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[No. 8.]

Monday 6th December 2004.

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

PRAYERS.

1Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Eric Forth reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Agriculture (Northern Ireland) Order 2004.

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

2Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Jonathan Sayeed reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Georgia) Order 2004.

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

3Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Eric Illsley reported from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft European Police College (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2004, the draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (European Police Office) Order 2004 and the draft European Communities (Immunities and Privileges of the European Police Office) (Amendment) Order 2004.

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

4Railways Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Railways 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 declines to give a Second Reading to the Railways Bill because it increases the extent to which politicians and civil servants interfere in the running of the railways; gives the Mayor of London power over train services which begin or end beyond the boundaries of the Greater London Authority; perpetuates instability in the rail industry with regard to franchising; fails to encourage additional private investment; offers nothing to improve conditions for passengers and the travelling public; and exposes the Government's continuing disarray over the strategic direction of the industry', instead thereof.—(Mr Tim Yeo.)

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Crispin Blunt, Mr David Ruffley: 124.

Tellers for the Noes, Margaret Moran, Mr Jim Murphy: 321.

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.

5Railways Bill (Programme),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 83A (Programme motions), That the following provisions shall apply to the Railways Bill:

Committal

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

Proceedings in Standing Committee

2. Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Tuesday 18th January 2005.

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

Consideration and Third Reading

4. Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the day on which those proceedings are commenced.

5. Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on that day.

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Programming Committee

6. Standing Order No. 83B (Programming committees) shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.

Programming of proceedings

7. Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further messages from the Lords) may be programmed—(Mr Nick Ainger);

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Jim Murphy, Margaret Moran: 312.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Crispin Blunt, Mr David Ruffley: 131.

So the Question was agreed to.

6Railways Bill [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Railways 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 Railways Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—

(a) any expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State for or in connection with the carrying out of any of his functions under that Act; and

(b) any increase attributable to that Act in the sums which are payable out of money so provided under any other Act—(Mr Nick Ainger):—It was agreed to.

7Railways Bill [Ways and Means],—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 purpose of any Act resulting from the Railways Bill, it is expedient to authorise—

(a) the imposition of charges to corporation tax by provisions relating to transfer schemes; and

(b) the payment of sums into the Consolidated Fund—(Mr Nick Ainger):—It was agreed to.

8Services of General Interest,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees), That this House takes note of European Union Documents No. 9824/03, Commission Green Paper on Services of General Interest, No. 7549/04, Commission Staff Working Paper, Report on Public Consultation on the Green Paper on Services of General Interest, and No. 9643/04, Commission Communication, White Paper on Services of General Interest; welcomes the debate on Services of General Interest and supports the Government's view that, at a European Union level, sector-specific regulation continues to provide a more satisfactory approach than a horizontal framework directive on Services of General Interest—(Mr Nick Ainger):—It was agreed to.

9European Satellite Radionavigation Programme,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees), That this House takes note of European Union Documents Nos. 9941/04, 11834/04 and 13300/04 and the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum dated 26th May 2004 from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, relating to the European satellite radionavigation programme (Galileo); endorses the Government's support for the draft Conclusions on the deployment and operational phases of the European Global Navigation Satellite System programmes for the Transport Council on 10th December 2004; and supports the Government's wider aims in seeking a lead role in the Galileo programme—(Mr Nick Ainger):—It was agreed to.

10Estimates,—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 [2nd December] of the Liaison Committee—(Mr Nick Ainger):—It was agreed to.

11Tax Law Rewrite Bills,—Ordered, That Mr Chris Pond be discharged from the Joint Committee on Tax Law Rewrite Bills and Mr Ivan Henderson be added.—(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

12Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Nick Ainger.)

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

[Adjourned at 10.55 p.m.

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APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on Friday 3rd December 2004 pursuant to Standing Order No. 158 (Presentation of command papers):

1Constitutional Affairs,—Department for Constitutional Affairs: Autumn Performance Report 2004 [Cm. 6391] [Mr David Lammy].

2Crown Prosecution Service,—Crown Prosecution Service: Autumn Performance Report 2004 [Cm. 6398] [The Solicitor General].

Papers delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on Friday 3rd December 2004 pursuant to Standing Order No. 159 (Presentation of statutory instruments):

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

3Criminal Law,—(1) Penalties for Disorderly Behaviour (Amount of Penalty) (Amendment No. 3) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3167); and

(2) Penalties for Disorderly Behaviour (Form of Penalty Notice) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3169),

dated 2nd December 2004, with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

4Education,—(1) Tyne Metropolitan College (Government) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3109); and

(2) Tyne Metropolitan College (Incorporation) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3108),

dated 25th November 2004, with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [Mr Secretary Clarke].

5Immigration,—Immigration (Exemption from Control) (Amendment) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3171), dated 2nd December 2004, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

6Land Drainage,—(1) Anglian Regional Flood Defence Committee (Abolition) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3163);

(2) Southern Regional Flood Defence Committee Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3165); and

(3) Wessex Regional Flood Defence Committee Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3164),

dated 30th November 2004, with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

7Town and Country Planning (Wales),—Town and Country Planning (Electronic Communications) (Wales) (No. 3) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3172), dated 1st December 2004, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Christopher Leslie].

Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 6th December 2004:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

8Building Societies,—(1) Building Societies (Accounts and Related Provisions) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3199); and

(2) Building Societies Act 1986 (Modification of the Lending Limit and Funding Limit Calculations) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3200),

dated 6th December 2004 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Mr Stephen Timms].

9Medicines,—Marketing Authorisations for Veterinary Medicinal Products (Revocation of Confidentiality Provision) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3193), dated 2nd December 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

10Universities of Oxford and Cambridge,—Statute, dated 23rd April 2004, made by Templeton College, Oxford, amending the Charter and the Statutes of the College [by Act] [Mr Christopher Leslie].

Other Papers:

11National Audit,—Reports by the Comptroller and Auditor General on—

(1) Delivering Public Services to a Diverse Society; and

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(2) Managing Attendance in the Department for Work and Pensions

[by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 19-I and -II and 18] [Clerk of the House].

12National Lottery,—Report and Financial Statements of the UK Film Council (formerly Film Council) Group and Lottery for 2003–04 [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Draft Agriculture (Northern Ireland) Order 2004,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Glenda Jackson from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution John Robertson.

2Draft Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Georgia) Order 2004,—The Committee of Selection has discharged David Hamilton from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Hugh Bayley.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Education and Skills,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Skills Committee [Prison Education]; to be printed [No. 114-i] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

2Foreign Affairs,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [European Council]; to be printed [No. 110-i]; and

(2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Overseas Territories]; to be printed [No. 115]

[Mr Donald Anderson].

3Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Urban Affairs Sub-Committee of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions [The Role and Effectiveness of the Standards Board for England]; to be printed [No. 60-i] [Chris Mole].


[No. 9.]

Tuesday 7th December 2004.

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

PRAYERS.

1Regulatory Reform,—Mr Peter Pike reported from the Regulatory Reform Committee the following Resolutions:

That the proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Joint Nature Conservation Committee) Order 2005, which was laid before to House on 12th October, in the last Session of Parliament, should be amended before an Order is laid before the House.

That the order-making power under the Regulatory Reform Act 2001 should not be used in respect of the proposals contained in the proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Registration of Births and Deaths) (England and Wales) Order 2004, which was laid before the House on 22nd July, in the last Session of Parliament.

2First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Alan Hurst reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft International Criminal Court (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2004.

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

3Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Derek Conway reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Electricity and Gas (Energy Efficiency Obligations) Order 2004.

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

4Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Eric Forth reported from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Motor Vehicles (Wearing of Seat Belts) (Amendment) Regulations 2005.

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

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5Welsh Grand Committee,—Mr Win Griffiths reported from the Welsh Grand Committee, That it had considered 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, referred to it on 24th November.

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

6European Standing Committee B,—Mr Bill Olner reported from European Standing Committee B the following Resolution:

That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 13244/04 and Addenda 1 and 2 on Turkey's progress towards accession to the European Union; and endorses the Commission's conclusion that Turkey has sufficiently fulfilled the Copenhagen political criteria and its recommendation that accession negotiations should be opened.

Resolution to lie upon the Table.

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

7Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill,—Secretary Margaret Beckett, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Blunkett, Secretary Tessa Jowell, Mr Peter Hain and Alun Michael, presented a Bill to amend section 6 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998; to make provision for the gating of certain minor highways; to make provision in relation to vehicles parked on roads that are exposed for sale or being repaired; to make provision in relation to abandoned vehicles and the removal and disposal of vehicles; to make provision relating to litter and refuse, graffiti, fly-posting and the display of advertisements; to make provision relating to the transportation, collection, disposal and management of waste; to make provision relating to the control of dogs and to amend the law relating to stray dogs; to make provision in relation to noise; to provide for the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and for the making of grants relating to the quality of the built environment; to amend the law relating to abandoned shopping and luggage trolleys; to amend the law relating to statutory nuisances; to amend section 78L of the Environmental Protection Act 1990; to amend the law relating to offences under Schedule 1 to the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999; 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 11].

Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill be printed [Bill 11–EN].

8Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill,—The Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill was, according to Order, read a second time.

9Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill (Programme),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 83A (Programme motions), That the following provisions shall apply to the Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill:

Committal

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

Proceedings in Standing Committee

2. Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 20th January.

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

Consideration and Third Reading

4. Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the day on which those proceedings are commenced.

5. Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on that day.

Programming Committee

6. Standing Order No. 83B (Programming committees) shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.

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Programming of proceedings

7. Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further messages from the Lords) may be programmed—(Derek Twigg);

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Bridget Prentice, Mr Vernon Coaker: 275.

Tellers for the Noes, Andrew Selous, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 130.

So the Question was agreed to.

10Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Serious Organised Crime and Police 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 Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill it is expedient to authorise—

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

(a) expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State by virtue of the Act;

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

(2) the payment of sums into the Consolidated Fund—(Mr Nick Ainger):—It was agreed to.

