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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 25th February 2004

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

PRAYERS.

1    London Local Authorities Bill [Lords],-The Order of the day being read, for resuming the adjourned debate on the Question proposed on 7th January, That the promoters of the London Local Authorities Bill [Lords] may, notwithstanding anything in the Standing Orders or practice of this House, proceed with the Bill in the present Session; and the Petition for the Bill shall be deemed to have been deposited and all Standing Orders applicable to it shall be deemed to have been complied with;

    That, if the Bill is brought from the Lords in the present Session, a declaration signed by the agent shall be deposited in the Private Bill Office, stating that the Bill is the same in every respect as the Bill brought from the Lords in the last Session;

    That the Clerk in the Private Bill Office shall lay upon the Table of the House a certificate, that such a declaration has been deposited;

    That in the present session the Bill shall be deemed to have passed through every stage through which it passed in the last Session, and shall be recorded in the Journal of the House as having passed those stages;

    That no further fees shall be charged to such stages;

    And the Question being again proposed;

    And the Question being put:-It was agreed to.

    Message to the Lords to acquaint them therewith, and to desire their concurrence.

2    First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr James Cran reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Independent Police Complaints Commission (Investigatory Powers) Order 2004.

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

3    Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Mike Hancock reported from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Firearms (Northern Ireland) Order 2004.

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

4    European Standing Committee A,-Mr Kevin Hughes reported from European Standing Committee A the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 11645/03, draft Directive relating to arsenic, cadmium, mercury, nickel and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in ambient air; and supports the Government's objectives of ensuring appropriate levels of protection for human health and of the environment but also resisting unnecessary measures that might have a disproportionate effect on United Kingdom industry.

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

5    School Admissions (Prohibition of Religious Discrimination),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to prohibit discrimination on religious grounds in admissions to maintained schools-(Dr Evan Harris);

    And the Motion being opposed, after a brief explanatory statement from the Member who made the Motion and from a Member who opposed it, the Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Standing Order No. 23 (Motions for leave to bring in bills and nomination of select committees at commencement of public business).

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Malcolm Bruce, Paul Holmes: 33.

      Tellers for the Noes, Jim Dobbin, Mr Ronnie Campbell: 157.

    So the Question was negatived.

6    Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House takes note of the Privy Counsellor Review Committee Report on the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 Review (House of Commons Paper No. 100), which was laid before this House on 18th December 2003-(Mr Secretary Blunkett);

    An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word 'House' to the end and add the words 'welcomes the Privy Counsellor Review Committee Report on the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001; and calls upon the Government to act on the Committee's recommendation to repeal Part 4 of the Act and replace it with alternative provisions for monitoring and prosecuting suspected terrorists which do not require the suspension of basic human rights', instead thereof.-(Mr Mark Oaten.)

    And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Richard Younger-Ross, Bob Russell: 68.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr John Heppell, Paul Clark: 313.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Main Question being put;

    Resolved, That this House takes note of the Privy Counsellor Review Committee Report on the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 Review (House of Commons Paper No. 100), which was laid before this House on 18th December 2003.

7    Protecting the European Communities' Financial Interests,-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 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-(Jim Fitzpatrick):-It was agreed to.

8    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from residents of North Kent against the sale of fireworks to the public was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

9    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Jim Fitzpatrick.)

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till sixteen minutes to Eight o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 7.44 p.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


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


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

    1    Constitutional Law,-(1) Draft Local Government in Scotland Act 2003 (Destination of Fixed Penalties in Scotland) Order 2004, and

    (2) draft Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Act 2004 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2004

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

    2    Government Trading Funds,-Draft Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency Trading Fund Order 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    3    Financial Services and Markets,-(1) Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Appointed Representatives) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 453), and

    (2) Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Transitional Provisions) (Complaints Relating to General Insurance and Mortgages) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 454)

    dated 25th February 2004 [by Act] [Ruth Kelly].

    4    Food,-Kava-kava in Food (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 455), dated 24th February 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

    5    Housing,-Housing (Right to Buy) (Designated Rural Areas and Designated Regions) (England) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 418), dated 20th February 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

    6    National Health Service,-General Medical Services Transitional and Consequential Provisions Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 433), dated 23rd February 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

    7    Town and Country Planning,-Town and Country Planning (Costs of Inquiries etc.) (Standard Daily Amount) (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 421), dated 20th February 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Other Papers:

    8    Counter-terrorism Powers,-Paper, entitled Counter-terrorism Powers: Reconciling Security and Liberty in an Open Society [by Command] [Cm. 6147] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    9    Department for Transport,-Department for Transport Minute, dated 25th February 2004, concerning a proposed contingent liability for the Strategic Rail Authority: Great Anglia franchise [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

    10    Miscellaneous (No. 2, 2004),-WHO Framework Convention, done at Geneva on 21st May 2003, on Tobacco Control, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 6144] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    11    National Audit (Northern Ireland),-Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland on the Management of Surplus Land and Property in the Health Estate [by Act]; to be printed [No. 298] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

    12    Treaty Series (No. 10, 2004),-Convention, adopted at Geneva on 22nd October 1996, concerning Seafarer's Hours of Work and the Manning of Ships [by Command] [Cm. 6142] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    13    Treaty Series (No. 11, 2004),-Protocol, adopted at Geneva on 22nd October 1996, to the Merchant Shipping (Minimum Standards) Convention 1976 [by Command] [Cm. 6143] [Mr Secretary Straw].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Carers (Equal Opportunities) Bill,-The Committee of Selection has nominated twenty-one Members to serve on Standing Committee C in respect of the Bill: Mr Roy Beggs, Virginia Bottomley, Mrs Angela Browning, Mr Paul Burstow, Mr Martin Caton, Mr Michael Clapham, Mr Tom Clarke, Mr Wayne David, Mrs Janet Dean, Mr Huw Edwards, Mr Nigel Evans, Dr Hywel Francis, Mr Paul Goodman, Jane Griffiths, Mr Dai Havard, Dr Stephen Ladyman, Anne Picking, David Taylor, Mr Andrew Turner, Mrs Betty Williams and Hywel Williams.

    2    Draft Rates (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2004:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Vera Baird, Tony Baldry, Mr Clive Betts, David Burnside, Mr Alistair Carmichael, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr Vernon Coaker, Clive Efford, Mr Mark Field, Mr Tom Harris, Helen Jackson, Mr Peter Lilley, Mr Eric Martlew, Mr Ian Pearson, Rachel Squire and Ms Gisela Stuart.

    3    Draft Local Elections (Ordinary Day of Election 2004) Order 2004, draft Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) England (Amendment) Regulations 2004, draft Local Authorities (Mayoral Elections) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2004, draft European Parliamentary Elections Regulations 2004, and the draft Representation of the People (Combination of Polls) (England and Wales) Regulations 2004:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order and draft Regulations to the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr James Clappison, Harry Cohen, Ross Cranston, Geraint Davies, Mr Nick Hawkins, Mr Jon Owen Jones, Ms Sally Keeble, Mr Christopher Leslie, Diana Organ, Bridget Prentice, Mr Andrew Rosindell, Bob Russell, Llew Smith, Mr Clive Soley, Mr Paul Tyler and Angela Watkinson.

    4    Mink Keeping (Prohibition) (England) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 100):

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Order to the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Ms Diane Abbott, Mr Nick Ainger, Norman Baker, Mr Harold Best, Mr Ben Bradshaw, Mr Brian H. Donohoe, Mr James Gray, Mr George Howarth, Mr Boris Johnson, Helen Jones, Mr Robert Key, Dr Nick Palmer, Dr Gavin Strang, Mr Roger Williams, Mr David Wilshire and Mr Anthony D. Wright.

    5    Draft Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating and National Insurance Funds Payments) Order 2004:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Peter Atkinson, Jim Fitzpatrick, Mr John Grogan, Paul Holmes, Glenda Jackson, Norman Lamb, Mr Edward Leigh, Mr Calum MacDonald, Judy Mallaber, Chris Mole, Dawn Primarolo, Mr Mark Prisk, Sir Teddy Taylor, Jon Trickett, Mr Tom Watson and Tony Worthington.

    6    Draft Children (Leaving Care) Social Security Benefits (Scotland) Regulations 2004:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Ms Candy Atherton, Mr Peter Atkinson, Julia Drown, Annabelle Ewing, Mr Paul Goodman, Mr John Horam, Dr Brian Iddon, Mr Robert Jackson, Mr David Kidney, Mr Tony McWalter, Margaret Moran, Kali Mountford, Sandra Osborne, Mr Chris Pond, Mr Alan Reid and Mr Geoffrey Robinson.

    7    Draft Firearms (Northern Ireland) Order 2004,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Roger Berry and Huw Irranca-Davies from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Mr Stephen Hepburn and Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West).

    8    Draft Prison (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2004,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Huw Irranca-Davies and Dr Gavin Strang from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution David Cairns and Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West).

European Standing Committees

    9    European Union Document Nos. 5199/04 and 5205/04, relating to Recovery of sole stocks in the Western Channel and Bay of Biscay, has been referred to European Standing Committee A.

    10    European Union Document No. 5494/03, relating to the Disposal of batteries and accumulators, has been referred to European Standing Committee C.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development and Trade and Industry,-Part of the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development and Trade and Industry Committees [Strategic Export Controls]; to be printed [No. 390-i] [Mr Roger Berry].

    2    Draft Disability Discrimination Bill,-(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on the Draft Disability Discrimination Bill; to be printed [No. 352-iii]; and

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 352-iv]

[Miss Ann Begg]

    3    European Scrutiny,-Eleventh Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 42-xi] [Mr Jimmy Hood].

    4    Modernisation of the House of Commons,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons [Connecting Parliament with the Public]; to be printed [No. 368-i] [Mr Peter Hain].

    5    Northern Ireland Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [The Introduction of the Aggregates Levy in Northern Ireland: One Year On]; to be printed [No. 395-i] [Mr Michael Mates].

    6    Procedure,-(1) First Report from the Procedure Committee [Estimates and Appropriation Procedure], together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 393]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Programming of Legislation]; to be printed [No. 325-ii]

    [Sir Nicholas Winterton].

    7    Public Accounts,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Ministry of Defence: Major Projects report 2003]; to be printed [No. 383-ii] [Mr Edward Leigh].

    8    Transport,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Committee [Cars of the Future]; to be printed [No. 319-ii] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

    9    Treasury,-(1) Fifth Report from the Treasury Committee [Restoring confidence in long-term savings: Endowment mortgages]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings relating to the Report [No. 394]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee of the Committee [The Administrative Costs of Tax Compliance]; to be printed [No. 269-iii]

    [Mr John McFall].

    10    Work and Pensions,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Work and Pensions Committee [Child Poverty in the UK]; to be printed [No. 85-vii] [Sir Archy Kirkwood].

[W.H., No. 25]

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.-(Paul Clark.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 4.29 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker

CORRIGENDUM

    In the Votes and Proceedings for Tuesday 24th February, in item 10, relating to the draft Regulatory Reform (Sunday Trading) Order 2004, at end add "It was agreed to".



 
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