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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 10th May 2004

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

PRAYERS.

1    Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Alan Hurst reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Education (Pupil Exclusions) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 402).

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

2    Message from the Lords,-The Lords communicate that they have appointed a Committee of six Lords to join with the Committee appointed by the Commons to consider and report on any draft Charities Bill presented to both Houses by a Minister of the Crown;

    That the Committee have power to agree with the Commons in the appointment of a Chairman;

    That the Committee have leave to report from time to time;

    That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;

    That the Committee have power to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom;

    That the quorum of the Committee shall be two;

    That the reports of the Committee from time to time shall be printed, notwithstanding any adjournment of the House; and

    That the Committee do report on the draft Bill by 30th September 2004.

3    Human Rights Act 1998 (Making of Remedial Orders) Amendment Bill [Lords],-Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Human Rights Act 1998 (Making of Remedial Orders) Amendment Bill [Lords] be printed [Bill 103-EN].

4    Energy Bill [Lords],-The Energy Bill [Lords] was, according to Order, read a second time.

5    Energy Bill [Lords] (Programme),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Orders [28th June 2001 and 6th November 2003 (Programming of Bills)], That the following provisions shall apply to the Energy Bill [Lords]:

    Committal

    1. The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

    Proceedings in Standing Committee

    2. Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on 24th June 2004.

    3. The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it meets.

    Consideration and Third Reading

    4. Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the day on which those proceedings are commenced.

    5. Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on the day on which proceedings on consideration are commenced.

    6. Sessional Order B (programming committees) made by the House on 28th June 2001 shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.

    Other proceedings

    7. Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of Lords amendments or on any further message from the Lords) may be programmed-(Charlotte Atkins):-It was agreed to.

6    Energy Bill [Lords] [Money],-Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Energy Bill [Lords] [Money];

    A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 52 (Money and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills), That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Energy Bill [Lords], it is expedient to authorise-

    (1) the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State under or as a result of-

      (a) any option under which he or his nominee may acquire an undertaking or property from British Energy plc or a company that is or has been a subsidiary of British Energy plc, or

      (b) any agreement entered into for the purpose of giving effect to the provisions of such an option, or of continuing or modifying their effect,

    (2) the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any expenditure incurred by a Minister of the Crown or the Treasury in respect of the acquisition of securities of a company to which transfers authorised by the Act are made or in respect of the acquisition of rights to subscribe for such securities,

    (3) the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any expenditure incurred by a Minister of the Crown for or in connection with the carrying out of any of his functions under the Act, and

    (4) the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of money so provided by virtue of any other Act-(Charlotte Atkins):-It was agreed to.

7    Energy Bill [Lords] [Ways and Means],-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 52 (Money and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills), That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Energy Bill [Lords] ('the Act') it is expedient to authorise-

    (1) the making of provision for the purposes of corporation tax, capital allowances, stamp duty and stamp duty reserve tax,

    (2) the making of provision in connection with the responsibilities of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (as established under the Act) for-

      (a) requirements for payments to be made to the Secretary of State, and

      (b) the levying of charges by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority,

    (3) the transfer of property and rights to the Secretary of State or the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority,

    (4) the making of payments under the Act to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in connection with benefits received in respect of the use or disposal of interests or rights in installations, sites and facilities,

    (5) the imposition, by virtue of the Act, of charges under licences issued under the Electricity Act 1989 or the Gas Act 1986,

    (6) the levying of charges under the Act in connection with powers and duties conferred or imposed on the Secretary of State by or under the Act or other enactments or provisions of Community instruments, and

    (7) the payment of sums into the Consolidated Fund-(Charlotte Atkins):-It was agreed to.

8    Doha Development Agenda,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees), That this House takes note of European Document No. 15529/03, Commission Communication 'Reviving the Doha Development Agenda negotiations-the European Union's Perspective'; welcomes the European Commission's commitment to the successful conclusion of the negotiations and urges the European Commission to show leadership in taking this forward; welcomes the signs of the European Commission's flexibility, particularly on the Singapore issues, and urges other World Trade Organisation members to do likewise; and supports the Government's aim of ensuring that the negotiations deliver benefits for all countries, especially the world's poorest, recognising the contribution this could make to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals-(Mr Fraser Kemp):-It was agreed to.

9    Adjournment (Whitsun),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 25 (Periodic adjournments), That this House, at its rising on Thursday 27th May, do adjourn till Monday 7th June-(Mr Fraser Kemp):-It was agreed to.

10    Standards and Privileges,-Ordered, That Mr Michael Jabez Foster be discharged from the Committee on Standards and Privileges.-(Mr Bob Ainsworth.)

11    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Bob Ainsworth.)

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till half-past Ten o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 10.30 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 delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on Friday 7th May 2004 pursuant to Standing Order No. 158 (Presentation of command papers):

    1    Transport,-Government Response to the Third Report from the Transport Committee, Session 2003-04, on the Regulation of Taxis and Private Hire Vehicle Services in the UK [Cm. 6183] [Mr Secretary Darling].

Papers delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on Friday 7th May 2004 pursuant to Standing Order No. 159 (Presentation of statutory instruments):

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    2    Security Industry,-Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Modification of Local Enactments) (No. 2) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1268), dated 5th May 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    3    Tax Credits,-Working Tax Credit (Entitlement and Maximum Rate) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1276), dated 6th May 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Dawn Primarolo].

Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 10th May 2004:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

    4    Broadcasting,-Draft Broadcasting (Original Productions) Order 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

    5    Customs and Excise,-Beer from Small Breweries (Extension of Reduced Rates of Excise Duty) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1296), dated 10th May 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [John Healey].

    6    Northern Ireland,-(1) Draft Licensing (Indoor Arenas) (Northern Ireland) Order 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Murphy], and

    (2) Mental Health (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1272), dated 6th May 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    7    Civil Aviation,-EC/Swiss Air Transport Agreement (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1256), dated 4th May 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

    8    Education,-Education (Outturn Statements) (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1279), dated 7th May 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

    9    Road Traffic,-(1) Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (County of Surrey) (Borough of Guildford) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1278), dated 6th May 2004, and

    (2) Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (County of Surrey) (Borough of Reigate and Banstead) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1285), dated 7th May 2004,

    [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

Other Papers:

    10    Covent Garden Market,-Statement of remuneration and allowances payable to members of the Covent Garden Market Authority [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

    11    National Audit,-Reports by the Comptroller and Auditor General on-

    (1) Health and Safety Executive: Improving health and safety in the construction industry, and

    (2) Network Rail-Making a Fresh Start

    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 531 and 532] [Clerk of the House].

    12    Public Petitions,-(1) Observations by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on the Petition [30th March] from persons living or working in the Parliamentary constituency of Christchurch and the Petition [19th April] from persons on the Electoral Roll in the Parliamentary Constituency of Castle Point and others for a referendum on the European Constitution following the Intergovernmental Conference; and

    (2) Observations by the Deputy Prime Minister on the Petition [28th April] from Sarah Jean Borman and other electors in the Richmondshire District of Yorkshire for the investigation of their complaints against the District Council and for the effective discharge by Local Government Commissioners of their duties

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

    13    Regulatory Reform,-Proposal for a draft Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2004, with a statement by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Education and Skills,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Skills Committee [National Skills Strategy: 14-19 Education]; to be printed [No. 197-xi] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

    2    Health,-Third Report from the Health Committee [Obesity], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 23-I to -III] [Mr David Hinchliffe].

    3    Public Accounts,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [English Regions: Success in the regions]; to be printed [No. 592-i] [Mr Edward Leigh]

    4    Welsh Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee [Manufacturing and Trade in Wales]; to be printed [No. 323-viii and -ix] [Mr Martyn Jones].


CORRIGENDUM

    In the Votes and Proceedings for Thursday 6th May, in Appendix I, the following should have appeared under the heading 'Other Papers':

    Defence,-Ministry of Defence Minute, dated 6th May 2004, concerning the gifting of non-lethal military equipment to the Government of Nepal [by Command].



 
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