The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock.
1 First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Bill Olner reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Travel Notification Requirements) Regulations 2004.
Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
2 Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Jimmy Hood reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Offensive Weapons) (Amendment) Order 2004.
Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
3 European Standing Committee A,-Mr Peter Pike reported from European Standing Committee A the following Resolution:
That the Committee takes note of European Union Documents No. 7969/01 and ADD1, Report from the Commission and draft Regulation on the ventilation in road vehicles carrying livestock on long journeys, and No. 11794/03, Commission Communication and draft Regulation on the protection of animals during transport and related operations and amending Directives 64/432/EEC and 93/119/EEC; and supports the Government's objectives of seeking a significant improvement in animal welfare during transport and better enforcement of those rules throughout the European Union.
Report, together with Resolution, to lie upon the Table.
4 Finance Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Finance Bill;
And a Motion being made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read a second time;
An Amendment was proposed to the Question, to leave out from the word 'That' to the end of the Question and add the words 'this House declines to give a Second Reading to the Finance Bill because the provisions contained in its 574 pages increase the burden and complexity of taxation, particularly on small owner-managed businesses; do nothing to increase the savings rate or improve United Kingdom productivity; and will lead to a further decline in the competitiveness and relative attractiveness of the United Kingdom as a location for investment', instead thereof.-(Mr Howard Flight.)
And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;
Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr David Ruffley: 190.
Tellers for the Noes, Mr Vernon Coaker, Mr John Heppell: 301.
So the Question was negatived.
And the Main Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 62 (Amendment on second or third reading):-It was agreed to.
The Bill was accordingly read a second time.
(1) Clauses Nos. 4, 5, 20, 28, 57 to 77, 86, 111 and 282 to 289 and Schedules Nos. 1, 3, 11, 12, 21 and 37 to 39 shall be committed to a Committee of the whole House;
(2) the remainder of the Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee;
(3) when the provisions of the Bill considered, respectively, by the Committee of the whole House and by the Standing Committee have been reported to the House, the Bill shall be proceeded with as if it had been reported as a whole to the House from the Standing Committee.-(Dawn Primarolo.)
5 Finance Bill,-Ordered, That, during proceedings on the Finance Bill, the Standing Committee on the Bill shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it shall meet.-(Mr Jim Murphy.)
6 Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from readers of the Wales on Sunday newspaper for a posthumous knighthood for the footballer John Charles was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
7 Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Jim Murphy.)
And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till half-past Eight o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 8.30 p.m.
Michael J. Martin
Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Eleven o'clock.
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:
1 Northern Ireland,-Northern Ireland Act 1998 and Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Modification) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1164), dated 20th April 2004 [by Act]; with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Murphy].
2 College Charter,-Draft Charter of a new University of Manchester to be created by the merger of the Victoria University of Manchester and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, together with a petition to Her Majesty The Queen for the creation of the University [by Act] [Mr David Lammy].
3 European Union,-Paper, entitled Prospects for the EU in 2004 [by Command] [Cm. 6174] [Mr Secretary Straw].
4 Industrial Organisation and Development,-Report and Accounts of the British Potato Council for 2002-03 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].
5 Northern Ireland (Monitoring Commission etc.),-First Report of the Independent Monitoring Commission [by Act]; to be printed [No. 516] [Mr Secretary Murphy].
6 Public Petitions,-Observations by the Deputy Prime Minister on the Petition [24th March] from customers of the Quiggins Centre in Liverpool against the closure of the Centre in order to redevelop its site [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].
7 Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland),-Accounts of the Northern Ireland National Insurance Fund-
with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 524 and 525] [Clerk of the House].
1 Draft Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Offensive Weapons) (Amendment) Order 2004,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Barry Gardiner from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Ms Dari Taylor.
2 Value Added Tax (Buildings and Land) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 778),-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr John Burnett from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Order) and nominated in substitution Dr Vincent Cable.
3 Draft European Parliamentary Elections (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2004,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Mike Hancock Chairman of the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Regulations.
4 Northern Ireland Grand Committee,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown from the Northern Ireland Grand Committee and nominated in substitution Mr Desmond Swayne.
European Standing Committees
5 The Speaker has appointed Mr Roger Gale as an additional Chairman of European Standing Committee A in respect of European Union Documents Nos. 7969/01 and 11794/03 on Protection of Animals During Transport.
Reports from Select Committees
1 Culture, Media and Sport,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [Drugs and role models in sport]; to be printed [No. 499] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].
2 Defence,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence Committee [Defence White Paper: Delivering Security in a Changing World] to be printed [No. 465-iii] [Bruce George].
3 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sites of Special Scientific Interest Sub-Committee of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [Sites of Special Scientific Interest]; to be printed [No. 475-ii] [Mr Michael Jack].
4 European Scrutiny,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the European Scrutiny Committee [The Lisbon Strategy]; to be printed [No. 528-i] [Mr Jimmy Hood].
5 Home Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [Identity Cards] to be printed [No. 130-v] [Mr John Denham].
6 Human Rights,-(1) Eleventh Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights [Commission for Equality and Human Rights: Structure, Function and Powers]; together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 536]; and
(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Children Bill]; to be printed [No. 537-i]
7 International Development,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [Migration and Development] to be printed [No. 79-x] [Tony Baldry].
8 Statutory Instruments,-Fifteenth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 82-xv] [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]; to be printed [Nos. 506-ii and -iii] [Mr Martin O'Neill].
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Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall
The sitting commenced at half-past Nine o'clock.
Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned-(Derek Twigg);
And the sitting having continued for two and a half hours after Two o'clock, it was adjourned without Question put, till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 4.30 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst