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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 25th May 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 the proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Local Commissioner for Wales) Order 2004, which was laid before the House on 18th March, should be amended before an Order is laid before the House.

2    Age-Related Payments Bill,-Mr Peter Pike reported from Standing Committee D, That it had agreed to the following Resolution in respect of the Age-Related Payments Bill:

    That the Standing Committee recommends that the Programme Order of 12th May in relation to the Age-Related Payments Bill be amended as follows:

    Leave out paragraphs 4 and 5 of the Order, and insert-

      'Proceedings on consideration and Third Reading should (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion three hours after the commencement of proceedings on consideration or, if earlier, at the moment of interruption.'

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

3    Age-Related Payments Bill,-Mr Peter Pike reported from Standing Committee D, That it had gone through the Age-Related Payments Bill, and directed him to report the same, without Amendment.

    Bill, not amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow.

    Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 632].

4    First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr John Cummings reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1031).

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

5    Regulation of Hormone Disrupting Chemicals,-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision about the regulation of hormone disrupting chemicals; and for connected purposes: And that Geraint Davies, Siobhain McDonagh, Laura Moffatt, Ms Dari Taylor, Mr Alan Campbell, Andy Burnham, Julie Morgan, Mr Alan Meale, Syd Rapson, Mrs Betty Williams, Donald Anderson and Mr Andrew Love do prepare and bring it in.

6    Regulation of Hormone Disrupting Chemicals Bill,-Geraint Davies accordingly presented a Bill to make provision about the regulation of hormone disrupting chemicals; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 16th July and to be printed [Bill 114].

7    Gender Recognition Bill [Lords],-The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Gender Recognition Bill [Lords], as amended in the Standing Committee.

    A Clause (NC1) (Religion)-(Mr Edward Leigh)-brought up, and read the first time.

    Question put, That the Clause be read a second time.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Andrew Selous, Chris Grayling: 104.

      Tellers for the Noes, Gillian Merron, Mr John Heppell: 296.

    Another Clause (NC2) (Application following issue of an interim gender recognition certificate)-(Hugh Bayley)-brought up, and read the first time.

    Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:-Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

    Another Clause (NC3) (Olympic athletes)-(Mr Tim Boswell)-brought up, and read the first time.

    Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:-Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

    Another Clause (NC4) (Marriage between transgendered persons)-(Mr Tim Boswell)-brought up, and read the first time.

    Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:-Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

    Another Clause (NC5) (Disclosure of purposes of Criminal Records Bureau checks)-(Mr Tim Boswell)-brought up, and read the first time.

    Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:-Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

    Another Clause (NC7) (Successful applications: married couples)-(Mr Andrew Mitchell)-brought up, and read the first time.

    Question put, That the Clause be read a second time.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Richard Younger-Ross, Mr Paul Goodman: 94.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Fraser Kemp, Joan Ryan: 303.

    It being after Six o'clock, the Deputy Speaker, pursuant to Order [23rd February], put the Question on the Amendments moved by a Minister of the Crown to be disposed of at that hour.

    Amendments (Nos. 3 and 4) made to the Bill.

    A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That the Bill be now read the third time;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Fraser Kemp, Joan Ryan: 355.

      Tellers for the Noes, Angela Watkinson, Mr Eric Forth: 46.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    The Bill was accordingly read the third time, and passed, with Amendments.

8    Northern Ireland Grand Committee,-Ordered, That-

    (1) the matter of the future direction of community relations policy in Northern Ireland be referred to the Northern Ireland Grand Committee;

    (2) the Committee shall meet at Westminster on Thursday 17th June at half-past Two o'clock; and

    (3) at that sitting-

      (a) the Committee shall take questions under Standing Order No. 110 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (questions for oral answer)), and shall then consider the matter referred to it under paragraph (1) above;

      (b) the chairman shall interrupt proceedings not later than two and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the matter referred to the Committee; and

      (c) at the conclusion of those proceedings, a motion for the adjournment of the Committee may be made by a Minister of the Crown, pursuant to paragraph (5) of Standing Order No. 116 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (sittings)).-(Margaret Moran.)

9    Business of the House,-Ordered, That, at the sitting on Tuesday 8th June, proceedings on the Motion for the adjournment of the House relating to the Future of Air Transport White Paper may continue, though opposed, for three hours or until Seven o'clock, whichever is the later, and shall then lapse if not previously disposed of.-(Margaret Moran.)

10    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Margaret Moran);

    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 eighteen minutes to Eight o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 7.42 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    Consumer Protection,-Dangerous Substances and Preparations (Safety) (Consolidation) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1417), dated 20th May 2004 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

Other Papers:

    2    Culture, Media and Sport,-Government Response to the Fifth Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Session 2003-04, on the National Lottery [by Command] [Cm. 6232] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

    3    National Audit,-Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Asylum and migration: a review of Home Office statistics [by Act]; to be printed [No. 625] [Clerk of the House].

    4    Public Petitions,-Observations from the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the Petition [9th March] from Weymouth HiFi and residents of South Dorset for an upgrade of the Weymouth digital television transmitter, and for connected measures [by Standing Order] [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    Mental Health (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1272),-The Committee of Selection has discharged Richard Burden, Mr Piara S. Khabra, Dr Brian Iddon, Linda Perham and Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West) from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Order) and nominated in substitution Mrs Liz Blackman, Mr Tom Harris, Andrew Miller, Dr Nick Palmer and Mr Colin Pickthall.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Constitutional Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Constitutional Affairs Committee [Constitutional Reform Bill: the Government's Proposals]; to be printed [No. 628-i and -ii] [Mr A. J. Beith].

    2    Culture, Media and Sport,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [BBC Charter Renewal] and Appendices thereto; to be printed [No. 598-i] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].

    3    Defence,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence Committee [Defence Procurement]; to be printed [No. 572-iii] [Bruce George].

    4    Foreign Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [European Council, June 2004]; to be printed [No. 441-vi] [Mr Donald Anderson].

    5    Home Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [The Rehabilitation of Prisoners]; to be printed [No. 66-iii] [Mr John Denham].

    6    International Development,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [DFID's Agriculture Policy]; to be printed [No. 602-ii] [Tony Baldry].

    7    Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee [Local Government Revenue]; to be printed [No. 402-iv] [Andrew Bennett].

    8    Public Administration,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Government by Inquiry]; to be printed [No. 606-ii] [Tony Wright].

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

    10    Trade and Industry,-(1) Fifth Special Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [Responses to the Third Report from the Trade and Industry Committee, Resilience of the National Electricity Network]; to be printed [No. 630]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [UK-ASEAN Trade Relations]; to be printed [No. 388-ii]

    [Mr Martin O'Neill].

    11    Treasury,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [Restoring confidence in long-term savings]; to be printed [No. 71-viii] [Mr John McFall].


[W.H., No. 58]

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.-(Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West).)

      And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 4.44 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst   
Deputy Speaker      



 
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