The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock.
1 National Insurance Contributions and Statutory Payments Bill,-The National Insurance Contributions and Statutory Payments Bill was, according to Order, read a second time.
2 National Insurance Contributions and Statutory Payments Bill (Programme),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Orders [28th June 2001 and 6th November 2003 (Programming of Bills)], That the following provisions shall apply to the National Insurance Contributions and Statutory Payments Bill:
1. The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.
2. Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on 15th January 2004.
3. The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it meets.
Consideration and Third Reading
4. Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the day on which those proceedings are commenced.
5. Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on the day on which proceedings on consideration are commenced.
6. Sessional Order B (programming committees) made by the House on 28th June 2001 shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.
7. Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further message from the Lords) may be programmed-(Paul Clark);
Tellers for the Ayes, Gillian Merron, Paul Clark: 306.
Tellers for the Noes, Gregory Barker, Mr Mark Field: 145.
So the Question was agreed to.
3 Charities,-Ordered, That the draft Charities (Alexandra Park and Palace) Order 2003 be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.-(Gillian Merron.)
4 Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Gillian Merron.)
And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-six minutes past Five o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 5.26 p.m.
Michael J. Martin
Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Eleven o'clock.
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
1 Human Fertilisation and Embryology,-Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority Code of Practice 6th Edition [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].
2 Public Petitions,-Observations by the Secretary of State for Transport on the Petition [9th December 2003] from citizens of the United Kingdom for the protection of ancient woodlands from damage by airport expansion [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].
3 School Standards and Framework,-Accounts of-
(1) Coventry Education Action Zone,
(2) Kent and Somerset Education Action Zone,
(3) Kingston-upon-Hull Education Action Zone,
(4) Plymouth Education Action Zone,
(5) Stoke Education Action Zone,
(6) Thetford Education Action Zone, and
(7) Wednesbury Education Action Zone,
for 2002-03, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167 and 168] [Clerk of the House].
Reports from Select Committees
1 International Development,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [Migration and Development]; to be printed [No. 79-iii] [Tony Baldry].
2 Trade and Industry,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee [Support to businesses from Regional Development Agencies]; to be printed [No. 118-ii] [Mr Martin O'Neill].
3 Welsh Affairs,-(1) First Report from the Welsh Affairs Committee [The Empowerment of Children and Young People in Wales], 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. 177]; and
(2) Second Report from the Committee [Work of the Committee in 2003]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 178]
In pursuance of Standing Order No. 4 (Chairmen's Panel), the Speaker nominated Janet Anderson to be a member of the Chairmen's Panel during the present Session of Parliament.
[W.H., No. 6]
Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall
The sitting commenced at half-past Nine o'clock.
Adjournment,-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Mr John Heppell.)
And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 4.28 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst