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[No. 26.]

Monday 7th January 2008.

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

PRAYERS.

1Pensions Bill,—The Pensions Bill was, according to Order, read a second time.

2Pensions Bill (Programme),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 83A (Programme motions), That the following provisions shall apply to the Pensions Bill:

Committal

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

Proceedings in Public Bill Committee

2. Proceedings in the Public Bill Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Tuesday 26th February 2008.

3. The Public Bill 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.

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

Other proceedings

7. Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further messages from the Lords) may be programmed—(Ms Diana R. Johnson):—It was agreed to.

3Pensions Bill [Money],—Her Majesty’s Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Pensions Bill [Money];

A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 52 (Money resolutions and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills), That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Pensions Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—

(a) any expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State or a government department in consequence of the Act, and

(b) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of money so provided under any other enactment—(Ms Diana R. Johnson):—It was agreed to.

4Pensions Bill [Ways and Means],—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 52 (Money resolutions and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills), That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Pensions Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment of sums into the Consolidated Fund—(Ms Diana R. Johnson):—It was agreed to.

5Immigration,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Delegated Legislation Committees), That the draft Immigration (Employment of Adults Subject to Immigration Control) (Maximum Penalty) Order 2007, which was laid before this House on 22nd November, be approved—(Ms Diana R. Johnson):—It was agreed to.

6Public Petitions,— Public Petitions from—

(1) Councillor Larry Hanson and others relating to Post Office closures (Kettering); and

(2) Residents of Castle Point relating to support for the Armed Forces

were presented and read.

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7Adjournment.

Subject: Recovery from flooding in Gloucestershire (Mr Laurence Robertson).

A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Steve McCabe);

And the Motion having been made after Ten o’clock, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, the Speaker adjourned the House without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, it being then twenty-seven minutes to Eleven o’clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 10.33 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid on 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):

Wednesday 19th December 2007

1Electricity,—Explanatory Memorandum to the draft Electricity and Gas (Carbon Emissions Reduction) Order 2008 [Secretary Hilary Benn].

Friday 4th January 2008

2Miscellaneous (No. 9, 2007),—International Convention, done at New York on 13th April 2005, for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Cm. 7301] [Secretary David Miliband].

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:

Wednesday 19th December 2007

3Civil Aviation,—(1) Air Navigation (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 3467), dated 12th December 2007, with an Explanatory Memorandum and Impact Assessment [Secretary Ruth Kelly]; and

(2) Air Navigation (Overseas Territories) Order 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 3468), dated 12th December 2007, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Secretary David Miliband].

4European Communities,—European Communities (Designation) (No. 5) Order 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 3471), dated 12th December 2007, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Secretary David Miliband].

5Legal Services Commission,—(1) Criminal Defence Service (Funding) (Amendment) Order 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 3552); and

(2) Criminal Defence Service (General) (No. 2) (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 3550),

dated 18th December 2007, with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [Secretary Jack Straw].

6Parliamentary Commissioner,—Parliamentary Commissioner Order 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 3470), dated 12th December 2007, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Edward Miliband].

7Public Records,—Public Records (Technology Strategy Board) Order 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 3466), dated 12th December 2007, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Secretary Jack Straw].

Thursday 20th December 2007

8Food,—Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula (England) Regulations 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 3521), dated 13th December 2007, with an Explanatory Memorandum and Impact Assessment [Secretary Alan Johnson].

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Friday 21st December 2007

9Channel Tunnel,—Channel Tunnel (International Arrangements and Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Order 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 3579), dated 18th December 2007, with an Explanatory Memorandum and Impact Assessment [Secretary Jacqui Smith].

10Civil Aviation,—Civil Aviation (Allocation of Scarce Capacity) Regulations 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 3556), dated 17th December 2007, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

11Income Tax,—General Commissioners and Special Commissioners (Jurisdiction and Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 3612), dated 15th December 2007, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Secretary Jack Straw].

12Local Government,—Bus Lane Contraventions (Approved Local Authorities) (England) (Amendment) (No. 8) Order 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 3554), dated 18th December 2007, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

13Road Traffic,—(1) Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (County of Cheshire) (Borough of Crewe and Nantwich) Order 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 3566); and

(2) Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead) Order 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 3553),

dated 18th December 2007, with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

Friday 28th December 2007

14Equal Opportunities and Human Rights,—Equality Act 2006 (Dissolution of Commissions and Consequential and Transitional Provisions) (Amendment) Order 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 3555), dated 17th December 2007, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Hain].

Other Paper:

Wednesday 19th December 2007

15Terms and Conditions of Employment,—Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 3570), dated 18th December 2007, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Hutton].

Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 7th January 2008:

Paper subject to Affirmative Resolution:

16Road Traffic,—Draft Civil Enforcement of Parking Contraventions (Representations and Appeals) (Wales) Regulations 2008 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hain].

Other Papers:

17Culture, Media and Sport,—Draft Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill [by Command] [Cm. 7298] [Secretary James Purnell].

18Reserve Forces,—Report under section 54(7) of the Reserve Forces Act 1996 on the making of a call-out order for Iraq under section 54(1) of that Act, dated 3rd January 2008 [by Act] [Secretary Des Browne].

Papers withdrawn:

19Electricity,—Explanatory Memorandum to the draft Electricity and Gas (Carbon Emissions Reduction) Order 2008 [laid 5th December].

APPENDIX II

General Committees

Planning Bill,—The Committee of Selection has discharged John Robertson from the Planning Bill Committee and nominated in substitution Jim Sheridan.


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[No. 27.]

Tuesday 8th January 2008.

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

PRAYERS.

1Bournemouth Borough Council Bill [Lords],—The Order of the day being read for the Second Reading of the Bournemouth Borough Council Bill [Lords];

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Tuesday 15th January.

2Manchester City Council Bill [Lords],—The Order of the day being read for the Second Reading of the Manchester City Council Bill [Lords];

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Tuesday 15th January.

3Health and Social Care Bill,—Mr Jim Hood reported from the Health and Social Care Bill Committee:

(1) That it had come to the following Resolution: That, subject to the discretion of the Chair, any written evidence received by the Committee shall be reported to the House for publication; and

(2) certain Memoranda.

Memoranda to lie upon the Table and to be published.

4Planning Bill,—Sir John Butterfill reported from the Planning Bill Committee:

(1) That it had come to the following Resolution: That, subject to the discretion of the Chair, any written evidence received by the Committee shall be reported to the House for publication; and

(2) certain Memoranda.

Memoranda to lie upon the Table and to be published.

5Umbilical Cord Blood (Donation),—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to promote the donation of cord blood from women after giving birth; and for connected purposes: And that Mr David Burrowes, Geraldine Smith, Simon Hughes, Robert Key, Mr Julian Brazier, Mr Stephen Crabb, Mr Andrew Dismore, Bob Spink, Michael Fabricant, Jim Dobbin, Andrew Selous and Mrs Nadine Dorries do prepare and bring it in.

6Umbilical Cord Blood (Donation) Bill,—Mr David Burrowes accordingly presented a Bill to promote the donation of cord blood from women after giving birth; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 17th October and to be printed [Bill 50].

7Opposition Day [5th allotted day],—It being an allotted day at the disposal of the Leader of the Opposition in pursuance of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business), the House proceeded to consider Opposition business.

Performance of Network Rail,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House is deeply concerned by the track work overruns by Network Rail on the West Coast Main Line and at Liverpool Street station over the Christmas and New Year period; believes that the disruption caused to passengers was unacceptable and that Network Rail failed to plan properly for the successful completion of works on time; further notes that Network Rail was created by the present Government and believes that these recent incidents illustrate that the organisation is insufficiently accountable to its customers; and calls on the Government to take steps to ensure that Network Rail is made more accountable to the travelling public so that efficiency is improved and a much better quality of service is provided to passengers in the future—(Mrs Theresa Villiers);

An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word ‘House’ to the end of the Question and add the words ‘applauds the Government for taking decisive action to correct the flaws of rail privatisation; welcomes the fact that the railway is carrying 40 per cent. more passengers and 47 per cent. more freight than in 1997 with improving punctuality and safety standards and record investment in infrastructure; and looks forward to seeing the results of the investigation by the Office of Rail Regulation into Network Rail’s performance, following the unacceptable engineering overruns experienced by passengers during Christmas and the New Year’, instead thereof.—(Secretary Ruth Kelly.)

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Stewart Jackson, Jeremy Wright: 235.

Tellers for the Noes, Alison Seabeck, Liz Blackman: 303.

So the Question was negatived.

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Alison Seabeck, Mr Dave Watts: 304.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Stewart Jackson, Jeremy Wright: 234.

So the Question was agreed to.

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

Resolved, That this House applauds the Government for taking decisive action to correct the flaws of rail privatisation; welcomes the fact that the railway is carrying 40 per cent. more passengers and 47 per cent. more freight than in 1997 with improving punctuality and safety standards and record investment in infrastructure; and looks forward to seeing the results of the investigation by the Office of Rail Regulation into Network Rail’s performance, following the unacceptable engineering overruns experienced by passengers during Christmas and the New Year.

Higher Education and Adult Learners,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House is concerned that the Government’s decision to withdraw funding from institutions for equivalent or lower qualification students will have a disproportionate impact on the part-time sector in general and on specific institutions such as Birkbeck and the Open University; and urges the Government to consider ways in which it can minimise the damage this measure will do to lifelong learning and the delivery of the Leitch agenda objectives—(Mr David Willetts);

An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word ‘House’ to the end of the Question and add the words ‘supports the Government’s decision to reprioritise some funding currently supporting the teaching of higher education students who already hold an equivalent or higher qualification, in order to enable approximately 20,000 additional full-time equivalent students to enter higher education for the first time; notes the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) consultation which proposes that transitional protection will be put into place to ensure that no provider loses in cash terms, that the change to the funding methodology will protect Foundation Degrees, employer co-financed programmes, and strategic subjects, and that the premium paid to support the costs of part-time provision will be increased; notes that HEFCE and Ministers have been engaging constructively with the Open University and Birkbeck on this issue; and believes that the Government is right to give priority to first-time students’, instead thereof.—(Secretary John Denham.)

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

Mr Patrick McLoughlin rose in his place and claimed to move, That the Question be now put.

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

And the Question being accordingly put;

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Michael Fabricant, Angela Watkinson: 238.

Tellers for the Noes, Steve McCabe, Mr Sadiq Khan: 291.

So the Question was negatived.

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Steve McCabe, Mr Sadiq Khan: 287.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Stewart Jackson, Jeremy Wright: 233.

So the Question was agreed to.

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

Resolved, That this House supports the Government’s decision to reprioritise some funding currently supporting the teaching of higher education students who already hold an equivalent or higher qualification, in order to enable approximately 20,000 additional full-time equivalent students to enter higher education for the first time; notes the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) consultation which proposes that transitional protection will be put into place to ensure that no provider loses in cash terms, that the change to the funding methodology will protect Foundation Degrees, employer co-financed programmes, and strategic subjects, and that the premium paid to support the costs of part-time provision will be increased; notes that HEFCE and Ministers have been engaging constructively with the Open University and Birkbeck on this issue; and believes that the Government is right to give priority to first-time students.

8Public Petition,—A Public Petition from Susan M. Shutter relating to prostitution was presented and read.

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9Adjournment.

Subject: Carbon monoxide detectors in homes (Tom Levitt).

A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Alan Campbell);

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

[Adjourned at 10.59 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Local Government,—(1) Draft Cornwall (Structural Change) Order 2008 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum and Impact Assessment [by Command] [Secretary Hazel Blears];

(2) draft County Durham (Structural Change) Order 2008 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum and Impact Assessment [by Command] [Secretary Hazel Blears];

(3) draft Local Authorities (Alcohol Disorder Zones) Regulations 2008 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum and Impact Assessment [by Command] [Secretary Jacqui Smith];

(4) draft Northumberland (Structural Change) Order 2008 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum and Impact Assessment [by Command] [Secretary Hazel Blears];

(5) draft Shropshire (Structural Change) Order 2008 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum and Impact Assessment [by Command] [Secretary Hazel Blears]; and

(6) draft Wiltshire (Structural Change) Order 2008 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum and Impact Assessment [by Command] [Secretary Hazel Blears].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2Insolvency,—Insolvency Practitioners and Insolvency Services Account (Fees) (Amendment) Order 2008 (S.I., 2008, No. 3), dated 7th January 2008 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hutton].

3Tribunals and Inquiries,—Compulsory Purchase (Inquiries Procedures) Rules 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 3617), dated 15th December 2007 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Hazel Blears].

Other Paper:

4Sessional Returns, 2006–07—Returns to an Order [13th November] for Returns for Session 2006–07 of information and statistics relating to—

(1) Business of the House;

(2) Closure of Debate, Proposal of Question and Allocation of Time (including Programme Motions);

(3) Sittings of the House;

(4) Private Bills and Private Business;

(5) Public Bills;

(6) Delegated Legislation and Regulatory Reform Orders;

(7) European Legislation, etc;

(8) Grand Committees;

(9) Chairmen’s Panel; and

(10) Select Committees [pursuant to Order]; to be printed [No. 1] [Clerk of the House].

Papers withdrawn:

5Local Government,—(1) Draft Cornwall (Structural Change) Order 2008;

(2) draft County Durham (Structural Change) Order 2008;

(3) draft Northumberland (Structural Change) Order 2008;

(4) draft Shropshire (Structural Change) Order 2008; and

(5) draft Wiltshire (Structural Change) Order 2008,

with Explanatory Memoranda and Impact Assessments thereon [laid 17th December].

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APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

1Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform,—(1) The future of the UK Manufacturing: public procurement: Government Response to the Thirteenth Report from the Committee, Session 2006–07: First Special Report from the Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Committee; to be printed [No. 212];

(2) Recent Developments in Trade: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed [No. 208-i]; and

(3) Trade with India: one year on: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed [No. 209-i]

[Peter Luff].