11Northern Ireland,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Agriculture (Northern Ireland) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 24th November, be approved—(Mr Nick Ainger):—It was agreed to.

12European Communities,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (European Police Office) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 24th November, be approved—(Mr Nick Ainger):—It was agreed to.

13European Communities,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft European Communities (Immunities and Privileges of the European Police Office) (Amendment) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 24th November, be approved—(Mr Nick Ainger):—It was agreed to.

14International Immunities and Privileges,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft European Police College (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 24th November, be approved—(Mr Nick Ainger):—It was agreed to.

15Regulatory Reform,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 18 (Consideration of draft regulatory reform orders), That the draft Regulatory Reform (Unsolicited Goods and Services Act 1971) (Directory Entries and Demands for Payment) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 25th October, in the last Session of Parliament, be approved—(Mr Nick Ainger):—It was agreed to.

16Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from Susan Rankin and others against changes to the Scottish Regiments was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

17Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Nick Ainger.)

And accordingly, the House, having continued to sit till twenty-one minutes to Eight o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 7.39 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Agriculture,—Common Agricultural Policy Single Payment and Support Schemes (Cross Compliance) (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3196), dated 5th December 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

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2Competition,—Enterprise Act 2002 (Merger Fees and Determination of Turnover) (Amendment) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3204), dated 2nd December 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

3Consumer Protection,—Recreational Craft (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3201), dated 3rd December 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

4Patents,—Patents Act 2004 (Commencement No. 2 and Consequential, etc. and Transitional Provisions) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3205), dated 29th November 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

5Taxes,—(1) Mutual Assistance Provisions Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3207), dated 7th December 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Dawn Primarolo]; and

(2) Stamp Duty Land Tax (Land Transaction Returns) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3208), dated 7th December 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Stephen Timms].

6Universities of Oxford and Cambridge,—(1) Statute, dated 2nd September 2004, made by Manchester Academy and Harris College, Oxford, amending the Statutes of the College; and

(2) Statute, dated 18th February 2004, made by St John's College, Oxford, amending the Statutes of the College

[by Act] [Mr Christopher Leslie].

7Water Industry,—(1) Water Mergers (Determination of Turnover) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3206); and

(2) Water Mergers (Modification of Enactments) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3202),

dated 2nd December 2004 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

Other Papers:

8Energy,—Directions to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in respect of the—

(1) Berkeley Nuclear Site;

(2) Bradwell Nuclear Site;

(3) Capenhurst Nuclear Site;

(4) Chapelcross Nuclear Site;

(5) Dounreay Nuclear Establishment;

(6) Drigg Nuclear Site;

(7) Dungeness A Nuclear Site;

(8) Harwell Nuclear Establishment;

(9) Hinckley Point A Nuclear Site;

(10) Hunterston A Nuclear Site;

(11) Oldbury Nuclear Site;

(12) Sellafield Nuclear Site;

(13) Sizewell A Nuclear Site;

(14) Springfields Nuclear Site;

(15) Trawsfynydd Nuclear Site;

(16) Windscale Nuclear Establishment;

(17) Winfrith Nuclear Establishment; and

(18) Wylfa Nuclear Site

[by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

9Environmental Pollution,—Twenty-fifth Report of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, on Turning the Tide: Addressing the Impact of Fisheries on the Marine Environment [by Command] [Cm. 6392] [Mr Christopher Leslie].

10Northern Ireland,—Northern Ireland Office: Autumn Performance Report 2004 [by Command] [Cm. 6419] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

11Trade and Industry,—Department of Trade and Industry: Autumn Performance Report 2004 [by Command] [Cm. 6422] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

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APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Draft International Criminal Court (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2004,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mrs Anne Campbell, Mr Denis MacShane and Dr Phyllis Starkey from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Mr Chris Mullin, Mr Colin Pickthall and Mr Mark Todd.

2Draft Motor Vehicles (Wearing of Seat Belts) (Amendment) Regulations 2005,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mrs Helen Liddell and Mr Gordon Prentice from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations) and nominated in substitution Ann Coffey and Mr Kelvin Hopkins.

3Draft Criminal Justice Act 2003 (Categories of Offence) Order 2004,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mrs Cheryl Gillan from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Mr Dominic Grieve.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Constitutional Affairs,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Constitutional Affairs Committee [Family Justice: The operation of the family courts]; to be printed [No. 116-i]; and

(2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Family Justice: The operation of the family courts]; to be printed [No. 116-II]

[Mr A. J. Beith].

2Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee on The Future for UK Fishing of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [The Future for UK Fishing]; to be printed [No. 122-i] [Mr Michael Jack].

3Environmental Audit,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Education Sub-Committee of the Environmental Audit Committee [Environmental Education: Follow-up to the Learning the Sustainability Lesson Inquiry]; to be printed [No. 84-i] [Mr Peter Ainsworth].

4Home Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [Anti-Social Behaviour]; to be printed [No. 80-ii] [Mr John Denham].

