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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 8th March 2000

The House met at half-past Two o'clock
PRAYERS.
1City of London (Ward Elections) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for further consideration of the City of London (Ward Elections) Bill, as amended in the Committee;
 
        Ordered, That the Bill be further considered on Wednesday 15th March.
2Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Jonathan Sayeed reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Education (Student Loans) (Repayment) Regulations 2000.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
3Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Andrew Welsh reported from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Penalties) Regulations 2000.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
4Register of Medical Practitioners Bill,—The Order for reading the Register of Medical Practitioners Bill a second time on Friday was read and discharged.
 
        Bill withdrawn.
5Protection of Human Genetic Sequence,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to give protection to the human genetic sequence; to prevent the patenting of human genes; and for connected purposes: And that Mr Richard Allan, Dr Ian Gibson, Mr David Heath, Dr Brian Iddon, Jackie Ballard, Norman Baker and Dr Jenny Tonge do prepare and bring it in.
6Protection of Human Genetic Sequence Bill,—Mr Richard Allan accordingly presented a Bill to give protection to the human genetic sequence; to prevent the patenting of human genes; 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 84].
7Opposition Day [7th allotted day],—It being an allotted day at the disposal of the Leader of the Opposition in pursuance of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business), the House proceeded to consider Opposition business.
 
        Financial Provision And Clinical Priorities in The National Health Service,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House deplores Her Majesty's Government's clinical and financial mismanagement of the NHS; condemns the distortion of clinical priorities resulting from the Prime Minister's refusal to abandon the Government's flawed waiting list initiative, which is described by the medical profession as anathema to them and which has resulted in some of the sickest patients waiting longer than necessary for treatment; notes the financial chaos in Trusts and Health Authorities as a result of ministerial incompetence; and deprecates the misleading of the public about funding as a result of the Treasury's culture of repeatedly re-announcing financial decisions, and the practice of using the NHS as a means of providing publicity and photo opportunities for Ministers, putting political priorities before the morale of dedicated and hard-working NHS staff and to the detriment of patient care—(Dr Liam Fox);
 
        An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word 'House' to the end of the Question and add the words 'welcomes the Government's modernisation programme for the NHS and the reduction in waiting lists and times that are being achieved through the dedication and hard work of NHS staff; notes the progress being made on recruiting more doctors and more nurses, building more hospitals, treating more patients and modernising more services; applauds the Government's decision to make tackling cancer, coronary heart disease and mental illness a priority; believes that financial provision for the NHS would be reduced as a consequence of the Conservatives' Tax Guarantee and that clinical need would be abandoned in favour of ability to pay under the Conservatives' health plans', instead thereof.—(Mr Secretary Milburn.)
 
        And the Question being put, That the original words stand part of the Question;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Mr Keith Simpson: 179.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Jim Dowd, Mr Greg Pope: 307.
 
        So the Question was negatived.
 
        And the Question, That the proposed words be there added, being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments):—It was agreed to.
 
        The Deputy Speaker forthwith declared the Main Question, as amended, to be agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That this House welcomes the Government's modernisation programme for the NHS and the reduction in waiting lists and times that are being achieved through the dedication and hard work of NHS staff; notes the progress being made on recruiting more doctors and more nurses, building more hospitals, treating more patients and modernising more services; applauds the Government's decision to make tackling cancer, coronary heart disease and mental illness a priority; believes that financial provision for the NHS would be reduced as a consequence of the Conservatives' Tax Guarantee and that clinical need would be abandoned in favour of ability to pay under the Conservatives' health plans.
 
        Regulatory Burdens on Small Business,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House opposes the growing regulatory burdens that the Government has added to business costs; deplores the failure of the Government to understand the contribution that the small business sector makes to employment, growth and UK trade; calls on the Government to recognise the failure of the Better Regulation Task Force and the consequences of ill-thought-through legislation and regulations that have damaged small business; and condemns the Department of Trade and Industry for unco-ordinated policy initiatives and for diminishing the status of small business debate in the House of Commons—(Mrs Angela Browning);
 
        An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word 'House' to the end of the Question and add the words 'welcomes the action taken by Her Majesty's Government to foster an environment in which small business can flourish, with macro-economic stability, a 10 per cent. starting rate of corporation tax, a research and development tax credit, regulation introduced in ways that minimise burdens on business, and the creation of the Small Business Service through which for the first time there will be at the heart of Government an institution dedicated to representing the interest of, and improving the services to, small firms; congratulates the ongoing work being undertaken by the Better Regulation Task Force, chaired by Lord Haskins, in spearheading the Government's campaigning for better regulation; and contrasts this with the boom and bust policies of the previous administration, which lead to 15 per cent. interest rates, double digit inflation and the collapse of thousands of small firms', instead thereof.—(Mr Secretary Byers.)
 
        And the Question being put, That the original words stand part of the Question;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Keith Simpson, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 159.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe, Mr Robert Ainsworth: 309.
 
        So the Question was negatived.
 
        And the Question, That the proposed words be there added, being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments);
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Robert Ainsworth, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 305.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Keith Simpson, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 160.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        The Deputy Speaker forthwith declared the Main Question, as amended, to be agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That this House welcomes the action taken by Her Majesty's Government to foster an environment in which small business can flourish, with macro-economic stability, a 10 per cent. starting rate of corporation tax, a research and development tax credit, regulation introduced in ways that minimise burdens on business, and the creation of the Small Business Service through which for the first time there will be at the heart of Government an institution dedicated to representing the interest of, and improving the services to, small firms; congratulates the ongoing work being undertaken by the Better Regulation Task Force, chaired by Lord Haskins, in spearheading the Government's campaigning for better regulation; and contrasts this with the boom and bust policies of the previous administration, which lead to 15 per cent. interest rates, double digit inflation and the collapse of thousands of small firms.
8Representation of the People Bill [Money] (No. 2),—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Representation of the People Bill [Money] (No. 2);
 
        A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Representation of the People Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any expenses incurred by the Secretary of State in consequence of the provisions of the Act relating to the free delivery of election addresses at the first Greater London Authority mayoral election—(Mr Tony McNulty);
 
        And it being three-quarters of an hour after the commencement of proceedings, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Standing Order No. 52 (Money resolutions and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills):—It was agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Representation of the People Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any expenses incurred by the Secretary of State in consequence of the provisions of the Act relating to the free delivery of election addresses at the first Greater London Authority mayoral election.
9Representation of the People Bill (Supplemental Allocation of Time),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the Order of the House of 20th January be supplemented as follows:
Lords Amendments
 
        1. Proceedings on Consideration of Lords Amendments shall be completed at today's sitting and, if not previously concluded, shall be brought to a conclusion two hours after the commencement of proceedings on this Order.
 
        2.—(1) This paragraph applies for the purpose of bringing proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with paragraph 1.
 
        (2) The Speaker shall first put forthwith any Question which has been 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) a single Question on any further Amendments 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 with the Lords in their Amendment or (as the case may be) in their Amendment as amended.
 
        (4) The Speaker shall then put forthwith—
 
          (a) a single Question on any Amendments 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 with the Lords in the Amendment or (as the case may be) in their 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 with the Lords in a Lords Amendment.
 
        (6) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question, That this House agrees with the Lords in all the remaining Lords Amendments.
 
        (7) As soon as the House has agreed or disagreed with the Lords in any of their Amendments, or disposed of an Amendment relevant to a Lords Amendment which has been disagreed to, the Speaker shall put forthwith a single Question on any Amendments moved by a Minister of the Crown relevant to the Lords Amendment.
Subsequent stages
 
        3.—(1) The Speaker shall put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown for the consideration forthwith of any further Message from the Lords on the Bill.
 
        (2) The proceedings on any further Message from the Lords shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement.
 
        (3) Sub-paragraphs (4) to (7) apply for the purpose of bringing those proceedings to a conclusion.
 
        (4) The Speaker shall first put forthwith any Question which has been proposed from the Chair and not yet decided.
 
        (5) 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.
 
        (6) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown on or relevant to any of the remaining items in the Lords Message.
 
        (7) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question, That this House agrees with the Lords in all the remaining Lords Proposals.
Reasons Committee
 
        4. 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.
 
        5.—(1) A Committee appointed to draw up Reasons shall report before the conclusion of the sitting at which it is appointed.
 
        (2) Proceedings in the Committee shall, if not previously brought to a conclusion, be brought to a conclusion 30 minutes after their commencement.
 
        (3) For the purpose of bringing any proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with sub-paragraph (2) the Chairman shall—
 
          (a) first put forthwith any Question which has been proposed from the Chair and not yet decided; and
 
          (b) then put forthwith successively Questions on motions which may be made by a Minister of the Crown for assigning a Reason for disagreeing with the Lords in any of their Amendments.
 
        (4) The proceedings of the Committee shall be reported without any further Question being put.
Miscellaneous
 
        6. If the House is adjourned, or the sitting is suspended, before the expiry of the period at the end of which proceedings are to be brought to a conclusion under this Order, no notice shall be required of a Motion made at the next sitting by a Minister of the Crown for varying or supplementing the provisions of this Order.
 
        7.—(1) In this paragraph "the proceedings" means proceedings on the Consideration of Lords Amendments, on any further Message from the Lords on the Bill, on the appointment and quorum of a Committee to draw up Reasons and the Report of such a Committee.
 
        (2) Standing Order No. 15(1) (Exempted business) shall apply to the proceedings.
 
        (3) The proceedings shall not be interrupted under any Standing Order relating to the sittings of the House.
 
        (4) No dilatory Motion with respect to, or in the course of, the proceedings shall be made except by a Minister of the Crown; and the Question on any such Motion shall be put forthwith.
 
        8. If proceedings on a Motion for the Adjournment of the House would, by virtue of Standing Order No. 24 (Adjournment on specific and urgent matter that should have urgent consideration), commence at a time when proceedings to which paragraph 7 applies are in progress, proceedings on the Motion shall be postponed to the conclusion of those proceedings—(Mr Mike Hall);
Thursday 9th March 2000
 
        And the Question being put;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Clive Betts, Mr Graham Allen: 260.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Sir Robert Smith: 134.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
10Representation of the People Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Lords Amendments to the Representation of the People Bill.
 
        Lords Amendments Nos. 1 to 13 were agreed to.
 
        Lords Amendment No. 14.
 
        A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House agrees with the Lords in their Amendment;
 
        And it being two hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion relating to Representation of the People Bill (Supplemental Allocation of Time), the Deputy Speaker, pursuant to Order [this day], put the Question already proposed from the Chair.
 
        Question, That this House agrees with the Lords in their Amendment (No. 14), put and agreed to.
 
        The Deputy Speaker then put the Question necessary to dispose of the business to be concluded at that hour.
 
        Lords Amendments Nos. 15 to 87 were agreed to, the Commons being willing to waive their privileges in respect of Lords Amendments Nos. 22, 24, 34 and 78.
11Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn;—(Mr Mike Hall);
 
        And the Motion having been made after Ten o'clock on Wednesday, 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 nineteen minutes to Two o'clock on Thursday morning, till this day.
[Adjourned at 1.41 a.m.
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker        

Madam Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Eleven o'clock.

APPENDIX I
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
1Banks and Banking,—Banking Act 1987 (Exempt Transactions) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 635), dated 7th March 2000 [by Act] [Miss Melanie Johnson].
2Civil Aviation,—Civil Aviation (Navigation Services Charges) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 599), dated 6th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
3County Courts,—County Court Fees (Amendment) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 639), dated 7th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr David Lock].
4Customs and Excise,—Air Passenger Duty and Other Indirect Taxes (Interest Rate) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 631), dated 7th March 2000 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].
5Family Proceedings,—Family Proceedings Fees (Amendment) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 640), dated 7th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr David Lock].
6Government Trading Funds,—Buying Agency Trading Fund (Amendment) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 648), dated 8th March 2000 [by Act] [Marjorie Mowlam].
7Legal Profession,—Solicitors (Compensation for Inadequate Professional Services) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 644), dated 7th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr David Lock].
8Legal Services,—Licensed Conveyancers (Compensation for Inadequate Professional Services) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 643), dated 7th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr David Lock].
9Local Government,—Local Authorities (Members' Allowances) (Amendment) (England) (No. 2) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 622), dated 7th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
10National Health Service,—(1) National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Amendment Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 602),
 
        (2) National Health Service (General Medical Services) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 601),
 
        (3) National Health Service (Injury Benefits) Amendment Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 606), and
 
        (4) National Health Service Supplies Authority (Establishment and Constitution) Amendment Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 603),
 
    dated 7th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].
11Social Security,—(1) Housing Benefit (Permitted Totals) (Amendment) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 533), dated 1st March 2000,
 
        (2) Social Security Benefits Up-rating and Miscellaneous Increases Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 527), dated 29th February 2000, and
 
        (3) Social Security Benefits Up-rating Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 526), dated 29th February 2000
 
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].
12Supreme Court of England and Wales,—(1) Non-Contentious Probate Fees (Amendment) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 642), and
 
        (2) Supreme Court Fees (Amendment) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 641),
 
    dated 7th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr David Lock].
13Telecommunications,—Public Telecommunication System Designation (Telemonde Networks Limited) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 591), dated 5th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
14Telegraphs,—Wireless Telegraphy (Television Licence Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 630), dated 6th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].
Other Papers:
15Injuries in War Compensation,—Injuries in War (Shore Employments) Compensation (Amendment) Scheme 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 626), dated 7th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].
16Marine and Aviation Insurance (War Risks),—Accounts of the Marine and Aviation Insurance (War Risks) Fund for 1998-99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 316] [Clerk of the House].
17Reserve Forces,—Change 5 to the Regulations for the Naval and Marine Reserve (BR 64) [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].
18Telecommunications,—Licence granted under Section 7 of the Telecommunications Act 1984 by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to Telemonde Networks Limited [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
19Treaty Series (No. 10, 2000),—Agreement, done at London on 24th May 1999, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the State of Israel on Bilateral Cooperation in Private Sector Industrial Research and Development [by Command] [Cm. 4599] [Mr Secretary Cook].
20Treaty Series (No. 11, 2000),—Exchange of Notes, done at Valletta on 6th and 21st July 1999, extending the agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Republic of Malta for the Promotion and Protection of Investments signed at Valletta on 4th October 1986 to the Isle of Man and the Bailiwicks of Guernsey and Jersey [by Command] [Cm. 4600] [Mr Secretary Cook].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
1Licensing (Young Persons) Bill:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee C; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Harold Best, Mr Tim Boswell, Mr Colin Burgon, Mr John Burnett, Mr Tim Collins, Jane Griffiths, Mr Fabian Hamilton, Miss Julie Kirkbride, Mr Christopher Leslie, Mr George Mudie, Mr Mike O'Brien, Bob Russell, Angela Smith, Mr Desmond Swayne, David Taylor and Mr Paul Truswell.
2Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee F, and has appointed Mr Edward O'Hara and Mrs Ray Michie Chairmen; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated twenty Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Richard Allan, Mr A. J. Beith, Mr Ian Cawsey, Mr Paul Clark, Mr Charles Clarke, Mr Harry Cohen, Mr Keith Darvill, Mr Hilton Dawson, Mr Jim Dobbin, Mr Oliver Heald, Jane Kennedy, Mr Peter Luff, Mr David Maclean, Ms Margaret Moran, Mr Gwyn Prosser, Mr David Ruffley, Helen Southworth, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe, Mr Ian Taylor and Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West).
3Sea Fishing Grants (Charges) Bill:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee G, and has appointed Mr Mike Hancock Chairman; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated eighteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Bob Blizzard, Mr Roger Casale, Mr Stephen Day, Mr Andrew George, Mr Christopher Gill, Dr Norman A. Godman, Mr Win Griffiths, Mr John Hayes, Mr David Heath, Dr Brian Iddon, Helen Jones, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr Gordon Marsden, Mr Austin Mitchell, Mr Elliot Morley, Mr Malcolm Moss, Kali Mountford and Mr John Townend.
4Draft Greater London Authority Elections (Expenses) Order 2000:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody Chairman; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Ms Diane Abbott, Mr Robert Ainsworth, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Tom Brake, Mr John Cryer, Mr Edward Davey, Ms Harriet Harman, Mr Keith Hill, Mr Andrew Hunter, Mr Bernard Jenkin, Mr Alan Keen, Mr Andrew Mackinlay, Mr Michael Mates, Mr Stephen Pound, Mr Stephen Twigg and Mr Phil Woolas.
5Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-border Public Authorities) (Forestry Commissioners) Order 2000:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Bill O'Brien Chairman; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Douglas Alexander, Mr Peter Atkinson, Miss Anne Begg, Mr Bob Blizzard, Mr Desmond Browne, Mr Tom Clarke, Mr Brian H. Donohoe, Mr George, Galloway, Mr Dominic Grieve, Mr David Heath, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr Elliot Morley, Sir Robert Smith, Mr David Stewart, Mr Andrew Tyrie and Mr David Wilshire.
6Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) Order 2000:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Barry Jones Chairman; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr David Amess, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Peter Bottomley, Mr Tam Dalyell, Jim Dowd, Dr Norman A. Godman, Mr Dominic Grieve, Mr Alan Howarth, Mr Calum Macdonald, Fiona Mactaggart, Mr Michael Moore, Mr Ernie Ross, Mr Malcolm Savidge, Sir Robert Smith, Mr Tony Worthington and Mr James Wray.
7Draft Tax Credits Up-rating Order 2000:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Andrew Welsh Chairman; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Graham Allen, Mrs Liz Blackman, Mr Julian Brazier, Mr Jim Cousins, Mr Edward Davey, Mr Christopher Gill, Mrs Llin Golding, Mr Fraser Kemp, Mr David Kidney, Mr Richard Ottaway, Mr Chris Pond, Dawn Primarolo, Mr Keith Simpson, Steve Webb, Mr David Winnick and Audrey Wise.
8Draft Official Listings of Securities (Change of Competent Authority) Regulations 2000:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Barry Jones Chairman; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Graham Allen, Mr Vernon Coaker, Mr Edward Davey, Mr Howard Flight, Glenda Jackson, Miss Melanie Johnson, Dr Julian Lewis, Sir Peter Lloyd, Mr Tony McWalter, Alice Mahon, Mr Gordon Prentice, Mr Geoffrey Robinson, Mr Keith Simpson, Mr Matthew Taylor, Dr Desmond Turner and Mr Robert N. Wareing.
9Draft Financial Assistance for Industry (Increase of Limit) Order 2000:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Bill O'Brien Chairman; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Dr Vincent Cable, Mr Richard Caborn, Mr William Cash, Mr Ben Chapman, Mr Brian Cotter, Tom Cox, Mr David Curry, Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas, Mr Terry Davis, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Mr Kevin McNamara, Mr Tony McNulty, Mr George Mudie, Mr Denis Murphy, Mr Richard Page and Ms Dari Taylor.
10Draft Contracting Out (Functions relating to Social Security) Order 2000, and the draft Social Security (Work-focused Interviews) Regulations 2000:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order and draft Regulations to the Ninth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Nicholas Winterton Chairman; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Tony Banks, Mr A. J. Beith, Mr Richard Burden, Angela Eagle, Mr Michael Fabricant, Mr Barry Gardiner, Mr John Horam, Mr Kevin Hughes, Ms Oona King, Mr Archy Kirkwood, Shona McIsaac, Mr Andrew Miller, Mr Eric Pickles, Mr Bill Rammell, Mr John Randall and Mr Martin Salter.
11Draft Water Undertakers (Rateable Value) (England) Order 2000, the draft Railways (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000, the draft Non-Domestic Rating (Chargeable Amounts) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2000, the draft Gas Industry (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000, the draft Energy from Waste Plants (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000, the draft Docks and Harbours (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000, and the draft Electricity Supply Industry (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Orders to the Tenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Bill Olner Chairman; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Joe Ashton, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Kelvin Hopkins, Ms Beverley Hughes, Ms Sally Keeble, Chris McCafferty, Mr David Maclean, Mr Jim Marshall, Mr Adrian Sanders, Mr Anthony Steen, Mr Gerry Steinberg, Mr Paul Stinchcombe, Mr Andrew Stunell, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe, Dr Rudi Vis and Mr Nigel Waterson.
12Draft Community Legal Service (Cost Protection) Regulations 2000, the draft Community Legal Service (Scope) Regulations 2000, and the Funding Code prepared by the Legal Services Commission,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Roger Berry, Mr David Chaytor and Mr Austin Mitchell from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations and the Code); and nominated in substitution Mr Hilary Benn, Mr Mark Fisher and Mr John Grogan.
Grand Committees
13Northern Ireland Grand Committee,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Tony Colman and Mr Malcolm Moss from the Committee and appointed Mr Desmond Browne and Mr John M. Taylor.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Defence,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence Committee [The Appointment of the New Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA)]; to be printed [No. 318] [Mr Bruce George].
2Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [Proposed Urban White Paper]; to be printed [No. 185-ii] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett]; and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Sub-Committee of the Committee [The Road Haulage Industry]; to be printed [No. 296-i] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].
3European Scrutiny,—Eleventh Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 23-xi] [Mr Jimmy Hood].
4Northern Ireland Affairs,—Second Report from the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [Current Problems relating to the Livestock Industry in Northern Ireland], 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. 62] [Mr Peter Brooke].
5Public Accounts,—(1) Eleventh Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [HMC&E: Improving VAT Assurance]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 75]; and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [MoD: Accepting equipment off-contract and into service]; to be printed [No. 319-i]
 
    [Mr David Davis].
6Public Administration,—First Special Report from the Select Committee on Public Administration [Responses to the Sixth Report from the Committee, Session 1998-99, on Quangos]; to be printed [No. 317] [Dr Tony Wright].
7Science and Technology,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Science and Technology Committee [EQUAL (Extend Quality Life)]; to be printed [No. 245-ii] [Dr Michael Clark].
8Social Security,—Second Report from the Social Security Committee [Power to Incur Expenditure under Section 82 of the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999: New Information Technology System for the Child Support Agency (Further Report), together with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 315] [Mr Edward Leigh].
9Trade and Industry,—Sixth Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [Business, Enterprise and the Budget], together with Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee and Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 51] [Mr Martin O'Neill].
10Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee of the Treasury Committee [Government's Cash and Debt Management]; to be printed [No. 154-iv] [Sir Michael Spicer].


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

The House met at half-past Nine o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Adjournment,—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Mr Robert Ainsworth.)
 
        And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 1.58 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker        



 
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