2Communities and Local Government,—(1) Local Government Finance: Supplementary Business Rate: Government Response to the Seventh Report from the Committee, Session 2006--–07: Third Report from the Communities and Local Government Committee, with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 210]; and

(2) Work of the Committee in 2007: Fourth Report from the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 211]

[Dr Phyllis Starkey].

3Culture, Media and Sport,—Tourism: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee; to be printed [No. 133-iii] [Mr John Whittingdale].

4Defence,—The Future of NATO and European Defence: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence Committee; to be printed [No. 111-ii] [Mr James Arbuthnot].

5Foreign Affairs Committee,—Developments in the EU: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee; to be printed [No. 120-iv] [Mr Mike Gapes].

6Welsh Affairs,—Globalisation and its impact on Wales:

(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee; to be printed [No. 34-vii]; and

(2) Memorandum laid before the Committee; to be published

[Dr Hywel Francis].


[No. 27; WH, No. 15]

Tuesday 8th January 2008.

The House sitting in Westminster Hall

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

 Adjournment.

Subjects:

Fuel poverty (Mark Lazarowicz).

Application of the regulations governing Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (Mr Philip Dunne).

Nottingham’s role as a Local Area Agreement demonstration area (Mr Graham Allen).

Planning functions of local government (Norman Baker).

Spending by parliamentary candidates before dissolution (Martin Linton).

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

And it being Two o’clock, the sitting was adjourned without Question put, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 2 p.m.


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[No. 28.]

Wednesday 9th January 2008.

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

PRAYERS.

1Runaway and Missing Children,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make requirements regarding the safeguarding of runaway and missing children; and for connected purposes: And that Helen Southworth, Mr Russell Brown, Ann Coffey, Dan Norris, Mr Barry Sheerman, Mr Kevin Barron, Alan Keen, Fiona Mactaggart, Mr David Chaytor, Ms Dari Taylor, Annette Brooke and John Bercow do prepare and bring it in.

2Runaway and Missing Children Bill,—Helen Southworth accordingly presented a Bill to make requirements regarding the safeguarding of runaway and missing children; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 20th June and to be printed [Bill 51].

3Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (Programme) (No. 3),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That the Order of 8th October 2007, in the last Session of Parliament, (Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (Programme)), as varied by the Order of 11th October 2007 in that Session (Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (Programme) (No. 2)), be further varied as follows:

1. Paragraphs 4 and 5 of the Order of 8th October 2007 shall be omitted.

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

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

Proceedings Time for conclusion of proceedings
New Clauses relating to section 127 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994; amendments relating to those new Clauses.Two hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion for this Order.
New Clauses relating to self-defence; amendments relating to those new Clauses.Three and a quarter hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion for this Order.
New Clauses and new Schedules standing in the name of a Minister of the Crown relating to sentencing, the release or recall of prisoners, or bail, except those relating to the Repatriation of Prisoners Act 1984 or referral orders; amendments relating to those new Clauses and Schedules.Four and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion for this Order.
Remaining proceedings on consideration.Seven hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion for this Order, or 7.45 p.m., whichever is the earlier.

4. Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion eight hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion for this Order, or at 8.45 p.m., whichever is the earlier—(Mr David Hanson);

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Bob Blizzard, Steve McCabe: 279.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Richard Benyon, Mr Crispin Blunt: 224.

So the Question was agreed to.

4Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill, as amended in the Public Bill Committee.

A Clause (NC36) (Amendment of section 127 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994)—(Secretary Jack Straw)—brought up, and read the first time.

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

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And it being two hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill Programme (No. 3) Motion, the Deputy Speaker put the Question already proposed from the Chair, pursuant to Order [this day].

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Siobhain McDonagh, Ms Diana R. Johnson: 481.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Neil Gerrard, Dr Ian Gibson: 46.

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

Clause added to the Bill.

Another Clause (NC37) (Power to suspend the operation of section 127 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994)—(Secretary Jack Straw)—brought up, read the first time and added to the Bill.

Amendments (Nos. 169 and 170) made to the Bill.

Another Clause (NC6) (Reasonable force for purposes of self-defence etc.)—(Secretary Jack Straw)—brought up, and read the first time.

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

And it being three and a quarter hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill Programme (No. 3) Motion, the Deputy Speaker put the Question already proposed from the Chair:—It was agreed to.

Clause added to the Bill.

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

Other Amendments (Nos. 102, 103 and 113) made to the Bill.

Another Clause (NC25) (Bail conditions: electronic monitoring)—(Mr David Hanson)—brought up, and read the first time.

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

And it being four and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill Programme (No. 3) Motion, the Deputy Speaker put the Question already proposed from the Chair:—It was agreed to.

