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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 7th April 2005

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

PRAYERS.

1    Standing Orders (Private Business),—Ordered, That the Amendments to Standing Orders set out in the Schedule be made at the beginning of the new Session of Parliament:—

      SCHEDULE

    Standing Order 1, line 76, at end insert—

      'the term "unitary district" means a non-metropolitan district which is not included in the area of a county council;'.

    After Standing Order 1

    Insert—

      New Standing Order 1A

      'Deposit of documents etc at offices of government departments and public bodies

      1A.—(1) Any reference in a provision of these orders to a document, or to a copy or copies of a document, being deposited in accordance with this order is a reference to the document, or to a copy or copies of the document, being deposited—

          (a) at the offices of such government departments and public bodies as may be specified in the list, and

          (b) if the context so admits, in such quantities as may be so specified.

      (2) In paragraph (1) above—

          "document" includes any bill, plan, section, book of reference, ordnance map, environmental or other statement or estimate;

          "the list" means the list which, for the purposes of this order, is compiled and maintained by the Private Bill Office under the direction of the Chairman of Ways and Means.

      (3) The provisions of these orders which contain such references as are mentioned in paragraph (1) above are—

          (a) Standing Order 27(5),

          (b) Standing Order 27A(1),

          (c) Standing Order 29,

          (d) Standing Order 30,

          (e) Standing Order 30A(1),

          (f) Standing Order 31,

          (g) Standing Order 32,

          (h) Standing Order 34,

          (i) Standing Order 37,

          (j) Standing Order 39,

          (k) Standing Order 45(3), and

          (l) Standing Order 47(1).'

    Standing Order 2A, line 5, after 'November', insert '(or if that day is a Saturday or a Sunday, the first Monday following that day)'.

    Standing Order 4A, line 17, after 'district,' insert 'unitary district,'.

    Standing Order 4A, line 28, after 'districts,' insert 'unitary districts,'.

    Standing Order 4A, line 44, after 'district,' insert 'unitary district,'.

    Standing Order 4A, line 49, after district,' insert 'unitary district,'.

    Standing Order 5, line 33, leave out 'and'.

    Standing Order 5, line 36, at end insert '; and

      '(f) where it is proposed by the bill to confer powers authorising any alteration or disturbance of the surface of any street or road in connection with the construction of a tramway, tram road, trolley vehicle system or an underground railway, a general description of the roads or streets which may be affected by the exercise of the power and of the circumstances in which, and the extent to which, it is envisaged that the power may be exercised.'.

    Standing Order 10, line 13, after 'district,' insert 'unitary district,'.

    Standing Order 10, line 24, after 'districts,' insert 'unitary districts,'.

    Standing Order 10, line 36, after 'district,' insert 'unitary district,'.

    Standing Order 10, line 40, after 'county' insert ', metropolitan district, unitary district or London borough'.

    After Standing Order 10

    Insert—

      New Standing Order 10A

      'Publication of notice relating to works bills

      10A (1) If the bill—

          (a) authorises the construction of works to which Standing Order 27 (Deposit of plan, book of reference, and section, etc.) applies, or the compulsory acquisition of lands or of rights to use lands, or

          (b) extends the time limited by a former Act for any of those purposes,

          the notice shall be displayed for two consecutive weeks ending not later than 11 December at a place of public resort in each of the counties, metropolitan districts, unitary authorities, or London boroughs or (in Wales) the counties or county boroughs or (in Scotland) the local government areas in which the works are to be, or the lands are, situated.

      (2) For the purposes of paragraph (1), "place of public resort" include a public library and a local government office.'

    Standing Order 12, line 4, leave out 'confer powers authorising any alteration or disturbance of' and insert 'alter or disturb'.

    Standing Order 12, line 8, leave out 'such street or road' and insert 'street or road the surface of which it is proposed to alter or disturb'.

    Standing Order 12, line 10, leave out 'powers' and insert 'alteration or disturbance'.

    Standing Order 12, line 12, leave out 'powers' and insert 'alteration or disturbance'.

    Standing Order 12, line 21, leave out 'the said powers are proposed to be conferred' and insert 'it is proposed to alter or disturb the surface of any street or road'.

    Standing Order 12, line 24, leave out 'any' and insert 'the'.

    Standing Order 16, line 24, leave out 'county councils, metropolitan districts or London boroughs, as the case may be' and insert 'councils of counties, metropolitan districts, unitary districts or London boroughs or (in Wales) counties or county boroughs'.

    Standing Order 27, line 12, after 'district,' insert 'unitary district,'.

    Standing Order 27, line 23, after 'district' insert ', unitary district'.

    Standing Order 27, line 28, after 'district,' insert 'unitary district,'.

    Standing Order 27, line 54, after 'district,' insert 'unitary district,'.

    Standing Order 27, line 69, leave out from 'and' to end of line 73 and insert 'copies of the same shall be deposited in accordance with Standing Order 1A.'.

    Standing Order 27A, line 30, leave out paragraph (2) and insert—

      '(2) Copies shall be deposited in accordance with Standing Order 1A.'.

    Standing Order 29, line 7, leave out from 'deposited' to end of line 9 and insert 'in the Private Bill Office and in accordance with Standing Order 1A.'.

    Standing Order 30, line 5, leave out from 'deposited' to end and insert 'in accordance with Standing Order 1A.'.

    Standing Order 30A, line 4, leave out from 'deposit' to the second 'and' in line 5, and insert 'in accordance with Standing Order 1A.'.

    Standing Order 31, line 6, leave out from 'deposited' to 'marked' in line 8, and insert 'in accordance with Standing Order 1A.'.

    Standing Order 32, line 8, leave out from 'deposited' to end of line 9, and insert 'in accordance with Standing Order 1A.'.

    Standing Order 34, line 9, leave out from 'deposited' to end and insert 'in accordance with Standing Order 1A.'.

    Standing Order 36, line 12, after 'district' insert 'or unitary district,'.

    Standing Order 37 is hereby repealed.

      New Standing Order 37

      'Deposit of copy of plan, etc. in certain circumstances

      37. In the case of a bill by which it is proposed to authorise the compulsory acquisition-

          (a) of any churchyard, burial ground or cemetery, or any part thereof, or

          (b) of rights to use any churchyard, burial ground or cemetery, or any part thereof, or

          (c) of any other land, or of rights to use any other land,

          copies of so much of the deposited plan, section (if any) and book of references as relates to the land shall, on or before 20th November, be deposited in accordance with Standing Order 1A.'

    Standing Order 38, line 3, after 'November' insert '(or when 27th November is a Saturday or a Sunday, on the first Monday following that day)'.

    Standing Order 39 is hereby repealed.

      New Standing Order 39

      'Deposit of copies of bills

      39. On or before 4th December, printed copies of every bill shall be deposited in accordance with Standing Order 1A.'

    Standing Order 45, line 19, leave out from 'deposited' to end and insert 'in accordance with Standing Order 1A.'.

    Standing Order 47, line 9, leave out from 'and' to 'on' in line 11 and insert 'in accordance with Standing Order 1A.'.

    Standing Order 55, line 17, leave out from 'datum' to 'shall' in line 19, and insert 'of Newlyn.'.

    Standing Order 61, line 16, after 'district,' insert 'unitary district,'.

    Standing Order 61, line 33, after 'county' insert ', metropolitan district, unitary district or London borough'.

    Standing Order 62, line 15, after 'county' insert ', metropolitan district, unitary district or London borough'.

    Standing Order 65, line 28, after 'county,' insert 'metropolitan district, unitary district or London borough'.

    Standing Order 98, line 8, after 'district' insert ', unitary district'.

    Standing Order 131A, line 3, leave out from 'be' to end of line 4 and insert 'reproduced at the expense of the parties and the cost of reproduction shall be divided among the several parties in such proportions as may be specified by the Private Bill Office:'.

    Standing Order 145, line 3, leave out second 'the' and insert 'any'.

    After Standing Order 145

      Insert—

      New Standing Order 145A

      'Minutes of evidence to be laid upon the Table

      145A. The minutes of the evidence taken before a committee on a private bill shall be laid on the Table of the House and ordered to be published.'

    Standing Order 147, line 7, leave out 'for Transport' and insert 'responsible for the time being for transport matters'.

    Standing Order 147, line 11, leave out 'for Transport' and insert 'responsible for the time being for transport matters'.

    Standing Order 154, line 12, leave out 'for Transport' and insert 'responsible for the time being for transport matters'.

    Standing Order 154, line 27, leave out 'for Transport' and insert 'responsible for the time being for transport matters'.

    Standing Order 174, line 3, leave out '2.45 pm' and insert 'a quarter of an hour after the House sits'.

    Standing Order 174, line 28, leave out 'for 7 pm' and insert 'at a time three hours before the moment of interruption'.

    Standing Order 174, line 39, leave out '7 pm' and insert 'a time three hours before the moment of interruption'.

    New Standing Orders 188A and 188B

      After Standing Order 188

      Insert—

      'SUSPENSION AND REVIVAL OF BILLS

      Suspension of bills

      188A.—(1) Paragraph (2) applies where—

          (a) this House resolves that the promoters of a bill originating in this House should have leave to suspend any further proceedings on the bill in order to proceed with it, if they think fit, in the next session of Parliament, and any conditions attached to the leave have been met, and

          (b) the House of Lords concur with the resolution, or have previously passed a resolution to the like effect as the resolution of this House.

      (2) The bill shall be deposited in the Private Bill Office on the fifth sitting day in the next session together with a declaration, signed by the agent, stating that the bill is the same in every respect as the bill at the last stage of the proceedings on it in this House in the current session.

      (3) Paragraph (4) applies where—

          (a) this House resolves that the promoters of a bill originating in the House of Lords should have leave to suspend any further proceedings on the bill in order to proceed with it, if they think fit, in the next session of Parliament, and any conditions attached to the leave have been met; and

          (b) the House of Lords subsequently pass a resolution to the like effect as the resolution of this House.

      (4) If the bill is brought from the House of Lords in the next session, the agent for the bill shall deposit in the Private Bill Office a declaration, signed by the agent, stating that the bill is the same in every respect as the bill which was brought from the House of Lords in the current session.

      (5) The following provisions of this Order apply in either case.

      (6) The bill shall be deemed to have passed through every stage through which it has passed in the current session, and shall be recorded in the Journal of the House as having passed those stages , and no new fees shall be charged to those stages.

      (7) These Standing Orders shall apply to the bill in the next session only in regard to any stage through which the bill has not passed in the current session.

      (8) If there is any petition outstanding—

          (a) any such petition which has been presented (if not withdrawn) shall stand referred to any committee on the bill in the next session;

          (b) any minutes of evidence taken before a committee on the bill in the current session shall stand referred to any committee on the bill in the next session;

          (c) no petitioners shall be heard before any committee on the bill in the next session unless their petition has been presented within the time stipulated for the deposit of petitions in the current session or deposited pursuant to Standing Order 126(b);

          (d) Standing Order 127 shall have effect as if the words "under Standing Order 126 (Reference to committee of petitions against bill)" were omitted.

      (9) In this Order "the current session" means the session in which the resolution of this House is passed and "the next session" shall be construed accordingly.'

    After New Standing Order 188A

      Insert—

      'Revival of bills

      188B.—(1) Paragraphs (2) and (3) apply where—

          (a) this House resolves that the promoters of a bill which—

      (i) originated in this House in an earlier session of this Parliament or in the last Parliament; and

      (ii) had not received the Royal Assent,

          should, notwithstanding anything in the Standing Orders or practice of this House, have leave to proceed with the bill in the current session; and

          (b) the House of Lords concur with the resolution, or have previously passed a resolution to the like effect as the resolution of this House.

      (2) The petition for the bill shall be deemed to have been deposited and all Standing Orders applicable to it shall be deemed to have been complied with.

      (3) The bill shall be deposited in the Private Bill Office not later than the fifth day on which the House sits after the passing of the resolution, and a declaration, signed by the agent, shall be annexed to the bill stating that it is the same in every respect as the bill at the last stage of the proceedings on it in this House in the last session or the last Parliament or, as the case may be, the bill passed by this House.

      (4) Paragraph (5) applies where—

          (a) this House resolves that the promoters of a bill which—

      (i) originated in the House of Lords in an earlier session of this Parliament or in the last Parliament; and

      (ii) had not received the Royal Assent,

          should, notwithstanding anything in the Standing Orders or practice of this House, have leave to proceed with the bill in the current session; and

          (b) the House of Lords subsequently pass a resolution to the like effect as the resolution of this House.

      (5) If the bill is brought from the House of Lords in the current session, the agent for the bill shall deposit in the Private Bill Office a declaration, signed by the agent, stating that the bill is the same in every respect as the bill which was brought from the Commons in the last session or the last Parliament.

      (6) The following provisions of this Order apply in either case.

      (7) The bill shall be deemed to have passed through every stage through which it has passed in the last session or last Parliament, and shall be recorded in the Journal of the House as having passed those stages, and no new fees shall be charged to those stages.

      (8) If there is any petition outstanding—

          (a) any such petition which has been presented (if not withdrawn) shall stand referred to any committee on the bill in the current session;

          (b) any minutes of evidence taken before a committee on the bill in the last session or last Parliament shall stand referred to any committee on the bill in the current session;

          (c) no petitioners shall be heard before any committee on the bill in the current session unless their petition has been presented within the time stipulated for the deposit of petitions in the last session or last Parliament or deposited pursuant to Standing Order 126(b);

          (d) Standing Order 127 shall have effect as if the words "under Standing Order 126 (Reference to committee of petitions against bill)" were omitted.

      (9) In this Order "current session" means the session of Parliament in which the resolution of this House is passed and "this Parliament" means the Parliament in which the resolution of this House is passed; "the last Parliament" and "the last session" shall be construed accordingly.'

    Standing Order 200, line 6, leave out 'two' and insert 'five'.

    Standing Order 204A, line 4, leave out '7 pm' and insert 'a time three hours before the moment of interruption'.—(The Chairman of Ways and Means.)

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

    The Lords have agreed to the Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill, with Amendments, to which they desire the concurrence of this House.

    The Lords have agreed to the Amendment made by this House to the Public Service Ombudsman (Wales) Bill [Lords], without Amendment.

    The Lords have agreed to the Gambling Bill, with Amendments, to which they desire the concurrence of this House.

    The Lords communicate that they have come to the following Resolution:

      That, if a Crossrail Bill is brought from the House of Commons in the next Session of Parliament, the Standing Orders of the House applicable to the Bill, so far as complied with or dispensed with in this Session, shall be deemed to have been complied with or (as the case may be) dispensed with in the next Session.

    The Lords have agreed to the Finance (No. 2) Bill, without Amendment.

    The Lords have agreed to the Appropriation Bill, without Amendment.

    The Lords have agreed to the Amendments made by this House to the Inquiries Bill [Lords], without Amendment.

    The Lords have agreed to the Amendments made by this House to the Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords], without Amendment.

    The Lords do not insist on their Amendments to the Railways Bill to which this House has disagreed; and agree without Amendment to the Amendments proposed by this House in lieu of the remaining Lords Amendment.

3    Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill,—Lords Amendments to the Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill printed pursuant to Standing Orders Nos. 57A (Bills brought from the Lords) and 78 (Lords amendments) on 6th April [Bill 108].

4    Gambling Bill,—Lords Amendments to the Gambling Bill printed pursuant to Standing Orders Nos. 57A (Bills brought from the Lords) and 78 (Lords amendments) on 6th April [Bill 111].

5    Accommodation and Works,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Accommodation and Works Committee be printed [No. 510].

6    Administration,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Administration Committee be printed [No. 511].

7    Broadcasting,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Broadcasting Committee be printed [No. 512].

8    Catering,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Catering Committee be printed [No. 513].

9    Constitutional Affairs,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Constitutional Affairs Committee be printed [No. 514].

10    Culture, Media and Sport,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee be printed, together with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Maritime Heritage and Historic Ships Sub-Committee [No. 515].

11    Defence,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Defence Committee be printed [No. 516].

12    Education and Skills,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Education and Skills Committee be printed [No. 517].

13    Environmental Audit,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Environmental Audit Committee be printed, together with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Environmental Education Sub-Committee [No. 518].

14    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee be printed, together with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Government's Rural Delivery Strategy Sub-Committee, the Future for UK Fishing Sub-Committee, the Progress on Pesticides Sub-Committee and the draft Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill Sub-Committee [No. 519].

15    European Scrutiny,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the European Scrutiny Committee be printed [No. 520].

16    Finance and Services,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Finance and Services Committee be printed [No. 521].

17    Foreign Affairs,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Foreign Affairs Committee be printed [No. 522].

18    Health,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Health Committee be printed [No. 523].

19    Home Affairs,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Home Affairs Committee be printed [No. 524].

20    Human Rights,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Select Committee appointed to join with a Committee of the House of Lords on Human Rights be printed [No. 525].

21    Information,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Information Committee be printed [No. 526].

22    International Development,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the International Development Committee be printed [No. 527].

23    Liaison,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Liaison Committee be printed, together with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Liaison Sub-Committee [No. 528].

24    Modernisation of the House of Commons,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons be printed [No. 529].

25    Northern Ireland Affairs,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee be printed, together with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Sub-Committee of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [No. 530].

26    Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee be printed, together with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Urban Affairs Sub-Committee [No. 531].

27    Procedure,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Procedure Committee be printed [No. 532].

28    Public Accounts,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee of Public Accounts be printed [No. 533].

29    Public Administration,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Select Committee on Public Administration be printed [No. 534].

30    Regulatory Reform,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Regulatory Reform Committee be printed [No. 535].

31    Science and Technology,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Science and Technology Committee be printed [No. 536].

32    Scottish Affairs,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Scottish Affairs Committee be printed [No. 537].

33    Standards and Privileges,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee on Standards and Privileges be printed [No. 538].

34    Statutory Instruments,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Select Committee on Statutory Instruments be printed [No. 539].

35    Statutory Instruments,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Select Committee appointed to join with a Committee of the House of Lords on Statutory Instruments be printed [No. 540].

36    Trade and Industry,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Trade and Industry Committee be printed [No. 541].

37    Transport,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Transport Committee be printed [No. 542].

38    Treasury,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Treasury Committee be printed, together with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Treasury Sub-Committee [No. 543].

39    Welsh Affairs,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Welsh Affairs Committee be printed [No. 544].

40    Work and Pensions,—Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Work and Pensions Committee be printed [No. 545].

41    Standing Orders (Public Business),—Ordered, That the Standing Orders relating to Public Business, as amended, be printed [No. 558].

42    Standing Orders (Private Business),—Ordered, That the Standing Orders relating to Private Business, as amended, be printed [No. 559].

43    Climate Change Bill,—Mr Michael Meacher, supported by Mr John Gummer and Norman Baker, presented a Bill to combat climate change by setting annual targets for the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions until 2050; to place duties on the Prime Minister regarding the reporting on and achievement of those targets; to specify procedures to be followed if the targets are not met; to specify certain functions of and provide certain powers to Members of Parliament with regard to ensuring carbon dioxide emissions are reduced; to set sectoral reduction targets and targets for energy efficiency, the generation of energy from renewable sources, combined heat and power and microgeneration; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Monday 11th April and to be printed [Bill 112].

44    Electricity (Microgeneration) Bill,—Alan Simpson, supported by Mr Andrew Stunell, Mr Peter Ainsworth, Dr Desmond Turner, Sue Doughty, Joan Walley, Mr David Drew, Norman Baker, Mr Simon Thomas, Vera Baird, Mr Kerry Pollard and Peter Bottomley, presented a Bill to promote microgeneration of electricity 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 113].