5International Development,—(1) First Report from the International Development Committee [The Commission for Africa and Policy Coherence for Development: First do no harm], 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. 123];

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [DFID's bilateral programme of assistance to India]; to be printed [No. 124-i]; and

(3) Memoranda laid before the Committee [The Commission for Africa and Policy Coherence for Development: First do no harm]

[Tony Baldry].

6Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee [Homelessness]; to be printed [No. 61-ii] [Andrew Bennett].

7Regulatory Reform,—(1) First Report from the Regulatory Reform Committee [Proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Joint Nature Conservation Committee) Order 2005]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 117]; and

(2) Second Report from the Committee [Proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Registration of Births and Deaths) (England and Wales) Order 2004], together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 118]

[Mr Peter Pike].

8Statutory Instruments,—Second Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 66-ii] [Mr Brian White].

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[No. 9; WH, No. 2]

Tuesday 7th December 2004.

The House sitting in Westminster Hall

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

Adjournment,—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Mr Vernon Coaker.)

And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 4.29 p.m.


[No. 10.]

Wednesday 8th December 2004.

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

PRAYERS.

1Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Mike Hancock reported from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Criminal Justice Act 2003 (Categories of Offences) Order 2004.

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

2Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Eric Illsley reported from the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Building Societies Act 1986 (International Accounting Standards and Other Accounting Amendments) Order 2004.

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

3Ninth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Win Griffiths reported from the Ninth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Social Security, Child Support and Tax Credits (Decisions and Appeals) Amendment Regulations 2004, and the draft Child Benefit and Guardian's Allowance (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations 2004.

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

4European Standing Committee A,—Mr John Cummings reported from European Standing Committee A the following Resolution:

That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 11422/04, Commission Communication on Flood risk management—Flood prevention, protection and mitigation; and supports the Government's view that cooperation and sharing of good practice with other EU Member States on the issue of flood risk management will be of benefit to the United Kingdom.

Resolution to lie upon the Table.

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

5Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Bill,—The Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Bill was, according to Order, read a second time.

6Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Bill (Programme),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 83A (Programme motions), That the following provisions shall apply to the Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Bill:

Committal

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

Proceedings in Standing Committee

2. Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on 13th January 2005.

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

Consideration and Third Reading

4. Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the day on which those proceedings are commenced.

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5. Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on the day on which proceedings on consideration are commenced.

6. Standing Order No. 83B (Programming committees) shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.

Other proceedings

7. Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of Lords amendments or on any further message from the Lords) may be programmed—(Mr John Heppell);

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Tom Watson, Bridget Prentice: 332.

Tellers for the Noes, Andrew Selous, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 147.

So the Question was agreed to.

7Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Bill [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Commissioners for Revenue and Customs 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 Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Bill it is expedient to authorise—

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

(a) expenditure of the Commissioners for Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs,

(b) payments to or in respect of the Commissioners or their staff,

(c) rewards,

(d) expenditure of the Director of Revenue and Customs Prosecutions,

(e) payments to or in respect of the Director of Revenue and Customs Prosecutions,

(f) payments to or in respect of Her Majesty's Inspectors of Constabulary,

(g) payments to or in respect of the Independent Police Complaints Commission, and

(h) any increase attributable to the Act in sums payable out of money provided by Parliament under any other enactment,

(2) payments out of the Consolidated Fund to enable the Commissioners to make payments or disbursements, and

(3) the payment of sums into the Consolidated Fund—(Mr John Heppell):—It was agreed to.

8Income 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) (Georgia) Order 2004 be made in the form of the draft laid before this House on 17th November, in the last Session of Parliament—(Mr John Heppell):—It was agreed to.

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

9Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from residents of Mexborough for a review of Cambian Healthcare's proposed conversion of former care homes to a hospital for people with mental illnesses was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

10Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Joan Ryan.)

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

[Adjourned at 6.26 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Terms and Conditions of Employment,—Draft Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

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Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2Children and Young Persons,—Child Minding and Day Care (Disclosure Functions) (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3136), dated 25th November 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

3Insurance,—Insurance Accounts Directive (Lloyd's Syndicate and Aggregate Accounts) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3219), dated 8th December 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Stephen Timms].

4Plant Health,—Plant Health (Forestry) (Phytophthora ramorum) (Great Britain) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3213), dated 6th December 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

5Rating and Valuation,—(1) Non-Domestic Rating (Former Agricultural Premises) (England) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3152);

(2) Non-Domestic Rating (Rural Settlements) (England) (Amendment) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3153);

(3) Non-Domestic Rating (Stud Farms) (England) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3151); and

(4) Non-Domestic Rating (Unoccupied Property) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3146),

dated 29th November 2004 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

6Sea Fisheries,—(1) Sea Fishing (Enforcement of Community Satellite Monitoring Measures) Amendment (Revocation) (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3227); and

(2) Sea Fishing (Enforcement of Community Satellite Monitoring Measures) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3226),

dated 7th December 2004 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

7Taxes,—Stamp Duty and Stamp Duty Reserve Tax (Investment Exchanges and Clearing Houses) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3218), dated 8th December 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Stephen Timms].

Other Papers:

8Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,—Paper, entitled Delivering the Essentials of Life: Defra's Five Year Strategy [by Command] [Cm. 6411] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

9European Communities (No. 8, 2004),—Treaty, done at Rome on 29th October 2004, establishing a Constitution for Europe, including the Protocols and Annexes, and Final Act with Declarations, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 6429] [Mr Secretary Straw].

Papers withdrawn:

10Terms and Conditions of Employment,—Draft Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations 2004 [laid 24th November].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Railways Bill:

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

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated twenty-one Members to serve on the Committee: Charlotte Atkins, Mr Christopher Chope, Mr David Clelland, Mr Mark Field, Mr Tom Harris, Mr George Howarth, Andy King, Mr Greg Knight, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Mr John MacDougall, Mrs Anne McGuire, Rosemary McKenna, Mr Tony McNulty, Mr Khalid Mahmood, Gillian Merron, Albert Owen, Dr John Pugh, Mr Graham Stringer, Mr Simon Thomas, John Thurso and Mr David Wilshire.

2Income Tax (Trading and Other Income) Bill,—The Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Second Reading Committee on the Bill: Mr Nicholas Brown, Mr John Burnett, Jim Fitzpatrick, John Healey, Alan Keen, Mr David Laws, Mr John Lyons, Alice Mahon, Mr George Mudie, Mr George Osborne, Mr David Ruffley, Ms Debra Shipley, Clare Short, Ian Stewart, Sir Teddy Taylor and Mr Andrew Tyrie.

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3Draft Agency for International Trade Information and Co-operation (Legal Capacities) Order 2004:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Douglas Alexander, Mr James Arbuthnot, Virginia Bottomley, Tom Cox, Mrs Ann Cryer, Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons, Barbara Follett, Mr Fabian Hamilton, Kate Hoey, Mr Paul Marsden, Mr Jim Murphy, Mr Archie Norman, Mr Gordon Prentice, Mr Mark Prisk, Lawrie Quinn and Sir Robert Smith.

4Draft Non-Domestic Rating (Chargeable Amounts) (England) Regulations 2004:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Peter Atkinson, Peter Bottomley, Mrs Anne Campbell, Paul Clark, Mr Edward Davey, Mr Jonathan Djanogly, Jim Dobbin, Linda Gilroy, Phil Hope, Mr Robert Jackson, Mr Andy Reed, Mrs Barbara Roche, Mr Ernie Ross, Mr Adrian Sanders, Geraldine Smith and Mr Gerry Steinberg.

5Government's Assessment as set out in the Pre-Budget Report for the purposes of section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the Assessment to the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Norman Baker, Mr Stephen Byers, Dr Vincent Cable, Mr James Clappison, Mr Frank Doran, Clive Efford, Jim Fitzpatrick, Mr George Foulkes, Beverley Hughes, Mr George Osborne, Mr David Ruffley, Ian Stewart, Mr Ian Taylor, Mr Stephen Timms, Jon Trickett and Mr Bill Tynan.

6Draft Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations 2004:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Graham Allen, Gregory Barker, Mr Henry Bellingham, Malcolm Bruce, Brian Cotter, Mr Douglas Hogg, Mr Andrew Love, Mr Alan Meale, Diana Organ, Mr Greg Pope, Christine Russell, Mr Malcolm Savidge, Mr Paul Stinchcombe, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe, Mr Tom Watson and Mr John Wilkinson.

7Draft Financial Provisions (Northern Ireland) Order 2004,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Andy Reed from the Tenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Jonathan Shaw.

8Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 2737),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Jim Fitzpatrick from the Eleventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Order) and nominated in substitution Joan Ryan.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Culture, Media and Sport,—First Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [A public BBC], 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. 82] [Sir Gerald Kaufman].

2Draft Mental Health Bill,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on the Draft Mental Health Bill; to be printed [No. 95-iii]; and

(2) Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 95-iv]

[Mr George Howarth].

3Education and Skills,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Skills Committee [Teaching Children to Read; Education Outside the Classroom]; to be printed [Nos. 121-i and 120-i] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

4Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [Climate Change: Looking Forward]; to be printed [No. 130-i]; and

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee on The Future for UK Fishing of the Committee [The Future for UK Fishing]; to be printed [No. 122-ii]

[Mr Michael Jack].

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5Environmental Audit,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee [The International Challenge of Climate Change: UK Leadership in the G8 & EU]; to be printed [No. 105-ii] [Mr Peter Ainsworth].

6European Scrutiny,—(1) Second Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 38-ii]; and

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The EU's constitutional treaty]; to be printed [No. 132-i]

[Mr Jimmy Hood].

7Health,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [Public Expenditure 2004]; to be printed [No. 98] [Mr David Hinchliffe].

8Human Rights,—Third Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights [Deaths in Custody], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings relating to the Report [No. 137] [Jean Corston].

9Northern Ireland Affairs,—(1) First Report from the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [Electoral Registration in Northern Ireland], 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. 131]; and

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Functions of the Northern Ireland Policing Board]; to be printed [No. 108-i]

[Mr Michael Mates].

10Procedure,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Procedure Committee [Sub Judice Rule of the House of Commons]; to be printed [No. 125-i] [Sir Nicholas Winterton].

11Public Accounts,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Tackling congestion by making better use of England's motorways and trunk roads]; to be printed [No. 134-i] [Mr Edward Leigh].

12Regulatory Reform,—Memoranda laid before the Regulatory Reform Committee [Proposals for the Regulatory Reform (Registration of Births and Deaths) (England and Wales) Order 2004] [Mr Peter Pike].

13Science and Technology,—(1) First Report from the Science and Technology Committee [The Work of the Economic and Social Research Council], 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. 13]; and

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

[Dr Ian Gibson].

14Trade and Industry,—(1) Second Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [Pub Companies], together with Appendices to the Report; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 128]; and

(2) First Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Eighth Report from the Committee, Session 2003–04, on The UK Automotive Industry]; to be printed [No. 129]

[Mr Martin O'Neill].

15Transport,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Committee [Performance of London Underground]; to be printed [No. 94-i] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

16Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee of the Treasury Committee [Excise Duty Fraud]; to be printed [No. 126-i] [Mr John McFall].

17Work and Pensions,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Work and Pensions Committee [Pension Credit]; to be printed [No. 43-iii] [Sir Archy Kirkwood].

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[No. 10; WH, No. 3]

Wednesday 8th December 2004.

The House sitting in Westminster Hall

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

Adjournment,—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Gillian Merron.)

And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 4.28 p.m.


[No. 11.]

Thursday 9th December 2004.

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

PRAYERS.

1Tenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Derek Conway reported from the Tenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Financial Provisions (Northern Ireland) Order 2004.

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

2Eleventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Jimmy Hood reported from the Eleventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 2737).

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

3Twelfth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Eric Forth reported from the Twelfth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

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

4Thirteenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Kevin Hughes reported from the Thirteenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Freedom of Information (Removal and Relaxation of Statutory Prohibitions on Disclosure of Information) Order 2004, and the Freedom of Information (Time for Compliance with Request) Regulations 2004.

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

5Fourteenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Martin Caton reported from the Fourteenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the West Northamptonshire Development Corporation (Area and Constitution) Order 2004.

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

6Northern Ireland Grand Committee,—Janet Anderson reported from the Northern Ireland Grand Committee, That it had considered the matter of a multi-agency approach to tackling racially motivated attacks and harassment in Northern Ireland, referred to it on 24th November.

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

7Message from the Lords,— A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

Tax Law Rewrite Bills (Joint Committee),—The Lords communicate that they have appointed a Committee of six Lords to join with the Committee appointed by the Commons to consider Tax Law Rewrite Bills, and in particular to consider whether each Bill committed to it preserves the effect of the existing law, subject to any minor changes which may be desirable;

That the Committee have power to agree with the Commons in the appointment of a Chairman;

That the quorum of the Committee shall be two;

That the Committee have leave to report from time to time;

That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;

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That the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee from time to time shall, if the Committee think fit, be printed;

That the procedure of the Joint Committee shall follow the procedure of Select Committees of the House of Commons when such procedure differs from that of Select Committees of this House, and shall include the power of the Chairman to select Amendments.

8Estimates Day [1st allotted day],—The House proceeded, pursuant to Resolution [6th December], to consider the Estimates appointed for consideration under Standing Order No. 145 (Liaison Committee).

Vote on Account, 2005–06 (Department for Work and Pensions),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That, for the year ending with 31st March 2006, for expenditure by the Department for Work and Pensions—

(1) resources, not exceeding £26,303,662,000, be authorised on account, for use as set out in House of Commons Paper No. 1235 of Session 2003–04, and

(2) a sum, not exceeding £26,318,077,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund, on account, to meet the costs as so set out.—(Paul Clark.)

The Debate was concluded, and the Question necessary to dispose of the proceedings was deferred, pursuant to paragraph (4) of Standing Order No. 54 (Consideration of Estimates).

Supplementary Estimates, 2004–05 (Department for Education and Skills),— A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That, for the year ending with 31st March 2005, for expenditure by the Department for Education and Skills—

(1) further resources, not exceeding £448,598,000, be authorised for use as set out in House of Commons Paper No. 1234 of Session 2003–04,

(2) a further sum, not exceeding £461,594,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to meet the costs as so set out, and

(3) limits as so set out be set on appropriations in aid.—(Jim Fitzpatrick.)

And it being Six o'clock, the Deputy Speaker interrupted the proceedings, and the Question necessary to dispose of proceedings was deferred, pursuant to paragraph (4) of Standing Order No. 54 (Consideration of Estimates).

The Deputy Speaker, pursuant to paragraph (5) of Standing Order No. 54 (Consideration of Estimates), put the deferred Questions on Vote on Account, 2005–06, and on Supplementary Estimates, 2004–05.

Vote on Account, 2005–06: Department for Work and Pensions

Resolved, That, for the year ending with 31st March 2006, for expenditure by the Department for Work and Pensions—

(1) resources, not exceeding £26,303,662,000, be authorised on account, for use as set out in House of Commons Paper No. 1235 of Session 2003–04, and

(2) a sum, not exceeding £26,318,077,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund, on account, to meet the costs as so set out.

Supplementary Estimates, 2004–05: Department for Education and Skills

Resolved, That, for the year ending with 31st March 2005, for expenditure by the Department for Education and Skills—

(1) further resources, not exceeding £448,598,000, be authorised for use as set out in House of Commons Paper No. 1234 of Session 2003–04,

(2) a further sum, not exceeding £461,594,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to meet the costs as so set out, and

(3) limits as so set out be set on appropriations in aid.

9Estimates,—The Deputy Speaker then put the Questions required to be put, pursuant to paragraph (2) of Standing Order No. 55 (Questions on Voting of estimates, &c.).

Supplementary Estimates, 2004–05

Resolved, That, for the year ending with 31st March 2005—

(1) further resources, not exceeding £6,294,293,000, be authorised, for use for defence and civil services as set out in House of Commons Paper No. 1234 of Session 2003–04,

(2) a further sum, not exceeding £7,160,331,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund, to meet the costs of defence and civil services as so set out, and

(3) limits as so set out be set on appropriations in aid.

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Estimates, 2005–06 (Vote on Account)

Resolved, That, for the year ending with 31st March 2006—

(1) resources, not exceeding £131,777,005,000, be authorised, on account, for use for defence and civil services as set out in House of Commons Papers Nos. 1235, 1236, 1237 and 1238, of Session 2003–04, and

(2) a sum, not exceeding £123,221,531,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund, on account, to meet the costs of defence and civil services as so set out.

Ordered, That a Bill be brought in upon the foregoing Resolutions: And that the Chairman of Ways and Means, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Paul Boateng, Dawn Primarolo, Mr Stephen Timms and John Healey do prepare and bring it in.

10Consolidated Fund Bill,—Dawn Primarolo accordingly presented a Bill to authorise the use of resources for the service of the years ending with 31st March 2005 and 31st March 2006 and to apply certain sums out of the Consolidated Fund to the service of the years ending with 31st March 2005 and 31st March 2006: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Monday 13th December and to be printed [Bill 12].

11Road Traffic,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Motor Vehicles (Wearing of Seat Belts) (Amendment) Regulations 2005, which were laid before this House on 8th November, in the last Session of Parliament, be approved—(Margaret Moran):—It was agreed to.

12Electricity,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Electricity and Gas (Energy Efficiency Obligations) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 10th November, in the last Session of Parliament, be approved—(Margaret Moran):—It was agreed to.

13International Immunities and Privileges,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft International Criminal Court (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 24th November, be approved—(Margaret Moran):—It was agreed to.

14Turkey's Progress Towards Accession,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees), That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 13244/04 and Addenda 1 and 2 on Turkey's progress towards accession to the European Union; and endorses the Commission's conclusion that Turkey has sufficiently fulfilled the Copenhagen political criteria and its recommendation that accession negotiations should be opened—(Margaret Moran):—It was agreed to.

15Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Margaret Moran);

And the Motion having been made after Six o'clock, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, it being then twenty-eight minutes to Seven o'clock, till Monday 13th December.

[Adjourned at 6.32 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Constitutional Law,—(1) Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Schedule 5) Order 2005;

(2) draft Scotland Act 1998 (River Tweed) Order 2005; and

(3) draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2005

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

2Local Government,—Draft Local Authorities' Plans and Strategies (Disapplication) (England) Order 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

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3Representation of the People,—Draft Representation of the People (Variation of Limits of Candidates' Election Expenses) (City of London) Order 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

4Agriculture,—Artificial Insemination of Cattle (Animal Health) (England and Wales) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3231), dated 8th December 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

5Consumer Credit,—(1) Consumer Credit Act 1974 (Electronic Communications) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3236); and

(2) Consumer Credit (Enforcement, Default and Termination Notices) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3237),

dated 6th December 2004 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

6Disabled Persons,—(1) Rail Vehicle Accessibility (South Central Class 377/4) Exemption Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3198), dated 2nd December 2004; and

(2) Rail Vehicle Accessibility (South West Trains Class 444 and Class 450 Vehicles) Exemption (Amendment) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3139), dated 30th November 2004

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

7Electricity,—Electricity (Exemption from the Requirement for a Generation Licence) (Scotland) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3225), dated 7th December 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

8Fire and Rescue Services,—Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 (Consequential Amendments) (England) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3168), dated 2nd December 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

9Freedom of Information,—Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3244), dated 7th December 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Christopher Leslie].

10Protection of Wrecks,—(1) Protection of Wrecks (Designation) (England) (No. 2) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3249); and

(2) Protection of Wrecks (Designation) (England) (No. 3) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3243),

dated 9th December 2004 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

11Public Passenger Transport,—Public Service Vehicle Operators (Qualifications) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3223), dated 7th December 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

12Road Traffic,—Goods Vehicle Operators (Qualifications) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3222), dated 7th December 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

Other Papers:

13Civil Contingencies,—Paper, entitled Civil Contingencies Act 2004: Consultation on the Draft Regulations and Guidance [by Command] [Cm. 6401] [Ruth Kelly].

