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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 9th September 2004

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

PRAYERS.

1    New Writ,—Ordered, That the Speaker do issue his Warrant to the Clerk of the Crown to make out a New Writ for the electing of a Member to serve in this present Parliament for the Borough Constituency of Hartlepool in the room of the Right Honourable Peter Benjamin Mandelson, who since his election for the said Borough Constituency has accepted the Office of Steward or Bailiff of Her Majesty's Manor of Northstead in the County of York.—(Hilary Armstrong.)

2    Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Bill Olner reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Modification) (No. 2) Order 2004.

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

3    Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Janet Anderson reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 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 agree to the Employment Relations Bill, with Amendments, to which they desire the concurrence of this House.

    The Lords agree to the Amendments made by this House to the Public Audit (Wales) Bill, without Amendment.

5    Employment Relations Bill,—Lords Amendments to the Employment Relations Bill to be considered on Monday 13th September and to be printed [Bill 151].

6    Hunting Bill,—Mr Alun Michael, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Secretary Blunkett, Secretary Margaret Beckett and Mr Peter Hain, presented a Bill to make provision about hunting wild mammals with dogs; to prohibit hare coursing; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Monday 13th September and to be printed [Bill 150].

    Explanatory Notes relating to the Hunting to be printed [Bill 150-EN].

7    Local Government (Wales),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 18 (Consideration of draft regulatory reform orders), That the draft Regulatory Reform (Local Commissioner for Wales) Order 2004, which was laid before the House on 24th June, be approved—(Mr Vernon Coaker):—It was agreed to.

8    Criminal Law,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Penalties for Disorderly Behaviour (Amendment of Minimum Age) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 14th July, be approved—(Mr Vernon Coaker):—It was agreed to.

9    Adjournment (European Constitution),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Vernon Coaker);

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

10    Public Petitions,— Public Petitions from—

    (1) the Endometriosis SHE Trust (UK) for a review of the Government's policy on the care and treatment of endometriosis, and

    (2) Cathy Franklin and others for limiting to three months the time available to carry out a second post-mortem examination before a body is released for burial

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

11    Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Joan Ryan.)

    And accordingly, the House, having continued to sit till twenty-eight minutes to Seven o'clock, adjourned till Monday 13th September.

[Adjourned at 6.32 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    Constitutional Law,—(1) Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Functions Exercisable in or as Regards Scotland) Order 2004, and

    (2) Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2004

    [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2    Agriculture,—Common Agricultural Policy Support Schemes (Modulation) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 2330), dated 8th September 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

3    Education,—Religious Character of Schools (Designation Procedure) (Independent Schools) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 2262), dated 2nd September 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

4    Employment Tribunals,—Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 2351), dated 7th September 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

5    Insolvency,—Enterprise Act 2002 (Insolvency) Order 2004 (S.I, 2004, No. 2312), dated 3rd September 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

6    Merchant Shipping,—(1) Merchant Shipping (Additional Safety Measures for Bulk Carriers) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 2151), and

    (2) Merchant Shipping (Life-Saving Appliances For Ships Other Than Ships of Classes III to VI (A)) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 2259),

    dated 31st August 2004 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

7    National Debt,—Premium Savings Bonds (Amendment etc) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 2353), dated 9th September 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ruth Kelly].

8    Police,—(1) Police (Appointments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004 (S.R. (N.I.), 2004, No. 379), dated 4th September 2004, and

    (2) Police Service of Northern Ireland Pensions (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.R. (N.I.), 2004, No. 384), dated 7th September 2004

    [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

9    Public Passenger Transport,—(1) Community Bus (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 2252),

    (2) Minibus and Other Section 19 Permit Buses (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 2257), and

    (3) Public Service Vehicles (Registration of Local Services) (Amendment) (England and Wales) (No. 2) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 2250),

    dated 31st August 2004 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

10    Road Traffic,—Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (Borough of Blackburn with Darwen) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 2260), dated 31st August 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

11    Sex Discrimination,—Equal Pay Act 1970 (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 2352), dated 7th September 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

12    Taxes,—Tonnage Tax (Training Requirement) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 2255), dated 31st August 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

13    Terms and Conditions of Employment,—ACAS (Flexible Working) Arbitration Scheme (Great Britain) Order 2004 (S.I, 2004, No. 2333), dated 6th September 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

14    Trade Marks,—Trade Marks (International Registrations Designating the European Community, etc.) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 2332), dated 7th September 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

Other Papers:

15    Foreign and Commonwealth Office,—White Paper on the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe [by Command] [Cm. 6309] [Mr Secretary Straw].

16    Government Resources and Accounts,—Report and Accounts of the Defence Communication Services Agency for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No.1006] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

17    Health,—Reports of the Committees of Inquiry—

    (1)  Independent Investigation into how the NHS Handled Allegations about the Conduct of Clifford Ayling, and

    (2)  To Investigate how the NHS Handled Allegations about the Performance and Conduct of Richard Neale

    [by Command] [Cm. 6298 and Cm. 6315] [Mr Secretary Reid].

18    University of Wales, Cardiff Bill [Lords],—Report by the Attorney General on University of Wales, Cardiff Bill [Lords] [by Standing Order] [The Solicitor General].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Bill [Lords],—The Speaker has appointed Mr Derek Conway and Mr David Taylor Chairmen of Standing Committee A in respect of the Bill.

2    Draft Student Fees (Approved Plans) (England) Regulations 2004,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Roger Gale Chairman of the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Regulations.

3    Draft Legal Services Complaints Commissioner (Maximum Penalty) Order 2004,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Alan Hurst Chairman of the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

4    Draft Business Improvement Districts Regulations 2004:

    (1)  The Speaker has appointed Sir John Butterfill Chairman of the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Regulations, and

    (2)  The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Eric Pickles from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations) and nominated in substitution Mr Robert Syms.

5    Draft Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 (Amendment) and Police Reform Act 2002 (Modification) Order 2004,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Win Griffiths Chairman of the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

6    Draft Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Modification) (No. 2) Order 2004,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Parmjit Dhanda and Mr John Spellar from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Mr Ian Pearson and Jonathan Shaw.

7    Draft Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2004,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Liam Byrne and Andy King from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations) and nominated in substitution Charlotte Atkins and Mrs Louise Ellman.

    European Standing Committees

8    The Speaker has appointed Mr Nigel Beard Chairman of European Standing Committee A in respect of European Union Document No. 15820/03 on Driving Licences.

9    The Speaker has appointed Mr James Cran Chairman of European Standing Committee B in respect of European Union Document No. 9317/04 on Approximation, Mutual Recognition and Enforcement of Criminal Sanctions.

10    European Union Document No. 6406/1/04 relating to the security features and biometrics in EU passports, has been referred to European Standing Committee B.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the draft Animal Welfare Bill Sub-Committee of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee [The draft Animal Welfare Bill]; to be printed [No.1032-iv] [Mr Michael Jack].

2    European Scrutiny,—Thirtieth Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 42-xxx] [Mr Jimmy Hood].

3    Health,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [The Influence of the Pharmaceutical Industry]; to be printed [No. 1030-i] [Dr Doug Naysmith].

4    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 [The Draft Regional Assemblies Bill]; to be printed [No. 972-ii] [Andrew Bennett].


[W.H., No. 82]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

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

Adjournment (Within REACH: the EU's new chemicals strategy—Sixth Report from the Science and Technology 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 14th September.

[Adjourned at 5.30 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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