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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 10th January 2000

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Disqualification of a Member,—The Speaker laid upon the Table a notification, That Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer had this day appointed Cynog Glyndwr Dafis, Esquire, Member for Ceredigion, to the office of Steward or Bailiff of Her Majesty's Manor of Northstead in the County of York.
2Hare Coursing Bill,—Mr Harry Cohen, supported by Mr Gerald Bermingham, Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas and Mr Colin Pickthall, presented a Bill to make hare coursing illegal: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 24th March and to be printed [Bill 42].
3Recycled Content of Newsprint Bill,—Mr Gordon Prentice, supported by Dr Doug Naysmith, Mr Roger Berry, Mr Peter Bottomley, Mr Tom Brake, Sir Sydney Chapman, Mr David Chaytor, Valerie Davey, Julia Drown, Mr Don Foster and Mrs Diana Organ, presented a Bill to increase the amount of recycled paper collected and used in newsprint in England and Wales; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 24th March and to be printed [Bill 43].
4Government Resources and Accounts Bill,—Ordered, That, during the proceedings on the Government Resources and Accounts Bill, Standing Committee A shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it shall meet.—(Mr Greg Pope.)
5Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill,—The Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill was, according to Order, read a second time, and stood committed to a Standing Committee.
6Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill [Money];
 
        A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 52 (Money resolutions and ways and means resolutions in connection with bill), That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill, it is expedient to authorise—
 
        (1) the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—
 
          (a) expenditure incurred by the Electoral Commission by virtue of the Act;
 
          (b) expenses incurred by the Secretary of State in consequence of the Act; and
 
          (c) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums which under any other Act are payable out of money so provided;
 
        (2) the payment out of the Consolidated Fund of—
 
          (a) salaries, allowances and other benefits payable to or in respect of holders (or former holders) of the office of Electoral Commissioner; and
 
          (b) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums which under any other Act are payable out of that Fund;
 
        (3) the payment of sums into the Consolidated Fund—(Mr Mike Hall):—It was agreed to.
7Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from Simon Dolby of the East Kent Gazette and Irene Stock calling for greater protection for the elderly from untrained or unsuitable care workers was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
8Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Mike Hall.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till half-past Ten o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 10.30 p.m.
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker        

Madam Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock.

APPENDIX I
Papers presented by Her Majesty's Command and delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on the undermentioned dates during the adjournment pursuant to Standing Order No. 158 (Presentation of command papers):
Wednesday 22nd December 1999
1Miscellaneous (No. 32, 1999),—Agreement, done at Washington on 29th January 1998, among the Government of Canada, Governments of Member States of the European Space Agency, the Government of Japan, the Government of the Russian Federation, and the Government of the United States of America concerning Cooperation on the Civil International Space Station, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Cm. 4552] [Mr Secretary Cook].
2Miscellaneous (No. 33, 1999),—Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, done at Rome on 17th July 1998, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Cm.4555] [Mr Secretary Cook].
3Treaty Series (No. 85, 1999),—Amendments, done at London on 19th January 1989, to the Convention and to the Operating Agreement on the International Maritime Satellite Organisation (INMARSAT) [Cm. 4553] [Mr Secretary Cook].
4Treaty Series (No. 86, 1999),—Amendment, done at Strasbourg on 27th April 1999, to Article 41, paragraph d, of the Statute of the Council of Europe [Cm. 4554] [Mr Secretary Cook].
Papers delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on the undermentioned dates during the adjournment pursuant to Standing Order No. 159 (Presentation of statutory instruments):
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
Wednesday 22nd December 1999
5Animals,—Pet Travel Scheme (Pilot Arrangements) (England) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3443), dated 22nd December 1999 [Mr Nicholas Brown].
6Constitutional Law,—Scotland Act 1998 (Agency Arrangements) (Specification) (No. 2) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3320), dated 14th December 1999 [Margaret Beckett].
7Council Tax,—Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) (Amendment-Greater London Authority) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3437), dated 21st December 1999 [Mr Secretary Prescott].
8Local Government,—Local Authorities (Capital Finance) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3423), dated 21st December 1999 [Mr Secretary Prescott].
9London Government,—(1) Greater London Authority Act 1999 (Transitional and Consequential Finance Provisions) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3435), and
 
        (2) Local Authorities (Funds) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3436),
 
    dated 21st December 1999 [Mr Secretary Prescott].
10National Health Service,—(1) Health Development Agency (Establishment and Constitution) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3431), and
 
        (2) Health Development Agency Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3432),
 
    dated 21st December 1999 [Mr Secretary Milburn].
11Pensions,—Local Government Pension Scheme (Amendment etc.) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3438), dated 22nd December 1999 [Mr Secretary Prescott].
12Pesticides,—Plant Protection Products (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3430), dated 20th December 1999 [Mr Nicholas Brown].
13Water Industry,—(1) Water Industry (Charges) (Vulnerable Groups) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3441), and
 
        (2) Water Industry (Prescribed Conditions) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3442),
 
    dated 22nd December 1999 [Mr Secretary Prescott].
Thursday 23rd December 1999
14Restrictive Trade Practices,—Registration of Restrictive Trading Agreements (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3446), dated 21st December 1999 [Mr Secretary Byers].
Wednesday 29th December 1999
15Telecommunications,—(1) Telecommunications (Interconnection) (Carrier Pre-selection) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3448), and
 
        (2) Telecommunications (Interconnection) (Number Portability, etc.) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3449),
 
    dated 23rd December 1999 [Mr Secretary Byers].
Thursday 30th December 1999
16Land Registration,—Land Registration (No. 3) Rules 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3462), dated 11th December 1999 [Mr David Lock].
17London Government,—Local Authorities (Funds) (England) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3459), dated 29th December 1999 [Mr Secretary Prescott].
18Medicines,—Prescription Only Medicines (Human Use) Amendment (No. 2) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3463), dated 22nd December 1999 [Mr Secretary Milburn].
Thursday 6th January 2000
19Public Passenger Transport,—Road Transport (Passenger Vehicles Cabotage) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3413), dated 20th December 1999 [Mr Secretary Prescott].
Friday 7th January 2000
20Housing (Scotland),—Rent Officers (Housing Benefit Functions) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3), dated 6th January 2000 [Mr Secretary Darling].
21Social Security,—Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit (General) Amendment Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 4), dated 6th January 2000 [Mr Secretary Darling].
Other Papers:
Wednesday 22nd December 1999
22United Nations,—(1) Afghanistan (United Nations Sanctions) (Channel Islands) (Amendment) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3317), and
 
        (2) Afghanistan (United Nations Sanctions) (Isle of Man) (Amendment) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3318),
 
    dated 14th December 1999 [Margaret Beckett].
Tuesday 4th January 2000
23Police,—Police (Secretary of State's Objectives) (No. 3) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3424), dated 20th December 1999 [Mr Secretary Straw].
Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 10th January:
Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:
24Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency,—Draft Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (Further Subscription to Capital Stock) Order 1999 [by Act] [Secretary Clare Short].
25Overseas Development and Co-operation,—(1) Draft African Development Bank (Further Subscription to Capital Stock) Order 1999,
 
        (2) draft African Development Fund (Eighth Replenishment) Order 1999, and
 
        (3) draft International Development Association (Twelfth Replenishment) Order 1999
 
    [by Act] [Secretary Clare Short].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
26Council Tax,—Council Tax and Non-Domestic Rating (Demand Notices) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 5), dated 6th January 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
27Disabled Persons,—Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Croydon Tramlink Class CR4000 Vehicles) Exemption Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 6), dated 6th January 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
28Medicines,—Retailers' Records for Veterinary Medicinal Products Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 7), dated 7th January 2000 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].
29Road Traffic,—Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (Metropolitan Borough of Sefton) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 8), dated 10th January 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
Paper subject to Negative Resolution and also in part to Affirmative Resolution:
30Census,—Draft Census Order 2000 [by Act] [Miss Melanie Johnson].
Other Papers:
31Building Societies,—Accounts of the Building Societies Commission for 1998-99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 139] [Clerk of the House].
32Deer (Scotland),—Report and Summary Financial Statement of the Deer Commission for Scotland for 1998-1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].
33Friendly Societies,—Accounts of the Friendly Societies Commission for 1998-99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 140] [Clerk of the House].
34Local Government Finance,—Accounts of the Pooling of Non-Domestic Rates and Redistribution to Local Authorities in Wales for 1998-99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 142] [Clerk of the House].
35National Loans,—Further Supplementary Statement of Accounts of the Consolidated Fund and National Loans Fund for 1998-99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed, together with the Supplementary Statement of Accounts of the Consolidated Fund and National Loans Fund for 1998-99, laid on 16th December [No. 55] [Mr Stephen Timms].
36Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions,—(1) Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions (Non-Effective Benefits and Family Pensions) Order 1999, and
 
        (2) Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions (Pay and Allowances) Order 1999,
 
    dated 14th December 1999 [by Act] [Margaret Beckett].
37Public Petitions,—Observations by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions on the Petition [8th December] from residents of Angus and others calling for increased rights of access through traffic for the emergency services [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].
38Railways,—Report of the Rail Users' Consultative Committee for Wales for 1998-1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
39School Standards and Framework,—Accounts of the:—
 
        (1) Herefordshire Education Action Zone,
 
        (2) Middlesbrough Education Action Zone,
 
        (3) Newcastle Education Action Zone, and
 
        (4) North Somerset Education Action Zone
 
    for 1998-99, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 136, 143, 138 and 144] [Clerk of the House].
40Science and Technology,—Accounts of the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils for 1998-99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 141] [Clerk of the House].
41Social Security Administration,—Account of Securities held for the National Insurance Fund as at 31st March 1999 [by Act] [Clerk of the House].
42Trade Union and Labour Relations,—Accounts of the Commissioner for Protection Against Unlawful Industrial Action for 1998-99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 137] [Clerk of the House].
43Training and Enterprise Councils,—Accounts of the Training and Enterprise Councils and Chambers of Commerce, Training and Enterprise in England for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 90] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
Paper withdrawn:
44Local Government,—Draft Local Government Best Value (Exemption) (England) Order 2000 [laid 13th December].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
Freedom of Information Bill,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Robert Walter from Standing Committee B (nominated in respect of the Bill); and nominated in substitution Mr Edward Leigh.



 
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