45    Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Lords Amendments to the Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill.

    Lords Amendments Nos. 1 to 101 were agreed to, the Commons being willing to waive their privileges in respect of Lords Amendments Nos. 5, 7, 8 and 57.

46    Education Bill [Lords],—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Education Bills [Lords], as amended in the Standing Committee.

    The Bill was read the third time, and passed, with Amendments.

47    Crossrail Bill (Carry over),—Ordered, That further proceedings on the Crossrail Bill shall be suspended until the next Session of Parliament;

    That if a Bill is presented in the next Session in the same terms as the Crossrail Bill when it was presented in this Session—

      (a) the Bill shall be ordered to be printed and shall be deemed to have been read the first time; and

      (b) the Standing Orders of the House applicable to the Bill, so far as complied with or dispensed with in this Session, shall be deemed to have been complied with or (as the case may be) dispensed with in the next Session;

    That these Orders be Standing Orders of the House.—(Mr Tony McNulty.)

    Message to the Lords to acquaint them therewith.

48    Gambling Bill,—The House, pursuant to Order [yesterday], proceeded forthwith to consider the Lords Amendments to the Gambling Bill.

    Lords Amendments Nos. 1 and 2 were agreed to.

    Lords Amendments Nos. 3 and 4 were disagreed to.

    Lords Amendments Nos. 5 to 193 were agreed to.

    A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 83H (Programme orders: reasons committee) and Order [yesterday], That a Committee be appointed to draw up Reasons to be assigned to the Lords for disagreeing to their Amendments Nos. 3 and 4.

    That Mr Don Foster, Secretary Tessa Jowell, Mr Gordon Marsden, Mr Mark Prisk and Mr Tom Watson be members of the Committee.

    That Secretary Tessa Jowell be the Chairman of the Committee.

    That three be the Quorum of the Committee.

    That the Committee do withdraw immediately.—(Mr Tom Watson.)

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

    The Lords have agreed to the Amendments made by this House to the Education Bill, without Amendment.

50    Supreme Court of England and Wales,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 656), dated 11th March 2005, a copy of which was laid before this House on 14th March, be approved—(Mr Tom Watson):—It was agreed to.

51    Gambling Bill,—Secretary Tessa Jowell reported from the Committee appointed to draw up Reasons to be assigned to the Lords for disagreeing to certain of their Amendments to the Gambling Bill, That it had drawn up the following Reason, which it had directed her to report to the House:

    The Commons disagree to Lords Amendments Nos. 3 and 4 for the following Reason:—

      Because the Amendment no longer reflects other Amendments made by the Lords.

    The Reason was agreed to.

    Message to the Lords to communicate the said Reason, with the Bill and Amendments.

52    International Organisations Bill [Lords],—The International Organisations Bill [Lords] was, according to Order, read a second time and was committed, pursuant to Order [yesterday], to a Committee of the whole House.

    Resolved, That this House will immediately resolve itself into a Committee:—The House accordingly resolved itself into a Committee.

    (In the Committee)

    Clauses Nos. 1 to 10 agreed to.

    Clause No. 11 (Short title, interpretation, commencement and extent).

    Amendment (No. 1) made.

    Clause, as amended, agreed to.

    Schedule agreed to.

    Bill, as amended, to be reported.

    ________________

    The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair; and Mr Jim Murphy reported, That the Committee had gone through the Bill, and made an Amendment thereunto.

    Ordered, That the Bill, as amended in the Committee, be now considered:—The House accordingly proceeded to consider the Bill.

    The Bill was read the third time, and passed, with an Amendment.

    The Deputy Speaker suspended the sitting, pursuant to Order [yesterday].

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

    The Lords do not insist on their Amendments to the Gambling Bill to which this House had disagreed.

    The Lords have agreed to the Amendment made by this House to the International Organisations Bill [Lords], without Amendment.

54    Message to attend the Lords Commissioners,—A Message from the Lords Commissioners was delivered by the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod.

    Mr Speaker.

    The Lords, authorised by virtue of Her Majesty's Commission, for declaring Her Royal Assent to several Acts agreed upon by both Houses and for proroguing the present Parliament, desire the immediate attendance of this Honourable House in the House of Peers, to hear the Commission read.

    Accordingly the Speaker, with the House, went up to the House of Peers, where a Commission was read giving, declaring and notifying the Royal Assent to several Acts, and for proroguing this present Parliament.

    The Royal Assent was given to the following Acts:—

      Finance Act 2005

      Appropriation (No. 2) Act 2005

      Mental Capacity Act 2005

      Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2005

      Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Act 2005

      Disability Discrimination Act 2005

      Education Act 2005

      Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005

      Inquiries Act 2005

      Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005

      Drugs Act 2005

      International Organisations Act 2005

      Railways Act 2005

      Gambling Act 2005

    And afterwards Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech was delivered to both Houses of Parliament by the Lord High Chancellor (in pursuance of Her Majesty's Command), as follows:

    My Lords and Members of the House of Commons

    My Government has pursued economic policies which have brought about sustained growth and prosperity.

    My Government has continued to take action to secure high levels of employment as it reforms the welfare state.

    An Act has been passed that allows for the extension of the circumstances in which a family can be eligible for Child Benefit for 16-19 year olds who are in learning.

    Legislation has been enacted to support the continuing fight against terrorism in the United Kingdom.

    An Act has been passed to reform the office of Lord Chancellor, and to establish a Supreme Court for the United Kingdom and a Judicial Appointments Commission for England and Wales.

    An Act has been passed as an interim measure to make the electoral register in Northern Ireland both accurate and comprehensive until more permanent measures can be put in place.

    Legislation has been passed to provide a statutory framework for dealing with the financial, health and welfare decisions of those people who might lack capacity through mental illness or disability.

    My Government has continued to work towards the reduction of bureaucracy and the costs of Government, and towards promoting efficiency. An Act has been passed to integrate the Inland Revenue and Her Majesty's Customs and Excise.

    An Act has been passed to establish the Serious Organised Crime Agency and to strengthen the fight against crime.

    An Act has been passed to improve local environmental quality by tackling the antisocial behaviour that blights our communities.

    Legislation has been enacted to streamline the school inspection regime and to bring in three-year budgets for schools, which will help raise standards for every child in every school.

    An Act has been passed to unify and simplify the Ombudsman service in Wales.

    An Act has been passed to tackle the problem of drug abuse and the crime that flows from it.

    Legislation has been enacted to enable the United Kingdom to fulfil international commitments to confer privileges and immunities on a number of international organisations and bodies.

    Measures to reform the law on mental health have undergone pre-legislative scrutiny.

    Draft legislation has been published to safeguard the welfare of children in circumstances of parental separation and inter-country adoption from countries where there are concerns about child welfare.

    A draft Bill has been published to introduce a new offence of corporate manslaughter.

    Draft legislation has been published to ensure the better management and protection of our natural environment and rural communities.

    A Bill has been introduced to authorise the construction of Crossrail.

    Other important measures have been enacted.

    Members of the House of Commons

    I thank you for the provision you have made for the work and dignity of the Crown and for the public service.

    My Lords and Members of the House of Commons

    The Duke of Edinburgh and I were pleased to receive the State Visit of His Excellency the President of the Republic of Korea and the State Visit of His Excellency the President of Italy.

    My Government currently holds the G8 Presidency, and is placing high priority on the important issues of Africa and climate change.

    My Government has continued to work with partners around the world to prevent terrorism and the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, and the problems of drug smuggling and international crime.

    My Government has worked to strengthen commitment on both sides of the Atlantic to the transatlantic relationship and to the continued effectiveness of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and has worked with the international community to strengthen the United Nations.

    My Government continues to support the Government of Iraq to provide security and stability following the elections held in January.

    My Government has continued to support efforts to build peace in the Middle East, to promote democratic reform and reduce conflict and extremism.

