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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 29th 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 7th March.
2Control of Hedgerows in Residential Areas,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the Environmental Protection Act 1990 by extending powers to environmental health officers to intervene in neighbourly disputes involving hedgerows in residential areas; and for connected purposes: And that Mr Jim Cunningham, Mr Alan Hurst, Mr Tom Clarke, Lynne Jones, Mr Simon Burns, Mr Andrew Rowe, David Taylor, Christine Butler, Mr Richard Allan, Dr Evan Harris, Mr Lindsay Hoyle and Mr Ian Pearson do prepare and bring it in.
3Control of Hedgerows in Residential Areas Bill,—Mr Jim Cunningham accordingly presented a Bill to amend the Environmental Protection Act 1990 by extending powers to environmental health officers to intervene in neighbourly disputes involving hedgerows in residential areas; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 24th March and to be printed [Bill 74].
4Government Resources and Accounts Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Government Resources and Accounts Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee.
 
        A Clause (Investment: limit)—(Miss Melanie Johnson)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Independent body)—(Mr Oliver Letwin)—brought up and read the first time.
 
        Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time;
 
        And it being Ten o'clock, the Debate stood adjourned.
5Business 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 Government Resources and Accounts Bill may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour—(Mr Tony McNulty):—It was agreed to.
6Government Resources and Accounts Bill,—The House again proceeded to consider the Government Resources and Accounts Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee.
 
        Question again proposed, That the Clause (Independent body) be read a second time:—The House resumed the adjourned Debate.
 
        Question put.
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Mr Peter Luff: 152.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Jim Dowd, Mr Kevin Hughes: 311.
 
        Another Clause (Public service agencies' accounts: scrutiny)—(Mr David Davis)—brought up and read the first time.
 
        Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time.
Wednesday 1st March 2000
 
        Question put.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Sir Robert Smith, Mr Owen Paterson: 27.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Jamieson, Mr Mike Hall: 253.
 
        Another Clause (Comptroller and Auditor General: access to information)—(Mr David Davis)—brought up and read the first time.
 
        Question, That the Clause be read a second time, put and negatived.
 
        Another Clause (Performance statements)—(Mr David Davis)—brought up and read the first time.
 
        Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:—Clause, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Amendments (Nos. 36 and 18 to 35) made to the Bill.
 
        The Bill was read the third time, and passed.
7Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mrs Anne McGuire.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till fourteen minutes past Eight o'clock on Wednesday morning, adjourned till this day.
[Adjourned at 8.14 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:
1Rating and Valuation,—(1) Draft Docks and Harbours (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000,
 
        (2) draft Energy from Waste Plants (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000,
 
        (3) draft Gas Industry (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000,
 
        (4) draft Non-Domestic Rating (Chargeable Amounts) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2000,
 
        (5) draft Railways (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000, and
 
        (6) draft Water Undertakers (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000
 
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
2Council Tax,—Council Tax (Exempt Dwellings) (Amendment) (England) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 424), dated 22nd February 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
3Education,—Teachers' Pensions (Employers' Supplementary Contributions) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 502), dated 29th February 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
4Food,—Colours in Food (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 481), dated 17th February 2000 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].
5Insolvency,—Insolvency (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 485), dated 28th February 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
Other Papers:
6Criminal Statistics (Scotland),—Statistical Bulletin: Motor Vehicle Offences in Scotland, 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].
7Development of Tourism,—Statement of appointment and salary of Veronica Palmer as a member of the British Tourist Authority [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].
8Disabled Persons,—Report of the Secretary of State for Health on Development of Services for People with Learning Disabilities (Mental Handicap) or Mental Illness in England for 1999 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 269] [Mr Secretary Milburn].
9Law Commission,—Report of the Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission on the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Bill: The consolidation of legislation relating to sentencing [by Command] [Cm. 4626] [Mr David Lock].
10Museums and Galleries,—Report of the National Library of Wales for 1998-99 [by Command] [Mr Secretary Murphy].
11Public Lending Right,—Report by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the Public Lending Right Scheme for 1998-99, incorporating the Registrar's Annual Review and Summary Financial Statement of the Public Lending Right Central Fund for 1998-99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].
12Public Petitions,—Observations by the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on the Petition [20th January] from the National Farmers' Union calling for legislation concerning the labelling of food as British [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].
APPENDIX II
Reports from Select Committees
1Agriculture,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Agriculture Committee [The Implications for UK Agriculture and EU Agricultural Policy of Trade Liberalisation and the WTO Round]; to be printed [No. 246-ii];
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Rural Development Regulation]; to be printed [No. 292-i]; and
 
        (3) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Environmental Regulation and Farming; Rural Development Regulation]
 
    [Mr David Curry].
2Education and Employment,—(1) Second Report from the Education and Employment Committee [Visit to the USA: raising educational standards and the role of the private sector]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 290]; and
 
        (2) Third Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the First Report from the Committee, Session 1999-2000, on School Meals]; to be printed [No. 291];
 
    [Mr Barry Sheerman].
3Environmental Audit,—Memorandum laid before the Environmental Audit Committee [Government Observations on the First Report from the Committee—EU Policy and the Environment: An Agenda for the Helsinki Summit] [Mr John Horam].
4Statutory Instruments,—Eleventh Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 47-xi] [Mr David Tredinnick].
5Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee on 22nd and 29th February [The Bank of England February Inflation Report]; to be printed [Nos. 286-i & ii] [Mr Giles Radice].
6Welsh Affairs,—Second Report from the Welsh Affairs Committee [The Transport Bill and its impact on Wales], together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 287] [Mr Martyn Jones].


SPEAKER'S CERTIFICATE (PARLIAMENT ACTS)
 
        The Speaker certified, under the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, that the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, as compared with the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill sent up to the House of Lords in the last Session, contained only such alterations as were necessary owing to the time which had elapsed since the date of that Bill.


Supplement to the Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 29th 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.
1Adjournment,—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Mr Mike Hall.)
 
        And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 12.59 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker        



 
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