The House met at half-past Nine o'clock.
1 Co-operatives and Community Benefit Societies Bill,-The Co-operatives and Community Benefit Societies Bill was, according to Order, read a second time and stood committed to a Standing Committee.
2 Company Directors' Performance and Compensation Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Company Directors' Performance and Compensation Bill;
Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West) moved, That the House sit in private.
The Deputy Speaker put the Question forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 163 (Motions to sit in private).
Tellers for the Ayes, Jim Knight, Mr Mark Hendrick: 0.
Tellers for the Noes, Phil Hope, Huw Irranca-Davies: 23.
And it appearing from the report of the Division that fewer than forty Members had taken part in the Division, the Deputy Speaker declared that the Question was not decided, and the business under consideration stood over until the next sitting of the House.
3 Health and Safety at Work (Offences) Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Health and Safety at Work (Offences) Bill;
And a Motion being made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read a second time;
And it being half-past Two o'clock, the Debate stood adjourned.
Ordered, That the Debate be resumed on Friday 7th February.
4 Crown Employment (Nationality) Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Crown Employment (Nationality) Bill;
Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 7th February.
5 Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Joan Ryan.)
And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till Three o'clock, adjourned till Monday 3rd February.
[Adjourned at 3 p.m.
Michael J. Martin
Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock on Monday next.
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
1 Family Law,-Child Support (Decisions and Appeals) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 129), dated 27th January 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].
2 Road Traffic,-Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 166), dated 30th January 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].
3 Water Resources,-Water Resources (Environmental Impact Assessment) (England and Wales) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 164), dated 30th January 2003 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].
4 Defence Executive Agencies,-Reports and Accounts of the Armed Forces Personnel Administration Agency for 2001-02, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 323] [Mr Secretary Hoon].
5 Employment and Training,-Explanatory Memoranda on:
(1) the draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 2003, and
(2) the draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 2003
laid 20th January [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].
6 New Zealand (No. 1, 2003),-Agreement, done at Wellington on 11th October 2002, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of New Zealand concerning Trials under Pitcairn Law in New Zealand and Related Matters, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 5745] [Mr Secretary Straw].
7 Northern Ireland,-Account of the Public Income and Expenditure of Northern Ireland for 2001-02, together with the Balance in the Consolidated Fund on 1st April 2001, with the Receipts and Payments (not being Public Income and Expenditure) in 2001-02, and the Balance in the Consolidated Fund on 31st March 2002 [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [No. 274] [Mr Secretary Murphy].
8 Public Petitions,-Observations by the Secretary of State for Health on the Petitions [5th December, 11th December, 12th December [three Petitions], 17th December [three Petitions], 18th December [eight Petitions], 7th January, 8th January, 9th January [three Petitions], 14th January, 15th January, 16th January, 20th January and 22nd January] from 'Consumers for Health Choice' and others against restrictions on the availability of natural health products [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].
9 Resource Accounts, 2001-02,-Resource Accounts for 2001-02 of the Home Office with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 364] [Ruth Kelly].
10 Resource Accounts, 2001-02 (Notification),-Communication from the Ministry of Defence stating that the Ministry of Defence Resource Accounts for 2001-02 were laid on 21st November 2002 under section 6 of the Government Resource and Accounts 2000, contained within the Ministry of Defence Report and Accounts, 2001-02 [House of Commons Paper No. 47] [by Command] [Ruth Kelly].
11 Treaty Series (No. 57, 2002),-First Supplementary List of Ratifications, Accessions, Withdrawals, etc., for 2002 [by Command] [Cm. 5737] [Mr Secretary Straw].
1 Railways and Transport Safety Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),-The Speaker has appointed Tom Brake, David Cairns, Ms Anne McIntosh, Mr John Randall, Joan Ryan, Mr John Spellar and Mr Dave Watts members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee D in respect of the Bill.
2 Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Code of Practice on Video Recording of Interviews) (Northern Ireland) Order 2000,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Janet Anderson, Mr Keith Bradley, Andy Burnham, Mr Michael Connarty, Tony Cunningham, Lady Hermon, Jane Kennedy, Shona McIsaac, Gillian Merron, Lembit Ípik, Richard Ottaway, Mr Richard Page, Mr Clive Soley, Mr John Taylor, Dr Rudi Vis and Mr David Wilshire from the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order).