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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 3rd March 2004

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

PRAYERS.

1    Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr John Cummings reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Local Elections (Ordinary Day of Election 2004) Order 2004, the draft Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) England (Amendment) Regulations 2004, the draft Local Authorities (Mayoral Elections) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2004, the draft European Parliamentary Elections Regulations 2004, and the draft Representation of the People (Combination of Polls) (England and Wales) Regulations 2004.

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

2    Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Kevin Hughes reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Employment Act 2002 (Dispute Resolution) Regulations 2004.

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

3    Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Jonathan Sayeed reported from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 3311).

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

4    Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Eric Illsley reported from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Children (Leaving Care) Social Security Benefits (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

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

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

    The Lords communicate that they have considered the Commons Message of 25th February in respect of the London Local Authorities Bill [Lords] and have come to the following Resolution in respect of the said Bill:

    That, notwithstanding anything in the Private Business Standing Orders or practice of the House, the promoters of the Bill, which originated in the House of Lords in Session 2001-02 and which has passed all its stages in that House but not in the House of Commons, may proceed with the Bill in the present session;

    That the petition for the bill be deemed to have been deposited;

    That all Standing Orders applicable be deemed to have been complied with;

    That the Bill be deposited in the Office of the Clerk of the Parliaments not later than noon on Thursday 4th March with a declaration annexed, signed by the agent, stating that it is the same in every respect as the Bill passed by the House of Lords; and

    That the proceedings on the Bill in the present Session be pro forma in regard to every stage through which the Bill had passed in the last Session and that no new fees be charged.

6    House Building (Targets),-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to enable local planning authorities to determine the number of houses built in their areas: And that Bob Spink, Mr Peter Lilley, Mr Eric Pickles, Mr Simon Burns, Mr David Amess, Mr Mark Francois, Sir Teddy Taylor, Andrew Rosindell, Angela Watkinson, Mr John Baron, Ann Winterton and Mr John Redwood do prepare and bring it in.

7    House Building (Targets) Bill,-Bob Spink accordingly presented a Bill to enable local planning authorities to determine the number of houses built in their areas: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 18th June and to be printed [Bill 65].

8    Opposition Day [6th allotted day],-It being an allotted day at the disposal of the Leader of the Opposition in pursuance of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business), the House proceeded to consider Opposition business.

    Trade Justice for the Developing World,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House shares the concern of the Trade Justice Movement about the plight of the poorest people in the world, and congratulates the Movement on bringing their conditions to the attention of the public; notes with concern the fact that more than one billion people live on less than one dollar a day, that life expectancy in many African countries is declining, that 28 million people in Africa have HIV/AIDS, and that the poorest countries' share of world trade has fallen sharply in the last two decades; recognises that the combination of trade distorting subsidies by rich countries and barriers to products from poor countries have gravely damaged the latter; believes that trade liberalisation and increased international trade offer the best hope of alleviating poverty in the developing world; regrets the breakdown of the WTO talks in Cancún; and urges the Government both to press for the talks to restart and to publish its proposals for the reform of agricultural subsidies and the reduction of trade barriers to give poor countries the fair deal on international trade that will allow them to compete and grow-(Mr John Bercow);

    An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word 'House' to the end of the Question and add the words 'welcomes this debate and congratulates the Trade Justice Movement on its efforts to raise public awareness of this vital issue; reiterates the commitment made in the White Paper Eliminating World Poverty: Making Globalisation Work for the Poor to improve international trade rules; urges the European Union to make further progress on reforming the Common Agriculture Policy regimes for cotton, sugar, tobacco and olive oil; welcomes the UK's call for action on HIV/AIDS; congratulates the Government on the £160 million it has allocated to trade-related capacity building in developing countries since 1998; welcomes the fact that the UK's aid budget for Africa will rise to over £1 billion by 2005; welcomes the launch of a new initiative, the Commission for Africa, to take a fresh look at the challenges Africa faces; notes that a successful Doha Round could contribute substantially to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals; congratulates the Government on the lead it has taken within the EU and the WTO to promote free and fair trade; believes that significant progress must be made to improve access for developing country exports to both developed and developing country markets, including through substantial reductions in trade distorting agricultural subsidies; calls on all WTO members to continue to demonstrate their commitment to the Doha Development Agenda; and underlines this House's commitment to ensuring the Doha Round produces real benefits for the poor', instead thereof.-(Secretary Hilary Benn.)

    And the Question being put, That the original words stand part of the Question;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Mark Field: 200

      Tellers for the Noes, Derek Twigg, Mr John Heppell: 326

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Question, That the proposed words be there added, being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments):-It was agreed to.

    The Deputy Speaker forthwith declared the Main Question, as amended, to be agreed to.

    Resolved, That this House welcomes this debate and congratulates the Trade Justice Movement on its efforts to raise public awareness of this vital issue; reiterates the commitment made in the White Paper Eliminating World Poverty: Making Globalisation Work for the Poor to improve international trade rules; urges the European Union to make further progress on reforming the Common Agriculture Policy regimes for cotton, sugar, tobacco and olive oil; welcomes the UK's call for action on HIV/AIDS; congratulates the Government on the £160 million it has allocated to trade-related capacity building in developing countries since 1998; welcomes the fact that the UK's aid budget for Africa will rise to over £1 billion by 2005; welcomes the launch of a new initiative, the Commission for Africa, to take a fresh look at the challenges Africa faces; notes that a successful Doha Round could contribute substantially to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals; congratulates the Government on the lead it has taken within the EU and the WTO to promote free and fair trade; believes that significant progress must be made to improve access for developing country exports to both developed and developing country markets, including through substantial reductions in trade distorting agricultural subsidies; calls on all WTO members to continue to demonstrate their commitment to the Doha Development Agenda; and underlines this House's commitment to ensuring the Doha Round produces real benefits for the poor.

    Protection of Vulnerable Children,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House notes that it is now more than 13 months since Lord Laming's Report on Victoria Climbié and that 25th February 2004 marked the fourth anniversary of her tragic death; regrets that the Government has wasted too much time before bringing forward practical measures to make vulnerable children safer despite Laming's contention that 84 of his recommendations could be implemented within six months and even now social services departments are in limbo awaiting Government recommendations in the Children's Bill; is alarmed at the Government's complete inability to clarify the position on data sharing between agencies, which is crucial to child protection measures; condemns the Government's failure to address the crisis in recruitment of child protection social workers without whom the necessary improvements will not be achievable; is gravely concerned at their response to the recent Appeal Court judgements involving children taken away from parents on questionable expert witness testimonies, which has failed to take account of potentially thousands of other miscarriages of justice in the family courts; notes the additional pressures that this is adding on already overstretched social services departments; further notes the continued failure of the Government to produce the long promised National Service Framework for Children; condemns recent moves to cut already committed grants to important Children's Fund projects working with vulnerable children; and calls upon the Government to give vulnerable children the priority they need and deserve-(Tim Loughton);

9    Deferred Divisions,-The Deputy Speaker announced the results of the Division which had been deferred to this day, pursuant to the Orders of the House [28th June 2001 and 6th November 2003 (Deferred Divisions)]:

    Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism,-That the draft Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 (Continuance in force of sections 21 to 23) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 20th January, be approved.

      Ayes: 370

      Noes: 49

    So the Question was agreed to.

10    Opposition Day,-Protection of Vulnerable Children,-The Question being again proposed;

    An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word 'House' to the end of the Question and add the words 'welcomes the fact that this Government acknowledged the importance of children's issues by appointing the first ever Minister with responsibility for children and young people; congratulates the Government's commitment to Lord Laming's report on safeguarding children, shown in the Green Paper Every Child Matters, and its determination to turn words into action by publishing the Children's Bill in the other place today; acknowledges that the £885 million Quality Protects Programme is already improving the life chances of vulnerable children; commends the Government for the 8.7% increase in funding for children's social services in the next financial year; and is alarmed by the Opposition's proposals to freeze spending on children's services', instead thereof.-(Margaret Hodge.)

    And the Question being proposed, That the original words stand part of the Question;

    Mr Patrick McLoughlin rose in his place and claimed to move, That the Question be now put.

    And the Question being put, That the Question be now put:-It was agreed to.

    And the Question being accordingly put;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Gregory Barker, Mr Peter Atkinson: 189.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Fraser Kemp, Mr Nick Ainger: 329.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Question, That the proposed words be there added, being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Fraser Kemp, Mr Nick Ainger: 364.

      Tellers for the Noes, Gregory Barker, Mr Mark Francois: 141.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    The Speaker forthwith declared the Main Question, as amended, to be agreed to.

    Resolved, That this House welcomes the fact that this Government acknowledged the importance of children's issues by appointing the first ever Minister with responsibility for children and young people; congratulates the Government's commitment to Lord Laming's report on safeguarding children, shown in the Green Paper Every Child Matters, and its determination to turn words into action by publishing the Children's Bill in the other place today; acknowledges that the £885 million Quality Protects Programme is already improving the life chances of vulnerable children; commends the Government for the 8.7% increase in funding for children's social services in the next financial year; and is alarmed by the Opposition's proposals to freeze spending on children's services.

11    Higher Education (Programme) (No. 3),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Orders [28th June 2001 and 6th November 2003 (Programming of Bills)], That in accordance with the Resolution of the Standing Committee of 2nd March 2004, the Programme Order of 27th January in relation to the Higher Education Bill shall be further amended by the substitution in paragraph 2 (time for conclusion of proceedings in Standing Committee) for the words 'Thursday 4th March' of the words 'Tuesday 9th March'-(Bridget Prentice);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Fraser Kemp, Mr Nick Ainger: 347.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr Keith Simpson: 119.

    So the Question was agreed to.

12    Business of the House,-Ordered, That, at the sitting on Tuesday 9th March, paragraph (2) of Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments) shall apply to the proceedings on any Motions in the name of Mr Alex Salmond or Mr Elfyn Llwyd as if the day were an Opposition Day; and proceedings on such Motions may continue, though opposed, for six hours after the first of them has been entered upon, or until Seven o'clock, whichever is the later.-(Bridget Prentice.)

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

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

[Adjourned at 8.06 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    Banks and Banking,-Draft Cash Ratio Deposits (Value Bands and Ratios) Order 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Paul Boateng].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    2    Health and Safety,-Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (Application to Environmentally Hazardous Substances) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 463), dated 26th February 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

    3    Local Government,-(1) Local Authorities (Capital Finance) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 459), dated 25th February 2004; and

    (2) Local Authorities (Goods and Services) (Public Bodies) (England) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 485), dated 27th February 2004

    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

    4    National Health Service,-(1) Kingston Primary Care Trust (Transfer of Trust Property) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 471),

    (2) Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells National Health Service Trust (Transfer of Trust Property) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 467),

    (3) North West Surrey Mental Health National Health Service Partnership Trust (Transfer of Trust Property) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 465),

    (4) West Kent National Health Service and Social Care Trust (Transfer of Trust Property) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 468), and

    (5) West Sussex Health and Social Care National Health Service Trust (Transfer of Trust Property), Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 466),

    dated 25th February 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

    5    Pensions,-Pensions Increase (Valuation Tribunal Service) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 558), dated 3rd March 2004 [by Act] [Mr Paul Boateng].

Other Papers:

    6    Culture, Media and Sport-Department of Culture, Media and Sport Minute approving the Museums, Archives and Libraries Council as a borrower under the Government Indemnity Scheme [by Command] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

    7    Public Petitions,-Observations by the Deputy Prime Minister on:

    (1) the Petition [9th February] from Miss Wendy Eydman, Councillor Dorothy Best and others for greater facilities for horse riders in Castle Point, and

    (2) the Petition [11th February] from residents of the Parliamentary constituency of Brentwood and Ongar and areas served by the Ongar Fire Station against the proposal to change the Fire Station to part-time operation

    [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

    8    School Standards and Framework,-Account of North Somerset (Weston-Super-Mare) Education Action Zone for the period 31st March to 31st August 2003, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 409] [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Gender Recognition Bill [Lords]:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee A, and has appointed Mrs Marion Roe and Mr David Taylor Chairmen; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Hugh Bayley, Geraint Davies, Maria Eagle, Dr Evan Harris, Lynne Jones, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Mr David Lammy, Siobhain McDonagh, Kali Mountford, Mr Stephen Pound, Bridget Prentice, Andrew Selous, Mr Gary Streeter, Angela Watkinson, Mr Shaun Woodward and Richard Younger-Ross.

    2    Pensions Bill:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee B, and has appointed Mr Win Griffiths and Mr James Cran Chairmen; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated twenty-five Members to serve on the Committee: Vera Baird, Gregory Barker, Kevin Brennan, David Cairns, Mr Jim Cunningham, Mrs Janet Dean, Mr Huw Edwards, Mr Fabian Hamilton, Paul Holmes, Mr Kevan Jones, Ms Sally Keeble, Mr Piara S. Khabra, Mr John MacDougall, Margaret Moran, Mr George Osborne, Mr Chris Pond, Adam Price, John Robertson, Mr Andrew Rosindell, Mr David Ruffley, Mr Bill Tynan, Mr Robert Walter, Mr Nigel Waterson, Steve Webb and Malcolm Wicks.

    3    Gangmasters (Licensing) Bill,-The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee C.

    4    Highways (Obstruction by Body Corporate) Bill:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee F (transferred from Standing Committee C); and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr David Atkinson, Norman Baker, Andrew Bennett, Peter Bottomley, Peter Bradley, Valerie Davey, Jim Dobbin, Mr Michael Jabez Foster, Andrew George, Mr James Gray, Charles Hendry, Mr David Kidney, Mr David Lepper, Alun Michael, Laura Moffatt and Dr Desmond Turner.

    5    Draft Community Legal Service (Scope) Regulations 2004:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Kevin Hughes Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Alistair Carmichael, Valerie Davey, Geraint Davies, Mr Michael Fallon, Mr Adrian Flook, Mr Dominic Grieve, Mr David Heath, Mr David Lammy, Mr John Lyons, Anne Picking, Bridget Prentice, Mr Malcolm Savidge, Jim Sheridan, Mark Tami, Mr Paul Truswell and Angela Watkinson.

    6    Draft Social Security (Intensive Activity Period 50 to 59 Pilot) Regulations 2004 and the draft Social Security (Intensive Activity Period 50 to 59 Pilot) (No. 2) Regulations 2004:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Jonathan Sayeed Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Desmond Browne, Mr Colin Challen, Mrs Louise Ellman, Barbara Follett, Mr John Heppell, Paul Holmes, Mr David Lepper, Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger, Mr Peter Lilley, Chris McCafferty, Kali Mountford, Mr George Osborne, Mr Ernie Ross, Steve Webb and David Winnick.

    7    Draft Agricultural Statistics (Northern Ireland) Order 2004:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Eric Illsley Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: David Burnside, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr Vernon Coaker, Mr David Crausby, Mr Tam Dalyell, Mr Mark Field, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Huw Irranca-Davies, Mrs Helen Liddell, Rob Marris, Mr Denis Murphy, Lembit Öpik, Mr Ian Pearson, Mr Siôn Simon, Dr Gavin Strang and Mr John Taylor.

    8    Draft Renewables Obligation (Amendment) Order 2003:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Bill O'Brien Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Charlotte Atkins, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Roger Berry, Malcolm Bruce, Mr Jonathan Djanogly, Mr David Drew, Angela Eagle, Mr Nick Gibb, Ian Lucas, Joyce Quin, Mr Laurence Robertson, Ian Stewart, Mr Andrew Stunell, Mr Stephen Timms, Joan Walley and Mr Mike Wood.

    9    Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 3311),- The Committee of Selection has discharged Ann Clwyd from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Regulations) and nominated in substitution Mr Mark Hendrick.

    10    Draft Social Security (Basic Skills Training Pilot) Regulations 2004:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mrs Irene Adams Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Peter Atkinson, Richard Burden, Colin Burgon, Mr Tony Colman, Mr Brian H. Donohoe, Paul Holmes, Mr Brian Jenkins, Mr John Maples, Mr Austin Mitchell, Margaret Moran, Kali Mountford, Mr George Osborne, Mr Chris Pond, Mr Michael Trend, Steve Webb and Derek Wyatt.

    11    The draft Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000 (Renewal of Temporary Provision) Order 2004:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Order to the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Eric Forth Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Crispin Blunt, Mr Alistair Carmichael, Mr Tony Clarke, Mr Vernon Coaker, Jim Dowd, Mr Nigel Evans, Mr Mark Field, Huw Irranca-Davies, Ms Sally Keeble, Jane Kennedy, Mr David Lidington, Chris Mole, Dr Doug Naysmith, Christine Russell, Mr David Trimble and David Wright.

    12    Draft Paternity and Adoption Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2004, and the draft Statutory Paternity Pay and Statutory Adoption Pay (Weekly Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 2004:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Eric Illsley Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Charlotte Atkins, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Kevin Barron, Mr Henry Bellingham, Malcolm Bruce, Brian Cotter, Jon Cruddas, Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons, Jane Griffiths, Mr Piara S. Khabra, Rosemary McKenna, Mr Archie Norman, Linda Perham, Ian Stewart, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe and Mr Ian Taylor.

    13    Draft Tax Credits Up-rating Regulations 2004, the draft Child Benefit and Guardian's Allowance Up-rating Order 2004 and the draft Child Benefit and Guardian's Allowance Up-rating (Northern Ireland) Order 2004:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Ninth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Nigel Beard Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Frank Doran, Mr Stephen Dorrell, Jim Fitzpatrick, Mr David Heyes, Mr David Laws, Dan Norris, Mr George Osborne, Dawn Primarolo, Joan Ruddock, Mr Mohammad Sarwar, Phil Sawford, Mr Richard Shepherd, The Reverend Martin Smyth, Paddy Tipping and Mr Tom Watson.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Defence,-Third Report from the Defence Committee [Lessons of Iraq]; together with the 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. 57] [Mr Bruce George].

    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-v]; and

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

    [Mr Tom Clarke].

    3    Education and Skills,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Skills Committee [National Skills Strategy: 14-19 Education]; to be printed [No. 197-v] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

    4    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,-(1) Fourth Special Report from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [Government's Reply to the First Report from the Committee, Session 2003-04, on Water Pricing]; to be printed [No. 420];

    (2) Memorandum laid before the Committee [Milk Pricing]; and

    (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Agriculture and EU Enlargement]; to be printed [No. 421-i]

    [Mr Michael Jack].

    5    Environmental Audit,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee [Water: the Periodic Review 2004 and the Environmental Programme]; to be printed [No. 416-ii] [Mr Peter Ainsworth].

    6    Northern Ireland Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [The Parades Commission and Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998]; to be printed [No. 224-iii] [Mr Michael Mates].

    7    Regulatory Reform,-Fourth Report from the Regulatory Reform Committee [Proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Museum of London) (Location of Premises) Order 2004], together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 414] [Mr Peter Pike].

    8    Scottish Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Scottish Affairs Committee [The Proposed Whisky Strip Stamp]; to be printed [No. 419-i] [Mrs Irene Adams].

    9    Transport,-(1) Fifth Report from the Transport Committee [Office of Fair Trading Response to the Third Report of the Committee: The Regulation of Licensed Taxis and Private Hire Vehicle Services in the UK]; to be printed, together with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 418];

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [School Transport]; to be printed [No. 318-ii]; and

    (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Cars of the Future]; to be printed [No. 319-iii]

[Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].


[W.H., No. 28]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

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

    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned-(Mr Vernon Coaker);

    And the sitting having continued for two and a half hours after Two o'clock, it was adjourned without Question put, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 4.48 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker




 
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