Commons Journal 265
[No. 81 Thursday 21 May 2009 ]
The house met at 10.30 am.
1 Questions to (1) the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
(2) the Solicitor General
2 Royal Assent
The Speaker reported that the Queen had signified Royal Assent to the following Act under the Royal Assent Act 1967:
Industry and Exports (Financial Support) Act 2009.
3 Business Question (Leader of the House)
4 Statement: Gurkhas (Secretary Jacqui Smith)
5 Adjournment (Matters to be considered before the forthcoming Adjournment)
Motion made and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn._(Ian Lucas.)
Motion, by leave, withdrawn.
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6 Public Petition
A Public Petition from members of The Royal British Legion and others, relating to Council Tax Benefit was presented and read by Mr Paul Burstow.
Subject: Take-up of council tax benefit (Mr Paul Burstow).
Resolved, That this House do now adjourn._(Claire Ward.)
[Adjourned at 4.12 pm until Monday 1 June (Resolution, 10 March). ]
8 Postal Services Bill [Lords]
The Lords have passed a Bill to make provision for the restructuring of the Royal Mail group and about the Royal Mail Pension Plan; to make new provision about the regulation of postal services; and for connected purposes; to which they desire the agreement of the Commons.
First Reading and Printing of Lords Bills
9 Postal Services Bill [Lords]
Bill read the first time; to be read a second time on Monday 1 June, and to be printed (Bill 100), with Explanatory Notes (Bill 100^EN).
General Committees: Appointments
The Speaker appoints the Chairman of General Committees and allocates Statutory Instruments to Delegated Legislation Committees.
The Committee of Selection nominates Members to serve on General Committees (and certain Members to serve on Grand Committees).
10 Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies and Credit Unions Bill
Members: Ms Celia Barlow and Sir John Butterfill discharged and Ann Coffey and Sir Nicholas Winterton nominated in substitution.
Reports from Select Committees
11 Business and Enterprise Committee
Automotive Assistance Programme: Evidence, to be printed (HC 550-iii) (Mr Peter Luff).
12 Public Administration (Select Committee on)
(1) Further Report on Machinery of Government Changes: Including the Government's response to the Committee's Eighth Report of Session 2007^08: Seventh Report, to be printed, with the Formal Minutes relating to the Report (HC 540);
(2) Justice Denied? The Government's response to the Ombudsman's report on Equitable Life: Government Response to the Sixth Report from the Committee: Third Special Report, to be printed (HC 569);
(3) Executive Pay in the Public Sector:
(i) Evidence, to be printed (HC 304-ii);
(ii) Written evidence, to be published
(Dr Tony Wright).
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Sitting in Westminster Hall
The sitting began at 2.30 pm.
Subject: Tenth Report from the International Development Committee, Session 2007^08, The World Food Programme and Global Food Security, and the Government's response.
Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned._(Ian Lucas.)
[Adjourned at 3.50 pm until Tuesday 2 June. ]
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
Contaminants in Food (England) Regulations 2009 (S.I., 2009, No. 1223), dated 14 May 2009 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum and an Impact Assessment (by Command) (Secretary Alan Johnson).
2 Local Government
Standards Committee (Further Provisions) (England) Regulations 2009 (S.I., 2009, No. 1255), dated 18 May 2009 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Hazel Blears).
3 Town and Country Planning
Cambridge City Fringes Joint Committee Order 2009 (S.I., 2009, No. 1254), dated 18 May 2009 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Hazel Blears).
4 Human Rights
Government Response to the Fifth Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights, Session 2008^09, on Counter-Terrorism Policy and Human Rights (Fourteenth Report) Annual Renewal of Control Orders Legislation 2009 (by Command) (Cm. 7625) (Secretary Jacqui Smith).
5 Laos (No. 1, 2009)
Treaty, done at London on 7 May 2009, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Lao People's Democratic Republic on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons, with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Cm. 7632) (Secretary David Miliband).
6 National Audit
Resource Accounts of the National Audit Office for 2008^09 (by Act); to be printed (HC 567) (Mr Alan Williams).
7 Prevention of Terrorism
Government Response to the Fourth Report from the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation (by Command) (Cm. 7624) (Secretary Jacqui Smith).
Pre-legislative Scrutiny of the Proposed National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Health and Health Services and Social Welfare) Order 2009 (by Command) (Cm. 7627) (Secretary Paul Murphy).
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