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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 24th November 2004

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

PRAYERS.

1    Spoliation Advisory Panel,—Resolved, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, That she will be graciously pleased to give directions that there will be laid before this House a Return of the Report of the Spoliation Advisory Panel in respect of a painting now in possession of Glasgow City Council by the Right Honourable Sir David Hirst.—(Mr Richard Caborn.)

2    Mental Capacity Bill,—Mr David Lammy, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Blunkett, Mr Secretary Reid, Ms Rosie Winterton and Mr Christopher Leslie, presented a Bill to make new provision relating to persons who lack capacity; to establish a superior court of record called the Court of Protection in place of the office of the Supreme Court called by that name; to make provision in connection with the Convention on the International Protection of Adults signed at the Hague on 13th January 2000; and for connected purposes.

    Pursuant to Standing Order No. 80A (Carry-over of bills) and Order [11th October], the Bill was read the first and second time without Question put, and was ordered to be considered to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 1].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Mental Capacity Bill be printed [Bill 1-EN].

3    Gambling Bill,—Secretary Tessa Jowell, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Blunkett, Mr Secretary Darling, Mr Secretary Reid, Mr Secretary Murphy, Ms Secretary Hewitt, Mr Peter Hain, Margaret Hodge and Mr Richard Caborn, presented a Bill to make provision about gambling.

    Pursuant to Standing Order No. 80A (Carry-over of bills) and Order [1st November], the Bill was read the first and second time without Question put, was ordered to be printed [Bill 2], and stood committed to a Standing Committee in respect of Clauses Nos. 33 to 337 and Schedules Nos. 6 to 15.

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Gambling Bill be printed [Bill 2-EN].

4    Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill,—Mr Secretary Blunkett, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Straw, Ms Secretary Hewitt and Caroline Flint, presented a Bill to provide for the establishment and functions of the Serious Organised Crime Agency; to make provision about investigations, prosecutions, offenders and witnesses in criminal proceedings and the protection of persons involved in investigations or proceedings; to provide for the implementation of certain international obligations relating to criminal matters; to amend the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002; to make further provision for combatting crime and disorder, including new provision about powers of arrest and search warrants; to make further provision about the police and policing and persons supporting the police; to make provision about criminal records; to provide for the Private Security Industry Act 2001 to extend to Scotland; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 5].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill be printed [Bill 5-EN].

5    Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Bill,—Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, supported by Mr Secretary Blunkett, Mr Paul Boateng, Dawn Primarolo, the Solicitor General, John Healey and Mr Stephen Timms, presented a Bill to make provision for the appointment of Commissioners to exercise functions presently vested in the Commissioners of Inland Revenue and the Commissioners of Customs and Excise; for the establishment of a Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 3].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Bill be printed [Bill 3-EN].

6    School Transport Bill,—Mr Secretary Clarke, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Darling, Mr Secretary Johnson, Mr Richard Caborn, Mr Stephen Twigg and Dr Stephen Ladyman, presented a Bill to make provision for school travel schemes; and for connected purposes.

    Pursuant to Standing Order No. 80A (Carry-over of bills) and Order [28th October], the Bill was read the first and second time without Question put and was ordered to be considered to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 4].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the School Transport Bill be printed [Bill 4-EN].

7    Queen's Speech (Motion for an Address),—The Order of the day being read, for resuming the adjourned Debate on the Question proposed yesterday, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, as follows:

    Most Gracious Sovereign,

    We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled, beg leave to offer our humble thanks to Your Majesty for the Gracious Speech which Your Majesty has addressed to both Houses of Parliament;

    And the Question being again proposed:—The House resumed the adjourned Debate.

    And it being Seven o'clock, the Debate stood adjourned.

    Ordered, That the Debate be resumed to-morrow.

8    Welsh Grand Committee,—Ordered, That—

    (a) the matter of the Government's Legislative Programme as outlined in the Queen's Speech as it relates to Wales and Public Expenditure in Wales be referred to the Welsh Grand Committee for its consideration;

    (b) the Committee shall meet at Westminster on Tuesday 7th December at twenty five minutes past Nine o'clock and between Two o'clock and half-past Four o'clock to consider the matter of the Government's Legislative Programme as outlined in the Queen's Speech as it relates to Wales and Public Expenditure in Wales, under Standing Order No. 107 (Welsh Grand Committee (matters relating exclusively to Wales)).—(Mr Tom Watson.)

9    Northern Ireland Grand Committee,—Ordered, That—

    (1) the matter of a multi-agency approach to tackling racially motivated attacks and harassment in Northern Ireland be referred to the Northern Ireland Grand Committee;

    (2) the Committee shall meet at Westminster on Thursday 9th December, at half-past Two o'clock; and

    (3) at that sitting—

      (a) the Committee shall take questions under Standing Order No. 110 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (questions for oral answer)), and shall then consider the matter referred to it under paragraph (1) above;

      (b) the Chairman shall interrupt proceedings not later than two and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the matter referred to the Committee; and

      (c) at the conclusion of those proceedings, a motion for the adjournment of the Committee may be made by a Minister of the Crown, pursuant to paragraph (5) of Standing Order No. 116 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (sittings)).—(Mr Tom Watson.)

10    Business of the House,—Ordered, That Private Members' Bills shall have precedence over Government business on 4th and 25th February; 4th and 18th March; 8th, 15th and 22nd April; 13th and 20th May; 17th and 24th June; 1st July and 14th October 2005.—(Mr Tom Watson.)

11    Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from residents of central Romford against plans to close the local General Practitioner surgery in South Street was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

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

    And accordingly, the House, having continued to sit till twenty-six minutes past Seven o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 7.26 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    European Communities,—(1) Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (European Police Office) Order 2004; and

    (2) Draft European Communities (Immunities and Privileges of the European Police Office) (Amendment) Order 2004

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

2    International Immunities and Privileges,—(1) Draft European Police College (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2004; and

    (2) Draft International Criminal Court (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2004

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

3    Northern Ireland,—Draft Agriculture (Northern Ireland) Order 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

4    Terms and Conditions of Employment,—Draft Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

5    Criminal Law,—(1) Burma (Prohibition on Financing) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3100); and

    (2) International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (Freezing of Funds and Economic Resources of Indictees) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3099),

    dated 24th November 2004 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Mr Stephen Timms].

6    Medicines,—Medicines (Products for Animal Use—Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3081), dated 16th November 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

7    Value Added Tax,—(1) Value Added Tax (Cars) (Amendment) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3084);

    (2) Value Added Tax (Insurance) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3083); and

    (3) Value Added Tax (Special Provisions) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3085),

    dated 24th November 2004 [by Act], with Explanatory Memoranda thereon [by Command] [Dawn Primarolo].

Other Papers:

8    Constitutional Affairs,—Government Response to the Fifth Report from the Constitutional Affairs Committee, Session 2003-04, on the Draft Criminal Defence Service Bill [by Command] [Cm. 6410] [Mr David Lammy].

9    Culture, Media and Sport—Department for Culture, Media and Sport Minute, dated 24th November 2004, approving the National Museums Liverpool as a borrower under the Government Indemnity Scheme [by Command] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

10    Defence,—Ministry of Defence Minute, dated 24th November 2004, concerning the gifting of a non-core Ministry of Defence site in Aldershot to the English Churches Housing Group [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

11    Government Resources and Accounts,—(1) Consolidated Resource Accounts of the Department of Trade and Industry; and

    (2) Resource Accounts of the—

      (i) Office of the Deputy Prime Minister; and

      (ii) Department for Transport

    for 2003-04, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 26, 4 and 22] [Mr Stephen Timms].

12    National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Tackling Congestion by making better use of England's motorways and trunk roads [by Act]; to be printed [No. 15] [Clerk of the House].

13    National Lottery,—Review of the Arts Council, England, for 2004, incorporating Report and National Lottery Accounts [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

14    Police Reform,—National Policing Plan 2005-08 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

15    Spoliation Advisory Panel,—Return to an Address to Her Majesty for a Return of the Report made by the Right Honourable Sir David Hirst on The Spoliation Advisory Panel in respect of a painting now in possession of Glasgow City Council [pursuant to Resolution this day]; to be printed [No. 10] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

16    Public Petitions,—Observations by the Deputy Prime Minister on:

    (1) the Petition [25th October] from residents of Wincham and Lostock Gralam, Cheshire, against proposals to build an incinerator between Lostock Gralam and Rudheath; and

    (2) the Petition [9th November] from residents of Epping Forest District and others for reconsideration of research underlying plans to build new houses in the Green Belt in the District

    [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

1    Defence,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence Committee [Future Capabilities]; to be printed [No. 45-i] [Bruce George].

2    Education and Skills,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Skills Committee [National Skills Strategy: 14-19 Education]; to be printed [No. 37-i] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

3    Public Accounts,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Department of Trade and Industry: The United Kingdom's Civil Space Activities]; to be printed [No. 47-i] [Mr Edward Leigh].

4    Science and Technology,—(1) First Special Report from the Science and Technology Committee [Research Assessment Exercise: a re-assessment: Government Response to the Committee's Eleventh Report, Session 2003-04]; to be printed [No. 34]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Human reproductive technologies and the law]; to be printed [No. 7-i]

    [Dr Ian Gibson].

5    Welsh Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee [Police Service, Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour in Wales]; to be printed [No. 46-i] [Mr Martyn Jones].

6    Work and Pensions,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Work and Pensions Committee [Pension Credit]; to be printed [No. 43-i] [Sir Archy Kirkwood].



 
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