The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
1 Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother,-The Vice-Chamberlain of the Household reported to the House, That its Address of 3rd April had been presented to Her Majesty; and that Her Majesty had been pleased to receive the same very graciously and had given the following Answer:
I thank you most sincerely for your expression of sympathy in the great loss which I have sustained by the death of my dear mother, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.
I am greatly moved by your comments about my mother and by your sincere condolences. These are a source of comfort to my family and to me at this time.
2 First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Alan Hurst reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Northern Ireland Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2002.
Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
3 Message from the Lords,-A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:
The Lords have agreed to the Amendment made by this House to the National Heritage Bill [Lords], without Amendment.
4 Vaccination of Children (Parental Choice),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to allow parents to choose to have their child vaccinated separately against measles, mumps and rubella; and for connected purposes-(Miss Julie Kirkbride);
And the Motion being opposed, after a brief explanatory statement from the Member who made the Motion and from a Member who opposed it, the Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Standing Order No. 23 (Motions for leave to bring in bills and nomination of select committees at commencement of public business):-It was agreed to.
Ordered, That Miss Julie Kirkbride, Sir Patrick Cormack, Dr Ian Gibson, Mr Lindsay Hoyle, Mr George Osborne, Mr Bill Wiggin and Mr Gregory Barker do prepare and bring the Bill.
5 Vaccination of Children (Parental Choice) Bill,-Miss Julie Kirkbride accordingly presented a Bill to allow parents to choose to have their child vaccinated separately against measles, mumps and rubella; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 21st June and to be printed [Bill 122].
6 Ways and Means,-Amendment of the Law,-The Order of the day being read, for resuming the Debate on the Question proposed on 18th April-
(1) That it is expedient to amend the law with respect to the National Debt and the public revenue and to make further provision in connection with finance.
(2) Subject to paragraph (3) below, this Resolution does not extend to the making of any amendment with respect to value added tax so as to provide-
(a) for zero-rating or exempting a supply, acquisition or importation;
(b) for refunding an amount of tax;
(c) for any relief, other than a relief that-
(i) so far as it is applicable to goods, applies to goods of every description, and
(ii) so far as it is applicable to services, applies to services of every description.
(3) Paragraph (2) above does not exclude the making of amendments with respect to value added tax providing for relief on the acquisition from another member State of any goods in relation to which, if they were imported from a place outside the member States, relief would be given by an order under section 37 of the Value Added Tax Act 1994;
And the Question being again proposed:-The House resumed the adjourned Debate.
Ordered, That the Debate be now adjourned.-(Jim Fitzpatrick.)
Debate to be resumed to-morrow.
7 Scottish Grand Committee,-Ordered, That-
(1) the Scottish Grand Committee shall meet at Westminster on Wednesday 8th May at half-past Ten o'clock to consider a substantive Motion for the adjournment of the Committee, and
(2) in respect of that sitting Standing Order No. 99 (Scottish Grand Committee (substantive motions for the adjournment)) shall have effect with the substitution in paragraph (2)(b) of the word 'seven' for the word 'ten'.-(Jim Fitzpatrick.)
8 Wireless Telegraphy,-Ordered, That the Wireless Telegraphy (Television Licence Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 641), dated 6th March 2002, a copy of which was laid before this House on 11th March, be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.-(Jim Fitzpatrick.)
9 Aggregates Levy,-Ordered, That the Aggregates Levy (Registration and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 4027), dated 19th December 2001, a copy of which was laid before this House on 20th December, be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.-(Jim Fitzpatrick.)
10 Aggregates Levy,-Ordered, That the Aggregates Levy (General) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 761), dated 21st March 2002, a copy of which was laid before this House on 21st March, be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.-(Jim Fitzpatrick.)
11 Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Jim Fitzpatrick.)
And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-seven minutes past Ten o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 10.27 p.m.
Michael J. Martin
Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock.
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:
1 Regulatory Reform,-Draft Regulatory Reform (Carer's Allowance) Order 2002, together with a statement by the Department for Work and Pensions [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].
2 National Audit,-Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Government on the Web II [by Act]; to be printed [No. 764] [Clerk of the House].
3 National Health Service,-Summarised Accounts of Health Authorities, Primary Care Trusts and NHS Trusts in England, of the Dental Practice Board and Special Health Authorities providing central services in England, and of Funds held on Trust by Health Authorities, NHS Trusts, Special Health Authorities and Special Trustees in England for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 766] [Clerk of the House]
4 Public Petitions,-Observations by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on-
(1) the Petition [11th February] from Brenda Elvidge and others to limit the number of fireworks to be sold to unlicensed individuals and the number of days on which fireworks may be exploded, and
(2) the Petition [25th March] from residents of North Kent for the restriction of occasions on which fireworks can be sold to and used by the general public
[by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].
5 School Standards and Framework,-Accounts of-
(1) Sunderland Education Action Zone for 1999-2000,
(2) East Basildon Education Action Zone for 2000-01,
(3) Herefordshire Education Action Zone for 2000-01, and
(4) Southend Education Action Zone for 2000-01,
with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 775, 776, 777 and 778] [Clerk of the House].
Draft Court of Appeal (Appeals from Proscribed Organisations Appeal Commission) Rules 2002,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Barbara Follett and Kate Hoey from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Rules); and nominated in substitution Ross Cranston and Jane Griffiths.
Reports from Select Committees
1 Human Rights,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on Human Rights [The Case for a Human Rights Commission for the UK]; to be printed [No. 781-i] [Jean Corston].
2 Public Accounts,-(1) Thirty-first Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Postcomm: Opening the Post]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 632]; and
(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Public Private Partnerships: Airwave]; to be printed [No. 783-i]
3 Scottish Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Scottish Affairs Committee [Customs Services in Scotland]; to be printed [No. 782-i] [Mrs Irene Adams].
4 Treasury,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [Budget 2002]; to be printed [No. 780-i] [Mr John McFall].