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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 27th January 2000

The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Baxi Partnership Limited Trusts Bill [Lords],—The House proceeded to consider the Baxi Partnership Limited Trusts Bill [Lords], as amended in the Committee.
 
        Amendments made to the Bill.
 
        Bill to be read the third time.
2Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar (Eriskay Causeway) Order Confirmation Bill,—Mr Secretary Reid presented a Bill to confirm a Provisional Order under Section 7 of the Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act 1936, relating to Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar (Eriskay Causeway): And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be considered on Wednesday 2nd February and to be printed [Bill 52].
3Private Bills [Lords] (No Standing Order not previously enquired into applicable),—The Speaker laid upon the Table a Report from one of the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills, That, in the case of the following Bills, originating in the Lords and referred after the First Readings thereof, no Standing Order not previously enquired into is applicable thereto, viz.:
 
        Kent County Council Bill [Lords]
 
        Medway Council Bill [Lords]
 
        Bills to be read a second time.
4Immigration (Port of Entry) (Amendment) Bill,—The Order for reading the Immigration (Port of Entry) (Amendment) Bill a second time on Friday 4th February was read and discharged.
 
        Bill to be read a second time on Friday 21st July.
5Fire Prevention Bill,—Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Fire Prevention Bill be printed [Bill 28-EN].
6Postal Services Bill,—Mr Secretary Byers, supported by Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Milburn, Mr Secretary Darling, Mr Secretary Reid, Mr Secretary Murphy, Mr Secretary Mandelson, and Mr Alan Johnson, presented a Bill to establish the Postal Services Commission and the Consumer Council for Postal Services; to provide for the licensing of certain postal services and for a universal postal service; to provide for the vesting of the property, rights and liabilities of the Post Office in a company nominated by the Secretary of State and for the subsequent dissolution of the Post Office; to make further provision in relation to postal services; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 54].
 
        Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Postal Services Bill be printed [Bill 54-EN].
7Financial Services and Markets Bill,—Ordered, That the Financial Services and Markets Bill, as amended, be considered in the following order, namely, Amendments to Schedule 1 relating to the separation of the roles of chairman and chief executive of the Financial Services Authority; Amendments to paragraph 7 of that Schedule requiring the complaints scheme to make provision for complaints to be investigated quickly; Amendments to paragraph 8 of that Schedule; Amendments to paragraph 19 of that Schedule; New Clauses relating to the legal assistance scheme; New Clauses relating to reports by the Director General of Fair Trading; New Clauses relating to restrictions on powers of Treasury; New Clauses relating to conduct by the Authority of reviews of rules made under Part IX; New Clauses relating to judicial review; Amendments to Clause 52; Amendments to Clause 10; remaining New Clauses; remaining amendments to Clauses; New Schedules; remaining amendments to Schedules.—(Mr Stephen Timms.)
8Financial Services and Markets (Ways and Means) (No. 2),—Resolved, That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Financial Services and Markets Bill, it is expedient to authorise—
 
        (a) the imposition of charges to income tax and corporation tax by provisions of that Act relating to the treatment for the purposes of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 of payments made to any person as a result of any provision made by the Financial Services Authority for the distribution of money repaid to it by the Lord Chancellor in respect of the legal assistance scheme;
 
        (b) the imposition by the Authority on authorised persons of requirements to make payments to it in connection with the legal assistance scheme;
 
        (c) payments into the Consolidated Fund.—(Mr Stephen Timms.)
9Financial Services and Markets Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Financial Services and Markets Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee.
 
        Amendment (No. 19) proposed to the Bill, in page 196, line 24, at the end, to insert the words—
 
        '(aa) a chief executive; and'.—(Mr David Heathcoat-Amory.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 480) made to the Bill.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 32) proposed to the Bill, in page 198, line 36, at the end, to insert the words '; and
 
          (iv) to recommend to the Authority the award of such sum as appears to him to be fair and reasonable in all the circumstances of the case in relation to any maladministration by the Authority.'.—(Mr David Heathcoat-Amory.)
 
        Question put, That the Amendment be made.
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Keith Simpson, Mr John Randall: 141.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Clive Betts, Mr Greg Pope: 267.
 
        Other Amendments (Nos. 437 to 441) made to the Bill.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 33) proposed to the Bill, in page 201, line 39, after the word 'faith', to insert the words 'or due to recklessness'.—(Mr David Heathcoat-Amory.)
 
        Question, That the Amendment be made, put and negatived.
 
        A Clause (Legal assistance scheme)—(Mr Stephen Timms)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Provisions of the legal assistance scheme)—(Mr Stephen Timms)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Funding of the legal assistance scheme)—(Mr Stephen Timms)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Tax treatment of levies and repayments)—(Mr Stephen Timms)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Reports by Director General of Fair Trading)—(Miss Melanie Johnson)—brought up, and read the first time.
 
        Question put, That the Clause be read the second time.
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Jamieson, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 282.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Keith Simpson, Mr John Randall: 124.
 
        Clause added to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Consideration by competition commission)—(Miss Melanie Johnson)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Role of the Treasury)—(Mr Stephen Timms)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Misleading the Director General of Fair Trading)—(Mr Stephen Timms)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Restrictions on powers of Treasury)—(Mr David Heathcoat-Amory)—brought up, and read the first time.
 
        Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:—Clause, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Ordered, That further consideration of the Bill be now adjourned.—(Mr Gerry Sutcliffe.)
 
        Bill to be further considered to-morrow.
10Local Government Finance,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 49) on the 1999-2000 Special Grant for Kosovan Evacuees (House of Commons Paper No. 115), which was laid before this House on 20th December, be approved—(Mr Gerry Sutcliffe):—It was agreed to.
11Local Government,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Local Government Best Value (Exemption) (England) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 11th January, be approved—(Mr Gerry Sutcliffe):—It was agreed to.
12Business of the House,—Ordered, That for the remainder of the present session, the Order [24th May 1999] relating to sittings in Westminster Hall shall have effect with the addition at the end of paragraph (4) of the following words
 
        "(4A) Any member of the Chairman's Panel may also take the chair at a sitting in Westminster Hall when so requested by the Chairman of Ways and Means, with the duties and powers conferred by that order on additional Deputy Speakers; and Members so appointed shall be addressed by name."—(Mr Gerry Sutcliffe.)
13Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Gerry Sutcliffe.)
 
        And it being Seven o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment lapsed, without Question put.
14Adjournment,—Resolved, That the House do now adjourn.—(Mr Gerry Sutcliffe.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till half-past Seven o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 7.30 p.m.
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker        

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

APPENDIX I
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:
1Local Government Finance,—(1) Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 52),
 
        (2) Local Government Finance Report (England) 1998-99: Amending Report 2000, and
 
        (3) Local Government Finance Report (England) 2000-01
 
    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 161, 162 and 160] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
2Police,—(1) Police Grant Report (England and Wales) 1998-99: Amending Report 2000-01, and
 
        (2) Police Grant Report (England and Wales) 2000-01
 
    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 170 and 169] [Mr Secretary Straw].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
3Public Order (Northern Ireland),—Public Order (Prescribed Forms) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 155), dated 25th January 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Mandelson].
4Social Security,—Social Security and Child Support (Decisions and Appeals) Amendment Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 119), dated 20th January 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].
5Telecommunications,—Telecommunications (Data Protection and Privacy) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 157), dated 25th January 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
Other Papers:
6Armed Forces,—Army Act 1955 (Part I) (Regular Army) (Amendment) Regulations 2000, dated 19th January 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].
7Children,—Report for 1995-99 by the Secretary of State for Health, the Secretary of State for Education and Employment and the Lord Chancellor, on the Children Act 1989 pursuant to section 83(6) of that Act [by Command] [Cm. 4579] [Mr Secretary Milburn].
8Defence Executive Agencies,—Report and Accounts of the—
 
        (1) Defence Transport and Movements Executive,
 
        (2) Military Survey Defence Agency, and
 
        (3) Naval Manning Agency
 
    for 1998-99, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 132, 152, and 156] [Mr Secretary Hoon].
9Gas Levy,—Accounts prepared pursuant to section 6(3) of the Gas Levy Act 1981 for 1998-99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 202] [Clerk of the House].
10International Labour Conference,—Paper, entitled International Labour Conference: Presentation of, and the proposed action by Her Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on, a Convention (No. 182) and a Recommendation (No. 190) on the Prohibition and Immediate Action for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour, adopted at the 87th Session of the International Labour Conference (1999) [by Command] [Cm. 4574] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
11National Heritage (Scotland),—Accounts of the National Galleries of Scotland for 1998-99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 203] [Clerk of the House].
12Organisation on Security and Co-operation in Europe,—(1) Istanbul Documents 1999, and
 
        (2) Vienna Document 1999 of the Negotiations on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures, done at Istanbul on 16th November 1999
 
    [by Command] [Cm. 4560 and 4559] [Mr Secretary Cook].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
1Draft National Assembly of Wales (Transfer of Functions) Order 2000:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Bowen Wells Chairman; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Nick Ainger, Mr Martin Caton, Ann Clwyd, Mr Huw Edwards, Mr Nigel Evans, Paul Flynn, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Mr Richard Livsey, Mr Elfyn Llwyd, Miss Anne McIntosh, Ms Julie Morgan, Mr Paul Murphy, Sir Raymond Powell, Mr Andrew Robathan, Mr Llew Smith and Mr Don Touhig.
2Draft Census Order 2000:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Jim Cunningham Chairman; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Graham Allen, Mr John Cryer, Mr John Cummings, Mr Edward Davey, Mr Denzil Davies, Mr David Heath, Miss Melanie Johnson, Mr Oliver Letwin, Mr Stephen Pound, Mr Syd Rapson, Mr Allan Rogers, Joan Ryan, Mr Keith Simpson, Mr Marsha Singh, Mr Desmond Swayne and Mr David Tredinnick.
3Transnational Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3323):
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the Regulations to the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mrs Marion Roe Chairman; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Norman Baker, Mrs Angela Browning, Mrs Anne Campbell, Mr Brian Cotter, Mr Lindsay Hoyle, Mr Alan Johnson, Dr Ashok Kumar, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Mr Richard Page, Mr Kerry Pollard, Mr Greg Pope, Mr Anthony Steen, Mr Stephen Twigg, Mr Bill Tynan, Mrs Betty Williams and Mr Mike Wood.
4Draft Immigration (Regularisation Period for Overstayers) Regulations 2000,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Dr Phyllis Starkey from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mr Jonathan R. Shaw.
5Draft Competition Act 1998 (Land and Vertical Agreements Exclusion) Order 2000, and the draft Competition Act 1998 (Determination of Turnover for Penalties) Order 2000,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Michael Connarty from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Orders); and nominated in substitution Mr Roger Godsiff.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Culture, Media and Sport,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [Wembley National Stadium]; to be printed [No. 164-ii] [Mr John Maxton].
2Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence [UK Climate Change Programme]; to be printed [No. 194-ii] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].
3European Scrutiny,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the European Scrutiny Committee [The Forthcoming Inter-Governmental Conference]; to be printed [No. 97-iv] [Mr Jimmy Hood].
4Health,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [The Tobacco Industry and the Health Risks of Smoking]; to be printed [No. 27-vi] [Mr David Hinchliffe].
5International Development,—Second Report from the International Development Committee [The Future of Sanctions], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 67] [Mr Bowen Wells].


Supplement to the Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 27th January 2000
Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall
[pursuant to the Order of 24th May 1999]

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Adjournment,—Resolved, That the Sitting be now adjourned.—(Mr Clive Betts.)
 
        And accordingly the Sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 31st January.
[Adjourned at 5.02 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker        



 
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