Clause added to the Bill.

The Deputy Speaker then put the remaining Questions on new Clauses, new Schedules and Amendments moved by a Minister of the Crown to be disposed of at that hour.

Other Clauses and Schedules (NC26) (Credit for period of remand on bail: terms of imprisonment and detention), (NC27) (Credit for period of remand on bail: other cases), (NC28) (Credit for period of remand on bail: transitional provisions), (NC29) (Sentences of imprisonment for public protection), (NC30) (Sentences of detention for public protection), (NC31) (Extended sentences for certain violent or sexual offences: persons 18 or over), (NC32) (Extended sentences for certain violent or sexual offences: persons under 18), (NC33) (The assessment of dangerousness), (NC34) (Further amendments relating to sentences for public protection), (NC35) (Release on licence of prisoners serving extended sentences), (NC45) (Restriction on power to make a community order), (NC46) (Bail for summary offences and certain other offences to be tried summarily), (NC47) (Release of fine defaulters and contemnors under Criminal Justice Act 1991), (NC48) (Early release of certain long-term prisoners under Criminal Justice Act 1991), (NC49) (Recall of certain prisoners released under Criminal Justice Act 1991), (NS3) (Electronic monitoring of persons released on bail subject to conditions), (NS5) (Offences specified for the purposes of sections 225(3A) and 227(2A) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003), (NS6) (Credit for period of remand on bail: transitional provisions) and (NS7) (Bail for summary offences and certain other offences to be tried summarily)—(Maria Eagle)—brought up, and read the first time.

Question put, That the Clauses and Schedules be added to be Bill.

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Frank Roy, Alison Seabeck: 309.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Nick Hurd, Mr Crispin Blunt: 236.

Other Amendments (Nos. 156 to 158, 219, 159, 161, 162, 220, 221, 163, 222, 164 to 166, 223 to 225, 227, 167, 168 and 160) made to the Bill.

Another Clause (NC3) (Amendments consequential on Part 5)—(Maria Eagle)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.

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Other Clauses (NC4) (Referral orders: power to revoke a referral order), (NC5) (Referral orders: extension of period for which young offender contract has effect), (NC21) (Delivery of prisoner to place abroad for purposes of transfer out of the United Kingdom), (NC22) (Issue of warrant transferring responsibility for detention and release of an offender to or from the relevant Minister), (NC23) (Powers to arrest and detain persons believed to fall within section 4A(3) of the Repatriation of Prisoners Act 1984) and (NC24) (Amendments relating to Scotland)—(Mr David Hanson)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.

Another Clause (NC1) (Blasphemy)—(Dr Evan Harris)—brought up, and read the first time.

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

And it being seven hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill Programme (No. 3) Motion, the Deputy Speaker put the Question on Amendments moved by a Minister of the Crown.

Other Amendments (Nos. 82 to 86, 137 to 140, 14 to 40, 87, 88, 41, 89, 42 to 54, 218, 90 to 99, 55, 100, 141, 142, 101, 144, 56 to 58, 145, 59, 60, 104 to 107 and 61 to 64) made to the Bill.

The Deputy Speaker then put the Questions on Amendments selected by the Speaker for separate decision.

Another Amendment (No. 231) proposed to the Bill, in page 234, line 4, at the end, to insert the words—

‘(2A) After subsection (1) insert—

“(1A) When considering whether to consent to a prosecution under subsection (1) the Attorney General must have particular regard to the importance of the right to freedom of expression provided by the European Convention on Human Rights.”’.—(Mr David Heath.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Jenny Willott, Mr Adrian Sanders: 64.

Tellers for the Noes, Liz Blackman, Mr Dave Watts: 316.

Another Amendment (No. 1) proposed to the Bill, in page 234, line 26, at the end, to insert the words—

‘13A After section 29J insert—

“29JA Protection of freedom of expression (sexual orientation)

Nothing in this Part shall be read or given effect in a way which prohibits or restricts discussion of, criticism of or expressions of antipathy towards, conduct relating to a particular sexual orientation, or urging persons of a particular sexual orientation to refrain from or modify conduct related to that orientation.”.’.—(Jim Dobbin.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Jim Dobbin, Miss Ann Widdecombe: 169.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Dave Watts, Liz Blackman: 338.

The Deputy Speaker then put the Question on the remaining Amendments moved by a Minister of the Crown.

Other Amendments (Nos. 108, 65 to 70, 70A, 71 to 75, 109, 110, 76, 146 to 148, 111, 112, 149 to 151, 143, 226, 152, 114, 77 to 81 and 153 to 155) made to the Bill.

Title accordingly amended, as follows: A Bill to make further provision about criminal justice (including provision about the police) and dealing with offenders and defaulters; to provide for the establishment and functions of Her Majesty’s Commissioner for Offender Management and Prisons and the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Prison Complaints and to make further provision about the management of offenders; to amend the criminal law; to make further provision for combatting crime and disorder; to make provision about the mutual recognition of financial penalties; to amend the Repatriation of Prisoners Act 1984; to make provision for a new immigration status in certain cases involving criminality; to amend section 127 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 and confer power to suspend the operation of that section; and for connected purposes.

A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read the third time;

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And it being eight hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill Programme (No. 3) Motion o’clock, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Order [this day]:—It was agreed to.

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

5Public Petition,—A Public Petition from residents, employees in and visitors to the Borough of Harrogate and Knaresborough and others relating to Post Office closures (Harrogate) was presented and read.

6Adjournment.

Subject: Independent Police Complaints Commission (Mr David Amess).

A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Bob Blizzard);

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 seventeen minutes past Nine o’clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 9.17 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Paper subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1London Government,—Draft Greater London Authority Elections (Election Addresses) (Amendment) Order 2008 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Jack Straw].

Other Paper:

2Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions,—Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions (Pay) (No. 2) Order 2007 [by Act] [Secretary Jack Straw].

APPENDIX II

General Committees

1National Insurance Contributions Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),—The Speaker has appointed Dr Vincent Cable, Mr David Gauke, Dr Ian Gibson, Jane Kennedy, Mr Brooks Newmark, Claire Ward and David Wright members of the Programming Sub-Committee of the National Insurance Contributions Bill Committee.

2National Insurance Contributions Bill,—

(1) The Speaker has appointed Mr Christopher Chope and Mr Greg Pope Chairmen of the National Insurance Contributions Bill Committee; and

(2) The Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Jeremy Browne, Dr Vincent Cable, Mr Ian Davidson, Mr Philip Dunne, Mr Mark Field, Mr David Gauke, Dr Ian Gibson, Justine Greening, Nigel Griffiths, Keith Hill, Jane Kennedy, Shona McIsaac, Rob Marris, Mr Brooks Newmark, Mr Neil Turner, Claire Ward and David Wright.

3Pensions Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),—The Speaker has appointed Danny Alexander, Ms Dawn Butler, Mr Jim Cunningham, Mr Wayne David, Mr Stewart Jackson, Mr Mike O’Brien and Mr Nigel Waterson members of the Programming Sub-Committee of the Pensions Bill Committee.

4Pensions Bill,—

(1) The Speaker has appointed Sir Nicholas Winterton and Janet Anderson Chairmen of the Pensions Bill Committee; and

(2) The Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Nick Ainger, Danny Alexander, Gordon Banks, Mr David S. Borrow, Ms Dawn Butler, Mr Jim Cunningham, Mr Wayne David, Mr Robert Flello, Mr John Greenway, Mr Stewart Jackson, Alan Keen, Miss Julie Kirkbride, Mr Mike O’Brien, Mr James Plaskitt, Paul Rowen, Andrew Selous and Mr Nigel Waterson.

5Planning Bill,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Anne Main from the Planning Bill Committee and nominated in substitution Mr David Jones.

6Draft Passenger and Goods Vehicles (Recording Equipment) (Downloading and Retention of Data) Regulations 2008:

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(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the First Delegated Legislation Committee and has appointed Mrs Janet Dean Chairman; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Peter Bone, Peter Bottomley, Mr Douglas Carswell, Jim Fitzpatrick, Michael Jabez Foster, Mr Robert Goodwill, Mr Fabian Hamilton, Mark Hunter, Ms Sally Keeble, Mr David Kidney, Mr John Leech, Mr Denis MacShane, Mr Elliot Morley, Martin Salter, Ms Gisela Stuart, Mark Tami and Jeremy Wright.

7Draft Electricity and Gas (Carbon Emissions Reduction) Order 2008:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Second Delegated Legislation Committee and has appointed Mr John Bercow Chairman; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Gregory Barker, Mr Richard Benyon, Ms Karen Buck, Mr Ronnie Campbell, Mr David Curry, David T. C. Davies (Monmouth), Mr Quentin Davies, Mr Stephen Dorrell, Nia Griffith, Martin Horwood, Glenda Jackson, Siobhain McDonagh, Mr Khalid Mahmood, Helen Southworth, Graham Stringer, Steve Webb and Mr Phil Woolas.

8Home Information Pack (Amendment) Regulations 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 3301) and Housing Act 2004 (Commencement No. 10) (England and Wales) Order 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 3308):

(1) The Speaker has allocated the Regulations and Order to the Third Delegated Legislation Committee and has appointed Mr Mike Hancock Chairman; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Mrs Nadine Dorries, James Duddridge, Mr Nigel Evans, Mr Neil Gerrard, Julia Goldsworthy, Mr Mike Hall, Ms Patricia Hewitt, Mr Nick Hurd, Dr Brian Iddon, Mr Fraser Kemp, Mr Peter Kilfoyle, Lembit O­pik, Grant Shapps, Ms Angela C. Smith (Sheffield, Hillsborough), Mr John Spellar, Mr Dave Watts and Mr Iain Wright.

European Standing Committees

9European Union Document COM (2007) 598, relating to the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership,—The Committee of Selection has nominated thirteen Members to serve on the European Standing Committee, nominated in respect of the Document: Mr David Crausby, Mrs Ann Cryer, Tony Cunningham, Mr Edward Davey, Mr Brian H. Donohoe, Mr David Evennett, Mr Mark Field, Mr Christopher Fraser, Dr Kim Howells, Mr David Lidington, Anne Moffat, Dr Howard Stoate and Jo Swinson.

10European Union Document No. 15351/07, relating to CAP “Health Check”, has been referred to European Standing Committee A.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Children, Schools and Families,—The Work of the Department for Children, Schools and Families: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Children, Schools and Families Committee, with a Memorandum; to be printed [No. 213-i] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

2Environmental Audit,—Environmental Labelling:

(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee on Environmental Information of the Environmental Audit Committee; to be printed [No. 83-iii]; and

(2) Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be published

[Mr Tim Yeo].

3Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,—(1) Flooding: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee; to be printed [No. 49-vi]; and

(2) British Waterways: Memorandum laid before the Committee; to be published

[Mr Michael Jack].

4European Scrutiny,—(1) Seventh Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 16-vii]; and

(2) Ministerial Correspondence: Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be published

[Michael Connarty].

5Human Rights,—(1) Government Response to the Twenty-first Report from the Committee, Session 2006–07: Human Trafficking: Update: Fourth Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights, with a Memorandum; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 220];

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(2) Immigration issues: Memorandum laid before the Committee; to be published;

(3) Legislative Scrutiny: Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be published; and

(4) Secure Training Centres: Memorandum laid before the Committee; to be published

[Mr Andrew Dismore].

6Innovation, Universities and Skills,—(1) The Funding of Science and Discovery Centres: Government Response to the Eleventh Report from the Science and Technology Committee, Session 2006–07: First Special Report from the Innovation, Universities and Skills Committee; to be printed [No. 214]; and

(2) Investigating the Oceans: Government Response to the Tenth Report from the Science and Technology Committee, Session 2006–07: Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be published

[Mr Phil Willis].

7Public Accounts,—BBC Procurement: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts; to be printed [No. 221-i] [Mr Edward Leigh].

8Transport,—Delivering a Sustainable Railway: A 30-year Strategy for the Railways?: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Committee; to be printed [No. 219-i] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

9Treasury,—Administration and expenditure of the Chancellor’s departments, 2006–07: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee of the Treasury Committee; to be printed [No. 57-iii] [John McFall].

10Work and Pensions,—Full employment and world class skill: Responding to the challenges: Government Response to the Eighth Report from the Committee, Session 2006–07: First Special Report from the Work and Pensions Committee; to be printed [No. 217] [Mr Terry Rooney].


[No. 28; WH, No. 16]

Wednesday 9th January 2008.

The House sitting in Westminster Hall

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

 Adjournment.

Subjects:

Buncefield fire and the local community (Mike Penning).

African Development Bank (Mr Mark Lancaster).

Police pay (John McDonnell).

Regulation of accommodation addresses and mail forwarding services (Mr Paul Truswell).

Housing and growth in South Bedfordshire (Andrew Selous).

A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned—(Mark Tami);

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

[Adjourned at 5.15 p.m.


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[No. 29.]

Thursday 10th January 2008.

The House met at half-past Ten o’clock.

PRAYERS.

1Health and Social Care Bill,—Derek Conway reported certain Memoranda from the Health and Social Care Bill Committee.

Memoranda to lie upon the Table and to be published.

2Housing and Regeneration Bill,—Mr Joe Benton reported a Memorandum from the Housing and Regeneration Bill Committee.

Memorandum to lie upon the Table and to be published.

3Planning Bill,—Sir John Butterfill reported a Memorandum from the Planning Bill Committee.

Memorandum to lie upon the Table and to be published.

4Energy Bill,—Mr Secretary Hutton, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Secretary Jacqui Smith, Secretary Hilary Benn, Secretary Hazel Blears, Secretary John Denham and Malcolm Wicks, presented a Bill to make provision relating to gas importation and storage; to make provision in relation to electricity generated from renewable sources; to make provision about the decommissioning of energy installations and wells; to make provision about the management and disposal of waste produced during the operation of nuclear installations; to make provision relating to petroleum licences; to make provision about third party access to oil and gas infrastructure and modifications of pipelines; to make provision about reports relating to energy matters; to make provision relating to gas meters and electricity meters and provision relating to electricity safety; to make provision about the security of equipment, software and information relating to nuclear matters; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Monday 14th January and to be printed [Bill 53].

Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Energy Bill be printed [Bill 53–EN].

5Preventative Health Services (Topical Debate),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House has considered the matter of preventative health services—(Dawn Primarolo);

And it being one and half hours after the commencement of proceedings, the Motion lapsed without Question put, pursuant to Temporary Standing Order (Topical debates).

6Armed Forces Personnel,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House has considered the matter of Armed Forces personnel—(Secretary Des Browne);

And it being Six o’clock, the Motion lapsed without Question put.

7Adjournment.

Subject: Case of Ryan Kennedy and the Child Support Agency (Ms Angela C. Smith).

Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Siobhain McDonagh.)

And accordingly, the House, having continued to sit till twenty-nine minutes past Six o’clock, adjourned till Monday 14th January.

[Adjourned at 6.29 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Paper subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Immigration,—Draft Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 (Duty to Share Information and Disclosure of Information for Security Purposes) Order 2008 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum and Impact Assessment [by Command] [Secretary Jacqui Smith].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2Betting, Gaming and Lotteries,—Gambling Act 2005 (Advertising of Foreign Gambling) (Amendment) Regulations 2008 (S.I., 2008, No. 19), dated 8th January 2008 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary James Purnell].

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3European Communities,—(1) European Regional Development Fund (East Midlands Operational Programme) (Implementation) Regulations 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 3625);

(2) European Regional Development Fund (East of England Operational Programme) (Implementation) Regulations 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 3624);

(3) European Regional Development Fund (North East Operational Programme) (Implementation) Regulations 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 3621);

(4) European Regional Development Fund (North West Operational Programme) (Implementation) Regulations 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 3622);

(5) European Regional Development Fund (South East Operational Programme) (Implementation) Regulations 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 3620);

(6) European Regional Development Fund (South West Operational Programmes) (Implementation) Regulations 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 3623);

(7) European Regional Development Fund (West Midlands Operational Programme) (Implementation) Regulations 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 3618); and

(8) European Regional Development Fund (Yorkshire and the Humber Operational Programme) (Implementation) Regulations 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 3619),

dated 28th December 2007 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Secretary Hazel Blears].

4Immigration,—(1) Immigration and Asylum (Provision of Services or Facilities) Regulations 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 3627), dated 20th December 2007;

(2) Immigration and Police (Passenger, Crew and Service Information) Order 2008 (S.I., 2008, No. 5), dated 3rd January 2008; and

(3) Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 (Data Sharing Code of Practice) Order 2008 (S.I., 2008, No. 8), dated 8th January 2008

[by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda and Impact Assessments thereon [by Command] [Secretary Jacqui Smith].

5Trade Marks,—Trade Marks and Trade Marks (Fees) (Amendment) Rules 2008 (S.I., 2008, No. 11), dated 8th January 2008 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum and Impact Assessment [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hutton].

Other Papers:

6Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform,—Paper, entitled Meeting the Energy Challenge: A White Paper on Nuclear Power [by Command] [Cm. 7296] [Mr Secretary Hutton].

7Immigration, Asylum and Nationality,—Draft Code of Practice on the Management of Information Shared by the Border and Immigration Agency, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and the Police [by Act] [Secretary Jacqui Smith].

APPENDIX II

General Committees

Housing and Regeneration Bill,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Paul Holmes from the Housing and Regeneration Bill Committee and nominated in substitution Lembit O­pik.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1International Development,—DFID and the World Bank:

(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee; to be printed [No.67-iii]; and

(2) Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be published

[Malcolm Bruce].

2Public Administration,—(1) Parliament and public appointments: pre-appointment hearings by select committees: Third Report from the Select Committee on Public Administration, with a Memorandum; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 152];

(2) Committee on Standards in Public Life: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed [No. 218];

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(3) A Debt of Honour: Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 223]; and

(4) Propriety and Peerages: Memorandum laid before the Committee; to be published

[Dr Tony Wright].

3Treasury,—Financial Stability and Transparency: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee; to be printed [No. 56-v] [John McFall].


[No. 29; WH, No. 17]

Thursday 10th January 2008.

The House sitting in Westminster Hall

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

 Adjournment.

Subject: Police Funding—Fourth Report from the Home Affairs Committee, Session 2006-07.

Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Alison Seabeck.)

And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 15th January.

[Adjourned at 5.19 p.m.



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