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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 12th February 2003

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

PRAYERS.

1    Transas Group Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Transas Group Bill;

    Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Wednesday 26th February.

2    Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Derek Conway reported from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Public Lending Right (Increase of Limit) Order 2003.

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

3    European Standing Committee A,-Mr Joe Benton reported from European Standing Committee A the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Documents No. 15301/02, Commission Communication on improving safety at sea, and No. 5111/03, draft Regulation on the accelerated phasing in of double hull or equivalent design requirements for single hull oil tankers; and supports the Government's continuing commitment to working within the European Union and the International Maritime Organisation to that end.

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

4    European Standing Committee B,-David Taylor reported from European Standing Committee B the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 12249/2/02, on Combating Corruption in the Private Sector; considers it to be an acceptable replacement for the Joint Action on Corruption in the Private Sector of 22 December 1998; and supports the Government's efforts to secure agreement to this Framework Decision.

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

5    Standing Committee on the Convention,-Frank Cook reported from the Standing Committee on the Convention, That it had considered the Fifth Report (21st November 2002), Sixth Report (29th January 2003) and Seventh Report (11th February 2003) from the United Kingdom Representatives to the Convention on the future of Europe.

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

    The Lords have come to the following Resolution, to which they desire the agreement of this House:

    That it is expedient that a Joint Committee of Lords and Commons be appointed to consider and report on any draft Corruption Bill presented to both Houses by a Minister of the Crown, and that the Committee should report not later than four months after any such Bill has been presented to both Houses.

7    National Lottery (Funding of Endowments) Bill,-Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the National Lottery (Funding of Endowments) Bill be printed [Bill 24-EN].

8    Animals (Electric Shock Collars),-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to ban the manufacture, sale or use of collars which administer electric shocks to animals: And that Mr David Rendel, Mr Roger Williams, Bob Russell, Mr Ian Cawsey, Dr Nick Palmer, Andrew Rosindell, Mr Elfyn Llwyd, Lady Hermon, Mr Nigel Jones, Mr Roger Gale, Mr Keith Bradley and Miss Ann Widdecombe do prepare and bring it in.

9    Animals (Electric Shock Collars) Bill,-Mr David Rendel accordingly presented a Bill to ban the manufacture, sale or use of collars which administer electric shocks to animals: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 7th March and to be printed [Bill 57].

10    Opposition Day [4th allotted day: second part],-It being an allotted day at the disposal of the Leader of the Opposition in pursuance of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business), the House proceeded to consider Opposition business.

    Government's Record on the Economy and Public Services,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House acknowledges the serious concern about the current state of the UK economy, including economic imbalances, the failure of the Chancellor of the Exchequer to meet his economic forecasts, the ever higher taxes, the disproportionate fall in the UK stock market, the decline in productivity growth, and the crisis in funded pensions; recognises the harm done to business and the enterprise culture as a result of increases in red tape and business tax since 1997, now estimated to cost up to 15 billion a year; is shocked by the Chancellor of the Exchequer's complacency on these matters; is concerned that the forthcoming rise in National Insurance contributions will have further adverse effects on jobs, incomes and economic confidence; notes that tax revenues have already risen by 36 a week for every man, woman and child since 1997; deplores the fact that, despite substantial increases in taxes and Government expenditure, the lack of real reform means that the promised improvements in public services have not materialized, with a recent rise of 22 per cent. in NHS funding leading to a rise of just 1.6 per cent. in the number of patients treated, with one in four children leaving primary school unable to read, write and count properly, with a crumbling transport system, and with only one crime in every 40 resulting in a conviction; and calls on the Government to end its cycle of tax and spend and fail-(Mr Michael Howard);

    An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word 'House' to the end of the Question and add the words 'notes that as a result of this Government's economic management, even in times of global economic uncertainty when the world economy is experiencing the first simultaneous downturn for nearly thirty years and twenty of the world's biggest economies including the United States, Japan, Asia, much of Latin America and Europe have been or are in recession, the UK economy continues to grow with low levels of inflation and low interest rates; welcomes the 1.5 million extra jobs created since 1997 and resists any attempts to abolish the New Deal and the tax credits that make work pay; further welcomes the cuts in the rates of corporation tax, capital gains tax and small business corporation tax since 1997 and the introduction of the R&D tax credit; and believes that after years of neglect between 1979 and 1997 it is even more important to invest in public services and to support the Government's record extra investment in Britain's health, education and other public services combined with reform to build high quality public services for all and its resistance to any attempt at this time of global uncertainty to cut public spending', instead thereof.-(Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer.)

    And the Question being proposed, That the original words stand part of the Question;

    David Maclean rose in his place and claimed to move, That the Question be now put.

    And the Question being put, That the Question be now put:-It was agreed to.

    And the Question being accordingly put;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Wilshire, Mr Mark Francois: 141.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Phil Woolas, Mr Ivor Caplin: 363.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Question, That the proposed words be there added, being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Phil Woolas, Mr Ivor Caplin: 310.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Wilshire, Mr Mark Francois: 186.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    The Deputy Speaker forthwith declared the Main Question, as amended, to be agreed to.

    Resolved, That notes that as a result of this Government's economic management, even in times of global economic uncertainty when the world economy is experiencing the first simultaneous downturn for nearly thirty years and twenty of the world's biggest economies including the United States, Japan, Asia, much of Latin America and Europe have been or are in recession, the UK economy continues to grow with low levels of inflation and low interest rates; welcomes the 1.5 million extra jobs created since 1997 and resists any attempts to abolish the New Deal and the tax credits that make work pay; further welcomes the cuts in the rates of corporation tax, capital gains tax and small business corporation tax since 1997 and the introduction of the R&D tax credit; and believes that after years of neglect between 1979 and 1997 it is even more important to invest in public services and to support the Government's record extra investment in Britain's health, education and other public services combined with reform to build high quality public services for all and its resistance to any attempt at this time of global uncertainty to cut public spending.

11    Hunting Bill (Programme) (No. 2),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Orders [28th June 2001 and 29th October 2002], That, in accordance with the Resolution of the Standing Committee of 11th February 2003, the Programme Order of 16th December 2002 in relation to the Hunting Bill be amended as follows-

    In paragraph 2 of the Order, for '13th February' substitute '27th February'-(Derek Twigg):-It was agreed to.

12    Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for the House to resolve itself into a Committee on the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Bill, as amended in the Joint Committee;

    A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 60 (Tax law rewrite bills), That the Committee of the whole House be discharged from considering the Bill-(Dawn Primarolo):-It was agreed to.

    The Bill was read the third time, and passed.

13    Mid-term Review of the Common Agricultural Policy,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House takes note of European Union Documents No. 10879/02, Commission Communication on the Mid-Term Review of the Common Agricultural Policy, No. 10896/02, Commission working document containing a report on milk quotas and No. COM (03) 23, draft Council Regulations on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy; supports the Government's objective, to work for a sustainable Common Agricultural Policy which contributes to prosperous rural areas, enhances the natural environment, and provides high-quality, safe food and high animal welfare standards, a fair and competitive environment for farmers and better value for money for taxpayers and consumers; welcomes the European Commission's proposals on reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, in particular the proposals to decouple payments from production, to move from production-linked subsidies to wider agri-environment and rural development measures, and for further market reform, while lessening the adverse impact on trading opportunities to less-developed countries; but regrets that the proposals in several areas did not go further, that they include a complex and potentially unfair mechanism for transferring funds towards agri-environment and rural development measures and, on dairy reform, that they do not meet the requirement of the Berlin agreement that there would be a mid-term review 'with the aim of allowing the present quota arrangements to run out after 2006'-(Mr Elliot Morley);

    An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 6, to leave out from the word 'Policy' to the end of the Question and add the words 'recognises the need for a substantial recovery in farm incomes from the present low base to a level at which UK farmers are earning sustainable and competitive returns; supports the objective of achieving prosperous rural areas, an enhanced natural environment and provision of high-quality, safe food and high animal welfare standards; welcomes the European Commission's appreciation of the need to reform the Common Agricultural Policy, which absorbs half the EU budget, and recalls Government failures in this regard; further welcomes the proposals to decouple payments from production, and for further market reform; but has deep reservations about the effects of the current proposals on UK agriculture and recognises that the British people are increasingly hostile to a system that penalises both UK taxpayers and farmers; believes that dairy regime reform should provide greater opportunity for the UK dairy sector to add value to their product through producer-based processing; notes that the Commission proposals involve a potentially unfair mechanism for transferring funds towards agri-environmental and rural development measures; and urges the Government to use all the means at its disposal to ensure that these proposals are redrafted in the interests of UK farmers and consumers', instead thereof.-(Mr John Hayes.)

    And the Question being proposed, That the Amendment be made;

    And it being one and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Standing Order No. 16 (Proceedings under an Act or on European Union documents).

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Wilshire, Mr Mark Francois: 141.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Nick Ainger, Joan Ryan: 258.

    So the Question was negatived.

    The Deputy Speaker then put the remaining Question required to be put at that hour.

    And the Main Question being put;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Nick Ainger, Joan Ryan: 253.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Wilshire, Mr Mark Francois: 137.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Resolved, That this House takes note of European Union Documents No. 10879/02, Commission Communication on the Mid-Term Review of the Common Agricultural Policy, No. 10896/02, Commission working document containing a report on milk quotas and No. COM (03) 23, draft Council Regulations on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy; supports the Government's objective, to work for a sustainable Common Agricultural Policy which contributes to prosperous rural areas, enhances the natural environment, and provides high-quality, safe food and high animal welfare standards, a fair and competitive environment for farmers and better value for money for taxpayers and consumers; welcomes the European Commission's proposals on reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, in particular the proposals to decouple payments from production, to move from production-linked subsidies to wider agri-environment and rural development measures, and for further market reform, while lessening the adverse impact on trading opportunities to less-developed countries; but regrets that the proposals in several areas did not go further, that they include a complex and potentially unfair mechanism for transferring funds towards agri-environment and rural development measures and, on dairy reform, that they do not meet the requirement of the Berlin agreement that there would be a mid-term review 'with the aim of allowing the present quota arrangements to run out after 2006'.

14    Animals,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2003, which were laid before this House on 14th January, be approved-(Dan Norris):-It was agreed to.

15    Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Pigs, which was laid before this House on 9th January, be approved-(Dan Norris):-It was agreed to.

16    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 Strategic Investment and Regeneration of Sites (Northern Ireland) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 14th January, be approved-(Dan Norris):-It was agreed to.

17    Local Government Finance,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 110) (House of Commons Paper No. 320) on 2002-03 Special Grants in connection with Local Public Service Agreements, which was laid before this House on 23rd January, be approved-(Dan Norris):-It was agreed to.

18    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 Energy (Northern Ireland) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 23rd January, be approved-(Dan Norris):-It was agreed to.

19    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 Budget (Northern Ireland) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 28th January, be approved-(Dan Norris):-It was agreed to.

20    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from residents of the villages of Plumley, Lower Peover, Chelford and Lostock Green against expansion of Manchester Airport was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

21    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Dan Norris.)

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till a quarter past Nine o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 9.15 p.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


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


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    1    Income Tax,-Income and Corporation Taxes (Electronic Communications) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 282), dated 12th February 2003 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

    2    Universities of Oxford and Cambridge,-Statute, dated 12th June 2002, made by the Governing Body of St. Catherine's College, Oxford, amending the Statutes of the College [by Act] [Mr Robin Cook].

Other Papers:

    3    Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security,-Paper, entitled Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001: Part IV Section 28 Review [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    4    Treaty Series (No. 5, 2003),-Convention, done at Helsinki on 17th March 1992, on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents [by Command] [Cm. 5741] [Mr Secretary Straw].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Criminal Justice Bill,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Peter Pike an additional Chairman of Standing Committee B in respect of the Criminal Justice Bill.

    2    Co-operatives and Community Benefits Societies Bill:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee C; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Adrian Bailey, Tony Baldry, Mr John Bercow, Dr Vincent Cable, Mr Colin Challen, Mrs Louise Ellman, Linda Gilroy, Ruth Kelly, Mr Andrew Love, Ms Meg Munn, Mr Stephen O'Brien, Mr Gareth Thomas, Mr Simon Thomas, Mr Mark Todd, Mr David Wilshire and Mr Anthony D. Wright.

    3    Police (Northern Ireland) Bill:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee E; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated twenty-two Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Adrian Bailey, Mr Gregory Campbell, Mr Alistair Carmichael, Mr Tony Colman, Ross Cranston, Tony Cunningham, Mr Paul Goodman, Mr Tom Harris, Huw Irranca-Davies, Mr Eric Joyce, Jane Kennedy, Mr Stephen McCabe, Shona McIsaac, Mr Seamus Mallon, Patrick Mercer, Gillian Merron, Mr Denis Murphy, Lembit pik, Angela Smith, Mr John Taylor, Mr David Trimble and Mr David Wilshire.

    4    National Minimum Wage (Enforcement Notices) Bill:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee G; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Hugh Bayley, Mr Henry Bellingham, Dr Vincent Cable, Mr Iain Coleman, Annabelle Ewing, Mr Mark Field, Mr Paul Goodman, Kate Hoey, Alan Johnson, Mr Bob Laxton, Mr Alan Meale, Mr Jim Murphy, Hugh Robertson, Jim Sheridan, Mr Sin Simon and Joan Walley.

    5    Draft Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating and National Insurance Funds Payment) Order 2003 and the draft Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2003:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order and draft Regulations to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Paul Holmes, Judy Mallaber, Mr Peter Mandelson, Chris Mole, Mr Stephen O'Brien, Mr Chris Pond, Dawn Primarolo, Jonathan Shaw, Mr Sin Simon, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe, Mr Nigel Waterson, Mr Tom Watson, Steve Webb, Mr David Wilshire, Ann Winterton and Derek Wyatt.

    6    Draft Maximum Number of Judges Order 2003:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr John Battle, Hugh Bayley, Mr John Burnett, Yvette Cooper, Jeremy Corbyn, Mr Tam Dalyell, Mr Nick Hawkins, Mr David Heath, Mr Fraser Kemp, Andy King, Miss Julie Kirkbride, Laura Moffatt, Julie Morgan, Dr Doug Naysmith, Mr Gary Streeter and Angela Watkinson.

    7    Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Codes B to E) Order 2003:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Order to the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Tony Banks, Annette Brooke, Mr David Chaytor, Mr John Denham, Julia Drown, Mr Mark Francois, Mr David Heath, Mr John Heppell, Mr Boris Johnson, Mr Andrew Lansley, Mr James Paice, Mr Greg Pope, Dr Howard Stoate, Dr Gavin Strang, Dr Rudi Vis and Dr Alan Whitehead.

    8    Draft Code of Guidance on Sites of Special Scientific Interest: Encouraging Positive Partnerships:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Code to the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Nick Ainger, Norman Baker, Virginia Bottomley, Mr Stephen Byers, Sue Doughty, Mr Mark Fisher, Lynne Jones, Mr David Kidney, Mr Elliot Morley, Ms Meg Munn, Mr Kerry Pollard, Hugh Robertson, Phil Sawford, Mr Jonathan Sayeed, Mr Brian Sedgemore and Mr Bill Wiggin.

    9    Draft Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 2003,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Geraldine Smith and Mrs Helen Clark from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Tony Cunningham and Ms Dari Taylor.

    10    Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 112) on Special Grants for the Local e-Government Programme:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Report to the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas, Mr Edward Davey, Mrs Janet Dean, Mr Frank Dobson, Mrs Louise Ellman, Linda Gilroy, Dr Brian Iddon, Mr Christopher Leslie, Alice Mahon, Dr Nick Palmer, Dr John Pugh, Mr Desmond Swayne, Mr Robert Syms, Mr Andrew Turner and Mr Phil Woolas.

    11    Draft National Assembly for Wales (Representation of the People) Order 2003,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Nick Ainger and Adam Price from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Dan Norris and Hywel Williams.

    12    Draft Grants to the Churches Conservation Trust Order 2003:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Stuart Bell, Mr Richard Caborn, Mr Ben Chapman, Sir Patrick Cormack, Mr David Crausby, Mr Nick Gibb, Mr Mark Hoban, Mr George Howarth, Mr Fraser Kemp, Mr Malcolm Moss, Albert Owen, Bob Russell, Mr Adrian Sanders, Mr David Stewart, Tony Worthington and David Wright.

Grand Committees

    13    The Speaker has appointed Mr Peter Atkinson and Mr Edward O'Hara Chairmen of the Scottish Grand Committee in respect of its meeting on Wednesday 12th February, in place of Mrs Irene Adams.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Education and Skills,-(1) Second Special Report from the Education and Skills Committee [Government Response to the Sixth Report from the Education and Skills Committee, Session 2001-02, on Post-16 Student Support]; to be printed [No. 440]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Higher Education Funding]; to be printed [No. 425-ii]

    [Mr Barry Sheerman].

    2    Environmental Audit,-(1) First Special Report from the Environmental Audit Committee [Government Response to the First Report from the Committee on Pesticides: The Voluntary Initiative]; to be printed [No. 443];

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The World Summit on Sustainable Development: From Rhetoric to Reality]; to be printed [Nos. 98-iii and 98-iv]; and

    (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Winning the War on Waste] to be printed [No. 99-vi]

    [Mr John Horam].

    3    European Scrutiny,-Twelfth Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 63-xii] [Mr Jimmy Hood].

    4    International Development,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [Preparing for the humanitarian consequences of possible military action against Iraq]; to be printed [No. 444-i] [Tony Baldry].

    5    Northern Ireland Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [The Illegal Drugs Trade and Drugs Culture in Northern Ireland]; to be printed [No. 353-iii] [Mr Michael Mates].

    6    Procedure,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Procedure Committee [Procedures for Debates and Private Members' Bills, and the Powers of the Speaker]; to be printed [No. 333-iii] [Sir Nicholas Winterton].

    7    Public Accounts,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Department for International Development: maximising impact in the water sector]; to be printed [No. 446-i] [Mr Edward Leigh].

    8    Science and Technology,-(1) Fourth Special Report from the Science and Technology Committee [Government Response to the Seventh Report from the Science and Technology Committee, on Short-term Research Contracts in Science and Engineering]; to be printed [No. 442]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [UK Science and Europe: Value for Money?]; to be printed [No. 386-ii]

    [Dr Ian Gibson].

    9    Standards and Privileges,-Third Report from the Committee on Standards and Privileges [Complaints against Mr Michael Trend], together with an Appendix and the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 11th February; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 435] [Sir George Young].

    10    Transport,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Committee [Road and Pathway Maintenance]; to be printed [No. 407-ii] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

    11    Treasury,-(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee on 10th February [The UK and the Euro]; to be printed [Nos. 187-ix and -x]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 11th February [The UK and the Euro]; to be printed [No. 187-xi]

    [Mr John McFall].

    12    Work and Pensions,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Work and Pensions Committee [Employment for all: Assisting people with disabilities and health problems into work]; to be printed [No. 401-ii] [Sir Archy Kirkwood].

[W.H., No. 29]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

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

    Adjournment,-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Gillian Merron.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 4.44 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker

THE SPEAKER'S CERTIFICATE

    The Speaker certified that the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Bill is a Money Bill within the meaning of the Parliament Act 1911.



 
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