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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 18th December 2003

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

PRAYERS.

1    Private Bill Petitions,-The Speaker laid upon the Table a Report from the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills, That, in the case of the Petitions for the following Bills, the Standing Orders have been complied with:

    Ipswich Market

    Medway Council

    University of Manchester

    University of Wales, Cardiff.

2    Private Bills,-The Chairman of Ways and Means reported, That, in accordance with Standing Order 81 relating to Private Business (Division of bills between this House and the House of Lords), the Counsel to the Speaker had conferred with the Counsel to the Chairman of Committees of the House of Lords, for the purpose of determining in which House of Parliament the respective Private Bills should be first considered, and they had determined that the Bills contained in the following list should originate in the House of Lords:

    University of Manchester

    University of Wales, Cardiff.

    and that the Bills contained in the following list should originate in the House of Commons:

    Ipswich Market

    Medway Council.

3    Northern Ireland Grand Committee,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Orders Nos. 114 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (legislative proposals and other matters relating exclusively to Northern Ireland) and 116 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (sittings)), That-

    (1) The proposal for a draft Rates (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2004 be referred to the Northern Ireland Grand Committee;

    (2) the Committee shall meet at Westminster on Thursday 15th January at half-past Two o'clock; and

    (3) at that sitting-

      (a) the Committee shall consider the legislative proposal referred to it under paragraph (1) above; and

      (b) the Chairman shall interrupt proceedings at Five o'clock; and

      (c) at the conclusion of those proceedings, a motion for the adjournment of the Committee may be made by a Minister of the Crown, pursuant to paragraph (5) of Standing Order No. 116 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (sittings))-(Mr Vernon Coaker):-It was agreed to.

4    Adjournment (Matters to be considered before the forthcoming adjournment),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Mr Vernon Coaker);

    And it being Six o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put.

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

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-nine minutes past Six o'clock, adjourned till Monday 5th January 2004, pursuant to Order [4th December].

[Adjourned at 6.29 p.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock on Monday 5th January 2004.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

    1    Employment and Training,-(1) Draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 2004, and

    (2) draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 2004

    [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    2    Consumer Protection,-Controls on Certain Azo Dyes and 'Blue Colourant' Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 3310), dated 17th December 2003 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    3    Education,-Education (Student Fees and Support) (Switzerland) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 3280), dated 13th December 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

    4    National Health Service,-Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection (Membership) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 3279), dated 15th December 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

    5    Supreme Court, Northern Ireland,-Rules of the Supreme Court (Northern Ireland) (Amendment No. 3) 2003 (S.R. (N.I.), 2003, No. 536), dated 17th December 2003 [by Act] [Mr Christopher Leslie].

    6    Taxes,-Stamp Duty Land Tax (Amendment of Schedule 4 to the Finance Act 2003) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 3293), dated 18th December 2003 [by Act] [Ruth Kelly].

    7    Utilities,-Draft Social and Environmental Guidance to the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

Other Papers:

    8    Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security,-Paper, entitled Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 Review: Report [by Act]; to be printed [No. 100] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    9    Competition Commission,-Report by the Competition Commission on the supply of extended warranties on domestic electrical goods within the UK [by Command] [Cm. 6089] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    10    Corruption,-Government Reply to the Report from the Joint Committee on the Draft Corruption Bill, Session 2002-03 [by Command] [Cm. 6086] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    11    Government Resources and Accounts,-Report and Accounts of the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Customs and Excise for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 52] [John Healey].

    12    Immigration,-Immigration (Designation of Travel Bans) (Amendment No. 2) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 3285), dated 15th December 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    13    Museums and Galleries,-(1) Account of the Imperial War Museum for 2002-03,

    (2) Account of the National Gallery for 2001-02, and

    (3) Account of the National Gallery for 2002-03

    with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 151,154 and 152] [Clerk of the House].

    14    National Health Service,-Account of the Public Health Laboratory Service for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 149] [Clerk of the House].

    15    National Heritage,-Account of the Board of Trustees of the Armouries for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 150] [Clerk of the House].

    16    National Loans,-(1) Accounts of the Consolidated Fund and National Loans Fund for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon, and

    (2) supplementary Statements of Accounts of the Consolidated Fund and National Loans Fund for 2002-03

    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 93 and 94] [Ruth Kelly].

    17    Police (Northern Ireland),-Account of the Police Service Northern Ireland (Police Grant) for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 153] [Clerk of the House].

    18    Political Parties, Elections and Referendums,-First Report from the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, 2003-04 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 140] [The Speaker].

    19    Registration Service,-Mortality Statistics: Review of the Registrar General on deaths by cause, sex and age in England and Wales for 2002 [by Act] [Ruth Kelly].

    20    Religious Offences,-Government Reply to the Report of the House of Lords Select Committee on Religious Offences, Session 2002-03 [by Command] [Cm. 6091] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

Papers withdrawn:

    21    Medicines,-Animal Test Certificates (Revocation) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 3249) [laid 12th December].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Child Trust Funds Bill,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Joe Benton and Mr David Amess Chairmen of Standing Committee A in respect of the Bill.

    2    Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants Etc) Bill,-The Speaker has appointed Mrs Marion Roe and David Taylor Chairmen of Standing Committee B in respect of the Bill.

    3    Draft Solvent Emissions (England and Wales) Regulations 2003 -The Speaker has appointed, Mr Alan Hurst Chairman of the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Regulations.

    4    Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, Etc) Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),-The Speaker has appointed Mr Bob Blizzard, Mr Barry Gardiner, Mr David Heath , Mr John Heppell, Beverly Hughes, Mr Humfrey Malins and Angela Watkinson members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee B in respect of the Bill.

    5    Child Trust Funds Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),-The Speaker has appointed Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Iain Coleman, Jim Fitzpatrick, Mr Paul Goodman, Ruth Kelly, Mr David Laws and James Purnell, members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee A in respect of the Bill.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Draft Gambling Bill,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on the Draft Gambling Bill; to be printed [No. 139-ii] [Mr John Greenway].

    2    European Scrutiny,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [the Brussels European Council on 12th and 13th December] on 17th December; to be printed [No. 155-i] [Jimmy Hood].

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

    4    Treasury,-Minutes of Evidence taken the Treasury Committee [Pre-Budget Report 2003]; to be printed [No. 136-iii] [Mr John McFall].



 
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