The House met at half-past Nine o'clock.
1 The Speaker's Absence,-The House being met, and the Speaker having leave of absence pursuant to paragraph (3) of Standing Order No. 3 (Deputy Speaker), Sylvia Heal, the First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means, proceeded to the Table.
2 The First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means took the Chair as Deputy Speaker.
3 Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from electors within the Parliamentary constituency of Brentwood and Ongar against the unrestricted opening of pharmacies able to dispense NHS prescriptions was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
4 Regulation of Child Care Providers Bill,-Geraint Davies, supported by Ms Debra Shipley, Jane Griffiths, Ms Karen Buck, Mr Brian H. Donohoe, John Austin, Julia Drown, Frank Cook, Chris McCafferty, Linda Perham, Ms Oona King and Siobhain McDonagh, presented a Bill to make provision about child care providers: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 13th June and to be printed [Bill 92].
5 Ways and Means,-Amendment of the Law,-The Order of the day being read, for resuming the adjourned Debate on the Question proposed on 9th 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) 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;
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 on Monday 14th April.
6 Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Jim Fitzpatrick);
And the Motion having been made at half-past Two o'clock, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House, without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, till Monday 14th April.
[Adjourned at 3 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst
Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock on Monday next.
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:
1 Local Government Finance,- Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 121) on Invest to Save Budget Round 5 Projects, Local e-Government Programme and e-Voting [by Act]; to be printed [No. 640] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
2 Education,-Education (Student Support) (No. 2) Regulations 2002 (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1065), dated 7th April 2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Clarke].
3 Financial Services and Markets,-Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Disclosure of Confidential Information) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1092), dated 10th April 2003 [by Act] [Ruth Kelly].
4 Competition Commission,-Report by the Competition Commission on the supply within the United Kingdom of prescription-only veterinary medicines [by Command] [Cm. 5781-I and -II] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].
5 Home Affairs,-Government Response to the Fourth Report from the Home Affairs Committee, Session 2001-02, on The Conduct of Investigations into Past Cases of Abuse in Children's Homes [by Command] [Cm. 5799] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
6 Miscellaneous (No. 4, 2003),-Draft Agreement concerning the Shipwrecked Vessel RMS Titanic, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 5798] [Mr Secretary Straw].
7 Public Petitions,-Observations by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on the Petition [26th March] from residents of Northern Ireland against the decision to stand down the Band of the Police Service of Northern Ireland [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].