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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Friday 21st March 2003

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

PRAYERS.

1    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from residents and members of the workforce in the City of London for the restoration of St Bartholomew's as a teaching hospital and a district general hospital, and for the immediate re-opening of its accident and emergency department was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

2    Fire Services Bill,-Mr Secretary Prescott, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Blunkett, Mr Secretary Darling, Mr Secretary Murphy, Mr Secretary Hoon, Ms Secretary Hewitt, Secretary Peter Hain, Mr Nick Raynsford and Mr Christopher Leslie presented a Bill to confer power on the Secretary of State to set or modify the conditions of service of members of fire brigades and to give directions to fire authorities: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Monday 24th March and to be printed [Bill 81].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Fire Services Bill be printed [Bill 81-EN].

3    Female Genital Mutilation Bill,-The Female Genital Mutilation Bill was, according to Order, read a second time and stood committed to a Standing Committee.

    It being Eleven o'clock, the Deputy Speaker interrupted the proceedings, pursuant to Standing Order No. 11 (Friday sittings).

4    Equine Welfare (Ragwort Control) Bill,-The Equine Welfare (Ragwort Control) Bill was, according to Order, read a second time and stood committed to a Standing Committee.

5    Endangered Species (Illegal Trade) Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Endangered Species (Illegal Trade) Bill;

    And a Motion being made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read a second time;

    The Motion was, with leave of the House, withdrawn.

    [Bill withdrawn.]

6    Greenbelt Protection Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Greenbelt Protection Bill;

    A Motion was 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 13th June.

7    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 28th March.

8    Government Powers (Limitations) Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Government Powers (Limitations) Bill;

    Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 28th March.

9    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Jim Fitzpatrick.)

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till one minute to Three o'clock, adjourned till Monday 24th March.

[Adjourned at 2.59 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    Agriculture,-Products of Animal Origin (Third Country Imports) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 812), dated 20th March 2003 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

    2    Defence,-Air Force Act 1955 (Part 1) Regulations 2001 (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 786), dated 19th March 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

    3    Merchant Shipping,-Merchant Shipping (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 788), dated 14th March 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

Other Papers:

    4    Air Force (Constitution),-Amendment to Queen's Regulations for the Royal Air Force (Fifth Edition) [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

    5    Northern Ireland,-Report and Resource Accounts of the Department for Employment and Learning for 2001-02, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland thereon [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [No. 24] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    International Development,-Memorandum laid before the International Development Committee [Government Response to the Fourth Report from the Committee, Preparing for the humanitarian consequences of possible military action against Iraq]; to be printed [No. 560] [Tony Baldry].



 
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