]; to be printed [No. 41] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

2Health,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [The Influence of the Pharmaceutical Industry]; to be printed [No. 42-i] [Mr David Hinchliffe].

3Public Administration,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Choice, Voice and Public Services]; to be printed [No. 49-i] [Tony Wright].

4Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [Bank of England November 2004 Inflation Report]; to be printed [No. 48-i] [Mr John McFall].


MEMORANDUM

Westminster Hall,—In pursuance of paragraph (13) of Standing Order No. 10 (Sittings in Westminster Hall), the Speaker has approved 24th February, 17th March, 21st April, 19th May, 16th June and 14th July 2005 as days when the business taken in Westminster Hall shall be debates on select committee reports chosen by the Liaison Committee.



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