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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 21st December 2004

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

PRAYERS.

1    Inquiry into an application for Indefinite Leave to Remain,—Resolved, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, That she will be graciously pleased to give directions that there be laid before this House a Return of the Report of an inquiry into an application for Indefinite Leave to Remain.—(Mr Desmond Browne.)

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

    Constitutional Reform Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill to make provision for modifying the office of Lord Chancellor, and to make provision relating to the functions of that office; to establish a Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, and to abolish the appellate jurisdiction of the House of Lords; to make provision about the jurisdiction of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and the judicial functions of the President of the Council; to make other provision about the judiciary, their appointment and discipline; and for connected purposes; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

3    Constitutional Reform Bill [Lords],—The Constitutional Reform Bill [Lords] was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Monday 10th January and to be printed [Bill 18].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Constitutional Reform Bill [Lords] be printed [Bill 18-EN].

4    Adjournment (Matters to be considered before the forthcoming adjournment),— A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Bridget Prentice);

    The Motion was, with leave of the House, withdrawn.

5    Electoral Commission,—Ordered, That the Motion in the name of Mr Peter Hain relating to the Electoral Commission shall be treated as if it related to an instrument subject to the provisions of Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation) in respect of which notice has been given that the instrument be approved.—(Mr Fraser Kemp.)

6    Northern Ireland Grand Committee,—Ordered, That—

    (1) the proposal for a draft Higher Education (Northern Ireland) Order 2005 be referred to the Northern Ireland Grand Committee;

    (2) the Committee shall meet at Westminster on Thursday 20th January 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 legislative proposal 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 legislative proposal 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 Fraser Kemp.)

7    Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from the residents of Leighton Buzzard, Linslade and the surrounding area against Luton Airport's flight path proposals was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

8    Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Fraser Kemp.)

    And accordingly, the House, having continued to sit till twenty-nine minutes past Seven o'clock, adjourned till Monday 10th January, pursuant to Resolution [2nd December].

[Adjourned at 7.29 p.m.

Michael J. Martin

Speaker


Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock on Monday 10th January 2005.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1    Child Trust Funds,—Draft Child Trust Funds (Amendment) Regulations 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Stephen Timms].

2    Employment and Training,—Draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

3    Agriculture,—Common Agriculture Policy Single Payment Scheme (Set-aside) (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3385), dated 20th December 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

4    Child Trust Funds,—Child Trust Funds (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3382), dated 21st December 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Stephen Timms].

5    Children and Young Persons,—Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults and Care Standards Tribunal (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3354), dated 14th December 2004 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

6    Consumer Protection,—Biofuel (Labelling) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3349), dated 14th December 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].

7    Criminal Law,—Penalties for Disorderly Behaviour (Amount of Penalty) (Amendment No. 4) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3371), dated 20th December 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

8    Education,—Education (School Performance Targets) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3323), dated 14th December 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

9    Financial Services and Markets,—Electronic Commerce Directive (Financial Services and Markets) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3378), dated 20th December 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Stephen Timms].

10    Food,—(1) Food with Added Phytosterols or Phytostanols (Labelling) (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3344), dated 15th December 2004; and

    (2) Sweeteners in Food (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3348), dated 14th December 2004

    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

11    Insurance,—Life Assurance Consolidation Directive (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3379), dated 21st December 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Stephen Timms].

Other Papers:

12    Children,—Report for 2003 by the Secretary of State for Health on the Children Act 1989 pursuant to section 83 of that Act [by Act] [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

13    Government Resources and Accounts,—Security and Intelligence Agencies Financial Statement for 2003-04, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 39] [Mr Stephen Timms].

14    Home Affairs,—(1) Government Reply to the Report from the Joint Committee on the Draft Charities Bill, Session 2003-04 [by Command] [Cm. 6440]; and

    (2) Return to an Address to Her Majesty for a Return of the Report made by Sir Alan Budd of an inquiry into an application for Indefinite Leave to Remain [pursuant to Resolution this day]; to be printed [No. 175]

    [Mr Secretary Clarke].

15    Kent County Council,—Report under the Kent County Council Act 2001 and the Medway Council Act 2001 by the Council Trading Standards Departments and the Kent Police [by Act] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

16    National Lottery,—Accounts of the Scottish Screen National Lottery Distribution Fund for 2003-04 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 176] [Mr Secretary Darling].

17    Public Processions (Northern Ireland),—Report of the Parades Commission for Northern Ireland for 2003-04 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

18    Registration Service,—Mortality Statistics: Review of the Registrar General on deaths by cause, sex and age in England and Wales for 2003 [by Act] [Mr Stephen Timms].

Papers withdrawn:

19    Constitutional Law,—Draft Scotland Act 1998 (River Tweed) Order 2005 [laid 9th December 2004].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Bill,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mrs Irene Adams from the Standing Committee E (nominated in respect of the Bill); and nominated in substitution Kate Hoey.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1    Foreign Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [FCO Human Rights Annual Report 2004]; to be printed [No. 109-i] [Mr Donald Anderson].

2    Home Affairs,—(1) First Report from the Home Affairs Committee [Rehabilitation of Prisoners], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 193];

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Anti-Social Behaviour]; to be printed [No. 80-iii]; and

    (3) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Anti-Social Behaviour]; to be printed [No. 80-II]

    [Mr John Denham].

3    International Development,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [Darfur, Sudan: Crisis, Response and Lessons]; to be printed [No. 67-iii]

    [Tony Baldry].

4    Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [Cash machine charges]; to be printed [No. 191-i] [Mr John McFall].



 
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