The House met at half-past Nine o'clock.
1 The Speaker's Absence,-The House being met, and the Speaker having leave of absence pursuant to paragraph (3) of Standing Order No. 3 (Deputy Speaker), Sylvia Heal, the First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means, proceeded to the Table.
2 The First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means took the Chair as Deputy Speaker.
3 Public Petitions,-Public Petitions from-
(1) users of St Ives Pharmacy, Ashley Heath, Ringwood, and other residents against the unrestricted opening of pharmacies able to dispense NHS prescriptions; and
(2) users of local pharmacies in the Christchurch community against the unrestricted opening of pharmacies able to dispense NHS prescriptions
were presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
4 Sustainable Energy Bill,-The Sustainable Energy Bill was, according to Order, read a second time and stood committed to a Standing Committee.
5 Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Deceased Fathers) Bill,-The Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Deceased Fathers) Bill was, according to Order, read a second time and stood committed to a Standing Committee.
6 High Hedges (No. 2) Bill,-The High Hedges (No. 2) Bill was, according to Order, read a second time and stood committed to a Standing Committee.
7 Disabled People (Duties of Public Authorities) Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Disabled People (Duties of Public Authorities) Bill;
And it being half-past Two o'clock, the Deputy Speaker interrupted the business.
Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 16th May.
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 4th April.
9 Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Charlotte Atkins);
And the Motion having been made after half-past Two o'clock, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House, without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, it being then Three o'clock, till Monday 31st March.
[Adjourned at 3 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst
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 Criminal Law,-Prosecution of Offences (Youth Courts Time Limits) (Revocation and Transitional Provision) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 917), dated 26th March 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
2 Road Traffic,-Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (Borough of Slough) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 898), dated 27th March 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].
3 Animal Health,-Contingency Plan by Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on Foot and Mouth Disease [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].
4 Coal Industry,-Report of the Office of the Subsidence Adviser for 2001-02 [by Statutory Instrument] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].
5 Competition Commission,-Report by the Competition Commission on the proposed transfers between Gannett UK Limited and SMG plc [by Command] [Cm. 5782] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].
6 Public Petitions,-Observations by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on the Petition [4th March] from Ms Tracy Trevillion, Mrs Dorothy Best and others against removal of controls on the opening of pharmacies [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].
7 Sea Fisheries,-Report by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the proceedings under sections 1 to 5 of the Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Act 1967, for 2002 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].
8 Treaty Series (No. 14, 2003),-Exchange of Notes, done at Freetown on 6th December 2001 and Conakry on 9th April 2002, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Republic of Guinea concerning Certain Commercial Debts (The United Kingdom/Guinea Debt Agreement No. 7 (2001)) [by Command] [Cm. 5786] [Mr Secretary Straw].