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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 18th January 2000

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1United Reformed Church Bill [Lords],—The United Reformed Church Bill [Lords] was read the third time, and passed, without Amendment.
2City of London (Ward Elections) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for consideration of the City of London (Ward Elections) Bill, as amended by the Chairman of Ways and Means;
 
        Ordered, That the Bill be considered on Tuesday 25th January at Seven o'clock.
3Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:
 
        Kent County Council Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill, intituled, an Act to provide for the regulation of dealers in second-hand goods and the regulation of occasional sales and certain other trading in the County of Kent; and for connected or other purposes; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.
 
        Medway Council Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill, intituled, an Act to provide for the regulation of dealers in second-hand goods and the regulation of occasional sales and certain other trading in the borough of Medway; and for connected or other purposes; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.
4Kent County Council Bill [Lords],—The Kent County Council Bill [Lords] was read the first time.
 
        Bill referred to the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills.
5Medway Council Bill [Lords],—The Medway Council Bill [Lords] was read the first time.
 
        Bill referred to the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills.
6Immigration (Port of Entry) (Amendment),—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend entry requirements at air and sea ports to provide three channels of entry, one for European Union citizens, one for subjects of Her Majesty and Her successors and one for others; and for connected purposes: And that Mr Julian Brazier, Mr Charles Wardle, Mr Ken Maginnis, Mr Joe Ashton, Sir Teddy Taylor, Mr Gerald Bermingham, Mrs Ann Winterton, Mr Crispin Blunt, Mr Owen Paterson, and Mr Andrew Robathan do prepare and bring it in.
7Immigration (Port of Entry) (Amendment) Bill,—Mr Julian Brazier accordingly presented a Bill to amend entry requirements at air and sea ports to provide three channels of entry, one for European Union citizens, one for subjects of Her Majesty and Her successors and one for others; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 4th February and to be printed [Bill 47].
8Opposition Day [3rd allotted day],—It being an allotted day at the disposal of the Leader of the Opposition in pursuance of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business), the House proceeded to consider Opposition business.
 
        The Government's Management of Health Care in the United Kingdom,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House applauds the dedication and commitment of National Health Service staff whose tireless efforts alone have kept the Service going throughout the present crisis; deplores the Government's inadequate preparation for predicted winter pressures and Ministers' complacency and continual unwillingness to accept responsibility for their failures, including withholding information and misuse of statistics; notes the catalogue of mismanagement of the National Health Service by the Government, including the distortion of clinical priorities, reduced patient access to specialist care and its flawed cancer initiative; regrets the Prime Minister's assertion that there is no alternative to the Government's existing strategy; and calls on the Government to abandon ideology, put the well-being of patients before political dogma and create a health care system fit for the 21st century with a strengthened National Health Service at its centre—(Dr Liam Fox);
 
        An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word 'House' to the end of the Question and add the words 'applauds the dedication and commitment of National Health Service staff for their tireless efforts at all times and in particular during the millennium holiday period and the current severe outbreak of flu; welcomes the Government's acceptance of the recommendations of National Health Service Pay Review bodies in full and without staging for the second year, in stark contrast to the practice of the previous administration; notes that, between 20th December and last weekend, there were 350,000 999 calls, over 800,000 attendances at Accident and Emergency departments and there have been over 250,000 emergency admissions; recognises the vital role in meeting these pressures played by the unprecedented level of planning for the winter, covering health and social services and the extension of NHS Direct to two-thirds of England; welcomes the measures already taken by this Government to increase the capacity of the National Health Service, including increased provision of critical care beds, the modernisation of Accident and Emergency departments, the biggest ever National Health Service hospital building programme, the employment of additional doctors and the recruitment of more nurses, the cuts in in-patient waiting lists, the extra investment to modernise cancer, coronary and mental health services and the commitment to increased investment in and modernisation of the National Health Service; and rejects the Opposition's proposals to privatise the National Health Service', instead thereof.—(Mr Secretary Milburn.)
 
        And the Question being put, That the original words stand part of the Question;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John Randall, Mr Stephen Day: 183
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Clelland, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 328
 
        So the Question was negatived.
 
        And the Question, That the proposed words be there added, being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments):—It was agreed to.
 
        The Deputy Speaker forthwith declared the Main Question, as amended, to be agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That this House applauds the dedication and commitment of National Helath Service staff for their tireless efforts at all times and in particular during the millennium holiday period and the current severe outbreak of flu; welcomes the Government's acceptance of the recommendations of National Health Service Pay Review bodies in full and without staging for the second year, in stark contrast to the practice of the previous administration; notes that, between 20th December and last weekend, there were 350,000 999 calls, over 800,000 attendances at Accident and Emergency departments and there have been over 250,000 emergency admissions; recognises the vital role in meeting these pressures played by the unprecedented level of planning for the winter, covering health and social services and the extension of NHS Direct to two-thirds of England; welcomes the measures already taken by this Government to increase the capacity of the National Health Service, including increased provision of critical care beds, the modernisation of Accident and Emergency departments, the biggest ever National Health Service hospital building programme, the employment of additional doctors and the recruitment of more nurses, the cuts in in-patient waiting lists, the extra investment to modernise cancer, coronary and mental health services and the commitment to increased investment in and modernisation of the National Health Service; and rejects the Opposition's proposals to privatise the National Health Service.
 
        Cost and Accountability of Central Government,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House takes note of the increase in running costs of central Government and rising waste in public expenditure; regrets that this means resources are not reaching front-line public services; regrets that the Government seeks to deflect criticism of their failure to deliver improvements in public services onto public servants; notes the doubling in the number of paid political advisers; and deplores the Government's reliance on spin-doctoring and bureaucracy in place of support for public services—(Mr Andrew Lansley);
 
        An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word 'House' to the end of the Question and add the words 'notes that, compared to the previous administration, the costs of central Government have not risen in real terms and have indeed fallen; supports the progess made by this Government in cleaning up politics and rebuilding the bond of trust with the British people, broken through the failures of the previous administration; welcomes the Government's actions to improve democratic accountability; endorses the inclusive approach to policymaking of the Modernising Government agenda, which involves more people from all walks of life; welcomes the improvement in standards in public life; and agrees with the Sixth Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life that "special advisers have a valuable role to play"', instead thereof.—(Marjorie Mowlam.)
 
        And the Question being put, That the original words stand part of the Question;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John Randall, Mr Stephen Day: 179.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Kevin Hughes: 331.
 
        So the Question was negatived.
 
        And the Question, That the proposed words be there added, being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments);
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mr Mike Hall: 327.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Stephen Day, Mr John Randall: 162.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        The Deputy Speaker forthwith declared the Main Question, as amended, to be agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That this House notes that, compared to the previous administration, the costs of central Government have not risen in real terms, and have indeed fallen; supports the progress made by this Government in cleaning up politics and rebuilding the bond of trust with the British people, broken through the failures of the previous administration; welcomes the Government's actions to improve democratic accountability; endorses the inclusive approach to policymaking of the Modernising Government agenda, which involves more people from all works of life; welcomes the improvement in standards in public life; and agrees with the Sixth Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life that 'special advisers have a valuable role to play'.
7Business 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 Motion on the Line of Route may be proceeded with, though opposed, until half-past Eleven o'clock.—(Mr Jim Dowd):—It was agreed to.
8Line of Route,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That this House approves the First Report from the Administration Committee on the Revised Framework for Re-opening the Line of Route during the Summer Adjournment (House of Commons Paper No. 98)—(Mrs Marion Roe);
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr William Ross, Dr Nick Palmer: 78.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Eric Forth, Mr Christopher Chope: 4.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
9Environmental Audit Committee,—Ordered, That Mr Laurence Robertson be discharged from the Environmental Audit Committee and Sir Richard Body be added to the Committee.—(Mr Robert Ainsworth.)
10Select Committee on Public Administration,—Ordered, That Mr Nicholas Soames be discharged from the Select Committee on Public Administration and Mr John Townend be added to the Committee.—(Mr Robert Ainsworth.)
11Public Petition,—A Public Petition from Robert Hannington and others calling for pressure to be placed on the Burmese Government to prevent the persecution of Christians was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table; and to be printed.
12Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Robert Ainsworth);
 
Wednesday 19th January 2000
 
        And the Question being put;
 
        Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till nine minutes past Twelve o'clock on Wednesday morning, adjourned till this day.
[Adjourned at 12.09 a.m.
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker        

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

APPENDIX I
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:
1Cinemas and Films,—Draft Films (Modification of the Definition of "British Film") Order 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].
2Ecclesiastical Law,—Draft Grants to the Churches Conservation Trust Order 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
3Local Government,—Local Authorities (Goods and Services) (Public Bodies) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 63), dated 17th January 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
4National Health Service,—(1) Health Act 1999 (Supplementary, Consequential etc. Provisions) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 90), and
 
        (2) Primary Care Trusts (Membership, Procedure and Administration Arrangements) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 89),
 
    dated 18th January 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].
5Universities of Oxford and Cambridge,—Statute, dated 15th July 1999, made by the Governing Body of Jesus College, Oxford, amending the Statutes of the College [by Act] [Margaret Beckett].
Other Papers:
6Foreign and Commonwealth Office,—Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minute, dated 12th January 2000, concerning the indemnification of works of art lent to the British Council for exhibitions to be held in a number of overseas locations during the first half of 2000-01 [by Command] [Mr Secretary Cook].
7Public Petitions,—Observations by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions on the Petition [13th December] from residents of Mid-Bedfordshire against the sale of Long Meadow Farm in Chalton, Bedfordshire, to the Exodus Collective [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].
8Road Traffic Reduction,—Report, entitled Tackling Congestion and Pollution: The Government's first report under the Road Traffic Reduction (National Targets) Act 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
APPENDIX II
Reports from Select Committees
1Agriculture,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Agriculture Committee [Segregation of GM Foods]; to be printed [No. 71-iv]; and
 
        (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Environmental Regulation and Farming; Segregation of GM Foods; UK Beef Exports]
 
    [Mr Peter Luff].
2Culture, Media and Sport,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [Wembley National Stadium]; to be printed [No. 164-i] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].
3Environmental Audit,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee [Pre-budget Report 1999]; to be printed [No. 76-iv]; and
 
        (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [The Sustainable Development Strategy]; to be printed [No. 175]
 
    [Mr John Horam].
4Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment Sub-Committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [The Environment Agency]; to be printed [No. 34-iv];
 
        (2) Memoranda laid before the Environment Sub-Committee [The Audit Commission]; to be printed [No. 174-II]
 
    [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].
5Foreign Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [Kosovo]; to be printed [No. 28-ii] [Mr Donald Anderson].
6Public Administration,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Innovations in Citizen Participation in Government]; to be printed [No. 79-vi] [Dr Tony Wright].
7Statutory Instruments,—Sixth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 47-vi] [Mr David Tredinnick].
8Trade and Industry,—(1) Second Special Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [Government Observations on the Fourteenth Report from the Trade and Industry Committee, Session 1998-99, on The Draft Electronic Communications Bill]; to be printed [No. 168]; and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Pre-Budget Scrutiny: Fiscal Proposals]; to be printed [No. 51-iv]
 
    [Mr Martin O'Neill].
9Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [Private Finance Initiative]; to be printed [No. 147-ii] [Mr Giles Radice].


Supplement to the Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 18th January 2000
Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall
[pursuant to the Order of 24th May 1999]

The Sitting commenced at Ten o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Adjournment,—Resolved,That the Sitting be now adjourned—(Mr Don Touhig);
 
        And accordingly the Sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 12.59 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker        



 
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