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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 16th September 2004

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

PRAYERS.

1    Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Bill [Lords],—Derek Conway reported from Standing Committee A, That it had gone through the Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Bill [Lords], and made Amendments thereunto, and had amended the Title as follows:

    A Bill to amend the law relating to company auditors and accounts, to the provision that may be made in respect of certain liabilities incurred by a company's officers, and to company investigations; to make provision for community interest companies; and for connected purposes.

    Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered on Monday 11th October; and to be printed [Bill 158].

    Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 1067].

2    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 Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 (Amendment) and Police Reform Act 2002 (Modification) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 19th July, be approved—(Mr Nick Ainger):—It was agreed to.

3    Employment Relations Bill (Programme) (No. 4),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith pursuant to Orders [28th June and 6th November 2003 (Programming of bills)], That the following provision shall apply to the Employment Relations Bill for the purpose of supplementing the Programme Order of 14th January 2004:

Consideration of Lords Amendments

    Proceedings on Consideration of Lords Amendments shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion two hours after their commencement at this day's sitting—(Mr Nick Ainger):—It was agreed to.

4    Employment Relations Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Lords Amendments to the Employment Relations Bill.

    Lords Amendments Nos. 1 to 71 were agreed to.

5    Adjournment (HIV/AIDS in the developing world),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Vernon Coaker);

6    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:

      Sustainable and Secure Buildings Act 2004

      Public Audit (Wales) Act 2004

      Employment Relations Act 2004.

7    Adjournment (HIV/AIDS in the developing world),—The Question being again proposed, That this House do now adjourn;

    The Motion was, with leave of the House, withdrawn.

8    Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from residents of Tewkesbury Constituency against proposed closures of post offices in Innsworth, Churchdown and Leckhampton was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

9    Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from the Parish Council of Little Missenden, Buckinghamshire, the citizens of the village of Holmer Green and others against the proposed closure of Turners Place Post Office, Holmer Green, was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

10    Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Gillian Merron);

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

11    Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Gillian Merron);

    And the Motion having been made at Six o'clock, and Debate having continued for half an hour, the Speaker adjourned the House without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, till Monday 11th October, pursuant to Resolution [8th September].

[Adjourned at 6.30 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    Damages,—Draft Damages (Variation of Periodical Payments) Order 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr David Lammy].

2    International Immunities and Privileges,—Draft Agency for International Trade Information and Co-operation (Legal Capacities) Order 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Straw].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

3    Environmental Protection,—(1) Genetically Modified Organisms (Deliberate Release) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 2411), and

    (2) Genetically Modified Organisms (Traceability and Labelling) (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 2412),

    dated 14th September 2004 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

4    Magistrates' Courts,—Magistrates' Courts (Reports Relating to Adult Witnesses) Rules 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 2419), dated 13th September 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

5    Supreme Court of England and Wales,—Crown Court (Reports Relating to Adult Witnesses) Rules 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 2420), dated 13th September 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

6    Taxes,—Stamp Duty and Stamp Duty Reserve Tax (Extension of Exceptions relating to Recognised Exchanges) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 2421), dated 15th September 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Stephen Timms].

Other Papers:

7    Communications,—Report and Accounts of the Office of Communications for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

8    Culture, Media and Sport,—Government Response to the Sixth Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Session 2003-04, on Arts Development: Dance [by Command] [Cm. 6326] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

9    Government Resources and Accounts,—(1) Accounts of the Radiocommunications Agency for 1st April to 28th December 2003, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1066] [Mr Stephen Timms],

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

      (i) Sir John Soane's Museum, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1007] [Secretary Tessa Jowell], and

      (ii) the Treasury Solicitor's Department, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1012] [The Solicitor General], and

    (3) Resource Accounts for 2003-04 of HM Procurator General and Treasury Solicitor, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1020] [Mr Stephen Timms].

10    Health,—Government Response to the Fourth Report from the Health Committee, Session 2003-04, on Palliative Care [by Command] [Cm. 6327] [Mr Secretary Reid].

11    Northern Ireland,—Accounts for the—

    (1) Altnagelvin Hospitals HSS Trust,

    (2) Armagh and Dungannon HSS Trust,

    (3) Belfast City Hospital HSS Trust,

    (4) Causeway Health and Social Services Trust,

    (5) Craigavon and Banbridge Community Health and Social Services Trust,

    (6) Craigavon Area Hospital Group (HSS) Trust,

    (7) Down Lisburn Health and Social Services Trust,

    (8) Eastern Health and Social Services Board,

    (9) Foyle Health and Social Services Trust,

    (10) Green Park Healthcare HSS Trust,

    (11) Homefirst Community Trust,

    (12) Mater Hospital HSS Trust,

    (13) Newry & Mourne HSS Trust,

    (14) North and West Belfast HSS Trust,

    (15) Northern Health and Social Services Board,

    (16) Northern Ireland Ambulance Service Health and Social Services Trust,

    (17) Royal Group of Hospitals and Dental Hospital Health & Social Services Trust,

    (18) South & East Belfast Health and Social Services Trust,

    (19) Southern Health and Social Services Board,

    (20) Sperrin Lakeland Health and Social Services Trust,

    (21) Ulster Community & Hospitals HSS Trust,

    (22) United Hospitals HSS Trust, and

    (23) Western Health and Social Services Board

    for 2003-04, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland thereon [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [Nos. 975, 976, 977, 978, 979, 980, 981, 996, 982, 983, 984, 985, 986, 988, 994, 987, 989, 990, 995, 991, 992, 993 and 997] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

12    North/South Co-operation (Implementation Bodies) (Northern Ireland),—Report and Statement of Accounts of InterTradeIreland for 2003, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland thereon [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [No. 1034] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1    Children Bill [Lords],—The Speaker has appointed Dame Marion Roe and Mr Joe Benton Chairmen of Standing Committee B in respect of the Bill.

2    Children Bill [Lords] (Programming Sub-Committee),—The Speaker has appointed Annette Brooke, Margaret Hodge, Tim Loughton, Ms Meg Munn, Mr David Ruffley, Ms Dari Taylor and Derek Twigg members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee B in respect of the Bill.

3    Draft Roads (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2004,—The Speaker has appointed Mrs Irene Adams Chairman of the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

4    Draft Legal Services Ombudsman (Extension of Remit) Order 2004,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Alan Hurst Chairman of the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

    European Standing Committees

5    The Speaker has appointed Mr Edward O'Hara Chairman of European Standing Committee C in respect of European Union Document No. 8875/04 on Industrial Policy for an Enlarged Europe.

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-vii] [Mr Michael Jack].

2    Treasury,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [EU Single Market in Financial Services]; to be printed [No. 1068-i]; and

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [EU Single Market in Financial Services]

    [Mr John McFall].

[W.H., No. 85]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

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

Adjournment (Postal Voting—Seventh Report and First Special Report from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee, Session 2003-04),—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 12th October.

[Adjourned at 5.30 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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