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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 19th April 2000

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1City of London (Ward Elections) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for further consideration of the City of London (Ward Elections) Bill, as amended by the Chairman of Ways and Means;
 
        Ordered, That the Bill be further considered on Wednesday 3rd May.
2Recycled Content of Newsprint Bill,—Mr Bill O'Brien reported from Standing Committee C, That it had gone through the Recycled Content of Newsprint Bill, and made an Amendment thereunto.
 
        Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered upon Friday 5th May; and to be printed [Bill 118].
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 448].
3School Admissions (Amendment) Bill,—Mr Paul Burstow, supported by Mr Tom Brake, Mr Edward Davey, Dr Jenny Tonge, Mr Simon Hughes and Dr Vincent Cable presented a Bill to amend the law relating to school admission arrangements for maintained schools to allow admission authorities to give precedence to pupils seeking admission who live within the area of the local education authority; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time, and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 5th May and to be printed [Bill 116].
4Concessionary Parking Scheme (Extension),—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require local authorities to extend concessionary parking arrangements available to disabled people to health and social services professionals on duty: And that Mr Christopher Fraser, Mr Ian Taylor, Miss Julie Kirkbride, Mr Andrew Robathan, Mr Howard Flight, Mr Anthony Steen, Mr David Prior, Mr Andrew Tyrie, Mr Desmond Swayne, Dr Julian Lewis and Mr John Bercow do prepare and bring it in.
5Concessionary Parking Scheme (Extension) Bill,—Mr Christopher Fraser accordingly presented a Bill to require local authorities to extend concessionary parking arrangements available to disabled people to health and social services professionals on duty: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 12th May and to be printed [Bill 117].
6Utilities Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for consideration of the Utilities Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee;
 
        A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be re-committed to the former Committee—(Mrs Angela Browning);
 
        And the Motion being opposed, after a brief explanatory statement from the Member who made the Motion and from a Member who opposed it, the Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Standing Order No. 74 (Re-committal of bill).
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Mr Keith Simpson: 137.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Tony McNulty, Mr Robert Ainsworth: 282.
 
        So the Question was negatived.
 
        The House accordingly proceeded to consider the Bill.
 
        A Clause (Interpretation)—(Mrs Helen Liddell)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Sources of electricity generation)—(Mr Nick Gibb)—brought up and read the first time.
 
        Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:—Clause, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Amendment (No. 22) proposed to the Bill, in page 6, line 15, to leave out the words 'wherever appropriate'.—(Mr Nick Gibb.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—
 
        And it being Seven o'clock, and there being Private Business set down by direction of the Chairman of Ways and Means under Standing Order No. 20 (Time for taking private business), further proceedings stood postponed.
7Mersey Tunnels Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Mersey Tunnels Bill.
 
        No Motion was made for the Second Reading of the Bill.
8Utilities Bill,—The House again proceeded to consider the Utilities Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee.
 
        Question again proposed, That the Amendment (No. 22) be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 24) proposed to the Bill, in page 8, line 2, after the word 'Parliament', to insert the words 'together with an impact assessment of the extent to which any additional costs incurred by the Authority, Council or licence holders consequent on implementing the guidance will be passed on to consumers.', instead thereof.—(Mr Nick Gibb.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Amendments (Nos. 1 and 2) made to the Bill.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 28) proposed to the Bill, in page 48, line 36, at the end, to insert the words—
 
        '(c) to facilitate the development of embedded generation;
 
        (d) to support the achievement of the Government's national renewable energy targets by facilitating small-scale renewable generation through net metering.'.—(Mr Andrew Stunell.)
 
        Question put, That the Amendment be made.
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Heath, Dr Jenny Tonge: 31.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe, Mr Tony McNulty: 261.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 26) proposed to the Bill, in page 54, line 46, at the end, to insert the words—
 
          '(9) No penalty fixed by the Authority under this section may exceed 5 per cent. of the turnover of the licence holder (determined in accordance with such provisions as may be specified in an order made by the Secretary of State).'.—(Mr Nick Gibb.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 3) proposed to the Bill, in page 60, to leave out lines 37 to 40.—(Mr Greg Pope.)
 
        Question put, That the Amendment be made.
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe, Mrs Anne McGuire: 260.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Andrew Stunell, Mr David Heath: 30.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 4) made to the Bill.
 
        Ordered, That Clause No. 107 be transferred to the end of line 29 on page 76.—(Mr Greg Pope.)
 
        Another Amendment (No. 6) made to the Bill.
 
        Ordered, That Clause No. 108 be transferred to the end of line 7 on page 36.—(Mr Greg Pope.)
 
