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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 15th October 2003

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

PRAYERS.

1    London Local Authorities and Transport for London Bill [Lords],-The London Local Authorities and Transport for London Bill [Lords] was read the third time, and passed, with Amendments.

2    Transas Group Bill,-The House proceeded to consider the Transas Group Bill, as amended in the Committee.

    Bill to be read the third time.

3    Hereford Markets Bill [Lords],-The Second Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means reported from the Committee on Unopposed Bills, That it had examined the allegations contained in the Preamble to the Hereford Markets Bill [Lords] and found the same to be true; and had gone through the Bill and had directed him to report the same without Amendment.

    Bill to be read the third time.

4    First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Joe Benton reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Thurrock Development Corporation (Area and Constitution) Order 2003.

    Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.

5    High Hedges (No. 2) Bill,-The Order for reading the High Hedges (No. 2) Bill the third time on Friday 14th November was read and discharged.

    Bill withdrawn.

6    Representation of the People (Consequences of Devolution),-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for a reduction in the number of Members of Parliament; to make provision for referendums on regional assemblies; and for connected purposes: And that Andrew George, Mr Graham Allen, Mr Anthony Steen, Mr Colin Breed, Nick Harvey, Sue Doughty, Mr Paul Tyler and Matthew Taylor do prepare and bring it in.

7    Representation of the People (Consequences of Devolution) Bill,-Andrew George accordingly presented a Bill to make provision for a reduction in the number of Members of Parliament; to make provision for referendums on regional assemblies; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 21st November and to be printed [Bill 165].

8    Opposition Day [18th 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.

    State Pension Reform,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House expresses its deep concern at Government policies that have led to a decline in funded pension provision and a massive extension of dependence on means-tested benefits; deplores the £5 billion per annum pensions tax and the erosion of incentives to save, which have caused the halving of the Savings Ratio, and have resulted in only 19 per cent. of final salary pension schemes remaining open to new members; condemns the Government for extending dependence on means-testing to over half of pensioners, despite earlier promises to the contrary, and for ignoring the interests of 1.4 million of the poorest pensioners who, on the Government's own target, will still not be receiving Pension Credit in 2006; notes that Government policies have created a big disincentive to save and led to an increase in the number of pensioners in persistent poverty; and calls on the Government to support state pension reform to reduce dependence on means-tested benefits, to remove the disincentive to save, to improve the financial position of pensioners, including the 1.4 million poorest pensioners, and to provide better incentives to save-(Mr David Willetts);

    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 fact that people are living longer than ever before; welcomes Government action to tackle pensioner poverty and to promote retirement flexibility, occupational pension security and informed choice; condemns the inheritance of 1997, with millions of pensioners in poverty, many being expected by the Government to live on under £68 a week, and the legacy of pension mis-selling; endorses the Work and Pensions Committee's judgement that "current policies have been successful in reducing pensioner poverty"; notes that the Government is spending £9 billion extra per year in real terms on pensioners compared with the 1997 system; further notes that this is £5.7 billion more than if the basic pension had been linked to earnings; applauds the fact that the poorest third of pensioners will be £1,600 a year better off; welcomes the successful payment of Pension Credit from this month to over two million pensioners and the fact that 1.3 million are gaining more money than they had before; further supports the Government's approach to renew the pensions partnership, outlined in the recent Green Paper and Action Plan; commends plans to introduce a Pension Protection Fund, guaranteeing protection if a company scheme winds up; welcomes proposals to allow individuals to defer their state pension and draw it as a lump sum; looks forward to further measures enabling people to make an informed choice in pension provision, increase flexibility approaching retirement and to work free from age discrimination; and condemns the unfair, unaffordable and unsustainable policies of Opposition parties', instead thereof.-(Mr Secretary Smith.)

    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, Mr John Heppell, Mr Fraser Kemp: 331.

