The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock.
1 City of London (Ward Elections) Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for further consideration of the City of London (Ward Elections) Bill, as amended by the Chairman of Ways and Means;
Ordered, That the Bill be further considered on Thursday 5th April.
2 Regulatory Reform Bill [Lords],-Mr Frank Cook reported from Standing Committee A, That it had gone through the Regulatory Reform Bill [Lords], and directed him to report the same, with an Amendment.
Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 394].
3 Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mrs Ray Michie reported from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report No. 80 on 2001/02 Special Grant for Rate Relief in respect of Hardship caused by Foot and Mouth Disease (House of Commons Paper No. 368) and the draft Non-Domestic Rating (Public Houses and Petrol Filling Stations) (England) Order 2001.
Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
4 Register of Drug Trafficking Offenders Bill,-The Order for resuming to-morrow the adjourned Debate on the Question proposed on 23rd March, That the Register of Drug Trafficking Offenders Bill be now read a second time, was read and discharged.
Debate to be resumed on Friday 27th April.
5 Adjournment (Intelligence Agencies),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Mr Gerry Sutcliffe);
The Motion was, with leave of the House, withdrawn.
6 Message from the Lords,-A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:
Parliament Acts (Amendment) Bill [Lords],-The Lords have passed a Bill to confirm the Parliament Act 1949 and other Acts; and to amend the Parliament Act 1911; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.
Election Publications Bill [Lords],-The Lords have passed a Bill to make provision for postponing the operation of certain enactments relating to election publications; and for connected purposes; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.
The Lords have agreed to the Amendments made by this House to the Kent County Council Bill [Lords], without Amendment.
The Lords have agreed to certain of the Amendments made by this House to the Medway Council Bill [Lords], without Amendment, and they have disagreed to the remaining Amendment made by this House, for which disagreement they assign their Reasons.
7 Election Publications Bill [Lords],-The Election Publications Bill [Lords] was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 78].
Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Election Publications Bill [Lords] be printed [Bill 78-EN].
8 Liaison Committee (Sub-Committee),-Ordered, That Standing Order No. 145 (Liaison Committee) be amended as follows:
'( ) The committee shall have power to appoint a sub-committee, which shall have power to send for persons, papers and records, to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House, and to report to the committee from time to time.
( ) The committee shall have power to report from time to time the minutes of evidence taken before the sub-committee.
( ) The quorum of the sub-committee shall be three.'.-(Mr Mike Hall.)
9 Science and Technology,-The Order of the day being read, for resuming the adjourned Debate on the Question proposed on 31st January, That the Select Committee on Science and Technology shall have leave to meet concurrently with any committee of the Lords on science and technology or any sub-committee thereof, for the purpose of deliberating or taking evidence, and to communicate to any such committee its evidence or any other documents relating to matters of common interest;
And the Question being again proposed:-It was put and agreed to.
Ordered, That the Select Committee on Science and Technology shall have leave to meet concurrently with any committee of the Lords on science and technology or any sub-committee thereof, for the purpose of deliberating or taking evidence, and to communicate to any such committee its evidence or any other documents relating to matters of common interest.
10 Select Committees (Joint Meetings),-Ordered, That Standing Order No. 152 (Select committees related to government departments) be amended as follows:
Line 40, before the word 'European' insert the words 'Environmental Audit Committee or with the'.
Line 50, before the word 'European' insert the words 'Environmental Audit Committee or with the'.
Line 52, at the end insert the words:-
'(4A) notwithstanding paragraphs (2) and (4) above, where more than two committees or sub-committees appointed under this order meet concurrently in accordance with paragraph (4)(e) above, the quorum of each such committee or sub-committee shall be two.'.-(Mr Mike Hall.)
11 Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Mike Hall.)
And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till two minutes to Seven o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 6.58 p.m.
Michael J. Martin
Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Nine o'clock.
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
1 Children and Young Persons,-Adoption of Children from Overseas Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1251), dated 29th March 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].
2 Education,-Education (School Teachers' Pay and Conditions) (No. 2) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1254), dated 28th March 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
3 Legal Services Commission,-Criminal Defence Service (Funding) (Amendment No. 2) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1256), dated 28th March 2001 [by Act] [Mr David Lock].
4 Access to Justice,-Amendment (No. 2) to the Funding Code, presented pursuant to sections 9(2) and 9(5) of the Access to Justice Act 1999 [by Act] [Mr David Lock].
5 Animal Health,-Return of Expenditure Incurred and Prosecutions taken under the Animal Health Act 1981, and Incidences of Disease in Imported Animals for the year 2000 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].
6 Energy Conservation,-First Report on the exercise of functions by enforcement authorities under the Energy Information (Washing Machines) Regulations 1996 and the Energy Information (Tumble Driers) Regulations 1996, for the period 1 April 1996 to 31 March 2001 [by Statutory Instrument] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
7 Export Controls,-Paper, entitled Consultation on draft legislation: The Export Control and Non-Proliferation Bill [by Command] [Cm. 5091] [Mr Secretary Byers].
8 Public Petitions,-Observations by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions on-
(1) the Petition [9th March] from railworkers and rail users of Great Britain for the return of Railtrack to public ownership and accountability, and
(2) the Petition [1st February] from residents of the Derby North constituency against the unnecessary importation of parrots
[by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].
Social Security Fraud Bill [Lords] (Programming Sub-Committee),-The Speaker has appointed Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Richard Burden, Mrs Jacqui Lait, Mr Ian Pearson, Mr Jeff Rooker, Mr Dave Watts, and Steve Webb members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee A in respect of the Bill.
Reports from Select Committees
1 International Development,-(1) Fifth Report from the International Development Committee [ECGD, Developmental Issues and the Ilisu Dam: Further Report]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 395]; and
(2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Regional Development Banks]
2 Modernisation of the House of Commons,-First Report from the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons [Programming of Legislation], together with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 382] [Margaret Beckett].
3 Public Accounts,-Memorandum laid before the Committee of Public Accounts [Treasury Minute in Response to the Forty-fifth Report of the Committee of Public Accounts, Session 1999-2000: Acceptance of the Chinook Mk 2 Helicopter] [Mr David Davis].
4 Treasury,-Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [2001 Budget]; to be printed [No. 326-iv] [Mr Giles Radice].
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Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall
[pursuant to the Order of 20th November 2000]
The sitting commenced at half-past Two o'clock.
Adjournment (Electoral Malpractice in Northern Ireland: The Second Report of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, Session 1997-98 (HC 316)),-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Mr Kevin Hughes.)
And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 3rd April.
[Adjourned at 4.27 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst