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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 12th January 2000

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Medicinal Product Testing in Children,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for the clinical testing and licensing of new medicinal products that are to be used for the treatment of children: And that Mr Andrew Love, Julia Drown, John Austin, Audrey Wise, Mrs Eileen Gordon, Dr Vincent Cable and Mr David Amess do prepare and bring it in.
2Medicinal Product Testing in Children Bill,—Mr Andrew Love accordingly presented a Bill to make provision for the clinical testing and licensing of new medicinal products that are to be used for the treatment of children: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 3rd March and to be printed [Bill 45].
3Representation of the People Bill,—The House, according to Order, again resolved itself into a Committee on the Representation of the People Bill.
 
(In the Committee)
 
        Clause No. 1 (New system of electoral registration).
 
        Another Amendment (No. 1) proposed, in page 2, line 44, to leave out from the word 'elector' to the end of line 2 on page 3.—(Mr Gerald Kaufman.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Clause agreed to.
 
        Clauses Nos. 2 to 5 agreed to.
 
        Clause No. 6 (Notional residence: declarations of local connection).
 
        Amendment (No. 13) proposed, in page 8, line 23, at the end to insert the words 'and shall be accompanied by at least one item of documentary evidence of the type referred to in subsection (3A) below demonstrating that the declarant is a living person and at least one item of documentary evidence of the type referred to in subsection (3A) below demonstrating that the declarant has resided at the required address, provided that this requirement shall be satisfied by the production of a single item of documentary evidence only, if that item demonstrates both that the declarant is a living person and that he has resided at the required address.
 
        (3A) The items of documentary evidence required for the purposes of subsection (3) shall be any of
 
          (a) a valid United Kingdom passport;
 
          (b) a valid United Kingdom driving licence;
 
          (c) a printed statement from a bank or building society authorised to do business in the United Kingdom and which is dated not more than 28 days before the date of the declaration;
 
          (d) a copy of any of the foregoing certified by a commissioner for oaths;
 
          (e) a letter from an officer of a registered charity active within the parliamentary constituency and which is dated not more than 28 days before the date of the declaration certifying that the declarant is a living person and has resided at the required address;
 
          (f) a letter from the principal officer of a hostel for homeless persons within the parliamentary constituency and which is dated not more than 28 days before the date of the declaration certifying that the declarant is a living person and has resided at the required address,
 
    or such other document as may in the reasonable opinion of the registration officer concerned constitute sufficient evidence of the matters referred to in subsection (3).
 
        (3B) If a person makes a declaration of local connection supported by items of documentary evidence referred to in subsection (3A) and one or more items of that documentary evidence are false, he is guilty of an offence.
 
        (3C) A person guilty of an offence under subsection (3B) is liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding Level 5 on the Standard Scale.
 
        (3D) The declaration of any person convicted of an offence under subsection (3B) of this section shall be rendered void upon his conviction.'.—(Mr Nigel Evans.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 15) proposed, in page 8, line 38, at the end to insert the words 'provided that, in determining this, no account shall be taken of time which he spends in any place in the course of employment or of the provision of services for pecuniary reward'.—(Mr Nigel Evans.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 102) proposed, in page 8, line 43, at the end to insert the words 'and the declarant's previous address'.—(Mr William Ross.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 16) proposed, in page 9, line 14, at the end to insert the words—
 
        '(7A) If a person knowingly makes a declaration of local connection at a time when there is in existence another declaration of local connection which he has made and which has not been cancelled or rendered void, he is guilty of an offence.
 
        (7B) A person guilty of an offence under subsection (7A) of this section is liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding Level 5 on the Standard Scale.'—(Mr Nigel Evans.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 17) proposed, in page 9, line 20, at the end to insert the words—
 
        '(10) A declaration of local connection shall be of no effect if that declaration states an address which is an address within a constituency which is not represented by a Member of Parliament at the time when that declaration is received by the registration officer'.—(Mr Nigel Evans.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Amendments (Nos. 56 and 57) made.
 
        Clause, as amended, agreed to.
 
        Clause No. 7 (Service declarations).
 
        Question proposed, That the Clause stand part of the Bill.
 
        And it being Ten o'clock, the Chairman left the Chair to report progress and ask leave to sit again.


 
        The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair; and Mr Mike Hall reported, That the Committee had made progress in the Bill, and moved, That the Committee may have leave to sit again.
4Business of the House,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business), That, at this day's sitting, the Representation of the People Bill may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour—(Mr Mike Hall):—It was agreed to.
5Representation of the People Bill,—The House again resolved itself into a Committee on the Representation of the People Bill.
 
(In the Committee)
 
        Clause No. 7 (Service declarations).
 
        Question again proposed, That the Clause stand part of the Bill.
 
        Question put and agreed to.
 
        Clause No. 8 agreed to.
 
        Schedule No. 1 (Registration: amendments of 1983 Act).
 
        Amendment (No. 85) proposed, in page 18, line 24, at the end, to insert the words—
 
        '(2A) The requirement at subsection (2)(a) above for the inclusion of the name of the person to be registered shall not apply where, in the opinion of the registration officer, inclusion would be prejudicial to the safety of that person.'.—(Mr Martin Linton.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 111) proposed, in page 19, line 20, to leave out the word 'October' and to insert the word 'September'.—(Mr William Ross.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 112) proposed, in page 20, line 43, after the word 'publish', to insert the words 'in print and in electronic format.'.—(Mr William Ross.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Amendment (No. 58) made.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 44) proposed, in page 21, line 41, at the end, to insert the words—
 
        '(1A) The registration officer shall determine an application for an alteration of the register within a period of three working days from receipt of the application.'.—(Mr Harry Barnes.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Other Amendments (Nos. 59 to 65) made.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 55) proposed, in page 26, line 20, to leave out the word 'authorising' and to insert the word 'requiring'.—(Mr Harry Barnes.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Schedule, as amended, agreed to.
 
