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[No. 97.]

Monday 19th May 2008.

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

PRAYERS.

1First Delegated Legislation Committee,—Mrs Janet Dean reported from the First Delegated Legislation Committee the draft Nursing and Midwifery (Amendment) Order 2008.

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

2Second Delegated Legislation Committee,—Mr Greg Pope reported from the Second Delegated Legislation Committee the draft Financial Assistance Scheme (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2008.

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

3Public Sector Buildings (Energy Performance) Bill,—Ordered, That the Public Sector Buildings (Energy Performance) Bill be read a second time on Friday 6th June.

4Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] [1st allocated day],—The House, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] (Clauses Nos. 4, 11, 14 and 23, Schedule No. 2 and any new Clauses or new Schedules relating to the termination of pregnancy by registered medical practitioners).

(In the Committee)

Clause No. 4 (Prohibitions in connection with genetic material not of human origin).

Amendment (No. 1) proposed, in page 4, to leave out line 5.—(Mr Edward Leigh.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made.

And it being three hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Bill, the Chairman put the Question already proposed from the Chair, pursuant to Order [12th May].

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Daniel Kawczynski, Mr Nigel Evans: 176.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Bob Blizzard, Alison Seabeck: 336.

The Chairman then put the Questions necessary to bring proceedings on Clause No. 4 to a conclusion.

Amendment (No. 33) made.

Another Amendment (No. 10) proposed, in page 4, line 14, at the end, to insert the words—

‘(4A) A licence cannot authorise the creation of an embryo using—

(a) human gametes and animal gametes, or

(b) one human pronucleus and one animal pronucleus.’.—(Mark Simmonds.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mark Pritchard, Miss Ann Widdecombe: 223.

Tellers for the Noes, Alison Seabeck, Mr Bob Blizzard: 286.

Another Amendment (No. 44) proposed, in page 4, to leave out lines 25 to 27.—(Mr David Drew.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Gary Streeter, Mr Brian Binley: 181.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Bob Blizzard, Alison Seabeck: 314.

Other Amendments (Nos. 34 and 35) made.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause No. 11 (Activities that may be licensed).

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Amendment (No. 31) proposed, in page 8, line 21, to leave out subsection (1) and insert the words—

‘(1) Section 11 of the 1990 Act (licences for treatment, storage and research) is amended as follows—

(a) in the title, for “and research” substitute “, research and therapy”.

(b) in subsection (1)(b), for “and embryos” substitute “, embryos or human admixed embryos”; and

(c) after subsection (1)(c) add—

“(d) licences under paragraph 3B of that Schedule authorising activities for the purposes of therapy”.’.—(Dr Evan Harris.)

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

Clause agreed to.

Schedule No. 2 (Activities that may be licensed under the 1990 Act).

Amendment (No. 15) proposed, in page 55, to leave out lines 24 to 28 and insert the words—

‘(i) a gender-related physical or mental disability which is life-threatening or severely impairs their quality of life,

(ii) a gender-related serious illness which is life-threatening or severely impairs their quality of life, or

(iii) any other gender-related serious medical condition which is life-threatening or severely impairs their quality of life.’.—(Mark Simmonds.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mike Penning, Mr Robert Syms: 149.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Alan Campbell, Mr Bob Blizzard: 318.

Another Amendment (No. 4) proposed, in page 55, to leave out lines 30 to 37.—(Mr David Burrowes.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, David Taylor, Daniel Kawczynski: 163.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Bob Blizzard, Mr Alan Campbell: 342.

It being more than three hours after the commencement of proceedings on Clause No. 11, the Chairman put the Questions necessary to dispose of the business to be concluded at that hour.

Another Amendment (No. 18) proposed, in page 55, line 35, after the word ‘other’, to insert the word ‘regenerative’.—(Mark Simmonds.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Robert Syms, Mike Penning: 200.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Alan Campbell, Mr Bob Blizzard: 293.

Amendments (Nos. 36 to 39) made.

Schedule, as amended, agreed to.

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


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

Committee again to-morrow.

5Procedure,—Ordered, That Mr Rob Wilson be discharged from the Procedure Committee and Mr Mark Field be added.—(Mr Nicholas Brown, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

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6Tax Law Rewrite Bills (Joint Committee),—Ordered, That Mr Nick Clegg be discharged from the Joint Committee on Tax Law Rewrite Bills and Mr Colin Breed be added.—(Mr Nicholas Brown, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

7Public Petition,—A Public Petition from the O’Gorman family relating to Family Courts (reform) was presented and read.

8Adjournment.

Subject: General practitioner dispensing (Tony Baldry).

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

And the Motion having been made after Ten 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 Eleven o’clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 11 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Capital Gains Tax,—Draft Double Taxation Relief and International Tax Enforcement (Taxes on Income and Capital) (Saudi Arabia) Order 2008 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Jane Kennedy].

2Income Tax,—Draft Alternative Finance Arrangements (Community Investment Tax Relief) Order 2008 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Angela Eagle].

3Taxes,—Draft International Tax Enforcement (Bermuda) Order 2008 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Jane Kennedy].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

4Food,—Drinking Milk (England) Regulations 2008 (S.I., 2008, No. 1317), dated 13th May 2008 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Hilary Benn].

5Pensions,—Draft Code of Practice: Dispute resolution—reasonable periods [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary James Purnell].

6Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups,—(1) Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups (Barred List Prescribed Information) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008 (S.R. (N.I.), 2008, No. 202);

(2) Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups (Barring Procedure) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008 (S.R. (N.I.), 2008, No. 203);

(3) Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups (Prescribed Criteria) (Transitional Provisions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008 (S.R. (N.I.), 2008, No. 201); and

(4) Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups (Transitional Provisions) Order (Northern Ireland) 2008 (S.R. (N.I.), 2008, No. 200),

dated 6th May 2008 [by Statutory Instrument], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Mr Secretary Woodward].

Other Papers:

7Access to Justice,—Legal Services Commission Funding Code: Procedures—Amendments [by Act] [Secretary Jack Straw].

8Financial Reporting to Parliament,—(1) Departmental Report 2007–08 for the Ministry of Justice [by Command] [Cm. 7397] [Secretary Jack Straw];

(2) Departmental Report 2008 for the Department for Children, Schools and Families [by Command] [Cm. 7391] [Secretary Ed Balls];

(3) Departmental Report 2008 for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport [by Command] [Cm. 7400] [Secretary Andy Burnham];

(4) Departmental Report 2008 for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs [by Command] [Cm. 7399] [Secretary Hilary Benn];

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(5) Departmental Report 2008 for the Department for Transport [by Command] [Cm. 7395] [Secretary Ruth Kelly];

(6) Departmental Report 2008 for the Department for Work and Pensions [by Command] [Cm. 7401] [Secretary James Purnell];

(7) Departmental Report 2008 for the Department of Health [by Command] [Cm. 7393] [Secretary Alan Johnson]; and

(8) Departmental Report 2008 for the Northern Ireland Office [by Command] [Cm. 7405] [Mr Secretary Woodward].

Papers withdrawn:

9Pensions,—Draft Code of Practice: Dispute resolution—reasonable periods, with an Explanatory Memorandum [laid 1st April].

APPENDIX II

General Committees

1Draft Nursing and Midwifery (Amendment) Order 2008,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Sandra Gidley, Mr Bob Laxton, Chris McCafferty and Mr Nick Raynsford from the First Delegated Legislation Committee (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Hilary Armstrong, Lorely Burt, Sandra Osborne and Mrs Betty Williams.

2Draft Financial Assistance Scheme (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2008,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Dr Ian Gibson and Kate Hoey from the Second Delegated Legislation Committee (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations) and nominated in substitution Chris Mole and Jessica Morden.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Business and Enterprise,—After the Network Change Programme: the future of the Post Office Network:

(1) Sixth Report from the Business and Enterprise Committee, with Memoranda; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 577]; and

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

[Peter Luff].

2Business and Enterprise, Defence, Foreign Affairs and International Development,—Strategic Export Controls:

(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Business and Enterprise, Defence, Foreign Affairs and International Development Committees; to be printed [No. 254-iii]; and

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

[Roger Berry].

3Communities and Local Government,—(1) Planning Skills:

(i) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Communities and Local Government Committee; to be printed [No. 517-iv]; and

(ii) Memorandum laid before the Committee; to be published; and

(2) Provision of Public Toilets: Memorandum laid before the Committee; to be published

[Dr Phyllis Starkey].

4Public Accounts,—(1) Government preparations for digital switchover: Twenty-eighth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 416]; and

(2) Meeting Needs? The Offenders’ Learning and Skills Service: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed [No. 584-i]

[Mr Alan Williams].


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[No. 98.]

Tuesday 20th May 2008.

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

PRAYERS.

1Private Bills (Petitions for Additional Provision) (Standing Orders not complied with),—The Speaker laid upon the Table Reports from one of the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills, That, in the case of the following Bills, the Standing Orders have not been complied with in respect of Petitions for Additional Provision:

London Local Authorities Bill [Lords]

London Local Authorities and Transport for London Bill (No. 2) [Lords]

London Local Authorities (Shopping Bags) Bill.

Reports referred to the Standing Orders Committee.

2Adults with Autism,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to impose duties upon the Secretary of State and certain organisations involved in health and social care in respect of support for people aged 18 and over with autism; and for connected purposes: And that Angela Browning, John Barrett, Roger Berry, Mr Tom Clarke, Mr Geoffrey Cox, Michael Fabricant, Mrs Janet Dean, Mr Frank Field, Mr Bernard Jenkin, Anne Main and Mr Andrew Turner do prepare and bring it in.

3Adults with Autism Bill,—Angela Browning accordingly presented a Bill to impose duties upon the Secretary of State and certain organisations involved in health and social care in respect of support for people aged 18 and over with autism; 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 111].

4Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] [2nd allocated day],—The House, according to Order, again resolved itself into a Committee on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] (Clauses Nos. 4, 11, 14 and 23, Schedule No. 2 and any new Clauses or new Schedules relating to the termination of pregnancy by registered medical practitioners).

(In the Committee)

Clause No. 14 (Conditions of licences for treatment).

Amendment (No. 21) proposed, in page 9, line 10, to leave out paragraph (b) and insert the words—

‘(b) after “father” insert “and a mother”.’.—(Mr Iain Duncan Smith.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Burrowes, Paul Rowen: 217.

Tellers for the Noes, Alison Seabeck, Mr Michael Foster: 292.

It being more than three hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Bill, the Chairman put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on Clauses No. 14 and No. 23, pursuant to Order [12th May].

Another Amendment (No. 12) proposed, in page 9, line 10, after the word ‘parenting’, to insert the words ‘and a father or male role model’.—(Mark Simmonds.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Burrowes, David Taylor: 222.

Tellers for the Noes, Alison Seabeck, Mr Michael Foster: 290.

Clause agreed to.

Clause No. 23 agreed to.

A Clause (NC1) (Amendment of the law relating to abortion)—(Mr Edward Leigh)—brought up and read the first time.

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

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Anne Main, Mr David Amess: 71.

Tellers for the Noes, Ms Angela C. Smith, Tony Lloyd: 393.

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And it being more than three hours after the commencement of proceedings on new Clauses, the Chairman put the Questions necessary to bring proceedings in the Committee to a conclusion.

Another Clause (NC3) (Amendment of the law relating to abortion (No. 3))—(Mark Pritchard)—brought up and read the first time.

Question put, That the Clause be added to the Bill.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Anne Main, Mr David Amess: 84.

Tellers for the Noes, Ms Angela C. Smith, Tony Lloyd: 387.

Another Clause (NC5) (Amendment of the law relating to abortion (No. 5))—(Mrs Nadine Dorries)—brought up and read the first time.

Question put, That the Clause be added to the Bill.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Amess, David Taylor: 190.

Tellers for the Noes, Ms Angela C. Smith, Tony Lloyd: 332.

Another Clause (NC8) (Foetal physical or mental abnormalities: Information and counselling)—(Dr Nick Palmer)—brought up and read the first time.

Question put, That the Clause be added to the Bill.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Andrew Selous, Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas: 173.

Tellers for the Noes, Ms Angela C. Smith, Tony Lloyd: 309.

Another Clause (NC9) (Amendment of the law relating to abortion (No. 7))—(Richard Ottaway)—brought up and read the first time.

Question put, That the Clause be added to the Bill.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Lee Scott, Mr David Amess: 233.

Tellers for the Noes, Tony Lloyd, Ms Angela C. Smith: 304.

Whereupon the Chairman left the Chair to report the Bill (Clauses Nos. 4, 11, 14 and 23, Schedule No. 2 and any new Clauses or new Schedules relating to the termination of pregnancy by registered medical practitioners), as amended, to the House.


The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair, and Tony Cunningham reported, That the Committee had gone through the Bill (Clauses Nos. 4, 11, 14 and 23, Schedule No. 2 and any new Clauses or new Schedules relating to the termination of pregnancy by registered medical practitioners) and directed him to report the same, with Amendments.

Ordered, That the Bill (Clauses Nos. 4, 11, 14 and 23 and Schedule No. 2), as amended, do lie upon the Table.

5Social Security,—Ordered, That the Social Security Benefits Up-rating Regulations 2008 (S.I., 2008, No. 667), dated 9th March, be referred to a Delegated Legislation Committee.—(Tony Cunningham.)

6Northern Ireland Grand Committee,—Ordered, That—

(1) the matter of MASRAM (multi-agency sex offender risk assessment and management arrangements) and the management of the risk posed by sex offenders living in the community in Northern Ireland be referred to the Northern Ireland Grand Committee;

(2) the Committee shall meet at Westminster on Tuesday 17th June at half-past four o’clock; and

(3) at that sitting—

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

(b) the Chairman shall interrupt proceedings not later than two and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the matter referred to the Committee; and

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(c) at the conclusion of those proceedings, a motion for the adjournment of the Committee may be made by a Minister of the Crown, pursuant to paragraph (5) of Standing Order No. 116 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (sittings)).—(Tony Cunningham.)

7Public Petitions,—Public Petitions from—

(1) supporters of Hayton Post Office in Penrith and the Border constituency relating to Post Office closures (Cumbria); and

(2) those concerned about the potential changes to the time limit for abortion relating to the time limit for abortion

were presented and read.

8Adjournment.

Subject: Management of military radioactive waste (Willie Rennie).

Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Tony Cunningham.)

And accordingly, the House, having continued to sit till fourteen minutes to Twelve o’clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 11.46 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Income Tax,—Draft Alternative Finance Arrangements (Community Investment Tax Relief) Order 2008 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Angela Eagle].

2Mental Capacity,—Draft Mental Capacity (Deprivation of Liberty: Standard Authorisations, Assessments and Ordinary Residence) Regulations 2008 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum and Impact Assessment [by Command] [Secretary Alan Johnson].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

3Food,—Spreadable Fats (Marketing Standards) and the Milk and Milk Products (Protection of Designations) (England) Regulations 2008 (S.I., 2008, No. 1287), dated 13th May 2008 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Alan Johnson].

4Legal Services Commission,—Community Legal Service (Funding) (Amendment) Order 2008 (S.I., 2008, No. 1328), dated 20th May 2008 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum and Impact Assessment [by Command] [Secretary Jack Straw].

5Local Government,—Recreation Grounds (Revocation of Parish Council Byelaws) Order 2008 (S.I., 2008, No. 1285), dated 8th May 2008 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Hazel Blears].

6Mental Capacity,—Mental Capacity (Deprivation of Liberty: Appointment of Relevant Person’s Representative) Regulations 2008 (S.I., 2008, No. 1315), dated 14th May 2008 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum and Impact Assessment [by Command] [Secretary Alan Johnson].

Other Papers:

7Children Schools and Families,—Paper, entitled Back on Track: A strategy for modernising alternative provision for young people [by Command] [Cm. 7410] [Secretary Ed Balls].

8International Labour Conference,—Paper, entitled International Labour Conference: Presentation of the Convention and two Recommendations adopted at the 96th Session of the International Labour Conference (2007) and the proposed action by Her Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on the Convention and Recommendation [by Command] [Cm. 7375] [Secretary James Purnell].

9Justice (Northern Ireland),—Inspection of Woodlands Juvenile Justice Centre [by Act] [Mr Secretary Woodward].

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10National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Making grants efficiently in the culture, media and sport sector [by Act]; to be printed [No. 339] [Clerk of the House].

Papers withdrawn:

11Income Tax,—Draft Alternative Finance Arrangements (Community Investment Tax Relief) Order 2008, with an Explanatory Memorandum [laid 19th May].

APPENDIX II

General Committees

1Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords]:

(1) The Speaker has appointed Mr Roger Gale and Mr Jim Hood Chairmen of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] Committee; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Dr Ian Gibson, Patrick Hall, Dr Evan Harris, Dr Brian Iddon, Helen Jones, Robert Key, Steve McCabe, Chris McCafferty, Laura Moffatt, Julie Morgan, Mike Penning, Dawn Primarolo, Dr John Pugh, Mark Simmonds, Mr Gary Streeter, Dr Desmond Turner and Jeremy Wright.

2Draft Building Societies (Financial Assistance) Order 2008:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the First Delegated Legislation Committee and has appointed Miss Anne Begg Chairman; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Richard Bacon, John Battle, Mr Bob Blizzard, Mr Jeremy Browne, Dr Vincent Cable, David T. C. Davies (Monmouth), Mr Stephen Dorrell, Michael Jabez Foster, Mr Mark Hoban, Kate Hoey, Dr Stephen Ladyman, Mr Chris Mullin, Mr Brooks Newmark, Mr Nick Raynsford, Joan Ryan, Kitty Ussher and David Wright.

3Draft Sexual Offences (Northern Ireland) Order 2008 and the draft Sexual Offences (Northern Ireland Consequential Amendments) Order 2008:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Orders to the Second Delegated Legislation Committee and has appointed Mr Peter Atkinson Chairman; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Ms Diane Abbott, Liz Blackman, Chris Bryant, Mrs Ann Cryer, Mr Nigel Evans, Mr Mark Field, Paul Goggins, Mr Kevan Jones, Judy Mallaber, Mr Michael Moore, Dr Nick Palmer, Mr Alan Reid, Mr Laurence Robertson, David Simpson, Mr Dennis Skinner, Angela Watkinson and Dr Alan Whitehead.

4Draft Compensation (Claims Management Services) (Amendment) Regulations 2008:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Third Delegated Legislation Committee and has appointed Mrs Joan Humble Chairman; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Jon Cruddas, Barry Gardiner, Mr John Gummer, Mr David Heathcoat-Amory, Nick Herbert, Stephen Hesford, Mr Philip Hollobone, David Howarth, Mr Nick Hurd, Alan Keen, Mr Sadiq Khan, Bridget Prentice, Mr Ken Purchase, John Reid, Martin Salter, Jenny Willott and Mr David Winnick.

5Draft Welsh Ministers (Transfer of Functions) Order 2008:

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

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Nick Ainger, Mr John Baron, Ann Clwyd, Mr Wayne David, Mr Dai Havard, Huw Irranca-Davies, Mrs Sia(r)n C. James, Mr Bernard Jenkin, Mr David Jones, Miss Julie Kirkbride, Alun Michael, Jessica Morden, Mr Malcolm Moss, Albert Owen, Adam Price, Mr Don Touhig and Mark Williams.

6Draft Building Societies Act 1986 (Accounts, Audit and EEA State Amendments) Order 2008:

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

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Bob Blizzard, Mr Jeremy Browne, Mr Stephen Byers, Mr Jim Devine,

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Mr Brian H. Donohoe, Mr Christopher Fraser, Mr Mike Hall, Mr John Heppell, Mr Mark Hoban, Mr Brooks Newmark, Mark Pritchard, Dr John Pugh, Mr Lee Scott, Graham Stringer, Ms Dari Taylor, Kitty Ussher and David Wright.

European Committees

7European Union Document No. 8403/08 and Addenda 1 to 5, relating to The EU—a Global Partner for Development—Speeding up progress towards the Millennium Development Goals,—The Committee of Selection has nominated thirteen Members to serve on European Committee B, nominated in respect of the Document: Mr David S. Borrow, Mr Simon Burns, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Tony Cunningham, Daniel Kawczynski, Kerry McCarthy, Mr Angus MacNeil, Mr Shahid Malik, Mr Alan Meale, Mr Michael Moore, Mr Elliot Morley, Jim Sheridan and Mr Anthony Steen.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Administration,—Record of the Administration Committee’s discussions at its meeting on 20th May; to be published [Mr Frank Doran].

2Business and Enterprise,—Energy Prices: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Business and Enterprise Committee; to be printed [No. 293-ii] [Peter Luff].

3Defence,—(1) Recruitment and retention in the Armed Forces:

(i) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence Committee; to be printed [No. 424-iv]; and

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

(2) Operational costs in Afghanistan and Iraq: Spring Supplementary Estimate 2007–08: Memorandum laid before the Committee; to be published; and

(3) UK national security and resilience: Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be published

[Mr James Arbuthnot].

4Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on the Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill; to be printed [No. 551-iii]; and

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

[Michael Jabez Foster].

5Environmental Audit,—(1) Reducing Carbon emissions from UK Business: The role of the Climate Change Levy and Agreements: Government Response to the Second Report from the Committee, Session 2007–08: Third Special Report from the Environmental Audit Committee; to be printed [No. 590];

(2) The 2007 Pre-Budget Report and Comprehensive Spending Review: An environmental analysis: Government Response to the Third Report from the Committee, Session 2007–08: Fourth Special Report from the Committee; to be printed [No. 591]; and

(3) Greener Homes for the Future? An environmental analysis of the Government’s house-building plans: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed [No. 566-ii]

[Mr Tim Yeo].

6Home Affairs,—(1) A Surveillance Society?: Fifth Report from the Home Affairs Committee, with Memoranda; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 58]; and

(2) Domestic Violence, Forced Marriage and “Honour”-Based Violence: Sixth Report from the Committee, with Memoranda; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 263]

[Keith Vaz].

7International Development,—(1) Maternal Health: Government Response to the Fifth Report from the Committee, Session 2007–08: Fifth Special Report from the International Development Committee; to be printed [No. 592]; and

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(2) The humanitarian and development situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories:

(i) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed [No. 522-ii]; and

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

[Malcolm Bruce].

8Regulatory Reform,—Getting Results: The Better Regulation Executive and the Impact of the Regulatory Reform Agenda: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Regulatory Reform Committee; to be printed [No. 474-iv] [Andrew Miller].

9Treasury,—(1) Financial Stability and Transparency: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee; to be printed [No. 536-iii]; and

(2) Budget Measures and Low-Income Households: Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be published

[John McFall].

10Welsh Affairs,—The provision of cross-border public services for Wales: Memoranda laid before the Welsh Affairs Committee; to be published [Dr Hywel Francis].


[No. 98; WH, No. 63]

Tuesday 20th May 2008.

The House sitting in Westminster Hall

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

 Adjournment.

Subjects:

State of Israel (Mr Quentin Davies).

Treatment of the elderly in the NHS (Mr Richard Benyon).

Future of BBC World News Television (Mr John Grogan).

Strategic framework for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Mr Greg Hands).

North East Ambulance Service (Dr Ashok Kumar).

Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Liz Blackman.)

And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.56 p.m.


[No. 99.]

Wednesday 21st May 2008.

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

PRAYERS.

1 Temporary and Agency Workers (Equal Treatment) Bill,—Ordered, That the Temporary and Agency Workers (Equal Treatment) Bill Committee be discharged from considering the Temporary and Agency Workers (Equal Treatment) Bill.

Bill withdrawn.

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

2Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide for parliamentary scrutiny of the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals: And that Mr Don Touhig, Mr Adam Ingram, Jim Sheridan, Linda Gilroy, Mr Michael Mates, Mr James Gray, Miss Ann Widdecombe, Mr Michael Ancram, Bob Russell, Pete Wishart, Malcolm Bruce and the Reverend Ian Paisley do prepare and bring it in.

3Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals Bill,—Mr Don Touhig accordingly presented a Bill to provide for parliamentary scrutiny of the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals: 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 112].

4Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill [Lords],—The Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill [Lords] was, according to Order, read a second time.

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5Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions 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 Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill [Lords]:

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 1st July 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 any message from the Lords) may be programmed—(Alison Seabeck):—It was agreed to.

6Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill [Lords] [Money],—Her Majesty’s Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions 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 Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill [Lords], it is expedient to authorise—

(1) the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any expenses of the Secretary of State attributable to the Act; and

(2) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable under any other Act out of money so provided—(Alison Seabeck):—It was agreed to.

7Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill [Lords] [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 Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill [Lords] it is expedient to authorise—

(1) the making of provision under the Act in relation to income tax, corporation tax, capital gains tax, stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax in connection with any transfer under the Act of any property, rights or liabilities of the Local Better Regulation Office, and

(2) the payment of sums into the Consolidated Fund—(Alison Seabeck):—It was agreed to.

