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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 21st March 2000

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [Lords],—The Order of the day being read, for the Third Reading of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [Lords];
 
        Ordered, That the Bill be read a third time on Tuesday 28th March.
2Greenham 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 28th March.
3Postal Services Bill,—Mr John Maxton reported from Standing Committee B, That it had gone through the Postal Services Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.
 
        Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 93].
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 368].
4Royal Parks (Trading) Bill,—Mr Jonathan Sayeed reported from Standing Committee G, That it had gone through the Royal Parks (Trading) Bill, and directed him to report the same, without Amendment.
 
        Bill, not amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 367].
5Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:
 
        The Lords communicate that they have appointed a Committee of twelve Lords to join with a Committee of the Commons as the Joint Committee on Consolidation Bills; that they have ordered that such Committee have power to agree with the Committee of the Commons in the appointment of a Chairman; and that the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee from time to time be printed and, if the Committee think fit, be delivered out; and they propose that the Joint Committee do meet on Tuesday 28th March at a quarter-past Four o'clock.
6Royal Assent,—The Speaker notified the House, in accordance with the Royal Assent Act 1967, That Her Majesty had signified her Royal Assent to the following Act, agreed upon by both Houses:
 
        Consolidated Fund Act 2000.
7Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report and Financial Statement and Budget Report, March 2000,—Ordered, That there be laid before this House a copy of the Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report and Financial Statement and Budget Report, March 2000, as laid before this House by Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when opening the Budget.—(Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer.)
8Ways and Means,—Provisional Collection of Taxes,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 51 (Ways and means motions), That, pursuant to section 5 of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968, provisional statutory effect shall be given to the following motions:—
 
        (a) Hydrocarbon oils (rates of duty and rebate) (motion No. 5);
 
        (b) Tobacco products (rates of duty) (motion No. 10);
 
        (c) Vehicle excise duty (rates for goods vehicles etc.) (motion No. 17);
 
        (d) Disposals of assets for which a VAT repayment is claimed (motion No. 19)—(Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer):—It was agreed to.
9Ways and Means,—Amendment of the Law,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That it is expedient to amend the law with respect to the National Debt and the public revenue and to make further provision in connection with finance; but this Resolution does not extend to the making of any amendment with respect to value added tax so as to provide—
 
        (a) for zero-rating or exempting a supply, acquisition or importation;
 
        (b) for refunding an amount of tax;
 
        (c) for varying any rate at which that tax is at any time chargeable; or
 
        (d) for any relief, other than a relief which—
 
          (i) so far as it is applicable to goods, applies to goods of every description, and
 
          (ii) so far as it is applicable to services, applies to services of every description—(Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer);
 
        And it being Ten o'clock, the Debate stood adjourned.
 
        Ordered, That the Debate be resumed to-morrow.
10Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from residents of Torbay against the Government's proposed changes to the method of benefit payments was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
11Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr David Clelland.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-nine minutes past Ten o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 10.29 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. 59) (Metropolitan Railway Passenger Services Grant 2000-2001) [by Act]; to be printed [No. 361] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
2Income Tax,—(1) Income Tax (Cash Equivalents of Car Fuel Benefits) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 810), dated 21st March 2000 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo]; and
 
        (2) Individual Savings Account (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 809), dated 21st March 2000 [by Act] [Miss Melanie Johnson].
3London Government,—Greater London Authority Election (Early Voting) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 826), dated 21st March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
4Medicines,—Marketing Authorisations for Veterinary Medicinal Products Amendment Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 776), dated 14th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].
5Sea Fisheries,—Sea Fishing (Enforcement of Community Quota and Third Country Fishing Measures) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 827), dated 20th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].
6Social Security,—Tax Credits Schemes (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 795), dated 21st March 2000 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].
7Social Security (Northern Ireland),—Tax Credits Schemes (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 796), dated 21st March 2000 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].
8Value Added Tax,—(1) Value Added Tax (Charities and Aids for the Handicapped) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 805), and
 
        (2) Value Added Tax (Fund-Raising Events by Charities and Other Qualifying Bodies) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 802),
 
    dated 21st March 2000 [by Act] [Miss Melanie Johnson]; and
 
        (3) Value Added Tax (Increase of Registration Limits) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 804),
 
    dated 21st March 2000 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo]; and
 
        (4) Value Added Tax (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 794), and
 
        (5) Value Added Tax (Increase of Consideration for Fuel) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 811),
 
    dated 21st March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Stephen Timms].
Other Papers:
9Air Force Constitution,—Regulations of the Defence Council, dated 2nd March 2000, consolidating amendments to Air Publication 400B-0001 (First Edition), and re-titling the publication as Air Publication 3392 Volume 7 (1st Edition): Regulations for the Reserve Air Forces [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].
10Defence,—Ministry of Defence Minute, dated 21st March 2000, concerning the proposed gifting of up to 288 Challenger 1 Main Battle Tanks and elements of a support package to the Government of Jordan [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hoon].
11Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report and Financial Statement and Budget Report, March 2000,—Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report and Financial Statement and Budget Report, March 2000, entitled Prudent for a Purpose: Working for a Stronger and Fairer Britain [Pursuant to Order this day]; to be printed [No. 346] [Mr Stephen Timms].
12Environment, Transport and the Regions,—Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions Minute, concerning a contingent liability consequent upon indemnification for legal action in relation to a public inquiry conducted by Lord Cullen into the fatal collision between two passenger trains at Ladbroke Grove Junction, West London [by Command] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
13Finance,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Audit of Assumptions for the March 2000 Budget [by Act]; to be printed [No. 348] [Clerk of the House].
14National Debt,—Debt Management Report for 2000-01 [by Command] [Miss Melanie Johnson].
15National Health Service,—Statements of Guarantee given by the Secretary of State for Health on 20th March 2000 on loans proposed to be raised by—
 
        (1) Exeter and District Community Health Service National Health Service Trust,
 
        (2) Hull and East Riding Community Health National Health Service Trust,
 
        (3) Norfolk Mental Health Care National Health Service Trust,
 
        (4) Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospital National Health Service Trust,
 
        (5) United Bristol Healthcare National Health Service Trust,
 
        (6) Wakefield and Pontefract Community Health National Health Service Trust, and
 
        (7) West Dorset General Hospitals National Health Service Trust,
 
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].
16Reserve Forces,—Change 3 to the Regulations for the Royal Naval Reserve (BR60) [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
1Draft Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2000,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Ms Jenny Jones, Mr Austin Mitchell, Joan Ruddock and Mr Marsha Singh from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Ms Linda Perham, Mr Terry Rooney, Rachel Squire and Dr Alan Whitehead.
2Code of Audit Practice for Local Authorities and the National Health Service in England and Wales,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Ann Clwyd from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Code); and nominated in substitution Mr Jon Owen Jones.
3Local Government Finance Special Grant Report on 1999-2000 Special Grant for Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr John Cummings, Maria Eagle, Mr Roger Godsiff, Mr Stephen Hepburn and Mr Jon Owen Jones from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Report); and nominated in substitution Mrs Helen Brinton, Mr Paul Goggins, Dr Ashok Kumar, Dr Doug Naysmith and Mrs Betty Williams.
4Draft Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000 (Transfer of NAO Staff etc.) Order 2000,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Tam Dalyell, Maria Fyfe and Mr James Wray from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Russell Brown, Mr Ernie Ross and Mr Bill Tynan.
APPENDIX III
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-iii]; and
 
        (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [The Implications for UK Agriculture and EU Agricultural Policy of Trade Liberalisation and the WTO Round]
 
    [Mr David Curry].
2Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment Sub-Committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [Travelling Fairs]; to be printed [No. 284-ii]; and
 
        (2) Memoranda laid before the Environment Sub-Committee [The Planning Inspectorate and Public Inquiries]; to be printed [No. 364-II]
 
    [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].
3International Development,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [After Seattle—The World Trade Organisation and Developing Countries]; to be printed [No. 227-iii]; and
 
        (2) Appendix to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 15 December 1999 [DFID's Policy towards China and Pakistan]; to be printed [No. 126-ii]
 
    [Mr Bowen Wells].
4Standards and Privileges,—Eighth Report from the Committee on Standards and Privileges [Complaint against Mr Tony Baldry], with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 369] [Mr Alan Williams].
5Trade and Industry,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee [Proposed Public-Private Partnership for BNFL]; to be printed [No. 307-ii] [Mr Martin O'Neill].
6Welsh Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee [Social Exclusion in Wales]; to be printed [No. 365-i] [Mr Martyn Jones].


Supplement to the Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 21st 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,—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Mr Clive Betts.)
 
        And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 1.00 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker        



 
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