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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 13th March 2000

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Greater London Authority Elections (Expenses) Order 2000.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
2Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Bill O'Brien reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Forestry Commissioners) Order 2000.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
3Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:
 
        Local Government Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill to make provision with respect to the functions and procedures of local authorities and provision with respect to local authority elections; to make provision with respect to grants and housing benefit in respect of certain welfare services; and for connected purposes; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.
4Local Government Bill [Lords],—The Local Government Bill [Lords] was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 87].
 
        Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Local Government Bill [Lords] be printed [Bill 87-EN].
5Energy Efficiency Bill,—The Order for resuming the adjourned Debate on Second Reading of the Energy Efficiency Bill on Friday 24th March was read and discharged.
 
        Debate to be resumed on Friday 21st July.
6Energy Conservation (Housing) Bill,—The Order for reading the Energy Conservation (Housing) Bill a second time on Friday 24th March was read and discharged.
 
        Bill to be read a second time on Friday 21st July.
7Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill, as amended in the Committee and in the Standing Committee.
 
        Ordered, That the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill, as amended, be considered in the following order, namely: New Clauses, amendments relating to Clause 1, Schedule 1, Clause 2, Schedule 2, Clauses 3 to 28, Schedule 3, Clauses 29 to 44, Schedule 4, Clauses 45 to 56, Schedule 5, Clauses 57 to 64, Schedule 6, Clause 65, Schedule 7, Clauses 66 to 72, Schedule 8, Clauses 73 to 87, Schedule 9, Clause 88, Schedule 10, Clauses 89 to 103, Schedule 11, Clause 104, Schedule 12, Clauses 105 to 111, Schedule 13, Clause 112, Schedule 14, Clauses 113 to 123, Schedule 15, Clauses 124 to 128, Schedule 16, Clause 129, Schedule 17, Clause 130, Schedule 18, Clauses 131 to 138, Schedule 19, Clauses 139 to 149, Schedules 20 and 21, New Schedules.—(Mr Mike O'Brien.)
 
        A Clause (Involvement of Commission in changes in electoral procedures)—(Mr Mike O'Brien)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Payments etc. which are (or are not) to be treated as donations by permissible donors)—(Mr Mike O'Brien)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Transfer to Commission of functions of Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland)—(Mr Dominic Grieve)—brought up and read the first time.
 
        Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:—Clause, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Another Clause (Tax relief for donations to political parties)—(Mr Robert Walter)—brought up and read the first time.
 
        Question put, That the Clause be read a second time;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 150.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Clive Betts, Mr Greg Pope: 272.
 
        Another Clause (Annual registration of overseas voters)—(Mr Martin Linton)—brought up and read the first time.
 
        Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:—Clause, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Amendments (Nos. 84, 85, 3, 4, 86 to 89 and 5 to 9) made to the Bill.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 157) proposed to the Bill, in page 8, to leave out line 14.—(Sir George Young.)
 
        Question put, That the Amendment be made;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Tim Collins, Mr Nick Gibb: 110.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Robert Ainsworth, Mr Don Touhig: 308.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 10) made to the Bill.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 177) proposed to the Bill, in page 13, line 12, after the word 'must' to insert the words 'either—(a)'.—(Mr Andrew Stunell.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Other Amendments (Nos. 11 to 14) made to the Bill.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 156) proposed to the Bill, in page 27, to leave out line 13.—(Mr Nigel Evans.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made;
 
        And it being Ten o'clock, the Debate stood adjourned.
8Business 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 Don Touhig):—It was agreed to.
9Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill,—The House again proceeded to consider the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill, as amended in the Committee and in the Standing Committee.
 
        Question again proposed, That the Amendment (No. 156) be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 162) proposed to the Bill, in page 29, line 28, at the end to insert the words—
 
        '(g) an individual who is by reason only of his age incapable of being included in any register of electors and is ordinarily resident in the UK.'.—(Mr Martin Linton.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Other Amendments (Nos. 15, 16, 90 to 96, 136 and 17 to 23) made to the Bill.
 
        Ordered, That further consideration of the Bill be now adjourned.—(Mr Greg Pope.)
 
        Bill to be further considered to-morrow.
10Industrial Organisation and Development,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Milk Development Council (Amendment) Order 2000, a copy of which was laid before this House on 14th February, be approved—(Mr Greg Pope):—It was agreed to.
11Northern Ireland,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Appropriation (Northern Ireland) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 28th February, be approved—(Mr Greg Pope):—It was agreed to.
12Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Greg Pope.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till eighteen minutes past Eleven o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 11.18 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:
1Local Government Finance,—Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 60) on 1999/2000 Special Grant for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children [by Act]; to be printed [No. 330] [Mr Secretary Milburn].
2Welfare Reform and Pensions,—Report by the Secretary of State for Social Security under section 82 of the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999, stating the changes in the law which the Secretary of State is proposing in the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill by way of amendments to the Child Support Acts 1991 and 1995, the amount of the expenditure which the Secretary of State proposes to incur and the purposes for which he proposes to incur it [by Act]; to be printed [No. 270] [Mr Secretary Darling].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
3Housing,—(1) Allocation of Housing (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 702), dated 10th March 2000,
 
        (2) Homelessness (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 701), dated 10th March 2000, and
 
        (3) Housing Renewal Grants (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 531), dated 28th February 2000
 
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
4Immigration,—(1) Asylum Support Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 704), dated 6th March 2000,
 
        (2) Council Tax (Liability of Owners) (Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 715), dated 9th March 2000,
 
        (3) Immigration (Eligibility for Assistance) (Scotland and Northern Ireland) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 705), dated 6th March 2000, and
 
        (4) Persons subject to Immigration Control (Housing Authority Accommodation and Homelessness) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 706), dated 7th March 2000
 
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].
5London Government,—Greater London Authority (Early Voting) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 725), dated 13th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
6National Health Service,—National Health Service (Pension Scheme and Compensation for Premature Retirement) Amendment Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 605), dated 10th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].
7Pensions,—Occupational Pension Schemes (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 679), dated 8th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].
8Road Traffic,—(1) Motor Vehicles (Compulsory Insurance) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 726), and
 
        (2) Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (County of Kent) (District of Shepway) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 722),
 
    dated 10th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
9Social Security,—(1) Employment Zones Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 721), dated 10th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett]; and
 
        (2) Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 723), dated 11th March 2000, and
 
        (3) Social Security Contributions (Intermediaries) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No.727), dated 13th March 2000
 
    [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo]; and
 
        (4) Social Fund Winter Fuel Payment Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 729), dated 13th March 2000,
 
        (5) Social Security Amendment (Employment Zones) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 724), dated 13th March 2000,
 
        (6) Social Security (Approved Work) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 678), dated 8th March 2000, and
 
        (7) Social Security (Immigration and Asylum) Consequential Amendments Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 636), dated 7th March 2000
 
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].
10Social Security (Northern Ireland),—Social Security Contributions (Intermediaries) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 728), dated 13th March 2000 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].
11Telecommunications,—(1) Data Protection Tribunal (National Security Appeals) (Telecommunications) Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 731), and
 
        (2) Radio Equipment and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 730),
 
    dated 9th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
Other Papers:
12Agriculture,—Report and Accounts of the Meat and Livestock Commission for 1998-99 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].
13Education,—Financial Statements of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority for 1998-99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 329] [Clerk of the House].
14National Health Service,—Summarised Accounts of Health Authorities, NHS Trusts in Wales, the Welsh Health Common Services Authority, the Health Promotion Authority for Wales, and of Funds held on Trust by Health Authorities, the Health Promotion Authority for Wales and NHS Trusts in Wales for 1998-99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 301] [Clerk of the House].
15Regulatory Impact Assessments,—List of Regulatory Impact Assessments for 1st July to 31st December 1999 [by Command] [Cm. 4664] [Marjorie Mowlam].
16Statutory Instruments (Notification),—Communication declaring that the undermentioned Statutory Instrument had come into operation before copies were laid before Parliament, and explaining why such copies had not been so laid before the Instrument came into operation:
 
        Education (Budget Statements) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 576)
 
    [by Standing Order] [The Speaker].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
1Draft 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 Mrs Anne McGuire from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulation and the Code); and nominated in substitution Mr Don Touhig.
2Draft Conditonal Fee Agreements Order 2000,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mrs Anne McGuire from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Don Touhig.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Agriculture,—(1) Fourth Report from the Agriculture Committee [Environmental Regulation and Farming], 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. 212]; and
 
        (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [The Implication for UK Agriculture and EU Agricultural Policy of Trade Liberalisation and the WTO Round]
 
    [Mr David Curry].
2Public Accounts,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Government on the Web]; to be printed [No. 331-i] [Mr David Davis].
3Science and Technology,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Science and Technology Committee [EQUAL (Extend Quality Life) ]; to be printed [No. 245-iii] [Dr Michael Clark].



 
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