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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 11th November 2003

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

PRAYERS.

1    London Local Authorities Bill [Lords],-Ordered, That the London Local Authorities Bill [Lords] be considered on Tuesday 18th November.

2    Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-David Taylor reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections and Periods of Suspension) Act 2003 (Consequential Modifications No. 2) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2752).

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

3    European Standing Committee A,-Mr Alan Hurst reported from European Standing Committee A the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 12817/02, amended draft Decision amending Decision No. 1692/96/EC on Community guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network, No. 13244/03 ADD1, amended draft Decision amending an amended draft Decision to amend Council Decision No. 1692/96/EC on Community guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network, and No. 13297/03, amended draft Regulation amending an amended draft Regulation to amend Council Regulation (EC) No. 2236/95, laying down general rules for the granting of Community financial aid in the field of trans-European networks; and endorses the Government's approach to discussions on these documents.

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

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

    Mersey Tunnels Bill,-The Lords communicate that they have come to the following Resolution in respect of the Mersey Tunnels Bill, to which they desire the agreement of this House:

    That the promoters of the Bill have leave to suspend any further proceedings thereon in order to proceed with it, if they think fit, in the next Session of Parliament, provided that notice of their intention to do so is lodged in the Office of the Clerk of the Parliaments not later than 12 noon on Thursday 13th November and that all fees due on or before that day have been paid;

    That if the Bill is brought from the House of Commons in the next Session the agent for the Bill deposit in the Private Bill Office a declaration signed by them stating that the Bill is the same in every respect as the Bill which was brought from the Commons in the present Session;

    That the proceedings on the Bill in the next Session of Parliament be pro forma in regard to every stage through which the Bill has passed in the present Session, and that no new fees be charged to those stages;

    That the Private Business Standing Orders apply to the Bill in the next Session only in regard to any stage through which the Bill has not passed during the present Session;

    That if any petitions have been presented against the Bill-

      (i) any such petition (if not withdrawn) stand referred to any select committee on the Bill in the next Session;

      (ii) no petitioners be heard before any select committee on the Bill in the next Session unless their petition has been presented within the time stipulated for the deposit of petitions in the present Session or deposited pursuant to Private Business Standing Order 109(b);

      (iii) Private Business Standing Order 110 have effect as if the words 'under Standing Order 109' were omitted.

5    Group Personal Accident Insurance (Regulation),-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to prohibit employers from benefiting from the death or illness of employees as a result of group insurance policies taken out without the employee's consent: And that Jim Sheridan, Mr John Lyons, Jim Dobbin, Anne Picking, David Hamilton, Mr Sin Simon and Mr John MacDougall do prepare and bring it in.

6    Group Personal Accident Insurance (Regulation) Bill,-Jim Sheridan accordingly presented a Bill to prohibit employers from benefiting from the death or illness of employees as a result of group insurance policies taken out without the employee's consent: 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 175].

7    Arms Control and Disarmament (Inspections) Bill [Lords],-The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Arms Control and Disarmament (Inspections) Bill [Lords], not amended in the Standing Committee.

    The Bill was read the third time and passed, without Amendment.

8    European Union (Accessions) Bill (Programme) (No. 2),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Orders [28th June 2001 and 29th October 2002], That the following provisions shall apply to the European Union (Accessions) Bill for the purpose of supplementing the Order of 21st May 2003:

    Consideration of Lords Amendments

    1. Proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement.

    Subsequent stages

    2. Any further Message from the Lords may be considered forthwith without any Question put.

    3. The proceedings on any further Message from the Lords shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement-(Gillian Merron):-It was agreed to.

9    European Union (Accessions) Bill,-The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Lords Amendment to the European Union (Accessions) Bill.

    Lords Amendment No. 1 was agreed to.

10    Adjournment (Reforming the United Nations),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Mr Fraser Kemp);

    The Motion was, with leave of the House, withdrawn.

11    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Nick Ainger.)

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-seven minutes to Seven o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 6.33 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    National Lottery,-New Opportunities Fund (Increase in Membership) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2869), dated 9th November 2003 [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

Other Papers:

    2    Identity Cards,-Papers, entitled-

    (1) Identity Cards: A Summary of Findings from the Consultation Exercise on Entitlement Cards and Identity Fraud, and

    (2) Identity Cards: The Next Steps

    [by Command] [Cms. 6019 and 6020] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections and Periods of Suspension) Act 2003 (Consequential Modifications No. 2) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2752),-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Hilton Dawson, David Hamilton and John Lyons from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Order); and nominated in substitution Iain Luke, Mr Andrew Reed and Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West).

    2    Immigration (Leave to Remain) (Fees) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1711),-The Committee of Selection has discharged Annette Brooke and Mr David Heath from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mr Richard Allan and Mr John Barrett.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Constitutional Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Constitutional Affairs Committee [Judicial appointments and a Supreme Court (court of final appeal)]; to be printed [No. 1275-i] [Mr A. J. Beith].

    2    Culture, Media and Sport,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [Cultural Objects]; to be printed [No. 950-iv] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].

    3    Draft Civil Contingencies Bill,-Report from the Joint Committee on the Draft Civil Contingencies Bill, together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Joint Committee [No. 1074] [Dr Lewis Moonie].

    4    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Directives Sub-Committee of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive and End of Life Vehicles Directive]; to be printed [No. 1281-i] [Mr David Curry].

    5    Home Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [The Rehabilitation of Prisoners]; to be printed [No. 1245-ii] [Mr John Denham].

    6    International Development,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [Development Assistance and the Occupied Palestinian Territories]; to be printed [No. 1107-iii] [Tony Baldry].

    7    Office of the Deputy Prime Minster: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Office of the Deputy Prime Minster: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee [The Fire Service]; to be printed [No. 1168-iii] [Andrew Bennett].

    8    Scottish Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Scottish Affairs Committee [Coincidence of parliamentary Constituency Boundaries in Scotland and the Consequences of Change]; to be printed [No. 1256-ii] [Mrs Irene Adams].

    9    Statutory Instruments,-Thirty-first Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 96-xxxi] [Mr David Tredinnick].

    10    Trade and Industry,-(1) Sixth Special Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [Government Observations on the Twelfth Report from the Committee, on the UK Biotechnology Industry]; to be printed [No. 1282]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Development of the UK Broadband Market]; to be printed [No. 1283-i and -ii]

    [Mr Martin O'Neill].

    11    Treasury,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [Restoring confidence in long-term savings]; to be printed [No. 1274-i] [Mr John McFall].


[W.H., No. 103]

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-(Bridget Prentice);

    At Eleven o'clock, two minutes' silence was observed in memory of those who gave their lives for their country.

    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 4.30 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker


CORRIGENDUM

    In the Votes and Proceedings for Wednesday 5th November, in Appendix III, Item 4, relating to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee should have had printing number 1240-ii.



 
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