        Schedules Nos. 2 and 3 agreed to.
 
        To report progress and ask leave to sit again.—(Mr Mike Hall.)


 
        The Deputy Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr Mike Hall reported, That the Committee had made progress in the Bill, and moved, That the Committee may have leave to sit again.
 
        Committee again to-morrow.
6Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Mike Hall);
Thursday 13th January 2000
 
        And the Question being put;
 
        Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till Twelve o'clock on Thursday morning, adjourned till this day.
[Adjourned at 12 midnight.
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker        

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

APPENDIX I
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
1Civil Aviation,—Civil Aviation (Canadian Navigation Services) (Revocation) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 12), dated 10th January 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
Other Papers:
2Appropriation Accounts, 1998-99,—Appropriation Accounts of the sums granted by Parliament for Classes:
 
        (1) III (International Development), and
 
        (2) X (Culture, Media and Sport)
 
    for 1998-99 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 11-III and X] [Mr Stephen Timms].
3Education,—Paper, entitled Learning to Succeed—Post-16 Funding and Allocations: First Technical Consultation Paper [by Command] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
4National Heritage (Scotland),—Accounts of the National Museums of Scotland for 1998-99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 155] [Clerk of the House].
5Standards in Public Life,—Sixth Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, Reinforcing Standards: Review of the First Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, Volumes I and II [by Command] [Cm. 4557-I and -II] [The Prime Minister].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
1Terrorism Bill,—The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee D, and has appointed Mr George Stevenson and Mr Humfrey Malins Chairmen.
2Transport Bill:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee E, and has appointed Mr Roger Gale and Mr Joe Benton Chairmen; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated twenty-five Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Robert Ainsworth, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Tony Clarke, Mr Geraint Davies, Mr Don Foster, Mr James Gray, Mr Ivan Henderson, Mr Keith Hill, Mr Phil Hope, Mr Bernard Jenkin, Mr Christopher Leslie, Mr Michael Moore, Mr Chris Mullin, Mr Owen Paterson, Mr Michael Portillo, Mr Lawrie Quinn, Mr Nick Raynsford, Mr John Smith, Mr Peter Snape, Mr Ian Stewart, Dr Gavin Strang, Mr Robert Syms, Ms Claire Ward, Ms Rosie Winterton and Mr Phil Woolas.
3Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee F, and has appointed Mr William O'Brien and Sir David Madel Chairmen; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated twenty-three Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Richard Burden, Mr Paul Burstow, Mrs Janet Dean, Mr Andrew Dismore, Mr Jim Dobbin, Angela Eagle, Mr Andrew George, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mrs Joan Humble, Ms Fiona Jones, Miss Julie Kirkbride, Mrs Jacqui Lait, Mr Edward Leigh, Judy Mallaber, Kali Mountford, Mr Eric Pickles, Mr Laurence Robertson, Mr Jeff Rooker, Mr Chris Ruane, Mr David Stewart, Mr Desmond Swayne, Ms Dari Taylor and Mr Jon Trickett.
4Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee G, and has appointed Mr John Maxton and Mrs Ray Michie Chairmen; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Ms Candy Atherton, Charlotte Atkins, Mr Malcolm Bruce, Mr Stephen Day, Mr Dominic Grieve, Mr Fabian Hamilton, Ms Oona King, Mr Bob Laxton, Mr Tom Levitt, Dr Julian Lewis, Mr Martin Linton, Mr Andrew Miller, Mrs Barbara Roche, Mr Andrew Stunell, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe, Paddy Tipping and Mr Robert Walter.
5Draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 2000, and the draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 2000:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Bill Olner Chairman; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Richard Allan, Mr Nigel Beard, Mr Clive Betts, Mr Tim Boswell, Mrs Helen Brinton, Mr Ian Bruce, Mr Roger Casale, Mr William Cash, Mrs Louise Ellman, Lorna Fitzsimons, Dr Evan Harris, Mr Jim Marshall, Mr Alan Meale, Mr John Randall, Dr Alan Whitehead and Mr Malcolm Wicks.
6Draft Contracting Out (Functions in Relation to Petroleum Royalty Payments) Order 2000:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Nicholas Winterton Chairman; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Norman Baker, Mr Harry Barnes, Mrs Liz Blackman, Tom Cox, Mr Barry Gardiner, Mr Nick Gibb, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Mrs Helen Liddell, Mr George Mudie, Mr James Plaskitt, Mr Greg Pope, Joan Ruddock, Mr Nick St Aubyn, Mr Jonathan Sayeed, Mr Andrew Stunell and Mr Derek Twigg.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Defence,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence Committee [Defence White Paper and 1998-99 Performance Report]; to be printed [Nos. 158-i and -ii] [Mr Bruce George].
2Education and Employment,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Committee [The Role of Private Companies in the Management and Supply of State Education Services]; to be printed [No. 118-ii] [Mr Barry Sheerman].
3Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [Rural White Paper]; to be printed [No. 32-iv] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett]; and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Sub-Committee of the Committee [Light Rapid Transit Systems]; to be printed [No. 153-i] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].
4Public Accounts,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Government Resources and Accounts Bill]; to be printed [No. 159-i] [Mr David Davis].
5Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee of the Treasury Committee [Government's Cash and Debt Management]; to be printed [No. 154-i] [Mr Giles Radice].


Supplement to the Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 12th January 2000
Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall
[pursuant to the Order of 24th May 1999]

The Sitting commenced at half-past Nine o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Adjournment,—Resolved That the Sitting be now adjourned—(Mr Gerry Sutcliffe);
 
        And accordingly the Sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 1.56 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker        



 
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