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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 11th March 2004

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

PRAYERS.

1    Highways (Obstruction by Body Corporate) Bill,-Mr Peter Pike reported from Standing Committee F, That it had gone through the Highways (Obstruction by Body Corporate) Bill and directed him to report the same, without Amendment.

    Bill, not amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered on Friday 21st May.

    Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 449].

2    Ninth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Nigel Beard reported from the Ninth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the 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.

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

3    European Standing Committee A,-Mr Martin Caton reported from European Standing Committee A the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 15388/03, draft Regulation fixing for 2004 the fishing opportunities and associated conditions for certain fish stocks and groups of fish stocks, applicable in Community waters and, for Community vessels, in waters where catch limitations are required; and notes that the Government was successful in negotiating Total Allowable Catches which take full account of scientific advice while securing the best possible fishing opportunities for United Kingdom fishermen.

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

4    Estimates [2nd allotted day],-The House proceeded, pursuant to Resolution [4th March], to consider the Estimates appointed for consideration under Standing Order No. 145 (Liaison Committee).

    Supplementary Estimates, 2003-04 (Department for Transport),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That further resources, not exceeding 1,377,992,000, be authorised for use during the year ending on 31st March 2004, and that a further sum, not exceeding 41,854,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund for the year ending on 31st March 2004 for expenditure by the Department for Transport-(Mr John Heppell);

    The Debate was concluded, and the Question necessary to dispose of the proceedings was deferred, pursuant to paragraph (4) of Standing Order No. 54 (Consideration of estimates).

    Supplementary Estimates, 2003-04 (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That further resources, not exceeding 1,251,750,000, be authorised for use during the year ending on 31st March 2004, and that a further sum, not exceeding 613,478,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund for the year ending on 31st March 2004 for expenditure by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs-(Joan Ryan);

    And it being Six o'clock, the Deputy Speaker interrupted the proceedings, and the Question necessary to dispose of proceedings was deferred, pursuant to paragraph (4) of Standing Order No. 54 (Consideration of estimates).

    The Deputy Speaker, pursuant to paragraph (5) of Standing Order No. 54 (Consideration of estimates), put the deferred Questions on Supplementary Estimates, 2003-04.

Supplementary Estimates, 2003-04: Department for Transport

    Resolved, That further resources, not exceeding 1,377,992,000, be authorised for use during the year ending on 31st March 2004, and that a further sum, not exceeding 41,854,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund for the year ending on 31st March 2004 for expenditure by the Department for Transport.

Supplementary Estimates, 2003-04: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    Resolved, That further resources, not exceeding 1,251,750,000, be authorised for use during the year ending on 31st March 2004, and that a further sum, not exceeding 613,478,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund for the year ending on 31st March 2004 for expenditure by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

5    Estimates,-The Deputy Speaker then put the Questions required to be put, pursuant to Standing Order No. 55 (Questions on voting of estimates, &c.).

    Estimates, 2004-05 (Navy) Vote A

    Resolved, That, during the year ending on 31st March 2005, a number not exceeding 45,325 all ranks be maintained for Naval Service and that numbers in the Reserve Naval and Marine Forces be authorised for the purposes of Parts I, III, IV and V of the Reserve Forces Act 1996 up to the maximum numbers set out in House of Commons Paper No. 283 of this Session.

    Estimates, 2004-05 (Army) Vote A

    Resolved, That, during the year ending on 31st March 2005, a number not exceeding 128,195 all ranks be maintained for Army Service and that numbers in the Reserve Land Forces be authorised for the purposes of Parts I, III, IV and V of the Reserve Forces Act 1996 up to the maximum numbers set out in House of Commons Paper No. 283 of this Session.

    Estimates, 2004-05 (Air) Vote A

    Resolved, That, during the year ending on 31st March 2005, a number not exceeding 57,415 all ranks be maintained for Air Force Service and that numbers in the Reserve Air Forces be authorised for the purposes of Parts I, III, IV and V of the Reserve Forces Act 1996 up to the maximum numbers set out in House of Commons Paper No. 283 of this Session.

    Estimates, Excesses, 2002-03

    Resolved, That resources, not exceeding 15,975,062.02, be authorised for use to make good excesses of certain resources for defence and civil services for the year ended on 31st March 2003, and that a sum, not exceeding 1,188.38, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to make good excesses of certain grants for defence and civil services for the year ended on 31st March 2003, as set out in House of Commons Paper Nos. 351.

    Supplementary Estimates, 2003-04

    Resolved, That further resources, not exceeding 24,448,658,000, be authorised for use for defence and civil services for the year ending on 31st March 2004, and that a further sum, not exceeding 10,013,491,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to meet the costs of defence and civil services for the year ending on 31st March 2004, as set out in House of Commons Papers Nos. 349 and 350.

    Ordered, That a Bill be brought in upon the foregoing Resolutions relating to Estimates, Excesses, 2002-03, and Supplementary Estimates, 2003-04: And that the Chairman of Ways and Means, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Paul Boateng, Dawn Primarolo, Ruth Kelly and John Healey do prepare and bring it in.

6    Consolidated Fund (No. 2) Bill,-John Healey accordingly presented a Bill to authorise the use of resources for the service of the years ending with 31st March 2003 and 2004 and to apply certain sums out of the Consolidated Fund to the service of the years ending with 31st March 2003 and 2004: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Monday 15th March and to be printed [Bill 71].

7    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from Inspector Homes Ltd for an inquiry into the quality standards and consumer protection for the building of new homes was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

8    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Vernon Coaker.)

