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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 5th December 2002

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

PRAYERS.

1    Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr James Cran reported from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Air Quality (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2002.

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

2    Ninth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Roger Gale reported from the Ninth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Flexible Working (Procedural Requirements) Regulations 2002.

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

3    Welsh Grand Committee,-Mr Win Griffiths reported from the Welsh Grand Committee, That it had considered the matter of the Pre-Budget Report and its implications for Wales, referred to it on 28th November.

4    Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Bill,-Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, supported by Mr Secretary Smith, Mr Paul Boateng, Dawn Primarolo, Ruth Kelly and John Healey, presented a Bill to restate, with minor changes, certain enactments relating to income tax on employment income, pension income and social security income; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Monday next and to be printed [Bill 13].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Bill be printed [Bill 13-EN].

5    Estimates [1st allotted day],-The House proceeded, pursuant to Resolution [26th November], to consider the Estimates appointed for consideration under Standing Order No. 145 (Liaison Committee).

    Vote on Account 2003-04 (Home Office),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That resources, not exceeding 4,651,171,000, be authorised, on account, for use during the year ending on 31st March 2004, and that a sum, not exceeding 4,597,261,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund, on account, for the year ending on 31st March 2004, for expenditure by the Home Office-(Jim Fitzpatrick);

    And it being Seven o'clock, the Deputy Speaker, pursuant to paragraph (5) of Standing Order No. 54 (Consideration of Estimates), put the Question:-It was agreed to.

6    Estimates,-The Deputy Speaker then put the Questions required to be put, pursuant to paragraph (2) of Standing Order No. 55 (Questions on voting of estimates, &c.)

Supplementary Estimates, 2002-03

    Resolved, That further resources, not exceeding 7,400,007,000, be authorised for use for defence and civil services for the year ending on 31st March 2003, and that a further sum, not exceeding 8,995,029,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to meet the costs of defence and civil services for the year ending on 31st March 2003, as set out in House of Commons Paper No. 43.

Estimates, 2003-04 (Vote on Account)

    Resolved, That resources, not exceeding 151,331,461,000, be authorised, on account, for use for defence and civil services for the year ending on 31st March 2004, and that a sum, not exceeding 126,882,161,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund, on account, to meet the costs of defence and civil services for the year ending on 31st March 2004, as set out in House of Commons Papers Nos. 39, 40, 41 and 42.

    Ordered, That a Bill be brought in upon the foregoing Resolutions relating to Supplementary Estimates, 2002-03 and Estimates, 2003-04 (Vote on Account): And that the Chairman of Ways and Means, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Paul Boateng, Dawn Primarolo, Ruth Kelly and John Healey do prepare and bring it in.

7    Consolidated Fund Bill,-Ruth Kelly accordingly presented a Bill to authorise the use of resources for the service of the years ending on 31st March 2003 and 2004 and to apply certain sums out of the Consolidated Fund to the service of the years ending on 31st March 2003 and 2004: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Monday next and to be printed [Bill 14].

8    Companies,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Companies (Fees) (Amendment No.2) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2894), dated 21st November, a copy of which was laid before this House on 21st November, be approved-(Mr Jim Murphy):-It was agreed to.

9    Northern Ireland,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Harbours (Northern Ireland) Order 2002, which was laid before this House on 21st November, be approved-(Mr Jim Murphy):-It was agreed to.

10    Social Security,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Jobseeker's Allowance (Amendment) Regulations 2002, which were laid before this House on 20th November, be approved-(Mr Jim Murphy):-It was agreed to.

11    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from'Consumers for Health Choice' and others against restrictions on the availability of natural health products was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

12    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Gerry Sutcliffe.)

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-seven minutes to Eight o'clock, adjourned till Monday 9th December.

[Adjourned at 8.33 p.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


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


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1    Consumer Protection,-Dangerous Substances and Preparations (Safety) (Consolidation) (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 3010), dated 4th December 2002 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

2    Disabled Persons,-(1) Rail Vehicle Accessibility (C2C Class 357/0 Vehicles) Exemption (Amendment) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 3002), dated 4th December 2002, and

    (2) Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Croydon Tramlink Class CR4000 Vehicles) Exemption (Amendment) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 3001), dated 4th December 2002

    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

3    Income Tax,-Retirement Benefits Schemes (Information Powers) (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 3006), dated 4th December 2002 [by Act] [Ruth Kelly].

4    Local Government,-City of Plymouth (Scheme for Elections) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2954), dated 28th November 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

5    National Health Service,-Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health (Functions) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 3007), dated 5th December 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

6    Pensions,-Occupational Pensions (Revaluation) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2951), dated 28th November 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

7    Professional Qualifications,-European Communities (Recognition of Professional Qualifications) (Second General System) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2934), dated 26th November 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

8    Video Recordings,-Proposal by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport for the designation of Sir Quentin Thomas as an authority to determine the suitability of video works for classification [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

Other Papers:

9    Air Force (Constitution),-Amendment List 6 to Air Publication 1269-The Royal Air Force Manual of Medical Management and Administration [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

10    Reserve Forces,-Regulations of the Defence Council amending the Queen's Regulations for the Royal Air Force (Fifth Edition) [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

11    Public Petitions,-(1) Observations by the Secretary of State for Health on the Petitions [19th November, 20th November, 21st November, 26th November [two Petitions], 27th November [four Petitions], 3rd December and 4th December] from 'Consumers for Health Choice' and others against restrictions on the availability of natural health products; and

    (2) Observations by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on the Petitions [5th November] from-

      (1) residents of Gloucester and others for further controls on public firework displays and on the sale of fireworks;

      (2) residents of Hayes and others for further controls on the use and sale of fireworks; and

      (3) residents of Lowestoft restricting the period during which fireworks can be sold for private use;

    [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Communications Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),-The Speaker has appointed Mr Vernon Coaker, Mr Nick Harvey, Mr Mark Hoban, Mr Kim Howells, Mr Eric Joyce, Mr Jim Murphy and Mr John Whittingdale members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee B in respect of the Bill.

2    Health (Wales) Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),-The Speaker has appointed Mr Nick Ainger, Mr Nigel Evans, Mr Hywel Francis, Mr Hugh Robertson, Mr Chris Ruane, Mr Don Touhig and Mr Roger Williams members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee B in respect of the Bill.

3    Draft Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 (Amendment of Section 46(1)) Order 2002,-The Speaker has appointed Miss Ann Widdecombe Chairman of the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Order.

4    Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 9) on Special Grant for addressing the costs of EC Regulation 2037/00 on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Disposal of Refrigeration Equipment) 2002,-The Speaker has appointed Mrs Irene Adams Chairman of the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Special Grant Report.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Environmental Audit,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee on 4th December [The World Summit on Sustainable Development: From Rhetoric to Reality]; to be printed [No. 98-ii] [Mr John Horam].

    2    Public Administration,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Public Service Targets]; to be printed [No. 62-iv] [Tony Wright].

    3    Scottish Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Scottish Affairs Committee [The Work of Citizens Advice Scotland]; to be printed [No. 158-i] [Mrs Irene Adams].

    4    Treasury,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Scottish Affairs Committee [Pre-Budget Report 2002]; to be printed [No. 159-i] [Mr John McFall].

[W.H., No. 4]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

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

    Adjournment (Global Climate Change and Sustainable Development-Third Report from the International Development Committee, Session 2001-02, and the Government's response thereto),-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Mr Ivor Caplin.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 10th December.

[Adjourned at 5.29 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker



 
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