The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock.
1 Child Trust Funds Bill,-Mr David Amess reported from Standing Committee A, That it had gone through the Child Trust Funds Bill, and had directed him to report the same, without Amendment.
Bill, not amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow.
Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 257].
2 Crown Employment (Nationality),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for and in connection with the removal of general restrictions as to nationality which apply to persons employed or holding office in any civil capacity under the Crown; and for connected purposes-(Mr Andrew Dismore);
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).
Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Andrew Dismore, Ms Karen Buck: 118.
Tellers for the Noes, Mr Eric Forth, Mr Andrew Turner: 21.
So the Question was agreed to.
Ordered, That Mr Andrew Dismore, Ms Karen Buck, Mr Iain Coleman, Mr Andrew Love, Tony Wright, Sir Sydney Chapman, James Purnell, Linda Perham, John Austin, Annette Brooke, Keith Vaz and Mr Stephen Pound do prepare and bring in the Bill.
3 Crown Employment (Nationality) Bill,-Mr Andrew Dismore accordingly presented a Bill to make provision for and in connection with the removal of general restrictions as to nationality which apply to persons employed or holding office in any civil capacity under the Crown; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 30th January and to be printed [Bill 39].
4 Adjournment (Attendance and behaviour in schools),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Paul Clark);
The Motion was, with leave of the House, withdrawn.
5 Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from those living near Bromborough Waste Water Treatment Works, Merseyside, for remedial work to prevent odours from the works and for legislation on the subject was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
6 Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from residents of Stoke-on-Trent North Constituency against closures of post offices in deprived urban areas in the constituency was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
7 Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Jim Fitzpatrick.)
And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-six minutes past Six o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 6.26 p.m.
Michael J. Martin
Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Eleven o'clock.
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:
1 Animals,-Mink Keeping (Prohibition) (England) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 100), dated 19th January 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].
2 Employment Tribunals,-Draft Employment Act 2002 (Dispute Resolution) Regulations 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Patricia Hewitt].
3 Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism,-Draft Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 (Continuance in force of sections 21 to 23) Order 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
4 Water Resources,-Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) (Solway Tweed River Basin District) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 99), dated 19th January 2004 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].
5 Public Petitions,-Observations by the Secretary of State for Transport on the Petition [15th December] from residents of Jordans, Buckinghamshire, and others for a 30 mile per hour speed limit in Jordans Lane [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].
6 School Standards and Framework,-Accounts of-
(1) Bedford Education Action Zone,
(2) Camborn Pool and Redruth Education Action Zone,
(3) Downham & Bellingham Education Action Zone,
(4) East Manchester Education Action Zone, and
(5) Gloucester Education Action Zone,
for 2002-03, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 236, 237, 238, 239 and 240] [Clerk of the House].
Reports from Select Committees
1 Constitutional Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Constitutional Affairs Committee [Asylum and Immigration Appeals]; to be printed [No. 211-ii] [Mr A. J. Beith].
2 Culture, Media and Sport,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [National Lottery Reform]; to be printed [No. 196-ii] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].
3 Draft Gambling Bill,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on the Draft Gambling Bill; to be printed [No. 139-vii] [Mr John Greenway].
4 Regulatory Reform,-First Special Report from the Regulatory Reform Committee [Government Response to the Committee's First Special Report, Session 2002-03, on the operation of the Regulatory Reform Act 2001: a progress report]; to be printed [No. 256] [Mr Peter Pike].
5 Statutory Instruments,-Fifth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 82-v] [Mr David Tredinnick].
6 Trade and Industry,-(1) First Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [The work of the Committee in 2003]; to be printed [No. 260];
(2) Second Special Report from the Committee [Government Observations on the Seventeenth Report from the Committee, Session 2002-03, on the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority: Pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Nuclear Sites and Radioactive Substances Bill]; to be printed [No. 261]; and
(3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Progress towards the knowledge driven economy]; to be printed [No. 262-i and -ii]
[W.H., No. 12]
Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall
The sitting commenced at half-past Nine o'clock.
Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned-(Gillian Merron);
And the sitting having continued for two and a half hours after Two o'clock, it was adjourned without Question put, till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 4.30 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst