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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 28th 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 the third time on Tuesday 4th April.
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 4th April.
3Consolidation, &c., Bills,—Mr James Plaskitt reported from the Select Committee appointed to join with a Committee of the House of Lords on Consolidation, &c., Bills to which the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Bill [Lords], now pending in the House of Lords, was referred, That it had gone through the Bill, and had made Amendments thereunto; and had agreed to a Report which it had directed him to make to the House; and had directed him to report the Minutes of Evidence taken before it on 28th March.
 
        Report to lie upon the Table; and to be printed [No. 382-I].
 
        Minutes of Evidence to lie upon the Table; and to be printed [No. 382-II].
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 382-II].
4Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:
 
        Census (Amendment) Bill [Lords]—The Lords have passed a Bill to amend the Census Act 1920 to enable particulars to be required in respect of religion: to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.
5Census (Amendment) Bill [Lords],—The Census (Amendment) Bill [Lords] was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 7th April and to be printed [Bill 100].
 
        Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Census (Amendment) Bill [Lords] be printed [Bill 100-EN].
6Local Government (Access to Information),—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make further provision in respect of local government in England and Wales, for disclosure of information to the public and for convening meetings in public; and for connected purposes: And that Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West), Mrs Betty Williams, Dr David Clark, Mr Mark Fisher, Mr David Drew, Mr Gwyn Prosser, Mr Huw Edwards and Mr John Smith do prepare and bring it in.
7Local Government (Access to Information) Bill,—Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West) accordingly presented a Bill to make further provision in respect of local government in England and Wales, for disclosure of information to the public and for convening meetings in public; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 21st July and to be printed [Bill 99].
8Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill,—The Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill was, according to Order, read a second time and stood committed to a Standing Committee.
9Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill [Money];
 
        A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 52 (Money resolutions and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills), That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of:
 
        (a) any expenditure incurred by a Minister of the Crown by virtue of the Act;
 
        (b) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of money so provided under any other enactment—(Mr Mike Hall):—It was agreed to.
10Rating and Valuation,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Water Undertakers (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 29th February, be approved—(Mr Graham Allen):—It was agreed to.
11Rating and Valuation,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Railways (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 29th February, be approved—(Mr Graham Allen):—It was agreed to.
12Rating and Valuation,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Non-Domestic Rating (Chargeable Amounts) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2000, which were laid before this House on 29th February, be approved—(Mr Graham Allen):—It was agreed to.
13Rating and Valuation,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Gas Industry (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 29th February, be approved—(Mr Graham Allen):—It was agreed to.
14Rating and Valuation,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Energy from Waste Plants (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 29th February, be approved—(Mr Graham Allen):—It was agreed to.
15Rating and Valuation,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Docks and Harbours (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 29th February, be approved—(Mr Graham Allen):—It was agreed to.
16Rating and Valuation,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Electricity Supply Industry (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 2nd March, be approved—(Mr Graham Allen):—It was agreed to.
17Telegraphy (S.I., 2000, No. 630),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying That the Wireless Telegraphy (Television Licence Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 630), dated 6th March 2000, a copy of which was laid before this House on 8th March, be annulled—(Mr John Greenway);
 
        And it being one and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Standing Order No. 16 (Proceedings under an Act or on European Union Documents):—It was negatived.
18Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from residents of Leighton Buzzard and Linslade for aid to be directed to education for child labourers was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
19Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Jim Dowd);
 
        And it being Ten o'clock, the Motion for the Adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put.
20Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mrs Anne McGuire.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-three minutes past Ten o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 10.23 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 Negative Resolution:
1Charities,—Draft Charities (Bristol, Clifton and West of England Zoological Society) Order 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].
2Road Traffic,—Motor Vehicles (EC Type Approval) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 869), dated 27th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
Other Papers:
3Criminal Injuries Compensation,—Report and Accounts of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority for 1998-99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 353] [Mr Secretary Straw].
4Local Government (Scotland),—Accounts of the Scottish Children's Reporter Administration for 1998-99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 381] [Clerk of the House].
5Social Services (Training),—Account of the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work for 1998-99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 380] [Clerk of the House].
APPENDIX II
Draft Equality (Disability, etc.) (Northern Ireland) Order 2000,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Ms Jenny Jones from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution John Austin.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment Sub-Committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [The Planning Inspectorate and Public Inquiries]; to be printed [No. 364-i] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].
2Foreign Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [The Intergovernmental Conference of the European Union]; to be printed [No. 384-i] [Mr Donald Anderson].
3International Development,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [After Seattle—The World Trade Organisation and Developing Countries]; to be printed [No. 227-iv] [Mr Bowen Wells].
4Statutory Instruments,—Fourteenth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 47-xiv] [Mr David Tredinnick].
5Trade and Industry,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee [BMW, Rover and Longbridge]; to be printed [No. 383-i] [Mr Martin O'Neill].


Supplement to the Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 28th 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,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Mr Gerry Sutcliffe);
 
        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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