The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock.
1 Liaison,-Mr Alan Williams reported, pursuant to Standing Order No. 145 (Liaison Committee), That the Liaison Committee had directed him to report the following recommendation for the allocation of time for the consideration of Estimates on an allotted day (being the first allotted day in the present Session of Parliament):
That a day not later than 6th February be allotted for the consideration of the following Votes on Account for financial year 2002-03:
Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in so far as it relates to expenditure on waste management policy.
Department of Culture, Media and Sport in so far as it relates to policy towards the staging of the world athletics championships in the United Kingdom.
Report to lie upon the Table.
2 Marine Wildlife Conservation Bill [Money],-Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Marine Wildlife Conservation Bill [Money];
Resolved, That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Marine Wildlife Conservation Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of-
(a) any expenditure incurred by a Minister of the Crown under the Act; and
(b) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable under any other Act out of money so provided.-(Mr Michael Meacher.)
3 Matters Sub Judice,-Resolved, That the Resolutions of 23rd July 1963 and 28th June 1972 be rescinded and the following Resolution be made:
That, subject to the discretion of the Chair, and to the right of the House to legislate on any matter or to discuss any delegated legislation, the House in all its proceedings (including proceedings of committees of the House) shall apply the following rules on matters sub judice:
1. Cases in which proceedings are active in United Kingdom courts shall not be referred to in any motion, debate or question.
(a) (i) Criminal proceedings are active when a charge has been made or a summons to appear has been issued, or, in Scotland, a warrant to cite has been granted.
(ii) Criminal proceedings cease to be active when they are concluded by verdict and sentence or discontinuance, or, in cases dealt with by courts martial, after the conclusion of the mandatory post-trial review.
(b) (i) Civil proceedings are active when arrangements for the hearing, such as setting down a case for trial, have been made, until the proceedings are ended by judgment or discontinuance.
(ii) Any application made in or for the purposes of any civil proceedings shall be treated as a distinct proceeding.
(c) appellate proceedings, whether criminal or civil, are active from the time when they are commenced by application for leave to appeal or by notice of appeal until ended by judgment or discontinuance.
But where a ministerial decision is in question, or in the opinion of the Chair a case concerns issues of national importance such as the economy, public order or the essential services, reference to the issues or the case may be made in motions, debates or questions.
2. Specific matters which the House has expressly referred to any judicial body for decision and report shall not be referred to in any motion, debate or question from the time when the Resolution of the House is passed until the report is laid before the House.
3. For the purposes of this Resolution-
(a) Matters before Coroners Courts or Fatal Accident Inquiries shall be treated as matters within paragraph 1(a);
(b) 'Motion' includes a motion for leave to bring in a bill; and
(c) 'Question' includes a supplementary question.-(Mr Stephen Twigg.)
4 Human Rights (Joint Committee),-Ordered, That Standing Order No.152B (Human Rights (Joint Committee)) be amended as follows:
Line 40, at end insert the words ", except that for the purposes of taking evidence, the quorum shall be two".-(Mr Stephen Twigg.)
5 City of London (Ward Elections) Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for resuming the adjourned Debate on the Question proposed on 7th November, That the promoters of the City of London (Ward Elections) Bill which originated in this House in the last Parliament but had not received the Royal Assent may, notwithstanding anything in the Standing Orders or practice of this House, proceed with the Bill in the present Session of Parliament; and 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;
That the Bill shall be presented to the House by deposit in the Private Bill Office no later than the fifth day on which the House sits after this day;
That a declaration signed by the agent shall be annexed to the Bill, stating that it is the same in every respect as the Bill presented in this House in the last Parliament;
That on the next sitting day following presentation, the Clerk in the Private Bill Office shall lay the Bill on the Table of the House;
That in the present Session of Parliament the Bill shall be deemed to have passed through every stage through which it has passed in the last Parliament, and shall be recorded in the Journal of the House as having passed those stages;
That no further fees shall be charged to such stages;
And the Question being again proposed:-The House resumed the adjourned Debate.
And the Question being put;
Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Paul Goodman, Mr George Osborne: 156.
Tellers for the Noes, John Cryer, Mr Kelvin Hopkins: 33.
So the Question was agreed to.
Message to the Lords to acquaint them therewith, and to desire their concurrence.
6 Human Rights,-Ordered, That Mr Richard Shepherd be added to the Select Committee appointed to join with a Committee of the Lords as the Joint Committee on Human Rights.-(Mr Ian Pearson.)
7 Travel Concessions (Eligibility) Bill [Lords],-Ordered, That, during proceedings on the Travel Concessions (Eligibility) Bill [Lords], the Standing Committee on the Bill shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it shall meet.-(Mr Ian Pearson.)
8 Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund,-Ordered, That Baron MacGregor of Pulham Market, Mrs Sylvia Heal and Mr A. J. Beith be discharged as Managing Trustees of the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund and Mr Peter Lilley, Ms Gisela Stuart and Mr John Burnett be appointed as Managing Trustees in pursuance of section 1 of the Parliamentary and other Pensions Act 1987.-(Mr Ian Pearson.)
9 Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Ian Pearson.)
And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till five minutes to Seven o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 6.55 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 Affirmative Resolution:
1 Civil Aviation,-Draft Transport Act 2000 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
2 Health Professions,-Draft Health Professions Order 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].
3 Nurses and Midwives,-Draft Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].
4 Regulatory Reform,-Draft Regulatory Reform (Special Occasions Licensing) Order 2001 [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].
5 Road Traffic,-Draft Driving Licences (Disqualification until Test Passed) (Prescribed Offence) Order 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
6 Defence Executive Agencies,-Report and Accounts of Defence Estates for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 282] [Mr Secretary Hoon].
7 Health Professions,-Paper, entitled Report on the public consultation of proposals to establish the new Health Professions Council [by Command] [Mr Secretary Milburn].
8 Museums and Galleries,-Accounts of the National Museum of Science and Industry for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 365] [Clerk of the House].
9 Nurses and Midwives,-Paper, entitled Report on the public consultation of proposals to establish the new Nursing and Midwifery Council [by Command] [Mr Secretary Milburn].
1 International Development Bill [Lords],-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Nick Hawkins from Standing Committee D (nominated in respect of the Bill); and nominated in substitution Mrs Caroline Spelman.
2 Animal Health Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),-The Speaker has appointed Mr Colin Breed, Mr Huw Edwards, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Mr Elliot Morley, Mr Andy Reed, Mr Graham Stringer and Mrs Ann Winterton members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee E in respect of the Bill.
3 Draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2001,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Hugh Bayley from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Frank Field.
4 Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (England) Order 2001 (S.I., No. 2718) and the Building (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3335),-The Committee of Selection has discharged Ms Meg Munn from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Order and Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mr Kelvin Hopkins.
5 Welsh Grand Committee,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Win Griffiths Chairman of the Welsh Grand Committee in respect of its meeting on Wednesday 28th November.
6 Scottish Grand Committee,-The Speaker has appointed Mrs Irene Adams Chairman of the Scottish Grand Committee in respect of its meeting on Wednesday 28th November.
European Standing Committees
7 The Speaker has appointed Mrs Marion Roe Chairman of European Standing Committee B in respect of the unnumbered explanatory memorandum submitted by HM Treasury on 24th October, relating to 2002 Draft Budget.
8 The Speaker has appointed Mr Bill Olner Chairman of European Standing Committee C in respect of European Union Document Nos. 5619/01, relating to the Commission Green Paper entitled "Towards a European Strategy for the Security of Energy Supply", and 7218/01, relating to common rules for the internal market in electricity and natural gas.
Reports from Select Committees
1 Health,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [The Role of the Private Sector in the NHS]; to be printed [No. 308-iv] [Mr David Hinchliffe].
2 Home Affairs,-First Report from the Home Affairs Committee [The Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Bill]; to be printed, together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [No. 351] [Mr Chris Mullin].
3 International Development,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [The Humanitarian Crisis in Afghanistan and the Surrounding Region]; to be printed [No. 300-iii] [Tony Baldry].
4 Public Administration,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Public Service Reform]; to be printed [No. 263-iii] [Tony Wright].
5 Select Committees (Choice of Chairmen),-Mr Alan Williams reported from the Liaison Committee, That he had been chosen Chairman of the Committee.
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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 (Housing),-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Mr Tony McNulty.)
And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 20th November.
[Adjourned at 5.30 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst
In the Votes and Proceedings of Wednesday 14th November, in Appendix II, item 3, the Chairmen appointed for Standing Committee E in respect of the Animal Health Bill are Mr Eric Illsley and Derek Conway.