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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 14th February 2000

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Analysis of Costs and Benefits (NAFTA Membership) Bill,—Mr Michael Fabricant presented a Bill to establish a Parliamentary Commission to investigate and report to Parliament on the potential costs and benefits of membership by the United Kingdom of the North American Free Trade Agreement: 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 67].
2Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill (Clauses 1 to 18 and 95 to 120, Schedules 1, 2 and 11 to 14, and New Clauses and New Schedules relating to Parts I and VII),—The House, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee on the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill (Clauses 1 to 18 and 95 to 120, Schedules 1, 2 and 11 to 14, and New Clauses and New Schedules relating to Parts I and VII).
(In the Committee)
 
        Ordered, That the order in which proceedings in Committee of the whole House on the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill are to be taken shall be: Clause I, Schedule 1, Clause 2, Schedule 2, Clauses 3 to 18, new Clauses and new Schedules relating to Part I, Clauses 95 to 103, Schedule 11, Clause 104, Schedule 12, Clauses 105 to 111, Schedule 13, Clause 112, Schedule 14, Clauses 113 to 120, new Clauses and new Schedules relating to Part VII.—(Mr Mike O'Brien.)
 
        Clause No. 1 agreed to.
 
        Schedule No. 1 (The Electoral Commission).
 
        Amendment (No. 6) made.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 1) proposed, in page 94, line 20, at the end, to insert the words—
 
        '(4A) An Electoral Commissioner shall cease to hold office if he accepts nomination for office on any elected public body.'.—(Mr Andrew Stunell.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 35) proposed, in page 98, line 14, after '17(8)', to insert the words 'or by the Scottish Parliament in pursuance of section [Transfer to Commission of functions of Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland](8).'.—(Mr Dominic Grieve.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Schedule, as amended, agreed to.
 
        Clause No. 2 (Speaker's Committee).
 
        Amendment (No. 17) proposed, in page 2, to leave out lines 6 to 20 and to insert the words—
 
        '(2) The Speaker's Committee shall consist of the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Leader of the House of Commons, a nominee of the Leader of the Opposition and three other members appointed by the House of Commons, none of whom shall be a Minister of the Crown.'.—(Sir Patrick Cormack.)
 
        Question put, That the Amendment be made;
 
        The Committee divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Mr Peter Luff: 144.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Clelland, Mr Mike Hall: 290.
 
        Clause agreed to.
 
        Schedule No. 2 agreed to.
 
        Clause No. 3 (Appointment of Electoral Commissioners and Commission chairman).
 
        Amendment (No. 20) proposed, in page 2, line 36, to leave out the words 'chairman of the'.—(Sir George Young.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 21) proposed, in page 3, line 11, at the end, to add the words—
 
        '(7) At least three members of the Commission (one of whom shall be the Chairman of the Commission appointed under section 1(5)) shall be drawn from the following categories:
 
        (1) judges or retired judges of the High Court of England and Wales
 
        (2) judges or retired judges of the Court of Session of Scotland
 
        (3) judges or retired judges of the High Court of Northern Ireland
 
        (4) lords of Justices of Appeal of England and Wales
 
        (5) Lords of Appeals in Ordinary
 
        (6) the Comptroller and Auditor General
 
        (7) the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards
 
        (8) the Chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life.'.—(Mr Dominic Grieve.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Clause agreed to.
 
        Clause No. 4 agreed to.
 
        Clause No. 5 (Reviews of electoral and political matters).
 
        Amendment (No. 37) proposed, in page 4, line 6, at the end, to insert the words—
 
       ( ) Any report submitted to the Secretary of State under subsections (1) and (2) shall be—
 
        (a) placed in the House of Commons Library on the same day as it is presented to the Secretary of State; and
 
        (b) debated in the House of Commons within one month of the day it is presented to the Secretary of State.'.—(Mr David Maclean.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Clause agreed to.
 
        Clause No. 6 (Commission to be consulted on changes to electoral law).
 
        Amendment (No. 25) proposed, in page 4, line 30, after the word 'Commission', to insert the words ', and secure its approval'.—(Mr Robert Walter.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Clause agreed to.
 
        Clause No. 7 agreed to.
 
        Clause No. 8 (Giving of advice and assistance).
 
        Amendment (No. 7) made.
 
        Clause, as amended, agreed to.
 
        Clause No. 9 (Broadcasters to have regard to Commission's views on party political broadcasts).
 
        Amendment (No. 11) proposed, in page 6, line 42, to leave out from the word 'broadcasts', to the end of line 2 on page 7.—(Mr Martin Linton.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made;
 
        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.
3Business 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 Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour—(Mr Mike Hall):—It was agreed to.
4Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill (Clauses 1 to 18 and 95 to 120, Schedules 1, 2 and 11 to 14, and New Clauses and New Schedules relating to Parts I and VII),—The House again resolved itself into a Committee on the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill (Clauses 1 to 18 and 95 to 120, Schedules 1, 2 and 11 to 14, and New Clauses and New Schedules relating to Parts I and VII).
(In the Committee)
 
        Clause No. 9 (Broadcasters to have regard to Commission's news on party political broadcasts).
 
        Question again proposed, That the Amendment (No. 11) be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Clause agreed to.
 
        Clause No. 10 (Policy development grants).
 
        Amendment (No. 4) proposed, in page 7, line 16, to leave out from the word 'party' to the end of line 20.—(Mr Martin Linton.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 5) proposed, in page 8, line 5, to leave out '2' and to insert '10'.—(Mr Martin Linton.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Clause agreed to.
 
