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Die Martis 16° Septembris 2003

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich.


1.  Negative Instrument—The following instrument was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:

    Electricity (Exemption from the Requirement for a Generation Licence) (England and Wales) Order 2003, laid under the Electricity Act 1989.    (2380)

2.  Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedings—The following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1.  Report and Accounts for 2001-02 of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, laid under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Act 1995;

    2.  Accounts for 2002 of Severn River Crossing Plc, laid under the Severn Bridges Act 1992;

    3.  Eighth Report of the Office of the Oversight Commissioner for Northern Ireland, laid under the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000;

    4.  Statement by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the appointment of Eileen Mackay to the Board of the British Library, laid under the British Library Act 1972.

Select Committee Reports

3.  European Union—The 39th Report from the Select Committee, Evidence by the Italian Ambassador on the Italian Presidency, was made; it was ordered that the Report be printed, together with the Minutes of Evidence. (HL Paper 164)

4.  Statutory Instruments—The 27th Report from the Joint Committee was made on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments:

      Draft Contracting Out (Local Education Authority Functions) (England) (Amendment) Order 2003;

      Draft Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Modification) (No. 2) Order 2003;

      Draft Electronic Communications (Networks and Services) (Penalties) (Rules for Calculation of Turnover) Order 2003;

      Draft Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No. 2) Regulations 2003;

    it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 165)

Public Business

5.  Local Government Bill—The bill was returned from the Commons on 15th September with certain amendments disagreed to with reasons for such disagreement; with an amendment agreed to with amendments and with consequential amendments to the bill; and with the remaining amendments agreed to; the Commons amendments and reasons were printed pursuant to Standing Order 51. (HL Bill 106)

6.  Inter-Governmental Conference—A message was received from the Commons that they have made the following order:

    (1)  There shall be a standing committee, called the Standing Committee on the Inter-Governmental Conference on the Future of Europe.

    (2)  At any sitting of the standing committee, the chairman may permit a Minister or Ministers to make statements on the Inter-Governmental Conference, and questions may then be put thereon by Members:

    Provided that no proceedings under this paragraph may continue after the expiry of a period of one and a half hours from their commencement, except with the leave of the chairman.

    (3)  At the conclusion of proceedings under paragraph (2), the committee may consider either of the following—

      (a)  when a written report has been laid before Parliament by a Minister or Ministers, a Motion proposed from the chair “That the committee has considered the report of [date] on the Inter-Governmental Conference”; or

      (b)  a Motion for the adjournment of the committee, provided that a Minister of the Crown has given notice of a subject relating to the Inter-Governmental Conference for the debate on the adjournment not later than five days before the sitting.

    (4)(a)  The chairman shall put any Questions necessary to dispose of the proceedings on any Motion under paragraph 3(a), if not previously concluded, when the committee shall have sat for two and a half hours; and the chairman shall thereupon report that the committee has considered the report of [date] on the Inter-Governmental Conference, without putting any further Question;

      (b)  in case of a Motion under paragraph (3)(b), the chairman shall adjourn the committee without putting any question, not later than two and a half hours after the committee has begun sitting.

    (5)(a)  Notwithstanding Standing Order No. 86, the standing committee shall consist of those Members of the House nominated for the time being to the European Scrutiny Committee (appointed under Standing Order No. 143) and to the Foreign Affairs Committee (appointed under Standing Order No. 152); and

      (b)  any Member of the House, not being a member of the committee, may take part in the proceedings of the committee and be counted in the quorum, but shall not vote or make any motion, except that any member of the government may move a Motion under paragraph (3)(b).

    (6)  Members of the House of Lords may participate in the committee’s proceedings, but no member of that House may vote or make any motion or be counted in the quorum.

    That this Order be a Standing Order of the House until the end of the next Session of Parliament.

7.  National Lottery (Funding of Endowments) Bill—The bill was read a third time and passed.

8.  Hunting Bill—It was moved by the Lord Whitty that the bill be now read a second time; after debate, the motion was agreed to and the bill was committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

The House was adjourned at twenty minutes past eleven o’clock

till tomorrow, half-past two o’clock.


  Clerk of the Parliaments

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