        Other Amendments (Nos. 8 to 10) made to the Bill.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 39) proposed to the Bill, in page 117, line 28, at the end, to insert the words—
 
          '(2A) The Council shall maintain staff in each region for which there is a Government Office for the Regions.'.—(Mr Jim Cousins.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Other Amendments (Nos. 11 to 21) made to the Bill.
 
        Title accordingly amended, as follows: A Bill to provide for the establishment and functions of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority, and the Gas and Electricity Consumer Council; to amend the legislation regulating the gas and electricity industries; and for connected purposes.
 
        The Bill was read the third time and passed.
9Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from residents of Shropshire and Mid Wales for fair and equitable access to infertility treatment was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
10Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mrs Anne McGuire.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till eleven minutes to Ten o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 9.49 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:
1London Government,—Draft Greater London Authority (Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
2Education,—(1) Education (Student Support) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1120), and
 
        (2) Education (Student Support) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1121),
 
    dated 18th April 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
3Family Law,—Divorce etc. (Pensions) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1123), dated 14th April 2000 [by Act] [Mr David Lock].
4Gas,—Gas Act 1986 (General Restrictions on Disclosure of Information) (Modification) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1122), dated 18th April 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
5Income Tax,—(1) Retirement Benefits Schemes (Restriction on Discretion to Approve) (Additional Voluntary Contributions) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1088),
 
        (2) Retirement Benefits Schemes (Restriction on Discretion to Approve) (Excepted Provisions) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1087),
 
        (3) Retirement Benefits Schemes (Restriction on Discretion to Approve) (Small Self-administered Schemes) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1086), and
 
        (4) Retirement Benefits Schemes (Sharing of Pensions on Divorce or Annulment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1085),
 
    dated 14th April 2000 [by Act] [Miss Melanie Johnson].
6Legal Profession,—European Communities (Lawyer's Practice) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1119), dated 8th April 2000 [by Act] [Mr David Lock].
7London Government,—(1) Greater London Authority Act 1999 (Commencement No. 6 and Preliminary Arrangements for the Metropolitan Police Authority) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1095), dated 16th April 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw], and
 
        (2) Woolwich Ferry Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1044), dated 12th April 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
8Pensions,—(1) Divorce etc. (Notification and Treatment of Pensions) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1050),
 
        (2) Pension Sharing (Implementation and Discharge of Liability) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1053),
 
        (3) Pension Sharing (Pension Credit Benefit) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1054),
 
        (4) Pension Sharing (Safeguarded Rights) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1055),
 
        (5) Pension Sharing (Valuation) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1052),
 
        (6) Pensions on Divorce etc. (Charging) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1049),
 
        (7) Pensions on Divorce etc. (Pension Sharing) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1051), and
 
        (8) Pensions on Divorce etc. (Provision of Information) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1048),
 
    dated 13th April 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].
9Sea Fisheries,—Sea Fishing (Enforcement of Community Conservation Measures) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1081), dated 14th April 2000 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].
10Social Security,—(1) Income-related Benefits (Subsidy to Authorities) Amendment Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No.1091), and
 
        (2) Social Security (National Insurance Number Information: Exemption) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1082),
 
    dated 17th April 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].
Other Papers:
11Ombudsman (Northern Ireland),—Annual Report of the Assembly Ombudsman for Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Complaints for 1999-2000 [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [No. 436] [Mr Secretary Mandelson].
12Cabinet Office Executive Agencies,—Reports and Accounts of—
 
        (1) The Occupational Health and Safety Agency for 1st April-18th September 1996, and
 
        (2) Recruitment and Assessment Services for 1st April-30th September 1996
 
    with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 249 and 250] [Marjorie Mowlam].
13Environment, Transport and the Regions,—Government Response to the Third Report from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee on The Proposed Public-Private Partnership for National Air Traffic Services Limited [by Command] [Cm. 4702] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
14National Audit,—Reports by the Comptroller and Auditor General on—
 
