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[No. 39.]

Monday 21st February 2005.

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

PRAYERS.

1Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill (Programme) (No. 2),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That the Programme Order of 10th January 2005 in relation to the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment 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 Part 1; new Clauses, Amendments and new Schedules relating to Part 2; new Clauses, Amendments and new Schedules relating to Part 3; new Clauses, Amendments and new Schedules relating to Part 4.2 hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion for this Order.
New Clauses, Amendments and new Schedules relating to Part 5; new Clauses, Amendments and new Schedules relating to Part 6.3 hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion for this Order.
New Clauses, Amendments and new Schedules relating to Part 7; new Clauses, Amendments and new Schedules relating to Part 8; new Clauses, Amendments and new Schedules relating to Part 9; new Clauses, Amendments and new Schedules relating to Part 10; remaining new Clauses and new Schedules; remaining proceedings on consideration.4 hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion for this Order.

4. Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion—

(a) 5 hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion for this Order; or

(b) at the moment of interruption,

whichever is the later—(Alun Michael);

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Bridget Prentice, Margaret Moran: 243.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Ruffley, Mr Crispin Blunt: 116.

So the Question was agreed to.

2Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee.

Amendment (No. 28) proposed to the Bill, in page 3, line 3, at the end, to insert the words ‘save with the agreement of the owner and occupier of any such dwelling.'.—(Miss Anne McIntosh.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

A Clause (NC6) (Abandoned vehicles)—(Miss Anne McIntosh)—brought up, and read the first time.

Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:—Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

Amendments (Nos. 24 and 25) made to the Bill.

Another Clause (NC2) (Duty to keep land highways clear of litter)—(Miss Anne McIntosh)—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 David Ruffley, Mr Crispin Blunt: 120.

Tellers for the Noes, Gillian Merron, Mr Jim Murphy: 268.

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It being more than two hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion (Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill (Programme) (No. 2)), the Deputy Speaker, pursuant to Order [this day], put the Question on the Amendments moved by a Minister of the Crown to be disposed of at that hour.

Other Amendments (Nos. 26, 27, 22 and 23) made to the Bill.

Another Clause (NC15) (Waste minimisation)—(Sue Doughty)—brought up, and read the first time.

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

And it being three hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion (Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill (Programme) (No. 2)), the Deputy Speaker put the Question.

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Bob Russell, Sue Doughty: 25.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Jim Murphy, Gillian Merron: 246.

The Deputy Speaker then put the Question on an Amendment selected for separate decision.

Another Amendment (No. 29) proposed to the Bill, in page 46, line 31, at the end, to insert the words ‘, in subsection (7)(c) after “authority”, leave out “may” and insert “shall”.'.—(Miss Anne McIntosh.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Crispin Blunt, Mr David Ruffley: 138.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Jim Murphy, Gillian Merron: 246.

Another Clause (NC11) (Audible motor vehicle alarms: amendment of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986)—(Norman Baker)—brought up, and read the first time.

Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:—Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

Another Amendment (No. 6) proposed to the Bill, in page 73, line 23, at the end, to insert the words—

‘(6) In proceedings against a person under sub-paragraph (4) for enforcement of a charge, it is a defence for the person to prove that he took all reasonable steps to prevent abandonment of his trolleys.'.—(Miss Anne McIntosh.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Ruffley, Mr Crispin Blunt: 105.

Tellers for the Noes, Gillian Merron, Mr Jim Murphy: 281.

And it being more than four hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion (Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill (Programme) (No. 2)), the Deputy Speaker put the Question on the remaining Amendments moved by a Minister of the Crown.

Other Amendments (Nos. 38 to 45) made to the Bill.

A Motion being made, That the Bill be now read the third time;

Alun Michael, by Her Majesty's Command, acquainted the House, That Her Majesty, having been informed of the purport of the Bill, gives her Consent, as far as Her Majesty's interest is concerned, That the House may do therein as it shall think fit.

And the Question being put:—It was agreed to.

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

3Northern Ireland,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) Order 2005, which was laid before this House on 26th January, be approved—(Margaret Moran):—It was agreed to.

4European Scrutiny,—Ordered, That Mr Liam Byrne be added to the European Scrutiny Committee.—(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

5Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Margaret Moran);

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

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6Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Margaret Moran.)

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

[Adjourned at 10.21 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

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

Monday 14th February 2005

1Constitutional Affairs,—Government Response to the First Report from the Constitutional Affairs Committee, Session 2004–05, on Freedom of Information Act 2000—progress towards implementation [Cm. 6470] [Mr David Lammy].

Papers delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on the undermentioned dates during the adjournment pursuant to Standing Order No. 159 (Presentation of statutory instruments):

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

Friday 11th February 2005

2Criminal Law,—Disqualification from Working with Children (Scotland) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 267), dated 9th February 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Clarke].

3Dangerous Drugs,—Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 271), dated 9th February 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Clarke].

4Electromagnetic Compatibility,—Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 281), dated 2nd February 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

5Gas,—Gas Act 1986 (Exemption) (No. 2) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 280), dated 5th February 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

6Plant Health,—(1) Dutch Potatoes (Notification) (England) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 279); and

(2) Potatoes Originating in the Netherlands (Revocation) (England) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 278),

dated 9th February 2005, with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

Monday 14th February 2005

7Health and Safety,—Anthrax Prevention Order 1971 etc. (Revocation) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 228), dated 6th February 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Johnson].

8Housing,—Rent Officers (Housing Benefit Functions) (Local Housing Allowance) Amendment Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 236), dated 7th February 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Johnson].

9Social Security,—Housing Benefit (General) (Local Housing Allowance) Amendment Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 238), dated 7th February 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Johnson].

Tuesday 15th February 2005

10Pensions,—Pension Protection Fund (Partially Guaranteed Schemes) (Modification) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 277), dated 10th February 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Johnson].

11Social Security,—Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 273), dated 9th February 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Johnson].

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Wednesday 16th February 2005

12Pensions,—Pension Protection Fund (Limit on Borrowing) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 339), dated 16th February 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Johnson].

Thursday 17th February 2005

13Income Tax,—(1) General Commissioners (Jurisdiction and Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 340); and

(2) Special Commissioners (Jurisdiction and Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 341),

dated 10th February 2005, with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [Mr David Lammy].

Friday 18th February 2005

14Ecclesiastical Law,—Legal Officers (Annual Fees) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 336), dated 15th February 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Clerk of the House].

15Social Security,—(1) Child Benefit and Guardian's Allowance (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 343), dated 17th February 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Dawn Primarolo];

(2) Social Security, Child Support and Tax Credits (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 337), dated 15th February 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Johnson]; and

(3) Social Security (Industrial Injuries) (Prescribed Diseases) Amendment Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 324), dated 10th February 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Johnson].

Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 21st February 2005:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

16Criminal Law,—Draft Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 (Code of Practice) Order 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

17Immigration,—Draft Immigration (Leave to Enter and Remain) (Amendment) Order 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

18Northern Ireland,—(1) Draft District Policing Partnerships (Northern Ireland) Order 2005;

(2) draft Firearms (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005; and

(3) draft Unauthorised Encampments (Northern Ireland) Order 2005

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

19Regulatory Reform,—(1) Draft Regulatory Reform (Execution of Deeds and Documents) Order 2005, with a Statement by the Department for Constitutional Affairs [by Act] [Mr David Lammy]; and

(2) Draft Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, with a Statement by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

20Children and Young Persons,—Child Abduction and Custody (Falkland Islands) (Amendment) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 244), dated 9th February 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Straw].

21Electricity,—Renewables Obligation Order (Northern Ireland) 2005 (S.R. (N.I.), 2005, No. 38), dated 11th February 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

22International Immunities and Privileges,—Commonwealth Countries and Ireland (Immunities and Privileges) (Amendment) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 246), dated 9th February 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Straw].

23Ministers of the Crown,—Transfer of Functions (Children, Young People and Families) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 252), dated 9th February 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Christopher Leslie].

24National Health Service,—Health Service Commissioner for England (Special Health Authorities) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 251), dated 9th February 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Reid].

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25Northern Ireland,—Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 255), dated 9th February [by Act] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

26Parliamentary Commissioner,—Parliamentary Commissioner Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 249), dated 9th February 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Christopher Leslie].

27Pensions,—Pensions Appeal Tribunals (Posthumous Appeals) (Amendment) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 245), dated 9th February 2005 [by Act] [Mr David Lammy].

Other Papers:

28Criminal Injuries Compensation (Northern Ireland),—Account of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel for Northern Ireland for 2003–04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 352] [Clerk of the House].

29Criminal Procedure and Investigations,—Code of Practice under section 23 of the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

30Environmental Information,—Code of Practice on the discharge of the obligations of public authorities under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 [by Statutory Instrument] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

31National Audit,—Reports by the Comptroller and Auditor General on—

(1) Department of Health: Tackling Cancer: Improving the Patient Journey;

(2) Department of Trade and Industry: Financial Support for Post Offices; and

(3) More than a roof: Progress in tackling homelessness

[by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 288, 287 and 286] [Clerk of the House].

32Police Reform,—Account of the Independent Police Complaints Commission for 2003–04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 350] [Clerk of the House].

33Public Petitions,—Observations by the Secretary of State for Transport on the Petition [27th January] from residents of Doddington, Erriottwood, Kingsdown and Lynsted in Kent for an extension of resurfacing work on the M2 as far as Faversham [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

34School Standards and Framework,—Accounts of Westminster Education Action Zone for 2003–04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 319] [Clerk of the House].

35Statutory Instruments (Notification),—Communication declaring that the undermentioned Statutory Instrument had come into operation before copies were laid before Parliament, and explaining why such copies had not been so laid before the Instrument came into operation:

Legal Officers (Annual Fees) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 336)

[by Standing Order] [The Speaker].

Papers withdrawn:

36Defence,—Ministry of Defence Minute, dated 20th January 2005, concerning the gifting of non-lethal military equipment to the Government of Nepal [laid 20th January].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

1Education and Skills,—(1) Third Report from the Education and Skills Committee [UK e-University]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 205]; and

(2) Fourth Report from the Committee [The Work of the Committee in 2004]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 359]

[Mr Barry Sheerman].

2Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee on Progress on Pesticides of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [Progress on Pesticides]; to be printed [No. 258-iii] [Mr Michael Jack].

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3Public Accounts,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Department of Trade and Industry: Renewable Energy]; to be printed [No. 361-i];

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [National Audit Office Supply Estimate 2005–06]; to be printed [No. 362-i]; and

(3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Northern Ireland Audit Office Supply Estimate 2005–06]; to be printed [No. 363-i]

[Mr Edward Leigh].


[No. 40.]

Tuesday 22nd February 2005.

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

PRAYERS.

1HBOS Group Reorganisation Bill,—The HBOS Group Reorganisation Bill was read a second time and referred to the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills.

2London Local Authorities and Transport for London Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the London Local Authorities and Transport for London Bill;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Tuesday 1st March.

3First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Kevin Hughes reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2005.

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

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

That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 9050/04, Commission Communication on the evaluation of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work accompanied by a draft Council Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No. 2062/94 establishing a European Agency for Safety and Health at Work; supports the Government's position that Article 308 of the Treaty on European Union is acceptable as the legal basis for the proposed amended Regulation; and agrees that the Government should signal political agreement to the proposed amended Regulation at the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council on 3rd March 2005.

Resolution to lie upon the Table.

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

5Electoral Registration (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords],—Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Electoral Registration (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] be printed [Bill 64–EN].

6Prevention of Terrorism Bill,—Mr Secretary Clarke, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Straw, Mr Secretary Darling, Mr Secretary Murphy, Mr Peter Hain and Ms Hazel Blears, presented a Bill to provide for the making against individuals involved in terrorism-related activity of orders imposing obligations on them for purposes connected with preventing or restricting their further involvement in such activity; to make provision about appeals and other proceedings relating to such orders; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 61].

Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Prevention of Terrorism Bill be printed [Bill 61–EN].

7Crossrail Bill,—Mr Secretary Darling, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Secretary Margaret Beckett, Ms Secretary Hewitt, Secretary Tessa Jowell, Mr Peter Hain and Mr Tony McNulty, presented a Bill to make provision for a railway transport system running from Maidenhead, in the County of Berkshire, and Heathrow Airport, in the London Borough of Hillingdon, through central London to Shenfield, in the County of Essex, and Abbey Wood, in the London Borough of Greenwich; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 62].

Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Crossrail Bill be printed [Bill 62–EN].

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8Regulation of Laser Eye Surgery,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to regulate laser eye surgery: And that Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody, Frank Cook, Dr Ian Gibson, Dr Richard Taylor, Dr Jenny Tonge, Dr Andrew Murrison and Peter Bottomley do prepare and bring it in.

9Regulation of Laser Eye Surgery Bill,—Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody accordingly presented a Bill to regulate laser eye surgery: 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 63].

10Social Security,—Resolved, That the draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2005, which was laid before this House on 1st February, be approved.—(Mr Secretary Johnson.)

11Pensions,—Resolved, That the draft Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase Order 2005, which was laid before this House on 1st February, be approved.—(Jim Fitzpatrick.)

12Drugs Bill (Programme) (No. 2),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the Programme Order of 18th January 2005 relating to the Drugs 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 following order: Amendments to the Clauses of the Bill; Amendments to the Schedules to the Bill; new Clauses; new Schedules; remaining proceedings on consideration.

3. Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion two hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion for this Order.

4. Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion three hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion for this Order—(Caroline Flint);

And it being three-quarters of an hour after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Standing Order No. 83A (Programme motions).

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Tom Watson, Gillian Merron: 298.

Tellers for the Noes, Andrew Selous, Mr Mark Prisk: 179.

So the Question was agreed to.

13Drugs Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Drugs Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee.

Amendment (No. 9) proposed to the Bill, in page 1, line 17, after the word ‘committed', to insert the words ‘on or'.—(Caroline Flint.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made.

And it being two hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion (Drugs Bill (Programme) (No. 2)), the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Order [this day]:—It was agreed to.

The Deputy Speaker then put the Question on an Amendment moved by a Minister of the Crown to be disposed of at that hour.

Another Amendment (No. 10) made to the Bill.

The Deputy Speaker then put the Question on an Amendment selected for separate decision.

Another Amendment (No. 5) proposed to the Bill, in page 1, line 18, to leave out the words ‘at a relevant time'.—(Mrs Cheryl Gillan.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Andrew Selous, Mr John Randall: 147.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Vernon Coaker, Gillian Merron: 273.

The Deputy Speaker then put the Question on the remaining Amendments moved by a Minister of the Crown to be disposed of at that hour.

Other Amendments (Nos. 11 to 20) made to the Bill.

The Bill was read the third time, and passed.

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14Gender Recognition,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Gender Recognition (Approved Countries and Territories) Order 2005, which was laid before this House on 20th January, be approved—(Mr John Heppell):—It was agreed to.

15Employment and Training,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 2005, which was laid before this House on 10th January, be approved—(Mr John Heppell):—It was agreed to.

16Pensions,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Pensions Appeal Tribunals (Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme) (Rights of Appeal) Regulations 2005, which were laid before this House on 13th January, be approved—(Mr John Heppell):—It was agreed to.

17Regulatory Reform,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 18 (Consideration of draft regulatory reform orders), That the draft Regulatory Reform (Joint Nature Conservation Committee) Order 2005, which was laid before this House on 24th January, be approved—(Mr John Heppell):—It was agreed to.

18Regulatory Reform,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 18 (Consideration of draft regulatory reform orders), That the draft Regulatory Reform (Trading Stamps) Order 2005, which was laid before this House on 17th January, be approved—(Mr John Heppell):—It was agreed to.

19Northern Ireland Grand Committee,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 116 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (sittings)), That—

(1) the draft Budget (Northern Ireland) Order 2005 be referred to the Northern Ireland Grand Committee;

(2) the Committee shall meet at Westminster on Tuesday 8th March at half-past Two o'clock; and

(3) at that sitting—

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

(b) at the conclusion of those proceedings, a motion for the adjournment of the Committee may be made by a Minister of the Crown, pursuant to paragraph (5) of Standing Order No. 116 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (sittings))— (Mr John Heppell):—It was agreed to.

20Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr John Heppell.)

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

[Adjourned at 8.48 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Northern Ireland,—Draft Public Processions (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

2Social Security,—Draft Employment Zones (Allocation to Contractors) Pilot Regulations 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Johnson].

3Water Industry,—(1) Draft Water Fluoridation (Consultation) (England) Regulations 2005; and

(2) draft Water Supply (Fluoridation Indemnities) (England) Regulations 2005

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

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Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

4Immigration,—Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules [by Act]; to be printed [No. 346], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

5Licences and Licensing,—Licensing Act 2003 (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 357), dated 21st February 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

Other Papers:

6Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security,—Paper, entitled Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001: Part IV Section 28 Review 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

7Armed Forces Pay,—Report of the Armed Forces' Pay Review Body for 2005 [by Command] [Cm. 6455] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

8Cabinet Office,—Paper, entitled Reform of the Honours System [by Command] [Cm. 6479] [The Prime Minister].

9Defence (Votes A), 2005–06,—Estimates of the maximum numbers of personnel to be maintained for service with the Armed Forces for the year ending 31st March 2006 [by Command]; to be printed [No. 291] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

10Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration,—Thirty-fourth Report of the Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration [by Command] [Cm. 6463] [The Prime Minister].

11Foreign and Commonwealth Office,—Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minute, dated 22nd February, concerning the gifting of body armour to Iranian Anti-Narcotics Police [by Command] [Mr Secretary Straw].