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-nine minutes to Seven o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 6.31 p.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


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


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

    1    Justice,-Draft Lay Magistrates (Eligibility) (Northern Ireland) Order 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Christopher Leslie].

    2    Rating and Valuation,-Draft Non-Domestic Rating (Chargeable Amounts) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

    3    Representation of the People,-(1) Draft European Parliament (Disqualification) (United Kingdom and Gibraltar) Order 2004, and

    (2) draft European Parliament (Number of MEPs) (United Kingdom and Gibraltar) Order 2004

    [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Mr Christopher Leslie].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    4    Agriculture,-(1) Evaluation of Active Substances for Pesticides (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 694), and

    (2) Fees for Assessment of Active Substances (Third Stage Review) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 695),

    dated 10th March 2004 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

    5    Children and Young Persons,-(1) Advocacy Services and Representations Procedure (Children) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 719), dated 11th March 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Clarke], and

    (2) Commission for Social Care Inspection (Children's Rights Director) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 615), dated 8th March 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

    6    Electronic Communications,-Communications (Television Licensing) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 692), dated 10th March 2004 [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

    7    Fees and Charges,-Kimberley Process (Fees) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 686), dated 8th March 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    8    Income Tax,-Research and Development (Prescribed Activities) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 712), dated 11th March 2004 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

    9    Local Government,-Police Authorities (Best Value) Performance Indicators Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 644), dated 7th March 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    10    Merchant Shipping,-Merchant Shipping (Light Dues) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 610), dated 8th March 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

    11    National Health Service,-(1) Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003 (Supplementary and Consequential Provision) (NHS Foundation Trusts) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 696), dated 10th March 2004,

    (2) National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) and (Travel Expenses and Remission of Charges) Amendment Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 663), dated 10th March 2004,

    (3) National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 614), dated 8th March 2004,

    (4) National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) (Prescription of Drugs etc.) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 629), dated 8th March 2004,

    (5) National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) and (General Ophthalmic Services) Amendment Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 642), dated 9th March 2004,

    (6) National Health Service (Performers Lists) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 585), dated 4th March 2004,

    (7) National Health Service (Personal Medical Services Agreements) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 627), dated 8th March 2004, and

    (8) NHS Professionals Special Health Authority (Establishment and Constitution) Amendment Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 648), dated 9th March 2004,

    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

    12    Open Spaces,-Draft Greenwich Park, Hyde Park and The Regent's Park (Vehicle Parking) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

    13    Police,-(1) Independent Police Complaints Commission (Forces Maintained Otherwise than by Police Authorities) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 672), dated 9th March 2004,

    (2) Independent Police Complaints Commission (Staff Conduct) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 660), dated 9th March 2004,

    (3) Independent Police Complaints Commission (Transitional Provisions) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 671), dated 9th March 2004,

    (4) Police (Complaints and Misconduct) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 643), dated 8th March 2004, and

    (5) Police (Conduct) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 645), dated 8th March 2004,

    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    14    Social Security,-Income-related Benefits (Subsidy to Authorities) Amendment Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 646), dated 9th March 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

Other Papers:

    15    Defence,-Ministry of Defence Minute, dated 11th March 2004, concerning contingent liabilities in respect of the submarine reactor fuel Core Factory and associated Neptune test reactor facility [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

    16    Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration,-Thirty-third Report of the Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration [by Command] [Cm. 6127] [The Prime Minister].

    17    Government Trading Funds,-Treasury Minutes, dated 11th March 2004, on further financial objectives desirable of achievement by-

    (1) the Driving Standards Agency Trading Fund, and

    (2) the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

[by Act] [Mr Paul Boateng].

    18    Home Office,-Paper, entitled Reforming the Coroner and Death Certification Service [by Command] [Cm. 6159] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

Papers withdrawn:

    19    Local Government Finance,-Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 126) [laid 10th March].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Draft Courts Board (Appointment and Procedure) Regulations 2004 and draft Courts Boards Areas Order 2004,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Alan Hurst Chairman of the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Regulations and draft Order.

    2    Draft Local Government in Scotland Act 2003 (Destination of Fixed Penalties in Scotland) Order 2004 and the draft Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Act 2004 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2004,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Kevin Hughes Chairman of the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Orders.

    3    Draft Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency Trading Fund Order 2004,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Eric Forth Chairman of the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

    4    Draft Agriculture Statistics (Northern Ireland) Order 2004,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Eric Illsley Chairman of the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Environmental Audit,-(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Crime Sub-Committee of the Environmental Audit Committee [Environmental Crime: Fly-tipping, Fly-posting, Litter, Graffiti and Noise]; to be printed [No. 445-i]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Water: the Periodic Review 2004 and the Environmental Programme]; to be printed [No. 416-iii]

    [Mr Peter Ainsworth].

    2    Health,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [Obesity]; to be printed [No. 23-vi] [Mr David Hinchliffe].

    3    Liaison,-First Report from the Liaison Committee [Annual Report for 2003], to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 446] [Sir George Young].

    4    Public Administration,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [The Honours System]; to be printed [No. 212-iv] [Tony Wright].

[W.H., No. 32]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

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

    Adjournment (Privacy and Media Intrusion-Fifth Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Session 2002-03, and the responses thereto),-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Mr Fraser Kemp.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 16th March.

[Adjourned at 4.56 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker

CORRIGENDUM

    In the Votes and Proceedings of Tuesday 9th March, in Appendix III, item 7, relating to the Scottish Affairs Committee, the printing number should have been 419-ii.



 
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