The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock.
1 Ipswich Market Bill,-The House proceeded to consider the Ipswich Market Bill, as amended in the Committee.
Bill to be read the third time.
2 Northern Ireland Grand Committee,-Mr James Cran reported from the Northern Ireland Grand Committee, That it had considered the proposal for a draft Special Educational Needs and Disability (Northern Ireland) Order 2004 referred to it on 5th May.
3 Message from the Lords,-A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:
Civil Service (No. 2) Bill [Lords],-The Lords have passed a Bill to make provision relating to the appointment and conduct of, and general duties relating to, civil servants and special advisers; 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, to which they desire the concurrence of this House.
4 Corporate Killing Bill,-The Order for reading the Corporate Killing Bill a second time on Friday 21st May was read and discharged.
Bill to be read a second time on Friday 18th June.
5 Pensions Bill,-The Order of the day being read for resuming the adjourned Debate on the Question proposed yesterday on consideration of the Pensions Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, That the Amendment (No. 101) be made,
Which Amendment was, in page 84, line 7, to leave out the words 'for that period';
Question again proposed, That the Amendment be made.
Question put and agreed to.
Other Amendments (Nos. 102 to 105) made to the Bill
Another Amendment (No. 219) proposed to the Bill, in page 90, to leave out lines 14 to 16 and insert the words-
'(b)audited accounts covering the period from the date of the latest statutory annual accounts of the scheme to a date no later than three months prior to the day the application is made.', instead thereof.-(Steve Webb.)
Question proposed, That the Amendment be made-Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
Other Amendments (Nos. 106 to 119) made to the Bill.
Another Amendment (No. 33) proposed to the Bill, in page 105, line 5, after 'regulations', to insert the words ', which shall be no earlier than the day on which the basis for calculating the risk-based levy in the first financial year after the initial period has been published.'.-(Mr Nigel Waterson.)
Question proposed, That the Amendment be made-Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
Another Amendment (No. 120) proposed to the Bill, in page 110, line 27, after the word 'not', to insert the words 'a prescribed scheme or a scheme'.-(Mr Chris Pond.)
Question proposed, That the Amendment be made;
And it being Three o'clock, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Order [18th May]:-It was agreed to.
The Deputy Speaker then put the Question on the remaining Amendments moved by a Minister of the Crown to be disposed of at that hour.
Other Amendments (Nos. 121 and 122, 127 to 133, 61, 134 to 167, 175 to 178, 168 to 173, 179, 180 and 174) made to the Bill
The Bill was read the third time, and passed.
6 Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Margaret Moran.)
And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-nine minutes past Six o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 6.29 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 Constitutional Law (Scotland),-Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].
2 Transport,-Draft British Transport Police (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Order 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Darling].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
3 Animals,-Horse Passports (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1397), dated 19th May 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].
4 Disability Discrimination,-Draft Codes of Practice on-
(1) Employment and Occupation, and
(2) Trade Organisations and Qualifications Bodies
[by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].
5 Supreme Court (Northern Ireland),-Crown Court (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2004 (S.R. (N.I.), 2004, No. 233), dated 17th May 2004 [by Act], with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Mr David Lammy].
6 Railways,-Report of the Office of the Rail Regulator for 2003-04 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].
7 Regulatory Impact Assessments,-List of Regulatory Impact Assessments for 1st July to 31st December 2003 [by Command] [Cm. 5813] [Mr Douglas Alexander].
1 Age-Related Payments Bill:
(1) The Speaker has appointed Mr Peter Pike and Derek Conway Chairmen of Standing Committee D in respect of the Bill; and
(2) The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr George Osborne from Standing Committee D (in respect of the Bill); and nominated in substitution Mr Nigel Waterson.
2 Age-Related Payments Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),-The Speaker has appointed Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Ivan Henderson, Margaret Moran, Mr George Osborne, Claire Ward, Steve Webb and Malcolm Wicks members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee D in respect of the Bill.
3 Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1031),-The Speaker has appointed Mr John Cummings Chairman of the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Regulations.
4 Draft Mental Health (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2004,-The Speaker has appointed Miss Anne Begg Chairman of the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.
5 Beer from Small Breweries (Extension of Reduced Rates of Excise Duty) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1296),-The Speaker has appointed Mr David Amess Chairman of the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Order.
6 Draft Guidance Issued Under Section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003 and draft Guidance to Police Officers on the Operation of Closure Powers in Part 8 of the Licensing Act 2003,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Bill Olner Chairman of the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Guidance.
7 Draft Health Professions (Operating Department Practitioners and Miscellaneous) Order 2004,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Nigel Beard Chairman of the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.
Reports from Select Committees
1 Constitutional Affairs,-Memoranda laid before the Constitutional Affairs Committee [The work of the Information Commissioner]; to be printed [No. 593-i] [Mr A. J. Beith].
2 Environmental Audit,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Crime Sub-Committee [Environmental Crime: Wildlife Crime]; to be printed [No. 605-ii] [Mr Peter Ainsworth].
3 Health,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [The Responsibilities of the Minister of State for Health]; to be printed [No. 608-i] [Mr David Hinchliffe].
4 International Development,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [Orphans and Children made vulnerable by AIDS]; to be printed [No. 573-ii] [Tony Baldry].
5 Public Administration,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [The Honours System]; to be printed [No. 212-vii] [Tony Wright].
6 Treasury,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [Restoring confidence in long-term savings]; to be printed [No.71-viii] [Mr John McFall].
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Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall
The sitting commenced at half-past Two o'clock.
Adjournment (Foreign Policy Aspects of the War against Terrorism-Second Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee, Session 2003-04, and the Government's Response thereto),-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Gillian Merron.)
And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 25th May.
[Adjourned at 5.29 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst
In the Votes and Proceedings for Tuesday 18th May, in Appendix I, in items 2(1) and 4 (S.I.s, 2004, Nos. 1283 and 1373), the references to Explanatory Memoranda should not have appeared.