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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 15th 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 22nd February.
2Child Care Procedures and Practice in North Wales,—Ordered, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, That she will be graciously pleased to give directions that there shall be laid before this House a Return of the Report and Summary (including a Welsh translation of the summary) of the Report of the Tribunal of Inquiry into the abuse of children in care in the former county council areas of Gwynedd and Clwyd since 1974, entitled Lost in Care.—(Mr Tony McNulty.)
3Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill (except 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),—Mr John Maxton reported from Standing Committee G, That it had gone through the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill (except 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), and made Amendments thereunto.
 
        Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to lie upon the Table.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 262].
4Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:
 
        ‹dc10›Parliamentary Commissioner (Amendment) Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill to amend the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967 so as to enable the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration to investigate complaints received directly from members of the public; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.‹dc0›
5Genetically Modified Food and Producer Liability Bill,—Mr Alan Simpson, supported by Mr Tony Benn, Audrey Wise, Norman Baker, Mr John McDonnell, Alice Mahon, Mr Llew Smith, Mr Robert Marshall-Andrews, Mr David Chaytor, Mr Jeremy Corbyn, Maria Fyfe and Dr Ian Gibson, presented a Bill to make further provision with respect to the safety of and liability for the deliberate release or marketing of genetically modified organisms and genetically modified food; to establish a genetically modified organism compensation fund; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 10th March and to be printed [Bill 68].
6Marine Wildlife Protection,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to enable local authorities to prohibit the use of motorised marine leisure vessels in coastal areas for the purposes of protecting marine wildlife and promoting safety; and to make it an offence recklessly or intentionally to disturb marine wildlife: And that Mrs Helen Brinton, supported by Mr Peter Bottomley, Mr David Drew, Mr Lindsay Hoyle, Jane Griffiths, Mr Ieuan Wyn Jones, Mr Paul Keetch, Mr David Lepper, Mr Tim Loughton, Mr Alan Simpson, Mr Andrew Stunell and Joan Walley, do prepare and bring it in.
7Marine Wildlife Protection Bill,—Mrs Helen Brinton accordingly presented a Bill to enable local authorities to prohibit the use of motorised marine leisure vessels in coastal areas for the purposes of protecting marine wildlife and promoting safety; and to make it an offence recklessly or intentionally to disturb marine wildlife: 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 69].
8Postal Services Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Postal Services Bill;
 
        And a Motion being made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read a second time;
 
        An Amendment was proposed to the Question, to leave out from the word 'That' to the end of the Question and add the words 'this House declines to give a Second Reading to the Postal Services Bill because it introduces an unsatisfactory structure of ownership which falls short of granting full commercial freedom, introduces uncompetitive borrowing criteria and does not include provision for transparent accounting practices, imposes new burdens of regulation on private companies rather than encouraging competition and fails to introduce clear access criteria to protect the network of sub Post Offices', instead thereof.—(Mrs Angela Browning.)
 
        And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Stephen Day: 115.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Don Touhig, Mr Clive Betts: 374.
 
        So the Question was negatived.
 
        And the Main Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 62 (Amendment on second or third reading);
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Clive Betts, Mr Don Touhig: 331.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Stephen Day, Mr Peter Atkinson: 155.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        The Bill was accordingly read a second time and stood committed to a Standing Committee.
9Postal Services Bill [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Postal Services 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 Postal Services Bill, it is expedient to authorise—
 
        (1) the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—
 
          (a) any expenditure incurred by a Minister of the Crown or government department in consequence of the Act; and
 
          (b) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of money so provided under any other enactment;
 
        (2) the payment out of the National Loans Fund of sums required by the Secretary of State for making loans to the Post Office company or any of its subsidiaries;
 
        (3) the extinguishment of liabilities of the Post Office company or any of its subsidiaries by order of the Secretary of State;
 
        (4) the payment out of the National Loans Fund or the Consolidated Fund of any increase attributable to the Act in the sums so payable under any other enactment—(Mr David Clelland):—It was agreed to.
10Postal Services Bill [Ways and Means],—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 Postal Services Bill, it is expedient to authorise—
 
        (1) the inclusion in licences granted under the Act of provisions requiring payments to be made;
 
        (2) payments into the Consolidated Fund or the National Loans Fund—(Mr David Clelland):—It was agreed to.
11London Government (S.I., 2000, No. 208),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Greater London Authority Elections Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 208), dated 1st February 2000, a copy of which was laid before this House on 8th February, be annulled—(Mr Bernard Jenkin);
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Peter Atkinson, Sir Robert Smith: 102.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 296.
 
        So the Question was negatived.
12London Government,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That the draft Greater London Authority (Election Expenses) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 3rd February, be approved—(Mr Keith Hill);
Wednesday 16th February 2000
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Kevin Hughes: 262.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Atkinson, Sir Robert Smith: 168.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That the draft Greater London Authority (Election Expenses) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 3rd February, be approved.
13Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from people in Devizes, Wiltshire, for aid to be directed to education for child labourers was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
14Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Graham Allen.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty minutes to Two o'clock on Wednesday morning, adjourned till this day.
[Adjourned at 1.40 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 Negative Resolution:
1London Government,—(1) Greater London Authority (Allocation of Grants for Precept Calculations) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 343), dated 14th February 2000, and
 
        (2) Greater London Authority (Elections and Acceptance of Office) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 308), dated 9th February 2000
 
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
2Pensions,—Personal Injuries (Civilians) Amendment Scheme 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 301), dated 3rd February 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].
Other Papers:
3Armed Forces Pay,—Twenty-ninth Report of the Armed Forces' Pay Review Body [by Command] [Cm. 4565] [The Prime Minister].
4Chelsea Hospital,—Accounts of the Royal Hospital Chelsea: Army Prize Money and Legacy Fund, &c. for 1998-99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 256] [Clerk of the House].
5Child Care in North Wales,—Return to an Address to Her Majesty this day for a Return of the Report and Summary (including a Welsh translation of the Summary) of the Report of the Tribunal of Inquiry into the abuse of children in care in the former county council areas of Gwynedd and Clwyd since 1974, entitled Lost in Care; to be printed and published [No. 201] [Mr Secretary Murphy].
6Environment, Transport and the Regions Executive Agencies,—Report and Accounts of the Highways Agency for 1998-99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 135] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
7Intergovernmental Conference,—Paper, entitled IGC: Reform for Enlargement—The British Approach to the European Union Intergovernmental Conference 2000 [by Command] [Cm. 4595] [Mr Secretary Cook].
8Local Government (Scotland),—Accounts of the Accounts Commission for Scotland for the year ended 31st October 1999, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 248] [Clerk of the House].
9Low Pay Commission,—Second Report of the Low Pay Commission, entitled The National Minimum Wage: The Story So Far [by Command] [Cm. 4571] [Mr Secretary Byers].
10National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Thames House and Vauxhall Cross [by Act]; to be printed [No. 236] [Clerk of the House].
11School Standards and Framework,—Account of the Plymouth Education Action Zone for 1998-99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 258] [Clerk of the House].
12Science and Technology,—Accounts of the Research Councils' Pension Schemes for 1998-99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 259] [Clerk of the House].
13Senior Salaries,—Twenty-second Report of the Review Body on Senior Salaries [by Command] [Cm. 4567] [The Prime Minister].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
Draft African Development Fund (Eighth Replenishment) Order 1999,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Gary Streeter from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mrs Cheryl Gillan.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Defence,—Fourth Report from the Defence Committee [Armed Forces Discipline Bill [Lords]], with an Appendix 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. 253] [Mr Bruce George].
2Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment Sub-Committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [The Audit Commission]; to be printed [No. 174-iii] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].
3Environmental Audit,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee [The Sustainable Development Strategy]; to be printed [No. 175-i] [Mr John Horam].
4Foreign Affairs,—(1) Third Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee [Relations with the Russian Federation], 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. 101]; and
 
        (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Relations with the Russian Federation]
 
    [Mr Donald Anderson].
5Public Administration,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Public Administration Committee [Public Participation]; to be printed [No. 79-vii] [Dr Tony Wright].
6Statutory Instruments,—Tenth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 47-x] [Mr David Tredinnick].
7Trade and Industry,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee [The Work of the Department of Trade and Industry; Application for Support from ECGD for UK Participation in the Ilisu Dam Project]; to be printed [Nos. 261-i and 200-ii] [Mr Martin O'Neill].
8Treasury,—(1) Third Report from the Treasury Committee [The International Monetary Fund], 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. 72]; and
 
        (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [The International Monetary Fund]
 
    [Mr Giles Radice].


Supplement to the Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 15th 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,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned—(Mr Robert Ainsworth);
 
        And it being One o'clock, the sitting was adjourned without Question put, till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 1.00 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker        



 
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