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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 17th April 2000

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Jimmy Hood reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Youth Justice Board for England and Wales Order 2000.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
2Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Bowen Wells reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 61) on Special Grants for School Standards, Support of School Budgets and Costs of Transitional Funding (House of Commons Paper No. 399).
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
3Finance Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Finance Bill;
 
        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 Finance Bill because its 558 pages impose more complex regulations, introduce further taxes and fail to reverse the increasing burdens of taxation on families, on homeowners, on motorists, on consumers, on savers and on businesses', instead thereof.—(Mr David Heathcoat-Amory.)
 
        And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr Peter Atkinson: 136.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr David Jamieson: 342.
 
        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.
 
        Ordered. That—
 
        (1) Clauses Nos. 1, 12, 30, 31, 59, 102 and 113 be committed to a Committee of the whole House;
 
        (2) The remainder of the Bill be committed to a Standing Committee;
 
        (3) When the provisions of the Bill considered, respectively, by the Committee of the whole House and by the Standing Committee have been reported to the House, the Bill be proceeded with as if the Bill had been reported as a whole to the House from the Standing Committee—(Dawn Primarolo):—It was agreed to.
 
        Committee to-morrow.
4White Paper on Food Safety,—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. 5761/00, a White Paper on Food Safety in the European Union; and supports the Government's view that consumer concerns and the complexity of current arrangements demand urgent action to develop a coherent EU policy for the foodstuffs sector; to this end, welcomes the establishment of a European Food Authority; and notes the Government's commitment to identifying the most appropriate terms and structure for such an Authority with the objective of improving and enhancing food safety and the associated EU regulatory process—(Jim Dowd);
 
        The House divided
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr David Jamieson: 305.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr Peter Atkinson: 170.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 5761/00, a White Paper on Food Safety in the European Union; and supports the Government's view that consumer concerns and the complexity of current arrangements demand urgent action to develop a coherent EU policy for the foodstuffs sector; to this end, welcomes the establishment of a European Food Authority; and notes the Government's commitment to identifying the most appropriate terms and structure for such an Authority with the objective of improving and enhancing food safety and the associated EU regulatory process.
5Adjournment,—Resolved. That this House do now adjourn.—(Jim Dowd.)
 
         And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till five minutes to Eleven o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 10.55 p.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:
1Local Government,—(1) Local Authorities (Capital Finance, Approved Investments and Contracts) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1033), and
 
        (2) Local Authorities (Goods and Services) (Public Bodies) (No. 2) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1027).
 
    dated 10th April 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
2London Government,—(1) Greater London Authority (Limitation of Salaries) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1032), dated 10th April 2000, and
 
        (2) Transport for London (Preliminary Arrangements) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1045), dated 13th April 2000
 
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
3Medicines,—Medicines (Sale or Supply) (Miscellaneous Provisions) Amendment Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1070), dated 14th April 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].
4Osteopaths,—General Osteopathic Council (Restoration to the Register of Conditionally Registered Osteopaths) Rules Order of Council 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1037), dated 13th April 2000 [by Act] [Margaret Beckett].
5Taxes,—Petroleum Revenue Tax (Nomination Scheme for Disposals and Appropriations) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1072), dated 14th April 2000 [by Act] [Mr Stephen Timms].
Other Papers:
6Culture, Media and Sport,—Department of Culture, Media and Sport Minute, dated 17th April 2000, concerning the proposed gifting of the freeholds of 24 Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge and Shelley House, Acomb Road, York to the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England (English Heritage) [by Command] [Mr Secretary Smith].
7National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Hip replacements: Getting it right first time [by Act]; to be printed [No. 417] [Clerk of the House].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 61) on Special Grants for School Standards, Support of School Budgets and Costs of Transitional Funding (House of Commons Paper No. 399),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Geoffrey Robinson from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Report), and nominated in substitution Mr Andrew Dismore.
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-iv]; [Mr Barry Sheerman].
2Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Sub-Committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [Funding of London Underground]; to be printed [No. 411-iii] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].
3Public Accounts,—(1) Sixteenth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Vehicle Emissions Testing]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 189];
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Courts Funds Office—Funds in Court: Unclaimed Balances: Public Trust Office Accounts 1998-99]; to be printed [No. 439-i]:
 
    [Mr David Davis].
4Welsh Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee [Social Exclusion in Wales]; to be printed [No. 365-iii] [Mr Martyn Jones].



 
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