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[No. 62.]

Monday 4th April 2005.

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

PRAYERS.

1Road Safety (Pillion Passengers) Bill,—Ordered, That the Road Safety (Pillion Passengers) Bill be read a second time on Friday 8th April.

2Mobile Telephones (Re-programming) Bill,—Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Mobile Telephones (Re-programming) Bill be printed [Bill 25–EN].

3Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill [Lords],—The Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill [Lords] was, according to Order, read a second time.

4Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill [Lords] (Programme),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 83A (Programme motions), That the following provisions shall apply to the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill [Lords]:

Committal

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

Proceedings in Standing Committee

2. Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 14th April 2005.

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

Consideration and Third Reading

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

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

Programming Committee

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

Programming of proceedings

7. Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on any message from the Lords) may be programmed—(Mr John Heppell):—It was agreed to.

5Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill [Lords] [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill [Lords] [Money];

A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 52 (Money resolutions and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills), That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill [Lords], it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of money provided by Parliament under another enactment—(Mr John Heppell):—It was agreed to.

6Adjournment (Welsh Affairs),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr John Heppell);

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

7Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from residents of Pudsey Constituency and others for co-ordinated international action to remove trade injustice, reduce international debt and increase aid was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

8Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Nick Ainger.)

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

[Adjourned at 10.30 p.m.

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APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

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

Thursday 31st March 2005

1Treaty Series (No. 10, 2005),—Agreement, done at London on 8th December 2004, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the United States of America on Cooperation in Science and Technology for Critical Infrastructure Protection and other Homeland/Civil Security Matters [Cm. 6501] [Mr Secretary Straw].

Friday 1st April 2005

2India (No. 1, 2005),—Agreement, done at New Delhi on 18th February 2005, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Republic of India on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Cm. 6512] [Mr Secretary Straw].

3Treaty Series (No. 11, 2005),—Protocols 1 and 2, done at Strasbourg on 4th November 1993, to the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment [Cm. 6502] [Mr Secretary Straw].

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:

Tuesday 29th March 2005

4Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages, etc.,—Adopted Children and Adoption Contact Registers Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 924), dated 24th March 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Stephen Timms].

Wednesday 30th March 2005

5Agriculture,—Common Agricultural Policy Single Payment and Support Schemes (Cross Compliance) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 918), dated 23rd March 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

6Consumer Protection,—Enterprise Act 2002 (Part 8) (Designation of the Consumers' Association) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 917), dated 22nd March 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

7Criminal Law,—Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (Service of Prosecution Evidence) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 902), dated 23rd March 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [The Solicitor General].

8Environmental Protection,—Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 925), dated 23rd March 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

9Pensions,—Pensions Regulator (Contribution Notices and Restoration Orders) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 931), dated 24th March 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Johnson].

10Pensions (Northern Ireland),—Pensions Appeal Commissioners (Procedure) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 965), dated 22nd March 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr David Lammy].

Thursday 31st March 2005

11Magistrates' Courts,—Courts Act 2003 (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1012), dated 30th March 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Christopher Leslie].

12National Health Service,—National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) Amendment Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1015), dated 31st March 2005 [Mr Secretary Reid].

13Pensions,—(1) Occupational Pension Schemes and Pension Protection Fund (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 993), dated 30th March 2005;

(2) Occupational Pension Schemes (Contracting-out) (Amount Required for Restoring State Scheme Rights) Amendment Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 891), dated 22nd March 2005; and

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(3) Pensions Regulator (Notifiable Events) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 900), dated 23rd March 2005,

with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [Mr Secretary Johnson].

14Social Security,—Statutory Maternity Pay (General) and Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 989), dated 29th March 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Johnson].

Friday 1st April 2005

15Agriculture,—Feedingstuffs (Zootechnical Products) and Medicated Feedingstuffs (Amendment) (England, Scotland and Wales) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1033), dated 24th March 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

16Civil Aviation,—Civil Aviation (Denied Boarding, Compensation and Assistance) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 975), dated 29th March 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Darling].

17Education,—Education (Amendments to Regulations Requiring the Publication of Pupil Performance Information) (England) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 845), dated 18th March 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

18Health and Safety,—Export and Import of Dangerous Chemicals Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 928), dated 23rd March 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Johnson].

19Immigration,—Asylum (Designated States) (Amendment) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1016), dated 31st March 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Clarke].

20Local Government,—Local Authorities (Functions and Responsibilities) (Amendment) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 929), dated 24th March 2005, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 4th April 2005:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

21Defence,—Draft Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

22Northern Ireland,—Direction given by the Secretary of State under section 51B(2) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 on 1st April 2005 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

23Copyright,—Copyright and Performances (Application to Other Countries) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 852), dated 22nd March 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Christopher Leslie].

24Countryside,—Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Act 1988 (Alteration of Constitution of the Broads Authority) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1067), dated 31st March 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

25Education,—(1) Education (Head Teachers' Qualifications) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 875); and

(2) Education (Variation of Admission Arrangements) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 873),

dated 22nd March 2005 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

26European Communities,—European Communities (Designation) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 850), dated 22nd March 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Christopher Leslie].

27Social Security,—Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 4) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1086), dated 4th April 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Dawn Primarolo].

28Town and Country Planning,—Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1085), dated 1st April 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

Other Papers:

29Access to Justice,—Direction given by the Lord Chancellor under section 5(6) of the Access to Justice Act 1999, imposing requirements on the Legal Services Commission as to the services to be funded from specified amounts paid into the Community Legal Services Fund for 2005–06 [by Act] [David Lammy].

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30Air Force (Constitution),—Amendments to the—

(1) Rates of Pay and Bounties of the Royal Air Force Reserve, the Royal Auxiliary Air Force and Uniformed Adult Instructors of the Air Training Corps and the Combined Cadet Force (RAF);

(2) Rates of Pay and Bounties of the Royal Fleet Reserve, the Royal Naval Reserve and the Royal Marine Reserve;

(3) Rates of Pay of the Royal Air Force; and

(4) Regulations of the Royal Air Force Retired Pay and Pensions

[by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

31Aviation and Maritime Security,—Report on the number of notices served, directions given and enforcement notices served under the Aviation and Maritime Security Act 1990 during 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

32Aviation Security,—Report on the number of notices served, directions given and enforcement notices served under the Aviation Security Act 1982, as amended by the Aviation and Maritime Security Act 1990, during 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

33Channel Tunnel (Security),—Report on the number of notices served, directions given and enforcement notices served under the Channel Tunnel (Security) Order 1994 during 2004 [by Statutory Instrument] [Mr Secretary Darling].

34Government Resources and Accounts,—Financial Statements of the Design Council for 2003–04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 502] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

35Health,—Department of Health Minute, dated 1st April 2005, concerning a contingent liability in respect of the Employers' Organisation [by Command] [Mr Secretary Reid].

36Human Rights,—Human Rights Act 1998 (Amendment) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1071), dated 3rd April 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr David Lammy].

37Office of the Deputy Prime Minister,—Government Response to the Fifth Report from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee, Session 2004–05, on the Role and Effectiveness of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment [by Command] [Cm. 6509] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

38Parliamentary and Other Pensions,—Account of the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund for 2003–04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 505] [Clerk of the House].

39Public Petitions,—Observations by—

(1) the Deputy Prime Minister on the Petition [2nd March] from residents and friends of the village of Minety, Wiltshire, for prompt and effective enforcement of planning law in relation to use of land by Gypsies and travellers as caravan sites;

(2) the Secretary of State for Transport on the Petition [17th March] from the residents of Remenham, Wargrave, and Ruscombe, in Wokingham, and others against the Community Rail proposals for the Henley to Twyford and Maidenhead to Marlow branch lines;

(3) the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the Petitions [7th March]—

(i) from members of the Turner and Newall Pension Fund and their supporters for action to deal with the projected shortfall in the fund; and

(ii) from residents of High Folkestone, Hythe and the surrounding area against the proposed closure of the New Romney Jobcentre

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

40Railways,—Report on the number of notices served, instructions given and enforcement notices served under the Railways Act 1993 for 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

41Reserve Forces,—Report under section 56(7) of the Reserve Forces Act 1996 on the making of a call-out order under section 56(1) of that Act [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

1European Scrutiny,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the European Scrutiny Committee [EU Policies on ‘Justice, Freedom and Security']; to be printed [No. 468-i] [Mr Jimmy Hood].

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2Science and Technology,—Eighth Report from the Science and Technology Committee [Strategic Science Provision in English Universities], 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. 220-I and -II] [Dr Ian Gibson].

3Welsh Affairs,—Memorandum laid before the Welsh Affairs Committee [Transcript of hearings held on 17th March by the Culture, Media and Welsh Language Committee of the National Assembly for Wales enlarged by the Welsh Affairs Committee on the Ofcom review of broadcasting in Wales] [Mr Martyn Jones].


[No. 63.]

Tuesday 5th April 2005.

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

PRAYERS.

1London 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 12th April.

2Criminal Law (Amendment) (Householder Protection) Bill,—Mr Peter Pike reported from Standing Committee C, That it had gone through the Criminal Law (Amendment) (Householder Protection) Bill, and directed him to report the same, without Amendment.

Bill, not amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered on Friday 8th April.

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

3First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Derek Conway reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 656).

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

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

The Lords have agreed to the Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Bill, with Amendments; to which they desire the concurrence of this House.

5Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Bill,—Lords Amendments to the Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Bill to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 105].

6Finance Bill,—The Order for reading the Finance Bill a second time this day was read and discharged.

Bill withdrawn.

7Computer Misuse Act 1990 (Amendment),—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the Computer Misuse Act 1990 to create offences in connection with denial of service and to make further provision about proceedings and penalties for an offence under section 1 of that Act; and for connected purposes: And that Derek Wyatt, Brian White, Mr Richard Allan, Sue Doughty and Dr Nick Palmer do prepare and bring it in.

8Computer Misuse Act 1990 (Amendment) Bill,—Derek Wyatt accordingly presented a Bill to amend the Computer Misuse Act 1990 to create offences in connection with denial of service and to make further provision about proceedings and penalties for an offence under section 1 of that Act; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 15th April and to be printed [Bill 102].

9Equality Bill,—The Equality Bill was, according to Order, read a second time and stood committed to a Standing Committee.

10Mental Capacity Bill (Programme) (No. 4),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 83A (Programme motions), That the following proceedings shall apply to the Mental Capacity Bill for the purpose of supplementing the Order of 11th October 2004, as varied by the Orders of 12th October 2004 and 14th December 2004:

Consideration of Lords Amendments

1. Proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments shall be completed at this day's sitting and shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement.

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Subsequent stages

2. Any further Message from the Lords may be considered forthwith without any further question being put.

3. The proceedings on any further Message from the Lords shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement—(James Purnell);

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Gillian Merron, Mr John Heppell: 277.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr John Randall, Mr Eric Forth: 97.

So the Question was agreed to.

11Mental Capacity Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Lords Amendments to the Mental Capacity Bill.

Lords Amendment No. 1.

An Amendment ((a)) was proposed to the Lords Amendment, in line 5, at the end, to add the words—

‘(c) a lack of capacity which is, or appears to be, purely temporary.'.—(Mr Iain Duncan Smith.)

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Ann Winterton, Mr Edward Leigh: 98.

Tellers for the Noes, Jim Fitzpatrick, Gillian Merron: 240.

So the Question was negatived.

It being more than one hour after the commencement of proceedings on the Lords Amendments, the Speaker, pursuant to Order [this day], proceeded to put the Questions to be decided at that hour.

And the Question being put, That this House agrees with the Lords in their Amendment No. 1;

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Jim Murphy, Jim Fitzpatrick: 269.

Tellers for the Noes, Miss Ann Widdecombe, Ann Winterton: 68.

So the Question was agreed to.

The Lords Amendment was accordingly agreed to.

The Speaker then put the Question, That this House agrees with the Lords in the remaining Lords Amendments.

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Jim Murphy, Jim Fitzpatrick: 236.

Tellers for the Noes, Ann Winterton, Mr Desmond Swayne: 51.

So the Question was agreed to.

Lords Amendments Nos. 2 to 95 were accordingly agreed to, the Commons being willing to waive their privileges in respect of Lords Amendment No. 69.

12Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from Mr Cresswell Butters and others for measures to relieve the Wiltshire villages of Stapleford, Stoford, South Newton and parts of Wilton from increased road traffic was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

13Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Nick Ainger);

And the Motion having been made after Seven o'clock, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, it being then nineteen minutes past Nine o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 9.19 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Supreme Court (Northern Ireland),—Rules of the Supreme Court (Northern Ireland) (Amendment No. 3) 2005 (S.R. (N.I.), 2005, No. 191), dated 5th April 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr David Lammy].

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Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2Agriculture,—Common Agricultural Policy Single Payment and Support Schemes (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1087), dated 2nd April 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

3Civil Aviation,—Civil Aviation (Insurance) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1089), dated 2nd April 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

4Education,—Education (School Teachers' Pay and Conditions) (No. 2) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1101), dated 4th April 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

5Health and Safety,—Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1082), dated 4th April 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Johnson].

6Legal Services Commission,—Community Legal Service (Financial) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1097), dated 5th April 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr David Lammy].

7Merchant Shipping,—Merchant Shipping (Amendments to Reporting Requirements) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1092), dated 4th April 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

8Transport,—Railways (Penalty Fares) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1095), dated 4th April 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

Other Papers:

9Defence,—Ministry of Defence Minute, dated 5th April 2005, concerning the Ministry of Defence's intention to introduce a Service Group Life Insurance (SGLI) scheme for the armed forces [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

10Foreign Affairs,—Government Response to the Third Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee, Session 2004–05, on The Western Balkans [by Command] [Cm. 6505] [Mr Secretary Straw].

11Government Resources and Accounts,—Resource Accounts of the Wales Office for 2003–04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 493] [Mr Stephen Timms].

12Justice (Northern Ireland),—Inspection of the Juvenile Justice Centre (Northern Ireland), 18th–25th October 2004, [by Act] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

13Public Petitions,—Observations by the Deputy Prime Minister on the Petition [10th March] from Bicester residents against the granting of planning permission for accommodation centres for asylum seekers against the decision of local councillors [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 656),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Geraint Davies and Mr David Lammy from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Rules) and nominated in substitution Caroline Flint and Ms Dari Taylor.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Culture, Media and Sport,—Minutes of Evidence and Appendices thereto taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [Community Sport]; to be printed [No. 507-i] [Sir Gerald Kaufman].

2Environmental Audit,—Seventh Report from the Environmental Audit Committee [Pre-Budget 2004 and Budget 2005: Tax, Appraisal, and the Environment], 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. 261] [Mr Peter Ainsworth].

3Foreign Affairs,—Memoranda laid before the Foreign Affairs Committee [Miscellaneous matters] [No. 489] [Mr Donald Anderson].

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4Health,—(1) Fifth Report from the Health Committee [The use of New Medical Technologies within the NHS], together 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. 398-I and -II];

(2) Sixth Report from the Committee [NHS—Continuing Care], together 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. 399-I and -II];

(3) Memoranda laid before the Committee [The use of New Medical Technologies within the NHS];

(4) Memoranda laid before the Committee [NHS—Continuing Care]; and

(5) Memoranda laid before the Committee [The Government's Public Health White Paper (Cm. 6374)]

[Mr David Hinchliffe].

5International Development,—(1) Seventh Report from the International Development Committee [Development assistance in Iraq], 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. 244];

(2) Fourth Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Third Report from the Committee, on DFID's bilateral programme of assistance to India]; to be printed [No. 506]; and

(3) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Development assistance in Iraq]

[Tony Baldry].

6Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions,—(1) Eleventh Report from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee [The Role and Effectiveness of the Local Government Ombudsmen for England], 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. 458]; and

(2) Memorandum laid before the Committee [Local Government Consultation]

[Andrew Bennett].

7Scottish Affairs,—Memorandum laid before the Scottish Affairs Committee [Spring Supplementary Estimate 2005: Explanatory Memorandum by the Scotland Office]; to be printed [No. 546] [Mrs Irene Adams].

8Standards and Privileges,—Sixth Report from the Committee on Standards and Privileges [Conduct of Mr George Galloway], together with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 509] [Sir George Young].

9Statutory Instruments,—(1) Fourteenth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 66-xiv]; and

(2) Third Report from the Select Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 217-iii]

[Mr David Tredinnick].

