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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 7th March 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 14th March.
2Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill,—Mr Bill O'Brien reported from Standing Committee F, That it had gone through the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.
 
        Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 83].
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 314].
3Royal Parks (Trading) Bill,—Mr Barry Jones reported from the Second Reading Committee on the Royal Parks (Trading) Bill, That it had come to the following Resolution, which it had directed him to report to the House: That the Committee recommends that the Royal Parks (Trading) Bill ought to be read a second time.
 
        Report to lie upon the Table.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 309].
4Sex Discrimination (Amendment) (No. 2),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That leave be given to bring in a bill to amend the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 with respect to the selection by political parties of candidates for parliamentary or local government elections—(Joan Ruddock);
 
        And the Question being opposed, after a brief explanatory statement from the Member who made the Motion and from a Member who opposed it, the Deputy Speaker put the Question pursuant to Standing Order No. 23 (Motions for leave to bring in bills and nomination of select committees at commencement of public business):—It was agreed to.
 
        Ordered, That Joan Ruddock, Jackie Ballard, Mr Malcolm Chisholm, Lorna Fitzsimons, Barbara Follett, Dr Ian Gibson, Ms Harriet Harman, Dr Evan Harris, Dr Ashok Kumar, Fiona Mactaggart, Ms Julie Morgan and Dr Jenny Tonge do prepare and bring in the Bill.
5Sex Discrimination (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill,—Joan Ruddock accordingly presented a Bill to amend the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 with respect to the selection by political parties of candidates for parliamentary or local government elections: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 14th April and to be printed [Bill 82].
6Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No. 2) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the second reading of the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No. 2) 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 Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No. 2) Bill which, while making provision for determining the mode of trial in the case of offences triable either summarily or on indictment, fails properly to safeguard or maintain the right to trial by jury in either way offences which may result in serious punishment and loss of livelihood' instead thereof.—(Mr Robert Marshall-Andrews.)
 
        And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Kidney, Mr Harold Best: 214.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Clelland, Mr Don Touhig: 315.
 
        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 David Clelland, Mr Don Touhig: 315.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Stephen Day, Mr Peter Atkinson: 188.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        The Bill was accordingly read a second time.
 
        A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 63 (Committal of bills), That the Bill be committed to a Special Standing Committee—(Mr Simon Hughes);
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Andrew Stunell, Bob Russell: 181.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Don Touhig, Mr David Clelland: 325.
 
        So the Question was negatived.
 
        The Deputy Speaker forthwith declared that the Bill stood committed to a Standing Committee.
7Parliamentary Contributory Pensions Fund and House of Commons Members' Fund,—Resolved, That,
 
        (1) in pursuance of Section 1 of the Parliamentary and other Pensions Act 1987, Mr A. J. Beith and Mrs Sylvia Heal be appointed Managing Trustees of the Parliamentary Contributory Pensions Fund in the room of Dr Vincent Cable and Ms Gisela Stuart; and
 
        (2) in pursuance of Section 2 of the House of Commons Members' Fund Act 1939, Mr A. J. Beith and Mrs Sylvia Heal be appointed Managing Trustees of the House of Commons Members' Fund in the room of Dr Vincent Cable and Ms Gisela Stuart.—(Mr John MacGregor.)
8Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from residents of Cheshire for an increase in the state pension was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
9Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Thomas McAvoy.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till seven minutes past Eleven o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 11.07 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 Affirmative Resolution:
1International Immunities and Privileges,—Draft Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Cook].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
2Agriculture,—Animal Feedingstuffs from Belgium (Control) (England and Wales) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 588), dated 6th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].
3Food,—Food (Animal Products from Belgium) (Emergency Control) (England and Wales) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 587), dated 6th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].
4Income Tax,—Income Tax (Charge to Tax) (Payments out of Surplus Funds) (Relevant Rate) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 600), dated 6th March 2000 [by Act] [Miss Melanie Johnson].
5Legal Services Commission,—Community Legal Service (Funding) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 627), dated 2nd March 2000 [by Act] [Mr David Lock].
6Medicines,—Medicines for Human Use and Medical Devices (Fees and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 592), dated 6th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].
7National Health Service,—(1) National Health Service (Dental Charges) Amendment Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 596),
 
        (2) National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) Amendment Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 594),
 
        (3) National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 593), and
 
        (4) National Health Service Trusts and Primary Care Trusts (Pharmaceutical Services Remuneration—Special Arrangement) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 595),
 
    dated 6th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].
Other Papers:
8Civil List,—List of new and supplementary pensions granted under the Civil List Act 1972 for 1999-2000 [by Act] [Mr Stephen Timms].
9Environment, Transport and Regions,—Government Response to the Seventeenth Report from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee, Session 1998-99, on Housing: PPG3 [by Command] [Cm. 4667] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
10Executive Non-Departmental Public Bodies,—Executive Non-Departmental Public Bodies Report for 1999 [by Command] [Cm. 4657] [Marjorie Mowlam].
11Government Executive Agencies,—Executive Agencies Report for 1999 [by Command] [Cm. 4658] [Marjorie Mowlam].
12Insolvency,—Accounts prepared pursuant to section 409 of the Insolvency Act 1986 of the sums received and paid by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry under section 403 of that Act, and of the sums credited and debited to the Investment Account by the National Debt Commissioners for 1998-99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 310] [Clerk of the House].
13National Audit,—Reports by the Comptroller and Auditor General on—
 
        (1) Good Practice in Performance Reporting in Executive Agencies and Non-Departmental Public Bodies, and
 
        (2) The Sheep Annual Premium Scheme in England
 
    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 272 and 273] [Clerk of the House].
14Severn Bridges,—Accounts prepared pursuant to section 28(1)(b) of the Severn Bridges Act 1992 for 1995-96, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 311] [Clerk of the House].
APPENDIX II
Reports from Standing Committees
Draft Education (Student Loans) (Repayment) Regulations 2000,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Richard Allan and Mr Tony Banks from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mr Roger Berry and Dr Evan Harris.
APPENDIX III
Select Committees
1Environmental Audit,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee [EU Policy and the Environment: Government response and follow-up]; to be printed [No. 312-i] [Mr John Horam].
2Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment Sub-committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [Travelling Fairs]; to be printed [No. 284-i] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].
3Home Affairs,—(1) First Report from the Home Affairs Committee [Managing Dangerous People with Severe Personality Disorder], 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. 42]; and
 
        (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Managing Dangerous People with Severe Personality Disorder]
 
    [Mr Robin Corbett].
4International Development,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [After Seattle—The World Trade Organisation and Developing Countries]; to be printed [No. 227-ii] [Mr Bowen Wells].
5Procedure,—First Report from the Procedure Committee [Delegated Legislation], together with an Appendix to the Report, and Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings relating to the Report [No. 48] [Mr Nicholas Winterton].
6Standards and Privileges,—Sixth Report from the Committee on Standards and Privileges [Complaint against Mr Stephen Timms], with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 313] [Mr Alan Williams].
7Statutory Instruments,—Twelfth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 47-xii] [Mr David Tredinnick].
8Trade and Industry,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee [Proposed Public Private Partnership for BNFL]; to be printed [No. 307-i] [Mr Martin O'Neill].
9Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [Resource Accounting and Budgeting]; to be printed [No. 308-i] [Mr Giles Radice].


CHAIRMEN'S PANEL
In pursuance of Standing Order No. 4 (Chairmen's Panel) The Speaker nominated Mr John Cummings and Dr Ashok Kumar to be additional members of the Chairmen's Panel during this Session.


Supplement to the Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 7th March 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,—Motion made, and Question proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Mr Kevin Hughes.)
 
        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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