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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 23rd March 2000

The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1London Local Authorities Bill [Lords],—The Order of the day being read, for consideration of the London Local Authorities Bill [Lords], as amended in the Committee;
 
        Ordered, That the Bill be considered on Thursday 30th March.
2Kent County Council Bill [Lords],—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Kent County Council Bill [Lords];
 
        Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Thursday 30th March.
3Medway Council Bill [Lords],—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Medway Council Bill [Lords];
 
        Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Thursday 30th March.
4Mersey Tunnels Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Mersey Tunnels Bill;
 
        Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Thursday 30th March.
5Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Nicholas Winterton reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2000.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
6Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Humfrey Malins reported from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Special Grant Report (No. 60) on 1999-2000 Special Grant for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (House of Commons Paper No. 330).
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
7Ways and Means,—Amendment of the Law,—The Order of the day being read, for resuming the adjourned Debate on the Question proposed [21st March], 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;
 
    And the Question being again proposed:—The House resumed the adjourned Debate.
 
    And it being Seven o'clock, the Debate stood adjourned.
 
    Ordered, That the Debate be resumed on Monday 27th March.
8Business of the House,—Ordered, That, at the sitting on Thursday 20th April—
 
        (1) the House shall meet at half-past Nine o'clock, and shall between that hour and half-past Twelve proceed with a motion for the adjournment of the House made by a Minister of the Crown;
 
        (2) the subject for debate on the said motion shall be 'matters to be considered before the forthcoming adjournment';
 
        (3) at Eleven o'clock the Speaker may interrupt the proceedings in order to permit questions to be asked which are in her opinion of an urgent character and relate either to matters of public importance or to the arrangement of business, statements to be made by Ministers, or personal explanations to be made by Members;
 
        (4) at half-past Twelve o'clock, the proceedings shall be interrupted and the motion for the adjournment shall lapse;
 
        (5) a further motion for the adjournment of the House shall thereafter be made by a Minister of the Crown and, subject to the Order of 1st March, if the Question on the said motion has not previously been agreed to, at One o'clock the Speaker shall adjourn the House without Question put; and
 
        (6) there shall be no sitting in Westminster Hall.—(Mr Mike Hall.)
9Competition,—Ordered, That the Competition Act 1998 (Director's rules) Order 2000 be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.—(Mr Mike Hall.)
10Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Mike Hall.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty seven minutes past Seven o'clock adjourned till tomorrow.
[Adjourned at 7.27 p.m.
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker        

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

APPENDIX I
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:
1Local Government Finance,—(1) Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 56) on the Promoting Independence: Partnership Grant for 2000-01,
 
        (2) Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 57) on the Promoting Independence: Prevention Grant for 2000-01, and
 
        (3) Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 58) on the Promoting Independence: Carers Grant for 2000-01
 
    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 337, 338 and 339] [Mr Secretary Milburn].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
2Constitutional Law,—Scotland Act 1998 (Agency Arrangements) (Specification) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 745), dated 15th March 2000 [by Act] [Margaret Beckett].
3Northern Ireland,—Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Modification) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 741), dated 15th March 2000 [by Act] [Margaret Beckett].
4Parliamentary Commissioner,—Parliamentary Commissioner Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 739), dated 15th March 2000 [by Act] [Margaret Beckett].
Other Papers:
5Animals (Scientific Procedures),—Guidance on the Operation of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 321] [Mr Secretary Straw]
6Air Force (Constitution),—Regulations of the Defence Council, dated 14th March 2000, comprising Amendment List 8 to the Royal Air Force Manual of Assessment of Medical Fitness: Air Publication 1269A (Third Edition) [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].
7Criminal Statistics,—Criminal Statistics for England and Wales for 1998 [by Command] [Cm. 4649] [Mr Secretary Straw].
8Culture, Media and Sport,—Government Response to the Fourth Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Session 1999-2000, on Wembley National Stadium [by Command] [Cm. 4686] [Mr Secretary Smith].
9Miscellaneous (No. 6, 2000),—International Convention, adopted at New York on 15th December 1997, for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 4662] [Mr Secretary Cook].
10Miscellaneous (No. 7, 2000),—International Convention, done at New York on 10th January 2000, for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 4663] [Mr Secretary Cook].
11Probation Board (Northern Ireland),—Statement of Accounts of the Probation Board for Northern Ireland for 1998-99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [No. 372] [Clerk of the House].
12Reserve Forces,—Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Associations Regulations 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].
13Water Resources,—Security and Emergency Measures (Environment Agency) (England) Direction 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
APPENDIX II
Reports from Select Committees
1Culture, Media and Sport,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [Cultural Property: Return and Illicit Trade]; to be printed [No. 371-i] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].
2Health,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [Provision of NHS Mental Health Services]; to be printed [No. 373-i] [Mr David Hinchliffe].
3International Development,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [Mozambique]; to be printed [No. 326-ii] [Mr Bowen Wells].
4Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee of the Treasury Committee [Government's Cash and Debt Management]; to be printed [No. 154-v] [Mr Giles Radice].


CORRIGENDUM
In the Votes and Proceedings of 22nd March 2000, entry 4 (Public Administration) in Appendix III should have House of Commons printing number 238-ii.
The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Adjournment (Pensions Reform),—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Jim Dowd.)
 
        And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 28th March.
[Adjourned at 4.45 p.m.



 
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