The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock.
1 Cory Collusion Inquiry,-Resolved, That an humble address be presented to Her Majesty, That she will be graciously pleased to give directions that there be laid before this House a Return of the Cory Collusion Inquiry Reports on Patrick Finucane, Robert Hamill, Billy Wright and Rosemary Nelson.-(Jim Fitzpatrick.)
2 Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords],-Mr Joe Benton reported from Standing Committee D, That it had gone through the Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords], and made Amendments thereunto.
Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered on Monday 19th April; and to be printed [Bill 88].
Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 515].
3 Message from the Lords,-A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:
The Lords agree, without Amendment, to the Amendment proposed by this House to an Amendment made by this House to a Lords Amendment to the European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill, and they do not insist on their Amendment to which this House has disagreed.
4 Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Bill [Lords] be printed [Bill 83-EN].
5 Royal Assent,-The Deputy Speaker notified the House, in accordance with the Royal Assent Act 1967, That Her Majesty had signified her Royal Assent to the following Act, agreed upon by both Houses:
European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Act 2004.
6 Adjournment,-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.
7 Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Charlotte Atkins.)
And the Motion having been made at 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, till Monday 19th April, pursuant to Resolution [23rd March].
[Adjourned at 6.30 p.m.
Michael J. Martin
Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock on Monday 19th April.
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:
1 Customs and Excise,-Customs and Excise Duties (Travellers' Allowances and Personal Reliefs) (New Member States) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1002), dated 1st April 2004 [by Act] [John Healey].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
2 Agriculture,-Feedingstuffs (Zootechnical Products) and Medicated Feedingstuffs (Amendment) (England, Scotland and Wales) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1036), dated 31st March 2004 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].
3 Channel Tunnel,-Channel Tunnel (Alcoholic Liquor and Tobacco Products) (Amendment) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1004), dated 1st April 2004 [by Act] [John Healey].
4 Council Tax,-(1) Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 927), and
(2) Council Tax (Prescribed Classes of Dwellings) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 926)
dated 25th March 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
5 Customs and Excise,-Excise Duty Points (Etc.) (New Member States) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1003), dated 1st April 2004 [by Act] [John Healey].
6 Education,-Education (Penalty Notices) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 555), dated 25th March 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Clarke].
7 Medicines,-Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1031), dated 31st March 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].
8 Pensions,-Local Government Pension Scheme and Discretionary Compensation (Members of County and County Borough Councils in Wales) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 928), dated 25th March 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
9 Supreme Court,-Civil Procedure (Modification of Supreme Court Act 1981) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1033), dated 29th February 2004 [by Act] [Mr David Lammy].
10 Air Force (Constitution),-Regulations of the Defence Council, dated 22nd March 2004, amending the Queen's Regulations for the Royal Air Force (Fifth Edition) [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].
11 Cory Collusion Inquiry,-Return to an Address to Her Majesty for a Return of the Cory Collusion Inquiry Reports on:-
[pursuant to Resolution this day]; to be printed [Nos. 470, 471, 472 and 473] [Mr Secretary Murphy].
12 Foreign and Commonwealth Office,-Paper, entitled Review of Foreign and Commonwealth Office Travel Advice [by Command] [Cm. 6158] [Mr Secretary Straw].
13 National Audit,-Reports by the Comptroller and Auditor General on:-
(1) Ministry of Defence: Battlefield Helicopters, and
(2) The Royal Parks: An Executive Agency
[by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 486 and 485] [Clerk of the House].
14 Reserve Forces,-Report under section 56(7) of the Reserve Forces Act 1996 on the making of a call-out order under section 56(1) of that Act [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].
1 Draft Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Travel Notification Requirements) Regulations 2004,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Bill Olner Chairman of the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Regulations.
2 Draft Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Offensive Weapons) (Amendment) Order 2004,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Jimmy Hood Chairman of the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.
3 Draft Merchant Shipping (Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims) (Amendment) Order 2004,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Peter Pike Chairman of the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.
4 Limitation of Council Tax and Precepts (Alternative Notional Amounts) Report (England) 2004-05,-The Speaker has appointed Janet Anderson Chairman of the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Report.
5 Value Added Tax (Buildings and Land) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 778),-The Speaker has appointed Mr Joe Benton Chairman of the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Order.
European Standing Committees
6 The Speaker has appointed David Taylor Chairman of European Standing Committee B in respect of European Union Document No. 10243/03 on Asylum Systems.
Reports from Select Committees
1 Defence,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence Committee on 31st March [Defence White Paper: Delivering Security in a Changing World]; to be printed [No. 465-ii] [Bruce George].
2 Public Administration,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [The Work of the Cabinet Office]; to be printed [No. 513-i] [Tony Wright].
3 Scottish Affairs,-(1) First Special Report from the Scottish Affairs Committee [Government Response to the First Report (Session 2003-04) on the Coincidence of Parliamentary Constituency Boundaries in Scotland and the Consequences of Change]; to be printed [No. 514]; and
(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Proposed Whisky Strip Stamp]; to be printed [No. 419-iv]
[W.H., No. 41]
Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall
The sitting commenced at half-past Two o'clock.
Adjournment (Caught in the net: by-catch of dolphins and porpoises off the UK coast-Third Report from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, Session 2003-04),-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Mr Nick Ainger.)
And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 20th April.
[Adjourned at 4.46 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst