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Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to    Standing Order No. 119(9) (European Standing Committees),

Financial Services Policy

That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 15345/05 and Addendum 1, the European Commission's White Paper: Financial Services Policy 2005–2010; and agrees with the UK's five priorities for the future approach to financial services in the EU.

Access to European Databases on Asylum, Immigration and Visas

That this House takes note of European Union Documents No. 15122/05, Commission Communication on improved effectiveness, enhanced interoperability and synergies among European databases in the area of Justice and Home Affairs, and No. 15142/05, Draft Decision on access for consultation of the Visa Information System (VIS) by the authorities of Member States responsible for internal security and by Europol for the purpose of prevention, detection and investigation of terrorist offences and other serious criminal offences; and supports the Government's view that law enforcement access to the VIS may provide useful information that could assist in the course of investigations into specific cases related to serious criminal or terrorist offences, but that this access must be subject to appropriate standards of data protection and that any future legislative proposals, that could be brought forward as a result of Council Document 15122/05, must first be considered carefully, with full consideration given to the impact that they might have on personal privacy.—[Mr. Watts.]

Question agreed to.

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Welsh Grand Committee


(1) the matter of the Budget Statement and its implications for Wales, being a matter relating exclusively to Wales, be referred to the Welsh Grand Committee for its consideration;
(2) the Committee shall meet at Westminster on Wednesday 19th April at Nine o'clock and between Two o'clock and Four o'clock to consider the matter of the Budget Statement and its implications for Wales, under Standing Order No. 107 (Welsh Grand Committee (matters relating exclusively to Wales)).—[Mr. Watts.]

Mr. Deputy Speaker: We now come to petitions, and the first one—[Interruption.] Order. May I say to the House that we still have business to deal with, and it is not normal to rush out of the Chamber in a crowd? Will hon. Members please resume their seats or leave quietly so that we can get on with our next business in an orderly fashion?

John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington) (Lab): On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. May we have clarity on whether—[Interruption.]

Mr. Deputy Speaker: Order. I hope that hon. Members heard what I just asked them to do. We have more business to get on with. Please will they now leave quietly and in an orderly fashion?

John McDonnell: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker. May we have clarity on whether the House will be dealing with amendments from the Lords on the Civil Aviation Bill tomorrow? If so, those amendments have not yet been published and are therefore not available to Members to amend.

Mr. Deputy Speaker: As I understand it, those matters are not yet put before the House for tomorrow.


Telecommunications Mast (North Fambridge)

11.2 pm

Mr. John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford) (Con): I understand that this is the first of a number of petitions to be presented tonight. Although it is on a different topic from those that follow, it is one that my constituents feel very strongly about. It is signed by 582 residents of the village of North Fambridge, which equates to 86.6 per cent. of the registered voters of that village.

The petition states:

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To lie upon the Table.

Mr. Deputy Speaker: We now have several petitions on the same topic and it would be helpful if hon. Members were brief in their contributions, especially after the first one, and did not repeat what had already been said. When they have said what they want to say, I would be grateful if they moved along the Back Benches to put their petitions in the bag as speedily as politeness allows.

Community Hospitals

11.4 pm

Mr. Graham Stuart (Beverley and Holderness) (Con): The presentation of tonight's 44 petitions follows the national community hospitals rally, which took place in Old Palace Yard this afternoon. People from all over England came to Westminster to present their views and tell Ministers about the commitment that they feel to their community hospitals. They want them to be supported.

I wish to present a petition on behalf of the supporters of Hornsea cottage hospital. It declares:

I also wish to present petitions with exactly the same wording on behalf of the supporters of Withernsea hospital and of the Beverley Westwood hospital in my constituency.

To lie upon the Table.

11.5 pm

Mr. John Gummer (Suffolk, Coastal) (Con): I wish to present petitions on behalf of the Felixstowe Bartlet and Felixstowe general hospitals and Aldeburgh cottage hospital, all of which were built by public subscription, said to be perfectly safe immediately before the election and told that they were to be closed or halved in size immediately after the election. It is therefore unsurprising that my constituents feel strongly about that. They have used the same wording as the other petitions presented tonight. I believe that the Government, who have not so far done so, should listen to them.

To lie upon the Table.
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11.6 pm

Mr. Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton) (LD): This is the second time that I have presented a petition to the House on behalf of local residents who are concerned about the future of Surbiton hospital. On the previous occasion, thanks to the good offices of the Surrey Comet, we were able, over a period of two months, to produce a petition signed by more than 7,000 constituents. Thanks to the current exercise, led excellently by Community Hospitals Acting Nationally Together, we have managed to produce a petition with more than 700 signatures in less than a week. I therefore ask leave to present it petition on behalf of my constituents.

To lie upon the Table.

11.7 pm

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