        Clause No. 11 (Education about electoral and democratic systems).
 
        Amendment (No. 29) proposed, in page 8, to leave out line 10 and to insert the words—
 
        '(a) the electoral system in use for the time being in the elections mentioned in section 19(3).'.—(Sir George Young.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 30) proposed, in page 8, line 11, to leave out from the second word 'government' to the end of line 12.—(Sir George Young.)
 
        Question put, That the Amendment be made.
 
        The Committee divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr Peter Luff: 126.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Robert Ainsworth, Jim Dowd: 309.
 
        Clause agreed to.
 
        Clauses Nos. 12 to 18 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 that he was directed to move, That the Committee may have leave to sit again.
 
        Committee again to-morrow.
5Northern Ireland,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the draft Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 1st February, be approved—(Mr Adam Ingram);
Tuesday 15th February 2000
 
        And the Question being put:—It was agreed to.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That the draft Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 1st February, be approved.
6Common Strategy on Ukraine,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees) That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 13523/2/99, the Common Strategy on Ukraine, and the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum dated 31st January 2000 from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the Presidency's work plan on the implementation of the Common Strategy of the European Union on Ukraine; supports the Government's objectives of developing closer, constructive relations with Ukraine; and agrees that the Common Strategy has the potential to make a significant contribution towards strengthening the EU-Ukraine relationship—(Jim Dowd):—It was agreed to.
7State Aid to the Coal Industry 1996-1997,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees) That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 10948/99, Commission report on the application of the community rules for State Aid to the coal industry in 1996 and 1997; and supports the Government's actions in pressing the European Commission to interpret the Coal State Aid Code strictly—(Jim Dowd):—It was agreed to.
8Education,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation) That the draft Foundation Subject (Amendment) (England) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 24th January, be approved—(Jim Dowd):—It was agreed to.
9Data Protection,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Data Protection (Subject Access Modification) (Social Work) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 24th January, be approved—(Jim Dowd):—It was agreed to.
10Data Protection,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Data Protection (Subject Access Modification) (Health) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 24th January, be approved—(Jim Dowd):—It was agreed to.
11Data Protection,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Data Protection (Subject Access Modification) (Education) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 24th January, be approved—(Jim Dowd):—It was agreed to.
12Data Protection,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Data Protection (Processing of Sensitive Personal Data) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 24th January, be approved—(Jim Dowd):—It was agreed to.
13Data Protection,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Data Protection (Miscellaneous Subject Access Exemptions) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 24th January, be approved—(Jim Dowd):—It was agreed to.
14Data Protection,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Data Protection (Designated Codes of Practice) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 24th January, be approved—(Jim Dowd):—It was agreed to.
15Data Protection,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Data Protection (Crown Appointments) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 24th January, be approved—(Jim Dowd):—It was agreed to.
16Select Committee on Public Administration,—Ordered, That Ms Margaret Moran be discharged from the Select Committee on Public Administration and Dr George Turner be added to the Committee.—(Mr Keith Bradley.)
17Environmental Audit Committee,—Ordered, That Mr Simon Thomas be added to the Environmental Audit Committee.—(Mr Keith Bradley.)
18Procedure Committee,—Ordered, That Mr Edward Davey be discharged from the Procedure Committee and Mr A. J. Beith be added to the Committee.—(Mr Keith Bradley.)
19Information Committee,—Ordered, That Ms Sandra Osborne be discharged from the Information Committee and Mr Gwyn Prosser be added to the Committee.—(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)
20Pubic Petitions,—A Public Petition from people in Shirley, West Midlands, for aid to be directed to education for child labourers was presented, and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
21Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Jim Dowd.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-two minutes past One o'clock on Tuesday morning, adjourned till this day.
[Adjourned at 1.22 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:
1Industrial Organisation and Development,—Draft Milk Development Council (Amendment) Order 2000 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
2Local Government,—Local Authorities (Capital Finance) (Rate of Discount for 2000-01) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 259), dated 7th February 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
3Pensions,—Judicial Pensions (Additional Voluntary Contributions) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 342), dated 10th February 2000 [by Act] [Jane Kennedy].
4Social Security, Northern Ireland,—Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 2) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 346), dated 11th February 2000 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].
Other Papers
4London Regional Transport,—Statement of Guarantee given by the Treasury on 14th February 2000 in respect of temporary borrowing by London Regional Transport from HSBC Bank plc [by Act] [Mr Stephen Timms].
5Merchant Shipping,—Report by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions of exemptions granted under section 294 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 during 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
6National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on the Management and Control of Hospital Acquired Infection in Acute NHS Trusts in England [by Act]; to be printed [No. 230] [Clerk of the House].
7Thames Safety,—Paper, entitled Thames Safety Inquiry: Final Report by Lord Justice Clarke [by Command] [Cm. 4558] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
APPENDIX II
Reports from Select Committees
1Agriculture,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Agriculture Committee [Environmental Regulation and Farming]; to be printed [No. 212-ii]; and
 
        (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Environmental Regulation and Farming; Rural Development Regulation; Implications for UK Agriculture and EU Agricultural Policy on Trade Liberalisation and the WTO Round; Badgers and Bovine Tuberculosis] [Mr Austin Mitchell].
2Environmental Audit,—Fourth Report from the Environmental Audit Committee [The Pre-Budget Report 1999] with an Appendix, 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. 76] (Mr John Horam].
3Public Accounts,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [MAFF: Progress made on Committee Recommendations]; to be printed [No. 257-i] [Mr David Davis].



 
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