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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 10th April 2000

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Death of a Member,—The Speaker made the following communication to the House:
 
        I regret to have to report to the House the death of Bernard Alexander Montgomery Grant, Esquire, Member for Tottenham. I am sure that Members on all sides of the House will join me in mourning the loss of a colleague and in extending our sympathy to the honourable Member's family and friends.
2Nuclear Safeguards Bill [Lords],—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Nuclear Safeguards Bill [Lords];
 
        A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read a second time;
 
        Mr Thomas McAvoy 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;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mr Robert Ainsworth: 219.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Edward Leigh, Mr Michael Fabricant: 13.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        And the Question being put, That the Bill be now read a second time;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mr Robert Ainsworth: 215.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Wilshire, Mr Michael Fabricant: 7.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        The Bill was accordingly read a second time and stood committed to a Standing Committee.
3Business 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 Television Licences (Disclosure of Information) Bill may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour—(Jim Dowd);
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mr Robert Ainsworth: 211.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Wilshire, Mr Eric Forth: 8.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
4Television Licences (Disclosure of Information) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Television Licences (Disclosure of Information) Bill;
 
        A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read a second time;
Tuesday 11th April 2000
 
        And the Question being put:—It was agreed to.
 
        The Bill was accordingly read a second time and stood committed to a Standing Committee.
5Banana Imports,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees), That this House 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—(Mr Greg Pope):—It was agreed to.
6Welsh Affairs,—Ordered, That Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West) be discharged from the Welsh Affairs Committee, and Mr John Smith be added to the Committee.—(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)
7Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from residents of South Cumbria against reduction in police resources was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
8Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Greg Pope.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till half-past One o'clock, adjourned till this day.
[Adjourned at 1.30 a.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 Resoloution:
1Education,—(1) Education (Induction Arrangements for School Teachers) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1001), dated 5th April 2000,
 
        (2) Teacher Training Agency (Additional Functions) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1000), dated 5th April 2000, and
 
        (3) Westminster Education Action Zone Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1022), dated 8th April 2000.
 
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
2Social Security,—Income-related Benefits and Jobseeker's Allowance (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 979), dated 4th April 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].
3Telegraphs,—(1) Wireless Telegraphy (Citizens' Band and Amateur Apparatus) (Various Provisions) (Amendment) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1013),
 
        (2) Wireless Telegraphy (Cordless Telephone Apparatus) (Restriction and Marking) (Amendment) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No.1014), and
 
        (3) Wireless Telegraphy (Exemption) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No.1012),
 
    dated 6th April [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
Other Papers:
4Competition Commission,—Report by the Competition Commission on the supply of new motor cars within the UK [by Command] [Cm. 4660] [Mr Secretary Byers].
5Financial Reporting to Parliament,—Departmental Reports 2000: The Government's Expenditure Plans for 2000-2001 to 2001-2002:—
 
        (1) Cabinet Office, Central Office of Information, Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration and Health Service Commissioners, Privy Council Office, House of Lords, House of Commons, National Audit Office and Electoral Commission [by Command] [Cm. 4618] [Marjorie Mowlam];
 
        (2) Department for Culture, Media and Sport [by Command] [Cm. 4613] [Mr Secretary Smith];
 
        (3) Foreign and Commonwealth Office [by Command] [Cm. 4609] [Mr Secretary Cook];
 
        (4) Her Majesty's Customs & Excise [by Command] [Cm. 4616] [Mr Andrew Smith];
 
        (5) Inland Revenue [by Command] [Cm. 4617] [Mr Andrew Smith]; and
 
        (6) Ministry of Defence [by Command] [Cm. 4608] [Mr Secretary Hoon].
6Licensing,—Paper entitled, Time for Reform: Proposals for the Modernisation of our Licensing Laws [by Command] [Cm. 4696] [Mr Secretary Straw].
7National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Ensuring that Railtrack maintain and renew the railway network [by Act]; to be printed [No. 397] [Clerk of the House].
8National Health Service,—Statements of Guarantee given by the Secretary of State for Health on 5th April 2000 on loans proposed to be raised by the following National Health Service Trusts—
 
          (i) Mayday Healthcare, and
 
          (ii) Somerset Partnership NHS and Social Care
 
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].
9National Savings Bank,—Statements with respect to—
 
        (1) Investment deposits of National Savings, and—
 
        (2) Ordinary deposits and expenses of National Savings
 
    for 1st January 1998 to 31st March 1999, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 421 and 422] [Clerk of the House].
10Public Petitions,—(1) Observations by the Economic Secretary at the Treasury on the Petition [14th March] from residents of Shropshire against the closure of the Lloyds TSB bank in Pontesbury, and
 
        (2) Observations by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions on the Petition [10th March] from residents of Bodicote in Oxfordshire calling for greater powers for local councils to control the number of new houses built
 
    [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].
11School Standards and Framework,—Accounts of the:—
 
        (1) Barnsley Education Action Zone, and
 
        (2) Halifax Education Action Zone
 
    for 1998-99, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 420 and 419] [Clerk of the House].
12Treaty Series (No. 38, 2000),—Exchange of Notes, done at Tel Aviv on 14th February 1996 and Jerusalem on 9th June 1996, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the State of Israel concerning the Extension of the European Convention on Extradition to Certain Dependent Territories [by Command] [Cm. 4668] [Mr Secretary Cook].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
1Countryside and Rights of Way Bill,—The Speaker has appointed Mr John McWilliam an additional Chairman of Standing Committee B in respect of the Bill.
2Learning and Skills Bill [Lords],—The Speaker has appointed Mr Mike Hancock an additional Chairman of Standing Committee F in respect of the Bill.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Education and Employment,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Committee [Higher Education]; to be printed [No. 400-ii] [Mr Barry Sheerman].
2Public Accounts,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [HM Customs and Excise: Revenue from Gambling Duties]; to be printed [No. 423-i] [Mr David Davis].
3Science and Technology,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Science and Technology Committee [Cancer Research—A Fresh Look]; to be printed [No. 332-ii] [Dr Ian Gibson].



 
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