        (1) Financial Management of the European Union, and
 
        (2) Managing reductions in the number of vacant family quarters
 
    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 437 and 435] [Clerk of the House].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
1Local Government Bill [Lords]:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee A, and has appointed Mrs Ray Michie and Mr Bill O'Brien Chairmen; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated twenty Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Robert Ainsworth, Hilary Armstrong, Mr Peter Atkinson, Sir Paul Beresford, Mr David Curry, Mrs Janet Dean, Mr Don Foster, Mr Patrick Hall, Mr David Hanson, Ms Beverley Hughes, Mr Brian Jenkins, Ms Sally Keeble, Mr Tim Loughton, Ms Margaret Moran, Ms Julie Morgan, Mr Adrian Sanders, Mr Phil Sawford, Mr Neil Turner, Mr Stephen Twigg and Mr Nigel Waterson.
2Finance Bill (except Clauses 1, 12, 30, 31, 59, 102 and 113):
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee H, and has appointed Mr Frank Cook and Dr Michael Clark Chairmen; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated thirty-eight Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Graham Allen, Norman Baker, Mr Harold Best, Mr John Burnett, Mr Roger Casale, Mr Ian Cawsey, Mr Michael Clapham, Mr Vernon Coaker, Mr Tony Colman, Mr Edward Davey, Mr Stephen Dorrell, Mr David Faber, Mr Howard Flight, Mr Barry Gardiner, Mr John Healey, Mr David Heathcoat-Amory, Mr Michael Jack, Miss Melanie Johnson, Mr Fraser Kemp, Mrs Jackie Lawrence, Mr Christopher Leslie, Mr Oliver Letwin, Judy Mallaber, Kali Mountford, Mr Richard Ottaway, Dr Nick Palmer, Mr Chris Pond, Dawn Primarolo, Mr Bill Rammell, Joan Ryan, Mr Nick St. Aubyn, Mr Keith Simpson, Mr Andrew Smith, Mr Andrew Stunell, Mr Stephen Timms, Mr Bill Tynan, Mr Andrew Tyrie and Ms Rosie Winterton.
3Draft Development Commission (Dissolution) Order 2000:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr John Cummings Chairman; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Robert Ainsworth, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Ian Bruce, Mr John Burnett, Mr Denzil Davies, Mr Damian Green, Mr Nigel Griffiths, Mr John McDonnell, Mr Chris Mullin, Mr Lembit Öpik, Mr Geoffrey Robinson, Mr Terry Rooney, Mr John Smith, Mr Peter Snape, Dr Gavin Strang and Mr David Wilshire.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Defence,—(1) Sixth Report from the Committee [The MoD Chief Scientific Adviser], with the 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. 318]
 
        (2) Seventh Report from the Committee [Gulf Veterans' Illnesses], with the 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. 125];
 
        (3) Eighth Report from the Committee [European Security and Defence], with the 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. 264];
 
        (4) Seventh Special Report from the Committee [Government Observations on the Second Report of the Committee: Ministry of Defence Annual Reporting Cycle]; to be printed [No. 452];
 
        (5) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Iraqi No Fly Zones]; to be printed [No. 453-i]; and
 
        (6) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 29th March [Lessons of Kosovo]; to be printed [No.347-iii]
 
    [Mr Bruce George].
2Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [Proposed Urban White Paper]; to be printed [No. 185-vii] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett]; and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Sub-Committee of the Committee [Road Safety]; to be printed [No. 449-i] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].
3European Scrutiny,—Fifteenth Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 23-xv] [Mr Jimmy Hood].
4International Development,—Fifth Report from the International Development Committee [Mozambique], 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. 326] [Mr Bowen Wells].
5Northern Ireland Affairs,—(1) Third Report from the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [The Northern Ireland Office 2000 Departmental Report]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 450]; and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Public Expenditure—Inward Investment in Northern Ireland]; to be printed [No. 198-vi]
 
    [Mr Peter Brooke].
6Public Administration,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [The Report of the Commissioner for Public Appointments on Public Appointments to NHS Trusts and Health Authorities]; to be printed [No. 410-ii] [Dr Tony Wright].
7Science and Technology,—First Special Report from the Science and Technology Committee [Government Response to the Second Report from the Committee on Engineering and Physical Sciences Based Innovation]; to be printed [No. 451] [Dr Michael Clark].


CORRIGENDA
1In the Votes and Proceedings for Tuesday 4th April, in Appendix I, the following items should have appeared under the heading Other Papers, not Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
 
    2 County Courts,—County Court Fees (Amendment No. 2) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 939), dated 16th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr David Lock].
 
    4 Supreme Court of England and Wales,—(3) Supreme Court Fees (Amendment No. 2) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 937), dated 28th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr David Lock].
2In the Votes and Proceedings of 12th April, entry 1 in Appendix III (Defence) should have House of Commons Printing Number 347-iv.

Supplement to the Votes and Proceedings
Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall
[pursuant to the Order of 24th May 1999]

The House met at half-past Nine o'clock.
1Adjournment,—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Mrs Anne McGuire.)
 
        And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 1.59 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker        



 
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