The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock.
1 European Standing Committee A,-Mr Alan Hurst reported from European Standing Committee A the following Resolution:
That the Committee takes note of European Union Documents No. 7623/03, Commission Communication towards uniform and effective implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy, and No. 10509/03, Commission Communication on compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy: 'Compliance work plan and scoreboard'; takes note of the Government's support for the work plan; and supports the Government's objective of playing a constructive part in detailed discussion of the proposals to improve co-operation between enforcement agencies and of the feasibility study on the proposed Community Fisheries Control Agency.
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 have agreed to the Local Government Bill, with Amendments; to which they desire the concurrence of this House.
3 Local Government Bill,-Lords Amendments to the Local Government Bill to be considered on Monday 15th September; and to be printed [Bill 157].
4 Draft Gambling Bill,-Ordered, That the Lords Message of 9th September relating to the Joint Committee on any draft Gambling Bill be now considered.
Lords Message considered accordingly.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed by this House do meet the Lords Committee as proposed by their Lordships.
Message to the Lords to acquaint them therewith.
5 Standards and Privileges,-Resolved, That this House-
(i) approves the Fifth Report of the Committee on Standards and Privileges (House of Commons Paper No. 947); and
(ii) accordingly suspends Mr Clive Betts, Member for Sheffield Attercliffe, from the service of the House for seven days.-(Derek Twigg.)
6 Adjournment (Defence in the United Kingdom),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Derek Twigg);
The Motion was, with the leave of the House, withdrawn.
7 Northern Ireland (Monitoring Commission Etc.) Bill [Lords],-Ordered, That, if a Bill entitled the Northern Ireland (Monitoring Commission etc.) Bill is brought from the Lords and read the first time, notices of Amendments, new Clauses and new Schedules to be moved in Committee in respect of the Bill may be accepted by the Clerks at the Table before the Bill has been read a second time.-(Gillian Merron.)
8 Sittings of the House,-Ordered, That-
(1) at the sittings on Tuesday 16th, Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th September, the Speaker shall not adjourn the House until any Message from the Lords has been received and any Committee to draw up Reasons which has been appointed at the sitting has reported; and
(2) at the sitting on Thursday 18th September, the Speaker shall not adjourn the House until he has reported the Royal Assent to any Act agreed upon by both Houses.-(Gillian Merron.)
9 Machinery of Government Changes: Amendments to Standing Orders,-Ordered, That-
(1) Standing Order No. 94 (Scottish Grand Committee (questions for oral answer)) be amended in line 2 by leaving out the second 'Scottish' and inserting 'Scotland';
(2) Standing Order No. 103 (Welsh Grand Committee (questions for oral answer)) be amended in line 2 by leaving out the second 'Welsh' and inserting 'Wales';
(3) Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees) be amended in the table in paragraph (6), as follows:
(a) in line 5, by leaving out 'Transport, Local Government and the Regions' and inserting 'Transport; Office of the Deputy Prime Minister';
(b) in line 12, by leaving out 'Lord Chancellor's Department' and inserting 'Department for Constitutional Affairs (excluding those responsibilities of the Scotland and Wales Offices which fall to European Standing Committee A)';
(4) Standing Order No. 152 (Select committees related to government departments) be amended in the Table in paragraph (2), as follows:
|'1 Constitutional Affairs||Department for Constitutional Affairs (including the work of staff provided for the administrative work of courts and tribunals, but excluding consideration of individual cases and appointments, and excluding the work of the Scotland and Wales Offices and of the Advocate General for Scotland)||11';|
(b) leave out the item relating to the Lord Chancellor's Department inserted on 27th January;
(c) in item 16, leave out 'Welsh Office (Office of the Secretary of State for Wales (including relations with the National Assembly for Wales))' and insert 'Wales Office (including relations with the National Assembly for Wales)'; and
(5) the Order of 5th November 2001 relating to Liaison Committee (Membership) be amended, in paragraph (2), by leaving out 'Lord Chancellor's Department' and inserting 'Constitutional Affairs'.-(Gillian Merron.)
10 Environmental Audit Committee,-Ordered, That Mr Michael Meacher be discharged from the Environmental Audit Committee and Mr Elliot Morley be added.-(Gillian Merron.)
11 Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Gillian Merron);
And it being Six o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put.
12 Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Gillian Merron);
And the Motion having been made at 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 half-past Six o'clock, till Monday 15th September.
[Adjourned at 6.30 p.m.
Michael J. Martin
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 Affirmative Resolution:
1 Dangerous Drugs,-Draft Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Modification) (No. 2) Order 2003 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
2 Investigatory Powers,- (1) Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Communications Data) Order 2003,
(2) draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Directed Surveillance and Covert Human Intelligence Sources) Order 2003,
(3) draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Intrusive Surveillance) Order 2003,
(4) draft Retention of Communications Data (Code of Practice) Order 2003, and
(5) draft Retention of Communications Data (Extension of Initial Period) Order 2003
[by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
3 Criminal Law,-Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Reviews of Sentencing) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2267), dated 5th September 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
4 Land Registration,-Land Registration (Acting Adjudicator) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2342), dated 8th September 2003 [by Act] [Mr David Lammy].
5 National Assistance Services,-National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) (Amendment) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2343), dated 11th September 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].
6 Social Security,-Social Security (Attendance Allowance and Disability Living Allowance) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2259), dated 2nd September 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].
7 Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security,-Draft Voluntary Code of Practice on the Retention of Communications Data under Part 11 of the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
8 Culture, Media and Sport,-Department of Culture, Media and Sport Minute dated 11th September 2003, concerning contingent liabilities relating to the 'Gothic: Art for England, 1400-1547' exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum [by Command] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].
9 Government Resources and Accounts,-Report and Accounts of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency with Trust Statement for 2002-03 (in continuation of House of Commons Paper No. 964), with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1058] [Mr Secretary Darling],
10 Intelligence and Security,-Paper, entitled Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction: Intelligence and Assessments [by Command] [Cm. 5972] [The Prime Minister].
11 Northern Ireland,-Review and Accounts of the InterTradeIreland Trade and Business Development Body for 2002, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland thereon [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [No. 1052] [Mr Secretary Murphy].
12 Standards in Public Life,-Government response to the Ninth Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life [by Command] [Cm 5964] [The Prime Minister].
1 Water Bill [Lords] (Programming Sub-Committee),-The Speaker has appointed Mr Nick Ainger, Mr Norman Baker, Mr Tony Cunningham, Mr Elliot Morley, Mr George Osborne, Mr Paddy Tipping and Mr Bill Wiggin. members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee D in respect of the Bill.
2 Draft Vienna Document 1999 (Privileges and Immunities) Order 2003,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Denis McShane and Dr Phyllis Starkey from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Roger Casale and Mr Bill Rammell.
Reports from Select Committees
1 Home Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [The Work of the Home Office]; to be printed [No. 1088-i] [Mr John Denham].
2 International Development,-Appendix to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee on 15th July [The UK Government Response to the Report of the Commission on Intellectual Property Rights]; to be printed [No. 1013] [Tony Baldry].
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Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall
The sitting commenced at half-past Two o'clock.
Adjournment (The United Nations),-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Joan Ryan.)
And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 16th September.
[Adjourned at 4.55 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst
Under the Recess Elections Act 1975, the Speaker, during the adjournment, issued his warrant to the Clerk of the Crown to make out a New Writ for the electing of a Member to serve in the present Parliament for the borough constituency of Brent East, in the room of Paul Andrew Daisley, deceased.