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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 25th 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:

    Harbours Bill [Lords],-The Lords have passed a Bill to amend the procedure for dealing with applications for orders under section 14 or 16 of the Harbours Act 1964 and for making orders under section 15 of that Act; and for connected purposes; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

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

2    European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill,-Lords Amendment to a Commons Amendment to a Lords Amendment to the European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 81].

3    Employment Relations Bill (Programme) (No. 3),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That the Programme Order of 14th January in relation to the Employment Relations Bill (as amended by the Order of 9th February (Employment Relations Bill (Programme) (No. 2)) be varied as follows-

    Consideration and Third Reading

    1. Paragraphs 4 and 5 of the Order of 14th January shall be omitted.

    2. Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion three hours after those proceedings are commenced.

    3. Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion four hours after the commencement of proceedings on consideration-(Mr Gerry Sutcliffe);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Charlotte Atkins, Paul Clark: 234.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr John Randall, Mr Hugo Swire, 128.

    So the Question was agreed to.

4    Adjournment (Defence Policy),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Jim Fitzpatrick);

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

5    Social Security,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No.118, That the draft Employment Zones (Allocation to Contractors) Pilot Regulations 2004, which were laid before this House on 16th March, be approved-(Mr Fraser Kemp):-It was agreed to.

6    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from residents of Pickering, North Yorkshire, calling for an extension to the priority status of, and revised plans for, Pickering's flood alleviation scheme was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

7    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Mr Fraser Kemp);

    And the Motion having been made after Six o'clock, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, it being then twenty-eight minutes to Seven o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 6.32 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    Criminal Law,-Draft Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Travel Notification Requirements) Regulations 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    2    Immigration,-Draft Accession (Immigration and Worker Registration) Regulations 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    3    Local Government Finance,-Limitation of Council Tax and Precepts (Alternative Notional Amounts) Report (England) 2004-05 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 474] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    4    National Health Service,-Primary Medical Services (Sale of Goodwill and Restrictions on Sub-contracting) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 906), dated 24th March 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

Other Papers:

    5    Criminal Injuries Compensation,-Reports and Accounts of the-

    (1) Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel, and

    (2) Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

    for 2002-03, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 450 and 451] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    6    Food Standards,-Report and Accounts of the Food Standards Agency for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 424] [Mr Secretary Reid].

    7    Home Affairs,-Government Reply to the Second Report from the Home Affairs Committee, Session 2003-04, on Asylum Applications [by Command] [Cm. 6166] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    8    Miscellaneous (No. 6, 2003),-Agreement, done at Canberra on 19th June 2001, on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels [by Command] [Cm. 5826] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    9    Public Petitions,-(1) Observations by the Deputy Prime Minister on the Petition [17th March] from residents of South Bedfordshire for amendments to the Milton Keynes and South Midlands Sub-Regional Strategy, and

    (2) Observations by the Secretary of State for Defence on the Petition [10th March 2003, in the last Session of Parliament] from members of the workforce at BAE Systems, Brough, for negotiations about the future of the plant and the manufacture of Hawk aircraft

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

    10    School Standards and Framework,-Accounts of Great Yarmouth Education Action Zone, for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 496] [by Act] [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1     Draft European Parliament (Disqualification) (United Kingdom and Gibraltar) Order 2004 and the draft European Parliament (Number of MEPs) (United Kingdom and Gibraltar) Order 2004:

    (1) The Speaker has appointed Mr Peter Pike Chairman of the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Orders; and

    (2) The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Nick Hawkins and Mr David Heath from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Orders) and nominated in substitution Mr Tim Boswell and Sir Robert Smith.

    2    Draft Lay Magistrates (Eligibility) (Northern Ireland) Order 2004,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Bill O'Brien Chairman of the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

    3    Draft Job Seeker's Allowance (Amendment) Regulations 2004,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Jonathan Sayeed Chairman of the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Regulations.

    4    Draft Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (New Zealand) Order 2004,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Alan Hurst Chairman of the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

European Standing Committees

    5    The Speaker has appointed Mr Alan Hurst Chairman of European Standing Committee A in respect of European Union Documents Nos. 5199/04 and 5205/04 on Recovery of Sole Stocks in the Western Channel and Bay of Biscay.

    6    The Speaker has appointed Mr Eric Illsley Chairman of European Standing Committee C in respect of European Union Document No. 5916/04 on Marketing of Sweet Corn from Genetically Modified Maize.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Draft Gambling Bill,-Report from the Joint Committee on the Draft Gambling Bill, together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Joint Committee [No. 139] [Mr John Greenway].

    2    Environmental Audit,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Crime Sub-Committee [Environmental Crime: Fly-tipping, Fly-posting, Litter, Graffiti and Noise]; to be printed [No. 445-ii] [Mr Peter Ainsworth].

    3    Health,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [Palliative Care]; to be printed [No. 454-i] [Mr David Hinchliffe].

    4    Public Administration,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Review of Government Communications]; to be printed [No. 274-ii] [Tony Wright].

    5    Treasury,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [Bank of England February 2004 Inflation Report]; to be printed [No. 495-i] [Mr John McFall].


[W.H., No.38]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

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

    Adjournment (China),-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Paul Clark.)

      And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 30th March.

[Adjourned at 5.11 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst     
Deputy Speaker        



 
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