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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 29th November 2004

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


1    Selection (Standing Committees),—Mr John McWilliam reported from the Committee of Selection the following Resolution:

    That, after a Bill has been under consideration in a Standing Committee, no application for changes in the composition of that Committee in respect of that Bill will be entertained by this Committee except where a Member is incapacitated from attendance by illness, or where he has been appointed or ceased to be a Member of the Government or has changed his office for another, or has acquired other duties, or ceased to hold or changed such duties.

    Report to lie upon the Table.

2    Selection (Select Committees),—Mr John McWilliam reported from the Committee of Selection the following Resolution:

    That Motions to alter the membership of Select Committees may be tabled on behalf of the Committee of Selection only if previously approved at a meeting of the Committee of Selection.

    Report to lie upon the Table.

3    Chairmen's Panel (Parliament Act 1911),—Mr John McWilliam reported from the Committee of Selection, That, in pursuance of section 1(3) of the Parliament Act 1911, it had appointed Mr John McWilliam and Sir Nicholas Winterton to be the two Members whom the Speaker shall consult, if practicable, before certifying a Bill to be a Money Bill.

4    Standing Committee C,—Mr John McWilliam reported from the Committee of Selection, That it had designated Standing Committee C as the Standing Committee on which Government Bills do not have precedence.

5    Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

    The Lords communicate that they have appointed a Committee of twelve Lords to join with a 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;

    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 quorum of the Committee shall be two;

    That the Committee have power to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom;

    That the proceedings of the Joint Committee on the draft Mental Health Bill in the last session of Parliament be referred to the Committee;

    That the Reports of the Committee from time to time shall be printed, notwithstanding any adjournment of the House; and

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

6    Identity Cards Bill,—Mr Secretary Blunkett, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Straw, Secretary Margaret Beckett and Mr Desmond Browne, presented a Bill to make provision for a national scheme of registration of individuals and for the issue of cards capable of being used for identifying registered individuals; to make it an offence for a person to be in possession or control of an identity document to which he is not entitled, or of apparatus, articles or materials for making false identity documents; to amend the Consular Fees Act 1980; to make provision facilitating the verification of information provided with an application for a passport; 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 8].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Identity Cards Bill be printed [Bill 8-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 on 23rd November, 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.

    Ordered, That the Debate be now adjourned.—(Mr Nick Ainger.)

    Debate to be resumed to-morrow.

8    Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from Pamela Rich for justice for Mr Akintayo Akin-Deko was presented; 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 Nick Ainger);

    And the Motion having been made at Ten o'clock, and Debate having continued for half an hour, the Speaker adjourned the House without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 10.30 p.m.

Michael J. Martin


Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Eleven o'clock.


Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on Friday 26th November 2004 pursuant to Standing Order No. 159 (Presentation of statutory instruments):

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1    Immigration,—Immigration (Leave to Remain) (Fees) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3105), dated 23rd November 2004, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 29th November 2004:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2    Taxes,—Stamp Duty Land Tax (Administration) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3124), dated 25th November 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Stephen Timms].

Other Papers:

3    Cereals Marketing,—Report and Accounts of the Home-Grown Cereals Authority for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 3] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

4    Charities,—Account of the National Army Museum for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 57] [Clerk of the House].

5    Coal Industry,—Memorandum of Agreement, dated 20th January 2004, between the Coal Authority and the Health and Safety Executive [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

6    Freedom of Information,—Report under section 87(5) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on proposals for bringing fully into force those provisions of the Act which are not yet fully in force [by Act]; to be printed [No. 5] [Mr Christopher Leslie].

7    Insolvency,—Accounts prepared pursuant to section 409(4) of the Insolvency Act 1986 of the sums received and paid by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry under section 403 and of the sums credited and debited to the Investment Account by the National Debt Commissioners for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 54] [Clerk of the House].

8    Museums and Galleries,—Accounts of—

    (1) the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Statutory Instrument]; and

    (2) the Wallace Collection for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act];

    to be printed [Nos. 55 and 56] [Clerk of the House].

9    National Audit,—Reports by the Comptroller and Auditor General on—

    (1) Inland Revenue: Inheritance Tax; and

    (2) Reducing Crime: The Home Office working with Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships

    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 17 and 16] [Clerk of the House].


Standing Committees

1    Gambling Bill:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee B and has appointed Mr Roger Gale and Mr Peter Pike Chairmen; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated twenty-three Members to serve on the Committee: Mr Tony Banks, Mr Liam Byrne, Mr Richard Caborn, Mr Ben Chapman, Jon Cruddas, Clive Efford, Mr Don Foster, Mr Nick Hawkins, Mrs Joan Humble, Mr Eric Illsley, Mr Kevan Jones, Miss Julie Kirkbride, Ann McKechin, Estelle Morris, Mr Malcolm Moss, Mr Richard Page, Mr Mark Prisk, Dr John Pugh, Bob Russell, Mr Tom Watson, Mr John Whittingdale, Mr Shaun Woodward and Iain Wright.

Grand Committees

2    Welsh Grand Committee,—The Committee of Selection has nominated two additional members to serve on the Welsh Grand Committee: Mr Robert Walter and Mr Bill Wiggin.

3    Northern Ireland Grand Committee,—The Committee of Selection has nominated twenty-three additional Members to serve on the Northern Ireland Grand Committee: Mr Harry Barnes, Kevin Brennan, Mr Alistair Carmichael, Mr Vernon Coaker, Mrs Louise Ellman, Mr Mark Field, Mr Tom Harris, Mr Andrew Hunter, Huw Irranca-Davies, Helen Jackson, Eric Joyce, Mr David Lidington, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Iain Luke, Mr Andrew Mackay, Mr Michael Mates, Mr Stephen McCabe, Mr Kevin McNamara, Mr Tony McWalter, Mr Bill O'Brien, Lembit Ípik, Mr Stephen Pound and Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West).

Standing Committee on Regional Affairs

4    Standing Committee on Regional Affairs,—The Committee of Selection has nominated thirteen Members representing English constituencies to serve on the Standing Committee on Regional Affairs: Mr Henry Bellingham, Ms Karen Buck, Ross Cranston, Mrs Louise Ellman, Mr Nigel Evans, Andrew George, Norman Lamb, John Mann, Kali Mountford, Mr Denis Murphy, Lawrie Quinn, Mr Anthony Steen and Derek Wyatt.


Reports from Select Committees

1    Education and Skills,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Skills Committee [Every Child Matters]; to be printed [No. 40-i] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

2    International Development,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee, together with Appendices [Darfur, Sudan: Crisis, Response and Lessons]; to be printed [No. 67-i] [Tony Worthington].

3    Modernisation of the House of Commons,—First Special Report from the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons [Connecting Parliament with the Public: the House of Commons Commission's Response to the Committee's First Report of Session 2003-04]; to be printed [No. 69] [Mr Peter Hain].

4    Public Accounts,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Ministry of Defence: The Rapid Procurement of Capability to Support Operations]; to be printed [No. 70-i] [Mr Edward Leigh].

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