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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 30th 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 6th April.
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 6th April.
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 6th April.
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 6th April.
5Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Jim Cunningham reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Equality (Disablity, etc.) (Northern Ireland) Order 2000.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the table.
6Television Licences (Disclosure of Information) Bill,—Mr Secretary Smith, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Darling, Mr Secretary Reid, Mr Secretary Murphy, Mr Secretary Mandelson and Janet Anderson, presented a Bill to make provision about the disclosure of certain information for purposes connected with television licences: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Monday 3rd April and to be printed [Bill 102].
 
        Ordered,That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Television Licences (Disclosure of Information) Bill be printed [Bill 102-EN].
7Learning and Skills Bill [Lords],—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Learning and Skills Bill [Lords];
 
        And a Motion being made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read a second time;
 
        An Amendment was proposed to the Question, to leave out from the word 'That' to the end of the Question and add the words 'this House declines to give a Second Reading to the Learning and Skills Bill [Lords] because it increases bureaucracy and central control in the provision of education to young people over 16 and adults, diminishes the role of democratically elected local education authorities, poses a threat to school sixth forms and the independence of further education colleges, destroys the TEC network and weakens business involvement in education and training, creates an anomalous and incoherent inspection system, and would curtail funding for informal education for all young people through the statutory and voluntary youth service; and because it lacks strategic vision and continuity in the progression of young people from the years of compulsory schooling through the transition to further and higher education and thereby to working life and lifelong learning', instead thereof.—(Mrs Theresa May.)
 
        And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr John Randall: 119.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Don Touhig, Mr Clive Betts: 280.
 
    So the Question was negatived.
 
        And the Main Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 62 (Amendment on second or third reading):—It was agreed to.
 
        The Bill was accordingly read a second time and stood committed to a Standing Committee.
8Learning and Skills Bill [Lords] [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Learning and Skills Bill [Lords] [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 Learning and Skills Bill [Lords], it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—
 
        (a) any expenditure of the Secretary of State incurred in consequence 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.
9Environmental Audit,—Ordered, That Dr Brian Iddon be discharged from the Environmental Audit Committee and Mr David Chaytor to be added to the Committee.—(Mr Mike Hall.)
10European Scrutiny,—Ordered, That Mr Bill Rammell be discharged from the European Scrutiny Committee and Mr Allan Rogers be added to the Committee.—(Mr Mike Hall.)
11Public Administration,—Ordered, That Dr George Turner be discharged from the Select Committee on Public Administration and Mr Anthony D. Wright be added to the Committee.—(Mr Mike Hall.)
12Liaison,—Ordered, That Mr Peter Luff be discharged from the Liaison Committee and Mr David Curry be added to the Committee.—(Mr Mike Hall.)
13Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Mike Hall.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till sixteen minutes to Eight o'clock, adjourned till Monday 3rd April.
[Adjourned at 7.44 p.m.
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker        

Madam Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock on Monday next.

APPENDIX I
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:
1Immigration,—Draft Immigration (Leave to Enter and Remain) Order 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].
Papers subejct to Negative Resolution:
2Education,—Teachers' Pensions (Contributable Salary) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 907), dated 28th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
3European Communities,—Structural Funds (National Assembly for Wales) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 906), dated 30th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
4Local Government,—Local Government (Best Value) Performance Indicators Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 896), dated 29th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
5National Health Service,—National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 909), dated 30th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].
6Police,—Police Pensions (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 843), dated 20th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].
Other Papers:
7Animal Health,—Return of Expenditure Incurred and Prosecutions taken under the Animal Health Act 1981, and Incidences of Disease in Imported Animals for 1999 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].
8Civil Aviation,—Statement of Guarantee given by the Treasury on 30th March 2000 on loans proposed to be raised by the Civil Aviation Authority from the National Westminster Bank plc [by Act] [Mr Stephen Timms].
9Environmental Protection,—Local Enforcing Authorities Air Pollution Fees and Charges Scheme (England) 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
10Foreign Affairs,—Government Response to the First Report of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Session 1999-2000, on the Annual Report on Human Rights 1999 [by Command] [Cm. 4687] [Mr Secretary Cook].
11Health,—Department of Health Minute, concerning a contingent liability consequent upon indemnification for any legal action against members of an independent inquiry conducted by Miss Jean Ritchie QC into issues arising from the case of Rodney Ledward [by Command] [Mr Secretary Milburn].
12Public Petitions,—Observations by the Secretary of State for Social Security on:—
 
        (1) the Petitions [1st, 16th and 21st March] from residents of the constituency of Vale of York, residents of the Skipton and Ripon constituency and residents of Torbay calling for a review of proposals to pay benefits directly into bank accounts instead of via post offices, and
 
        (2) the Petition [7th March] from residents of Cheshire for an increase in the state pension
 
    [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].
13School Standards and Framework,—Accounts of the:—
 
        (1) Aston and Nechells Education Action Zone,
 
        (2) Blackburn with Darwen Education Action Zone,
 
        (3) East Basildon Education Action Zone, and
 
        (4) Kitts Green and Shard End Education Action Zone
 
    for 1998-99, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 393, 395, 394 and 392] [Clerk of the House].
14Teachers' Pensions,—(1) Report by the Government Actuary on the Teachers' Pension Scheme (England and Wales) for 1st April 1991 to 31st March 1996, and
 
        (2) Supplementary Report by the Government Actuary, specifying the rate at which supplementary contributions shall be paid from 1st April 2002 so as to remove within the period of 40 years beginning on 1st April 2000 the deficiency as at 31st March 1996 between assets and liabilities of the Teachers' Pension Scheme (England and Wales)
 
    [by Statutory Instrument] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
15Wildlife and Countryside,—Report and Accounts of the Countryside Commission for 1998-99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 325] [Clerk of the House].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
1Draft Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2000,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Ann Clwyd from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mr Dale Campbell-Savours.
2Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 59) on Metropolitan Railway Passenger Services Grant 2000-01 (House of Commons Paper No. 361),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Tony Colman from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Report); and nominated in substitution Mr Brian White.
3Competition Act 1998 (Director's Rules) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 293),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Brian White from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Alan Simpson.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Health,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [Provision of NHS Mental Health Services]; to be printed [No. 373-ii] [Mr David Hinchliffe].
2Trade and Industry,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee [Proposed Public Private Partnership for BNFL]; to be printed [No. 307-iii] [Mr Martin O'Neill].
3Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [The 2000 Budget]; to be printed [No. 379-ii] [Mr Giles Radice].


Supplement to the Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 30th 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 Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Adjournment,—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Mr Gerry Sutcliffe.)
 
        And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 4th April.
[Adjourned at 5.26 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker        



 
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