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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 30th March 2004

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

PRAYERS.

1    Regulatory Reform,-Mr Peter Pike reported from the Regulatory Reform Committee the following Resolution:

    That a draft Order in the same terms as the proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Museum of London) (Location of Premises) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 22nd January, should be laid before the House.

2    European Standing Committee A,-Mr Alan Hurst reported from European Standing Committee A the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Documents No. 5199/04, draft Regulation on the recovery of sole stocks in the Western Channel and the Bay of Biscay, and No. 5205/04, Commission Staff Working Paper on a draft Regulation establishing measures for the recovery of sole stocks in the Western Channel and the Bay of Biscay; takes note of the Government's concerns about the targets proposed for recovery and the impact of the proposals on vessels catching sole as part of a mixed fishery; and supports the Government's intention to ensure a close dialogue with the fishing industry on these proposals.

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

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

    The Lords 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, for which insistence they assign their Reason.

4    European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill,-Lords Reason for insisting on an Amendment to a Commons Amendment to a Lords Amendment to be printed [Bill 86].

5    Harbours Bill [Lords],-The Harbours Bill [Lords] was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 16th July and to be printed [Bill 85].

6    Corporate Killing,-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to create a new offence of corporate killing that applies to all companies and unincorporated bodies: And that Mr Frank Doran, Tony Lloyd, Judy Mallaber, Ian Stewart, Geraldine Smith, Mr Andrew Dismore, Miss Anne Begg, Rob Marris, Joan Ruddock and Mr Bill Olner do prepare and bring it in.

7    Corporate Killing Bill,-Mr Frank Doran accordingly presented a Bill to create a new offence of corporate killing that applies to all companies and unincorporated bodies: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 21st May and to be printed [Bill 84].

8    Opposition Day [8th 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.

    Immigration Entry Clearance Standards,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House condemns the Government's failure to maintain immigration entry clearance standards; regrets the confusion as to whom the relaxed guidance actually applies; notes the unwillingness of Ministers to take responsibility for the operation of immigration policies; expresses deep concern that, at a time when homeland security is paramount, current fast-tracking procedures do not enable full and thorough checks on applicants; applauds those public servants who bring the Home Office's failings and dishonest internal workings to the attention of honourable Members and the wider public; calls on Her Majesty's Government to reinstate those officials currently suspended from duty; recognises with regret that recent revelations have exposed grave deficiencies in the immigration service; and believes that the Government has lost both the confidence and the trust of the British people in its ability to control immigration policy-(David Davis);

    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 'congratulates the Government on having embarked on radical end-to-end reform of the immigration and asylum system including strengthening border controls, reducing asylum intake by more than half, increasing immigration removals to record levels and speeding up the processing of applications for leave to remain in the UK; notes that, as indicated in a statement published by the Government on 29th March, all Governments have instituted reasonable and proportionate measures to deal with backlogs of applications by people already in this country for permission to extend their stay; and applauds the fact that the Government, by investing more staff resources than ever before, has reached the point where the Backlog Reduction Accelerated Clearance Exercise (BRACE) is no longer necessary', instead thereof.-(Mr Secretary Blunkett.)

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

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Ruffley, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 156.

      Tellers for the Noes, Bridget Prentice, Mr Vernon Coaker: 378.

    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 congratulates the Government on having embarked on radical end-to-end reform of the immigration and asylum system including strengthening border controls, reducing asylum intake by more than half, increasing immigration removals to record levels and speeding up the processing of applications for leave to remain in the UK; notes that, as indicated in a statement published by the Government on 29th March, all Governments have instituted reasonable and proportionate measures to deal with backlogs of applications by people already in this country for permission to extend their stay; and applauds the fact that the Government, by investing more staff resources than ever before, has reached the point where the Backlog Reduction Accelerated Clearance Exercise (BRACE) is no longer necessary.

    Case for a Referendum on the Proposed European Constitution,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House believes that the draft European Constitution constitutes a fundamental change to the relationship between the European Union and the Member States and should only be ratified if the British people have freely consented to it in a referendum-(Mr Michael Ancram);

    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 intensified scrutiny of both Houses in respect of the draft Constitutional Treaty; believes that the Government's policy of active engagement within the EU is in Britain's national interests; supports its constructive approach to discussions within the Intergovernmental Conference to ensure that an enlarged Union works effectively; endorses paragraph 66 of the White Paper (Cm. 5934) in respect of issues which must remain the province of the nation state; notes that provided there is a satisfactory outcome on these and other matters of concern, the proposals currently being discussed would not alter the fundamental constitutional relationship between the member states and the Union and therefore does not believe there is reason to depart from previous practice for constitutional treaties; and reaffirms the primacy of Parliament to decide on whether any future Constitutional Treaty should become part of UK law', instead thereof.-(Mr Secretary Straw.)

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

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Ruffley, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 212.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Nick Ainger, Charlotte Atkins: 328.

    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, Charlotte Atkins, Mr Nick Ainger: 319.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr David Ruffley: 202.

    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 intensified scrutiny of both Houses in respect of the draft Constitutional Treaty; believes that the Government's policy of active engagement within the EU is in Britain's national interests; supports its constructive approach to discussions within the Intergovernmental Conference to ensure that an enlarged Union works effectively; endorses paragraph 66 of the White Paper (Cm. 5934) in respect of issues which must remain the province of the nation state; notes that provided there is a satisfactory outcome on these and other matters of concern, the proposals currently being discussed would not alter the fundamental constitutional relationship between the member states and the Union and therefore does not believe there is reason to depart from previous practice for constitutional treaties; and reaffirms the primacy of Parliament to decide on whether any future Constitutional Treaty should become part of UK law.

9    Business of the House,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business), That, at this day's sitting, proceedings on the Motion in the name of Mr Peter Hain relating to Sittings of the House and consideration of any Lords Message that may be received may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour-(Paul Clark):-It was agreed to.

10    European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill,-The House, pursuant to Order [8th March], proceeded forthwith to consider the Lords Message [this day] relating to the European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill.

    A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House insists on its disagreement to Lords Amendment No. 1F to Commons Amendment No. 1C, on which the Lords have insisted, but proposes the following Amendment in lieu thereof:

    Line 13, at the end, to insert the words-

      '( ) The declaration of identity must contain a statement advising the voter that the ballot paper should be completed by him-

      (a) outside the presence of any other person, or

      (b) in the case of a voter who requires assistance, in accordance with such advice as is provided for in the pilot order'-(Mr Christopher Leslie);

    And it being one hour after the commencement of proceedings on the Lords Message, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Order [8th March].

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Gillian Merron, Mr John Heppell: 302.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Ruffley, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 182.

    So the Question was agreed to.

11    Social Security,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Jobseeker's Allowance (Amendment) Regulations 2004, which were laid before this House on 2nd March, be approved-(Mr John Heppell):-It was agreed to.

12    Public Petitions,-Public Petitions from-

    (1) Orpington College Student Union and National Union of Students members against the Higher Education Bill,

    (2) persons living or working in the Parliamentary constituency of Christchurch for a referendum on the European Constitution following the Intergovernmental Conference,

    (3) residents of Dumfries and Galloway for increased provision of NHS dentists in Dumfries and Galloway, and

    (4) Mrs M. Hurrell and others for improvement of the Prittle Brook sewer, Southend, Essex,

    were presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

13    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Mr John Heppell);

    And the Motion having been made after Seven 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-seven minutes to Ten o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 9.33 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 Negative Resolution:

    1    Constitutional Law,-Scotland Act 1998 (Designation of Receipts) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 953), dated 29th March 2004 [by Act] [Mr Paul Boateng].

    2    Criminal Law,-Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Prescribed Police Stations) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 875), dated 23rd March 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    3    Electronic Communications,-Communications Act 2003 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 945), dated 29th March 2004 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    4    Financial Services and Markets,-Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Transitional Provisions, Repeals and Savings) (Financial Services Compensation Scheme) (Amendment) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 952), dated 29th March 2004 [by Act] [Ruth Kelly].

    5    National Health Service,-(1) National Health Service (Travel Expenses and Remission of Charges) and (Optical Charges and Payments) and (General Ophthalmic Services) Amendment Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 936), dated 28th March 2004, and

    (2) NHS Professionals Special Health Authority (Establishment and Constitution) Revocation and Amendment Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 951), dated 30th March 2004

    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

Other Papers:

    6    Census,-Paper, entitled Census 2001: Key Statistics for postcode sectors in England and Wales [by Act] [Ruth Kelly].

    7    Enterprise,-Plan of the Office of Fair Trading for 2004-05 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 460] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    8    Public Accounts,-Treasury Minutes on the Fourth and Sixth to Eighth Reports from the Committee of Public Accounts, Session 2003-04 [by Command] [Cm. 6155] [Ruth Kelly].

    9    Transport,-Government Response to the Second Report of the Transport Committee, Session 2003-04, on the Departmental Annual Report 2003 [by Command] [Cm. 6157] [Mr Secretary Darling].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Constitutional Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Constitutional Affairs Committee [Civil Legal Aid: adequacy of provision]; to be printed [No. 391-iv] [Mr A. J. Beith].

    2    Draft Disability Discrimination Bill,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on the Draft Disability Discrimination Bill; to be printed [No. 352-xiv] [Tom Levitt].

    3    Environmental Audit,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee [Budget 2004]; to be printed [No. 490-ii] [Mr Peter Ainsworth].

    4    Foreign Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [Foreign Policy Aspects of the War against Terrorism]; to be printed [No. 441-iii] [Mr Donald Anderson].

    5    Northern Ireland Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [Social Housing Provision in Northen Ireland]; to be printed [No. 493-iii] [Mr Tony Clarke].

    6    Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions,-(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Urban Affairs Sub-Committee of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minster: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee [The Role and Effectiveness of the Housing Corporation]; to be printed [No. 401-ii] [Clive Betts]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Urban Affairs Sub-Committee of the Committee [Supporting Vulnerable and Older People]; to be printed [No. 504-i] [Chris Mole].

    7    Standards and Privileges,-Fifth Report from the Committee on Standards and Privileges [Privilege: Protection of a Witness], together with Appendices and the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 2nd and 9th March and Appendices thereto; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 447] [Sir George Young].

    8    Statutory Instruments,-Fourteenth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 82-xiv] [Mr David Tredinnick].

    9    Trade and Industry,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee [The work of the Export Credits Guarantee Department; UK Automotive Industry]; to be printed [Nos. 506-i and 437-ii] [Mr Martin O'Neill].

[W.H., No. 39]

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.-(Margaret Moran.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 4.38 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker

Tuesday 30th March 2004


Votes and Proceedings The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock.
PRAYERS. PRAYERS. 1 Regulatory Reform,-Mr Peter Pike reported from the Regulatory Reform Committee the following Resolution:

    That a draft Order in the same terms as the proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Museum of London) (Location of Premises) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 22nd January, should be laid before the House.

2 European Standing Committee A,-Mr Alan Hurst reported from European Standing Committee A the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Documents No. 5199/04, draft Regulation on the recovery of sole stocks in the Western Channel and the Bay of Biscay, and No. 5205/04, Commission Staff Working Paper on a draft Regulation establishing measures for the recovery of sole stocks in the Western Channel and the Bay of Biscay; takes note of the Government's concerns about the targets proposed for recovery and the impact of the proposals on vessels catching sole as part of a mixed fishery; and supports the Government's intention to ensure a close dialogue with the fishing industry on these proposals.

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

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

    The Lords 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, for which insistence they assign their Reason.

4 European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill,-Lords Reason for insisting on an Amendment to a Commons Amendment to a Lords Amendment to be printed [Bill 86]. 5 Harbours Bill [Lords],-The Harbours Bill [Lords] was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 16th July and to be printed [Bill 85]. 6 Corporate Killing,-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to create a new offence of corporate killing that applies to all companies and unincorporated bodies: And that Mr Frank Doran, Tony Lloyd, Judy Mallaber, Ian Stewart, Geraldine Smith, Mr Andrew Dismore, Miss Anne Begg, Rob Marris, Joan Ruddock and Mr Bill Olner do prepare and bring it in. 7 Corporate Killing Bill,-Mr Frank Doran accordingly presented a Bill to create a new offence of corporate killing that applies to all companies and unincorporated bodies: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 21st May and to be printed [Bill 84]. 8 Opposition Day [8th 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.

    Immigration Entry Clearance Standards,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House condemns the Government's failure to maintain immigration entry clearance standards; regrets the confusion as to whom the relaxed guidance actually applies; notes the unwillingness of Ministers to take responsibility for the operation of immigration policies; expresses deep concern that, at a time when homeland security is paramount, current fast-tracking procedures do not enable full and thorough checks on applicants; applauds those public servants who bring the Home Office's failings and dishonest internal workings to the attention of honourable Members and the wider public; calls on Her Majesty's Government to reinstate those officials currently suspended from duty; recognises with regret that recent revelations have exposed grave deficiencies in the immigration service; and believes that the Government has lost both the confidence and the trust of the British people in its ability to control immigration policy-(David Davis);

    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 'congratulates the Government on having embarked on radical end-to-end reform of the immigration and asylum system including strengthening border controls, reducing asylum intake by more than half, increasing immigration removals to record levels and speeding up the processing of applications for leave to remain in the UK; notes that, as indicated in a statement published by the Government on 29th March, all Governments have instituted reasonable and proportionate measures to deal with backlogs of applications by people already in this country for permission to extend their stay; and applauds the fact that the Government, by investing more staff resources than ever before, has reached the point where the Backlog Reduction Accelerated Clearance Exercise (BRACE) is no longer necessary', instead thereof.-(Mr Secretary Blunkett.)

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

    The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Ruffley, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 156. Tellers for the Noes, Bridget Prentice, Mr Vernon Coaker: 378.

    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 congratulates the Government on having embarked on radical end-to-end reform of the immigration and asylum system including strengthening border controls, reducing asylum intake by more than half, increasing immigration removals to record levels and speeding up the processing of applications for leave to remain in the UK; notes that, as indicated in a statement published by the Government on 29th March, all Governments have instituted reasonable and proportionate measures to deal with backlogs of applications by people already in this country for permission to extend their stay; and applauds the fact that the Government, by investing more staff resources than ever before, has reached the point where the Backlog Reduction Accelerated Clearance Exercise (BRACE) is no longer necessary.

    Case for a Referendum on the Proposed European Constitution,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House believes that the draft European Constitution constitutes a fundamental change to the relationship between the European Union and the Member States and should only be ratified if the British people have freely consented to it in a referendum-(Mr Michael Ancram);

    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 intensified scrutiny of both Houses in respect of the draft Constitutional Treaty; believes that the Government's policy of active engagement within the EU is in Britain's national interests; supports its constructive approach to discussions within the Intergovernmental Conference to ensure that an enlarged Union works effectively; endorses paragraph 66 of the White Paper (Cm. 5934) in respect of issues which must remain the province of the nation state; notes that provided there is a satisfactory outcome on these and other matters of concern, the proposals currently being discussed would not alter the fundamental constitutional relationship between the member states and the Union and therefore does not believe there is reason to depart from previous practice for constitutional treaties; and reaffirms the primacy of Parliament to decide on whether any future Constitutional Treaty should become part of UK law', instead thereof.-(Mr Secretary Straw.)

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

    The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Ruffley, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 212. Tellers for the Noes, Mr Nick Ainger, Charlotte Atkins: 328.

    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, Charlotte Atkins, Mr Nick Ainger: 319. Tellers for the Noes, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr David Ruffley: 202.

    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 intensified scrutiny of both Houses in respect of the draft Constitutional Treaty; believes that the Government's policy of active engagement within the EU is in Britain's national interests; supports its constructive approach to discussions within the Intergovernmental Conference to ensure that an enlarged Union works effectively; endorses paragraph 66 of the White Paper (Cm. 5934) in respect of issues which must remain the province of the nation state; notes that provided there is a satisfactory outcome on these and other matters of concern, the proposals currently being discussed would not alter the fundamental constitutional relationship between the member states and the Union and therefore does not believe there is reason to depart from previous practice for constitutional treaties; and reaffirms the primacy of Parliament to decide on whether any future Constitutional Treaty should become part of UK law.

9 Business of the House,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business), That, at this day's sitting, proceedings on the Motion in the name of Mr Peter Hain relating to Sittings of the House and consideration of any Lords Message that may be received may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour-(Paul Clark):-It was agreed to. 10 European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill,-The House, pursuant to Order [8th March], proceeded forthwith to consider the Lords Message [this day] relating to the European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill.

    A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House insists on its disagreement to Lords Amendment No. 1F to Commons Amendment No. 1C, on which the Lords have insisted, but proposes the following Amendment in lieu thereof:

    Line 13, at the end, to insert the words-

'( ) The declaration of identity must contain a statement advising the voter that the ballot paper should be completed by him- (a) outside the presence of any other person, or (b) in the case of a voter who requires assistance, in accordance with such advice as is provided for in the pilot order'-(Mr Christopher Leslie);

    And it being one hour after the commencement of proceedings on the Lords Message, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Order [8th March].

    The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Gillian Merron, Mr John Heppell: 302. Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Ruffley, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 182.

    So the Question was agreed to.

11 Social Security,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Jobseeker's Allowance (Amendment) Regulations 2004, which were laid before this House on 2nd March, be approved-(Mr John Heppell):-It was agreed to. 12 Public Petitions,-Public Petitions from-

    (1) Orpington College Student Union and National Union of Students members against the Higher Education Bill,

    (2) persons living or working in the Parliamentary constituency of Christchurch for a referendum on the European Constitution following the Intergovernmental Conference,

    (3) residents of Dumfries and Galloway for increased provision of NHS dentists in Dumfries and Galloway, and

    (4) Mrs M. Hurrell and others for improvement of the Prittle Brook sewer, Southend, Essex,

    were presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

13 Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Mr John Heppell);

    And the Motion having been made after Seven 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-seven minutes to Ten o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 9.33 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 Negative Resolution: 1 Constitutional Law,-Scotland Act 1998 (Designation of Receipts) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 953), dated 29th March 2004 [by Act] [Mr Paul Boateng]. 2 Criminal Law,-Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Prescribed Police Stations) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 875), dated 23rd March 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett]. 3 Electronic Communications,-Communications Act 2003 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 945), dated 29th March 2004 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt]. 4 Financial Services and Markets,-Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Transitional Provisions, Repeals and Savings) (Financial Services Compensation Scheme) (Amendment) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 952), dated 29th March 2004 [by Act] [Ruth Kelly]. 5 National Health Service,-(1) National Health Service (Travel Expenses and Remission of Charges) and (Optical Charges and Payments) and (General Ophthalmic Services) Amendment Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 936), dated 28th March 2004, and

    (2) NHS Professionals Special Health Authority (Establishment and Constitution) Revocation and Amendment Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 951), dated 30th March 2004

[by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid]. Other Papers: 6 Census,-Paper, entitled Census 2001: Key Statistics for postcode sectors in England and Wales [by Act] [Ruth Kelly]. 7 Enterprise,-Plan of the Office of Fair Trading for 2004-05 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 460] [Ms Secretary Hewitt]. 8 Public Accounts,-Treasury Minutes on the Fourth and Sixth to Eighth Reports from the Committee of Public Accounts, Session 2003-04 [by Command] [Cm. 6155] [Ruth Kelly]. 9 Transport,-Government Response to the Second Report of the Transport Committee, Session 2003-04, on the Departmental Annual Report 2003 [by Command] [Cm. 6157] [Mr Secretary Darling]. APPENDIX II Reports from Select Committees 10 Constitutional Affairs,-

Minutes of Evidence taken before the Constitutional Affairs Committee [Civil Legal Aid: adequacy of provision]; to be printed [No. 391-iv] [Mr A. J. Beith].

11 Draft Disability Discrimination Bill,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on the Draft Disability Discrimination Bill; to be printed [No. 352-xiv] [Tom Levitt]. 12 Environmental Audit,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee [Budget 2004]; to be printed [No. 490-ii] [Mr Peter Ainsworth]. 13 Foreign Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [Foreign Policy Aspects of the War against Terrorism]; to be printed [No. 441-iii] [Mr Donald Anderson]. 14 Northern Ireland Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [Social Housing Provision in Northen Ireland]; to be printed [No. 493-iii] [Mr Tony Clarke]. 15 Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions,-(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Urban Affairs Sub-Committee of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minster: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee [The Role and Effectiveness of the Housing Corporation]; to be printed [No. 401-ii] [Clive Betts]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Urban Affairs Sub-Committee of the Committee [Supporting Vulnerable and Older People]; to be printed [No. 504-i] [Chris Mole].

16 Standards and Privileges,-Fifth Report from the Committee on Standards and Privileges [Privilege: Protection of a Witness], together with Appendices and the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 2nd and 9th March and Appendices thereto; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 447] [Sir George Young]. 17 Statutory Instruments,-Fourteenth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 82-xiv] [Mr David Tredinnick]. 18 Trade and Industry,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee [The work of the Export Credits Guarantee Department; UK Automotive Industry]; to be printed [Nos. 506-i and 437-ii] [Mr Martin O'Neill]. [W.H., No. 39] 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.-(Margaret Moran.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 4.38 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker



 
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