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[No. 22.]

Monday 17th January 2005.

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

PRAYERS.

1First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mrs Irene Adams reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Motion in respect of the Electoral Commission in the name of Mr Peter Hain.

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

2Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Janet Anderson reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Local Authorities' Plans and Strategies (Disapplication) (England) Order 2005.

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

3Crown Employment (Nationality) Bill,—Mr Andrew Dismore, supported by Ms Karen Buck, Mr Iain Coleman, Mr Andrew Love, Tony Wright, Sir Sydney Chapman, Linda Perham, John Austin, Annette Brooke, Keith Vaz, and Mr Stephen Pound, presented a Bill to make provision for and in connection with the removal of general restrictions as to nationality which apply to persons employed or holding office in any civil capacity under the Crown; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 13th May and to be printed [Bill 40].

Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Crown Employment (Nationality) Bill be printed [Bill 40–EN].

4Constitutional Reform Bill [Lords],—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Constitutional Reform Bill [Lords];

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

Estelle Morris acquainted the House, That she had it in command from the Queen to acquaint the House that Her Majesty, having been informed of the purport of the Bill, has consented to place Her prerogative and interest, so far as they are affected by the Bill, at the disposal of Parliament for the purposes of the Bill.

And the Question being proposed;

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 the Constitutional Reform Bill a second reading because it creates a costly and unnecessary Supreme Court exercising the same functions as the current Law Lords; is based on the false premise that the separation of powers between the judiciary and legislature requires the physical removal of the Law Lords from Parliament; fails to demonstrate how the proposed Supreme Court would exercise its functions with any greater degree of impartiality, independence and integrity than the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords; will deny Parliament the experience and expertise that the Law Lords bring to debates and legislation; and notwithstanding the benefits of a Judicial Appointments Commission, offers no convincing justification for replacing a system that works well', instead thereof.—(Mr Dominic Grieve.)

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Crispin Blunt, Mr David Ruffley: 126.

Tellers for the Noes, Gillian Merron, Mr John Heppell: 329.

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.

5Constitutional Reform Bill [Lords] (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 Constitutional Reform Bill [Lords]:

Committal

1. The following shall be committed to a Committee of the whole House—

(a) Clauses Nos. 1 to 7, 20, 21, 37, 94, 95 and 105 to 109;

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(b) Schedule No. 8;

(c) any new Clauses amending section 12 of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002;

(d) any new Clauses relating to matters connected with the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom as reserved or excepted matters under the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

2. The remainder of the Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

Proceedings in Committee

3. (1) Proceedings in Committee of the whole House shall be completed in two days.

(2) Those proceedings shall be taken on each of those days as shown in the following table and shall be taken in the order shown there.

(3) Proceedings on each of those days shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the time specified in the second column of the table.

(4) Standing Order No. 83B (Programming committees) shall not apply to proceedings in Committee of the whole House.

Proceedings Time for conclusion of proceedings
First day
Clauses Nos. 1, 4, 6 and 7Three hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Bill
Clause No. 5, any new Clauses amending section 12 of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002, Clauses Nos. 2 and 3The moment of interruption or three hours after the commencement of proceedings on Clause No. 5, whichever is the later
Second day
Clauses Nos. 20 and 21, any new Clauses relating to matters connected with the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom as reserved or excepted matters under the Northern Ireland Act 1998, Clause No. 37, Schedule No. 8, Clause No. 109Three hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Bill
Clauses Nos. 105 to 108, 94 and 95The moment of interruption or three hours after the commencement of proceedings on Clause No. 105, whichever is the later

4. (1) Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 24th February 2005.

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

5. When the provisions of the Bill considered, respectively, by the Committee of the whole House and by the Standing Committee have been reported to the House, the Bill shall be proceeded with as if it had been reported as a whole to the House from the Standing Committee.

Consideration and Third Reading

6. 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.

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

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

Other proceedings

9. Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of any Message from the Lords) may be programmed—(Mr Tom Watson);

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Gillian Merron, Mr John Heppell: 297.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Ruffley, Mr Crispin Blunt: 161.

So the Question was agreed to.

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6Constitutional Reform Bill [Lords] [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Constitutional Reform Bill [Lords] [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 Constitutional Reform Bill [Lords], it is expedient to authorise—

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

(a) any expenses of a Minister of the Crown in connection with the Act;

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

(2) the payment out of the Consolidated Fund of—

(a) salaries of judges of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom;

(b) any increase attributable to the Act in sums payable out of that Fund under any other enactment—(Mr Tom Watson):—It was agreed to.

7Constitutional Reform Bill [Lords] [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 purposes of any Act resulting from the Constitutional Reform Bill [Lords], it is expedient to authorise the levying of fees prescribed under the Act in respect of anything dealt with by the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom—(Mr Tom Watson):—It was agreed to.

8Humane Trapping Standards,—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. 12200/04, draft Directive on introducing humane trapping standards for certain animal species; and supports the Government's view that the humane trapping standards should be implemented and adopted in the United Kingdom—(Mr Tom Watson):—It was agreed to.

9Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Tom Watson.)

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

[Adjourned at 10.56 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on Friday 14th January 2005 pursuant to Standing Order No. 159 (Presentation of statutory instruments):

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Education,—Education (Co-ordination of Admission Arrangements) (Primary Schools) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 2), dated 6th January 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

2Extradition,—Extradition Act 2003 (Parties to International Conventions) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 46), dated 13th January 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Clarke].

3Immigration,—(1) Asylum Seekers (Reception Conditions) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 7); and

(2) Asylum Support (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 11),

dated 10th January 2005, with Explanatory Memoranda [Mr Secretary Clarke].

4Sea Fisheries,—South-west Territorial Waters (Prohibition of Pair Trawling) (Amendment) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 49), dated 13th January 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 17th January 2005:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

5Regulatory Reform,—(1) Draft Regulatory Reform (Joint Nature Conservation Committee) Order 2005, with a Statement by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett]; and

(2) draft Regulatory Reform (Trading Stamps) Order 2005, with a Statement by the Department of Trade and Industry [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

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6Security Industry,—Draft Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Amendments to Schedule 2) Order 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

7Education (Northern Ireland),—Education (Student Support) (No. 2) Regulations 2002 (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 5), dated 7th January 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

8Employment,—Employment (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 (Dispute Resolution) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004 (S.R. (N.I.), 2004, No. 521), dated 21st December 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

9Immigration,—Immigration (European Economic Area) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 47), dated 11th January 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

10Social Security,—Social Security (Claims and Payments and Payments on account, Overpayments and Recovery) Amendment Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 34), dated 11th January 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Johnson].

Other Papers:

11Air Force (Constitution),—Amendment List 26 to Air Publication 1269A—The Royal Air Force Manual of Assessment of Medical Fitness (Third Edition) [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

12Foreign and Commonwealth Office,—Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minute, dated 17th January 2005, concerning the gifting of body armour to Indonesia [by Command] [Mr Secretary Straw].

13House of Commons Members Estimate,—First Report from the House of Commons Members Estimate Committee, together with the provisions of the Resolutions of this House relating to expenditure charged to the Estimate for House of Commons Members, as codified and modified pursuant to paragraph (3) of Standing Order No. 152D; to be printed [No. 240-I and -II] [The Speaker].

14National Audit,—(1) Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Department of Health: Patient Choice at the Point of GP Referral [by Act]; to be printed [No. 180] [Clerk of the House]; and

(2) Twelfth Report of the Public Accounts Commission [by Act]; to be printed [No. 216] [Mr Alan Williams].

15National Lottery,—Report of the Arts Council of Wales for 2003–04 [by Act] [Mr Peter Hain].

16Public Petitions,—Observations by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the Petition [14th December] from Anne Crabtree and other pensioners for the retention of the order book system for paying pensions [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Road Safety Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),—The Speaker has appointed Mr Christopher Chope, Mr David Heyes, Mr David Jamieson, Mr Khalid Mahmood, Gillian Merron, John Thurso and Mr David Wilshire members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee A in respect of the Bill.

2Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),—The Speaker has appointed Iain Wright in place of Mr Neil Turner as a member of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee G in respect of the Bill.

3Identity Cards Bill:

(1) The Speaker has appointed Janet Anderson as an additional Chairman of Standing Committee B in respect of the Bill; and

(2) The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Alistair Carmichael from Standing Committee B (nominated in respect of the Bill); and nominated in substitution Mr Mark Oaten.

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APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Environment, 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-iv and -v] [Mr Michael Jack].

2Office 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 Committee [The Role and Effectiveness of the Standards Board for England]; to be printed [No. 60-ii] [Chris Mole].

3Public Accounts,—(1) Third Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [The BBC's investment in Freeview]; to be printed, together with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 237];

(2) Fourth Report from the Committee [Improving the speed and quality of asylum decisions]; to be printed, together with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 238]; and

(3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [English Partnerships: Regeneration of the Millennium Dome and Associated Land]; to be printed [No. 239-i]

[Mr Edward Leigh].

4Treasury,—First Report from the Treasury Committee [The 2004 Pre-Budget Report], with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed, together with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 138] [Mr John McFall].

5Welsh Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee (enlarged by the Local Government and Public Services Committee, National Assembly for Wales) [Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill [Lords]]; to be printed [No. 234-i] [Mr Martyn Jones].


[No. 23.]

Tuesday 18th January 2005.

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

PRAYERS.

1Contingencies Fund, 2003–04,—Ordered, That there be laid before this House Accounts of the Contingencies Fund, 2003–04, showing—

(1) the receipts and payments in connection with the Fund in the year ended 31st March 2004; and

(2) the distribution of the capital of the Fund at the commencement and close of the year; together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon.—(Joan Ryan.)

2Railways Bill,—Mr David Amess reported from Standing Committee A, That it had gone through the Railways Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.

Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 41].

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

3Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Bill,—Sir John Butterfill reported from Standing Committee E, That it had gone through the Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.

Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 42].

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

4Child Benefit Bill,—Miss Anne Begg reported from Standing Committee F, That it had gone through the Child Benefit Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.

Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 43].

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

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5Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

Borough Freedom (Family Succession) Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill to make new provision relating to admission to borough freedom; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

6Drugs Bill,—The Drugs Bill was, according to Order, read a second time.

7Drugs 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 Drugs 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 3rd February 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.

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—(Bridget Prentice):—It was agreed to.

8Drugs Bill [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Drugs 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 Drugs Bill, it is expedient to authorise 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—(Bridget Prentice):—It was agreed to.

9eEurope 2005 Action Plan,—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. 9675/04 and Addenda 1 and 2, Commission Communication on an update to the eEurope 2005 Action Plan; welcomes the actions proposed by the Commission as a follow-up to the mid-term review of the Plan; and supports the Government's objective, during its Presidency of the EU, of ensuring that the 2006–2010 Action Plan contributes positively to the enhanced deployment of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in business and in the public sector, thereby contributing to the goals of the Lisbon Agenda—(Bridget Prentice):—It was agreed to.

10Public Administration,—Ordered, That Kevin Brennan be discharged from the Select Committee on Public Administration and Iain Wright be added.—(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

11Administration,—Ordered, That Caroline Flint be discharged from the Administration Committee and Kali Mountford be added.—(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

12Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from residents of Pudsey Constituency and others for a ban on doorstep cold calling by those offering property improvement, repair or maintenance was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

13Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Tom Watson.)

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

[Adjourned at 7.28 p.m.

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APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Constitutional Law,—Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

2Immigration,—Draft Asylum (Designated States) Order 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

3Competition,—Enterprise Act 2002 (Judicial Pensions and Retirement Act 1993) (Consequential Amendment) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 53), dated 13th January 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

4Financial Services and Markets,—Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Collective Investment Schemes) (Amendment) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 57), dated 17th January 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Stephen Timms].

5Health and Safety,—Blood Safety and Quality Regulations 2005 (S.I. 2005, No. 50), dated 13th January 2005 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

6Professional Qualifications,—European Communities (Recognition of Professional Qualifications) (First General System) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 18), dated 10th January 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

7Tax Credits,—Tax Credits (Provision of Information) (Function Relating to Employment and Training) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 66), dated 17th January 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Dawn Primarolo].

Other Papers:

8Contingencies Fund, 2003–04,—Accounts of the Contingencies Fund for 2003–04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [pursuant to Order this day]; to be printed [No. 213] [Mr Stephen Timms].

9Education and Skills,—Paper, entitled Parental Separation: Children's Needs and Parents' Responsibilities: Next Steps [by Command] [Cm. 6452] [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

10Foreign and Commonwealth Office,—Paper, entitled Iran's Nuclear Programme: A Collection of Documents [by Command] [Cm. 6443] [Mr Secretary Straw].

11Government Resources and Accounts,—Resource Accounts for the Department for Work and Pensions for 2003–04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 170] [Mr Stephen Timms].

12Public Petitions,—Observations by the Secretary of State for Defence on the Petition [16th November, in the last Session of Parliament] from residents of Gloucester for the retention of the ‘Back Badge' of the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

13Utilities,—Memorandum of Understanding, dated December 2004, between the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority and the Gas and Electricity Consumer Council [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

Papers withdrawn:

14Regulatory Reform,—Draft Regulatory Reform (Joint Nature Conservation Committee) Order 2005 [laid 17th January].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

1Constitutional Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Constitutional Affairs Committee [Family Justice: The operation of the family courts]; to be printed [No. 116-iv] [Mr A. J. Beith].

2Constitutional Affairs and Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions,—Memoranda laid before the Constitutional Affairs and Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committees [Electoral registration]; to be printed [No. 243-II] [Mr A. J. Beith and Andrew Bennett].

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3Environment, 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-vi] [Mr Michael Jack].

4Environmental 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-iv] [Mr Peter Ainsworth].

5Home Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [Anti-Social Behaviour]; to be printed [No. 80-iv] [David Winnick].

6International Development,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [Development Assistance in Iraq]; to be printed [No. 244-i] [Tony Baldry].

7Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions,—(1) Third Report from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee [Homelessness], 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. 61-I]; and

(2) Fourth Report from the Committee [ODPM Annual Report and Accounts 2004], 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. 58-I]

[Andrew Bennett].

8Public Administration,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Choice, Voice and Public Services]; to be printed [No. 49-iii] [Tony Wright].

9Statutory Instruments,—Fifth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 66-v] [Mr David Tredinnick].

10Trade and Industry,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee [UK Employment Regulation]; to be printed [No. 90-iii] [Mr Martin O'Neill]; and

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [UK Employment Regulation; The Competitiveness of the UK Aerospace Industry]; to be printed [Nos. 90-iv and 151-iii] [Mr Roger Berry].


[No. 23; WH, No. 11]

Tuesday 18th January 2005.

The House sitting in Westminster Hall

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

Adjournment,—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Mr Elliot Morley.)

And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 4.27 p.m.


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[No. 24.]

Wednesday 19th January 2005.

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

PRAYERS.

1Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mrs Irene Adams reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Representation of the People (Variation of Limits of Candidates' Election Expenses) (City of London) Order 2005.

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

2Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Nigel Beard reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Value Added Tax (Food) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3343).

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

3Opposition Day [2nd allotted day],—It being an allotted day at the disposal of the Leader of the Opposition in pursuance of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business), the House proceeded to consider Opposition business.

Value for Taxpayers' Money,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House notes that the Government has increased taxes 66 times and has failed to give value for taxpayers' money; is concerned that independent commentators believe that taxes will have to be increased under the Government's spending plans; and calls for a change of direction away from the path of more waste and higher taxes to a path of value for money and lower taxes—(Mr George Osborne);

An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word ‘House' to the end of the Question and add the words ‘believes that economic stability is the foundation for continued investment in public services; welcomes therefore the lowest inflation since the 1960s, lowest interest rates for 40 years and the longest period of economic growth for 200 years; further welcomes this Government's record investment in public services; believes that it is important to ensure taxpayer value for money and therefore welcomes the fact that the Government is making efficiency savings to release resources into frontline services; further welcomes the fact that Sir Peter Gershon has identified over £20 billion efficiency savings across the public sector and notes that he said that to go further than the efficiencies he identified would put at risk the delivery of frontline public services; and further believes that any proposal to make cuts in public spending would not only damage frontline public services but the economy as a whole', instead thereof.—(Mr Paul Boateng.)

And the Question being put, That the original words stand part of the Question;

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Gregory Barker, Mr Peter Atkinson: 147.

Tellers for the Noes, Bridget Prentice, Mr Jim Murphy: 358.

So the Question was negatived.

And the Question, That the proposed words be there added, being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments):—It was agreed to.

The Deputy Speaker forthwith declared the Main Question, as amended, to be agreed to.

Resolved, That this House believes that economic stability is the foundation for continued investment in public services; welcomes therefore the lowest inflation since the 1960s, lowest interest rates for 40 years and the longest period of economic growth for 200 years; further welcomes this Government's record investment in public services; believes that it is important to ensure taxpayer value for money and therefore welcomes the fact that the Government is making efficiency savings to release resources into frontline services; further welcomes the fact that Sir Peter Gershon has identified over £20 billion efficiency savings across the public sector and notes that he said that to go further than the efficiencies he identified would put at risk the delivery of frontline public services; and further believes that any proposal to make cuts in public spending would not only damage frontline public services but the economy as a whole.

Needs of farming and rural communities,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House regrets that self sufficiency in indigenous food and drink products has fallen significantly since 1997; supports the principle in CAP reform of decoupling support from production but believes that the Government has failed to consider the implications for the countryside and food security of its inept implementation of this reform by creating a complex system of entitlements and cross compliance wholly contrary to the objective of simplification whilst failing to reduce the current burden of regulation or to enable farmers to compete with imported food not

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produced to British standards; laments the fact that there are now more officials in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs than there are dairy farmers in Britain, and that the workforce in agriculture has fallen by 15 per cent; recognises that many landscape features of the English countryside were created by historic farming practices and believes that the promotion of biodiversity and care of the countryside is best achieved by a profitable agricultural industry; and considers that the continued attacks on the countryside through unacceptable levels of development, an obsession with wind farms and the closure of rural services are the actions of a Government with no instinctive understanding of the needs of farming and rural communities—(Mr James Paice);

An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word ‘House' to the end of the Question and add the words ‘welcomes the Government's commitment to farming and rural communities set out in the Strategy for Sustainable Farming and Food and Rural Strategy 2004; applauds the Government's commitment to invest more than £500 million over three years in sustainable food and farming; commends the reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy secured by the Government in June 2003, which will be implemented at the earliest possible opportunity in 2005; congratulates the Government's record on public service delivery in rural areas; further commends the £239 million allocated over six years to 2003–04 through the Rural Bus Subsidy Grant for new and improved rural transport services; further applauds the increase in the resources available for regional development agencies to regenerate the rural economy; further welcomes schemes in place to provide affordable housing in rural areas; praises the efforts to retain the rural post office network; further congratulates the Government's action to protect and enhance the rural environment; and calls upon the Government to continue pursuing a strategy based on long term policies to regenerate British agriculture, improve rural services and revitalise the rural economy as a whole', instead thereof.—(Alun Michael.)

And the Question being proposed, That the original words stand part of the Question;

David Maclean rose in his place and claimed to move, That the Question be now put.

And the Question being put, That the Question be now put:—It was agreed to.

And the Question being accordingly put;

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Gregory Barker, Mr Peter Atkinson: 189.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Nick Ainger, Mr Vernon Coaker: 322.

So the Question was negatived.

And the Question, That the proposed words be there added, being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments);

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Nick Ainger, Mr Vernon Coaker: 308.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Atkinson, Gregory Barker: 182.

So the Question was agreed to.

The Deputy Speaker forthwith declared the Main Question, as amended, to be agreed to.

Resolved, That this House welcomes the Government's commitment to farming and rural communities set out in the Strategy for Sustainable Farming and Food and Rural Strategy 2004; applauds the Government's commitment to invest more than £500 million over three years in sustainable food and farming; commends the reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy secured by the Government in June 2003, which will be implemented at the earliest possible opportunity in 2005; congratulates the Government's record on public service delivery in rural areas; further commends the £239 million allocated over six years to 2003–04 through the Rural Bus Subsidy Grant for new and improved rural transport services; further applauds the increase in the resources available for regional development agencies to regenerate the rural economy; further welcomes schemes in place to provide affordable housing in rural areas; praises the efforts to retain the rural post office network; further congratulates the Government's action to protect and enhance the rural environment; and calls upon the Government to continue pursuing a strategy based on long term policies to regenerate British agriculture, improve rural services and revitalise the rural economy as a whole.

4Deferred Divisions,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions), That, at this day's sitting, Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions) shall not apply to the Question on the Motion in the name of Mr Peter Hain relating to the Electoral Commission—(Mr Tom Watson):— It was agreed to.

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5Electoral Commission,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation) and Order [21st December], That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that Her Majesty will re-appoint as Electoral Commissioners, with effect from 19th January 2005:

(1) Pamela Joan Gordon for the period of two years; and

(2) Sir Neil William David McIntosh KBE for the period of three years—(Mr Tom Watson):—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.

6Local Government,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Local Authorities' Plans and Strategies (Disapplication) (England) Order 2005, which was laid before this House on 10th January, be approved—(Mr Tom Watson):—It was agreed to.

7Public Petitions,—Resolved, That this House approves the recommendations in paragraphs 5 and 8 of the Fifth Report from the Procedure Committee, Session 2003–04, on Public Petitions, House of Commons Paper No. 1248.—(Mr Tom Watson.)

8Fire and Rescue Services,—Ordered, That the Fire and Rescue Services (National Framework) (England) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3217), dated 7th December 2004, be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.—(Mr Tom Watson.)

9Non-Domestic Rating,—Ordered, That the Non-Domestic Rating (Small Business Rate Relief) (England) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3315), dated 14th December 2004, be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.—(Mr Tom Watson.)

10Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Tom Watson.)

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

[Adjourned at 7.51 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1London Government,—Transport for London (Consequential Provisions) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 56), dated 17th January 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

2Social Security,—Social Security Pensions (Home Responsibilities) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 48), dated 12th January 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Johnson].

3Water Industry,—Water Industry (Charges) (Vulnerable Groups) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 59), dated 16th January 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

Other Papers:

4Marshall Aid Commemoration,—Report of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission for 1st October 2003 to 30th September 2004 [by Command] [Cm. 6418] [Mr Secretary Straw].

5Miscellaneous (No. 15, 2000),—Revised Explanatory Memorandum to the Convention, done at Aarhus (Denmark) on 25th June 1998 [Cm. 4736], on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters [by Command] [Mr Secretary Straw].

6Standards in Public Life,—Tenth Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life: Getting the Balance Right, Implementing Standards of Conduct in Public Life [by Command] [Cm. 6407] [The Prime Minister].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Consumer Credit Bill:

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

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(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Gregory Barker, Mr John Battle, Malcolm Bruce, Chris Bryant, Alistair Burt, Mr James Clappison, Paul Farrelly, Mr Mark Lazarowicz, Sir Brian Mawhinney, Mr James Plaskitt, Lawrie Quinn, Mr Sio¤n Simon, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe, Mark Tami, Dr Jenny Tonge and Mr Tom Watson.

2Drugs Bill:

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

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Ms Hazel Blears, Mr Crispin Blunt, Mr Alistair Carmichael, Mr Michael Clapham, Mr Nigel Evans, Caroline Flint, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Mr Tom Harris, Mr John Heppell, Dr Brian Iddon, Mr John MacDougall, John Mann, Mr Mark Oaten, Ms Dari Taylor, Mr Mark Todd and Angela Watkinson.

3Draft Parliamentary Constituencies (Scotland) Order 2005:

(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: Mrs Angela Browning, Mr Frank Doran, Clive Efford, Mr David Heathcoat-Amory, Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger, Mr Calum MacDonald, Mrs Anne McGuire, Rosemary McKenna, Anne Picking, Bridget Prentice, Mr Ernie Ross, Andrew Selous, Sir Robert Smith, Mr David Stewart, Dr Gavin Strang and Pete Wishart.

4Draft Child Trust Funds (Amendment) Regulations 2005:

(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 John Burnett, Mrs Janet Dean, Mr Michael Fallon, Jim Fitzpatrick, Mr Nick Gibb, Mr Piara S. Khabra, Mr David Laws, Ian Lucas, Julie Morgan, Dr Doug Naysmith, Mr George Osborne, Mr Geoffrey Robinson, Mr David Ruffley, Jonathan Shaw, Ian Stewart and Mr Stephen Timms.

5Draft Local Authorities (Contracting Out of BID Levy Billing, Collection and Enforcement Functions) Order 2004:

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

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Peter Atkinson, Virginia Bottomley, Paul Clark, Mr Edward Davey, Mr Brian H. Donohoe, Jeff Ennis, Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons, Matthew Green, Mr Philip Hammond, Phil Hope, Mr John Lyons, Mr Greg Pope, Mr Terry Rooney, Mr Mohammad Sarwar, Mr John Taylor and Joan Walley.

6Draft Representation of the People (Variation of Limits of Candidates' Election Expenses) (City of London) Order 2005,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Ms Debra Shipley from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Mr Liam Byrne.

European Standing Committees

7European Union Documents Nos. 7170/04, 7147/04, 7172/04, 7149/04, 7148/04 and 7150/04, relating to the Third Railway Package, have been referred to European Standing Committee A.

8European Union Documents Nos. 15237/04 and 15390/04, relating to fishing opportunities for certain fish stocks in 2005 and 2006, have been referred to European Standing Committee A.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Culture, Media and Sport,—Second Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [Work of the Committee in 2004], to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 253] [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-x]; and

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

[Mr George Howarth].

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3Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,—(1) Second Report from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [Dismantling Defunct Ships in the UK: Government Response]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 257];

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Climate Change: Looking Forward]; to be printed [No. 130-iii];

(3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Progress on Pesticides Sub-Committee of the Committee [Progress on Pesticides]; to be printed [No. 258-i]; and

(4) Memorandum laid before the Committee [Badgers and Bovine TB]

[Mr Michael Jack].

4Environmental Audit,—(1) First Report from the Environmental Audit Committee [Housing: Building a Sustainable Future?], 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.135];

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The International Challenge of Climate Change: UK leadership in the G8 and EU]; to be printed [No. 105-v];

(3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Pre-Budget 2004: the road ahead]; to be printed [No. 261-i]; and

(4) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Education Sub-Committee of the Committee [Environmental Education: Follow-up to the Learning the Sustainability Lesson Inquiry]; to be printed [No. 84-v]

[Mr Peter Ainsworth].

5European Scrutiny,—Fourth Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 38-iv] [Mr Michael Connarty].

6Human Rights,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on Human Rights [International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination]; to be printed [No. 263-i]; and

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Review of International Human Rights Instruments]; to be printed [No. 264-i]

[Jean Corston].

7Northern Ireland Affairs,—(1) Fourth Report from the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [The work of the Committee in 2004], together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 262]; and

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

[Mr Michael Mates]; and

(3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee of the Committee [Air Transport Services in Northern Ireland]; to be printed [No. 53-vi] [Mr Tony Clarke].

8Procedure,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Procedure Committee [Sub Judice Rule of the House of Commons]; to be printed [No. 125-ii] [Sir Nicholas Winterton].

9Public Accounts,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Energywatch and Postwatch: Helping and protecting consumers]; to be printed [No. 260-i] [Mr Edward Leigh].

10Science and Technology,—(1) Second Special Report from the Science and Technology Committee [The Use of Science in UK International Development Policy: Government Response to the Committee's Thirteenth Report, Session 2003–04]; to be printed [No. 235];

(2) Third Report from the Committee [Office of Science and Technology: Scrutiny Report 2004]; 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. 8]; and

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

[Dr Ian Gibson].

11Scottish Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Scottish Affairs Committee [Meeting Scotland's Future Energy Needs]; to be printed [No. 259-i] [Mrs Irene Adams].

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12Transport,—(1) First Report from the Transport Committee [Work of the Committee in 2004]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 251]; and

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Road Pricing]; to be printed [No. 218-ii]

[Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

13Welsh Affairs,—First Report from the Welsh Affairs Committee [Work of the Committee in 2004]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 256] [Mr Martyn Jones].

14Work and Pensions,—Second Report from the Work and Pensions Committee [The Performance of the Child Support Agency], 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. 44-I and -II] [Sir Archy Kirkwood].


[No. 24; WH, No. 12]

Wednesday 19th January 2005.

The House sitting in Westminster Hall

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

Adjournment,—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Mr Nick Ainger.)

And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 4.41 p.m.


[No. 25.]

Thursday 20th January 2005.

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

PRAYERS.

1Adjournment (Armed Forces Personnel),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Nick Ainger);

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

2Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Bridget Prentice);

And the Motion having been made at Six o'clock, and Debate having continued for half an hour, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, till Monday 24th January.

[Adjourned at 6.30 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Gender Recognition,—Draft Gender Recognition (Approved Countries and Territories) Order 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr David Lammy].

2Northern Ireland,—(1) Draft Company Directors Disqualification (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005; and

(2) draft Electoral Law (Northern Ireland) Act 1962 (Amendment) Order 2005

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

3Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism,—Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Continuance of Part VII) Order 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

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Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

4Licences and Licensing,—(1) Licensing Act 2003 (Fees) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 79), dated 20th January 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command];

(2) Licensing Act 2003 (Hearings) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 78), dated 20th January 2005 [by Act]; and

(3) Licensing Act 2003 (Transitional conversions fees) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 80), dated 20th January 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command]

[Secretary Tessa Jowell].

Other Papers:

5Defence,—Ministry of Defence Minute, dated 20th January 2005, concerning the gifting of non-lethal military equipment to the Government of Nepal [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

6Learning and Skills,—Report and Accounts of the Learning and Skills Council for 2003–04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 236] [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

7Public Petitions,—Observations by—

(1) the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the Petition [29th November] from Pamela Rich for justice for Mr Akintayo Akin-Deko;

(2) the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on the Petition [15th December] from parents, pupils, teachers and governors of Draycott Manor School, Staffordshire, against proposals to close the School;

(3) the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on the Petition [15th December] from parents, pupils, teachers and governors of St John's School, Alton, Staffordshire against proposals to close the School;

(4) the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on the Petition [15th December] from parents, pupils, teachers and governors of St Mildred's School, Whiston, Staffordshire, against proposals to close the School; and

(5) the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on the Petition [13th December] from supporters of Stop Gateway College Expansion against the expansion of Gateway College in Leicester;

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

8Terrorism,—Report on the Operation in 2004 of Part VII of the Terrorism Act 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

Papers withdrawn:

9Public Petitions,—Observations by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the Petition [29th November] from Pamela Rich for justice for Mr Akintayo Akin-Deko [laid 20th December].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Consumer Credit Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),—The Speaker has appointed Gregory Barker, Chris Bryant, Malcolm Bruce, Lawrie Quinn, Mr Laurence Robertson, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe and Mr Tom Watson members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee E in respect of the Bill.

2Consumer Credit Bill:

(1) The Speaker has appointed Sir John Butterfill and Mr Joe Benton Chairmen of Standing Committee E in respect of the Bill; and

(2) The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr James Clappison, Sir Brian Mawhinney and Mr Sio¤n Simon from Standing Committee E (nominated in respect of the Bill); and nominated in substitution Ms Sally Keeble, Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger and Mr Laurence Robertson.

3Drugs Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),—The Speaker has appointed Mr Crispin Blunt, Mr Alistair Carmichael, Caroline Flint, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Mr Tom Harris, Mr John Heppell and Ms Dari Taylor members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee F in respect of the Bill.

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4Drugs Bill,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Roger Gale and Mr Eric Illsley Chairmen of Standing Committee F in respect of the Bill.

5Draft Parliamentary Constituencies (Scotland) Order 2005:

(1) The Speaker has appointed Mr Nigel Beard Chairman of the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order; and

(2) The Committee of Selection has discharged Pete Wishart from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Angus Robertson.

6Draft Child Trust Funds (Amendment) Regulations 2005,—The Speaker has appointed Mrs Irene Adams Chairman of the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Regulations.

7Draft Local Authorities (Contracting Out of BID Levy Billing, Collection and Enforcement Functions) Order 2004,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Bill Olner Chairman of the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

European Standing Committees

8The Speaker has appointed Mr Martin Caton Chairman of European Standing Committee B in respect of European Union Document No. 10678/04 on Protection of Workers from Risks Arising from Optical Radiation.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Health,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [The Influence of the Pharmaceutical Industry]; to be printed [No. 42-v] [Mr David Hinchliffe].

2Public Administration,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Choice, Voice and Public Services]; to be printed [No. 49-iv] [Tony Wright].

3Welsh Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee [Police Service, Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour in Wales]; to be printed [No. 46-v] [Mr Martyn Jones].


[No. 25; WH, No. 13]

Thursday 20th January 2005.

The House sitting in Westminster Hall

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

Adjournment (The Work of the Health and Safety Commission and Executive—Fourth Report of the Work and Pensions Committee, Session 2003–04, and the Government's response thereto),—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Mr Tom Watson.)

And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 25th January.

[Adjourned at 5.30 p.m.



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