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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 11th December 2003

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

PRAYERS.

1    Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Bill Olner reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Horse Passports (England) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 2780).

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

2    Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-David Taylor reported from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Government's assessment as set out in the Pre-Budget Report 2003 for the purposes of section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993.

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

3    Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Roger Gale reported from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Media Ownership (Local Radio and Appointed News Provider) Order 2003.

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

4    Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr James Cran reported from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Modification) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 3039).

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

5    Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Miss Anne Begg reported from the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an Association between the European Communities and their Member States and the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria) Order 2003 and the draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an Association between the European Communities and their Member States and the Republic of Lebanon) Order 2003.

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

6    Standing Committee on Regional Affairs,-Mr Alan Hurst reported from the Standing Committee on Regional Affairs, That it had considered the matter of the English regions and referendums on elected regional assemblies, referred to it on 2nd December.

7    Traffic Management Bill,-Mr Secretary Darling, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Blunkett, Secretary Margaret Beckett, Ms Secretary Hewitt, Secretary Tessa Jowell, Mr Peter Hain, Mr David Jamieson and Mr Tony McNulty, presented a Bill to make provision for and in connection with the designation of traffic officers and their duties; to make provision in relation to the management of road networks; to make new provision for regulating the carrying out of works and other activities in the street; to amend Part 3 of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 and Parts 9 and 14 of the Highways Act 1980; to make new provision in relation to the civil enforcement of traffic contraventions; to amend section 55 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Monday 15th December and to be printed [Bill 13].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Traffic Management Bill be printed [Bill 13-EN].

8    Estimates Day [1st allotted day],-The House proceeded, pursuant to Resolution [2nd December], to consider Estimates appointed for consideration under Standing Order No. 145 (Liaison Committee).

    Vote on Account, 2004-05 (Department for Work and Pensions),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That resources, not exceeding 22,505,326,000, be authorised, on account, for use during the year ending on 31st March 2005, and that a sum, not exceeding 22,418,785,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund, on account, for the year ending on 31st March 2005, for expenditure by the Department for Work and Pensions-(Bridget Prentice);

    The Debate was concluded, and the Question necessary to dispose of the proceedings was deferred, pursuant to paragraph (4) of Standing Order No. 54 (Consideration of estimates).

    Vote on Account, 2004-05 (Department of Trade and Industry),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That resources, not exceeding 2,101,186,000, be authorised, on account, for use during the year ending on 31st March 2005, and that a sum, not exceeding 3,749,956,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund, on account, for the year ending on 31st March 2005, for expenditure by the Department of Trade and Industry-(Mr John Heppell);

    And it being Six o'clock, the Deputy Speaker interrupted the proceedings, and the Question necessary to dispose of proceedings was deferred, pursuant to paragraph (4) of Standing Order No. 54 (Consideration of estimates).

    The Deputy Speaker, pursuant to paragraph (5) of Standing Order No. 54 (Consideration of estimates), put the deferred Questions on Vote on Account, 2004-05.

    Vote on Account, 2004-05: Department for Work and Pensions

    Resolved, That resources, not exceeding 22,505,326,000, be authorised, on account, for use during the year ending on 31st March 2005, and that a sum, not exceeding 22,418,785,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund, on account, for the year ending on 31st March 2005, for expenditure by the Department for Work and Pensions.

    Vote on Account, 2004-05: Department of Trade and Industry

    Resolved, That resources, not exceeding 2,101,186,000, be authorised, on account, for use during the year ending on 31st March 2005, and that a sum, not exceeding 3,749,956,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund, on account, for the year ending on 31st March 2005, for expenditure by the Department of Trade and Industry.

9    Estimates,-The Deputy Speaker then put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the Estimates appointed for consideration this day.

    Supplementary Estimates, 2003-04

    Resolved, That further resources, not exceeding 6,616,861,000, be authorised for use for defence and civil services for the year ending on 31st March 2004, and that a further sum, not exceeding 7,324,511,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to meet the costs of defence and civil services for the year ending on 31st March 2004, as set out in House of Commons Paper No. 15.

    Vote on Account, 2004-05

    Resolved, That resources, not exceeding 122,627,365,000, be authorised, on account, for use for defence and civil services for the year ending on 31st March 2005, and that a sum, not exceeding 117,444,070,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund, on account, to meet the costs of defence and civil services for the year ending on 31st March 2005, as set out in House of Commons Papers Nos. 16, 17, 18 and 19.

    Ordered, That a Bill be brought in upon the foregoing Resolutions: And that the Chairman of Ways and Means, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Paul Boateng, Dawn Primarolo, Ruth Kelly and John Healey do prepare and bring it in.

10    Consolidated Fund Bill,-John Healey accordingly presented a Bill to authorise the use of resources for the service of the years ending with 31st March 2004 and 2005 and to apply certain sums out of the Consolidated Fund to the service of the years ending with 31st March 2004 and 2005: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Monday 15th December and to be printed [Bill 12].

11    Electronic Communications,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Telephone Number Exclusion (Domain Names and Internet Addresses) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 3rd November, in the last Session of Parliament, be approved-(Charlotte Atkins):-It was agreed to.

12    Local Government,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Local Government Best Value (Exemption) (England) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 17th November, in the last Session of Parliament, be approved-(Charlotte Atkins):-It was agreed to.

13    Environmental Protection,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2003, which were laid before this House on 1st December, be approved-(Charlotte Atkins):-It was agreed to.

14    Standards and Privileges,-Ordered, That Mr Simon Thomas be added to the Committee on Standards and Privileges.-(Charlotte Atkins.)

15    Regulatory Reform,-Ordered, That Mr Paul Goodman be discharged from the Regulatory Reform Committee and Mr Archie Norman be added.-(Charlotte Atkins.)

16    Public Accounts,-Ordered, That Mr Nick Gibb be discharged from the Committee of Public Accounts and Mrs Cheryl Gillan be added.-(Charlotte Atkins.)

17    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from the concerned citizens of North Tayside for the survival of the pension book as a means of collecting pensions from local post offices was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

18    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from the constituents of James Purnell against cuts to the budget of Gorse Hall day centre was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

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

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-seven minutes to Seven o'clock, adjourned till Monday 15th December.

[Adjourned at 6.33 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    Environmental Protection,-Draft Solvent Emissions (England and Wales) Regulations 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

    2    European Communities,-Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Common Electoral Principles) Order 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Christopher Leslie].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    3    Education,-Financing of Maintained Schools (England) (No. 2) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 3247), dated 11th December 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

    4    Extradition,-Extradition Act 2003 (Multiple Offences) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 3150), dated 4th December 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    5    Immigration,-Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (Part V Exemption: Relevant Employers) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 3214), dated 8th December 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    6    Social Care,-Commission for Social Care Inspection (Membership) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 3190), dated 9th December 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

    7    Tax Credits,-Tax Credits (Claims and Notifications) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No.3240), dated 10th December 2003 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

    8    Water Resources,-(1) Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) (England and Wales) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 3242), and

    (2) Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) (Northumbria River Basin District) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 3245),

    dated 10th December 2003 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

Other Papers:

    9    Criminal Statistics,-Criminal Statistics for England and Wales for 2002 [by Command] [Cm. 6054] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    10    Defence,-Paper and Supporting Essays, entitled Delivering Security in a Changing World [by Command] [Cm. 6041] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

    11    Government Resources and Accounts,-Report and Accounts of the British Forces Post Office for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 37] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

    12    Health,-Departmental Minute, dated 11th December 2003, concerning a proposed contingent liability for review of safety at New Cross Hospital Maternity Unit, Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust [by Command] [Mr Secretary Reid].

    13    Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions,-(1) Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions (Hong Kong Locally Engaged Ratings Service Gratuities and Attributable Disablement and Death Awards) Order 2003,

    (2) Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions (Maltese Naval Locally Engaged Personnel Disablement Awards) Order 2003,

    (3) Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions (Maltese Naval Locally Engaged Personnel Widows' Attributable Pensions) Order 2003,

    (4) Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions (Maltese Naval Locally Engaged Ratings' Service Pensions Increase) Order 2003, and

    (5) Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions (Pensions Increase) Order 2003,

    dated 13th November 2003 [by Act] [Mr David Lammy].

    14    UK Trade & Investment,-UK Trade & Investment Autumn Performance Report [by Command] [Cm. 6077] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Draft Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 (Amendment of section 46(1) and paragraph 7(2) of Schedule 8) Order 2003,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Roger Gale Chairman of the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

    2    Draft Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003,-The Speaker has appointed Miss Anne Begg Chairman of the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Regulations.

    3    Draft Extradition Act 2003 (Designation of Part 1 Territories) Order 2003, draft Extradition Act 2003 (Designation of Part 2 Territories) Order 2003, draft Extradition Act 2003 (Designation of Part 3 Territories) Order 2003, and draft Extradition Act 2003 (Police Powers: Code of Practice) Order 2003,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Mike Hancock Chairman of the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Orders.

    4    Amendment dated 4th December 2003 to the agreement of 25th January 1996 (as amended) between Her Majesty's Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and the British Broadcasting Corporation,-The Speaker has appointed Mr John Butterfill Chairman of the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Amendment.

    5    Draft International Fund for Agriculture Development (Sixth Replenishment) Order 2003,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Jimmy Hood Chairman of the Ninth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

Grand Committees

    6    The Speaker has appointed Mr Win Griffiths Chairman of the Welsh Grand Committee in respect of its meetings on Tuesday 16 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-iv] [Mr A. J. Beith].

    2    Foreign Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [The Italian European Council]; to be printed [No. 129-i] [Mr Donald Anderson].

    3    Health,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [Elder Abuse]; to be printed [No. 111-i] [Mr David Hinchliffe].

    4    Home Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [Identity Cards]; to be printed [No. 130-i] [Mr John Denham].

    5    Public Administration,-First Report from the Select Committee on Public Administration [A Draft Civil Service Bill: Completing the Reform], together with the 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. 128-I and -II] [Tony Wright].


[W.H., No. 3]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

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

    Adjournment (Accelerating the UK's response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Joan Ryan.)

    And the sitting having continued for three hours, it was adjourned without Question put, till Tuesday 16th January.

[Adjourned at 5.30 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker


MEMORANDUM

    Westminster Hall,-In pursuance of Standing Order No. 10(13), the Speaker has approved 26th February, 11th March, 22nd April, 20th May, 17th June and 8th July 2004 as days when the business to be taken in Westminster Hall shall be debates on select committee Reports chosen by the Liaison Committee.



 
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