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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 22nd 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 have agreed to the Sustainable and Secure Buildings Bill, without Amendment.

    The Lords communicate that they have appointed a Committee of twelve Lords to join with the Committee appointed by this House to consider and report on any draft Mental Health Bill presented to both Houses by a Minister of the Crown;

    They have ordered 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;

    That the Committee do report on the draft Bill by 31st March 2005; and

    That the Committee do meet with the Committee appointed by the Commons on Wednesday 15th September at Ten o'clock.

2    Royal Assent,-The Deputy 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:

      Finance Act 2004

      Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) Act 2004

      Statute Law (Repeals) Act 2004

      Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act 2004

      Patents Act 2004

      Health Protection Agency Act 2004

      Traffic Management Act 2004

      Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Act 2004

      Energy Act 2004

      Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004.

3    Adjournment (Matters to be considered before the forthcoming adjournment),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Jim Fitzpatrick);

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

4    Public Petitions,-Public Petitions from-

    (1) Mr Robert O'Neill and other residents of Reading for the retention of Kings Meadow and Caversham Lock as public amenities,

    (2) Mr Hobday and others against the proposed closure of the Bridgwater Drive Post Office, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, and

    (3) Rob and Mojisola Green, the staff of the Humberstone Park Café, Leicester, against the proposed sale of the Café building by Leicester City Council

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

5    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from Jennifer Anne Lewis, John Lewis, Duncan Cairns and others for extension of the services which sub-post offices are allowed to provide was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

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

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-seven minutes to Seven o'clock, adjourned till Tuesday 7th September, pursuant to Resolution [21st June].

[Adjourned at 6.33 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    Freedom of Information,-Draft Environmental Information Regulations 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

    2    Value Added Tax,-(1) Value Added Tax (Disclosure of Avoidance Schemes) (Designations) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1933), and

    (2) Value Added Tax (Groups: eligibility) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1931),

    dated 22nd July 2004 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [John Healey].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    3    Building and Buildings,-Building (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1808), dated 13th July 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

    4    Immigration,-Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 (Specification of Particularly Serious Crimes) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1910), dated 20th July 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    5    Land Registration,-Land Registration Fee (Amendment) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1833), dated 20th July 2004 [by Act] [Mr David Lammy].

    6    Pensions,-Superannuation (Admission to Schedule 1 to the Superannuation Act 1972) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1927), dated 22nd July 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Douglas Alexander].

    7    Taxes,-(1) Tax Avoidance Schemes (Information) Regulations (S.I., 2004, No. 1864),

    (2) Tax Avoidance Schemes (Prescribed Descriptions of Arrangements) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1863), and

    (2) Tax Avoidance Schemes (Promoters and Prescribed Circumstances) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1865),

    dated 22nd July 2004 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Dawn Primarolo].

    8    Value Added Tax,-Value Added Tax (Disclosure of Avoidance Schemes) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1929), dated 22nd July 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ruth Kelly].

Other Papers:

    9    Audit Commission,-Report and Summary Financial Statement of the Audit Commission for 31st October 2002 to 31st March 2004 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 860] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

    10    Broadcasting,-Report and Accounts of the Radio Authority for 2003 [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

    11    Care Standards,-Account of the General Social Care Council for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1004] [Clerk of the House].

    12    Courts and Legal Services,-Report of the Magistrates' Courts Business Returns for 2003-04 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 865] [Mr Christopher Leslie].

    13    Census,-Papers, entitled Census 2001: Key Statistics for urban areas in the-

    (1) Midlands,

    (2) North,

    (3) South East, and

    (4) South West and Wales

    [by Act] [Ruth Kelly].

    14    Charities,-Report of the Charity Commission for England and Wales for 2004 [by Command] [Cm. 6209] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    15    Constitutional Affairs,-Government Response to the Eleventh Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights, Session 2003-04, on Commission for Equality and Human Rights: Structure, Functions and Powers [by Command] [Cm. 6295] [Mr David Lammy].

    16    Education,-Account of the Teacher Training Agency for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 968] [Clerk of the House].

    17    Export and Investment Guarantees,-Statutory Return, as at 31st March 2004, of the Export Credit Guarantee Department under the Export and Investments Guarantees Act 1991 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

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

      (i) Construction Industry Training Board, and

      (ii) Engineering Construction Industry Training Board

    with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 1000 and 1001] [Clerk of the House], and

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

      (i) Child Support Agency, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 782] [Mr Secretary Smith],

      (ii) Court Service, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 788] [Mr Christopher Leslie],

      (iii) Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 863] [Mr Secretary Darling], and

      (iv) Meat and Livestock Commission, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1002] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

    19    Government Trading Funds,-Reports and Accounts of the Central Office of Information for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 757] [Clerk of the House].

    20    Greenwich Hospital,-Accounts of the Greenwich Hospital and Travers Foundation for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 947] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

    21    National Health Service,-Accounts of the Counter Fraud and Security Management Service for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 763] [Mr Secretary Reid].

    22    National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions,-Accounts of the Council for the Regulation of Health Care Professionals for-

    (1) 2002-03, and

    (2) 2003-04,

    with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 959 and 960] [Clerk of the House].

    23    Political Parties, Elections and Referendums,-(1) Corporate Plan of the Electoral Commission for 2004-05 to 2008-09, and

    (2) Report of the Speaker's Committee for 2004

    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 797 and 924] [The Speaker].

    24    Public Administration,-Government Response to the Fourth Report from the Select Committee on Public Administration, Session 2003-04, on Taming the Prerogative: Strengthening Ministerial Accountability to Parliament [by Command] [Cm. 6187] [Mr David Lammy].

    25    Race Relations,-Report of the Independent Race Monitor for 2003-04 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    26    Regional Assemblies,-Paper, entitled Draft Regional Assemblies Bill with Explanatory Notes and Regulatory Impact Assessment [by Command] [Cm. 6285] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

    27    Regional Development Agencies,-Reports and Accounts for 2003-04 of-

    (1) Advantage West Midlands Development Agency,

    (2) East Midlands Development Agency,

    (3) East of England Development Agency,

    (4) Northwest Development Agency,

    (5) One NorthEast Development Agency,

    (6) South East England Development Agency,

    (7) South West of England Regional Development Agency, and

    (8) Yorkshire Forward Development Agency

    with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    28    Regulation of Investigatory Powers,-Reports for 2003 of the-

    (1) Intelligence Services Commissioner, and

    (2) Interception of Communications Commissioner

    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 884 and 883] [The Prime Minister].

    29    Regulatory Reform,-Proposal for a Regulatory Reform (Registration of Births and Deaths) (England and Wales) Order 2004, together with a statement by the General Register Office and a regulatory impact assessment [by Act] [Ruth Kelly].

    30    Science and Technology,-Report and Accounts of the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 685] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    31    Sports Councils,-Consolidated Accounts of the English Sports Council and English Sports Council Group for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and General thereon [by Command] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

    32    Statutory Instruments (Notification),-Communication declaring that the undermentioned Statutory Instrument had come into operation before copies were laid before Parliament, and explaining why such copies had not been so laid before the Instruments came into operation:

    Immigration and Asylum Appeals (Fast Track Procedure) (Amendment) Rules 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1891)

[by Standing Order] [The Speaker].

    33    Superannuation,-(1) Civil Service Additional Voluntary Contribution Scheme (Amendment) Scheme 2004,

    (2) Civil Service Compensation Scheme (Amendment) Scheme 2004,

    (3) Civil Service Injury Benefits Scheme (Amendment) Scheme 2004, and

    (4) Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme (Amendment) Scheme 2004

    [by Command] [Mr Douglas Alexander].

    34    Teaching and Higher Education,-Report of the General Teaching Council for England for 2003-04 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

    35    Utilities,-Report and Accounts of energywatch for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

APPENDIX II

European Standing Committees

    The Speaker has appointed Miss Anne Begg Chairman of European Standing Committee A in respect of European Union Document No. 9149/04 on the Establishment of a Community Fisheries Control Agency.


[W.H., No. 79]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall
The sitting commenced at half-past Two o'clock.

    Adjournment (Child Poverty-Second Report of the Work and Pensions Committee, Session 2003-04, and the Government's response thereto),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned-(Mr John Heppell);

    And the sitting having continued for three hours, it was adjourned without Question put, till Tuesday 7th September.

[Adjourned at 5.30 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker


CORRIGENDUM

    In the Votes and Proceedings for Wednesday 21st July, in item 4, the Fishery Limits (United Kingdom) Bill should be entitled the Fishery Limits (United Kingdom) (No. 2) Bill.



 
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