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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 15th January 2004

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

PRAYERS.

1    Northern Ireland Grand Committee,-Mr Roger Gale reported from the Northern Ireland Grand Committee, That it had considered the proposal for a draft Rates (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2004, referred to it on 18th December.

2    Privilege,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the First Special Report from the Constitutional Affairs Committee (House of Commons Paper No. 210) be referred to the Committee on Standards and Privileges-(Mr A. J. Beith);

    Sir Patrick Cormack rose in his place and claimed to move, That the Question be now put; but the Speaker withheld his assent and declined then to put that Question.

    And the Question being put;

    Ordered, That the First Special Report from the Constitutional Affairs Committee (House of Commons Paper No. 210) be referred to the Committee on Standards and Privileges.

3    Human Tissue Bill,-The Human Tissue Bill was, according to Order, read a second time.

4    Human Tissue 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 That the following provisions shall apply to the Human Tissue Bill:

    Committal

    1. The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

    Proceedings in Standing Committee

    2. Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 5th February 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 that day.

    6. Sessional Order B (programming committees) made on 28th June 2001 shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.

    Other proceedings

    7. Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further messages from the Lords) may be programmed-(Mr Fraser Kemp):-It was agreed to.

5    Human Tissue Bill [Money],-Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Human Tissue Bill [Money];

    A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 52 (Money and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills), That for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Human Tissue Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of-

    (a) any expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State in consequence of the Act, and

    (b) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of money so provided under any other enactment-(Mr Fraser Kemp):-It was agreed to.

6    Human Tissue Bill [Ways and Means],-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 52 (Money and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills), That for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Human Tissue Bill, it is expedient to authorise charges in connection with licences under the Act-(Mr Fraser Kemp):-It was agreed to.

7    European Communities,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Common Electoral Principles) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 11th December, be approved-(Mr Fraser Kemp):-It was agreed to.

8    Water Resources,-Ordered, That the draft Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) (England and Wales) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 3242) be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.-(Mr Fraser Kemp.)

9    Draft Disability Discrimination Bill (Joint Committee),-Ordered, That the Lords Message of 17th December relating to a Joint Committee of both Houses to consider and report on the draft Disability Discrimination Bill presented to both Houses on 3rd December (Cm. 6058) be now considered.

    That this House concurs with the Lords that it is expedient that a Joint Committee of Lords and Commons be appointed to consider and report on the draft Disability Discrimination Bill presented to both Houses on 3rd December (Cm. 6058), and that the Committee should report on the draft Bill by the end of April 2004.

    That a Select Committee of six honourable Members be appointed to join with the Committee appointed by the Lords to consider the draft Disability Discrimination Bill.

    That the Committee shall have power-

      (i) to send for persons, papers and records;

      (ii) to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House;

      (iii) to report from time to time;

      (iv) to appoint specialist advisers; and

      (v) to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom.

    That the quorum of the Committee shall be two; and

    That Miss Anne Begg, Mr Roger Berry, Mr Tom Clarke, Mr Paul Goodman, Tom Levitt and Mr Roger Williams be members of the Committee.-(Mr Fraser Kemp.)

    Message to the Lords to acquaint them therewith.

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

    And the Motion having been made after Six o'clock, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House, without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, it being then twenty-nine minutes to Seven o'clock, till Monday 19th January.

[Adjourned at 6.31 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    Defence,-Naval Discipline Act 1957 (Remedial) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 66), dated 14th January 2004, together with an Explanatory Statement by the Secretary of State for Defence [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

    2    Legal Services Commission,-Draft Criminal Defence Service (Choice in Very High Cost Cases) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr David Lammy].

    3    National Election Expenditure,-Draft European Parliamentary Elections (Combined Region and Campaign Expenditure) (United Kingdom and Gibraltar) Order 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Christopher Leslie].

    4    Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism,-Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Continuance of Part VII) Order 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

Other Papers:

    5    Defence,-Government Response to the First Report of the Defence Committee, Session 2003-04, on Armed Forces' Pensions and Compensation [by Command] [Cm. 6109] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

    6    Government Resources and Accounts,-Resource Accounts of the Government Actuary's Department for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 192] [Ruth Kelly].

    7    Government Trading Funds,-Treasury Minutes, dated 15th January, on-

    (1) the Fire Service College Trading Fund, and

    (2) the Ordnance Survey Trading Fund

    [by Act] [Mr Paul Boateng].

    8    National Audit,-Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Youth Offending: The delivery of community and custodial sentences [by Act]; to be printed [No. 190] [Clerk of the House].

    9    National Lottery,-Report and Accounts of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland National Lottery Fund for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

    10    Terrorism,-Report on the Operation in 2003 on Part VII of the Terrorism Act 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    11    Transfer of Functions (Ministry of Pensions),-Report on War Pensioners for 2002-03 [by Statutory Instrument] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Horserace Betting and Olympic Lottery Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),-The Speaker has appointed Mr Richard Caborn, Mr Ben Chapman, Mr Nick Hawkins, Mr Fraser Kemp, Mr James Paice, Mr Adrian Sanders and Brian White members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee D in respect of the Bill.

    2    Housing Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),-The Speaker has appointed Paul Clark, Mr Edward Davey, Mr Mark Field, Mr John Hayes, Keith Hill, Mr Terry Rooney and Dr Alan Whitehead members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee E in respect of the Bill.

    3    Draft New Opportunities Fund (Specification of Initiative) Order 2003,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Alan Hurst Chairman of the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

European Standing Committees

    4    The Speaker has appointed Mr John McWilliam Chairman of European Standing Committee A in respect of European Union Document No. 12985/03 on Protection of Groundwater against Pollution.

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-v and vi] [Mr John Greenway].

    2    Foreign Affairs,-(1) First Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee [Foreign Affairs Committee Annual Report 2003], together with Annexes and an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 220]; and

    (2) Second Report from the Committee [Foreign Policy Aspects of the War against Terrorism], 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. 81]

    [Donald Anderson].

    3    Health,-(1) First Report from the Health Committee [The Work of the Health Committee 2003], to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings relating to the Report [No. 239]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Obesity]; to be printed [No. 23-v]

    [Mr David Hinchliffe].

    4    International Development,-(1) Second Report from the International Development Committee [Development Assistance and the Occupied Palestinian Territories], 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. 230-I and -II];

    (2) First Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Eighth Report from the Committee in Session 2002-03, on the Department for International Development: Departmental Report 2003]; to be printed [No. 231]; and

    (3) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Development Assistance and the Occupied Palestinian Territories]

    [Tony Baldry].

    5    Public Administration,-(1) Second Report from the Select Committee on Public Administration [The Work of the Committee in 2003]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 229]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Work of the Ombudsman]; to be printed [No. 41-ii]

    [Tony Wright].


[W.H., No. 11]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

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

    Adjournment (Sexual Health-Third Report from the Health Committee, Session 2002-03, and the Government's response thereto),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned-(Mr Jim Murphy);

    And the sitting having continued for three hours, it was adjourned without Question put, till Tuesday 20th January.

[Adjourned at 5.30 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker


CORRIGENDUM

    In the Votes and Proceedings of Wednesday 14th January, in Appendix III, Item 6(4), the Memoranda reported by the Work and Pensions Committee should have had printing number 85-II.



 
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