10Treasury,—Second Special Report from the Treasury Committee [Responses to the Second Report from the Committee, on Credit card charges and marketing]; to be printed [No. 508] [Mr John McFall].

11Welsh Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee [Draft Commissioner for Older People (Wales) Bill]; to be printed [No. 547-i] [Mr Martyn Jones].


[No. 63; WH, No. 38]

Tuesday 5th April 2005.

The House sitting in Westminster Hall

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

Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned—(Mr Tom Watson);

And the sitting having continued for two and a half hours after Two o'clock, it was adjourned without Question put, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 4.30 p.m.

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[No. 64.]

Wednesday 6th April 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 agreed to the Railways Bill, with Amendments; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.
2Railways Bill,—Lords Amendments to the Railways Bill to be printed [Bill 107].

3Equal Enforcement of the Law,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for direction to police forces to enforce the law equally as it applies to settled communities and to travellers; to amend the law on trespass; and for connected purposes: And that Mr Andrew Robathan do prepare and bring it in.

4Equal Enforcement of the Law Bill,—Mr Andrew Robathan accordingly presented a Bill to make provision for direction to police forces to enforce the law equally as it applies to settled communities and to travellers; to amend the law on trespass; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Thursday 5th May and to be printed [Bill 106].

5Business of the House,—Ordered, That the following provisions shall have effect—

Sittings on 6th, 7th and 8th April: general

1. At this day's sitting and at the sittings to-morrow and on Friday—

(1) any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour, and shall not be interrupted under any Standing Order relating to the sittings of the House;

(2) proceedings on Lords Amendments or any subsequent Lords Message in respect of any Bill may be considered forthwith without any further Question being put and shall be brought to a conclusion (unless already concluded) one hour after their commencement (subject to paragraph 3(1));

(3) Standing Orders Nos. 83D to 83H and 83I(2) to (6) (conclusion of proceedings, &c.) shall apply to proceedings to be taken in accordance with this Order (but with the omission of Standing Orders Nos. 83D(2)(c) and 83E(2)(c));

(4) notices of Amendments, new Clauses or new Schedules to be moved in Committee on any Bill may be accepted by the Clerks at the Table before the Bill has been read a second time;

(5) Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions) shall not apply; and

(6) the Speaker shall not adjourn the House until any Messages from the Lords have been received and any Committee to draw up Reasons has reported.

Wednesday 6th April

2. At the sitting this day the following business shall be brought to a conclusion (unless already concluded) at the time after its commencement shown in brackets at the end of each sub-paragraph—

(1) any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown for the reading of specified Resolutions of 22nd March, presentation and first reading of any Finance (No. 2) Bill brought in on those Resolutions and remaining proceedings on any such Bill (four hours);

(2) any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown for the bringing in of an Appropriation Bill, presentation and first reading of any Bill brought in in pursuance of that motion and remaining proceedings on any such Bill, to which Standing Order No. 56 (Consolidated Fund Bills) shall apply (forthwith);

(3) remaining proceedings on the Inquiries Bill [Lords] (one hour);

(4) Committee of the whole House and remaining proceedings on the Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords] (one hour); and

(5) Committee of the whole House and remaining proceedings on the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill [Lords] (one hour).

Thursday 7th April

3. At the sitting to-morrow the following business shall be brought to a conclusion (unless already concluded) at the time after its commencement shown in brackets at the end of each sub-paragraph—

(1) proceedings on any Lords Amendments to the Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill which may be received (one and a half hours);

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(2) remaining proceedings on the Education Bill [Lords] (one hour);

(3) the Motion relating to suspension and revival of the Crossrail Bill (one hour); and

(4) second reading and remaining proceedings on the International Organisations Bill [Lords] (one and a half hours).

4. On Thursday 7th April there shall be no sitting in Westminster Hall.

Friday 8th April

5. On Friday—

(1) Standing Order No. 14(4) (Private Members' Bills) shall not apply; and

(2) the Speaker shall not adjourn the House until a Message has been received from the Lords Commissioners.

General

6. If any Finance (No. 2) Bill, or the International Organisations Bill [Lords], is read a second time, it shall stand committed to a Committee of the whole House.

7. The Orders that the Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords] and the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill [Lords] be committed to a Standing Committee shall be discharged and the Bills shall be committed to a Committee of the whole House.

8. A reference in this Order to proceedings on or in respect of a Bill includes a reference to proceedings on any Money Resolution, Ways and Means Resolution or Order of Consideration Motion in relation to those proceedings.

9. The Order of Consideration Motion of which Maria Eagle has given notice in respect of the Standing Committee on the Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords] may be moved by a Minister of the Crown in respect of the Committee of the whole House to which the Bill is committed under paragraph 7.

10. Paragraph 2(1) shall have effect notwithstanding the practice of the House as to the intervals between stages of Bill brought in upon Ways and Means Resolutions.

11. If the sitting this day continues after 11.30 a.m. on Thursday 7th April, this Order shall have effect as if any reference to the sitting on Thursday 7th April or Friday 8th April included a reference to the sitting this day.

12. If the sitting to-morrow continues after 9.30 a.m. on Friday 8th April, this Order shall have effect as if any reference to the sitting on Friday 8th April included a reference to the sitting to-morrow.—(Mr Peter Hain.)
6Ways and Means,—Ordered, That, of the Resolutions of the 22nd day of March last, the following be read—

(a) Nos. 1 to 6, 11 to 17, 22 to 27, 30, 43, 47, 48, 50 to 53, 56 and 58;

(b) Procedure (Lorry Road-User Charge);

(c) paragraphs (a), (e) and (f) of Procedure (Future Taxation); and

(d) paragraph (b) of Finance (Money).—(Mr Nick Ainger.)

Ordered, That a Bill be brought in upon the said Resolutions: and that the Chairman of Ways and Means, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Secretary Darling, Mr Secretary Reid, Ms Secretary Hewitt, Mr Secretary Johnson, Secretary Ruth Kelly, Mr Paul Boateng, Dawn Primarolo, Mr Stephen Timms and John Healey do prepare and bring it in.
7Finance (No. 2) Bill,—Mr Stephen Timms accordingly presented a Bill to grant certain duties, to alter other duties, and to amend the law relating to the National Debt and the Public Revenue, and to make further provision in connection with finance: and the same was read the first time; and ordered to be printed [Bill 104].

The Bill was read a second time, and was committed to a Committee of the whole House, pursuant to Order [this day].

Resolved, That this House will immediately resolve itself into a Committee:—The House accordingly resolved itself into a Committee.

(In the Committee)

Clauses Nos. 1 to 12 agreed to.

Clause No. 13 (Non-corporate distribution rate for financial year 2005).

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

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And it being four hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Ways and Means Motion, the Chairman, pursuant to Order [this day], put the Questions necessary to bring proceedings in Committee to a conclusion.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses Nos. 14 to 106 and Schedules Nos. 1 to 11 agreed to.

Whereupon the Chairman left the Chair to report the Bill to the House.


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

A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Order [this day], That the Bill be now read the third time:—It was agreed to.

The Bill was accordingly read the third time, and passed.
8Appropriation,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Order [this day], That leave be given to bring in a Bill to appropriate the supply authorised in this Session of Parliament for the service of the year ending with 31st March 2006—(Jim Fitzpatrick):—It was agreed to.

Ordered, That the Chairman of Ways and Means, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Paul Boateng, Dawn Primarolo, Mr Stephen Timms and John Healey do prepare and bring in the Bill.
9Appropriation Bill,—Mr Stephen Timms accordingly presented a Bill to appropriate the supply authorised in this Session of Parliament for the service of the year ending with 31st March 2006: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be printed [Bill 103].

And a Motion being made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 56 (Consolidated Fund Bills) and Order [this day], That the Bill be now read a second time:—It was agreed to.

The Bill was accordingly read a second time.

And the Question being put forthwith, That the Bill be now read the third time:—It was agreed to.

The Bill was accordingly read the third time, and passed.
10Inquiries Bill [Lords],—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Inquiries Bill [Lords], as amended in the Standing Committee.

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

Mr Paul Boateng, 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 prerogative 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, with Amendments.
11Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords],—The House, pursuant to Order [this day], resolved itself into a Committee on the Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords].

(In the Committee)

Ordered, That the Bill be considered in the following order, namely, Clause No. 18, Clauses Nos. 1 to 17, new Clauses, new Schedules, Clause No. 19, Schedules Nos. 1 and 2, Clause No. 20 and remaining proceedings on the Bill.—(Maria Eagle.)

Clause No. 18 (Meaning of ‘disability').

Amendment (No. 1) proposed, in page 46, line 1, to leave out subsection (3).—(Maria Eagle.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John Heppell, Margaret Moran: 214.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Atkinson, Gregory Barker: 98.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses Nos. 1 to 17 and 19 agreed to.

Schedules Nos. 1 and 2 agreed to.

Clause No. 20 (Short title, interpretation, commencement and extent).

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Amendment (No. 2) made.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, to be reported.


The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair; and James Purnell reported, That the Committee had gone through the Bill and made Amendments thereunto.

Ordered, That the Bill, as amended in the Committee, be now considered:—The House accordingly proceeded to consider the Bill.

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

Mr Bob Ainsworth, 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, with Amendments.
12Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill [Lords],—The House, pursuant to Order [this day], resolved itself into a Committee on the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill [Lords].

(In the Committee)

Clauses Nos. 1 to 45 agreed to.

Clause No. 46 (Short title).

Amendment (No. 2) made.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Schedule No. 1 (Public Services Ombudsman for Wales: appointment etc.).

Amendment (No. 1) proposed, in page 27, line 18, to leave out the words ‘seven years' and insert the words ‘five years, renewable for a further five years'.—(Mr Bill Wiggin.)

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

Schedule agreed to.

Schedules Nos. 2 to 7 agreed to.

Bill, as amended, to be reported.


The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair; and James Purnell reported, That the Committee had gone through the Bill and made an Amendment thereunto.

Ordered, That the Bill, as amended in the Committee, be now considered:—The House accordingly proceeded to consider the Bill.

The Bill was read the third time, and passed, with an Amendment.
13Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Lords Amendments to the Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Bill.

Lords Amendments Nos. 1 to 9 were agreed to.
14Railways Bill,—The House, pursuant to Order [this day], proceeded forthwith to consider the Lords Amendments to the Railways Bill.

Lords Amendment No. 1.

A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That this House disagrees with the Lords in their Amendment—(Mr Tony McNulty);

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Tom Watson, James Purnell: 198.

Tellers for the Noes, Gregory Barker, Bob Russell: 63.

So the Question was agreed to.

The Lords Amendment was accordingly disagreed to.

Lords Amendments Nos. 2 to 7 were disagreed to.

Lords Amendments Nos. 8 to 13 were agreed to.

Lords Amendment No. 14 was disagreed to.

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Amendments ((a) to (e)) were made to the Bill in lieu of Lords Amendment No. 14 disagreed to.

Lords Amendments Nos. 15 to 17 were agreed to.

A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 83H (Programme orders: reasons committee) and Order [this day], That a Committee be appointed to draw up Reasons to be assigned to the Lords for disagreeing to their Amendments Nos. 1 to 7.

That Mr Greg Knight, Mr Khalid Mahmood, Gillian Merron, Mr Tony McNulty and John Thurso be members of the Committee.

That Mr Tony McNulty be the Chairman of the Committee.

That three be the Quorum of the Committee.

That the Committee do withdraw immediately—(Gillian Merron):—It was agreed to.
15Railways Bill,—Mr Tony McNulty reported from the Committee appointed to draw up Reasons to be assigned to the Lords for disagreeing to certain of their Amendments to the Railways Bill, That it had drawn up the following Reason, which it had directed him to report to the House:

The Commons disagree to Lords Amendments Nos. 1 to 7 for the following Reason:

Because it is inappropriate for Passenger Transport Executives to have the involvement in the franchising of railway passenger services that would result from the provision to be made by Lords Amendments Nos. 1 to 7.

The Reason was agreed to.

Message to the Lords to communicate the said Reason, with the Bill and Amendments.

The Deputy Speaker suspended the sitting, pursuant to Order [this day].
16Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

The Lords have agreed to the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill, with Amendments; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.
17Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill,—Lords Amendments to the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill to be printed [Bill 109].

18Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill,—The House, pursuant to Order [this day], proceeded forthwith to consider the Lords Amendments to the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill.

Lords Amendments Nos. 1 to 4 were agreed to.

The Deputy Speaker suspended the sitting, pursuant to Order [this day].
19Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

The Lords have agreed to the Drugs Bill, with Amendments; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.
20Drugs Bill,—Lords Amendments to the Drugs Bill to be printed [Bill 110].

21Drugs Bill,—The House, pursuant to Order [this day], proceeded forthwith to consider the Lords Amendments to the Drugs Bill.

Lords Amendments Nos. 1 to 3 were agreed to.
22Public Petitions,—Public Petitions from—

(1) residents of Hodge Hill in Birmingham and the surrounding area against the proposed development of a Tesco's supermarket on the site of the Brockhurst Road playing fields;

(2) residents of St Albans for legislation preventing the construction of telephone masts without consultation with residents and the taking into account of the needs of children living in the area; and

(3) residents and bus passengers of Walton, Stone, in Staffordshire, for the restoration of the 101 bus service from Walton Corner along the A34 to Aston Island

were presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

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23Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Tom Watson);

And the Motion having been made after Seven o'clock, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, it being then half-past Ten o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 10.30 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Children and Young Persons,—Special Guardianship Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1109), dated 4th April 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

2Education,—(1) Education (Free School Lunches) (State Pension Credit) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 885); and

(2) Teacher Training Agency (Additional Functions) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 892),

dated 23rd March 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Ruth Kelly].
3Pensions,—(1) Draft Code of Practice by the Pensions Regulator on Notifiable Events; and

(2) Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Pension Liberation) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 992), dated 30th March 2005

[by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Mr Secretary Johnson].
4Professional Qualifications,—European Communities (Recognition of Professional Qualifications) (Second General System) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 882), dated 22nd March 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

5Taxes,—Energy-Saving Items Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1114), dated 6th April 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [John Healey].

Other Papers:

6Foreign Affairs,—Government Response to the Second Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee, Session 2004–05, on Cyprus [by Command] [Cm. 6506] [Mr Secretary Straw].

7Public Accounts,—Treasury Minutes on the First, Second and Fourth Reports from the Committee of Public Accounts, Session 2004–05 [by Command] [Cm. 6496] [Mr Stephen Timms].

8Public Petitions,—Observations by—

(1) the Leader of the House of Commons on the Petition [8th March] from William Jolly, Linda Preston, Rhodri Thomas and others against the party whipping system;

(2) the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs on the Petition [15th March] from the residents of North Nantymoel (Bridgend) and others, for the reinstatement of the polling station at Bryants Centre in North Nantymoel;

(3) the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the Petition [14th March] from residents of Middleton on Sea, Sussex, and the surrounding area for maintenance and protection of the beaches in the area; and

(4) the Secretary of State for Transport on the Petition [23rd March] from residents of Bexleyheath, Crayford and surrounding areas for the reinstatement of rail services between Bexleyheath and central London

[by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].
9Representation of the People,—Parliamentary Elections (Welsh Forms) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1105), dated 3rd April 2005 [by Act] [Mr Christopher Leslie].

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APPENDIX II

European Standing Committees

 European Union Documents Nos. 15570/04 and 15614/04, relating to Nominal quantities for pre-packed products, have been referred to European Standing Committee C.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Education and Skills,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Skills Committee [Tuition Fees and Student Bursaries]; to be printed [No. 369-ii] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

2European Scrutiny,—(1) Fifteenth Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 38-xv]; and

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

[Mr Jimmy Hood].
3Human Rights,—(1) Eighteenth Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights [Scrutiny: Final Progress Report]; together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 551];

(2) Nineteenth Report from the Committee [The Work of the Committee in the 2001–2005 Parliament], together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 552]; and

(3) Memoranda laid before the Committee [UK Derogations from Convention Rights]

[Jean Corston].
4Northern Ireland Affairs,—(1) Eighth Report from the Northern Ireland Committee [Air Transport Services 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. 53-I and -II];

(2) Ninth Report from the Committee [The Challenge of Diversity: Hate Crime 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. 548-I and -II];

(3) Tenth Report from the Committee [Ways of dealing with Northern Ireland's past: Interim Report—Victims and Survivors]; 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. 303-I and -II];

(4) Third Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Third Report from the Committee, Session 2004–05, on Northern Ireland Departments' 2002–03 Resource Accounts]; to be printed [No. 549]; and

(5) Fourth Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Sixth Report from the Committee, Session 2004–05, on Waste Management Strategy in Northern Ireland]; to be printed [No. 550]

[Mr Michael Mates].
5Public Accounts,—(1) Nineteenth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [The Accounts of the Duchies of Cornwall and Lancaster]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 313];

(2) Twentieth Report from the Committee [PFI: The STEPS deal]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 553];

(3) Twenty-first Report from the Committee [The United Kingdom's civil space programme]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 47];

(4) Twenty-second Report from the Committee [Facing justice: tackling defendants' non-attendance at court]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 103];

(5) Twenty-third Report from the Committee [Reducing crime: the Home Office working with Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 147];

(6) Twenty-fourth Report from the Committee [Improving patient care by reducing the risk of hospital acquired infection: a progress report]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 554];

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(7) Twenty-fifth Report from the Committee [Tackling congestion by making better use of England's motorways and trunk roads]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 134];

(8) Twenty-sixth Report from the Committee [Ministry of Defence: the rapid procurement of capability to support operations]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 70];

(9) Twenty-seventh Report from the Committee [The impact of the Office of Government Commerce's initiatives on the delivery of major IT-enabled projects]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 555];

(10) Twenty-eighth Report from the Committee [Network Rail: making a fresh start]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 556];

(11) Twenty-ninth Report from the Committee [Inheritance tax]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 174];

(12) Thirtieth Report from the Committee [Department of Health: reforming NHS dentistry]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 167]; and

(13) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Skills for Life]; to be printed [No. 557-i]

[Mr Edward Leigh].


[No. 64; WH, No. 39]

Wednesday 6th April 2005.

The House sitting in Westminster Hall

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

Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned—(Mr Jim Murphy);

And the sitting having continued for two and a half hours after Two o'clock, it was adjourned without Question put, till Tuesday 12th April, pursuant to Order [this day].

[Adjourned at 4.30 p.m.


THE SPEAKER'S CERTIFICATE

 The Speaker certified that the Appropriation Bill is a Money Bill within the meaning of the Parliament Act 1911.


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[No. 65.]

Thursday 7th April 2005.

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

PRAYERS.

1Standing Orders (Private Business),—Ordered, That the Amendments to Standing Orders set out in the Schedule be made at the beginning of the new Session of Parliament:—

SCHEDULE

Standing Order 1, line 76, at end insert—

‘the term “unitary district” means a non-metropolitan district which is not included in the area of a county council;'.

After Standing Order 1

Insert—

New Standing Order 1A

‘Deposit of documents etc at offices of government departments and public bodies

1A.—(1) Any reference in a provision of these orders to a document, or to a copy or copies of a document, being deposited in accordance with this order is a reference to the document, or to a copy or copies of the document, being deposited—

(a) at the offices of such government departments and public bodies as may be specified in the list, and

(b) if the context so admits, in such quantities as may be so specified.

(2) In paragraph (1) above—

“document” includes any bill, plan, section, book of reference, ordnance map, environmental or other statement or estimate;

“the list” means the list which, for the purposes of this order, is compiled and maintained by the Private Bill Office under the direction of the Chairman of Ways and Means.

(3) The provisions of these orders which contain such references as are mentioned in paragraph (1) above are—

(a) Standing Order 27(5),

(b) Standing Order 27A(1),

(c) Standing Order 29,

(d) Standing Order 30,

(e) Standing Order 30A(1),

(f) Standing Order 31,

(g) Standing Order 32,

(h) Standing Order 34,

(i) Standing Order 37,

(j) Standing Order 39,

(k) Standing Order 45(3), and

(l) Standing Order 47(1).'

Standing Order 2A, line 5, after ‘November', insert ‘(or if that day is a Saturday or a Sunday, the first Monday following that day)'.

Standing Order 4A, line 17, after ‘district,' insert ‘unitary district,'.

Standing Order 4A, line 28, after ‘districts,' insert ‘unitary districts,'.

Standing Order 4A, line 44, after ‘district,' insert ‘unitary district,'.

Standing Order 4A, line 49, after district,' insert ‘unitary district,'.

Standing Order 5, line 33, leave out ‘and'.

Standing Order 5, line 36, at end insert ‘; and

‘(f) where it is proposed by the bill to confer powers authorising any alteration or disturbance of the surface of any street or road in connection with the construction of a tramway, tram road, trolley vehicle system or an underground railway, a general description of the roads or streets which may be affected by the exercise of the power and of the circumstances in which, and the extent to which, it is envisaged that the power may be exercised.'.

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Standing Order 10, line 13, after ‘district,' insert ‘unitary district,'.

Standing Order 10, line 24, after ‘districts,' insert ‘unitary districts,'.

Standing Order 10, line 36, after ‘district,' insert ‘unitary district,'.

Standing Order 10, line 40, after ‘county' insert ‘, metropolitan district, unitary district or London borough'.

After Standing Order 10

Insert—

New Standing Order 10A

‘Publication of notice relating to works bills

10A—(1) If the bill—

(a) authorises the construction of works to which Standing Order 27 (Deposit of plan, book of reference, and section, etc.) applies, or the compulsory acquisition of lands or of rights to use lands, or

(b) extends the time limited by a former Act for any of those purposes,

the notice shall be displayed for two consecutive weeks ending not later than 11 December at a place of public resort in each of the counties, metropolitan districts, unitary authorities, or London boroughs or (in Wales) the counties or county boroughs or (in Scotland) the local government areas in which the works are to be, or the lands are, situated.

(2) For the purposes of paragraph (1), “place of public resort” include a public library and a local government office.'

Standing Order 12, line 4, leave out ‘confer powers authorising any alteration or disturbance of' and insert ‘alter or disturb'.

Standing Order 12, line 8, leave out ‘such street or road' and insert ‘street or road the surface of which it is proposed to alter or disturb'.

Standing Order 12, line 10, leave out ‘powers' and insert ‘alteration or disturbance'.

Standing Order 12, line 12, leave out ‘powers' and insert ‘alteration or disturbance'.

Standing Order 12, line 21, leave out ‘the said powers are proposed to be conferred' and insert ‘it is proposed to alter or disturb the surface of any street or road'.

Standing Order 12, line 24, leave out ‘any' and insert ‘the'.

Standing Order 16, line 24, leave out ‘county councils, metropolitan districts or London boroughs, as the case may be' and insert ‘councils of counties, metropolitan districts, unitary districts or London boroughs or (in Wales) counties or county boroughs'.

Standing Order 27, line 12, after ‘district,' insert ‘unitary district,'.

Standing Order 27, line 23, after ‘district' insert ‘, unitary district'.

Standing Order 27, line 28, after ‘district,' insert ‘unitary district,'.

Standing Order 27, line 54, after ‘district,' insert ‘unitary district,'.

Standing Order 27, line 69, leave out from ‘and' to end of line 73 and insert ‘copies of the same shall be deposited in accordance with Standing Order 1A.'.

Standing Order 27A, line 30, leave out paragraph (2) and insert—

‘(2) Copies shall be deposited in accordance with Standing Order 1A.'.

Standing Order 29, line 7, leave out from ‘deposited' to end of line 9 and insert ‘in the Private Bill Office and in accordance with Standing Order 1A.'.

Standing Order 30, line 5, leave out from ‘deposited' to end and insert ‘in accordance with Standing Order 1A.'.

Standing Order 30A, line 4, leave out from ‘deposit' to the second ‘and' in line 5, and insert ‘in accordance with Standing Order 1A.'.

Standing Order 31, line 6, leave out from ‘deposited' to ‘marked' in line 8, and insert ‘in accordance with Standing Order 1A.'.

Standing Order 32, line 8, leave out from ‘deposited' to end of line 9, and insert ‘in accordance with Standing Order 1A.'.

Standing Order 34, line 9, leave out from ‘deposited' to end and insert ‘in accordance with Standing Order 1A.'.

Standing Order 36, line 12, after ‘district' insert ‘or unitary district,'.

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Standing Order 37 is hereby repealed.

New Standing Order 37

‘Deposit of copy of plan, etc. in certain circumstances

37. In the case of a bill by which it is proposed to authorise the compulsory acquisition–

(a) of any churchyard, burial ground or cemetery, or any part thereof, or

(b) of rights to use any churchyard, burial ground or cemetery, or any part thereof, or

(c) of any other land, or of rights to use any other land,

copies of so much of the deposited plan, section (if any) and book of references as relates to the land shall, on or before 20th November, be deposited in accordance with Standing Order 1A.'

Standing Order 38, line 3, after ‘November' insert ‘(or when 27th November is a Saturday or a Sunday, on the first Monday following that day)'.

Standing Order 39 is hereby repealed.

New Standing Order 39

‘Deposit of copies of bills

39. On or before 4th December, printed copies of every bill shall be deposited in accordance with Standing Order 1A.'

Standing Order 45, line 19, leave out from ‘deposited' to end and insert ‘in accordance with Standing Order 1A.'.

Standing Order 47, line 9, leave out from ‘and' to ‘on' in line 11 and insert ‘in accordance with Standing Order 1A.'.

Standing Order 55, line 17, leave out from ‘datum' to ‘shall' in line 19, and insert ‘of Newlyn.'.

Standing Order 61, line 16, after ‘district,' insert ‘unitary district,'.

Standing Order 61, line 33, after ‘county' insert ‘, metropolitan district, unitary district or London borough'.

Standing Order 62, line 15, after ‘county' insert ‘, metropolitan district, unitary district or London borough'.

Standing Order 65, line 28, after ‘county,' insert ‘metropolitan district, unitary district or London borough'.

Standing Order 98, line 8, after ‘district' insert ‘, unitary district'.

Standing Order 131A, line 3, leave out from ‘be' to end of line 4 and insert ‘reproduced at the expense of the parties and the cost of reproduction shall be divided among the several parties in such proportions as may be specified by the Private Bill Office:'.

Standing Order 145, line 3, leave out second ‘the' and insert ‘any'.

After Standing Order 145

Insert—

New Standing Order 145A

‘Minutes of evidence to be laid upon the Table

145A. The minutes of the evidence taken before a committee on a private bill shall be laid on the Table of the House and ordered to be published.'

Standing Order 147, line 7, leave out ‘for Transport' and insert ‘responsible for the time being for transport matters'.

Standing Order 147, line 11, leave out ‘for Transport' and insert ‘responsible for the time being for transport matters'.

Standing Order 154, line 12, leave out ‘for Transport' and insert ‘responsible for the time being for transport matters'.

Standing Order 154, line 27, leave out ‘for Transport' and insert ‘responsible for the time being for transport matters'.

Standing Order 174, line 3, leave out ‘2.45 pm' and insert ‘a quarter of an hour after the House sits'.

Standing Order 174, line 28, leave out ‘for 7 pm' and insert ‘at a time three hours before the moment of interruption'.

Standing Order 174, line 39, leave out ‘7 pm' and insert ‘a time three hours before the moment of interruption'.

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New Standing Orders 188A and 188B

After Standing Order 188

Insert—

‘SUSPENSION AND REVIVAL OF BILLS

Suspension of bills

188A.—(1) Paragraph (2) applies where—

(a) this House resolves that the promoters of a bill originating in this House should have leave to suspend any further proceedings on the bill in order to proceed with it, if they think fit, in the next session of Parliament, and any conditions attached to the leave have been met, and

(b) the House of Lords concur with the resolution, or have previously passed a resolution to the like effect as the resolution of this House.

(2) The bill shall be deposited in the Private Bill Office on the fifth sitting day in the next session together with a declaration, signed by the agent, stating that the bill is the same in every respect as the bill at the last stage of the proceedings on it in this House in the current session.

(3) Paragraph (4) applies where—

(a) this House resolves that the promoters of a bill originating in the House of Lords should have leave to suspend any further proceedings on the bill in order to proceed with it, if they think fit, in the next session of Parliament, and any conditions attached to the leave have been met; and

(b) the House of Lords subsequently pass a resolution to the like effect as the resolution of this House.

(4) If the bill is brought from the House of Lords in the next session, the agent for the bill shall deposit in the Private Bill Office a declaration, signed by the agent, stating that the bill is the same in every respect as the bill which was brought from the House of Lords in the current session.

(5) The following provisions of this Order apply in either case.

(6) The bill shall be deemed to have passed through every stage through which it has passed in the current session, and shall be recorded in the Journal of the House as having passed those stages, and no new fees shall be charged to those stages.

(7) These Standing Orders shall apply to the bill in the next session only in regard to any stage through which the bill has not passed in the current session.

(8) If there is any petition outstanding—

(a) any such petition which has been presented (if not withdrawn) shall stand referred to any committee on the bill in the next session;

(b) any minutes of evidence taken before a committee on the bill in the current session shall stand referred to any committee on the bill in the next session;

(c) no petitioners shall be heard before any committee on the bill in the next session unless their petition has been presented within the time stipulated for the deposit of petitions in the current session or deposited pursuant to Standing Order 126(b);

(d) Standing Order 127 shall have effect as if the words “under Standing Order 126 (Reference to committee of petitions against bill)” were omitted.

(9) In this Order “the current session” means the session in which the resolution of this House is passed and “the next session” shall be construed accordingly.'

After New Standing Order 188A

Insert—

‘Revival of bills

188B.—(1) Paragraphs (2) and (3) apply where—

(a) this House resolves that the promoters of a bill which—

(i) originated in this House in an earlier session of this Parliament or in the last Parliament; and

(ii) had not received the Royal Assent,

should, notwithstanding anything in the Standing Orders or practice of this House, have leave to proceed with the bill in the current session; and

(b) the House of Lords concur with the resolution, or have previously passed a resolution to the like effect as the resolution of this House.

(2) The petition for the bill shall be deemed to have been deposited and all Standing Orders applicable to it shall be deemed to have been complied with.

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(3) The bill shall be deposited in the Private Bill Office not later than the fifth day on which the House sits after the passing of the resolution, and a declaration, signed by the agent, shall be annexed to the bill stating that it is the same in every respect as the bill at the last stage of the proceedings on it in this House in the last session or the last Parliament or, as the case may be, the bill passed by this House.

(4) Paragraph (5) applies where—

(a) this House resolves that the promoters of a bill which—

(i) originated in the House of Lords in an earlier session of this Parliament or in the last Parliament; and

(ii) had not received the Royal Assent,

should, notwithstanding anything in the Standing Orders or practice of this House, have leave to proceed with the bill in the current session; and

(b) the House of Lords subsequently pass a resolution to the like effect as the resolution of this House.

(5) If the bill is brought from the House of Lords in the current session, the agent for the bill shall deposit in the Private Bill Office a declaration, signed by the agent, stating that the bill is the same in every respect as the bill which was brought from the Commons in the last session or the last Parliament.

(6) The following provisions of this Order apply in either case.

(7) The bill shall be deemed to have passed through every stage through which it has passed in the last session or last Parliament, and shall be recorded in the Journal of the House as having passed those stages, and no new fees shall be charged to those stages.

(8) If there is any petition outstanding—

(a) any such petition which has been presented (if not withdrawn) shall stand referred to any committee on the bill in the current session;

(b) any minutes of evidence taken before a committee on the bill in the last session or last Parliament shall stand referred to any committee on the bill in the current session;

(c) no petitioners shall be heard before any committee on the bill in the current session unless their petition has been presented within the time stipulated for the deposit of petitions in the last session or last Parliament or deposited pursuant to Standing Order 126(b);

(d) Standing Order 127 shall have effect as if the words “under Standing Order 126 (Reference to committee of petitions against bill)” were omitted.

(9) In this Order “current session” means the session of Parliament in which the resolution of this House is passed and “this Parliament” means the Parliament in which the resolution of this House is passed; “the last Parliament” and “the last session” shall be construed accordingly.'

Standing Order 200, line 6, leave out ‘two' and insert ‘five'.

Standing Order 204A, line 4, leave out ‘7 pm' and insert ‘a time three hours before the moment of interruption'.—(The Chairman of Ways and Means.)
2Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

The Lords have agreed to the Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill, with Amendments, to which they desire the concurrence of this House.

