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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 20th January 2000

The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Bill Olner reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 2000 and the draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 2000.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
2Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Nicholas Winterton reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Contracting Out (Functions in Relation to Petroleum Royalty Payments) Order 2000.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
3Protection of Animals (Amendment) Bill,—Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Protection of Animals (Amendment) Bill be printed [Bill 31-EN].
4Utilities Bill,—Mr Secretary Byers, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Straw, Mr Secretary Reid, Mr Secretary Murphy, Mr Secretary Darling and Mrs Helen Liddell, presented a Bill to provide for the establishment and functions of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority, the Gas and Electricity Consumer Council, the Telecommunications Authority, the Telecommunications Consumer Council, the Water Advisory Panel and the Consumer Council for Water; to amend the legislation regulating the telecommunications, gas, electricity and water industries; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Monday 24th January and to be printed [Bill 49].
 
        Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Utilities Bill be printed [Bill 49-EN].
5Analysis of Costs and Benefits (European Union Membership) Bill,—Mr Michael Fabricant presented a Bill to establish a Parliamentary Commission to investigate and report to Parliament on the costs and benefits of the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 21st July and to be printed [Bill 50].
6Representation of the People Bill (Allocation of Time),—Ordered, That the following provisions shall apply to the remaining proceedings on the Representation of the People Bill—
Timetable
 
        1. The remaining proceedings on Consideration and Third Reading of the Bill shall be completed at this day's sitting and shall be brought to a conclusion, if not previously concluded, four hours after the commencement of the proceedings on this Motion.
Questions to be put
 
        2.—(1) For the purpose of bringing proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with paragraph 1 the Speaker shall put forthwith the following Questions (but no others)—
 
        (a) any Question already proposed from the Chair;
 
        (b) any Question necessary to bring to a decision a Question so proposed;
 
        (c) the Question on any amendment moved or Motion made by a Minister of the Crown;
 
        (d) any other Question necessary for the disposal of the business to be concluded.
 
        (2) On a Motion made for a new Clause or a new Schedule, the Speaker shall put only the Question that the Clause or Schedule be added to the Bill.
 
        (3) If two or more Questions would fall to be put under sub-paragraph (1)(c) on amendments moved or Motions made by a Minister of the Crown, the Speaker shall instead put a single Question in relation to those amendments or Motions.
Miscellaneous
 
        3. Proceedings under paragraph 2 above shall not be interrupted under any Standing Order relating to sittings of the House; and Standing Order No. 15(1) (Exempted business) shall apply to proceedings on the Bill.
 
        4. If at this day's sitting proceedings on a Motion for the Adjournment of the House would, by virtue of Standing Order No. 24 (Adjournment on specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration), commence at a time when proceedings on the Bill are in progress, the proceedings on the Motion shall be postponed to the conclusion of the proceedings on the Bill.
 
        5. Standing Order No. 82 (Business Committee) shall not apply in relation to the Bill.
 
        6. No Motion shall be made, except by a Minister of the Crown, to alter the order in which any proceedings on the Bill are taken or to recommit the Bill; and if a Minister makes any such Motion, the Question on the Motion shall be put forthwith.
 
        7. No dilatory Motion shall be made in relation to the Bill except by a Minister of the Crown; and if a Minister makes any such Motion, the Question on the Motion shall be put forthwith.
 
        8. The proceedings on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown for varying or supplementing the provisions of this Order shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion one hour after they have been commenced, and Standing Order No. 15(1) shall apply to those proceedings.
 
        9. If at the sitting this day the House is adjourned, or the sitting is suspended, before the conclusion of the proceedings on this Motion or on the Bill, no notice shall be required of a Motion made at the next sitting by a Minister of the Crown for varying or supplementing the provisions of this Order.—(Mr Mike O'Brien.)
7Representation of the People Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Representation of the People Bill, as amended in the Committee.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 30) proposed to the Bill, in page 8, line 43, at the end to insert the words—
 
        '(5A) Where the declarant falls into the category of person mentioned in subsection 2(c) above, the declaration of local connection must state that the declarant has spent a substantial part of his time (whether during the day or at night) in the parliamentary constituency (or, if the declaration is made for the purpose of local government elections only under the provisions of subsection (6) below, the local government electoral area) during the whole of the period of three months ending on the date of the declaration.'
 
