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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 18th June 2002

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

PRAYERS.

1    Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Peter Pike reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 (Amendment) Order 2002.

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

2    Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mrs Irene Adams reported from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Horticultural Development Council (Amendment) Order 2002.

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

3    Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr John McWilliam reported from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 2002.

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

4    Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr David Amess reported from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Vehicular Access Across Common and Other Land (England) Regulations 2002.

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

5    Tenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr David Amess reported from the Tenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Maintenance of Interception Capability) Order 2002.

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

6    Eleventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Bill O'Brien reported from the Eleventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Building (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 440).

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

7    European Standing Committee B,-Mr Alan Hurst reported from European Standing Committee B the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 8389/02, Commission Recommendation for the 2002 Broad Guidelines of the Economic Policies of the Member States and the Community; and supports the Government's welcome for the publication of the Commission's Recommendation for the Guidelines, as giving operational content to the conclusions of the Lisbon and Stockholm summits, reflecting the importance of structural reform in tackling successfully the challenges of globalisation and competitiveness, and promoting employment and social inclusion; also takes note of European Union Documents Nos. SN 1107/02, 1108/02, 1109/02, 1111/02, 1112/02, 1113/02, 1319/1/02 REV1, 1320/1/02 REVI, 1321/02, 1322/02, 1323/02, 1324/1/02 REV1, 1325/1/02 REV1, 1361/02, 1382/1/02 REV1, 1383/1/02 REV1 and 2002/C 51/06, Council Opinions and Statements on the 2001 Stability and Covergence Programmes; and welcomes these Opinions and Statements as promoting the objective of sound government finances as a means of strengthening the conditions for price stability and for strong sustainable growth conducive to employment creation.

    Report, together with Resolution, to lie upon the Table.

8    European Standing Committee C,-Mr David Chidgey reported from European Standing Committee C the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 13361/01, Commission Report on the experience gained as a result of the operation of the procedures for granting marketing authorisations for medicinal products; and No. 14591/01, draft Regulation laying down Community procedures for the authorisation and supervision of medicinal products for human and veterinary use and establishing a European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products, and draft Directives amending Directives 2001/83/EC and 2001/82/EC on the Community codes relating to medicinal products for human use and veterinary medicinal products; supports the Government's position of broad agreement to the proposed amendments, and the overall aims of the Review; supports the Government's ongoing work with Member States to build on the current system of medicines regulation to ensure it continues to contribute to the protection of human and animal health, also to promote the further development of a single market in pharmaceuticals, prepare the regulatory regime for enlargement, and provide a competitive enironment for the pharmaceutical industry; notes European Union Document No. 6240/02, draft Directive amending Directive 2001/83/EC as regards traditional herbal medicinal products for human use; and supports the Government's position of broad agreement to the proposed amendments in order to achieve a regulatory regime for traditional herbal medicines which improves public health protection while maintaining consumer choice.

    Report, together with Resolution, to lie upon the Table.

9    Message from the Lords,-A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

    Public Trustee (Liability and Fees) Bill [Lords],-The Lords have passed a Bill to amend the Public Trustee Act 1906 in respect of the liability and fees of the Public Trustee; and for connected purposes; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

10    Public Trustee (Liability and Fees) Bill [Lords],-The Public Trustee (Liability and Fees) Bill [Lords] was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 150].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Public Trustee (Liability and Fees) Bill [Lords] be printed [Bill 150-EN].

11    Waiting Time for Discharge from Hospital Bill,-The Order for reading the Waiting Time for Discharge from Hospital Bill a second time on Friday 21st June was read and discharged.

    Bill to be read a second time on Friday 19th July.

12    Home Safety,-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to promote the use of accident prevention and safety measures in the home; to reduce the cost of such measures by reducing the rate of VAT levied on them; and for connected purposes: And that Claire Ward, Phil Hope, Mr Huw Edwards, Lawrie Quinn, Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West), Mr Stephen Hepburn, Mr Ian Davidson, Mr Ivan Henderson and Mr Andy Reed do prepare and bring it in.

13    Home Safety Bill,-Claire Ward accordingly presented a Bill to promote the use of accident prevention and safety measures in the home; to reduce the cost of such measures by reducing the rate of VAT levied on them; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 19th July and to be printed [Bill 149].

14    Criminal Law,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Offensive Weapons) Order 2002, which was laid before this House on 15th May, be approved-(Jim Fitzpatrick):-It was agreed to.

15    Reception of Asylum Applicants,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees), That this House takes note of European Document No. 8351/02, draft Council Directive laying down minimum standards for the reception of applicants for asylum in Member States; supports the Government's efforts to secure agreement on a Council directive for reception conditions for asylum applicants which will promote a balance in the provision of reception arrangements throughout the Union; and notes the Government's commitment to secure agreement to the asylum measures within the time period envisaged by the Treaty of Amsterdam-(Jim Fitzpatrick):-It was agreed to.

16    Adjournment (European Affairs),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Jim Fitzpatrick);

    And it being Ten o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put.

17    Powers of Attorney,-Ordered, That the Court of Protection (Enduring Powers of Attorney) (Amendment) Rules 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 832) and Court of Protection (Amendment) Rules 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 833) be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.-(Mr Jim Murphy.)

18    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Mr Jim Murphy);

    And the Motion having been made at 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 half-past Ten o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 10.30 p.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1    Housing,-Draft Homelessness (Priority Need for Accommodation) (England) Order 2002 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

2    Local Government Finance,-Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 94) on Funding for Enforcement of Vehicle Emission Standards [by Act]; to be printed [No. 885] [Mr Secretary Darling].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

3    Income Tax,-Income Tax (Benefits in Kind) (Exemption for Employment Costs resulting from Disability) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1596), dated 18th June 2002 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

4    Professional Qualifications,-European Communities (Recognition of Qualifications and Experience) (Third General System) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1597), dated 18th June 2002 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

Other Papers:

5    Financial Reporting to Parliament,-Departmental Report 2002: The Government's Expenditure Plans for 2002-03 to 2003-04 for Her Majesty's Customs and Excise [by Command] [Cm. 5427] [John Healey].

6    National Audit,-Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on The 2001 Outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease [by Act]; to be printed [No. 939] [Clerk of the House].

7    Public Petitions,-Observations by the Secretary of State for Defence on the Petition [22nd May] from residents of Lyneham, Wootton Bassett, Calne, Chippenham, Malmesbury and other towns and villages of North Wiltshire against the closure of RAF Lyneham and for the basing of the A400M transport aircraft there [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Communications Data: Additional Public Authorities) Order 2002,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Bob Ainsworth, Mr Richard Allan, Peter Bottomley, Annette Brooke, Harry Cohen, Mr Ian Davidson, Mr Barry Gardiner, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Mr Dominic Grieve, Mr Ivan Henderson, Mr Mark Hoban, Dr Nick Palmer, Jon Trickett, Dr Desmond Turner, Mrs Betty Williams and Mr Phil Woolas from the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order).

2    Draft Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 (Amendment) Order 2002,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr George Galloway, Dr Howard Stoate and Mr Peter Kilfoyle from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Janet Anderson, Paul Goggins and Mr Doug Henderson.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Illegal Meat Imports Sub-Committee of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [Illegal Meat Imports]; to be printed [No. 968-i] [Paddy Tipping].

    2    Foreign Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [The Inter-governmental Conference 2004: The Convention on the Future of Europe]; to be printed [No. 965-i] [Donald Anderson].

    3    Home Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [The Conduct of Investigations into Past Cases of Abuse in Children's Homes]; to be printed [No. 836-iv] [Mr Chris Mullin].

    4    International Development,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [Department for International Development: Departmental Report 2002]; to be printed [No. 964] [Tony Baldry].

    5    Statutory Instruments,-Thirty-second Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 135-xxxii] [Mr Brian White].

    6    Treasury,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [Banking and SMEs]; to be printed [No. 818-iii] [Mr John McFall].


[W.H., No. 92]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall
[pursuant to the Order of 20th November 2000]

The sitting commenced at half-past Nine o'clock.

    Adjournment,-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Mr John Spellar.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.58 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker



 
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