    My Lords and Members of the House of Commons

    I pray that the blessing of Almighty God may rest upon your counsels.

    After which the Lord Chancellor said:

    My Lords and Members of the House of Commons:

    By virtue of Her Majesty's Commission which has now been read, we do, in Her Majesty's name, and in obedience to Her Majesty's Commands, prorogue this Parliament to Thursday the fourteenth day of April to be then here holden, and this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to the fourteenth day of April.

Michael J. Martin

Speaker

APPENDIX

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1    Children and Young Persons,—Disclosure of Adoption Information (Post-Commencement Adoptions) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 888), dated 22nd March 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

2    Disabled Persons,—Disability Discrimination (Providers of Services) (Adjustment of Premises) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1121), dated 6th April 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Johnson].

3    Education,—Crawley College and Haywards Heath College (Dissolution) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1113), dated 5th April 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Ruth Kelly].

4    Fees and Charges,—Medicines for Human Use (Fees Amendments) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1124), dated 6th April 2005 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

5    Food,—Miscellaneous Food Additives (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1099), dated 4th April 2005 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

6    Health and Safety,—(1) Blood Safety and Quality (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1098), dated 4th April 2005 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid];

    (2) Control of Major Accident Hazards (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1088), dated 4th April 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Johnson]; and

    (3) Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1093), dated 4th April 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Johnson].

7    Medicines,—Medicines (Advisory Bodies) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1094), dated 4th April 2005 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

8    National Health Service,—National Health Service (Standing Advisory Committees) Amendment Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1100), dated 4th April 2005 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

9    Security Industry,—Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Designated Activities) (No. 2) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1107), dated 4th April 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Clarke].

10    Social Care,—(1) Adoption Information and Intermediary Services (Pre-Commencement Adoptions) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 890), dated 22nd March 2005 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Ruth Kelly]; and

    (2) Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act 2004 (Isles of Scilly) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1096), dated 4th April 2005 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

Other Papers:

11    Air Force (Constitution),—Amendment List 27 to Air Publication 1269A—The Royal Air Force Manual of Assessment of Medical Fitness [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

12    Covent Garden Market,—Statement of remuneration and allowances payable to members of the Covent Garden Market Authority under section 1(5) of the Covent Garden Market Act 1961 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

13    Intelligence Services,—(1) Annual Report of the Intelligence and Security Committee for 2004-05;

    (2) Government Response to the Intelligence and Security Committee's Annual Report 2004-05; and

    (3) Government Response to the Intelligence and Security Committee's Report on The Handling of Detainees by UK Intelligence Personnel in Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and Iraq

    [by Command] [Cms. 6510, 6515 and 6511] [The Prime Minister].

14    Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions,—(1) Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions (Non-Effective Benefits and Family Pensions) Order 2005;

    (2) Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions (Pay) Order 2005; and

    (3) Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions (Pensions Increase) Order 2005,

    dated 22nd March 2005 [by Act] [Mr Christopher Leslie].

15    Parliamentary Papers,—Alphabetical index to the Bills, House of Commons Papers and Command Papers in the House of Commons set of parliamentary papers with notes on the volume arrangement and summary of legislation, Session 2004-05, Fifty-third Parliament, Fourth Session, 53rd and 54th Elizabeth II, 23rd November 2004 to 7th April 2005; to be printed [No. 560] [The Speaker].

16    Prisons (Northern Ireland),—Corporate Plan for 2005-08 and Business Plan for 2005-06 of the Northern Ireland Prison Service [by Command] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

17    Public Expenditure,—Paper, entitled Public Expenditure: Statistical Analyses 2005 [by Command] [Cm. 6521] [Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer].

18    Public Petitions,—Observations by the Secretary of State for Transport on the Petition [23rd March 2005] from the residents of the village of Woolavington, Somerset, for a weight restriction on vehicles passing through small villages [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

19    Reserve Forces,—Reserve Forces Pension Scheme Regulations 2005, dated 4th April 2005 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].



 
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