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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 8th February 2000

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Greenham and Crookham Commons Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the second reading of the Greenham and Crookham Commons Bill;
 
        Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Tuesday 15th February.
2Terrorism Bill,—Mr Humfrey Malins reported from Standing Committee D, That it had gone through the Terrorism Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.
 
        Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 63].
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 234].
3Petrol Tax (Promulgation),—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to impose an obligation on petrol retailers to display prominently at the point of sale of petrol a notice showing the percentage and amount of the cost of a litre of petrol which go to the Exchequer by way of tax and duty: And that Mr Tony Baldry, Mr David Curry, Sir Peter Emery, Mr John Gummer, Mr Robert Jackson, Mr Michael Mates, Miss Anne McIntosh and Mr Nicholas Soames do prepare and bring it in.
4Petrol Tax (Promulgation) Bill,—Mr Tony Baldry accordingly presented a Bill to impose an obligation on petrol retailers to display prominently at the point of sale of petrol a notice showing the percentage and amount of the cost of a litre of petrol which go to the Exchequer by way of tax and duty: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 7th April and to be printed [Bill 62].
5Northern Ireland Bill (Programme),—Ordered, That the following provisions shall apply to proceedings on the Northern Ireland Bill:—
Timing of proceedings
 
        1.—(1) Proceedings on the Bill shall be completed at today's sitting.
 
        (2) Proceedings on Second Reading shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion four hours after the commencement of proceedings on this Motion.
 
        (3) Proceedings in Committee shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion six hours after the commencement of proceedings on this Motion.
 
        (4) Remaining proceedings on the Bill shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion seven hours after the commencement of proceedings on this Motion.
 
        2.—(1) When the Bill has been read a second time—
 
          (a) it shall, notwithstanding Standing Order No. 63 (Committal of bills), stand committed to a Committee of the whole House without any Question being put,
 
          (b) proceedings on the Bill shall stand postponed while the Question is put, in accordance with Standing Order No. 52(1) (Money resolutions and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills), on any financial resolution relating to the Bill,
 
          (c) on the conclusion of proceedings on any financial resolution relating to the Bill, proceedings on the Bill shall be resumed and the Speaker shall leave the Chair whether or not notice of an instruction has been given.
 
        (2) On the conclusion of proceedings in Committee the Chairman shall report the Bill to the House without putting any Question; and if he reports the Bill with Amendments, the House shall proceed to consider the Bill as amended without any Question being put.
Questions to be put
 
        3.—(1) For the purposes of bringing any proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with paragraph 1 the Chairman or Speaker shall forthwith put 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;
 
    and on a Motion for a new Clause or Schedule, the Chairman or Speaker shall put only the Question that the Clause or Schedule be added to the Bill.
 
        (2) If two or more Questions would otherwise fall to be put by the Chairman or Speaker under sub-paragraph (1)(d) in relation to successive provisions of the Bill, the Chairman or Speaker shall instead put a single Question in relation to those provisions.
Lords Amendments
 
        4.—(1) Any Lords amendments to the Bill shall be considered forthwith without any Question being put.
 
        (2) Proceedings on Consideration of Lords Amendments shall be brought to a conclusion, if not previously concluded, one hour after their commencement.
 
        5.—(1) This paragraph applies for the purpose of concluding in accordance with paragraph 4 any proceedings on any message received from the Lords relating to the Bill.
 
        (2) The Speaker shall first put forthwith any Question already proposed from the Chair and not yet decided.
 
        (3) If that Question is for the amendment of a Lords Amendment the Speaker shall then put forthwith—
 
          (a) the Question on any further amendment of the Lords Amendment moved by a Minister of the Crown, and
 
          (b) the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown, That this House agrees or disagrees to the Lords Amendment or (as the case may be) to the Lords Amendment as amended.
 
        (4) The Speaker shall then put forthwith—
 
          (a) the Question on any Amendment moved by a Minister of the Crown to a Lords Amendment, and
 
          (b) the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown, That this House agrees or disagrees to the Lords Amendment or (as the case may be) to the Lords Amendment as amended.
 
        (5) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown, That this House disagrees to a Lords Amendment.
 
        (6) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question, That this House agrees to all the remaining Lords Amendments.
 
        (7) As soon as the House has agreed or disagreed to a Lords Amendment, or disposed of an Amendment relevant to a Lords Amendment which has been disagreed to, the Speaker shall put forthwith a separate Question on any other Amendment which is moved by a Minister of the Crown and relevant to the Lords Amendment.
Subsequent Stages
 
        6.—(1) Any further Message from the Lords on the Bill shall be considered forthwith without any Question being put.
 
        (2) Proceedings on any further Message from the Lords shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement.
 
        7.—(1) This paragraph applies for the purposes of bringing any proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with paragraph 6.
 
        (2) The Speaker shall first put forthwith any Question which has already been proposed from the Chair and not yet decided.
 
        (3) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown which is related to the Question already proposed from the Chair.
 
        (4) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown on any item.
 
        (5) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question, That this House agrees with the Lords in all the remaining Lords Proposals.
Reasons Committee
 
        8.—(1) The Speaker shall put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown for the appointment, nomination and quorum of a Committee to draw up Reasons and the appointment of its Chairman.
 
        (2) A Committee appointed to draw up Reasons shall report before the conclusion of the sitting at which it is appointed.
Miscellaneous
 
        9.—(1) This paragraph applies if—
 
          (a) a Motion for the Adjournment of the House under Standing Order No. 24 (Adjournment on specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration) has been stood over to Seven o'clock; but
 
          (b) proceedings to which this Order applies have begun before then.
 
        (2) Proceedings on that Motion shall stand postponed until the conclusion of those proceedings.
 
        10.—(1) No Motion shall be made to alter the order in which any proceedings on the Bill are taken.
 
        (2) No dilatory Motion with respect to, or in the course of, proceedings to which this Order applies shall be made except by a Minister of the Crown; and the Question on any such Motion shall be put forthwith.
 
        (3) No debate shall be permitted on any Motion to recommit the Bill (whether as a whole or otherwise), and the Speaker shall put forthwith any Question necessary to dispose of the Motion, including the Question on any Amendment.
 
        11. Standing Order No. 82 (Business Committee) shall not apply to this Order.
 
        12.—(1) The Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown for varying or supplementing the provisions of this Order shall be put forthwith.
 
        (2) Standing Order No. 15(1) (Exempted business) shall apply to the proceedings to which this Order applies.
 
        (3) If the House is adjourned, or the sitting is suspended, before the time at which any proceedings are to be brought to a conclusion under paragraph 1, 4 or 6, no notice shall be required of a Motion made by a Minister of the Crown for varying or supplementing the provisions of this Order.
 
        13. Proceedings to which this Order applies shall not be interrupted under any Standing Order relating to the sittings of the House.—(Mr Secretary Mandelson.)
6Northern Ireland Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the second reading of the Northern Ireland Bill;
 
        And a Motion being made, That the Bill be now read a second time;
 
        Mr Secretary Mandelson acquainted the House, That he had it in command from the Queen to acquaint the House that Her Majesty, having been informed of the purport of the Bill, has consented to place Her prerogative and interest, so far as they are affected by the Bill, at the disposal of Parliament for the purposes of the Bill.
 
        And the Question being proposed;
 
        And it being four hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion relating to Northern Ireland Bill (Programme), the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Order [this day].
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Greg Pope, Mr Tony McNulty: 352.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Michael Connarty, Mr John McDonnell: 11.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        The Bill was accordingly read a second time, and stood committed to a Committee of the whole House, pursuant to Order [this day].
 
        Further proceedings stood postponed, pursuant to Order.
7Northern Ireland Bill [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Northern Ireland 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 bills), That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Northern Ireland Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—
 
        (1) any expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State attributable to the Act;
 
        (2) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of money so provided under any other Act—(Mr Thomas McAvoy):—It was agreed to.
8Northern Ireland Bill,—The House, pursuant to Order, immediately resolved itself into a Committee.
(In the Committee)
 
        Clause No. 1 (Suspension of devolved government in Northern Ireland).
 
        Amendment (No. 2) proposed, in page 1, line 13, to leave out subsection (5).—(Mr John McDonnell.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Clause agreed to.
 
        Clause No. 2 (Ending suspension).
 
        Amendment (No. 15) proposed, in page 1, line 22, to leave out subsection (1).—(Mr William Ross.)
 
        Question put, That the Amendment be made.
 
        The Committee divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, The Reverend Martin Smyth, Mr Andrew Robathan: 10.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr Tony McNulty: 301.
 
        And it being more than six hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion on Northern Ireland Bill (Programme), the Chairman put the Question necessary to dispose of remaining proceedings in Committee.
 
        Question, That Clauses Nos 2 to 9 stand part of the Bill, and that the Schedule be the Schedule to the Bill, put and agreed to.
 
        Whereupon the Chairman left the Chair to report the Bill to the House.


 
        The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair; and Mr David Clelland reported, that the Committee had gone through the Bill and directed him to report the same, without Amendment.
 
        A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read the third time;
 
        And it being seven hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion on Northern Ireland Bill (Programme), the Deputy Speaker put the Question necessary to bring to a conclusion remaining proceedings on the Bill.
 
        Question put, That the Bill be now read the third time.
 
        The House proceeded to a Division.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr David Jamieson: 326.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr John McDonnell, Mr Tony Benn: 7.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        The Bill was accordingly read the third time, and passed.
9Business of the House,—Ordered, That, at the sitting on 10th February, the House shall not adjourn until the Speaker shall have reported the Royal Assent to any Act agreed upon by both Houses.—(Jim Dowd.)
10Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—(Jim Dowd.)
 