    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 fact that people are living longer than ever before; welcomes Government action to tackle pensioner poverty and to promote retirement flexibility, occupational pension security and informed choice; condemns the inheritance of 1997, with millions of pensioners in poverty, many being expected by the Government to live on under £68 a week, and the legacy of pension mis-selling; endorses the Work and Pensions Committee's judgement that 'current policies have been successful in reducing pensioner poverty'; notes that the Government is spending £9 billion extra per year in real terms on pensioners compared with the 1997 system; further notes that this is £5.7 billion more than if the basic pension had been linked to earnings; applauds the fact that the poorest third of pensioners will be £1,600 a year better off; welcomes the successful payment of Pension Credit from this month to over two million pensioners and the fact that 1.3 million are gaining more money than they had before; further supports the Government's approach to renew the pensions partnership, outlined in the recent Green Paper and Action Plan; commends plans to introduce a Pension Protection Fund, guaranteeing protection if a company scheme winds up; welcomes proposals to allow individuals to defer their state pension and draw it as a lump sum; looks forward to further measures enabling people to make an informed choice in pension provision, increase flexibility approaching retirement and to work free from age discrimination; and condemns the unfair, unaffordable and unsustainable policies of Opposition parties.

    Neighbourhood Policing,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House welcomes the emerging political and professional consensus about the need to increase the level and effectiveness of neighbourhood policing in Britain in order to restore the confidence of the public but regrets that the Government is seeking to achieve this through a burdensome and ineffective bureaucracy; and urges the Govenment instead to return power to decentralised local policing and to make local policing more accountable to local people-(Mr Oliver Letwin);

    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 investment in policing which has resulted in 136,386 officers by the end of August 2003, an increase of more than 4,000 since December 2002 and the highest level ever; notes that there are now more than 1900 Community Support Officers and record numbers of police staff assisting police officers in their work; further notes the priority given by the Government to reducing bureaucracy to enable officers to concentrate on frontline duties; and welcomes the Government's commitment to further reform to improve accountability and engagement between the police and the communities they serve', instead thereof.-(Mr Secretary Blunkett.)

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

    Mr Patrick McLoughlin rose in his place and claimed to move, That the Question be now put.

    And the Question being put, That the Question be now put:-It was agreed to.

    And the Question being accordingly put;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Angela Watkinson, Mr Mark Field: 183.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Nick Ainger, Mr Vernon Coaker: 319.

    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, Mr Nick Ainger, Mr John Heppell: 306.

      Tellers for the Noes, Angela Watkinson, Mr Mark Field: 182.

    So the Question was agreed to.

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

    Resolved, That this House welcomes the Government's investment in policing which has resulted in 136,386 officers by the end of August 2003, an increase of more than 4,000 since December 2002 and the highest level ever; notes that there are now more than 1900 Community Support Officers and record numbers of police staff assisting police officers in their work; further notes the priority given by the Government to reducing bureaucracy to enable officers to concentrate on frontline duties; and welcomes the Government's commitment to further reform to improve accountability and engagement between the police and the communities they serve.

9    Northern Ireland,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Partnerships etc. (Removal of Twenty Member Limit) Northern Ireland Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 7th July, be approved-(Bridget Prentice):-It was agreed to.

10    Northern Ireland,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Employment (Northern Ireland) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 8th September, be approved-(Bridget Prentice):-It was agreed to.

11    Recovery Plan for Cod and the Recovery of the Northern Hake Stock,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees), That this House takes note of European Union Documents No. 9081/03, draft Council Regulation establishing measures for the recovery of cod stocks, and No. 10980/03, draft Council Regulation establishing measures for the recovery of the Northern hake stock; welcomes the Government's support of the adoption of recovery plans for cod and hake in which effort control and other measures can play a part, and also supports the Government's intention to ensure a close dialogue with the fishing industry in developing these plans-(Bridget Prentice);

    And the Deputy Speaker's opinion as to the decision of the Question being challenged, the Division was deferred till Wednesday 22nd October, pursuant to Orders [28th June 2001 and 29th October 2002].

12    National Health Service,-Ordered, That the following Statutory Instruments be referred to Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation: the Commission for Health Improvement (Functions) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1587), the Strategic Health Authorities (Consultation on Changes) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1617), the Patients' Forums (Membership and Procedure) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2123) and the Patients' Forums (Functions) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2124).-(Bridget Prentice.)

13    Human Rights (Joint Committee),-Ordered, That Standing Order No. 152B (Human rights (joint committee)) be amended, in paragraph (5), by leaving out the words 'shall be three, except that for the purposes of taking evidence, the quorum'.-(Bridget Prentice.)

14    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Bridget Prentice.)

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

[Adjourned at 7.54 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 Affirmative Resolution:

    1    Dentists,-Draft Dental Auxiliaries (Amendment) Regulations 2003 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Reid].

    2    Investigatory Powers,-Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Directed Surveillance and Covert Human Intelligence Sources) Order 2003 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    3    Police,-Draft Police (Complaints) (Informal Resolution) Regulations 2003 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    4    Road Traffic,-Draft Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2003 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    5    Consumer Protection,-Creosote (Prohibition on Use and Marketing) (No. 2) Amendment Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2650), dated 9th October 2003 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    6    Council Tax,-(1) Council Tax and Non-Domestic Rating (Demand Notices) (England) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2613), and

    (2) Council Tax and Non-Domestic Rating (Electronic Communications) (England) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2604),

    dated 6th October 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

    7    Immigration,-Immigration (Passenger Transit Visa) (Amendment No. 2) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2628), dated 14th October 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    8    Police,-Police Trainee (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003 (S.R. (N.I.), 2003, No. 436), dated 30th September 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

    9    Social Security,-Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2634), dated 9th October 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

Other Papers:

    10    Competition Commission,-Report by the Competition Commission on the proposed merger between Arla Foods amba and Express Dairies plc [by Command] [Cm. 5983] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    11    Defence,-Paper, entitled The Accumulated Campaign Service Medal [by Command] [Cm. 5979] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

    12    Government Resource and Accounts,-Resource Accounts for 2002-03 of the-

    (1) Central Office of Information and

    (2) Office of Water Services,

    with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 1121 and 1120] [Ruth Kelly].

    13    Miscellaneous (No. 17, 2003),-Criminal Law Convention on Corruption and Additional Protocol to the Criminal Law Convention on Corruption, done at Strasbourg on 27th January 1999 and 15th May 2003, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 5990] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    14    National Heritage,-Report and Accounts of English Heritage for 2002-03 [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

    15    Public Accounts,-Treasury Minute on the Twenty-second, Twenty-eighth and Thirty-fifth Reports from the Committee of Public Accounts, Session 2002-03 [by Command] [Cm. 5984] [Ruth Kelly].

    16    School Standards and Framework,-Accounts of the:-

    (1) Ellesmere Port Education Action Zone,

    (2) Halifax Education Action Zone,

    (3) Hastings and St Leonards Education Action Zone,

    (4) Kitts Green and Shard End Education Action Zone,

    (5) Leigh Park Education Action Zone,

    (6) Middlesbrough Education Action Zone,

    (7) Newcastle Education Action Zone,

    (8) Newham Education Action Zone,

    (9) North Southwark Education Action Zone,

    (10) North Stockton Education Action Zone, and

    (11) Sheffield Education Action Zone

    for 2002-03, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 1130, 1131, 1132, 1133, 1134, 1135, 1136, 1137, 1138, 1139 and 1140] [Clerk of the House].

Papers withdrawn:

    17    Investigatory Powers,-Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Directed Surveillance and Covert Human Intelligence Sources) Order 2003 [laid 11th September].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Harbours Bill [Lords]:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee C; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr David Borrow, Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas, Mr Mike Hancock, Mr David Jamieson, Dr Julian Lewis, Mr Andrew Love, Mr Peter Luff, Dr Doug Naysmith, Mr Gwyn Prosser, Lawrie Quinn, Syd Rapson, Hugh Robertson, Bob Russell, Mr Andrew Turner, Dr Alan Whitehead and Derek Wyatt.

    2    Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 127) on Special Grants for reducing fire deaths in those areas in England suffering the highest fatality rate:

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

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Sir Paul Beresford, Mr Nicholas Brown, Mr Martin Caton, Paul Clark, Mrs Janet Dean, Mr Parmjit Dhanda, Mr Mark Francois, Linda Gilroy, Matthew Green, Mr Philip Hammond, Phil Hope, Alan Howarth, Dr John Pugh, Geraldine Smith, Mr Paul Truswell and Mr Robert Walter.

    3    Thurrock Development Corporation (Area and Constitution) Order 2003,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr David Clelland and Julia Drown from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Gwyn Prosser and Lawrie Quinn.

    4    Commission for Health Improvement (Functions) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1587):

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

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Gregory Barker, Mr Simon Burns, Mr Paul Burstow, Mrs Patsy Calton, Mr David Chaytor, Mr Ian Davidson, Mr Mark Francois, Jim Knight, Dr Stephen Ladyman, Mr David Lepper, Mr Andy Reed, Joan Ryan, Clare Short, Jon Trickett, Dr Desmond Turner and Mr Andrew Tyrie.

    5    Draft Electronic Communications (Networks and Services) (Penalties) (Rules for Calculation of Turnover) Order 2003,-The Speaker has appointed Mr James Cran Chairman of the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order, in place of Miss Anne Begg.

    6    Health Professions Council (Registration and Fees) Rules Order of Council 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1572):

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Order of Council to the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr John Baron, Sir Paul Beresford, Mr Paul Burstow, Mrs Patsy Calton, Mr Mark Francois, Mr Neil Gerrard, Stephen Hesford, Mr John Hutton, Lynne Jones, Mrs Helen Liddell, Mr Tony McWalter, Mr Ernie Ross, Joan Ryan, Mr Marsha Singh, Mr Robert Walter and Claire Ward.

    7    Draft Education (Amendment of the Curriculum Requirements for the Fourth Key Stage) (England) Order 2003:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Fourth 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 Tony Colman, Mr John Grogan, Dr Brian Iddon, Mr David Miliband, Julie Morgan, Albert Owen, Dr John Pugh, Andrew Selous, Mr Andrew Turner, Derek Twigg, Mr Robert N. Wareing, Angela Watkinson, Mr Phil Willis and Mr Michael Wills.

    8    Care Standards Act 2000 (Domiciliary Care Agencies and Nurses Agencies) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2323):

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

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Tony Banks, Mr Harry Barnes, Mr John Battle, Mr Simon Burns, Mr Paul Burstow, Mrs Patsy Calton, Mr Jonathan Djanogly, Mr Mark Francois, Helen Jackson, Mr Boris Johnson, Jim Knight, Dr Stephen Ladyman, Dr Lewis Moonie, Mr Gwyn Prosser, Christine Russell and Joan Ryan.

    9    Strategic Health Authorities Consultation on Changes Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1617):

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

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Vera Baird, Mr Paul Burstow, Sir Sydney Chapman, Mr Michael Connarty, Mrs Louise Ellman, Mr Mark Francois, Mr David Heyes, Tim Loughton, Mr Peter Mandelson, Mr Paul Marsden, Mr Archie Norman, Joan Ryan, Mr Martin Salter, Phil Sawford, Claire Ward and Ms Rosie Winterton.

    10    Patients' Forums (Membership and Procedure) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2123) and the Patients' Forums (Functions) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2124):

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

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Kevin Brennan, Mr Simon Burns, Mr Paul Burstow, Mrs Anne Campbell, Mr David Clelland, Ross Cranston, Mr Mark Francois, Jim Knight, Mr Khalid Mahmood, Judy Mallaber, Mr Paul Marsden, Joan Ryan, Paddy Tipping, Mr Andrew Turner, Ann Winterton and Ms Rosie Winterton.

    11    Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Australia) Order 2003 and the Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Chile) Order 2003:

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

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr John Burnett, Mr Colin Challen, Jim Fitzpatrick, Mr Michael Jabez Foster, Mr Nick Gibb, Mr Mark Hoban, Mr Michael Jack, Mr David Laws, John Mann, Mr Greg Pope, Mr Stephen Pound, Dawn Primarolo, Mr Mark Prisk, Mr Siôn Simon, Mr Graham Stringer and Mr Tom Watson.

Grand Committees

    12    Northern Ireland Grand Committee,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Shona McIsaac and Mark Tami from the Northern Ireland Grand Committee and nominated in substitution Huw Irranca-Davies and Mr Iain Luke.

European Standing Committees

    13    European Union Document Nos. 11954/03 and 11993/03, relating to the Activities of OLAF and the fight against fraud, has been referred to European Standing Committee B.

    14    European Union Document No. 10122/03, relating to the Quality and safety of human tissues and cells, has been referred to European Standing Committee C.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Defence,-(1) Fourth Special Report from the Defence Committee [Government's Response to the Eighth Report from the Committee, Session 2002-03, on Defence Procurement] to be printed [No. 1194]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Inter-Governmental Conference 2003: European Security and Defence]; to be printed [No. 1195]

    [Bruce George].

    2    Draft Mental Incapacity Bill,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on the Draft Mental Incapacity Bill; to be printed [No. 1083-vii] [Jim Dowd].

    3    Education and Skills,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Skills Committee [Secondary Education: School Admissions]; to be printed [No. 1075-ii] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

    4    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,-(1) Sixteenth Report from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [Vets and Veterinary Services], 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. 703];

    (2) Twelfth Special Report from the Committee [Government's Reply to the Eleventh Report from the Committee, Session 2002-03, on Rural Broadband]; to be printed [No. 1174];

    (3) Thirteenth Special Report from the Committee [Government's Reply to the Twelfth Report from the Committee, Session 2002-03, on The Departmental Annual Report 2003]; to be printed [No. 1175]; and

    (4) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Vets and Veterinary Services]

    [Mr David Curry].

    5    European Scrutiny,-(1) Thirty-third Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 63-xxxiii]; and

    (2) Second Special Report from the Committee [Government Observations on the Twenty-fourth Report from the Committee, on The Convention on the Future of Europe and the Role of National Parliaments]; to be printed [No. 1176]

    [Mr Jimmy Hood].

    6    Office of the Deputy Prime Minster: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions,-(1) Memoranda laid before the Office of the Deputy Prime Minster: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee [The Fire Service]; to be printed [No. 1168-II]; and

    (2) Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 14th July [The Electoral Commission and the Boundary Committee for England]; to be printed [No. 1003-i]

    [Andrew Bennett].

    7    Trade and Industry,-(1) Seventeenth Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority], together with Appendices to the Report; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 968]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Outcome of the WTO Talks at Cancún and Manufacturing Strategy]; to be printed [No. 1178-i and 1179-i]

    [Mr Martin O'Neill].

    8    Transport,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Committee [The Future of the Railways]; to be printed [No. 875-iii] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

    9    Treasury,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee of the Treasury Committee [Office for National Statistics: Annual Report and Accounts 2002-03]; to be printed [No. 1177-i] [Mr John McFall].

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

    11    Work and Pensions,-Minutes of Evidence taken before Work and Pensions Committee [Employers' Liability Insurance]; to be printed [No. 1170-i] [Sir Archy Kirkwood].


[W.H., No. 92]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

The sitting commenced at half-past Nine o'clock.

    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned-(Mr Ben Bradshaw);

    And the sitting having continued for two and a half hours after Two o'clock, it was adjourned without Question put, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 4.47 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst    
Deputy Speaker      



 
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