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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 1st July 2004

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

PRAYERS.

1    Health Protection Agency Bill [Lords],-Mrs Irene Adams reported from Standing Committee F, That it had gone through the Health Protection Agency Bill [Lords], and made an Amendment thereunto.

    Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered on Monday 5th July.

    Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 838].

2    Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Alan Hurst reported from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Courts Act 2003 (Consequential Amendment) Order 2004.

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

3    Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Eric Illsley reported from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (Establishment of Conservation Board) Order 2004 and draft Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (Establishment of Conservation Board) Order 2004.

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

4    Message from the Lords,-A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

    The Lords do not insist on their Amendments to the Higher Education Bill to which this House has disagreed; they agree, without Amendment, to the Amendments proposed by this House in lieu of a certain Amendment; and they agree, without Amendment, to the Amendments proposed by this House to the remaining Lords Amendments.

    The Lords have agreed to the Age-Related Payments Bill, without Amendment.

5    Royal Assent,-The Speaker notified the House, in accordance with the Royal Assent Act 1967, That Her Majesty had signified her Royal Assent to the following Acts, agreed upon by both Houses:

      Gender Recognition Act 2004

      Higher Education Act 2004

      Mersey Tunnels Act 2004

      Ipswich Market Act 2004.

6    Adjournment (Zimbabwe),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Charlotte Atkins);

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

7    Public Petitions,-Public Petitions from-

    (1) Anna Peschek and others for speed restrictions in rural villages, and

    (2) Mr R. Patel and others against the proposed closure of Earls Hall Parade Post Office, Southend,

    were presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

8    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Gillian Merron.)

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-eight minutes past Six o'clock, adjourned till Monday 5th July.

[Adjourned at 6.28 p.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock on Monday next.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

    1    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].

    2    Education,-Draft Student Fees (Amounts) (England) Regulations 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    3    Education,-(1) Daventry Tertiary College (Dissolution) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1598), and

    (2) Education (Student Support) (No. 2) Regulations 2002 (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1602)

    dated 23rd June 2004 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

    4    Health Care and Associated Professions,-Nursing and Midwifery Council (Fees) Rules Order of Council 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1654), dated 9th June 2004 [by Statutory Instrument] [Mr Secretary Reid].

    5    Income Tax,-(1) Individual Savings Account (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1677), and

    (2) Personal Equity Plan (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1676)

    dated 1st July 2004 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Ruth Kelly].

    6    Value Added Tax,-Value Added Tax (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1675), dated 1st July 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ruth Kelly].

Other Papers:

    7    Government Resources and Accounts,-Report and Accounts of-

    (1) the Army Personnel Centre, and

    (2) the Duke of York's Royal Military School

    for 2003-04, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 758 and 643] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

    8    Industrial Development,-Report for 2003-04 by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, the First Minister of the Scottish Executive and the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales under the Industrial Development Act 1982 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 787] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    9    Public Petitions,-Observations by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the Petition [20th January] from those living near Bromborough Waste Water Treatment Works, Merseyside, for remedial work to prevent odours from the works and for legislation on the subject [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

    10    Ragwort Control,-Code of Practice on how to prevent the spread of Ragwort [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

Papers withdrawn:

    11    Atomic Energy and Radioactive Substances,-Draft Uranium Enrichment Technology (Prohibition on Disclosure) Regulations 2004 [laid 7th June].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Draft Landfill (Scheme Year and Maximum Landfill Amount) Regulations 2004,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Kevin Hughes Chairman of the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Regulations.

    2    Draft Dangerous Wild Animals (Northern Ireland) Order 2004:

    (1) The Speaker has appointed Mr Peter Pike Chairman of the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order; and

    (2) The Committee of Selection has discharged Bob Spink from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Mr Desmond Swayne.

    3    Occupational Pensions Schemes (Winding Up and Deficiency on Winding Up etc.) (Amendments) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 403),-The Speaker has appointed Mr John Cummings Chairman of the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Regulations.

    4    Draft Social Security (Income Support and Jobseeker's Allowance) Amendment Regulations 2004,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Eric Illsley Chairman of the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Regulations.

    5    Draft Solicitors (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2004:

    (1) The Speaker has appointed Mr Bill O'Brien Chairman of the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order; and

    (2) The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Richard Shepherd from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Mr Desmond Swayne.

    6    Draft Chilterns Area of Outstanding Beauty (Establishment of Conservation Board) Order 2004 and the draft Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (Establishment of Conservation Board) Order 2004,-The Committee of Selection has discharged John Austin, Mr Stephen Byers and Dr Nick Palmer from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Orders) and nominated in substitution Mr Huw Edwards, Mr Mark Hendrick and Mr Brian Sedgemore.

    7    Draft Tobacco Advertising and Promotion (Brandsharing) Regulations 2004,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Kevin Hughes Chairman of the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Regulations.

    8    Draft Immigration (Provision of Physical Data) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2004,-The Speaker has appointed Derek Conway Chairman of the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Regulations.

    9    Draft Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Designation of Public Authorities) Order 2004:

    (1) The Speaker has appointed Mr Nigel Beard Chairman of the Ninth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order; and

    (2) The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Peter Lilley from the Ninth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Mr Desmond Swayne.

    10    Motion relating to the Electoral Commission,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Eric Illsley Chairman of the Tenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Motion.

    11    Horse Passports (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1397),-The Speaker has appointed Mr Alan Hurst Chairman of the Eleventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Regulations.

    12    Draft Contracting Out (Functions relating to Broadcasting Advertising) and Specification of Relevant Functions Order 2004,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Peter Pike Chairman of the Twelfth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

    13    Draft Age-Related Payments (Northern Ireland) Order 2004,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Crispin Blunt from the Fourteenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Mr Desmond Swayne.

Grand Committees

    14    The Speaker has appointed Mr Win Griffiths Chairman of the Welsh Grand Committee in respect of its meetings on 6th July.

    15    The Speaker has appointed Mr James Cran Chairman of the Northern Ireland Grand Committee in respect of its meeting on 8th July.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Draft Gambling Bill (Regional Casinos),-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on the Draft Gambling Bill (Regional Casinos); to be printed [No. 843-i] [Mr John Greenway].

    2    Health,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [The Provision of Allergy Services]; to be printed [No. 696-ii] [Mr David Hinchliffe].

    3    Home Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [Sentencing Guidelines]; to be printed [No. 844-i] [Mr John Denham].

    4    Transport,-Letter from the Rail Regulator laid before the Transport Committee [The Rail Regulator's last consultations] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

[W.H., No. 70]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

The sitting commenced at half-past Two o'clock.

    Adjournment (Elder Abuse-Second Report from the Health Committee, Session 2003-04),-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Dr Stephen Ladyman.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 6th July.

[Adjourned at 5.02 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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