12Government Resources and Accounts,—Treasury Minutes, dated 22nd February, directing the application of certain amounts as Appropriations in Aid of the Estimates for the years ending—

(1) 31st March 2004; and

(2) 31st March 2005

[by Act] [Mr Paul Boateng].

13Police (Northern Ireland),—Account of the Northern Ireland Policing Board (Board Grant) for 2003–04, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 351] [Clerk of the House].

14Prison Service Pay,—Fourth Report of the Prison Service Pay Review Body on England and Wales [by Command] [Cm. 6478] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

15School Teachers,—Fourteenth Report of the School Teachers' Review Body: 2005 [by Command] [Cm. 6430] [The Prime Minister].

16Senior Salaries,—Twenty-seventh Report of the Review Body on Senior Salaries [by Command] [Cm. 6451] [The Prime Minister].

17Supply Estimates, 2003–04,—Statement of Excesses for 2003–04 [by Command]; to be printed [No. 324] [Mr Paul Boateng].

18Supply Estimates, 2004–05,—Spring Supplementary Estimates for Central Government for 2004–05 [by Command]; to be printed [No. 325] [Mr Paul Boateng].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

Licensing Act 2003 (Fees) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 79),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Ben Chapman, Mr David Clelland, Mr David Drew, Mr Roger Godsiff and Derek Wyatt from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Regulations) and nominated in substitution Mr Kevan Jones, Mr Gordon Marsden, Mr Khalid Mahmood, Mr Sio¤n Simon and Mark Tami.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Constitutional Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Constitutional Affairs Committee [The operation of the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC)]; to be printed [No. 323-i] [Mr A. J. Beith].

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

3Home Affairs,—(1) Fourth Report from the Home Affairs Committee [Police Reform], with the 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. 370];

(2) First Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Fifth Report from the Committee, Session 2003–04, on Draft Sentencing Guidelines 1 and 2]; to be printed [No. 371]; and

(3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Anti-Social Behaviour]; to be printed [No. 80-v]

[Mr John Denham].

4International Development,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [Darfur, Sudan: Crisis, response and lessons]; to be printed [No. 67-v]; and

(2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [The Autumn Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank]

[Tony Baldry].

5Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee [Local Government Consultation]; to be printed [No. 316-i] [Andrew Bennett].

6Scottish Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Scottish Affairs Committee [Meeting Scotland's Future Energy Needs]; to be printed [No. 259-iii] [Mrs Irene Adams].

7Statutory Instruments,—Ninth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 66-ix] [Brian White].

8Trade and Industry,—(1) Sixth Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [Trade with South East Asia], 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. 368]; and

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

[Mr Martin O'Neill].


[No. 40; WH, No. 23]

Tuesday 22nd 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.—(Margaret Moran.)

And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 4.30 p.m.


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[No. 41.]

Wednesday 23rd February 2005.

The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock

PRAYERS.

1Crossrail Bill,—Ordered, That the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills do examine the Crossrail Bill with respect to the applicability thereto of the Standing Orders relating to Private Business.

2Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Bill O'Brien reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Licensing Act 2003 (Fees) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 79).

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

3European Standing Committee A,—Mr John Cummings reported from European Standing Committee A the following Resolution:

That the Committee takes note of European Union Documents No. 11557/04, draft Regulation on the financing of the Common Agricultural Policy, and No. 11495/04 and Addenda 1 to 9, draft Regulation on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development; and supports the Government's objective of encouraging and sustaining development in rural areas through diverse, competitive and sustainable farming methods, in line with Common Agricultural Policy reform already agreed in June 2003 and consistent with the wider EU's shared rural development and environmental priorities.

Resolution to lie upon the Table.

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

4Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

Electoral Registration (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill to make provision about the registration of electors in Northern Ireland in cases where required information is not provided; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

5Electoral Registration (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords],—The Electoral Registration (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] was read the first time, and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow; and printed pursuant to Standing Order No. 57A (Bills brought from the Lords) on 22nd February [Bill 64].

6Renewable Energy Bill [Lords],—The Renewable Energy Bill [Lords] was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 4th March and to be printed [Bill 66].

7Banking Practices (Protection of the Elderly),—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require banks to adopt and maintain specific practices in dealing with vulnerable elderly clients at risk from certain financial arrangements by institutions and from other forms of exploitation by individuals: And that Dr Julian Lewis, Mr Nigel Evans, Mr Martin Salter, Andrew Selous, Alice Mahon, Michael Fabricant, Mr Mike Hancock, Mr David Amess, Mr Gordon Marsden, Mr Desmond Swayne, Mr David Chidgey and John Robertson do prepare and bring it in.

8Banking Practices (Protection of the Elderly) Bill,—Dr Julian Lewis accordingly presented a Bill to require banks to adopt and maintain specific practices in dealing with vulnerable elderly clients at risk from certain financial arrangements by institutions and from other forms of exploitation by individuals: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 8th April and to be printed [Bill 65].

9Prevention of Terrorism Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Prevention of Terrorism Bill;

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

An Amendment was proposed to the Question, to leave out from the word ‘That' to the end of the Question and add the words ‘this House declines to give a Second Reading to the Prevention of Terrorism Bill, because it contains excessive powers in relation to requirements on a person to remain at a particular place when such powers are not presently necessary; gives to the Executive powers that should be exercised by the judiciary; allows decisions to be made on an insufficient standard of proof; fails to address the need to bring terrorists to trial on the basis of all evidence available; and thus wrongly infringes the right to liberty of the individual', instead thereof.—(David Davis.)

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

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

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10Business of the House,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business), That, at this day's sitting, the Second Reading of the Prevention of Terrorism Bill may be proceeded with, though opposed, until Eight o'clock—(Mr John Heppell):—It was agreed to.

11Prevention of Terrorism Bill,—The Question being again proposed, That the Amendment be made:—The House resumed the adjourned Debate.

And the Question being put;

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Roger Williams, Gregory Barker: 216.

Tellers for the Noes, James Purnell, Joan Ryan: 316.

So the Question was negatived.

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Joan Ryan, James Purnell: 309.

Tellers for the Noes, Bob Russell, Mr Peter Atkinson: 233.

So the Question was agreed to.

The Bill was accordingly read a second time.

12Prevention of Terrorism 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 Prevention of Terrorism Bill:

Committal

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

Proceedings

2. Proceedings in Committee of the whole House, any proceedings on consideration and proceedings on Third Reading shall be completed at one day's sitting.

3. On that day, proceedings in Committee of the whole House and any proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion five hours after the commencement of those proceedings or one hour before the moment of interruption, whichever is the later.

4. On that day, proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion six hours after the commencement of proceedings in Committee of the whole House or at the moment of interruption, whichever is the later.

Programming Committee

5. Standing Order No. 83B (Programming committees) shall not apply to proceedings in Committee of the whole House, any proceedings on consideration or proceedings on Third Reading.

Programming of other proceedings

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Joan Ryan, James Purnell: 305.

Tellers for the Noes, Bob Russell, Gregory Barker: 196.

So the Question was agreed to.

13Prevention of Terrorism Bill [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Prevention of Terrorism 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 Prevention of Terrorism Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—

(1) any expenditure incurred by a Minister of the Crown by virtue of the Act, and

(2) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of such money under any other Act—(Mr John Heppell):—It was agreed to.

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14Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr John Heppell.)

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

[Adjourned at 9.06 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Extradition,—Draft Extradition Act 2003 (Part 3 Designation) (Amendment) Order 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

2Immigration,—Draft Community Legal Service (Asylum and Immigration Appeals) Regulations 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr David Lammy].

3Income Tax,—(1) Draft Tax Information Exchange Agreement (Taxes on Income) (Guernsey) Order 2005;

(2) draft Tax Information Exchange Agreement (Taxes on Income) (Isle of Man) Order 2005; and

(3) draft Tax Information Exchange Agreement (Taxes on Income) (Jersey) Order 2005

[by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Dawn Primarolo].

4Rating and Valuation,—Draft Non-Domestic Rating (Chargeable Amounts) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

5Social Security,—Draft Social Security Commissioners (Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr David Lammy].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

6Animals,—Salmonella in Laying Flocks (Survey Powers) (England) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 359), dated 22nd February 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

7Civil Aviation,—Airport Byelaws (Designation) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 354), dated 21st February 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

8Competition,—Restriction on Agreements (Manufacturers and Importers of Motor Cars) (Revocation) Order 2005 (S.I. 2005, No. 355), dated 18th February 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

9Immigration,—Immigration Services Commissioner (Designated Professional Body) (Fees) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 348), dated 21st February 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

10National Lottery,—Awards for All (England) Joint Scheme (Authorisation) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 374), dated 16th February 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

11Security Industry,—Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Designated Activities) (Revocation) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 361), dated 19th February 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

12Terms and Conditions of Employment,—Statutory Maternity Pay (General) and Statutory Paternity Pay and Statutory Adoption Pay (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 358), dated 16th February 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

Other Papers:

13Education and Skills,—Paper, entitled 14–19 Education and Skills [by Command] [Cm. 6476] [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

14Law Commission,—Report of the Law Commission and Scottish Law Commission on Unfair Terms in Contracts [by Command] [Cm. 6464] [Mr Christopher Leslie].

15School Standards and Framework,—Accounts of—

(1) Derby North East Education Action Zone for 1st April to 30th November 2004;

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(2) Easington & Seaham Education Action Zone for 1st April 2004 to 9th January 2005;

(3) Greenwich Education Action Zone for 1st April to 5th September 2004;

(4) North Islington Education Action Zone for 1st April to 30th November 2004;

(5) Stoke Education Action Zone for 1st April 2004 to 9th January 2005;

(6) Sunderland Education Action Zone for 1st April 2004 to 9th January 2005;

(7) Telford & Wrekin Education Action Zone for 1st April to 30th November 2004; and

(8) Withernsea and Southern Holderness Education Action Zone for 1st April 2004 to 9th January 2005,

with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 337, 354, 338, 355, 356, 357, 339 and 340] [Clerk of the House].

16Treaty Series (No. 2, 2005),—Partnership and Co-operation Agreement, done at Luxembourg on 14th June 1994, between the European Communities and their Member States and Ukraine, with Protocol on Mutual Assistance between Administrative Authorities on Customs Matters, including Exchanges of Letters with Declarations and Final Act [by Command] [Cm. 6473] [Mr Secretary Straw].

17Treaty Series (No. 3, 2005),—Exchanges of Notes, done at London on 10th November and 1st December 2004, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Russian Federation concerning the Commercialisation of Sites in London and Moscow and concerning Estate Matters of Mutual Interest [by Command] [Cm. 6477] [Mr Secretary Straw].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Draft Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) 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: Mr Keith Bradley, Mr Liam Byrne, Mr Alistair Carmichael, Mr David Clelland, Mr Vernon Coaker, Mr Jonathan Djanogly, Mr Stephen Dorrell, Mr Tom Harris, Lady Hermon, Mr Terry Lewis, Mr Peter Luff, Judy Mallaber, Diana Organ, Mr Ian Pearson, Mr John Taylor and Mr Anthony D. Wright.

2Financing of Maintained Schools (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3130) and the LEA Budget, Schools Budget and Individual Schools Budget (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3131):

(1) The Speaker has allocated the 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 Graham Allen, Mr Peter Atkinson, Annette Brooke, Mr Parmjit Dhanda, Jim Dowd, Barbara Follett, Mrs Joan Humble, Mr Boris Johnson, Mr Piara S. Khabra, Mr Peter Lilley, Gillian Merron, Dr John Pugh, Mr Ernie Ross, Mr Stephen Twigg, Angela Watkinson and Iain Wright.

3Draft Insolvency (Northern Ireland) 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 Henry Bellingham, Mrs Helen Clark, Mr Vernon Coaker, Ross Cranston, Paul Farrelly, Mr Barry Gardiner, Mr Tom Harris, Mr George Howarth, Mr Jon Owen Jones, Mr Peter Luff, Lembit O­pik, Alan Simpson, Bob Spink, Mr Graham Stringer, Sir Peter Tapsell and Mr David Trimble.

4Draft Drainage (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Ms Candy Atherton, Hugh Bayley, Mrs Louise Ellman and Keith Vaz from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Helen Jones, Mr Colin Pickthall, Lawrie Quinn and Syd Rapson.

5Draft Data Protection (Subject Access Modification) (Social Work) (Amendment) Order 2005:

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

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(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Richard Allan, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Tony Banks, Mr David Crausby, Valerie Davey, Geraint Davies, Mr Jonathan Djanogly, Mr Huw Edwards, Mr Nick Hawkins, Ms Sally Keeble, Mr Christopher Leslie, Mr Tony McWalter, Mr Paul Marsden, Julie Morgan, Bridget Prentice and Mr David Tredinnick.

6Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2005, the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) (No. 2) Order 2005 and the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2005,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Iain Liddell-Grainger from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Orders) and nominated in substitution Mrs Jacqui Lait.

7Draft Company Directors Disqualification (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005:

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

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Hugh Bayley, Mr Henry Bellingham, Mr Vernon Coaker, Mr Barry Gardiner, Mr Roger Godsiff, Mr Tom Harris, Mr Dai Havard, Lady Hermon, Dr Brian Iddon, Mr Peter Luff, Mr John MacDougall, Lembit O­pik, Mr Malcolm Savidge, Rachel Squire, Mr Michael Trend and Mr Robert Walter.

8Code of Audit Practice for Local Government Bodies (2005) and the Code of Audit Practice for Local NHS Bodies (2005):

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

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Michael Clapham, Paul Clark, John Cryer, Mr Edward Davey, Mr Mark Fisher, Linda Gilroy, Matthew Green, Phil Hope, Mr Peter Kilfoyle, Rob Marris, Mr Eric Pickles, Mr Mark Prisk, Mr Mohammad Sarwar, Mr Peter Viggers, Mr John Wilkinson and Mrs Betty Williams.

9Draft Social Security (Intensive Activity Period 50 to 59 Pilot) Regulations 2005 and the draft Social Security (Intensive Activity Period 50 to 59 Pilot) (No. 2) Regulations 2005:

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

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Kevin Barron, Mr Tim Boswell, Mr David Drew, Julia Drown, Jane Griffiths, Paul Holmes, Alan Howarth, Huw Irranca-Davies, Jane Kennedy, Margaret Moran, Mr Kerry Pollard, Mr John Randall, Mrs Gillian Shephard, Steve Webb, Ann Winterton and Derek Wyatt.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Constitutional Affairs,—(1) Fourth Report from the Constitutional Affairs Committee [Family Justice: The operation of the family courts]; 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. 116-I and -II]; and

(2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Family Justice: The operation of the family courts]

[Mr A. J. Beith].

2Education and Skills,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Skills Committee [Tuition Fees and Student Bursaries]; to be printed [No. 369-i] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

3Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,—(1) Fourth Special Report from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [Government's Reply to the First Report from the Committee, Session 2004–05, on the Draft Animal Welfare Bill]; to be printed [No. 385]; and

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

[Mr Michael Jack].

4Environmental Audit,—Third Report from the Environmental Audit Committee [The World Summit on Sustainable Development 2002: a UK progress report], together with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 381] [Mr Peter Ainsworth].

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5European Scrutiny,—(1) Ninth Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 38-ix];

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The open method of co-ordination for health care and long-term care]; to be printed [No. 373-i]; and

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

[Mr Jimmy Hood].

6Health,—(1) Second Report from the Health Committee [The Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism in Hospitalised Patients], 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. 99];

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Government's Public Health White Paper (Cm. 6374)]; to be printed [No. 358-i]; and

(3) Memorandum laid before the Committee [The Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism in Hospitalised Patients]

[Mr David Hinchliffe].

7Human Rights,—(1) Eighth Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights [Scrutiny: Fourth Progress Report]; together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 388]; and

(2) Ninth Report from the Committee [Prevention of Terrorism Bill: Preliminary Report]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 389]

[Jean Corston].

8International Development,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee, together with Appendices [Darfur, Sudan: Crisis, response and lessons]; to be printed [No. 67-vi] [Tony Baldry].

9Northern Ireland Affairs,—(1) Sixth Report from the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [Waste Management Strategy in Northern Ireland], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 349];

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 21st, 22nd and 23rd February [Reconciliation: ways of dealing with Northern Ireland's past]; to be printed [No. 303-iii, -iv and -v]

[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-vii] [Mr Tony Clarke].

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

11Public Accounts,—(1) Eighth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Ministry of Defence: Battlefield Helicopters]; to be printed, together with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 386]; and

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Foot and Mouth Disease: Applying the Lessons]; to be printed [No. 387-i]

[Mr Edward Leigh].

12Trade and Industry,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee [Export Credits Guarantee Department Anti-Corruption Measures; Coal Health Compensation Schemes]; to be printed [Nos. 374-i and 375-i] [Mr Martin O'Neill].

13Transport,—(1) Third Report from the Transport Committee [Disabled People's Access to Transport: A year's worth of improvements?], with the 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. 93];

(2) First Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Seventeenth Report from the Committee, Session 2003–04, on Cars of the Future]; to be printed [No. 377]; and

(3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Future of Light Rail and Modern Trams in Britain]; to be printed [No. 378-i]

[Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

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14Work and Pensions,—Third Report from the Work and Pensions Committee [The Introduction of Pension Credit], 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. 43-I and -II] [Sir Archy Kirkwood].


[No. 41; WH, No. 24]

Wednesday 23rd 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 4.29 p.m.


[No. 42.]

Thursday 24th February 2005.

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

PRAYERS.

1Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Joe Benton reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Drainage (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005.

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

2Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Derek Conway reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2005, the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) (No. 2) Order 2005 and the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2005.

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

3Local Services and Facilities Bill,—The Order for reading the Local Services and Facilities Bill a second time to-morrow was read and discharged.

Bill to be read a second time on Friday 15th April.

4Electoral Registration (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] (Allocation of Time),—Ordered, That the following provisions shall apply to proceedings on the Electoral Registration (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords]—

Timetable

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

Timing of proceedings and questions to be put

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

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

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

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

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

(a) any Question already proposed from the Chair;

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

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

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

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

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Subsequent stages

6.—(1) Any further Message from the Lords on the Bill shall be considered forthwith without any Question being put.

(2) Proceedings on any further Message from the Lords shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement.

7.—(1) This paragraph applies for the purpose of bringing any proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with paragraph 6.

(2) The Speaker shall first put forthwith any Question which has already been proposed from the Chair and not yet decided.

(3) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown which is related to the Question already proposed from the Chair.

(4) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown on or relevant to any of the remaining items in the Lords Message.

(5) The Speaker shall put forthwith the Question, That this House agrees with the Lords in all remaining Lords Proposals.

Reasons Committee

8.—(1) The Speaker shall put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown for the appointment, nomination and quorum of a Committee to draw up Reasons in relation to the Bill and the appointment of its Chairman.

(2) A Committee appointed to draw up Reasons shall report before the conclusion of the sitting at which it is appointed.

(3) Proceedings in the Committee shall, if not previously brought to a conclusion, be brought to a conclusion 30 minutes after their commencement.

(4) For the purpose of bringing any proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with sub-paragraph (3) the Chairman shall—

(a) first put forthwith any Question which has been proposed from the Chair but not yet decided, and

(b) then put forthwith successively Questions on motions which may be made by a Minister of the Crown for assigning a Reason for disagreeing with the Lords in any of their Amendments.

(5) The proceedings of the Committee shall be reported without any further Question being put.

Miscellaneous

9. Paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business) shall apply to any proceedings to which this Order applies.

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

11. Standing Order No. 82 (Business Committee) shall not apply in relation to any proceedings to which this Order applies.

12. No Motion shall be made to alter the order in which proceedings on the Bill are taken or to re-commit the Bill.

13. No dilatory Motion shall be made in relation to proceedings to which this Order applies except by a Minister of the Crown; and the Question on any such Motion shall be put forthwith.

14.—(1) This paragraph applies if—

(a) a Motion for the Adjournment of the House under Standing Order No. 24 (Adjournment on specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration) has been stood over to Seven o'clock, Three o'clock or Four o'clock (as the case may be), but

(b) proceedings to which this Order applies have begun before then.

(2) Proceedings on that Motion shall stand postponed until the conclusion of those proceedings.

15. If the House is adjourned, or the sitting is suspended, before the conclusion of any proceedings to which this Order applies, no notice shall be required of a Motion made at the next sitting by a Minister of the Crown for varying or supplementing the provisions of this Order.

16. Proceedings to which this Order applies shall not be interrupted under any Standing Order relating to the sittings of the House.—(Mr John Spellar.)

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5Electoral Registration (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords],—The Electoral Registration (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] was, according to Order, read a second time.

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

(In the Committee)

Clause No. 1 (Restoration to electoral register of names previously removed).

Amendment (No. 1) proposed, in page 1, line 18, to leave out from the word ‘Officer' to the end of line 19 and insert the words ‘shall conduct an additional canvass in respect of such former electors.'.—(Lembit O­pik.)

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

Clause agreed to.

Clause No. 2 agreed to.

Clause No. 3 (Duration of Act).

Amendment (No. 3) proposed, in page 3, line 15, to leave out subsections (2) and (3).—(Lembit O­pik.)

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

Clause agreed to.

Clause No. 4 agreed to.

A Clause (NC2) (Absent and proxy votes)—(Mr David Trimble)—brought up and read the first time.

Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:—Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

Whereupon the Chairman left the Chair to report the Bill to the House, pursuant to Order [this day].


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

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

6Social Security,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2005, which were laid before this House on 26th January, be approved—(Mr Vernon Coaker):—It was agreed to.

7European Agency for Safety and Health at Work,—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. 9050/04, Commission Communication on the evaluation of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work accompanied by a draft Council Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No. 2062/94 establishing a European Agency for Safety and Health at Work; supports the Government's position that Article 308 of the Treaty on European Union is acceptable as the legal basis for the proposed amended Regulation; and agrees that the Government should signal political agreement to the proposed amended Regulation at the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council on 3rd March 2005—(Mr Vernon Coaker):—It was agreed to.

8Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Vernon Coaker);

9Royal Assent,—The Deputy Speaker notified the House, in accordance with the Royal Assent Act 1967, That Her Majesty had signified her Royal Assent to the following Act, agreed upon by both Houses:

Electoral Registration (Northern Ireland) Act 2005.

10Adjournment,—The Question being put, That this House do now adjourn:—It was agreed to.

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

[Adjourned at 5.22 p.m.

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APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Church of England (General Synod) (Measures),—Measures passed by the General Synod of the Church of England, entitled—

(1) Care of Cathedrals (Amendment) Measure;

(2) Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure; and

(3) Stipends (Cessation of Special Payments) Measure

[by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 391, 393 and 395] [Clerk of the House].

2Companies,—Draft Companies Act 1989 (Delegation) Order 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

3Contracting Out,—Draft Contracting Out (Functions in Relation to Cultural Objects) Order 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

4Health Care and Associated Professions,—Draft Opticians Act 1989 (Amendment) Order 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Reid].

5Northern Ireland,—Draft Electoral Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1962 (Amendment No. 2) Order 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

6Animals,—Diseases of Animals (Fees for the Testing of Disinfectants) (England) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 379), dated 22nd February 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

7Financial Services,—Investment Recommendations (Media) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 382), dated 23rd February 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Stephen Timms].

8Financial Services and Markets,—Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Market Abuse) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 381), dated 23rd February 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Stephen Timms].

9Police,—Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 347), dated 21st February 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

Other Papers:

10Church of England (General Synod) (Measures),—Reports by the Ecclesiastical Committee on the—

(1) Care of Cathedrals (Amendment) Measure;

(2) Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure; and

(3) Stipends (Cessation of Special Payments) Measure

[by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 392, 394 and 396] [Clerk of the House].

11Foreign and Commonwealth Office,—Report of the United Nations Secretary General High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change, entitled A More Secure World: our Shared Responsibility [by Command] [Cm. 6449] [Mr Secretary Straw].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Draft Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Mike Hancock Chairman of the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

2Financing of Maintained Schools (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3130) and LEA Budget, Schools Budget and Individual Schools Budget (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3131),—The Speaker has appointed Janet Anderson Chairman of the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Regulations.

3Draft Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 2005,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Bill Olner Chairman of the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

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4Draft Data Protection (Subject Access Modification) (Social Work) (Amendment) Order 2005,—The Speaker has appointed Derek Conway Chairman of the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

5Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2005, the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) (No. 2) Order 2005 and the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2005,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Tom Cox, Mrs Barbara Roche, Mr Paul Stinchcombe and Pete Wishart from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Orders) and nominated in substitution David Cairns, Mr Brian H. Donohoe, Ann McKechin and Mr Michael Weir.

6Draft Company Directors Disqualification (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005,—The Speaker has appointed Mr David Amess Chairman of the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

7Code of Audit Practice for Local Government Bodies (2005) and Code of Audit Practice for Local NHS Bodies (2005),—The Speaker has appointed Mr Bill O'Brien Chairman of the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Codes of Audit Practice.

8Draft Social Security (Intensive Activity Period 50 to 59 Pilot) Regulations 2005 and draft Social Security (Intensive Activity Period 50 to 59 Pilot) (No. 2) Regulations 2005,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Bill Olner Chairman of the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Regulations.

European Standing Committees

9The Speaker has appointed Mr Eric Forth Chairman of European Standing Committee B in respect of European Union Documents Nos. 11890/04 and 11981/04 on Fight Against Fraud, 14549/04 on European Anti-Fraud Office and Unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum relating to the 2003 Annual Report of the European Court of Auditors.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Culture, Media and Sport,—Third Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [Public Libraries], 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. 81] [Sir Gerald Kaufman].

2Draft Children (Contact) and Adoption Bill,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on the Draft Children (Contact) and Adoption Bill; to be printed [No. 400-i and -ii] [Mr Clive Soley].

3Draft Mental Health Bill,—Memoranda laid before the Joint Committee on the Draft Mental Health Bill; to be printed [No. 95-xviii] [Mr George Howarth].

4Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee on Progress on Pesticides of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [Progress on Pesticides]; to be printed [No. 258-iv] [Mr Michael Jack].

5International Development,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [The Future of EU Development Policy]; to be printed [No. 390-i] [Tony Baldry].

6Public Administration,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Civil Service Effectiveness]; to be printed [No. 307-ii] [Tony Wright].


[No. 42; WH, No. 25]

Thursday 24th February 2005.

The House sitting in Westminster Hall

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

Adjournment (Migration and Development: how to make migration work for poverty reduction—Sixth Report from the International Development Committee, Session 2003–04, and the Government's response thereto),—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Margaret Moran.)

And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 1st March.

[Adjourned at 5.06 p.m.


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[No. 43.]

Friday 25th 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), Sir Alan Haselhurst, the Chairman of Ways and Means, proceeded to the Table.

PRAYERS.

2The Chairman of Ways and Means took the Chair as Deputy Speaker, pursuant to the Standing Order.

3Motion to sit in private,—Mr Eric Forth moved, That the House do sit in private.

The Deputy Speaker put the Question forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 163 (Motions to sit in private).

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Eric Forth, Mr Nigel Evans: 0.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Nick Ainger, Laura Moffatt: 14.

And it appearing on the report of the Division that fewer than forty Members had taken part in the Division, the Deputy Speaker declared that the Question was not decided.

4Drugs (Sentencing and Commission of Inquiry) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Drugs (Sentencing and Commission of Inquiry) Bill;

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Eric Forth, Mr John Randall: 13.

Tellers for the Noes, Paul Clark, Laura Moffatt: 11.

And it appearing on the report of the Division that fewer than forty Members had taken part in the Division, the Deputy Speaker declared that the Question was not decided, and the business under consideration stood over until the next sitting of the House.

5School Meals and Nutrition Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the School Meals and Nutrition Bill;

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Geraint Davies, Mr Paul Marsden: 6.

Tellers for the Noes, Paul Clark, Mr Nick Ainger: 9.

And it appearing on the report of the Division that fewer than forty Members had taken part in the Division, the Deputy Speaker declared that the Question was not decided, and the business under consideration stood over until the next sitting of the House.

6Right of Reply and Press Standards Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Right of Reply and Press Standards Bill;

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Paul Marsden, Peter Bradley: 6.

Tellers for the Noes, Paul Clark, Gregory Barker: 12.

And it appearing on the report of the Division that fewer than forty Members had taken part in the Division, the Deputy Speaker declared that the Question was not decided, and the business under consideration stood over until the next sitting of the House.

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7Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Paul Clark.)

And accordingly, the House, having continued to sit till three minutes to Three o'clock, adjourned till Monday 28th February.

[Adjourned at 2.57 p.m.


APPENDIX

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Electricity,—Electricity (Fuel Mix Disclosure) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 391), dated 24th February 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

2Road Traffic,—Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (Borough of Thurrock) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 370), dated 22nd February 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

3Sea Fisheries,—Sea Fishing (Restriction on Days at Sea) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 393), dated 25th February 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

4Social Security,—Income-related Benefits (Subsidy to Authorities) Amendment Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 369), dated 21st February 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Johnson].

Other Papers:

5Low Pay Commission,—Paper, entitled National Minimum Wage: Report of the Low Pay Commission [by Command] [Cm. 6475] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

Papers withdrawn:

6Immigration,—Draft Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Procedure) (Amendment) Rules 2005 [laid 3rd February].



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