14Electoral Commission,—Government Responses to the Reports of the Electoral Commission on—

(1) Delivering democracy? The future of postal voting [by Command] [Cm. 6436] [Mr Secretary Prescott]; and

(2) Voting for change—An electoral law modernisation programme [by Command] [Cm. 6426] [Mr Christopher Leslie].

15Government Resources and Accounts,—Combined Resource Accounts of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority Superannuation Schemes for 2003–04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 97] [Mr Stephen Timms].

16International Criminal Court,—International Criminal Court Act 2001 (Elements of Crimes) (No. 2) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3239), dated 17th November 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Straw].

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17National Lottery,—Report and Accounts and Corporate Plan of the Sports Council for Wales for 2003–04 [by Act] [Mr Peter Hain].

18Shipman Inquiry,—(1) Fifth Report: Safeguarding Patients: Lessons from the Past—Proposals for the Future; and

(2) Government Response to the Fourth Report of the Shipman Inquiry

[by Command] [Cm 6394-I, -II and -III and Cm. 6434] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

19Treasury,—HM Treasury: Autumn Performance Report 2004 [by Command] [Cm. 6395] [Mr Paul Boateng].

20Treaty Series (No. 49, 2004),—Protocols, done at Brussels on 26th March 2003, to the North Atlantic Treaty on the Accession of the Republic of Bulgaria, Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania, Romania, the Slovak Republic and the Republic of Slovenia [by Command] [Cm. 6428] [Mr Secretary Straw].

21Work and Pensions,—Department for Work and Pensions: Autumn Performance Report 2004 [by Command] [Cm. 6397] [Mr Secretary Johnson].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Railways Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),—The Speaker has appointed Mr Tom Harris, Mr Greg Knight, Mr Tony McNulty, Mr Khalid Mahmood, Gillian Merron, Dr John Pugh and Mr David Wilshire members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee A in respect of the Bill.

2Railways Bill,—The Speaker has appointed Mr David Amess and Mr Win Griffiths Chairmen of Standing Committee A in respect of the Bill.

3The Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Bill,—The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee E and has appointed Sir John Butterfill and Mr Alan Hurst Chairmen.

4Income Tax (Trading and Other Income) Bill,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Joe Benton Chairman of the Second Reading Committee on the Bill.

5Draft Agency for International Trade and Co-operation (Legal Capacities) Order 2004,— The Speaker has appointed Miss Anne Begg Chairman of the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

6Draft Non-Domestic Rating (Chargeable Amounts) (England) Regulations 2004,—The Speaker has appointed Derek Conway Chairman of the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Regulations.

7Government's assessment as set out in the Pre-Budget Report for the purposes of section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Nigel Beard Chairman of the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Government's assessment as set out in the Pre-Budget Report for the purposes of section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993.

8Draft Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations 2004,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Jonathan Sayeed Chairman of the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Regulations.

9Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 2737),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr David Kidney, Mr Greg Pope and Joyce Quin from the Eleventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Order) and nominated in substitution Mr Mike Hall, Linda Perham and Lawrie Quinn.

10Draft Environmental Information Regulations 2004,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Tony Cunningham and Mr James Plaskitt from the Twelfth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations) and nominated in substitution Alan Keen and Chris Ruane.

11West Northamptonshire Development Corporation (Area and Constitution) Order 2004,— The Committee of Selection has discharged John Cryer from the Fourteenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Order) and nominated in substitution Mr Tony Clarke.

12Draft Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys Order 2004,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Kevin Hughes Chairman of the Fifteenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

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European Standing Committees

13The Speaker has appointed Mrs Irene Adams Chairman of European Standing Committee A in respect of European Union Document No. 11491/04 on Common Agricultural Policy—reform of the Sugar Sector.

14The Speaker has appointed Mr Bill O'Brien Chairman of European Standing Committee B in respect of European Union Document No. 15130/04 on Procedure for the Adoption of Measures Relating to Visas, Asylum and Immigration.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Health,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [The Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism in Hospitalised Patients]; to be printed [No. 99-i] [Mr David Hinchliffe].

2Public Administration,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Government by Inquiry]; to be printed [No. 51-i];

(2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Government by Inquiry]; to be printed [No. 51-II]; and

(3) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Choice, Voice and Public Services]; to be printed [No. 49-II]

[Tony Wright].

3Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [2004 Pre-Budget Report]; to be printed [No. 138-i] [Mr John McFall].


[No. 11; WH, No. 4]

Thursday 9th December 2004.

The House sitting in Westminster Hall

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

Adjournment (Restoring confidence in long-term savings—Fifth and Eighth Reports from the Treasury Committee and published Memoranda, Session 2003–04, and the Government's responses thereto),—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Derek Twigg.)

And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 14th December.

[Adjourned at 4.29 p.m.



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