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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 23rd February 2004

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

PRAYERS.

1    European Standing Committee B,-Mrs Marion Roe reported from European Standing Committee B the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Documents No. OJ C286, Vol. 46, the European Court of Auditors' 2002 Annual Report; No. 11954/03 and ADD 1, Commission Report evaluating the activities of the European Anti-Fraud Office; No. 11993/03, Commission Annual Report 2003: protection of the financial interests of the Communities; Third activity report of the European Anti-Fraud Office for the year ended June 2002; and Fourth activity report of the European Anti-Fraud Office for the year ended June 2003; and supports the Government's continuing efforts to promote measures to improve financial management and combat fraud against the European Community's financial interests.

    Report, together with Resolution, to lie upon the Table.

2    Message from the Lords,-A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

    Consolidation Bills,-The Lords communicate that they have appointed a Select Committee of twelve Lords to join with a Committee of this House as the Joint Committee on Consolidation Bills; that they have ordered that the Committee have the power to agree with the Committee of the Commons in the appointment of a Chairman, and that the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee shall, if the Committee think fit, be printed; and they propose that the Joint Committee do meet on Monday 1st March at half-past Four o'clock.

3    Telecommunications Masts (Registration) Bill,-The Order for reading the Telecommunications Masts (Registration) Bill a second time on Friday 27th February was read and discharged.

    Bill to be read a second time on Friday 5th March.

4    Gender Recognition Bill [Lords],-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Gender Recognition Bill [Lords];

    And a Motion being made, and the Question being put, That the Bill be read a second time;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John Heppell, Jim Fitzpatrick: 335.

      Tellers for the Noes, Miss Ann Widdecombe, Mr Andrew Robathan: 26.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    The Bill was accordingly read a second time.

5    Gender Recognition Bill [Lords] (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 Gender Recognition Bill [Lords]:

    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 16th March 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 by the House 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 message from the Lords) may be programmed-(Bridget Prentice):-It was agreed to.

6    Gender Recognition Bill [Lords] [Money],-Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Gender Recognition Bill [Lords] [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 Gender Recognition Bill [Lords], it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of-

    (a) any expenditure of the Secretary of State under that Act, and

    (b) any increase attributable to that Act in the sums payable under any other Act out of money so provided-(Bridget Prentice):-It was agreed to.

7    Employment and Training,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 18th December, be approved-(Bridget Prentice):-It was agreed to.

8    Employment and Training,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 8th January, be approved-(Bridget Prentice):-It was agreed to.

9    Industrial Organisation and Development,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Milk Development Council (Amendment) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 26th January, be approved-(Bridget Prentice):-It was agreed to.

10    European Space Policy,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees), That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 14886/03 + ADD1, the Commission White Paper on European Space Policy; and supports the Government's aim of engaging with European partners and the Commission to encourage the formulation of policies that offer clear commercial and scientific benefits targeted at the Union's wider aims-(Bridget Prentice):-It was agreed to.

11    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Bridget Prentice);

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

12    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Bridget Prentice.)

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till eight minutes past Ten o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 10.08 p.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Eleven o'clock.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented by Her Majesty's Command and delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on the undermentioned dates during the adjournment pursuant to Standing Order No. 158 (Presentation of command papers):

Friday 20th February 2004

    1    Treaty Series (No. 7, 2004),-Amendments, adopted at London on 29th November 2001, to the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 [Cm. 6137] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    2    Treaty Series (No. 8, 2004),-Agreement, done at St. Helier on 4th July 2000, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the French Republic concerning the Establishment of a Maritime Boundary between France and Jersey [Cm. 6138] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    3    Treaty Series (No. 9, 2004),-Agreement, done at St. Helier on 4th July 2000, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the French Republic concerning Fishing in the Bay of Granville [Cm. 6139] [Mr Secretary Straw].

Papers delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on the undermentioned dates during the adjournment pursuant to Standing Order No. 159 (Presentation of statutory instruments):

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

Friday 13th February 2004

    4    Criminal Law,-Penalties for Disorderly Behaviour (Amount of Penalty) (Amendment) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 316), dated 10th February 2004 [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    5    Metropolitan and City Police Districts,-Private Hire Vehicles (London) (Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 242), dated 12th February 2004 [Mr Secretary Darling].

    6    Tax Credits,-Tax Credits (Appeals) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 372), dated 13th February 2004 [Dawn Primarolo].

Monday 16th February 2004

    7    Customs and Excise,-Sudan (Technical Assistance and Financing and Financial Assistance) (Penalties and Licences) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 373), dated 12th February 2004 [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    8    Environmental Protection,-Controls on Pentabromodiphenyl Ether and Octabromodiphenyl Ether Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 371), dated 12th February 2004 [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

    9    Highways,-Removal of Obstructions from Highways (Notices etc.) (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 370), dated 13th February 2004 [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

    10    Land Drainage,-General Drainage Charges (Anglian Region) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 388), dated 14th February 2004 [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

    11    Opticians,-General Optical Council (Disciplinary Committee (Constitution) Amendment Rules) Order of Council 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 259), dated 3rd February 2004 [Mr Christopher Leslie].

    12    Police,-Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 367), dated 11th February 2004 [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

Tuesday 17th February 2004

    13    Agriculture,-Products of Animal Origin (Third Country Imports) (England) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 390), dated 15th February 2004 [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

    14    Social Security,-Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit (Extended Payments (Severe Disablement Allowance and Incapacity Benefit)) Amendment Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 319), dated 9th February 2004 [Mr Secretary Smith].

Wednesday 18th February 2004

    15    Sea Fisheries,-Sea Fishing (Restriction on Days at Sea) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 398), dated 17th February 2004 [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

Thursday 19th February 2004

    16    Supreme Court of England and Wales,-High Court Enforcement Officers Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 400), dated 10th February 2004 [Mr David Lammy].

Friday 20th February 2004

    17    Education,-Consistent Financial Reporting (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 393), dated 16th February 2004 [Mr Secretary Clarke].

    18    Public Order (Northern Ireland),-Public Order (Prescribed Forms) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 416), dated 19th February 2004 [Mr Secretary Murphy].

Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 23rd February 2004:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

    19    Fees and Charges,-Draft Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Fees) Order 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    20    Social Security,-Draft Child Benefit and Guardian's Allowance Up-rating Order 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Dawn Primarolo].

    21    Social Security (Northern Ireland),-Draft Child Benefit and Guardian's Allowance Up-rating (Northern Ireland) Order 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Dawn Primarolo].

    22    Tax Credits,-Draft Tax Credits Up-rating Regulations 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Dawn Primarolo].

    23    Terms and Conditions of Employment,-Draft National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 (Amendment) Regulations 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    24    Customs and Excise,-Liberia (Technical Assistance and Financing and Financial Assistance) (Penalties and Licences) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 432), dated 18th February 2004 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    25    Education,-Education (Pupil Exclusions) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 402), dated 18th February 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

    26    Local Government,-Commissions for Local Administration (Extension of Jurisdiction) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 344), dated 11th February 2004 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

    27    Pensions,-Occupational Pension Schemes (Winding Up and Deficiency on Winding Up etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 403), dated 18th February 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

Other Papers:

    28    Air Force (Constitution),-Amendment List 11 to Air Publication 1269-The Royal Air Force Manual of Medical Management and Administration [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

    29    Defence,-Paper, entitled The Iraq Medal: Service on Operation TELIC from 20th January 2003 [by Command] [Cm. 6135] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

    30    Defence (Votes A), 2004-05,-Estimates of the maximum numbers of personnel to be maintained for service with the Armed Forces for the year ending 31st March 2005 [by Command]; to be printed [No. 283] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

    31    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,-Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Departmental Minutes, dated 23rd February 2004, concerning-

    (1) indemnity insurance for personal liability of members of Horticulture Research International, and

    (2) indemnity insurance for redundancy liability inherited by East Malling Research in respect of staff of Horticulture Research International transferring to the new organisation

    [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

    32    Government Resources and Accounts,-Treasury Minute, dated 23rd February 2004, 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].

    33    Home Affairs,-Government Reply to the First Report from the Home Affairs Committee, Session 2003-04, on Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill [by Command] [Cm. 6132] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    34    Hong Kong,-Six-monthly Report on Hong Kong, July-December 2003 [by Command] [Cm. 6125] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    35    Housing,-Accounts of the Grants and Loans to the Housing Action Trusts for-

    (1) 2001-02, and

    (2) 2002-03

    with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 372 and 373] [Clerk of the House].

    36    Law Commission,-Report of the Law Commission on Pre-judgment Interest on Debts and Damages [by Act]; to be printed [No. 295] [Mr Christopher Leslie].

    37    Local Government Finance,-Accounts of the Pooling of Non-Domestic Rates and Redistribution to Local Authorities in England for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 371] [Clerk of the House].

    38    Museums and Galleries,-Accounts of the Natural History Museum for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 356] [Clerk of the House].

    39    National Audit,-Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Early Years: Progress in developing high quality childcare and early education accessible to all [by Act]; to be printed [No. 268] [Clerk of the House].

    40    National Audit (Northern Ireland),-Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland on Local Management of Schools [by Act]; to be printed [No. 297] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

    41    Public Accounts (Northern Ireland),-Northern Ireland Department of Finance and Personnel Memorandum on the Third Report from the Committee of Public Accounts, Session 2003-04 [by Command] [Cm. 6136] [Mr Secretary Paul Murphy].

    42    Registration Service,-Birth Statistics: Review of the Registrar General on births and patterns of family building in England and Wales for 2002 [by Act] [Ruth Kelly].

    43    Supply Estimates, 2003-04,-Spring Supplementary Estimates for-

    (1) Central Government for 2003-04 [by Command]; to be printed [No. 350] [Mr Paul Boateng], and

    (2) the House of Commons: Administration for 2003-04 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 349] [The Speaker].

    44    Tax Credits,-Report from HM Treasury, under section 41 of the Tax Credits Act 2002 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Education and Skills,-(1) Second Special Report from the Education and Skills Committee [Government Response to the First Report from the Committee, Session 2003-04, on Public Expenditure: Schools' Funding]; to be printed [No. 377]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [National Skills Strategy: 14-19 Education]; to be printed [No. 197-iv]

    [Mr Barry Sheerman].

    2    Human Rights,-(1) Sixth Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights [Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001: Statutory Review and Continuance of Part IV]; together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 381]; and

    (2) Seventh Report from the Committee [The Meaning of Public Authority under the Human Rights Act 1998]; together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 382]

    [Jean Corston].

    3    Public Accounts,-(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Ministry of Defence: Major Projects Report 2003]; to be printed [No. 383-i];

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [National Audit Office Supply Estimate 2004-05]; to be printed [No. 384-i]; and

    (3)Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Northern Ireland Audit Office Supply Estimate 2004-05]; to be printed [No. 385-i]

    [Mr Edward Leigh].

    4    Science and Technology,-(1) Fourth Report from the Science and Technology Committee [Office of Science and Technology: Scrutiny Report 2003]; to be printed [No. 316]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Use of Science in UK International Development Policy]; to be printed [No. 133-ii]

    [Dr Ian Gibson].

    5    Work and Pensions,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee of the Work and Pensions Committee [DWP's Administration of IT Projects]; to be printed [No. 311-iii] [Sir Archy Kirkwood].



 
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