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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 27th November 2003

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

PRAYERS.

1    Child Trust Funds Bill,-Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, supported by Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Secretary Blunkett, Mr Secretary Clarke, Mr Paul Boateng, Ruth Kelly and John Healey, presented (under Standing Order No. 50 (Procedure upon bills whose main object is to create a charge upon the public revenue)) a Bill to make provision about child trust funds and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Monday 1st December and to be printed [Bill 1].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Child Trust Funds Bill be printed [Bill 1-EN].

2    National Insurance Contributions and Statutory Payments Bill,-Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Murphy, Mr Secretary Smith, Ms Secretary Hewitt, Mr Paul Boateng, Dawn Primarolo, Ruth Kelly and John Healey, presented a Bill to make provision relating to the payment and administration of national insurance contributions and the provision of information in connection with the payment of statutory sick pay and statutory maternity pay, and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Monday 1st December and to be printed [Bill 2].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the National Insurance Contributions and Statutory Payments Bill be printed [Bill 2-EN].

3    European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill,-Mr Christopher Leslie, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Secretary Darling, Mr Peter Hain, Mr David Miliband and Mr Denis MacShane, presented a Bill to make provision for piloting in certain regions different methods of voting at the European Parliamentary general election in 2004 and at certain local elections held at the same time; and to enable consequential alterations to be made to voting procedures at local elections.

    Pursuant to Orders [29th October 2002 (Carry-over of Bills) and 21st October 2003], the Bill was read the first and second time without Question put and ordered to be considered on Monday 1st December and to be printed [Bill 3].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill be printed [Bill 3-EN].

4    Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) Bill,-Mr Secretary Darling, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Murphy, Mr Peter Hain, Mrs Anne McGuire and Mr Christopher Leslie, presented a Bill to replace Schedule 1 to the Scotland Act 1998 making new provision in relation to the constituencies for the Scottish Parliament: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Monday 1st December and to be printed [Bill 4].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) Bill be printed [Bill 4-EN].

5    Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill,-Mr Secretary Blunkett, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Straw, Mr Secretary Darling, Mr Secretary Murphy, Mr Peter Hain, Beverley Hughes and Mr David Lammy, presented a Bill to make provision about asylum and immigration: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Monday 1st December and to be printed [Bill 5].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill be printed [Bill 5-EN].

6    Queen's Speech (Motion for an Address),-The Order of the day being read, for resuming the adjourned Debate on the Question proposed yesterday, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, as follows:

    Most Gracious Sovereign,

    We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled, beg leave to offer our humble thanks to Your Majesty for the Gracious Speech which Your Majesty has addressed to both Houses of Parliament;

    And the Question being again proposed:-The House resumed the adjourned Debate.

    And it being Six o'clock, the Debate stood adjourned.

    Ordered, That the Debate be resumed on Monday 1st December.

7    Business of the House,-Ordered, That Private Members' Bills shall have precedence over Government business on 30th January; 6th and 27th February; 5th, 12th and 26th March; 23rd and 30th April; 14th and 21st May; 18th June; 16th July and 15th October 2004.-(Mr Nick Ainger.)

8    Section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993,-Ordered, That, for the purposes of its approval under section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993, the Government's assessment as set out in the Pre-Budget Report 2003 shall be treated as if it were an instrument subject to the provisions of Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation).-(Mr Nick Ainger.)

9    Business of the House,-Ordered, That, at the sitting on Tuesday 9th December, proceedings on the Motion for the adjournment of the House in the name of the Prime Minister relating to Fisheries may continue, though opposed, for three hours or until Seven o'clock, whichever is the later, and shall then lapse if not previously disposed of.-(Mr Nick Ainger.)

10    Sittings in Westminster Hall,-Ordered, That, on Thursday 18th December, there shall be no sitting in Westminster Hall.-(Mr Nick Ainger.)

11    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from residents of the Westbury constituency against rises in council tax and for safeguarding the interests of pensioners was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

12    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from persons on the electoral roll in the Parliamentary Constituency of Gainsborough for a referendum on the proposed European Constitution was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

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

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-three minutes past Six o'clock, adjourned till Monday 1st December.

[Adjourned at 6.23 p.m.

