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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 6th April 2000

The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Romsey Writ,—Ordered, That the Speaker do issue her Warrant to the Clerk of the Crown, to make out a new Writ for the electing of a Member to serve in this present Parliament for the County Constituency of Romsey, in the room of Michael Keith Beale Colvin, Esquire, deceased.—(Mr James Arbuthnot.)
2London 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 13th April.
3Kent 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 13th April.
4Medway 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 13th April.
5Mersey 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 Wednesday 19th April at Seven o'clock.
6Transport Bill,—Mr Roger Gale reported from Standing Committee E, That it had gone through the Transport Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.
 
        Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 107].
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 415].
7Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill,—Mrs Ray Michie reported from Standing Committee F, That it had gone through the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.
 
        Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 106].
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 414].
8Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr John Butterfill reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Access to Justice Act 1999 (Destination of Appeals) Order 2000.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
9Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Jonathan Sayeed reported from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 57) on the Promoting Independence: Prevention Grant for 2000-01 (House of Commons Paper No. 338), the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 56) on the Promoting Independence: Partnership Grant for 2000-01 (House of Commons Paper No. 337), and the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 58) on the Promoting Independence: Carers Grant for 2000-01 (House of Commons Paper No. 339).
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
10Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:
 
        Limited Liability Partnerships Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill, intituled, An Act to make provision for Limited Liability Partnerships; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.
11Limited Liability Partnerships Bill [Lords],—The Limited Liability Partnerships Bill [Lords] was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 108].
 
        Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Limited Liability Partnerships Bill [Lords] be printed [No. 108-EN].
12Armed Forces Discipline Bill [Lords],—The House, accounting to Order, proceeded to consider the Armed Forces Discipline Bill [Lords], as amended in the Standing Committee.
 
        Ordered, That the Armed Forces Discipline Bill [Lords], as amended, be considered in the following order, namely, new Clauses; Amendments relating to Clauses Nos. 1 to 10, Schedule No. 1, Clauses Nos. 11 to 13, Schedule No. 2, Clauses Nos. 14 to 25, Schedule No. 3, Clauses Nos. 26 and 27, Schedule No. 4 and Clause No. 28; and new Schedules.—(Mr Don Touhig.)
 
        Amendment (No. 13) proposed to the Bill, in page 24, line 23, to leave out from the word 'imprisonment' to the word 'or' in line 24.—(Mr Crispin Blunt.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 2) proposed to the Bill, in page 29, line 24, at the end, to insert the words 'or—
 
        (c) they are a serving Officer in the Territorial Army or the Royal Auxiliary Air Force who also hold a current practising certificate, issued by the Bar Council, Law Society or Institute of Legal Executives, to practise as a Barrister, Solicitor or Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives and who have at least two years post qualified experience'.—(Mr Robert Key.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 4) proposed to the Bill, in page 30, to leave out lines 22 to 24 and insert the words—
 
        '(3) An order under this section shall not be made unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament', instead thereof.—(Mr Robert Key.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave withdrawn.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 6) proposed to the Bill, in page 32, line 10, at the end, to insert the words—
 
        '(1A) The Defence Council may by regulations make provision designating those persons who, either before or after the accused has elected for trial by court-martial, may counsel him on that decision'.—(Mr Robert Key.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 1) proposed to the Bill, in page 34, line 1, to leave out Clause No. 12.—(Mr Robert Key.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That the Bill be now read the third time;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Clive Betts, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 301.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr John Randall, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 113.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        The Bill was accordingly read the third time, and passed, with an Amendment.
13Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:
 
        The Lords have agreed to the Amendment made by this House to the Armed Forces Discipline Bill [Lords], without Amendment.
14Opposition day [6th allotted day: second part],—It being the allotted day at the disposal of the leader of the second largest opposition party in pursuance of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business), the House proceeded to consider opposition business.
 
        Patten Commission Report on the Royal Ulster Constabulary,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House welcomes the well-deserved award of the George Cross to the Royal Ulster Constabulary; condemns the Government's decision to remove its Royal title; and calls for the postponement of the implementation of other controversial recommendations in the Patten Commission Report on Policing in Northern Ireland until the 'new dispensation' on which it was predicated has truly arrived—(Mr David Trimble);
 
        An Amendment was proposed of the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word 'House' to the end of the Question and add the words 'welcomes the well-deserved award of the George Cross to the Royal Ulster Constabulary; notes that the award was made by Her Majesty in recognition of the service and sacrifices of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, which must never be forgotten; reiterates its commitment to maintaining an effective police service in Northern Ireland capable of protecting the public and maintaining law and order; and reaffirms the objective in the Good Friday Agreement of creating a new beginning to policing in Northern Ireland, with a police service capable of attracting and sustaining support from the community as a whole', instead thereof.—(Mr Secretary Mandelson.)
 
        And the Question being proposed, That the original words stand part of the Question;
 
        The Reverend Martin Smyth rose in his place and claimed to move, That the Question be now put.
 
        And the Question being put, That the Question be now put:—It was agreed to.
 
        And the Question being accordingly put;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Clifford Forsyth, the Reverend Martin Smyth: 118.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr Don Touhig: 264.
 
        So the Question was negatived.
 
        And the Question, That the proposed words be there added, being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments):—It was agreed to.
 
        The Deputy Speaker forthwith declared the Main Question, as amended, to be agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That this House welcomes the well-deserved award of the George Cross to the Royal Ulster Constabulary; notes that the award was made by Her Majesty in recognition of the service and sacrifices of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, which must never be forgotten; reiterates its commitment to maintaining an effective police service in Northern Ireland capable of protecting the public and maintaining law and order; and reaffirms the objective in the Good Friday Agreement of creating a new beginning to policing in Northern Ireland, with a police service capable of attracting and sustaining support from the community as a whole.
15Liaison Committee,—Ordered, That Dr Lewis Moonie be discharged from the Liaison Committee and Mr Stuart Bell be added to the Committee.—(Mr Keith Bradley.)
16Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from members of staff of pathology laboratories in Devon hospitals for recognition of the recruitment and retention problems of the pathology service was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
17Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Robert Ainsworth.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty minutes to Eight o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 7.40 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,—Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 61) on Special Grants for School Standards, Support of School Budgets and Costs of Transitional Funding [by Act]; to be printed [No. 399] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
2Channel Tunnel,—Channel Tunnel (International Arrangments) (Amendment) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 913), dated 29th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].
3Civil Aviation,—Civil Aviation (Route Charges for Navigation Services) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 895), dated 28th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
4Customs and Excise,—Dual-Use and Related Goods (Export Control) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 994), dated 5th April 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
5Immigration,—Immigration (Passenger Information) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 912), dated 29th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].
6Universities of Oxford and Cambridge,—Statute, dated 3rd April 2000, made by the Governing Body of Brasenose College, Oxford, amending the Statutes of the College [by Act] [Margaret Beckett].
Other Papers:
7Financial Reporting to Parliament,—Departmental Report 2000: The Government's Expenditure Plans for 2000-2001 for the Department of Health [by Command] [Cm. 4603] [Mr Secretary Milburn].
8France (No. 1, 2000),—Agreement, done at London on 25th November 1999, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the French Republic concerning Mutual Logistic Support, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 4640] [Mr Secretary Cook].
9Health,—Government Response to the Sixth Report from the Health Committee, Session 1998-99, on Procedures related to Adverse Clinical Incidents and Outcomes in Medical Care [by Command] [Cm. 4698] [Mr Secretary Milburn].
10Miscellaneous (No. 10, 2000),—Agreement, done at Vienna on 12th November 1999, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization on the conduct of activities, including post-certification activities, relating to International Monitoring Facilities for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 4675] [Mr Secretary Cook].
11Post Office,—Report and Accounts of the Post Officer Users' National Council for 1998-99 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
1Draft Immigration (Leave to Enter and Remain) Order 2000,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mrs Llin Golding and Miss Geraldine Smith from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Stephen McCabe and Mr Alan Hurst.
2Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 57) on the Promoting Independence: Prevention Grant for 2000-01 (HC 338), Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 56) on the Promoting Independence: Partnership Grant for 2000-01 (HC 337), and Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 58) on the Promoting Independence: Carers Grant for 2000-01 (HC 339),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr John Hutton from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Reports); and nominated in substitution Mr John Denham.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Culture, Media and Sport,—Second Special Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [Wembley National Stadium: Responses to the Fourth Report from the Committee]; to be printed [No. 412] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].
2Health,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [Provision of NHS Mental Health Services]; to be printed [No. 373-iii] [Mr David Hinchliffe].
3Home Affairs,—(1) Second Report from the Home Affairs Committee [Controls over Firearms], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 95]; and
 
        (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Controls over Firearms]
 
    [Mr Robin Corbett].


Supplement to the Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 6th April 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.—(Ms Gisela Stuart.)
 
        And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 11th April.
[Adjourned at 5.44 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker        



 
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