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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 16th July 2003

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

PRAYERS.

1    European Standing Committee B,-Mr John McWilliam reported from European Standing Committee B the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 7115/03, Commission Communication on the EC Programme of Action on HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis in the context of poverty reduction; welcomes the update and considers this an important area for reducing poverty, and encourages the Commission to do more work on these diseases, including increasing access to essential medicines and strengthening health systems.

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

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

    The Lords do not insist on their Amendments to the Communications Bill to which this House has disagreed and agreed to the Amendments proposed by this House in lieu thereof; and they agree without Amendment to the consequential Amendments made by this House to the Bill.

3    Museums and Galleries Bill,-Mr Edward O'Hara, supported by Tom Cox, Mr Andrew Dismore, Mrs Jackie Lawrence, Andy Burnham, Mr Richard Allan, Mr Kevin McNamara, presented a Bill to provide for the trustees or board of certain museums and galleries and the Secretary of State to reach agreements relating to the return of objects or human remains, to the exchange of cultural objects or to international cultural co-operation; to enable the Secretary of State to make proposals for agreements and to issue directions in respect of agreements reached by him; to make provision arising from cases in which parties to an agreement in a country other than the United Kingdom are held not to have complied with the terms of an agreement; to provide for relevant museums and galleries to dispose of objects or human remains in their collections in pursuance of agreements or directions; to exempt exports of objects in pursuance of an agreement from cultural export controls; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 14th November and to be printed [Bill 151].

4    UK Elections (Observers),-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for the appointment of observers at statutory elections and referendums in the United Kingdom; to make provision in respect of the observers; and for connected purposes: And that Jane Griffiths, Mr Terry Davis, Kali Mountford, Tony Lloyd, Chris McCafferty, Keith Vaz, Geraldine Smith, Mr David Atkinson, Mr A. J. Beith and Mrs Ann Cryer do prepare and bring it in.

5    UK Elections (Observers) Bill,-Jane Griffiths accordingly presented a Bill to make provision for the appointment of observers at statutory elections and referendums in the United Kingdom; to make provision in respect of the observers; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 14th November and to be printed [Bill 152].

6    Opposition Day [14th allotted day],-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.

    Foreign Affairs Committee Report on Iraq,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House welcomes the Ninth Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee on the Decision to go to war in Iraq, Session 2002-03, House of Commons Paper No. 813; but notes some reservations by Committee members that it not only had insufficient time but insufficient access to crucial documents to come to comprehensive and definitive conclusions on some of the issues; further notes the recent concerns raised over intelligence material; and calls on the Government to set up a judicial inquiry finally to establish the facts of the matter-(Mr Michael Ancram);

    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 'welcomes the Ninth Report of the Foreign Affairs Committee on the Decision to go to War in Iraq, Session 2002-03, House of Commons Paper No. 813; notes that substantial oral and written evidence, by and on behalf of the Government, was provided to the Committee; believes that the Intelligence and Security Committee, established by Parliament by statute, is the appropriate body to consider the intelligence relating to Iraq; and notes that this Committee has already begun its inquiry', instead thereof.-(Mr Secretary Straw.)

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

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Angela Watkinson, Mr Mark Field: 200.

      Tellers for the Noes, Gillian Merron, Mr Fraser Kemp: 299.

    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):-It was agreed to.

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

    Resolved, That this House welcomes the Ninth Report of the Foreign Affairs Committee on the Decision to go to War in Iraq, Session 2002-03, House of Commons Paper No. 813; notes that substantial oral and written evidence, by and on behalf of the Government, was provided to the Committee; believes that the Intelligence and Security Committee, established by Parliament by statute, is the appropriate body to consider the intelligence relating to Iraq; and notes that this Committee has already begun its inquiry.

    Protecting Vulnerable Children,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House notes that it is now almost six months since the publication of Lord Laming's report on the Victoria Climbié Inquiry and well over three years since the death of this little girl; further notes that, of the 108 recommendations by Lord Laming, 82 were recommended to be acted upon within six months; condemns the Government for its continued failure to produce the long-awaited Green Paper on Children at Risk, which was originally promised in the spring as the Government's response to many of the systemic failures in child protection highlighted by Lord Laming; is concerned at the continued failure of the Government to address the crisis in recruitment of social worker professionals skilled in child protection who are essential to addressing these failures; regrets that local authorities are unable to implement changes recommended in the Report which would improve the delivery of children's services, because of the delay in the publication of the Government's response; welcomes the creation of the post of a Minister for Children, after six years in government; and calls on the Government to publish the Green Paper immediately as planned in order to secure the confidence and support of all those involved in the protection of vulnerable children-(Tim Loughton);

7    Deferred Divisions,-The Deputy Speaker announced the results of the Divisions which had been deferred to this day, pursuant to the Orders of the House [28th June 2001 and 29th October 2002]:

    Immigration,-That the draft Asylum (Designated States) (No. 2) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 17th June, be approved.

      Ayes: 376.

      Noes: 52.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Social Security,-That the draft Social Security (Jobcentre Plus Interviews for Partners) Regulations 2003, which were laid before this House on 25th June, be approved.

      Ayes: 270.

      Noes: 52.

    So the Question was agreed to.

8    Opposition Day,-Protecting Vulnerable Children,-The Question being again proposed, That this House notes that it is now almost six months since the publication of Lord Laming's report on the Victoria Climbié Inquiry and well over three years since the death of this little girl; further notes that, of the 108 recommendations by Lord Laming, 82 were recommended to be acted upon within six months; condemns the Government for its continued failure to produce the long-awaited Green Paper on Children at Risk, which was originally promised in the spring as the Government's response to many of the systemic failures in child protection highlighted by Lord Laming; is concerned at the continued failure of the Government to address the crisis in recruitment of social worker professionals skilled in child protection who are essential to addressing these failures; regrets that local authorities are unable to implement changes recommended in the Report which would improve the delivery of children's services, because of the delay in the publication of the Government's response; welcomes the creation of the post of a Minister for Children, after six years in government; and calls on the Government to publish the Green Paper immediately as planned in order to secure the confidence and support of all those involved in the protection of vulnerable children;

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 'welcomes the Government's commitment to children's services as evidenced by the appointment of the Minister of State for Children; congratulates the Government on its Quality Protects initiative, which provided £885 million to improve children's social services; supports the action the Government is taking to legislate to establish an independent inspectorate to inspect local authority children's services and social care provided by the private and voluntary sector; notes that the Government, local authorities and other statutory bodies are already taking further action to improve services for children, in the light of the Victoria Climbié Inquiry Report; congratulates the Government and local services on the announcement of the 35 Children's Trusts Pathfinders on 10th July; and looks forward to the publication of the Green Paper on children in the autumn', instead thereof.-(Mr Secretary Clarke.)

    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, but the Speaker withheld his assent, and declined then to put that Question.

    The Question, That the original words stand part of the Question, being put;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Angela Watkinson, Mr Mark Field: 179.

      Tellers for the Noes, Jim Fitzpatrick, Joan Ryan: 316.

    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, Jim Fitzpatrick, Bridget Prentice: 300.

      Tellers for the Noes, Angela Watkinson, Mr Mark Field: 168.

    So the Question was agreed to.

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

    Resolved, That this House welcomes the Government's commitment to children's services as evidenced by the appointment of the Minister of State for Children; congratulates the Government on its Quality Protects initiative, which provided £885 million to improve children's social services; supports the action the Government is taking to legislate to establish an independent inspectorate to inspect local authority children's services and social care provided by the private and voluntary sector; notes that the Government, local authorities and other statutory bodies are already taking further action to improve services for children, in the light of the Victoria Climbié Inquiry Report; congratulates the Government and local services on the announcement of the 35 Children's Trusts Pathfinders on 10th July; and looks forward to the publication of the Green Paper on children in the autumn.

9    Local Government Finance (England),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Special Grant Report (No. 125) (House of Commons Paper No. 776) on the Preserved Rights Grant for 2003-04, dated 16th June 2003, a copy of which was laid before this House on 16th June, be approved-(Charlotte Atkins);

    And the Speaker's decision as to the decision of the Question being challenged, the Division was deferred till Wednesday 10th September, pursuant to Orders [28th June 2001 and 29th October 2002].

10    Local Government Finance (England),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Special Grant Report (No. 124) (House of Commons Paper No. 777) on the Delayed Discharges Grant for 2003-04, dated 16th June 2003, a copy of which was laid before this House on 16th June, be approved-(Charlotte Atkins);

    And the Speaker's decision as to the decision of the Question being challenged, the Division was deferred till Wednesday 10th September, pursuant to Orders [28th June 2001 and 29th October 2002].

11    Local Government Finance (England),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Special Grant Report (No. 123) (House of Commons Paper No. 778) on the Social Services (High Performers No. 2) Grant for 2003-04, dated 16th June 2003, a copy of which was laid before this House on 16th June, be approved-(Charlotte Atkins);

    And the Speaker's decision as to the decision of the Question being challenged, the Division was deferred till Wednesday 10th September, pursuant to Orders [28th June 2001 and 29th October 2002].

12    Public Petitions,-Public Petitions from:

    Save our Pharmacy Services against the unrestricted opening of pharmacies able to dispense NHS prescriptions, and

    Constituents of South West Bedfordshire for justice in international trade

    were presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

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

14    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Charlotte Atkins.)

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till five minutes past Eight o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 8.05 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    Civil Aviation,-(1) Aerodromes (Noise Restrictions) (Rules and Procedures) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1742), dated 12th July 2003, and

    (2) Civil Aviation (Air Travel Organisers' Licensing) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1741), dated 11th July 2003

    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

    2    Criminal Law,-Burma (Freezing of Funds) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1810), dated 16th July 2003 [by Act] [Mr Paul Boateng].

    3    Food,-Collagen and Gelatine (Intra-Community Trade) (England) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1736), dated 10th July 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

    4    Pesticides,-Plant Protection Products (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1787), dated 15th July 2003 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

    5    Social Security,-Social Security (Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit) (Consequential Amendments) (No. 3) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1731), dated 13th July 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

    6    Water,-Urban Waste Water Treatment (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1788), dated 15th July 2003 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

Other Papers:

    7    Church Commissioners,-Report and Accounts of the Church Commissioners for England for 2002 [by Measure] [Mr David Lammy].

    8    Coal Industry,-Report and Accounts of the Coal Authority for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    9    Criminal Injuries Compensation,-Report and Accounts of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel for 2001-02, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 960] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    10    Criminal Justice,-Report of the Serious Fraud Office for 2002-03 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 869] [The Solicitor General].

    11    Criminal Justice and Court Services,-Report and Accounts of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 973] [Mr David Lammy].

    12    Development of Tourism,-Accounts of the-

    (1) British Tourist Authority, and

    (2) English Tourism Council

    for 2002-03, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 1000 and 1001] [Clerk of the House].

    13    Duchies of Cornwall and Lancaster,-Report and Accounts of the Duchy of Lancaster for 2002-03 [by Act] [Ruth Kelly].

    14    Education and Skills,-Department for Education and Skills Minute, dated 16th July 2003, concerning a potential contingent liability that would result from possible legal action against schools in England by Frontline Technology Ltd/Bromcom Computers plc in respect of an infringement of European Patent Number O6644061 (pupil attendance registration and pupil data management systems) [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

    15    Export Credits Guarantee Department,-Report and Resource Accounts of the Export Credits Guarantee Department for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 758] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    16    Government Resources and Accounts,-(1) Report and Accounts of the-

    (i) Appeals Service for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 792] [Mr Secretary Smith],

    (ii) Central Science Laboratory for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 893] [Secretary Margaret Beckett],

    (iii) Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 711] [Secretary Margaret Beckett],

    (iv) Child Support Agency for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 844] [Mr Secretary Smith],

    (v) Defence Analytical Services Agency for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 797] [Mr Secretary Hoon],

    (vi) Defence Estates Agency for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 896] [Mr Secretary Hoon],

    (vii) Defence Housing Executive for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 848] [Mr Secretary Hoon],

    (viii) Defence Transport and Movements Agency for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 762] [Mr Secretary Hoon],

    (ix) Defence Vetting Agency for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 867] [Mr Secretary Hoon],

    (x) Disposal Services Agency for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 939] [Mr Secretary Hoon],

    (xi) Insolvency Service 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 846] [Ms Secretary Hewitt],

    (xii) Medical Devices Agency for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 542] [Mr Secretary Reid],

    (xiii) Medical Supplies Agency for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 805] [Mr Secretary Hoon],

    (xiv) Ministry of Defence Police for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 931] [Mr Secretary Hoon],

    (xv) National Weights and Measures Laboratory 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 882] [Ms Secretary Hewitt],

    (xvi) Naval Manning Agency for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 888] [Mr Secretary Hoon],

    (xvii) Naval Recruiting and Training Agency for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 932] [Mr Secretary Hoon],

    (xviii) NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 862] [Mr Secretary Reid],

    (xix) Jobcentre Plus for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 941] [Mr Secretary Smith],

    (xx) Office of Fair Trading for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 906] [Ruth Kelly],

    (xxi) Pay and Personnel Agency for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 829] [Mr Secretary Hoon],

    (xxii) Pension Service for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 790] [Mr Secretary Smith],

    (xxiii) Public Record Office for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 965] [Ruth Kelly],

    (xxiv) Radiocommunications Agency for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 742] [Ms Secretary Hewitt],

    (xxv) Rent Service for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 861] [Mr Secretary Prescott],

    (xxvi) Royal Air Force Personnel Management Agency for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 851] [Mr Secretary Hoon],

    (xxvii) Royal Parks for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 726] [Secretary Tessa Jowell] and

    (xviii) Veterans Agency for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 897] [Mr Secretary Hoon] and

    (2) Resource Accounts of-

    (i) Department for International Development Overseas Superannuation,

    (ii) Export Credits Guarantee Department

    (iii) HM Treasury, and

    (xv) National Savings and Investments

    for 2002-03, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 948, 818, 999 and 949] [Ruth Kelly].

    17    Government Trading Funds,-Reports and Accounts of the-

    (1) Central Office of Information,

    (2) Fire Service College,

    (3) NHS Estates,

    (4) Royal Mint, and

    (5) Vehicle Inspectorate

    for 2002-03, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 822, 972, 828, 821 and 827] [Clerk of the House]

    18    Health,-Accounts of the Commission for Health Improvement for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1010] [Clerk of the House].

    19    Hong Kong,-Six-monthly Report on Hong Kong, January-June 2003 [by Command] [Cm. 5864] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    20    Human Fertilisation and Embryology,-Accounts of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1017] [Clerk of the House].

    21    Insolvency,-Accounts prepared pursuant to section 409 of the Insolvency Act 1986, of the sums received and paid by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry under section 403 and of the sums credited and debited to the Investment Account by the National Debt Commissioners for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1018] [Clerk of the House].

    22    Local Government,-Financial Statements of the South Bank Centre for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

    23    Merchant Shipping,-Accounts of the General Lighthouse Fund for 2001-02, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1015] [Mr Secretary Darling].

    24    Museums and Galleries,-Accounts of the-

    (1) British Museum, and

    (2) National Portrait Gallery

    for 2002-03, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 1020 and 1019] [Clerk of the House]

    25    National Heritage,-Report and Accounts of the National Heritage Memorial Fund for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 819] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

    26    National Lottery,-(1) Strategic Plan of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts for 2003-06 [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell],

    (2) Report and Accounts of the Heritage Lottery Fund for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 793] [Secretary Tessa Jowell],

    (3) Report and Accounts of the National Lottery Commission for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 871] [Clerk of the House]; and

    (4) Accounts of the English Sports Council Lottery Distribution, and

    (5) Accounts of the United Kingdom Sports Council Lottery Distribution

    for 2002-03, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 1021 and 990] [Clerk of the House]

    27    Northern Ireland,-Report of the Life Sentence Review Commissioners for 2002-03 [by Statutory Instrument] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

    28    Northern Ireland Office Executive Agencies,-Report and Accounts of the-

    (1) Forest Service,

    (2) Health and Social Services Estates Agency,

    (3) Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland,

    (4) Public Record Office of Northern Ireland,

    (5) Rate Collection Agency,

    (6) Roads Service,

    (7) Social Security Agency, and

    (8) Water Service

    for 2002-03, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland thereon [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [Nos. 839, 841, 761, 887, 850, 910, 922 and 838] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

    29    Northern Ireland (Sentences),-Report of the Sentence Review Commissioners for 2002-03 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 877] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

    30    Office of the Deputy Prime Minister,-Government Response to the Eighth Report of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee, Session 2002-03: Planning for Sustainable Communities: Sustainable Communities in the South East [by Command] [Cm. 5895] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

    31    Police (Northern Ireland),-Report and Accounts of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland for 2002-03 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

    32    Postal Services,-(1) Report and Accounts of Postwatch for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt] and

    (2) Accounts of the Consumer Council for Postal Services for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1016] [Clerk of the House].

    33    Public Expenditure,-Paper, entitled Public Expenditure 2002-03: Provisional Outturn [by Command] [Cm. 5884] [Mr Paul Boateng].

    34    Public Petitions,-Observations by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the Petition [25th June] from Jeff White, Kate Knight and others for the return of two geese removed from the banks of the River Parrett at Bridgewater [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

    35    Railways,-Annual Report and Accounts of the Strategic Rail Authority for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

    36    Science and Technology,-(1) Paper, entitled The Forward Look 2003: Government-funded science, engineering and technology [by Command] [Cm. 5877] and

    (2) Report and Accounts of the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils for 2002-03 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 804],

    (3) Report and Accounts of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 798],

    (4) Report and Accounts of the Natural Environment Research Council for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 794] and

    (5) Report and Accounts of the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No.800]

    [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    37    Standards and Privileges,-Report of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards for 1st March 2002 to 31st March 2003 [by Standing Order]; to be printed [No. 905] [Clerk of the House].

    38    Teaching and Higher Education,-Report and Accounts of the General Teaching Council for England for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 924] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

    39    Treaty Series (No. 22, 2003),-Treaty of Nice, done at Nice on 26th February 2001, amending the Treaty on European Union, the Treaties establishing the European Communities and certain related Acts including the Protocols with Final Act and Declarations [by Command] [Cm. 5879] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    40    Treaty Series (No. 23, 2003),-Convention, done at London on 24th July 2001, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the United States of America for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income and on Capital Gains, with Exchange of Notes; and Protocol, done at Washington on 19th July 2002, amending the Convention [by Command] [Cm. 5880] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    41    Utilities,-Report of Energywatch for 2002-03 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Sexual Offences Bill [Lords]:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee B, and has appointed Mr Roger Gale and Mr Win Griffiths Chairmen; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated nineteen Members to serve on the Committee: Vera Baird, Sir Paul Beresford, Annette Brooke, Mr Chris Bryant, Mr Hilton Dawson, Mr Barry Gardiner, Mr Neil Gerrard, Sandra Gidley, Paul Goggins, Mr Dominic Grieve, Ms Harriet Harman, Mr John Heppell, Stephen Hesford, Beverley Hughes, Ms Sally Keeble, Miss Julie Kirkbride, Mr Humfrey Malins, Julie Morgan and Mr John Randall.

    2    Draft Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Modification) (No.2) Order 2003,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Peter Atkinson Chairman of the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order, in place of Mr Roger Gale.

    3    Draft Vienna Document 1999 (Privileges and Immunities) Order 2003:

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

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Richard Bacon, Mr Colin Breed, Mr David Chaytor, Mr David Clelland, Ann Clwyd, Dr Ian Gibson, Mr Denis MacShane, Chris Mole, Mr Jim Murphy, Hugh Robertson, Mr Mark Simmonds, Mr Siôn Simon, Geraldine Smith, Mr Richard Spring, Dr Phyllis Starkey and Dr Jenny Tonge.

    4    Draft Contracting Out (Local Education Authority Functions) (England) (Amendment) 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 Graham Brady, Mr Ian Cawsey, Mr Stephen Dorrell, Mr David Drew, Mr Mark Fisher, Mr Fabian Hamilton, Mr David Miliband, Albert Owen, Dr John Pugh, Joan Ruddock, Mr Dennis Skinner, Mr Andrew Turner, Derek Twigg, Angela Watkinson, Mr Tom Watson and Mr Phil Willis.

European Standing Committees

    5    European Union Document No. 10243/03 relating to Asylum systems, has been referred to European Standing Committee B.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Education and Skills,-(1) Sixth Report from the Education and Skills Committee [The Work of Ofsted]; with the Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed, together with Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 521];

    (2) Third Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Third Report from the Committee, Session 2002-03, on A Level Standards]; to be printed [No. 1026]

    [Mr Barry Sheerman].

    2    Environmental Audit,-(1) Ninth Report from the Environmental Audit Committee [Budget 2003 and Aviation], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of proceedings of the Committee relating to the report [No. 672] [Mr John Horam]; and

    (2) Tenth Report from the Committee [Learning the Sustainability Lesson], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education for Sustainable Development Sub-committee of the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of proceedings of the Committee relating to the report [No. 472] [Mr Peter Ainsworth].

    3    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,-(1) Twelfth Report from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs [The Departmental Report 2003]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating top the Report [No. 832];

    (2) Thirteenth Report from the Committee [Poultry Farming in the United Kingdom], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Poultry Farming in the United Kingdom Sub-committee of the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 779];

    (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Vets and Veterinary Services Sub-committee of the Committee [Vets and Veterinary Services]; to be printed [No. 703-iii] [Mr Michael Jack];

    (4) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The WTO Negotiations and Cancún]; to be printed [No. 1042]; and

    (5) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Poultry Farming in the United Kingdom]

    [Mr David Curry].

    4    European Scrutiny,-(1) Thirtieth Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 63-xxx]

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Convention, the Draft Treaty and the IGC]; to be printed [No. 1030-i]

    [Mr Jimmy Hood].

    5    House of Lords Reform,-Special Report from the Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform [Government Response to the Second Report from the Committee on House of Lords Reform]; to be printed [No. 1027] [Mr Paul Tyler].

    6    Select Committees (Election of Chairmen),-(1) Mr Peter Ainsworth reported from the Environmental Audit Committee, That he had been chosen as Chairman of the Committee; and

    (2) Mr Peter Hain reported from the Select Committee on the Modernisation of the House of Commons, That he had been chosen as Chairman of the Committee.

    7    Standards and Privileges,-Fifth Report from the Committee on Standards and Privileges [Complaints against Mr Clive Betts], togther with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 947] [Sir George Young].

    8    Treasury,-(1) Tenth Report from the Treasury Committee [Inland Revenue Matters]; together with the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 834]; and

    (2) Seventh Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Committee's Seventh Report, the 2003 Budget] to be printed [No. 1028]

    [Mr John McFall].

    9    Welsh Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee [Railways in Wales]; to be printed [No. 1029-i] [Mr Martyn Jones].


MEMORANDUM

    Chairmen's Panel,-In pursuance of Standing Order No. 4 (Chairmen's Panel) the Speaker nominated Mr Jonathan Sayeed to be a member of the Chairmen's Panel during this Session.


[W.H., No. 83]

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.-(Margaret Moran.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 4.45 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker



 
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