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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 19th June 2003

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

PRAYERS.

1    Death of a Member,-The Speaker made the following communication to the House:

    I regret to have to report to the House the death of Paul Daisley, esquire, Member for Brent, East. I am sure that Members on all sides of the House will join me in mourning the loss of a colleague and in extending our sympathy to the honourable Member's family and friends.

2    Crime (International Co-operation) Bill [Lords],-Mr Alan Hurst reported from Standing Committee A, That it had gone through the Crime (International Co-operation) Bill [Lords], and made Amendments thereunto.

    Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 130].

    Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 842].

3    Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill,-Mr Win Griffiths reported from Standing Committee E, That it had gone through the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.

    Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 127].

    Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 836].

4    Message from the Lords,-A Message was received from the Lords, as follows:

    The Lords agree, without Amendment, to certain of the Amendments made by this House to the Licensing Bill [Lords]; they disagree to certain other of the Amendments made by this House for which disagreement they assign their Reasons; they agree to an Amendment made by this House with an Amendment in lieu of the words so left out of the Bill, to which they desire the agreement of this House; and they disagree to the remaining Amendment made by this House, but propose an Amendment in lieu thereof, to which they desire the agreement of this House.

5    Licensing Bill [Lords],-Lords Amendments and Reasons in relation to the Licensing Bill [Lords] to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 131].

6    Corporate Responsibility Bill,-Linda Perham, supported by Mr Michael Meacher, Mr John McFall, Mr Martin O'Neill, Tony Baldry, Mr Barry Sheerman, Mr John Horam, Mr Frank Dobson, Glenda Jackson, Mr Tony Banks, Sue Doughty and Mr Frank Field, presented a Bill to make provision for certain companies to produce and publish reports on environmental, social and economic and financial matters; to consult on proposed operations of the company; to specify certain duties and responsibilities of directors; to establish a right of access to information held by companies; to specify the powers and duties of the Secretary of State; to provide for remedies for aggrieved persons; and for related purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 11th July and to be printed [Bill 129].

7    Estimates Day [3rd allotted day],-The House proceeded, pursuant to Resolution [12th June], to consider the Estimates appointed for consideration under Standing Order No. 145 (Liaison Committee).

    Estimates, 2003-04 (Home Office),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That further resources, not exceeding 7,181,299,000, be authorised for use for the year ending on 31st March 2004, and that a further sum, not exceeding 7,391,463,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund for the year ending on 31st March 2004 for expenditure by the Home Office-(Bridget Prentice);

    The Debate was concluded, and the Question necessary to dispose of proceedings was deferred, pursuant to paragraph (4) of Standing Order No. 54 (Consideration of estimates).

    Estimates, 2003-04 (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That further resources, not exceeding 1,386,358,000, be authorised for use for the year ending on 31st March 2004, and that a further sum, not exceeding 1,456,729,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund for the year ending on 31st March 2004 for expenditure by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs-(Joan Ryan);

    And it being Six o'clock, the Deputy Speaker interrupted the proceedings, and the Question necessary to dispose of proceedings was deferred, pursuant to paragraph (4) of Standing Order No. 54 (Consideration of estimates).

    The Deputy Speaker, pursuant to paragraph (5) of Standing Order No. 54 (Consideration of estimates), put the deferred Questions on Estimates, 2003-04.

    Estimates, 2003-04: Home Office

    Resolved, That further resources, not exceeding 7,181,299,000, be authorised for use for the year ending on 31st March 2004, and that a further sum, not exceeding 7,391,463,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund for the year ending on 31st March 2004 for expenditure by the Home Office.

    Estimates, 2003-04: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    Resolved, That further resources, not exceeding 1,386,358,000, be authorised for use for the year ending on 31st March 2004, and that a further sum, not exceeding 1,456,729,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund for the year ending on 31st March 2004 for expenditure by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

8    Estimates,-The Deputy Speaker then put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the Estimates appointed for consideration this day.

    Estimates, 2003-04

    Resolved, That further resources, not exceeding 194,587,132,000, be authorised for use for defence and civil services for the year ending on 31st March 2004, and that a further sum, not exceeding 163,523,577,000, 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 2004, as set out in House of Commons Papers Nos. 648, 655, 656 and 657.

    Ordered, That a Bill be brought in upon the foregoing Resolutions: 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.

9    Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) (No. 2) Bill,-John Healey accordingly presented a Bill to authorise the use of resources for the service of the year ending with 31st March 2004 and to apply certain sums out of the Consolidated Fund to the service of the year ending with 31st March 2004; to appropriate the further supply authorised in this Session of Parliament; and to repeal certain Consolidated Fund and Appropriation Acts: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 123].

10    Police,-Ordered, That the Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Amendment No. 4) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1418) be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.-(Gillian Merron.)

11    Northern Ireland Grand Committee,-Ordered, That-

    (1) the draft Budget (No. 2) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 be referred to the Northern Ireland Grand Committee;

    (2) the Committee shall meet at Westminster on Thursday 3rd July at half-past Two o'clock; and

    (3) at that sitting-

      (a) the Committee shall take questions under Standing Order No. 110 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (questions for oral answer)), and shall then consider the instrument referred to it under paragraph (1) above; and

      (b) at the conclusion of these proceedings, a motion for the adjournment of the Committee may be made by a Minister of the Crown, pursuant to paragraph (5) of Standing Order No. 116 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (sittings)).-(Gillian Merron.)

12    Companies,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Uncertificated Securities (Amendment) (Eligible Debt Securities) Regulations 2003, which were laid before this House on 6th May, be approved-(Gillian Merron):-It was agreed to.

13    Public Petitions,-Public Petitions from-

    (1) residents of Pagham, Bognor Regis, against the closure of Pagham Post Office; and

    (2) residents of Wimbledon 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.

14    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from residents of Chesham and Amersham against the unrestricted opening of pharmacies able to dispense NHS prescriptions was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

15    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Gillian Merron);

    And the Motion having been made after Six 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 twenty-six minutes to Seven o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 6.34 p.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


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


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

    1    Constitutional Law,-Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) (No. 2) Order 2003 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

    2    Government Trading Funds,-Draft Land Registry Trading Fund (Extension and Amendment) Order 2003 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr David Lammy].

    3    Merchant Shipping,-Draft Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Port Waste Reception Facilities) Regulations 2003 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

    4    Official Secrets,-Draft Official Secrets Act 1989 (Prescription) (Amendment) Order 2003 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    5    Terms and Conditions of Employment,-Draft National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 (Amendment) Regulations 2003 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    6    Countryside,-Access to the Countryside (Correction of Provisional and Conclusive Maps) (England) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1591), dated 17th June 2003 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

    7    Education,-New Schools (General) (England) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1558), dated 12th June 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

Other Papers:

    8    Cabinet Office,-Draft Civil Contingencies Bill, Explanatory Notes, Regulatory Impact Assessment (Local Responders) and Regulatory Impact Assessment (Emergency Powers), with a Draft Civil Contingencies Bill Consultation Document [by Command] [Cm. 5843] [Mr Douglas Alexander].

    9    Intelligence Services,-Government Response to the Report of the Intelligence and Security Committee for 2002-03 [by Command] [Cm. 5838] [The Prime Minister]

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Female Genital Mutilation Bill,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Roger Gale Chairman of Standing Committee C in respect of the Bill.

    2    Draft Release of Short-Term Prisoners on Licence (Repeal of Age Restriction) Order 2003:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Peter Pike Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Annette Brooke, Mrs Anne Campbell, Jon Cruddas, Mr George Foulkes, Mr Mark Francois, Mr Barry Gardiner, Paul Goggins, Mr Dominic Grieve, Mr David Heath, Mr John Heppell, Alan Keen, Mr Stephen McCabe, Dr Andrew Murrison, Joan Ruddock, Mr Bill Tynan and Mr Andrew Tyrie.

    3    Section 5 of the European Communities Act 1993 (Government's Assessment as set out in Budget 2003),-The Speaker has appointed Mr Roger Gale Chairman of the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Assessment.

    4    Food Supplements (England) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1387):

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Regulations to the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed David Taylor Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Tony Banks, Mr Tony Colman, Jeremy Corbyn, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Chris Grayling, Mr William Hague, Dr Evan Harris, Kate Hoey, Miss Melanie Johnson, Miss Julie Kirkbride, Jim Knight, Mr Andrew Love, Mr Paul Marsden, Mr Gwyn Prosser, Mr Geoffrey Robinson and Joan Ryan.

    5    Draft Community Care Plans (Disapplication) (England) Order 2003:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Bill Olner Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Harry Barnes, Mr Simon Burns, Sir Patrick Cormack, Mrs Ann Cryer, Mr Michael Fallon, Mr Frank Field, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Dr Evan Harris, Dr Stephen Ladyman, Mr Andrew Love, Mr Paul Marsden, Mr Stephen Pound, Joyce Quin, Christine Russell, Joan Ryan and Geraldine Smith.

    6    Draft Representation of the People (Form of Canvass) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 and the draft Representation of the People (Form of Canvass) (England and Wales) Regulations 2003:

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

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated twenty Members to serve on the Committee: Richard Burden, Mr John Denham, Mr Dai Havard, Mr Nick Hawkins, Mr Jon Owen Jones, Mr Christopher Leslie, Laura Moffatt, Mr George Mudie, Albert Owen, Bridget Prentice, Mr Gordon Prentice, John Robertson, Mr Andrew Rosindell, Mr Mohammad Sarwar, Andrew Selous, Mr Gary Streeter, Mr Andrew Stunell, John Thurso, Angela Watkinson and Pete Wishart.

    7    Tobacco Products (Description of Products) Order 2003:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Order to the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Miss Anne Begg Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Tony Baldry, Gregory Barker, Mr John Bercow, Jeff Ennis, Jim Fitzpatrick, Barbara Follett, John Healey, Mr Mark Hendrick, Mr David Laws, Alice Mahon, Mr Peter Mandelson, Mr Stephen O'Brien, Mr Adrian Sanders, Mr Malcolm Savidge, Helen Southworth and Mrs Betty Williams.

    8    Draft Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 2003 and the draft Armed Forces (Review of Search and Seizure) Order 2003:

    (1) The Speaker has appointed Miss Anne Begg Chairman of the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Orders; and

    (2) The Committee of Selection has discharged Dr Lewis Moonie, Dan Norris and Dr Gavin Strange and Joyce Quin from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Orders); and nominated in substitution Mr Ivor Caplin, Mr Vernon Coaker and Anne Picking.

    9    Draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) (Amendment) Order 2003, Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (No. 1) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1475), Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1476) and the draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Exemption) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2003:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Orders and draft Orders to the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Roger Gale Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Ms Diane Abbott, Mr Keith Bradley, Alistair Burt, Dr Vincent Cable, Mr James Clappison, Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas, Mr Hilton Dawson, Jim Fitzpatrick, Mr David Laws, Mr Terry Lewis, Ms Meg Munn, Mr Stephen O'Brien, Dawn Primarolo, Helen Southworth, Jon Trickett and Mr David Wilshire.

    10    Draft Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 (Juxtaposed Controls) Order 2003:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Peter Pike Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr David Cameron, Julia Drown, Mr Mark Francois, Mr Barry Gardiner, Mr Nick Hawkins, Mr David Heath, Mr John Heppell, Beverley Hughes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Simon Hughes, Judy Mallaber, Mr Eric Martlew, James Purnell, Mr Martin Salter, Mr Clive Soley and Mr Andrew Turner.

    11    Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Database Protection Agreement between the United Kingdom on behalf of the Isle of Man and the European Community) Order 2003:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Orders to the Ninth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mrs Marion Roe Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Richard Allan, Charlotte Atkins, Mr John Battle, Andy Burnham, Michael Fabricant, Mr Mark Field, Mr Stephen Hepburn, Ms Oona King, Rob Marris, Chris Mole, Mr Michael Moore, Mr Andrew Robathan, Hugh Robertson, Mr Marsha Singh, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe and Keith Vaz.

    12    The Speaker has appointed Miss Anne Begg Chairman of European Standing Committee A in respect of European Union Document No. 15829/02, relating to Identification of Sheep and Goats.

    13    The Speaker has appointed Mr Alan Hurst Chairman of European Standing Committee A in respect of European Union Document No. 7623/03, relating to Implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Poultry Farming in the United Kingdom Sub-Committee of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [Poultry Farming in the United Kingdom]; to be printed [No. 779-iii] [David Taylor].

    2    Foreign Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [The Decision to go to War in Iraq]; to be printed [No. 813-v and -vi] [Donald Anderson].

    3    Public Administration,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [A Civil Service Act]; to be printed [No. 837-i] [Tony Wright].


[W.H., No. 72]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall
The sitting commenced at half-past Two o'clock.

    Adjournment (Affordable Housing-Third Report from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee, and the Government response thereto),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned-(Paul Clark);

    And the sitting having continued for three hours, it was adjourned without Question put, till Tuesday 24th June.

[Adjourned at 5.30 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker



 
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