8Public Petition,—A Public Petition from Draycott in the Moors Parish Council and the community of Draycott in the Moors, with the communities and Parish Councils of Checkley, Forsbrook, Fulford and Leigh relating to the A50 (Staffordshire) was presented and read.

9Adjournment.

Subject: Mr Sam Walton and the Rural Payments Agency (Mr Graham Stuart).

Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Alison Seabeck.)

And accordingly, the House, having continued to sit till nine minutes to Four o’clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 3.51 p.m.

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APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Defence,—(1) Draft Armed Forces (Alignment of Service Discipline Acts) Order 2008;

(2) draft Armed Forces, Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 2008; and

(3) draft Armed Forces (Service Complaints) (Consequential Amendments) Order 2008

[by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Secretary Des Browne].

2Disabled Persons,—Draft Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Interoperable Rail System) Regulations 2008 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum and Impact Assessment [by Command] [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

3Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism,—(1) Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Proscribed Organisations) (Amendment) Order 2008; and

(2) draft Terrorism Act 2006 (Disapplication of Section 25) Order 2008

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

Paper subject to Negative Resolution:

4Sea Fisheries,—Fisheries and Aquaculture Structures (Grants) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2008 (S.I., 2008, No. 1322), dated 18th May 2008 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Hilary Benn].

Other Papers:

5Financial Reporting to Parliament,—National Savings and Investments Departmental Report 2008 [by Command] [Cm. 7409] [Kitty Ussher].

6National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Shared services in the Department for Transport and its agencies [by Act]; to be printed [No. 481] [Clerk of the House].

7Video Recordings,—Report and Accounts of the British Board of Film Classification for 2007 [by Act] [Secretary Andy Burnham].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

1Children, Schools and Families,—(1) Early Years Foundation Stage: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Children, Schools and Families Committee, with Memoranda; to be printed [No. 600-i]; and

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

[Mr Barry Sheerman].

2Human Rights,—(1) A British Bill of Rights: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on Human Rights; to be printed [No. 150-vi]; and

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

[Mr Andrew Dismore].

3Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills,—Engineering: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee; to be printed [No. 470-iii] [Mr Phil Willis].

4International Development,—DFID and China: Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee; to be printed [No. 596-i and -ii] [Malcolm Bruce].

5Northern Ireland Affairs,—Policing and Criminal Justice in Northern Ireland: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee; to be printed [No. 333-vii] [Sir Patrick Cormack].

6Select Committees (Choice of Chairman),—Mrs Louise Ellman reported from the Transport Committee, That she had been chosen as Chairman of the Committee.

7Transport,—Road Safety: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Committee; to be printed [No. 460-iv] [Mrs Louise Ellman].

8Work and Pensions,—The Government’s Carers Strategy: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Work and Pensions Committee; to be printed [No. 485-ii] [Mr Terry Rooney].

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[No. 99; WH, No. 64]

Wednesday 21st May 2008.

The House sitting in Westminster Hall

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

 Adjournment.

Subjects:

Industrial relations within the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (Mr Alistair Carmichael).

Minehead Driving Test Centre (Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger).

Liver disease (Dr Brian Iddon).

Impact of National Air Traffic Services’ proposals for Luton (Margaret Moran).

Extension of the railways network (Dr John Pugh).

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

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 p.m.


[No. 100.]

Thursday 22nd May 2008.

The House met at half-past Ten 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 Thursday 5th June.

2Canterbury City Council Bill,—The Order of the day being read for the Second Reading of the Canterbury City Council Bill;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Thursday 5th June.

3Leeds City Council Bill,—The Order of the day being read for the Second Reading of the Leeds City Council Bill;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Thursday 5th June.

4London Local Authorities (Shopping Bags) Bill,—The Order of the day being read for the Second Reading of the London Local Authorities (Shopping Bags) Bill;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Thursday 5th June.

5Manchester 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 Thursday 5th June.

6Nottingham City Council Bill,—The Order of the day being read for the Second Reading of the Nottingham City Council Bill;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Thursday 5th June.

7Reading Borough Council Bill,—The Order of the day being read for the Second Reading of the Reading Borough Council Bill;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Thursday 5th June.

8Royal Assent,—The Speaker notified the House, in accordance with the Royal Assent Act 1967, That Her Majesty had signified her Royal Assent to the following Acts and Measure, agreed upon by both Houses:

Channel Tunnel Rail Link (Supplementary Provisions) Act 2008

Transport for London Act 2008

Church of England Marriage Measure 2008.

9Adjournment (Matters to be considered before the forthcoming Adjournment),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Alan Campbell);

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

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10Adjournment.

Subject: Death of Mr Mark Petre on Royal Fleet Auxiliary Orangeleaf (Tom Brake).

Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Sadiq Khan.)

And accordingly, the House, having continued to sit till twenty-seven minutes past Four o’clock, adjourned till Monday 2nd June, pursuant to Resolution [22nd April].

[Adjourned at 4.27 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Paper subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Constitutional Law,—Draft National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Social Welfare) Order 2008 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2Immigration,—Immigration and Nationality (Cost Recovery Fees) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2008 (S.I., 2008, No. 1337), dated 20th May 2008 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum and Impact Assessment [by Command] [Secretary Jacqui Smith].

3Road Traffic,—Road Traffic Offenders (Prescribed Devices) Order 2008 (S.I., 2008, No. 1332), dated 20th May 2008 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Jacqui Smith].

4Value Added Tax,—Value Added Tax (Refund of Tax to Museums and Galleries) (Amendment) Order 2008 (S.I., 2008, No. 1339), dated 21st May 2008 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Jane Kennedy].

Other Papers:

5Armed Forces’ Pay,—Supplement to the Thirty-Seventh Report of the Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body: Service Medical and Dental Officers [by Command] [Cm. 7347] [Secretary Des Browne].

6Financial Reporting to Parliament,—Departmental Report 2008 for the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills [by Command] [Cm. 7392] [Secretary John Denham].

7Further and Higher Education,—Report and Accounts of the Higher Education Funding Council for England for 2007–08 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 498] [Secretary John Denham].

APPENDIX II

General Committees

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] (Programming Sub-Committee),—The Speaker has appointed Dr Evan Harris, Helen Jones, Steve McCabe, Laura Moffat, Dawn Primarolo, Mark Simmonds and Jeremy Wright members of the Programming Sub-Committee of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] Committee.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on the Draft Constitutional Bill on 21st May; to be printed [No. 551-iv]; and

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

[Michael Jabez Foster].

2Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,—Implementation of the Nitrates Directive in England: Seventh Report from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, with Memoranda; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 412] [Mr Michael Jack].

3European Scrutiny,—(1) Twenty-fourth Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 16-xxii];

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(2) Minutes of the Public Deliberations of the Committee on 21st May; to be printed [No. 361-xi]; and

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

[Michael Connarty].

4Foreign Affairs,—Foreign and Commonwealth Office Human Rights Annual Report 2007: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee; to be printed [No. 533-iii] [Mike Gapes].

5Health,—Health Inequalities: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee; to be printed [No. 422-v] [Mr Kevin Barron].

6Liaison,—(1) Pre-appointment hearings by Select Committees: Government Response to the Committee’s First Report: First Special Report from the Liaison Committee; to be printed [No. 594]; and

(2) The work of committees in 2007: Government Response to the Committee’s Third Report: Second Special Report from the Committee; to be printed [No. 595]

[Mr Alan Williams].

7Public Accounts,—Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office Resource Accounts 2005–06 and 2006–07: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts on 21st May; to be printed [No. 601-i] [Mr Edward Leigh].

8Public Administration,—Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill: Tenth Report from the Select Committee on Public Administration, with Memoranda; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 499] [Dr Tony Wright].

9Statutory Instruments,—Twentieth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, with a Memorandum; to be printed [No. 38-xx] [David Maclean].

10Treasury,—Budget Measures and Low-Income Households: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee on 21st May; to be printed [No. 326-i] [John McFall].


[No. 100; WH, No. 65]

Thursday 22nd May 2008.

The House sitting in Westminster Hall

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

 Adjournment.

Subject: The Road Ahead: The Final Report of the Independent Task Group on site provision and enforcement for gypsies and travellers.

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

And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 3rd June.

[Adjourned at 5.12 p.m.



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