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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 21st July 2004

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

PRAYERS.

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

    The Lords agree to the Finance Bill, without Amendment.

2    Interest Rates (Limits on Charges) Bill,-Ordered, That the Interest Rates (Limits on Charges) Bill be read a second time on Friday 15th October.

3    Fishery Limits (United Kingdom),-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for the United Kingdom to withdraw from the Common Fisheries Policy of the European Union; to amend the Fisheries Limits Act 1976; to make provision about fishing and the discarding of fish; and for connected purposes: And that Mr Anthony Steen, Sir Michael Spicer, Sir Paul Beresford, Mr Austin Mitchell, Mr David Amess, Mr Alex Salmond, Mr Andrew Turner, Mr Martin Salter, Peter Bottomley, Mr James Clappison, Mr John Horam and Mr Peter Viggers do prepare and bring it in.

4    Fishery Limits (United Kingdom) Bill,-Mr Anthony Steen accordingly presented a Bill to make provision for the United Kingdom to withdraw from the Common Fisheries Policy of the European Union; to amend the Fisheries Limits Act 1976; to make provision about fishing and the discarding of fish; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Tuesday 7th September and to be printed [Bill 147].

5    Devolution,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the draft Regional Assembly and Local Government Referendums Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 24th June, be approved-(Mr Nick Raynsford);

    And it being three hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Order [14th July].

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Charlotte Atkins, Mr John Heppell: 349.

      Tellers for the Noes, Gregory Barker, Mr Peter Atkinson: 140.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    The Deputy Speaker put forthwith the Questions on the remaining Motions to be disposed of at that hour.

    Resolved, That the draft Regional Assembly and Local Government Referendums (Counting Officers' Charges) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 24th June, be approved.-(Paul Clark.)

    Resolved, That the draft Regional Assembly and Local Government Referendums (Expenses Limits for Permitted Participants) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 24th June, be approved-(Paul Clark).

6    Fire and Rescue Services Bill (Programme) (No. 2),-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 Fire and Rescue Services Bill for the purpose of supplementing the Order of 26th January 2004:

    Consideration of Lords Amendments

    1. Proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion two hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion for this Order at this day's sitting.

    Subsequent stages

    2. Any further Message from the Lords may be considered forthwith without any Question put.

    3. Proceedings on any further Message from the Lords shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement-(Paul Clark);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Charlotte Atkins, Mr John Heppell: 348.

      Tellers for the Noes, Gregory Barker, Mr Peter Atkinson: 132.

    So the Question was agreed to.

7    Fire and Rescue Services Bill,-The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Lords Amendments to the Fire and Rescue Services Bill.

    Lords Amendment Nos. 1 to 19 were agreed to, the Commons being willing to wive their privileges in respect of Lords Amendment No. 10.

8    Public Petitions,-Public Petitions from-

    (1) supporters of The Causeway Campaign for the inclusion of The Causeway, London SW19, in the jurisdiction of the Wimbledon and Putney Commons Conservators and its continued use as a free parking area;

    (2) the people of the Rush Green and Crowlands areas of Romford, in Essex, against the closure of Rush Green and Crowlands Post Office;

    (3) staff in the Department of Trade and Industry against job cuts in the Department of Trade and Industry;

    (4) staff in the Department for Education and Skills against job cuts in the Department for Education and Skills;

    (5) the Penistone Against Greenspace Encroachment campaign and others for a review by the Deputy Prime Minister of Planning Application B/03/2171/PU relating to a proposed development on the Recreation Ground at Penistone, in South Yorkshire;

    (6) the Yellow Advertiser newspaper and others for the deployment of extra police officers in Southend, in Essex;

    (7) driving instructors in and around North West Leicestershire against the introduction of a further theory examination for qualified driving instructors;

    (8) residents of Gloucester against plans by Morrisons to close the Post Office in Abbeydale; and

    (9) Action for M.E. for legislation to provide a cross-government response to M.E. and for a fully-funded research programme

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

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

    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 twenty-three minutes past Eight o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 8.23 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 Affirmative Resolution:

    1    Local Government,-Draft Local Authorities (Indemnities for Members and Officers) Order 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    2    Healthcare and Associated Professions (Scotland),-Health Act 1999 (Consequential Amendments) (Nursing and Midwifery) (No. 2) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1860), dated 19th July 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

    3    Local Government,-Local Authorities (Elected Mayors) (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1815), dated 14th July 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

    4    Social Security Administration,-Social Security (Claims and Payments) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1821), dated 14th July 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Smith].

    5    Sports Grounds and Sporting Events,-Safety of Sports Grounds (Designation) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1907), dated 19th July 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

    6    Tax Credits,-Tax Credits (Provision of Information) (Functions Relating to Health) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1895), dated 20th July 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Dawn Primarolo].

Other Papers:

    7    Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons,-Paper, entitled Research and Development Work Relating to Assistive Technology 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

    8    Defence,-Paper, entitled Delivering Security in a Changing World: Future Capabilities [by Command] [Cm. 6269] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

    9    Disability Rights Commission,-Report and Accounts of the Disability Rights Commission for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 880] [Mr Secretary Smith].

    10    Education and Skills,-Paper, entitled Parental Separation: Children's Needs and Parents' Responsibilities [by Command] [Cm. 6273] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

    11    Employment Relations,-Report of the Central Arbitration Committee for 2003-04 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    12    Explosives,-Report of Her Majesty's Inspectors of Explosives for Northern Ireland for 2003 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 802] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

    13    Export and Investment Guarantee,-Review and Resource Accounts of the Export Credits Guarantee Department for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 662] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    14    Government Resources and Accounts,-(1) Accounts for 2003-04 of the-

      (i) Food from Britain,

      (ii) Royal Marines Museum,

      (iii) Royal Naval Museum,

    with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 948, 966 and 967 ] [Clerk of the House],

    (2) Report and Accounts for 2003-04 of the-

      (i) Appeals Service, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 785] [Mr Secretary Smith],

      (ii) Insolvency Service, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 812] [Ms Secretary Hewitt],

      (iii) Jobcentre Plus, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 909] [Mr Secretary Smith],

      (iv) Meat Hygiene Service, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 848] [Mr Secretary Reid].

      (v) Naval Recruiting and Training Agency, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 859] [Mr Secretary Hoon],

      (vi) NHS Pensions Agency, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 851] [Mr Secretary Reid],

      (vii) NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 858] [Mr Secretary Reid],

      (viii) Office for National Statistics, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 925] [Ruth Kelly],

      (ix) Pension Service, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 722] [Mr Secretary Smith],

      (x) The Royal Parks, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 901] [Secretary Tessa Jowell],

      (xi) United Kingdom Debt Management Office, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 914] [Ruth Kelly],

    (3) Report and Resource Accounts of the-

      (i) National Archives for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 897] [Ruth Kelly],

      (ii) Small Business Service for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 899] [Ms Secretary Hewitt],

    (4) Resource Accounts of the-

      (i) Central Office of Information for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 902] [Ruth Kelly],

      (ii) Department for International Development Overseas Superannuation scheme for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 719] [Ruth Kelly],

      (iii) National Audit Office for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 953] [Mr Alan Williams],

      (iv) Serious Fraud Office for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 917] [Ruth Kelly], and

    (5) Review and Resource Accounts of the Export Credits Guarantee Department for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 662] [Ruth Kelly].

    15    Government Trading Funds,-Reports and Accounts of-

    (1) Companies House for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No.717] [Ms Secretary Hewitt],

    (2) Defence Science and Technology Laboratory for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No.728] [Clerk of the House],

    (3) Fire Service College for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 903] [Clerk of the House],

    (4) Forensic Science Service for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 743] [Clerk of the House], and

    (5) Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 869] [Clerk of the House].

    16    Human Fertilisation and Embryology,-Accounts of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 962] [Clerk of the House].

    17    Immigration and Asylum,-Report and Accounts of the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 663] [Clerk of the House].

    18    Justices of the Peace,-Report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of the Magistrates' Courts Service for 2003-04 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 648] [Mr Christopher Leslie].

    19    Medicines,-Reports of the Medicines Commission, Committee on Safety of Medicines, Advisory Board on the Registration of Homoeopathic Products, Veterinary Products Committee, the British Pharmacopoeia Commission, the Independent Review Panel for Advertising and the Independent Review Panel for Borderline Products for 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

    20    Merchant Shipping,-Accounts of the General Lighthouse Fund for 2002-03, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 921] [Mr Secretary Darling].

    21    Museums and Galleries,-Accounts for 2003-04 of the-

    (1) Board of Trustees of the Tate Gallery,

    (2) British Museum,

    (3) National Gallery,

    (4) National Maritime Museum,

    (5) National Portrait Gallery, and

    (6) Victoria and Albert Museum,

    with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 969, 971, 963, 964, 965 and 970] [Clerk of the House].

    22    National Audit,-Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Providing services beyond the Reading Rooms [by Act]; to be printed [No. 879] [Clerk of the House].

    23    National Health Service,-Accounts for 2003-04 of the-

    (1) Dental Practice Board,

    (2) Dental Vocational Training Authority,

    (3) Family Health Services Appeal Authority (Special Health Authority),

    (4) Health Development Agency,

    (5) Health Protection Agency,

    (6) National Blood Authority,

    (7) National Clinical Assessment Authority,

    (8) National Institute for Clinical Excellence (Special Health Authority),

    (9) National Patient Safety Agency,

    (10) National Treatment Agency,

    (11) NHS Appointments Commission,

    (12) NHS Information Authority,

    (13) NHS Litigation Authority

    (14) NHS Logistics Authority,

    (15) NHS University (Special Health Authority),

    (16) Prescription Pricing Authority,

    (17) Retained Organs Commission,

    (18) UK Transplant (Special Health Authority),

    with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 764, 765, 766, 767, 768, 770, 771, 772, 773, 774, 775, 776, 777, 778, 800, 779, 780 and 781] [Mr Secretary Reid].

    24    National Heritage,-(1) Accounts of the Board of Trustees of the Armouries for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 958] [Clerk of the House],

    (2) Report and Accounts of the National Heritage Memorial Fund for 2003--04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 747] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

    25    National Loans,-Report and Accounts of the Debt Management Account for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 915] [Ruth Kelly].

    26    National Lottery etc.,-(1) Accounts of the Arts Council of Wales Lottery Distribution for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 957] [Clerk of the House], and

    (2) Report and Accounts of the Heritage Lottery Fund and National Heritage Memorial Fund Lottery Distribution for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 748] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

    27    Northern Ireland,-(1)Report and Accounts for 2003-04 of the-

      (i) Environment and Heritage Service,

      (ii) Land Registers of Northern Ireland,

      (iii) Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency,

      (iv) Roads Service,

      (v) Water Service,

    with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland thereon [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [Nos. 919, 872, 874, 927 and 926] [Mr Secretary Murphy],

    (2) Report of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission for 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Murphy], and

    (3) Statement of Accounts of the Driver & Vehicle Testing Agency for 2003-04,with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 830] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

    28    Private Security Industry,-Report and Accounts of the Security Industry Authority for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 894] [Clerk of the House].

    29    Radiological Protection,-Accounts of the National Radiological Protection Board for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 939] [Clerk of the House].

    30    Railways,-Annual Report and Accounts of the Strategic Rail Authority for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

    31    Regulatory Reform,-Proposal for a draft Regulatory Reform (Execution of Deeds and Documents) Order 2004, with a Statement by the Department for Constitutional Affairs [by Act] [Mr David Lammy].

    32    Science and Technology,-Report and Accounts for 2003-04 of the-

    (1) Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council, and

    (2) National Environment Research Council,

    with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 694 and 756] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    33    Trade Union and Labour Relations,-Report and Resource Accounts of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 651] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    34    Transport,-Accounts of the Strategic Rail Authority for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 945] [Clerk of the House].

    35    Utilities,-Accounts of the Gas and Electricity Consumer Council (Energywatch) for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 961] [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Draft Penalties for Disorderly Behaviour (Amendment of Minimum Age) Order 2004:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Kevin Hughes Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Vera Baird, Ms Hazel Blears, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr Iain Coleman, Clive Efford, Barbara Follett, Mr David Heath, Mr John Heppell, Mr Brian Jenkins, Siobhain McDonagh, Mr Archie Norman, Mr Mark Oaten, Mr James Paice, Ms Gisela Stuart, Ms Dari Taylor and Mr Ian Taylor.

    2    Draft Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Modification) (No. 2) Order 2004:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Bill Olner Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Ms Candy Atherton, Mr Adrian Bailey, Mr Bob Blizzard, Mr Vernon Coaker, Mr Parmjit Dhanda, Mr Nigel Dodds, Mr Tom Harris, Lady Hermon, Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger, Lembit Ípik, Diana Organ, Sandra Osborne, Mr John Spellar, Mr Desmond Swayne, Mr Hugo Swire and Paddy Tipping.

    3    Draft Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2004:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Janet Anderson Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Liam Byrne, Mr Bill Etherington, Mr Paul Goodman, Paul Holmes, Huw Irranca-Davies, Andy King, Mr Khalid Mahmood, Mr Michael Meacher, Margaret Moran, Dr Doug Naysmith, Mr Chris Pond, Mr Si˘n Simon, Sir Teddy Taylor, Mr Michael Trend and Steve Webb.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Draft Charities Bill,-(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on the Draft Charities Bill; to be printed [No. 660-xiv]; and

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 660-xv]

    [Mr Alan Milburn].

    2     Education and Skills,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Skills Committee [UK eUniversity]; to be printed [No. 755-ii] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

    3    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,-(1) Eleventh Special Report from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [Government's Reply to the Sixteenth Report from the Committee, Session 2002-03, on Vets and Veterinary Services]; to be printed [No. 974]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Dismantling defunct ships in the UK]; to be printed [No. 834-iii]

    [Mr Michael Jack].

    4    Environmental Audit,-(1) Tenth Report from the Environmental Audit Committee [Budget 2004 and Energy]; 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. 490];

    (2) Fourth Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Committee's Fourth Report, Session 2003-04, on Water: the Periodic Review 2004 and the Environmental Programme]; to be printed [No. 950].

    Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Housing: Building a Sustainable Future?]; to be printed [No. 709-iv] [Mr Peter Ainsworth].

    5    European Scrutiny,-Twenty-ninth Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 42-xxix] [Mr Jimmy Hood].

    6    Foreign Affairs,-Seventh Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee [Foreign Policy Aspects of the War against Terrorism], together with an Appendix to the Report and 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. 441] [Mr Donald Anderson].

    7    Human Rights,-(1) Sixteenth Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights [Commission on Equality and Human Rights: The Government's White Paper], together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 998];

    (2) Seventeenth Report from the Joint Committee [Scrutiny of Bills: Seventh Progress Report], together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 999]; and

    (3) Eighteenth Report from the Joint Committee [Review of Counter-terrorism Powers], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 713];

    [Jean Corston].

    8    Modernisation of the House of Commons,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons [Sitting Hours]; to be printed [No. 892-i] [Mr Peter Hain].

    9    Northern Ireland Affairs,-(1) Fifth Special Report from the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [Government's Response to the Fifth Report of the Committee, Session 2003-04, on 'Hate Crime': the Draft Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2004]; to be printed [No. 954];

    (2) Sixth Special Report from the Committee [Government's Response to the Fourth Report of the Committee, Session 2003-04, on The Compensation Agency]; to be printed [No. 955]; and

    (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The functions of the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland]; to be printed [No. 956-i]

    [Mr Michael Mates].

    10    Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions,-(1) Tenth Report from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee [Supporting Vulnerable and Older People], 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. 504];

    (2) Eleventh Report from the Committee [The Role of Historic Buildings in Urban Regeneration], 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. 47-I];

    (3) Twelfth Report from the Committee [Draft Planning Policy Statement 6: Planning for Town Centres], 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. 952-I];

    (4) First Special Report from the Committee [Government Response and Observations from the Electoral Commission to the Seventh Report of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee in Session 2003-04 (Postal Voting)]; to be printed [No. 973];

    (5) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Draft Regional Assemblies Bill]; to be printed [No. 972-II]; and

    (6) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Postal Voting: Follow-up]; to be printed [No. 400-IV]

    [Andrew Bennett].

    11    Public Accounts,-(1) Thirty-ninth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Ministry of Defence: Operation TELIC-United Kingdom military operations in Iraq]; to be printed, together with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 273];

    (2) Fortieth Report from the Committee [Youth Offending: The delivery of community and custodial sentences]; to be printed, together with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 307];

    (3) Forty-first Report from the Committee [Improving departments' capability to procure cost-effectively]; to be printed, together with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 541];

    (4) Forty-second Report from the Committee [Increased resources to improve public services: a progress report on departments' preparations]; to be printed, together with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 552];

    (5) Forty-third Report from the Committee [Major Projects Report 2003]; to be printed, together with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 383];

    (6) Forty-fourth Report from the Committee [Protecting England and Wales from plant pests and diseases]; to be printed, together with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 208]; and

    (7) Forty-fifth Report from the Committee [Criminal Records Bureau: delivering safer recruitment?]; to be printed, together with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 453]

    [Mr Edward Leigh].

    12    Science and Technology,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Science and Technology Committee [Human reproductive technologies and the law]; to be printed [No. 599-iv] [Dr Ian Gibson].

    13    Treasury,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-committee of the Treasury Committee [HM Customs and Excise Spring Departmental Report 2004]; to be printed [No. 908-i] [Mr John McFall].

    14    Welsh Affairs,-Fifth Report from the Welsh Affairs Committee [The Powers of the Children's Commissioner for Wales], 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. 538] [Mr Martyn Jones].

    15    Work and Pensions,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Work and Pensions Committee [Child Support Agency]; to be printed [No. 928-i] [Sir Archy Kirkwood].

[W.H., No. 78]

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.-(Charlotte Atkins.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 4.28 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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