        Question again proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 28) proposed to the Bill, in page 12, line 4, at the end, to insert the words—
 
        '(2A) Where a scheme makes provision for voting to take place on more than one day, any order under subsection (1) above shall include provisions that prohibit the publication of such material as may be specified that indicates or purports to indicate the way in which two or more persons voting prior to the day of the poll (or, if more than one day is designated as a day of the poll, to the last day so designated) have cast their votes.'.—(Mr Nigel Evans.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 29) proposed to the Bill, in Page 12, line 4, at the end to insert the words—
 
        '(2B) No scheme which makes provision for voting to take place on more than one day and which makes provision for voting to take place on either Saturday or Sunday shall be submitted to or approved by the Secretary of State unless it makes provision for voting to take place on both days.'.—(Mr Nigel Evans.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 26) proposed to the Bill, in page 13, line 10, to leave out Clause No. 11.—(Mr Eric Forth.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 33) proposed to the Bill, in page 19, to leave out lines 45 to 50 and to insert the words—
 
        '(7) Each registration officer may, as he thinks fit, conduct an enquiry or canvass in relation to part or all of an electoral register at any time, notwithstanding sub-section (1) of this section.' instead thereof.—(Mr Nigel Evans.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 39) proposed to the Bill, in page 22, line 22, at the end, to insert the words ', unless it is made as a result of a notice issued pursuant to subsection (1)(e) above' instead thereof.—(Mr Harry Barnes.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment by made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 40) proposed to the Bill, in page 34, line 48, after the first word 'of', to insert the words 'his attendance at an educational establishment, or' instead thereof.—(Mr Harry Barnes.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 42) proposed to the Bill, in page 36, line 1, at the end, to insert the words—
 
        '(2A) Where an application is granted under sub-paragraph (1) or (2), it shall be deemed to be an application to vote at all elections held on that day' instead thereof.—(Mr Harry Barnes.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Motion made and Question proposed, That the Bill be now read a third time.
 
        It being four hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion relating to Representation of the People Bill (Allocation of Time), the Deputy Speaker put the Question already proposed from the Chair, pursuant to Order [this day]
 
        The Bill was accordingly read the third time, and passed, with Amendments.
8Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Archy Kirkwood);
 
        And it being Seven o'clock, the Debate stood adjourned.
9Business 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 Representation of the People Bill (Allocation of Time) and the Motion in the name of the Prime Minister for the Adjournment of the House may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour—(Jim Dowd):—It was agreed to.
10Adjournment,—The Question being again proposed, That this House do now adjourn:—The Motion was, with the leave of the House, withdrawn.
11Disqualifications Bill,—Ordered, That, in respect of the Disqualifications Bill, notices of Amendments, new Clauses and new Schedules to be moved in Committee may be accepted by the Clerks at the Table before the Bill has been read a second time.—(Jim Dowd.)
12Select Committee on Public Administration,—Ordered, That Mr Peter Bradley be discharged from the Select Committee on Public Administration and Mr David Lepper be added to the Committee.—(Jim Dowd.)
13Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons,—Ordered, That Mr David Drew be discharged from the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons and David Taylor be added to the Committee.—(Jim Dowd.)
14Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from the National Farmers' Union calling for legislation concerning the labelling of food as British, was presented and read, and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
15Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Jim Dowd.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till five minutes past Eight o'clock, adjourned till Monday 24th January.
[Adjourned at 8.05 p.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:
1Constitutional Law,—Draft National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) Order 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Murphy].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
2Cremation,—Cremation (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 58), dated 13th January 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].
3Education,—Nursery Education (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 107), dated 19th January 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
4Pensions,—Superannuation (Admission to Schedule 1 to the Superannuation Act 1972) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 108), dated 20th January 2000 [by Act] [Marjorie Mowlam].
Other Papers:
5House of Lords,—Report of the Royal Commission on the Reform of the House of Lords: A House for the Future, together with accompanying CD-ROM including electronic version of the report, written evidence, background papers and transcripts of public hearings [by Command] [Cm. 4534] [The Prime Minister].
6Radiological Protection,—Report and Accounts of the National Radiological Protection Board for 1998-99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 49) on the 1999-2000 Special Grant for Kosovan Evacuees (HC Paper No. 115),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr David Kidney and Mr Peter Snape from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Special Grant Report); and nominated in substitution Mrs Linda Gilroy and Mr Mark Todd.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Environment, 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-v]; and
 
        (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Proposed Urban White Paper]; to be printed [No. 185-II]
 
    [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].
2Health,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [The Tobacco Industry and the Health Risks of Smoking]; to be printed [No. 27-v] [Mr David Hinchliffe].


Supplement to the Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 20th 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 Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Adjournment,—Resolved,That the Sitting be now adjourned—(Jim Dowd.);
 
        And accordingly the Sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 25th January.
[Adjourned at 5.29 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker        



 
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