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[No. 30.]

Monday 31st January 2005.

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

PRAYERS.

1Constitutional Reform Bill [Lords] (Programme) (No. 2),—Ordered, That the Programme Order of 17th January 2005 in relation to the Constitutional Reform Bill [Lords] be amended as follows:

1. For paragraphs 1, 2 and 3(1) there shall be substituted the following—

‘1. The Bill shall be committed to a Committee of the whole House.

2. Proceedings in the Committee, any proceedings on consideration and proceedings on Third Reading shall be completed in three days.

3.—(1) The following shall apply to proceedings in the Committee.'

2. In the Table, at the end there shall be inserted—

‘Proceedings Time for conclusion of proceedings
Third day
Clauses Nos. 8 to 10, Schedule No. 1, Clause No. 11, Schedule No. 2, Clause No. 12, Schedule No. 3, Clause No. 13, Schedule No. 4, Clauses Nos. 14 and 15, Schedule No. 5, Clause No. 16, Schedule No. 6, Clauses Nos. 17 to 19, any remaining new Clauses relating to Part 2, any new Schedules relating to Part 2, Clauses Nos. 22 and 23, Schedule No. 7, Clauses Nos. 24 to 36 and 38 to 53, Schedule No. 9, Clause No. 54, any remaining new Clauses relating to Part 3, any new Schedules relating to Part 3, Clause No. 55, Schedule No. 10, Clause No. 56, Schedule No. 11, Clauses Nos. 57 to 74, Schedule No. 12, Clauses Nos. 75 to 93 and 96 to 104, any new Clauses relating to Part 4, any new Schedules relating to Part 4, Clause No. 110, Schedule No. 13, Clauses Nos. 111 to 117, Schedule No. 14, Clause No. 118, Schedule No. 15, Clauses Nos. 119 to 121, remaining new Clauses, remaining new Schedules, remaining proceedings on the BillFive hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Bill'

3. For paragraphs 4 to 7 there shall be substituted—

‘4.—(1) This paragraph applies to any proceedings on consideration and proceedings on Third Reading (together referred to as “remaining proceedings”).

(2) Remaining proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion—

(a) at the moment of interruption on the third day, or

(b) one and a half hours after the commencement of remaining proceedings,

whichever is the later.'.—(Mr Christopher Leslie.)

2Constitutional Reform Bill [Lords] [1st allotted day],—The House, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee on the Constitutional Reform Bill [Lords].

(In the Committee)

Clause No. 1 (The rule of law).

Amendment (No. 364) proposed, in page 1, line 7, at the end, to add the words—

‘(2) In this section “the rule of law” means in particular the sovereignty of the Queen in Parliament in making the law and the sovereignty of the Queen's courts in interpreting and applying both that law and the common law.'.—(Mr William Cash.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Ruffley, Mr Peter Atkinson: 127.

Tellers for the Noes, James Purnell, Jim Fitzpatrick: 283.

Clause agreed to.

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Clause No. 4 (Guarantee of continued judicial independence).

Amendment (No. 18) made.

Another Amendment (No. 7) proposed, in page 2, to leave out lines 35 to 42.—(Mr William Cash.)

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

Question proposed, That the Clause, as amended, stand part of the Bill.

And it being three hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Bill, the Chairman put the Question, pursuant to Order [17th January].

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

The Chairman then put the remaining Questions necessary to dispose of the business to be concluded at that hour.

Clause No. 6 (Representations to Parliament).

Amendments (Nos. 1 and 2) made.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause No. 7 (President of the Courts of England and Wales).

Amendments (Nos. 19 and 20) made.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause No. 5 agreed to.

A Clause (NC1A) (Lord Chief Justice for Northern Ireland)—(Mr Christopher Leslie)—brought up, read the first and second time and added.

Clause No. 2 (Requirement of membership of the House of Lords).

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

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Ruffley, Mr Crispin Blunt: 119.

Tellers for the Noes, Joan Ryan, Bridget Prentice: 272.

Clause No. 3 (Legal qualifications).

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

The Committee divided.

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

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Nick Ainger, Joan Ryan: 272.

The Chairman left the Chair to report progress and ask leave to sit again.


The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair; and Gillian Merron reported, That the Committee had made progress in the Bill, and moved, That the Committee may have leave to sit again.

Committee again to-morrow.

3Contracting Out,—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 (Contracting Out of BID Levy Billing, Collection and Enforcement Functions) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 15th December, be approved—(Gillian Merron):—It was agreed to.

4Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Gillian Merron.)

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

[Adjourned at 11.01 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on Friday 28th January 2005 pursuant to Standing Order No. 159 (Presentation of statutory instruments):

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Registration of Political Parties,—Registration of Political Parties (Prohibited Words and Expressions) (Amendment) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 147), dated 26th January 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Christopher Leslie].

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Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 31st January 2005:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

2Government Resources and Accounts,—Draft Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Audit of Public Bodies) Order 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Stephen Timms].

3Pensions,—(1) Draft Pension Protection Fund (Pension Compensation Cap) Order 2005; and

(2) draft Pension Protection Fund (PPF Ombudsman) Order 2005

[by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Johnson].

4Social Security,—(1) Draft Child Benefit and Guardian's Allowance Up-rating Order 2005;

(2) draft Child Benefit and Guardian's Allowance Up-rating (Northern Ireland) Order 2005;

(3) draft Tax Credits Up-rating Regulations 2005

[by Act]; with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Dawn Primarolo]; and

(4) draft Social Security (Inherited SERPS) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Johnson].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

5Public Passenger Transport,—Transport Act 2000 (Commencement of Quality Contracts Schemes) (England) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 75), dated 19th January 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

6Road Traffic,—Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (Metropolitan Borough of Stockport) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 81), dated 19th January 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

7Town and Country Planning,—Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (England) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 85), dated 21st January 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

8Unsolicited Goods and Services,—Unsolicited Goods and Services Act 1971 (Electronic Commerce) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 148), dated 12th January 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

Other Papers:

9Government Resources and Accounts,—Resource Accounts of the NHS Pension Scheme and NHS Compensation for Premature Retirement Scheme for 2003–04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 231] [Mr Stephen Timms].

10National Audit,—Reports by the Comptroller and Auditor General on—

(1) Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Foot and Mouth Disease: Applying the Lessons; and

(2) Improving school attendance in England

[by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 184 and 212] [Clerk of the House].

11Office of the Deputy Prime Minister,—Paper entitled, Sustainable Communities: People, Places and Prosperity—a Five Year Plan from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister [by Command] [Cm. 6425] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

1Education and Skills,—Second Report from the Education and Skills Committee [Education outside the Classroom], 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. 120] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

2Public Accounts,—Part of the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Ministry of Defence: Major Projects Report 2004]; to be printed [No. 294-i] [Mr Edward Leigh].

3Science and Technology,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Science and Technology Committee [Forensic Science]; to be printed [No. 96-iv] [Dr Ian Gibson].


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[No. 31.]

Tuesday 1st February 2005.

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

PRAYERS.

1London Local Authorities and Transport for London Bill,—Ordered, That the London Local Authorities and Transport for London Bill be read a second time on Tuesday 8th February.

2Income Tax (Trading and Other Income) Bill,—Mr Kenneth Clarke reported from the Joint Committee on Tax Law Rewrite Bills, to which the Income Tax (Trading and Other Income) Bill was committed, That it had gone through the Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.

Ordered, That the Bill, as amended in the Joint Committee, be printed [Bill 51].

Bill, as amended in the Joint Committee, re-committed to a Committee of the whole House, pursuant to Standing Order No. 60 (Tax law rewrite bills).

Committee to-morrow.

3Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill,—Mr Eric Forth reported from Standing Committee G, That it had gone through the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.

Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 52].

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

4First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Miss Ann Widdecombe reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Amendments to Schedule 2) Order 2005.

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

5Pharmaceutical Labelling (Warning of Cognitive Function Impairment),—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for a warning symbol to be prominently displayed on the packaging of pharmaceuticals which act on the brain and central nervous system so as to impair dangerously the consumer's ability to carry out certain activities; and for connected purposes: And that Mr Andrew Dismore, Ms Karen Buck, Mr Stephen Pound, Mr Martin Salter, Sir Archy Kirkwood, David Hamilton, Dr Alan Whitehead, Angela Eagle, Miss Anne Begg, Ann Keen and Mr Neil Gerrard do prepare and bring it in.

6Pharmaceutical Labelling (Warning of Cognitive Function Impairment) Bill,—Mr Andrew Dismore accordingly presented a Bill to make provision for a warning symbol to be prominently displayed on the packaging of pharmaceuticals which act on the brain and central nervous system so as to impair dangerously the consumer's ability to carry out certain activities; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 20th May and to be printed [Bill 50].

7Constitutional Reform Bill [Lords] [2nd allotted day],—The House, according to Order, again resolved itself into a Committee on the Constitutional Reform Bill [Lords].

(In the Committee)

Clause No. 20 (The Supreme Court).

Amendment (No. 350) proposed, in page 9, line 15, at the end, to insert the words ‘situated in the Palace of Westminster'.—(Mr Dominic Grieve.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Andrew Selous, Mr Peter Atkinson: 114.

Tellers for the Noes, Margaret Moran, James Purnell: 285.

Clause agreed to.

Clause No. 21 agreed to.

Another Clause (NC4) (Representations to the Northern Ireland Assembly)—(Mr Christopher Leslie)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added.

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Another Clause (NC5) (Northern Ireland Act 1998: excepted and reserved matters relating to Supreme Court)—(Mr Christopher Leslie)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added.

Clause No. 37 (Jurisdiction).

Amendment (No. 366) proposed, in page 17, line 23, to leave out the word ‘An' and insert the word ‘No'.—(Annabelle Ewing.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Elfyn Llwyd, Mr Simon Thomas: 4.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Tom Watson, Mr Vernon Coaker: 411.

Clause agreed to.

Schedule No. 8 agreed to.

Clause No. 109 (Parliamentary disqualification).

Amendment (No. 339) proposed, in page 48, line 27, to leave out subsections (1) and (2).—(Mr Jonathan Djanogly.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made.

And it being three hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Bill, the Chairman put the Question, pursuant to Order [17th January].

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr John Randall: 122.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Vernon Coaker, Mr Tom Watson: 315.

The Chairman then put the remaining Question to be disposed of at that hour.

Clause agreed to.

Clause No. 105 (Removal from most senior judicial offices).

Amendments (Nos. 3 and 4) made.

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

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Tom Watson, Mr Vernon Coaker: 277.

Tellers for the Noes, Andrew Selous, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 162.

Clause No. 106 (Removal from listed judicial offices).

Amendment (No. 351) proposed, in page 47, line 7, to leave out the words ‘except after consultation with' and insert the words ‘without the agreement of'.—(Mr Dominic Grieve.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Andrew Selous, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 168.

Tellers for the Noes, Bridget Prentice, Jim Fitzpatrick: 276.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses Nos. 107 and 108 agreed to.

Clause No. 94 (Disciplinary powers).

Amendments (Nos. 21 to 23, 11, 12, 24, 13 and 14) made.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause No. 95 (Disciplinary powers: interpretation).

Amendment (No. 15) made.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

The Chairman left the Chair to report progress and ask leave to sit again.


The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair; and Paul Clark reported, That the Committee had made progress in the Bill, and moved, That the Committee may have leave to sit again.

Committee again to-morrow.

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8Adjournment (February),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 25 (Periodic adjournments), That this House, at its rising on Thursday 10th February, do adjourn till Monday 21st February—(Paul Clark):—It was agreed to.

9Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Paul Clark);

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

10Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Paul Clark.)

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

[Adjourned at 7.29 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Pensions,—Draft Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase Order 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Johnson].

2Social Security,—(1) Draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Johnson]; and

(2) draft Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating and National Insurance Funds Payments) Order 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Dawn Primarolo].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

3Agriculture,—Hill Farm Allowance Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 154), dated 29th January 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

4Disabled Persons,—Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Heathrow Express Class 360/2) Exemption Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 86), dated 21st January 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

5Education,—Tynemouth College and North Tyneside College (Dissolution) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 94), dated 24th January 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

6Social Security,—Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 166), dated 1st February 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Dawn Primarolo].

7Tax Credits,—Tax Credits (Approval of Child Care Providers) Scheme 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 93), dated 24th January 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

Other Papers:

8Social Security,—Report by the Government Actuary on the drafts of the Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2005 and the Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating and National Insurance Funds Payments) Order 2005 [by Command] [Cm. 6457] [Mr Secretary Johnson].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

Draft Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Amendments to Schedule 2) Order 2005,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Desmond Browne and Mr John Heppell from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Paul Goggins and Mr Jim Murphy.

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APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Constitutional Affairs and Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions,—Minutes of Evidence taken 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].

2Culture, Media and Sport,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [Arts Development: Theatre]; to be printed [No. 254-ii] [Sir Gerald Kaufman].

3Foreign Affairs,—(1) Second Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee [Cyprus], together with an Annex and 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. 113];

(2) Third Report from the Committee [Western Balkans], 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. 87]; and

(3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Foreign Policy Aspects of the War Against Terrorism]; to be printed [No. 36-iii]

[Mr Donald Anderson].

4Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions,—Memoranda submitted to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee [Empty Homes and Low-demand Pathfinders]; to be printed [No. 295-II] [Andrew Bennett].

5Scottish Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Scottish Affairs Committee [Meeting Scotland's Future Energy Needs]; to be printed [No. 259-ii] [Mrs Irene Adams].

6Statutory Instruments,—Seventh Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 66-vii] [Mr David Tredinnick].

7Tax Law Rewrite Bills (Joint Committee),—First Report from the Joint Committee on Tax Law Rewrite Bills [Income Tax (Trading and other Income) Bill], together with Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee and Appendices thereto; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 285] [Mr Kenneth Clarke].

8Trade and Industry,—(1) Fifth Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [Debt and Disconnection: Gas and electricity supply companies and their domestic customers], 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. 297]; and

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Fuel Prices]; to be printed [No. 279-iv]

[Mr Martin O'Neill].

9Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [Cash machine charges]; to be printed [No. 191-ii] [Mr John McFall].


[No. 31; WH, No. 17]

Tuesday 1st February 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 Vernon Coaker.)

And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 5.24 p.m.


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[No. 32.]

Wednesday 2nd February 2005.

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

PRAYERS.

1Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

The Lords have come to the following Resolution, to which they desire the agreement of this House:

That it is expedient that a Joint Committee of Lords and Commons be appointed to consider and report on any draft Children (Contact) and Adoption Bill presented to both Houses by a Minister of the Crown, and that the Committee should report on the draft Bill by 26th May 2005.

2Public Service (Bank Holiday),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to introduce a bank holiday on the third Monday in October in recognition of public service—(Claire Ward);

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

Ordered, That Claire Ward, Andy Burnham, Mr Parmjit Dhanda, Mr Andrew Dismore, Janet Anderson, Mr Kevin Barron, Shona McIsaac and Mr Martin Salter do prepare and bring in the Bill.

3Public Service (Bank Holiday) Bill,—Claire Ward accordingly presented a Bill to introduce a bank holiday on the third Monday in October in recognition of public service: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 18th March and to be printed [Bill 53].

4Business of the House,—Ordered, That—

(1) the Order of 25th January relating to Business of the House be discharged; and

(2) at this day's sitting, notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Order No. 16 (Proceedings under an Act or on European Union documents), the Speaker shall put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the Motions in the name of Mr Secretary Clarke relating to Police Grant Report (England and Wales) not later than three hours after the commencement of proceedings on the first Motion, and shall put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the Motions in the name of Mr Secretary Prescott relating to Local Government Finance (England) not later than three hours after the commencement of proceedings on the first Motion relating to Local Government Finance (England), or six hours after the commencement of proceedings on the first Motion relating to Police Grant Report (England and Wales), whichever is later; proceedings may continue after the moment of interruption; and Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions) shall not apply.—(Ms Hazel Blears.)

5Police,—Resolved, That the Police Grant Report (England and Wales) 2003–04: Amending Report 2004–05, House of Commons Paper No. 247, a copy of which was laid before this House on 27th January 2005, be approved.—(Ms Hazel Blears.)

6Police,—Resolved, That the Police Grant Report (England and Wales) 2005–06, House of Commons Paper No. 246, a copy of which was laid before this House on 27th January 2005, be approved.—(Jim Fitzpatrick.)

7Local Government Finance,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the Local Government Finance Report (England) 2003–04: Amending Report 2005, House of Commons Paper No. 241, a copy of which was laid before this House on 27th January, be approved—(Mr Nick Raynsford);

And it being six hours after the commencement of proceedings on the first Motion relating to the Police Grant Report (England and Wales), the Deputy Speaker put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the Motions relating to Local Government Finance (England), pursuant to Order [this day].

Question put and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Local Government Finance Report (England) 2003–04: Amending Report 2005, House of Commons Paper No. 241, a copy of which was laid before this House on 27th January, be approved.

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8Local Government Finance,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Order [this day], That the Local Government Finance Report (England) 2005–06, House of Commons Paper No. 242, a copy of which was laid before this House on 27th January, be approved—(Gillian Merron):—It was agreed to.

9Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Gillian Merron);

And the Motion having been made after Seven o'clock, and 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-nine minutes past Eight o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 8.29 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Family Law,—Draft Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Johnson].

2Pensions,—Draft Occupational Pension Scheme (Levies) Regulations 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Johnson].

3Social Security,—(1) Draft Social Security (Intensive Activity Period 50 to 59 Pilot) Regulations 2005; and

(2) draft Social Security (Intensive Activity Period 50 to 59 Pilot) (No. 2) Regulations 2005

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

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

4Income Tax,—(1) Controlled Foreign Companies (Excluded Countries) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 185); and

(2) Controlled Foreign Companies (Excluded Countries) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 186),

dated 1st February 2005 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Dawn Primarolo].

5Legal Services Commission,—Community Legal Service (Funding) (Counsel in Family Proceedings) (Amendment) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 184), dated 31st January 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr David Lammy].

6Pensions,—Draft Code of Practice No. 1 by the Pensions Regulator on Reporting breaches of the law [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Johnson].

7Road Traffic,—Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (Metropolitan District of Leeds) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 95), dated 24th January 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

Other Papers:

8Criminal Justice and Court Services,—Accounts of the National Probation Service: Consolidated Accounts of the Local Probation Boards Account for 2003–04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 293] [Clerk of the House].

9Education and Skills,—Paper, entitled Draft Children (Contact) and Adoption Bill [by Command] [Cm. 6462] [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

10Government Resources and Accounts,—Account of the Fleet Air Arm Museum for 2003–04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 292] [Clerk of the House].

11Northern Ireland,—Northern Ireland Department of Finance and Personnel Memorandum on the Fiftieth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts, Session 2003–04 [by Command] [Cm. 6468] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

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12Public Petitions,—Observations by the Deputy Prime Minister on the Petition [12th January] from Mr and Mrs Cribbs and others against the proposed closure of public halls in the Borough of Castle Point, Essex [by Standing Order] [Clerk of the House].

13School Inspections,—Report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools for 2003–04 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 195] [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

14Work and Pensions,—Paper, entitled Department for Work and Pensions Five Year Strategy: Opportunity and security throughout life [by Command] [Cm. 6447] [Mr Secretary Johnson].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Continuance of Part VII) 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 twenty Members to serve on the Committee: Mr David Atkinson, David Burnside, Mr Stephen Byers, Mr Alistair Carmichael, Mr David Chaytor, Ann Clwyd, Mr Vernon Coaker, Clive Efford, Mr Tom Harris, Mr Stephen Hepburn, Mr Andrew Hunter, Mr David Lidington, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Eddie McGrady, Mr Michael Mates, Chris Mole, Mr Ian Pearson, Mr Mike Wood, Iain Wright and Derek Wyatt.

2Draft Companies Act 1985 (Operating and Financial Review and Directors' Report etc.) Regulations 2005,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Jim Cunningham, Glenda Jackson, Margaret Moran and Derek Wyatt from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations) and nominated in substitution Mr Kevan Jones, Mr Sio¤n Simon, Mark Tami and Mr Tom Watson.

3Southern Regional Flood Defence Committee Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3165):

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

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Nick Ainger, Norman Baker, Tony Baldry, Mr John Bercow, Tony Cunningham, Sue Doughty, Mr Frank Field, Lynne Jones, Andy King, Miss Anne McIntosh, Mr Elliot Morley, Rachel Squire, Dr Rudi Vis, Mr David Wilshire, Mr Shaun Woodward and Tony Worthington.

4Draft Extradition Act 2003 (Amendment to Designations) Order 2005:

(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 Roger Berry, Colin Burgon, Mr Ronnie Campbell, Mr Alistair Carmichael, Mr David Clelland, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Jon Cruddas, Mr Parmjit Dhanda, Mr Michael Fallon, Mr John Greenway, Mr Dominic Grieve, Mr John Heppell, Fiona Mactaggart, Mr Mark Oaten, Ms Dari Taylor and Iain Wright.

5Non-Domestic Rating (Small Business Rate Relief) (England) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3315):

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

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Tony Banks, Malcolm Bruce, Paul Clark, Harry Cohen, Brian Cotter, Linda Gilroy, Mr John Grogan, Mr Philip Hammond, Phil Hope, Helen Jackson, Mr Edward Leigh, Mr Francis Maude, Mr Stephen Pound, Mr Mark Prisk, Keith Vaz and Dr Alan Whitehead.

6Draft Asylum (Designated States) Order 2005:

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

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Vera Baird, Mr Clive Betts, Mr Desmond Browne, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr Brian H. Donohoe, Mr David Heath, Mr David Heathcoat-Amory, Mr John Heppell, Mr Terry Lewis, Tony Lloyd, Rosemary McKenna, Mr Humfrey Malins, Kali Mountford, Mr Mark Oaten, Mr Richard Page and Mrs Betty Williams.

7Draft Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) Order 2005:

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

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(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated twenty Members to serve on the Committee: Hugh Bayley, Mr Michael Clapham, Mr Tony Clarke, Mr Vernon Coaker, Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons, Mr Tom Harris, Lady Hermon, Mr David Heyes, Alan Howarth, Mr David Lidington, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Eddie McGrady, Mr John Maples, Lembit O­pik, Albert Owen, Mr Ian Pearson, Mr Andy Reed, Mr Peter Robinson, Jonathan Shaw and Mr Richard Shepherd.

8Draft Gender Recognition (Approved Countries and Territories) Order 2005:

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

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Richard Allan, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Tim Boswell, Geraint Davies, Mr Roger Godsiff, Dr Evan Harris, Mr David Lammy, Mrs Helen Liddell, Chris McCafferty, Bridget Prentice, Mr Martin Salter, Mr Clive Soley, Sir John Stanley, Mr Graham Stringer, Sir Peter Tapsell and Mr Michael Wills.

9Draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 2005 and the draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 2005:

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

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Peter Atkinson, Andy Burnham, Mr Vernon Coaker, Mr Michael Connarty, Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas, Mr Tam Dalyell, Dr Hywel Francis, Chris Grayling, Mr Kelvin Hopkins, Mr Ivan Lewis, Mr Austin Mitchell, Dr John Pugh, Mr David Rendel, Mr John Smith, Sir Teddy Taylor and Ann Winterton.

10Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3244):

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

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Peter Atkinson, Ms Karen Buck, Mr Alistair Carmichael, Mr Ian Davidson, Geraint Davies, Mr Jonathan Djanogly, Mike Gapes, Mr Christopher Leslie, Alice Mahon, Mr Mark Oaten, Diana Organ, Linda Perham, Bridget Prentice, Mr Sio¤n Simon, Mr Michael Trend and Mr John Wilkinson.

11Draft Pensions Appeal Tribunals (Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme) (Rights of Appeal) Regulations 2005:

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

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Gregory Barker, Mr Julian Brazier, Kevin Brennan, Mr John Burnett, Mr Alan Campbell, Mr Ivor Caplin, Mr Neil Gerrard, Mr Gerald Howarth, Mr Gordon Prentice, James Purnell, Mr Frank Roy, Joan Ruddock, Bob Russell, Phil Sawford, Mr Peter Viggers and Mr Brian Wilson.

European Standing Committees

12European Union Document Nos. 11607/04, 11741/1/04, 11745/04 and 11752/04, relating to future European Union finances, have been referred to European Standing Committee B.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Culture, Media and Sport,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Maritime Heritage and Historic Ships Sub-Committee of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [Maritime Heritage and Historic Ships]; to be printed [No. 296-i] [Sir Gerald Kaufman].

2Defence,—(1) First Report from the Defence Committee [Work of the Committee in 2004]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 290]; and

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Iraq; Tri-Service Armed Forces Bill]; to be printed [Nos. 65-iii and 64-i]

[Bruce George].

3Draft Mental Health Bill,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on the Draft Mental Health Bill; to be printed [No. 95-xv];

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

[Mr George Howarth]; and

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(3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed [No. 95-xvii] [Dr Howard Stoate].

4Education and Skills,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Skills Committee [Every Child Matters]; to be printed [No. 40-vi] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

5Environmental Audit,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee [Pre-Budget 2004: the road ahead]; to be printed [No. 261-iii] [Mr Peter Ainsworth].

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

(2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Ministerial Correspondence]

[Mr Jimmy Hood].

7Human Rights,—Sixth Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights [Scrutiny: Second Progress Report], together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 305] [Jean Corston].

8Northern Ireland Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [Reconciliation: Ways of dealing with Northern Ireland's past]; to be printed [No. 303-i] [Mr Michael Mates].

9Public Accounts,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [HM Customs and Excise: Standard Report 2003–04]; to be printed [No. 304-i] [Mr Edward Leigh].

10Science and Technology,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Science and Technology Committee [Research Councils UK: Scrutiny Session]; to be printed [No. 219-i] [Dr Ian Gibson].

11Standards and Privileges,—Third Report from the Committee on Standards and Privileges [Conduct of Mr Jonathan Sayeed], together with Appendices and part of the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 25th January; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 233] [Sir George Young].

12Trade and Industry,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee [Occupational segregation and the gender pay gap]; to be printed [No. 300-i] [Mr Martin O'Neill].

13Transport,—(1) Second Report from the Transport Committee [Tonnage Tax], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 299]; and

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

[Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

14Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee of the Treasury Committee [Excise Duty Fraud]; to be printed [No. 126-iii] [Mr John McFall].

15Work and Pensions,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Work and Pensions Committee [Staffing Efficiencies]; to be printed [No. 298] [Sir Archy Kirkwood].


[No. 32; WH, No. 18]

Wednesday 2nd February 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 4.22 p.m.


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[No. 33.]

Thursday 3rd February 2005.

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

PRAYERS.

1Road Safety Bill,—Mr Peter Pike reported from Standing Committee A, That it had gone through the Road Safety Bill, and made Amendments thereunto, and had amended the Title, as follows:

A Bill to make provision about road traffic, registration plates, vehicle and driver information, trunk road picnic areas and private hire vehicles.

Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 54].

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

2Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Bill O'Brien reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Companies Act 1985 (Operating and Financial Review and Directors' Report etc.) Regulations 2005.

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

3Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr David Amess reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Fire and Rescue Services (National Framework) (England) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3217).

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

4Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Nigel Beard reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (Disapplication of Part IV for Northern Ireland Parties, etc.) Order 2005.

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

5Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill (Programme) (No. 2),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the Programme Order of 7th December 2004 relating to the Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill be varied as follows—

1. Paragraphs 4 and 5 of the Order shall be omitted.

2. Proceedings on consideration shall be taken in the order shown in the first column of the following Table.

3. The proceedings shown in the first column of the Table shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the time specified in the second column.

Proceedings Time for conclusion of proceedings
New Clauses, Amendments and new Schedules relating to Clause No. 122 and Schedule No. 10; new Clauses, Amendments and new Schedules relating to blasphemy.One and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on consideration.
New Clauses, Amendments and new Schedules relating to the use of intercept evidence in legal proceedings.Two and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on consideration.
New Clauses, Amendments and new Schedules relating to the protection of organisations from economic damage or other interference with their activities.Three and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on consideration.
New Clauses, Amendments and new Schedules relating to the status and powers of staff of the Serious Organised Crime Agency.Four and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on consideration.
New Clauses, Amendments and new Schedules relating to behaviour in vicinity of Parliament Square; remaining proceedings on consideration.Five and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on consideration.

4. Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion six and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on consideration—(Fiona Mactaggart);

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An Amendment ((a)) was proposed to the Question, in the Table, in the entry relating to the use of intercept evidence in legal proceedings, in column 2, to leave out from the word ‘Two' to the word ‘New' in column 1 in the entry relating to protection of organisations from economic damage or other interference with their activities, and insert the words—

‘hours after the commencement of proceedings on consideration.

Amendments relating to the abolition of the Royal Parks ConstabularyTwo and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on consideration', instead thereof.
—(John McDonnell.)

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

The Amendment was, with leave of the House, withdrawn.

And the Main Question being put;

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Margaret Moran, Mr Tom Watson: 255.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr John Randall, Andrew Selous: 124.

So the Question was agreed to.

6Child Benefit Bill (Programme) (No. 2),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That the Order of 12th January 2005 (Child Benefit Bill (Programme)) be varied as follows:

Consideration and Third Reading

1. Paragraphs 4 and 5 of the order shall be omitted.

2. 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.

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Tom Watson, Margaret Moran: 236.

Tellers for the Noes, Andrew Selous, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 121.

So the Question was agreed to.

7Child Benefit Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Child Benefit Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee.

A Clause (NC1) (Regulations made by the Treasury: qualifying courses)—(Mr Mark Francois)—brought up, and read the first time.

Question put, That the Clause be read a second time.

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John Randall, Andrew Selous: 110.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Jim Murphy, James Purnell: 229.

The Bill was read the third time, and passed.

8Security Industry,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Amendments to Schedule 2) Order 2005, which was laid before this House on 17th January, be approved—(Mr Nick Ainger):—It was agreed to.

9Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from residents of Hodge Hill, Birmingham, and the surrounding areas for legislation to provide for tougher sentencing for dangerous driving was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

10Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Nick Ainger.)

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

[Adjourned at 5.36 p.m.

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APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Immigration,—Draft Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Procedure) (Amendment) Rules 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr David Lammy].

2Northern Ireland,—Draft Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Modification) Order 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

3Environmental Protection,—Transfrontier Shipment of Waste (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 187), dated 1st February 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

Other Papers:

4Courts,—Paper, entitled Courts Boards Guidance [by Command] [Cm. 6461] [Mr Christopher Leslie].

5European Union,—Paper, entitled Prospects for the EU in 2005 [by Command] [Cm. 6450] [Mr Secretary Straw].

6Northern Ireland,—Report and Accounts of the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools for 2003–04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [No. 202] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

7Public Petitions,—Observations by the Secretary of State for Transport on the Petition [15th December] from constituents of Rochdale and others for consideration of the implications of the proposed cancellation of the Manchester Metrolink extension [by Standing Order] [Clerk of the House].

8Tax Credits,—Report by the Commissioners of the Inland Revenue under section 40 of the Tax Credits Act 2002 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Continuance of Part VII) Order 2005,—The Speaker has appointed Miss Anne Begg Chairman of the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

2Southern Regional Flood Defence Committee Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3165),—The Speaker has appointed Derek Conway Chairman of the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Order.

3Draft Extradition Act 2003 (Amendment to Designations) Order 2005:

(1) The Speaker has appointed Mr Mike Hancock Chairman of the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order; and

(2) The Committee of Selection has discharged Iain Wright from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Mr Iain Luke.

4Fire and Rescue Services (National Framework) (England) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3217),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Ms Candy Atherton from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Order) and nominated in substitution Ms Dari Taylor.

5Draft Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (Disapplication of Part IV for Northern Ireland Parties, etc.) Order 2005,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons, Mr George Foulkes and Mr Eddie McGrady from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Mr Jim Cunningham, Mr Seamus Mallon and Mr Colin Pickthall.

6Non-Domestic Rating (Small Business Rate Relief) (England) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3315),—The Speaker has appointed Mr John Cummings Chairman of the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Order.

7Draft Asylum (Designated States) Order 2005,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Bill O'Brien Chairman of the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

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8Draft Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) Order 2005,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Alan Hurst Chairman of the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

9Draft Gender Recognition (Approved Countries and Territories) Order 2005,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Bill O'Brien Chairman of the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

10Draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 2005 and draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 2005,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Nigel Beard Chairman of the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Orders.

11Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3244),—The Speaker has appointed Mr Peter Pike Chairman of the Ninth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Regulations.

12Draft Pensions Appeal Tribunals (Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme) (Rights of Appeal) Regulations 2005,—The Speaker has appointed Janet Anderson Chairman of the Tenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Regulations.

European Standing Committees

13The Speaker has appointed Mr Win Griffiths Chairman of European Standing Committee B in respect of European Union Document No. 13177/04 on European Defence Equipment Market.

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-vi] [Mr David Hinchliffe].

2Public Administration,—(1) Second Report from the Select Committee on Public Administration [Work of the Committee in 2004]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 306]; and

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Civil Service Effectiveness]; to be printed [No. 307-i]

[Tony Wright].


[No. 33; WH, No. 19]

Thursday 3rd February 2005.

The House sitting in Westminster Hall

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

Adjournment (Rehabilitation and Healthier Workplaces),—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Jane Kennedy.)

And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 8th February.

[Adjourned at 5.07 p.m.


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[No. 34.]

Friday 4th February 2005.

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

1The Speaker's Absence,—The House being met, and the Speaker having leave of absence pursuant to paragraph (3) of Standing Order No. 3 (Deputy Speaker), Sylvia Heal, the First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means, proceeded to the Table.

PRAYERS.

2The First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means took the Chair as Deputy Speaker.

3HBOS Group Reorganisation Bill,—A Bill to make new provision for the regulation and management of the Governor and Company of the Bank of Scotland upon its registration as a public company under the Companies Act 1985; to provide for the transfer of the undertakings of Capital Bank plc, Halifax plc and HBOS Treasury Services plc to the Governor and Company of the Bank of Scotland; to provide for the transfer of the assets of the Clerical, Medical and General Life Assurance Society to Clerical Medical Investment Group Limited; and for connected purposes, was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time.

4Drugs Bill,—Mr Roger Gale reported from Standing Committee F, That it had gone through the Drugs Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.

Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered on Monday 7th February; and to be printed [Bill 55].

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

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

Renewable Energy Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill to make provision about the microgeneration of electricity; to provide for small renewable energy developments to be classed as permitted development; and to provide for a renewables obligation for public suppliers of energy other than electricity suppliers; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

6Criminal Law (Amendment) (Householder Protection) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Criminal Law (Amendment) (Householder Protection) Bill;

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

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;

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr John Randall: 140.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Andrew Dismore, Mr Stephen Pound: 21.

So the Question was agreed to.

And the Question being accordingly put, That the Bill be now read a second time;

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr John Randall: 130.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Crispin Blunt: 4.

So the Question was agreed to.

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

7Renewable Heat Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Renewable Heat Bill;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 20th May.

8Council Tax Benefit (Entitlement Information) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Council Tax Benefit (Entitlement Information) Bill;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 1st July.

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

And accordingly, the House, having continued to sit till three minutes past Three o'clock, adjourned till Monday 7th February.

[Adjourned at 3.03 p.m.

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APPENDIX

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Public Audit,—Draft Public Audit (Wales) Act 2004 (Relaxation of Restriction on Disclosure) Order 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Peter Hain].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2Child Trust Funds,—Child Trust Funds (Non-tax Appeals) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 191), dated 3rd February 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Stephen Timms].

3Food,—(1) Food (Pistachios from Iran) (Emergency Control) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 208); and

(2) Poultry Meat, Farmed Game Bird Meat and Rabbit Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 209),

dated 3rd February 2005 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

4Local Government,—Local Authorities (Alteration of Requisite Calculations) (England) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 190), dated 2nd February 2005 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

5Social Security,—Social Security and Child Support Commissioners (Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 207), dated 3rd February 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr David Lammy].

Other Papers:

6Air Force (Constitution),—Amendment List 11 to the Queen's Regulations for the Royal Air Force (Fifth Edition) [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].



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