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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 7th June 2004

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

PRAYERS.

1    Death of a Member,-The Speaker made the following communication to the House:

    I regret to have to report to the House the death of James Marshall Esquire, Member for Leicester South. I am sure that Members on all sides of the House will join me in mourning the loss of a colleague and in extending our sympathy to the honourable Member's family and friends.

2    Crown Employment (Nationality) Bill,-Mr Roger Gale reported from Standing Committee C, That it had gone through the Crown Employment (Nationality) Bill, and directed him to report the same, without Amendment.

    Bill, not amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered on Friday 18th June.

    Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 652].

3    Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Nigel Beard reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Broadcasting (Original Productions) Order 2004.

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

4    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 Nos. 12058/03, draft regulation on the establishment of structures for the management of the European Satellite Radionavigation Programme, and 6470/04, a Commission communication on progress on the Galileo research programme; endorses the Government's support for the draft Regulation to put in place effective supervision of the private sector concessionaire; and supports the Government's wider aims in seeking a lead role in the Galileo programme.

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

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

6    Patents 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 Patents 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 Thursday 17th 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 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 messages from the Lords) may be programmed-(Paul Clark):-It was agreed to.

7    Joint Activities with the National Assembly for Wales,-Ordered, That this House approves the Third Report of the Procedure Committee, on Joint activities with the National Assembly for Wales, House of Commons Paper No. 582; and that the following Order be a Standing Order of this House until the end of the present Parliament:

    'The Welsh Affairs Committee may invite members of any specified committee of the National Assembly for Wales to attend and participate in its proceedings (but not to vote).'-(Paul Clark.)

8    Nomination of Select Committees,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the Standing Orders be amended as follows-

    (1) In Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business), line 18, leave out from 'committees' to 'which' in line 20 and insert 'to which that paragraph applies'

    (2) In Standing Order No. 121 (Nomination of select committees), line 10, leave out from 'under' to ', or' in line 13 and insert 'the Standing Orders of this House (with the exception of the Liaison Committee, the Committee of Selection, the Committee on Standards and Privileges and any Committee established under a temporary Standing Order)'-(Mr Phil Woolas);

    An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 7, to leave out from the first word 'Committee' to the end of the Question and add the words 'and the Committee of Selection)', instead thereof.-(Mr Eric Forth.)

    And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Eric Forth, Sir George Young: 23.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Nick Ainger, Charlotte Atkins: 128.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Main Question being put;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Paul Clark, Charlotte Atkins: 136.

      Tellers for the Noes, Pete Wishart, Hywel Williams: 1.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Ordered, That the Standing Orders be amended as follows-

    (1) In Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business), line 18, leave out from 'committees' to 'which' in line 20 and insert 'to which that paragraph applies'

    (2) In Standing Order No. 121 (Nomination of select committees), line 10, leave out from 'under' to ', or' in line 13 and insert 'the Standing Orders of this House (with the exception of the Liaison Committee, the Committee of Selection, the Committee on Standards and Privileges and any Committee established under a temporary Standing Order)'.

9    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Jim Fitzpatrick);

    And it being Ten o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put.

10    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Jim Fitzpatrick.)

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

[Adjourned at 10.08 p.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Eleven o'clock.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented by Her Majesty's Command and delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on the undermentioned dates during the adjournment pursuant to Standing Order No. 158 (Presentation of command papers):

Friday 28th May 2004

    1    Miscellaneous (No. 4, 2004),-Amendment to the Agreement Establishing the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in order to admit Mongolia as a Country of Operations [Cm. 6193] [Mr Secretary Straw].

Papers delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on the undermentioned dates during the adjournment pursuant to Standing Order No. 159 (Presentation of statutory instruments):

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

Friday 28th May 2004

    2    Children and Young Persons,-Review of Children's Cases (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1419), dated 24th May 2004 [Mr Secretary Clarke].

    3    Consumer Protection,-Recreational Craft Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1464), dated 26th May 2004 [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    4    Disabled Persons,-(1) Disability Discrimination (Providers of Services) (Adjustment of Premises) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1429), dated 25th May 2004, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Smith]; and

    (2) Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Hull Trains Class 170/3) Exemption Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1410), dated 21st May 2004, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Darling].

Wednesday 2nd June 2004

    5    Civil Aviation,-Air Carrier Liability Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1418), dated 24th May 2004, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Darling].

    6    Highways,-Dartford-Thurrock Crossing (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1441), dated 25th May 2004, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Darling].

Thursday 3rd June 2004

    7    Energy Conservation,-Energy Information (Household Refrigerators and Freezers) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1468), dated 27th May 2004, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

Friday 4th June 2004

    8    Lands Tribunal,-Lands Tribunal (Salaries) Order (Northern Ireland) 2004 (S.R. (N.I.), No. 194), dated 28th April 2004, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Murphy].

Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 7th June 2004:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

    9    Atomic Energy and Radioactive Substances,-Draft Uranium Enrichment Technology (Prohibition on Disclosure) Regulations 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    10    Civil Aviation,-Draft Transport Act 2000 (Consequential Amendment) Order 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

    11    Government Resources and Accounts,-(1) Draft Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Audit of Health Service Bodies) Order 2004, and

    (2) draft Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Audit of Public Bodies) Order 2004

    [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Ruth Kelly].

    12    Landlord and Tenant,-Draft Rights of Re-entry and Forfeiture (Prescribed Sum and Period) (England) Regulations 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

    13    Regulatory Reform,-Draft Regulatory Reform (Patents) Order 2004, together with a statement by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    14    Customs and Excise,-Goods Infringing Intellectual Property Rights (Customs) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1473), dated 4th June 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [John Healey].

Other Papers:

    15    Disability Discrimination,-Explanatory Memoranda on the draft Code of Practice (Trade Organisations and Qualifications Bodies) and the draft Code of Practice (Employment and Occupation), laid on 20th May [by Command] [Mr Secretary Smith].

    16    National Audit (Northern Ireland),-Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland on Recoupment of Drainage Infrastructure Costs [by Act]; to be printed [No. 614] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

    17    Police (Northern Ireland),-Account of the Northern Ireland Policing Board for 2002-03, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 646] [Clerk of the House].

    18    Postal Services,-Royal Mail National Report to Postcomm and Postwatch for 2003-04 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    19    Public Petitions,-Observations from-

    (1) the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the Petition [30th March] from Mrs M. Hurrell and others for improvement of the Prittle Brook sewer, Southend, Essex; and

    (2) the Secretary of State for Health on the Petition [19th May] from Mr Peter Finnegan and residents of South Yorkshire for a review of hospice services for children and their funding

    [by Standing Order] [Clerk of the House].

    20    Strategic Export Controls,-Report on United Kingdom Strategic Export Controls for 2003 [by Command] [Cm. 6173] [Mr Secretary Straw].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

European Standing Committees

    The Speaker has appointed Mr Peter Pike Chairman of European Standing Committee A in respect of European Union Documents Nos. 12058/03 and 6470/04 on Global Navigation Satellite Systems.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Education and Skills,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Skills Committee [International Education]; to be printed [No. 647] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

    2    Science and Technology,--Minutes of Evidence taken before the Science and Technology Committee [Research Assessment Exercise: a follow-up]; to be printed [No.586-ii] [Dr Ian Gibson].



 
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