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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 18th March 2004

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

PRAYERS.

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

    The Lords agree to an Amendment made by this House to a Lords Amendment to the European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill, with an Amendment, to which they desire the agreement of the House; and they do not insist on their remaining Amendment to which this House has disagreed, and they agree to the Amendment made by this House in lieu thereof.

2    European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill,-Lords Amendment to a Commons Amendment to the European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill to be considered on Monday 22nd March; and to be printed [Bill 75].

3    Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Eric Forth reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency Trading Fund Order 2004.

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

4    Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Roger Gale reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Draft Agricultural Statistics (Northern Ireland) Order 2004.

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

5    Ways and Means,-Amendment of the Law,-The Order of the day being read, for resuming the adjourned Debate on the Question proposed yesterday, That-

    (1) It is expedient to amend the law with respect to the National Debt and the public revenue and to make further provision in connection with finance.

    (2) This Resolution does not extend to the making of any amendment with respect to value added tax so as to provide-

      (a) for zero-rating or exempting a supply, acquisition or importation;

      (b) for refunding an amount of tax;

      (c) for any relief, other than a relief that-

      (i) so far as it is applicable to goods, applies to goods of every description, and

      (ii) so far as it is applicable to services, applies to services of every description-(Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer);

    And the Question being again proposed:-The House resumed the adjourned Debate.

    Ordered, That the Debate be now adjourned.-(Charlotte Atkins.)

    Debate to be resumed on Monday 22nd March.

6    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from Councillor Ronald Feldman and others against the closure of local post offices in Alwoodley Park and Sandhill Parade was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

7    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Charlotte Atkins.)

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till half-past Six o'clock, adjourned till Monday 22nd March.

[Adjourned at 6.30 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    Representation of the People (Northern Ireland),-Draft European Parliamentary Elections (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

    2    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:

    3    Agriculture,-Recovery of Agricultural Levies Due in Other Member States Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 800), dated 18th March 2004 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

    4    Criminal Law,-Zimbabwe (Freezing of Funds and Economic Resources) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 816), dated 18th March 2004 [by Act] [Ruth Kelly].

    5    Education,-LEA Budget, Schools Budget and Individual Schools Budget (Wandsworth) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 804), dated 18th March 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

    6    Immigration,-(1) Immigration Services Commissioner (Designated Professional Body) (Fees) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 801), and

    (2) Immigration Services Commissioner (Registration Fee) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 802),

    dated 16th March 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    7    Immigration and Asylum,-Asylum Support (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 763), dated 11th March 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    8    Income Tax,-Friendly Societies (Modification of the Corporation Tax Acts) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 822), dated 18th March 2004 [by Act] [Ruth Kelly].

    9    National Assistance Services,-National Assistance (Sums for Personal Requirements and Assessment of Resources) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 760), dated 15th March 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

    10    Public Health,-Tobacco Advertising and Promotion (Point of Sale) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 765), dated 16th March 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

Other Papers:

    11    Public Petitions,-(1) Observations by the Deputy Prime Minister on the Petition [17th September 2003, in the last session of Parliament] from residents of Chenies, Buckinghamshire, and others against the installation of a telecommunications mast at Chenies,

    (2) Observations by the Deputy Prime Minister on the Petition [11th December 2003] from the constituents of James Purnell against cuts to the budget of Gorse Hall day centre, and

    (3) Observations by the Secretary of State for Health on the Petition [10th February] from members and supporters of Breathe Easy York for provision of ambulatory oxygen and pulmonary rehabilitation services by the NHS

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

    12    Regulatory Reform,-Proposal for a draft Regulatory Reform (Local Commissioner for Wales) Order 2004, together with a statement by the Wales Office [by Act] [Mr Peter Hain].

Papers withdrawn:

    13    Terms and Conditions of Employment,-Draft National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 (Amendment) Regulations 2004 [laid 23rd February].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Gangmasters (Licensing) Bill,-The Speaker has appointed Derek Conway Chairman of Standing Committee C in respect of the Bill.

    2    Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords],-The Speaker has appointed Mr Joe Benton Chairman of Standing Committee D in respect of the Bill.

    3    Draft Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Fees) Order 2004,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Eric Forth Chairman of the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

    4    Draft Employment Zones (Allocation to Contractors) Pilot Regulations 2004,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Jonathan Sayeed Chairman of the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Regulations.

    5    Draft Driver and Vehicle Licensing Trading Fund Order 2004,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr David Borrow from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Ann Coffey.

    6    Draft Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Modification) Order 2004,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Alan Hurst Chairman of the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

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

    8    Draft National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 (Amendment) Regulations 2004-The Speaker has appointed Mr George Stevenson Chairman of the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Regulations.

Grand Committees

    9    The Speaker has appointed Mr Martin Caton Chairman of the Welsh Grand Committee in respect of its meetings on Wednesday 24 March.

European Standing Committees

    10    The Speaker has appointed Mr John Cummings Chairman of European Standing Committee C in respect of European Union Document No. 5188/04 on Review of the Working Time Directive.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

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


[W.H., No. 35]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

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

    Adjournment (The Scientific Response to Terrorism-Eighth Report from the Science and Technology 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.-(Charlotte Atkins.)

    And the sitting having continued for three hours after half-past Two o'clock, it was adjourned without Question put, till Tuesday 23rd March.

[Adjourned at 5.30 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst    
Deputy Speaker        



 
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