Michael J. Martin     
Speaker               


Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock on Monday next.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

    1    Employment Agencies,-Draft Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum thereon [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    2    Justice,-Draft Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 (Amendment of section 46(1) and paragraph 7(2) of Schedule 8) Order 2003 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum thereon [by Command] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

    3    Northern Ireland,-Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Modification) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 3039), dated 27th November 2003 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum thereon [by Command] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    4    Council Tax,-(1) Council Tax (Prescribed Classes of Dwellings) (England) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 3011), and

    (2) Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 3012),

    dated 24th November 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

    5    Libraries,-Public Lending Right Scheme 1982 (Commencement of Variation) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 3045), dated 26th November 2003 [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

    6    Social Security,-Social Fund Cold Weather Payments (General) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 3023), dated 24th November 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

    7    Terms and Conditions of Employment,-Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 3038), dated 25th November 2003 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

Other Papers:

    8    Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons,-Report on Research and Development Work Relating to Assistive Technology 2002 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

    9    Crime and Disorder,-Account of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 33] [Clerk of the House].

    10    Foreign Affairs,-Government Response to the Ninth Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee, Session 2002-03, on The Decision to go to War in Iraq [by Command] [Cm. 6062] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    11    Freedom of Information,-Report, under section 87(5) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, on proposals for bringing fully into force those provisions of the Act which are not yet fully in force [by Act]; to be printed [No. 7] [Mr Christopher Leslie].

    12    Immigration,-Paper, entitled Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom 2002 [by Command] [Cm. 6053] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    13    Industrial Organisation and Development,-Account, prepared pursuant to section 9(4) of the Industrial Organisation and Development Act 1947, of the sums recovered by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry under Orders made under section 9 of the Act, and of their disposal, for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 27] [Clerk of the House].

    14    Museums and Galleries,-Account of the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [No. 29] [Clerk of the House].

    15    National Lottery,-The UK Film Council (Formerly Film Council) Lottery Accounts for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 26] [Clerk of the House].

    16    National Savings Bank,-Accounts of the-

    (1) National Savings Investment Deposits, and

    (2) National Savings Ordinary Deposits

    for 2002-03, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 30 and 31] [Clerk of the House].

    17    Police,-Report and Accounts of the National Criminal Intelligence Service for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 28] [Clerk of the House].

    18    Public Lending Right,-Account of the Public Lending Right Central Fund for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 32] [Clerk of the House].

    19    Resource Accounts, 2002-03,-Resource Accounts of the Forestry Commission England/Great Britain for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 4] [Ruth Kelly].

    20    Supply Estimates, 2003-04,-Winter Supplementary Estimates for Central Government [by Command]; to be printed [No. 15] [Mr Paul Boateng].

    21    Treasury,-Treasury Minutes, dated 27th November 2003-

    (1) concerning the dissolution of Powys NHS Trust: Remission of outstanding public dividend capital [by Command], and

    (2) directing the application of certain amounts as appropriations in aid of the Estimates for the year ending 31st March 2004 [by Act]

    [Mr Paul Boateng].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committee on the Inter-Governmental Conference

    Inter-Governmental Conference,-The Speaker has appointed Frank Cook Chairman of the Standing Committee in respect of its meeting on Monday 1st December.

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. 48-i] [Mr A. J. Beith].

    2    Health,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [Obesity]; to be printed [No. 23-i] [Mr David Hinchliffe].

    3    Public Administration,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [The Work of the Ombudsman]; to be printed [No. 41-i] [Tony Wright].

CHAIRMEN'S PANEL

    In pursuance of Standing Order No. 4 (Chairmen's Panel), the Speaker nominated Mrs Irene Adams, Mr David Amess, Mr Nigel Beard, Miss Anne Begg, Mr Joe Benton, Mr John Butterfill, Mr David Chidgey, Derek Conway, Frank Cook, Mr James Cran, Mr John Cummings, Mr Roger Gale, Mr Win Griffiths, Mr Mike Hancock, Mr Jimmy Hood, Mr Alan Hurst, Mr Eric Illsley, Mr John McWilliam, Mr Bill O'Brien, Mr Edward O'Hara, Mr Bill Olner, Mr Peter Pike, Mrs Marion Roe, Mr Jonathan Sayeed, Mr George Stevenson, David Taylor, Miss Ann Widdecombe and Sir Nicholas Winterton to be members of the Chairmen's Panel during this Session.



 
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