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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 4th April 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 11th 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 11th April.
3Welsh Grand Committee,—Mr Barry Jones reported from the Welsh Grand Committee, that it had considered the matter of the Budget Statement and its implications for Wales, referred to it on 16th March 2000, and had directed him to report accordingly to the House.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 117].
4Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Eric Illsley reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2000.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
5Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Nicholas Winterton reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 59) on Metropolitan Railway Passengers Services Grant 2000-2001 (House of Commons Paper No. 361).
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
6European Standing Committee A,—Mr Eric Illsley reported from European Standing Committee A the following Resolution:
 
        That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 13048/99, a draft Council Regulation amending Council Regulation (EEC) No. 404/93 on the common organisation of the market in bananas; and supports the Government's objective of achieving a revised EU banana regime which will not be challenged in the World Trade Organisation and which will reflect EU commitments to Caribbean and African countries, particularly the UK's traditional suppliers in the Caribbean.
 
        Report, together with Resolution, to lie upon the Table.
7Welfare of Racing Greyhounds Bill,—The Order for reading the Welfare of Racing Greyhounds Bill a second time on Friday was read and discharged.
 
        Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 19th May.
8Health Care Standards for Elderly Persons,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the National Health Service (Primary Care) Act 1997 to prohibit the refusal or delay of treatment or the provision of an inferior standard of care on the basis of age and to establish an inquiry into the extent of age discrimination in the provision of health services; and that Mr Paul Marsden, Mr David Amess, John Austin, Mr Peter Bottomley, Mr Paul Burstow, Dr Vincent Cable, Dr Ian Gibson, Mr David Hinchliffe, Dr Doug Naysmith, Mr Edward O'Hara, Ms Linda Perham and Mr Ieuan Wyn Jones do prepare and bring it it.
9Health Care Standards for Elderly Persons,—Mr Paul Marsden accordingly presented a Bill to amend the National Health Service (Primary Care) Act 1997 to prohibit the refusal or delay of treatment or the provision of an inferior standard of care on the basis of age and to establish an inquiry into the extent of age discrimination in the provision of health services: 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 103].
10Freedom of Information Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Freedom of Information Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee.
 
        Ordered, That the Freedom of Information Bill, as amended, be considered in the following order, namely, amendments relating to Clauses 1 and 2, Schedule 1, Clauses 3 to 16, Schedule 2, Clauses 17 to 54, Schedule 3, Clauses 55 to 60, Schedule 4, Clauses 61 to 66, Schedule 5, Clauses 67 to 72, Schedule 6, Clauses 73 to 84, Schedule 7, Clauses 85 and 86, new Clauses and new Schedules.—(Mr Tony McNulty.)
 
        Amendment (No. 100) proposed to the Bill, in page 1, line 7, at the end to insert the words—
 
        '—(A1) The purpose of this Act is to facilitate public access to information held by public authorities.'—(Mr David Lidington.)
 
        Question put, That the Amendment be made.
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Stephen Day, Mr Peter Atkinson: 167.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Jamieson, Mr David Clelland: 339.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 44) made to the Bill.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 33) proposed to the Bill, in page 4, to leave out lines 12 and 13—(Mr David Heath.)
 
        Question put, That the Amendment be made.
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Sir Robert Smith, Mr Tom Brake: 156.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Jim Dowd, Mr Greg Pope: 319.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 102) proposed to the Bill, in page 5, line 23, after the word 'subsection', to insert the words '(1A) or'—(Mr Nick Hawkins.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made.
 
        And it being Ten o'clock, the Debate stood adjourned.
11Business 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 Freedom of Information Bill may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour—(Mr Mike Hall): It was agreed to.
12Freedom of Information Bill,—The House again proceeded to consider the Freedom of Information Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee.
 
        Question again proposed, That Amendment (No. 102) be made.
 
        And the Question being put;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Stephen Day, Mr Peter Atkinson: 165.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Robert Ainsworth, Mr Clive Betts: 347.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 45) made to the Bill.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 1) proposed to the Bill, in page 7, line 13, to leave out from the word 'authority' to the end of line 34 and insert the words 'which is to any extent exempt or whose disclosure is not required by virtue of section 11.' instead thereof.—(Dr Tony Wright.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 46) made to the Bill.
 
        Ordered, That further consideration of the Bill be now adjourned—(Mr Mike Hall.)—
 
        Bill to be further considered tomorrow.
13Northern 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 Equality (Disability, etc.) (Northern Ireland) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 16th March, be approved:—(Mr Mike Hall.)—It was agreed to.
14Local Government Finance,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 59) on Metropolitan Railway Passenger Services Grant 2000-2001 (House of Commons Paper No. 361), which was laid before this House on 21st March, be approved:—(Mr Mike Hall.)—It was agreed to.
15Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Bill [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Bill [Money];
 
        A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—
 
        (a) any expenses of the Secretary of State under the Act; and
 
        (b) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums which under any other Act are payable out of money so provided:—(Mr Mike Hall.)
Wednesday 5th April 2000
 
        And the Question being put, it was agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—
 
        (a) any expenses of the Secretary of State under the Act; and
 
        (b) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums which under any other Act are payable out of money so provided.
16Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Don Touhig.)
 
        And the Motion having been made after Ten o'clock on Tuesday evening, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, Mr Deputy Speaker adjourned the House without Question being put, pursuant to the Standing Order, it being then one minute to One o'clock on Wednesday morning, till this day.
[Adjourned at 12.59 a.m.
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker        

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

APPENDIX 1
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
1Charities,—Draft Charities (Royal Medical Foundation of Epsom College) Order 2000
 
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].
2County Courts,—County Court Fees (Amendment No. 2) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 939), dated 16th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr David Lock].
3Inheritance Tax,—(1) Inheritance Tax (Delivery of Accounts) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 965),
 
        (2) Inheritance Tax (Delivery of Accounts) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 967), and
 
        (3) Inheritance Tax (Delivery of Accounts) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 966),
 
    dated 3rd April 2000 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].
4Supreme Court of England and Wales,—(1) Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 940), dated 1st April 2000.
 
        (2) Civil Procedure (Modification of Enactments) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 941), dated 1st April 2000, and
 
        (3) Supreme Court Fees (Amendment No. 2) Order 2000, (S,I., 2000, No. 937), dated 28th March 2000
 
    [by Act] [Mr David Lock].
Other Papers
5Competition Commission,—Report by the Competition Commission on the proposed merger of News Communications & Media plc and Newsquest (Investments) Limited/Johnston Press plc/Trinity Mirror plc [by Command] [Cm. 4680] [Mr Secretary Byers].
6Fair Trading,—Consent by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to the transfers of the newspapers of News Communications & Media plc to—
 
        (1) Johnston Press plc,
 
        (2) Newsquest (Investments) Limited, and
 
        (3) Trinity Mirror plc
 
        following a report from the Competition Commission [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
7National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Grants made by the National Lottery Charities Board [by Act]; to be printed [No. 378] [Clerk of the House].
8National Health Service,—(1) Statements of Guarantee given by the Secretary of State for Health on 22nd March 2000 on loans proposed to be raised by the following National Health Service Trusts—
 
          (i) Norfolk and Norwich Health Care, and
 
          (ii) Swindon and Marlborough.
 
        (2) Statements of Guarantee given by the Secretary of State for Health on 24th March 2000 on loans proposed to be raised by the following National Health Service Trusts—
 
          (i) Leeds Teaching Hospitals, and
 
          (ii) Lincolnshire Ambulance and Health Transport Service,
 
        (3) Statements of Guarantee given by the Secretary of State for Health on 27th March 2000 on loans proposed to be raised by the following National Health Service Trusts—
 
          (i) Avon and Western Wiltshire Mental Healthcare,
 
          (ii) Northallerton Health Services, and
 
          (iii) Wiltshire and Swindon Healthcare, and
 
        (4) Statement of Guarantee given by the Secretary of State for Health on 30th March 2000 on loans proposed to be raised by the North Tees and Hartlepool National Health Service Trust
 
    [by Act][Mr Secretary Milburn].
9Reserve Forces,—Report, dated 31st March 2000, under Section 54(7) of the Reserve Forces Act 1996 on the making of a call-out order under section 54(1) of that Act [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
1Competition Act 1998 (Director's Rules) Order 2000 (S.I. 2000, No. 293),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Mohammad Sarwar from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legisation (nominated in respect of the Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Lindsay Hoyle.
2Draft Access to Justice Act 1999 (Destination of Appeals) Order 2000,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Glenda Jackson from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Mohammad Sarwar.
3The Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 57) on the Promoting Independence: Prevention Grant for 2000-2001 (HC 338), the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 56) on the Promoting Independence: Partnership Grant for 2001-2001 (HC 337), and the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 58) on the Promoting Independence: Carers Grant for 2000-2001 (HC 339),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Philip Hammond from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Reports); and nominated in substitution Mrs Caroline Spelman.
4The Speaker has appointed Mr Eric Illsley an additional Chairman of European Standing Committee A in respect of European Union Document No. 13048/99 on the common organisation of the market in bananas.
Grand Committees
5The Speaker has appointed Mrs Ray Michie an additional Chairman of the Scottish Grand Committee for its meeting on Wednesday 5th April.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Education and Employment,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Committee [Early Years Education]; to be printed [No 386-ii] [Mr Barry Sheerman].
2Environmental Audit,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee [Budget 2000]; to be printed [No. 404-i]; and
 
        (2) Memorandum laid before the Committee [Further Government Observations on the Seventh Report from the Committee of Session 1998-99—Energy Efficiency]
 
    [Mr John Horam].
3Foreign Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [Weapons of Mass Destruction]; to be printed [No. 407-i] [Mr Donald Anderson].
4Home Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [Current EU Justice and Home Affairs issues]; to be printed [No. 402—i] [Mr Robin Corbett].
5Standards and Privileges,—Ninth Report from the Committee on Standards and Privileges [Complaints about Members of Parliament: The Investigation Process], with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 403] [Mr Robert Sheldon].
6Statutory Instruments,—Fifteenth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 47-xv] [Mr David Tredinnick].
7Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [The 2000 Budget]; to be printed [No 379-iii] [Mr Giles Radice].


CORRIGENDUM
In the Votes and Proceedings of 3rd April 2000, entry 2(1) (Public Accounts) in Appendix III should have House of Commons printing number 406.


Supplement to the Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 4th April 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 David Clelland.)
 
        And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 1.00 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker        



 
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