        And the Motion having been made after Ten o'clock on Tuesday evening, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House, without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, it being then twenty-four minutes past Eleven o'clock, till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 11.24 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 Negative Resolution:
1Competition,—(1) Competition Act 1998 (Concurrency) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 260)
 
        (2) Competition Act 1998 (Notification of Excluded Agreements and Appealable Decisions) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 263),
 
        (3) Competition Act 1998 (Small Agreements and Conduct of Minor Significance) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 262), and
 
        (4) Competition Commission Appeal Tribunal Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 261)
 
    dated 7th February 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
2Data Protection,—Data Protection Tribunal (National Security Appeals) Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 206), dated 2nd February 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].
3Food,—(1) Meat (Enhanced Enforcement Powers) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 225), and
 
        (2) Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) (Charges) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 224),
 
    dated 3rd February 2000 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].
4Gas,—Gas Act 1995 (Standards of Performance) (Extension of Period) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 245), dated 5th February 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
5London Government,—Greater London Authority Elections Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 208), dated 1st February 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
6National Health Service,—National Health Service (Functions of Health Authorities and Administration Arrangements) Amendment Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 267), dated 7th February 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].
7Value Added Tax,—(1) Value Added Tax (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 258) [by Act] [Mr Stephen Timms], and
 
        (2) Value Added Tax (Deemed Supply of Goods) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 266), dated 8th February 2000 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].
Other Papers:
8Air Force (Constitution),—Regulations of the Defence Council amending Air Publication 400B-0001 (First Edition), relating to the Royal Air Force Reserve and the Royal Auxiliary Air Force [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].
9Environment, Transport and the Regions,—Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions Departmental Minute, dated 8th February 2000, concerning a contingent liability consequent upon the proposed indemnification of ship owners or operators under the NATO Marine War Risks Insurance Scheme [by Command] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
10National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Ministry of Defence: Accepting equipment off-contract and into service [by Act]; to be printed [No. 204] [Clerk of the House].
11School Inspections,—Report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools for 1998-99 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 157] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
Papers withdrawn:
12Environment, Transport and the Regions,—Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions Departmental Minute, dated 20th January 2000, concerning a contingent liability consequent upon the proposed indemnification of ship owners or operators under the NATO Marine War Risks Insurance Scheme [laid 26th January].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
1Local Authorities (Funds) (England) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 1999,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Peter Temple-Morris and Derek Wyatt from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Regulations); and nominated in substitution Ms Debra Shipley and David Taylor.
2Draft Foundation Subject (Amendment) (England) Order 2000,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Ian Pearson from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Jane Griffiths.
3Draft Data Protection (Subject Access Modification) (Social Work) Order 2000, the draft Data Protection (Subject Access Modification) (Health) Order 2000, the draft Data Protection (Subject Access Modification) (Education) Order 2000, the draft Data Protection (Processing of Sensitive Personal Data) Order 2000, the draft Data Protection (Miscellaneous Subject Access Exemptions) Order 2000, the draft Data Protection (Designated Codes of Practice) Order 2000, and the draft Data Protection (Crown Appointments) Order 2000,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr John Greenway from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Orders); and nominated in substitution Mr Oliver Heald.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Environmental Audit,—Third Report from the Environmental Audit Committee [Comprehensive Spending Review: Government Response and Follow-up], together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 233] [Mr John Horam].
2Foreign Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [Kosovo]; to be printed [No. 28-iv][Mr Donald Anderson].
3Home Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [The Double Jeopardy Rule]; to be printed [No. 190-ii][Mr Robin Corbett].
4International Development,—First Special Report from the International Development Committee [Government Observations on the Seventh Report from the Committee, Session 1998-99, on Women and Development]; to be printed [No. 54][Mr Bowen Wells].
5Statutory Instruments,—(1) Ninth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 47-ix]; and
 
        (2) First Report from the Select Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 235-i]
 
    [Mr Brian White]
6Trade and Industry,—Fourth Special Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [Government Observations on the First and Second Reports from the Committee, Session 1999-2000, on Government's Response to the Thirteenth Report from the Committee, Session 1998-99, on Small Businesses and Enterprise; Draft Insolvency Bill]; to be printed [No. 237] [Mr Martin O'Neill].
7Treasury,—(1) Second Report from the Treasury Committee [HM Customs and Excise] together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 53];
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Council of Economic and Finance Ministers (ECOFIN)]; to be printed [No. 232-i]; and
 
        (3) Memoranda laid before the Sub-Committee [HM Customs and Excise]
 
    [Mr Giles Radice].
8Welsh Affairs,—First Report from the Welsh Affairs Committee [European Structural Funds], 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. 46][Mr Martyn Jones].


Supplement to the Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 8th February 2000
Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall
[pursuant to the Order of 24th May 1999]

The House met at Ten o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Adjournment,—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Mr David Clelland.)
 
        And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 12.59 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker        



 
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