The Lords have agreed to the Amendment made by this House to the Public Service Ombudsman (Wales) Bill [Lords], without Amendment.

The Lords have agreed to the Gambling Bill, with Amendments, to which they desire the concurrence of this House.

The Lords communicate that they have come to the following Resolution:

That, if a Crossrail Bill is brought from the House of Commons in the next Session of Parliament, the Standing Orders of the House applicable to the Bill, so far as complied with or dispensed with in this Session, shall be deemed to have been complied with or (as the case may be) dispensed with in the next Session.

The Lords have agreed to the Finance (No. 2) Bill, without Amendment.

The Lords have agreed to the Appropriation Bill, without Amendment.

The Lords have agreed to the Amendments made by this House to the Inquiries Bill [Lords], without Amendment.

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The Lords have agreed to the Amendments made by this House to the Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords], without Amendment.

The Lords do not insist on their Amendments to the Railways Bill to which this House has disagreed; and agree without Amendment to the Amendments proposed by this House in lieu of the remaining Lords Amendment.
3Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill,—Lords Amendments to the Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill printed pursuant to Standing Orders Nos. 57A (Bills brought from the Lords) and 78 (Lords amendments) on 6th April [Bill 108].

4Gambling Bill,—Lords Amendments to the Gambling Bill printed pursuant to Standing Orders Nos. 57A (Bills brought from the Lords) and 78 (Lords amendments) on 6th April [Bill 111].

5Accommodation and Works,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Accommodation and Works Committee be printed [No. 510].

6Administration,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Administration Committee be printed [No. 511].

7Broadcasting,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Broadcasting Committee be printed [No. 512].

8Catering,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Catering Committee be printed [No. 513].

9Constitutional Affairs,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Constitutional Affairs Committee be printed [No. 514].

10Culture, Media and Sport,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee be printed, together with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Maritime Heritage and Historic Ships Sub-Committee [No. 515].

11Defence,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Defence Committee be printed [No. 516].

12Education and Skills,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Education and Skills Committee be printed [No. 517].

13Environmental Audit,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Environmental Audit Committee be printed, together with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Environmental Education Sub-Committee [No. 518].

14Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee be printed, together with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Government's Rural Delivery Strategy Sub-Committee, the Future for UK Fishing Sub-Committee, the Progress on Pesticides Sub-Committee and the draft Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill Sub-Committee [No. 519].

15European Scrutiny,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the European Scrutiny Committee be printed [No. 520].

16Finance and Services,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Finance and Services Committee be printed [No. 521].

17Foreign Affairs,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Foreign Affairs Committee be printed [No. 522].

18Health,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Health Committee be printed [No. 523].

19Home Affairs,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Home Affairs Committee be printed [No. 524].

20Human Rights,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Select Committee appointed to join with a Committee of the House of Lords on Human Rights be printed [No. 525].

21Information,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Information Committee be printed [No. 526].

22International Development,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the International Development Committee be printed [No. 527].

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23Liaison,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Liaison Committee be printed, together with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Liaison Sub-Committee [No. 528].

24Modernisation of the House of Commons,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons be printed [No. 529].

25Northern Ireland Affairs,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee be printed, together with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Sub-Committee [No. 530].

26Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee be printed, together with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Urban Affairs Sub-Committee [No. 531].

27Procedure,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Procedure Committee be printed [No. 532].

28Public Accounts,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee of Public Accounts be printed [No. 533].

29Public Administration,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Select Committee on Public Administration be printed [No. 534].

30Regulatory Reform,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Regulatory Reform Committee be printed [No. 535].

31Science and Technology,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Science and Technology Committee be printed [No. 536].

32Scottish Affairs,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Scottish Affairs Committee be printed [No. 537].

33Standards and Privileges,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee on Standards and Privileges be printed [No. 538].

34Statutory Instruments,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Select Committee on Statutory Instruments be printed [No. 539].

35Statutory Instruments,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Select Committee appointed to join with a Committee of the House of Lords on Statutory Instruments be printed [No. 540].

36Trade and Industry,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Trade and Industry Committee be printed [No. 541].

37Transport,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Transport Committee be printed [No. 542].

38Treasury,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Treasury Committee be printed, together with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Treasury Sub-Committee [No. 543].

39Welsh Affairs,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Welsh Affairs Committee be printed [No. 544].

40Work and Pensions,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Work and Pensions Committee be printed [No. 545].

41Standing Orders (Public Business),—Ordered, That the Standing Orders relating to Public Business, as amended, be printed [No. 558].

42Standing Orders (Private Business),—Ordered, That the Standing Orders relating to Private Business, as amended, be printed [No. 559].

43Climate Change Bill,—Mr Michael Meacher, supported by Mr John Gummer and Norman Baker, presented a Bill to combat climate change by setting annual targets for the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions until 2050; to place duties on the Prime Minister regarding the reporting on and achievement of those targets; to specify procedures to be followed if the targets are not met; to specify certain functions of and provide certain powers to Members of Parliament with regard to ensuring carbon dioxide emissions are reduced; to set sectoral reduction targets and targets for energy efficiency, the generation of energy from renewable sources, combined heat and power and microgeneration; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Monday 11th April and to be printed [Bill 112].

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44Electricity (Microgeneration) Bill,—Alan Simpson, supported by Mr Andrew Stunell, Mr Peter Ainsworth, Dr Desmond Turner, Sue Doughty, Joan Walley, Mr David Drew, Norman Baker, Mr Simon Thomas, Vera Baird, Mr Kerry Pollard and Peter Bottomley, presented a Bill to promote microgeneration of electricity; 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 113].

45Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Lords Amendments to the Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill.

Lords Amendments Nos. 1 to 101 were agreed to, the Commons being willing to waive their privileges in respect of Lords Amendments Nos. 5, 7, 8 and 57.

46Education Bill [Lords],—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Education Bill [Lords], as amended in the Standing Committee.

The Bill was read the third time, and passed, with Amendments.

47Crossrail Bill (Carry over),—Ordered, That further proceedings on the Crossrail Bill shall be suspended until the next Session of Parliament;

That if a Bill is presented in the next Session in the same terms as the Crossrail Bill when it was presented in this Session—

(a) the Bill shall be ordered to be printed and shall be deemed to have been read the first time; and

(b) the Standing Orders of the House applicable to the Bill, so far as complied with or dispensed with in this Session, shall be deemed to have been complied with or (as the case may be) dispensed with in the next Session;

That these Orders be Standing Orders of the House.—(Mr Tony McNulty.)

Message to the Lords to acquaint them therewith.

48Gambling Bill,—The House, pursuant to Order [yesterday], proceeded forthwith to consider the Lords Amendments to the Gambling Bill.

Lords Amendments Nos. 1 and 2 were agreed to.

Lords Amendments Nos. 3 and 4 were disagreed to.

Lords Amendments Nos. 5 to 193 were agreed to.

A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 83H (Programme orders: reasons committee) and Order [yesterday], That a Committee be appointed to draw up Reasons to be assigned to the Lords for disagreeing to their Amendments Nos. 3 and 4.

That Mr Don Foster, Secretary Tessa Jowell, Mr Gordon Marsden, Mr Mark Prisk and Mr Tom Watson be members of the Committee.

That Secretary Tessa Jowell be the Chairman of the Committee.

That three be the Quorum of the Committee.

That the Committee do withdraw immediately.—(Mr Tom Watson.)

49Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

The Lords have agreed to the Amendments made by this House to the Education Bill [Lords], without Amendment.

50Supreme Court of England and Wales,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 656), dated 11th March 2005, a copy of which was laid before this House on 14th March, be approved—(Mr Tom Watson):—It was agreed to.

51Gambling Bill,—Secretary Tessa Jowell reported from the Committee appointed to draw up Reasons to be assigned to the Lords for disagreeing to certain of their Amendments to the Gambling Bill, That it had drawn up the following Reason, which it had directed her to report to the House:

The Commons disagree to Lords Amendments Nos. 3 and 4 for the following Reason:—

Because the Amendment no longer reflects other Amendments made by the Lords.

The Reason was agreed to.

Message to the Lords to communicate the said Reason, with the Bill and Amendments.

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52International Organisations Bill [Lords],—The International Organisations Bill [Lords] was, according to Order, read a second time and was committed, pursuant to Order [yesterday], to a Committee of the whole House.

Resolved, That this House will immediately resolve itself into a Committee:—The House accordingly resolved itself into a Committee.

(In the Committee)

Clauses Nos. 1 to 10 agreed to.

Clause No. 11 (Short title, interpretation, commencement and extent).

Amendment (No. 1) made.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Schedule agreed to.

Bill, as amended, to be reported.


The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair; and Mr Jim Murphy reported, That the Committee had gone through the Bill, and made an Amendment thereunto.

Ordered, That the Bill, as amended in the Committee, be now considered:—The House accordingly proceeded to consider the Bill.

The Bill was read the third time, and passed, with an Amendment.

The Deputy Speaker suspended the sitting, pursuant to Order [yesterday].

53Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

The Lords do not insist on their Amendments to the Gambling Bill to which this House has disagreed.

The Lords have agreed to the Amendment made by this House to the International Organisations Bill [Lords], without Amendment.

54Message to attend the Lords Commissioners,—A Message from the Lords Commissioners was delivered by the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod.

Mr Speaker.

The Lords, authorised by virtue of Her Majesty's Commission, for declaring Her Royal Assent to several Acts agreed upon by both Houses and for proroguing the present Parliament, desire the immediate attendance of this Honourable House in the House of Peers, to hear the Commission read.

Accordingly the Speaker, with the House, went up to the House of Peers, where a Commission was read giving, declaring and notifying the Royal Assent to several Acts, and for proroguing this present Parliament.

The Royal Assent was given to the following Acts:—

Finance Act 2005

Appropriation (No. 2) Act 2005

Mental Capacity Act 2005

Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2005

Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Act 2005

Disability Discrimination Act 2005

Education Act 2005

Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005

Inquiries Act 2005

Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005

Drugs Act 2005

International Organisations Act 2005

Railways Act 2005

Gambling Act 2005

And afterwards Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech was delivered to both Houses of Parliament by the Lord High Chancellor (in pursuance of Her Majesty's Command), as follows:

My Lords and Members of the House of Commons

My Government has pursued economic policies which have brought about sustained growth and prosperity.

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

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An Act has been passed that allows for the extension of the circumstances in which a family can be eligible for Child Benefit for 16–19 year olds who are in learning.

Legislation has been enacted to support the continuing fight against terrorism in the United Kingdom.

An Act has been passed to reform the office of Lord Chancellor, and to establish a Supreme Court for the United Kingdom and a Judicial Appointments Commission for England and Wales.

An Act has been passed as an interim measure to make the electoral register in Northern Ireland both accurate and comprehensive until more permanent measures can be put in place.

Legislation has been passed to provide a statutory framework for dealing with the financial, health and welfare decisions of those people who might lack capacity through mental illness or disability.

My Government has continued to work towards the reduction of bureaucracy and the costs of Government, and towards promoting efficiency. An Act has been passed to integrate the Inland Revenue and Her Majesty's Customs and Excise.

An Act has been passed to establish the Serious Organised Crime Agency and to strengthen the fight against crime.

An Act has been passed to improve local environmental quality by tackling the antisocial behaviour that blights our communities.

Legislation has been enacted to streamline the school inspection regime and to bring in three-year budgets for schools, which will help raise standards for every child in every school.

An Act has been passed to unify and simplify the Ombudsman service in Wales.

An Act has been passed to tackle the problem of drug abuse and the crime that flows from it.

Legislation has been enacted to enable the United Kingdom to fulfil international commitments to confer privileges and immunities on a number of international organisations and bodies.

Measures to reform the law on mental health have undergone pre-legislative scrutiny.

Draft legislation has been published to safeguard the welfare of children in circumstances of parental separation and inter-country adoption from countries where there are concerns about child welfare.

A draft Bill has been published to introduce a new offence of corporate manslaughter.

Draft legislation has been published to ensure the better management and protection of our natural environment and rural communities.

A Bill has been introduced to authorise the construction of Crossrail.

Other important measures have been enacted.

Members of the House of Commons

I thank you for the provision you have made for the work and dignity of the Crown and for the public service.

My Lords and Members of the House of Commons

The Duke of Edinburgh and I were pleased to receive the State Visit of His Excellency the President of the Republic of Korea and the State Visit of His Excellency the President of Italy.

My Government currently holds the G8 Presidency, and is placing high priority on the important issues of Africa and climate change.

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

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

My Government continues to support the Government of Iraq to provide security and stability following the elections held in January.

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

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My Lords and Members of the House of Commons

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

After which the Lord Chancellor said:

My Lords and Members of the House of Commons:

By virtue of Her Majesty's Commission which has now been read, we do, in Her Majesty's name, and in obedience to Her Majesty's Commands, prorogue this Parliament to Thursday the fourteenth day of April to be then here holden, and this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to the fourteenth day of April.

Michael J. Martin Speaker


APPENDIX

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Children and Young Persons,—Disclosure of Adoption Information (Post-Commencement Adoptions) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 888), dated 22nd March 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

2Disabled Persons,—Disability Discrimination (Providers of Services) (Adjustment of Premises) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1121), dated 6th April 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Johnson].

3Education,—Crawley College and Haywards Heath College (Dissolution) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1113), dated 5th April 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

4Fees and Charges,—Medicines for Human Use (Fees Amendments) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1124), dated 6th April 2005 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

5Food,—Miscellaneous Food Additives (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1099), dated 4th April 2005 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

6Health and Safety,—(1) Blood Safety and Quality (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1098), dated 4th April 2005 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid];

(2) Control of Major Accident Hazards (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1088), dated 4th April 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Johnson]; and

(3) Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1093), dated 4th April 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Johnson].
7Medicines,—Medicines (Advisory Bodies) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1094), dated 4th April 2005 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

8National Health Service,—National Health Service (Standing Advisory Committees) Amendment Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1100), dated 4th April 2005 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

9Security Industry,—Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Designated Activities) (No. 2) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1107), dated 4th April 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

10Social Care,—(1) Adoption Information and Intermediary Services (Pre-Commencement Adoptions) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 890), dated 22nd March 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Ruth Kelly]; and

(2) Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act 2004 (Isles of Scilly) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1096), dated 4th April 2005 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

Other Papers:

11Air Force (Constitution),—Amendment List 27 to Air Publication 1269A—The Royal Air Force Manual of Assessment of Medical Fitness [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

12Covent Garden Market,—Statement of remuneration and allowances payable to members of the Covent Garden Market Authority under section 1(5) of the Covent Garden Market Act 1961 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

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13Intelligence Services,—(1) Annual Report of the Intelligence and Security Committee for 2004–05;

(2) Government Response to the Intelligence and Security Committee's Annual Report 2004–05; and

(3) Government Response to the Intelligence and Security Committee's Report on The Handling of Detainees by UK Intelligence Personnel in Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and Iraq

[by Command] [Cms. 6510, 6515 and 6511] [The Prime Minister].

14Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions,—(1) Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions (Non-Effective Benefits and Family Pensions) Order 2005;

(2) Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions (Pay) Order 2005; and

(3) Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions (Pensions Increase) Order 2005,

dated 22nd March 2005 [by Act] [Mr Christopher Leslie].

15Parliamentary Papers,—Alphabetical index to the Bills, House of Commons Papers and Command Papers in the House of Commons set of parliamentary papers with notes on the volume arrangement and summary of legislation, Session 2004–05, Fifty-third Parliament, Fourth Session, 53rd and 54th Elizabeth II, 23rd November 2004 to 7th April 2005; to be printed [No. 560] [The Speaker].

16Prisons (Northern Ireland),—Corporate Plan for 2005–08 and Business Plan for 2005–06 of the Northern Ireland Prison Service [by Command] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

17Public Expenditure,—Paper, entitled Public Expenditure: Statistical Analyses 2005 [by Command] [Cm. 6521] [Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer].

18Public Petitions,—Observations by the Secretary of State for Transport on the Petition [23rd March 2005] from the residents of the village of Woolavington, Somerset, for a weight restriction on vehicles passing through small villages [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

19Reserve Forces,—Reserve Forces Pension Scheme Regulations 2005, dated 4th April 2005 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].


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