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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 16th May 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 23rd May.
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 23rd May.
3Railtrack (Waverley Station) Order Confirmation Bill,—Mr Secretary Reid presented a Bill to confirm a Provisional Order under section 8 of the Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act 1936, relating to Railtrack (Waverley Station): And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Wednesday 24th May and to be printed [Bill 124].
4Welsh Grand Committee,—Mr Barry Jones reported from the Welsh Grand Committee, That it had considered the matter of the Welsh economy, referred to it on 2nd May, and had directed him to report accordingly to the House.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 117].
5Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr John Cummings reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 2000.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
6Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr John McWilliam reported from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft National Minimum Wage (Increase in Development Rate for Young Workers) Regulations 2000.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
7Police (Northern Ireland) Bill,—Mr Secretary Mandelson, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Secretary Straw and Mr Secretary Cook, presented a Bill to make provision about policing in Northern Ireland; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 125].
 
        Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill be printed [Bill 125-EN].
8Juvenile Justice,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide that a young person indicted for a serious criminal offence shall be brought to trial within a period of 110 days; and for connected purposes: And that Miss Anne McIntosh, Mr James Gray, Mr Martin Bell, Mr Paul Keetch, Mr Michael Fabricant, Mr John Bercow, Mr Stephen O'Brien, Mr Graham Brady, Mr Desmond Swayne and Mr Christopher Fraser do prepare and bring it in.
9Juvenile Justice Bill,—Miss Anne McIntosh accordingly presented a Bill to provide that a young person indicted for a serious criminal offence shall be brought to trial within a period of 110 days; and for connected purposes: 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 126].
10Opposition Day [10th allotted day],—It being an allotted day at the disposal of the Leader of the Opposition in pursuance of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business), the House proceeded to consider Opposition business.
 
        UK Manufacturing and Enterprise,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House condemns the Government for failing to encourage an enterprise economy, for reducing the UK's competitiveness and burdening all sectors of business with extra regulatory costs and taxation and for adding to the pressure on manufacturing, resulting in many sectors relocating outside the UK; demands that the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry outlines the Government's strategy for manufacturing as a matter of urgency, so that industry can plan for the future; and calls upon the Government to commit itself to reduce the overall cost of tax and regulation to business without delay, allowing UK firms to compete in the global market place and to retain a UK manufacturing base—(Mrs Angela Browning);
 
        An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word 'House' to the end of the Question and add the words 'recognises that industry does not want a return of the boom and bust policies of the previous Government, with interest rates of 15 per cent., inflation above 10 per cent. and soaring budget deficits; welcomes the Government's decisive action in taking politics out of interest rate decisions; notes that employment is currently 880,000 higher than it was when the Government came into office, and that long-term interest rates over the past year have been at their lowest for 35 years; welcomes the measures that the Government has taken to encourage enterprise, investment and innovation which particularly help manufacturing businesses; welcomes the Government's view that where firms are in difficulty the Government has a role in helping people through change as opposed to the previous Government's laissez-faire approach; and condemns the Opposition for its record in government, when manufacturing employment declined by 2 million', instead thereof.—(Mr Secretary Byers.)
 
        And the Question being put, That the original words stand part of the Question;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Stephen Day, Mr Peter Atkinson: 173.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Jamieson, Mr Greg Pope: 337.
 
        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 recognises that industry does not want a return of the boom and bust policies of the previous Government, with interest rates of 15 per cent., inflation above 10 per cent. and soaring budget deficits; welcomes the Government's decisive action in taking politics out of interest rate decisions; notes that employment is currently 880,000 higher than it was when the Government came into office, and that long-term interest rates over the past year have been at their lowest for 35 years; welcomes the measures that the Government has taken to encourage enterprise, investment and innovation which particularly help manufacturing businesses; welcomes the Government's view that where firms are in difficulty the Government has a role in helping people through change as opposed to the previous Government's laissez-faire approach; and condemns the Opposition for its record in government, when manufacturing employment declined by 2 million.
 
        Future of the Teaching Profession,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House notes the failure of the Government to meet its target for recruitment into initial teacher training and the failure of Government schemes to encourage maths and science graduates into the teaching profession; views with concern the recent poll which showed that over half the profession expects to leave in the next decade and the fact that more teachers are leaving the profession than joining; deplores the Government's failure to deal with the bureaucratic workload faced by teachers, despite teachers' concerns and evidence that this is one of the key factors causing teachers to leave; recognises that this leads to children suffering in the quality of their education; and calls upon the Government to take urgent action to reduce the bureaucratic workload on teachers, to trust the professionals and to let teachers teach—(Mrs Theresa May);
 
        An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word 'House' to the end of the Question and add the words 'welcomes the substantial steps taken by the Government to improve teaching and the rewards for teaching, which include the introduction of a General Teaching Council, the development of better pay for good teaching, the introduction of training salaries to improve teacher recruitment, new measures to improve the training of headteachers, the Better Regulation Task Force Report on 'Red Tape Affecting Headteachers', administrative support for schools, more classroom assistants, lower infant and junior class sizes, reform of induction and teacher training, and significant improvements in funding for school budgets and school modernisation; and notes that these measures have already reversed a legacy of budget cuts, rising class sizes and inadequate training inherited from the previous administration', instead thereof.—(Mr Secretary Blunkett.)
 
        And the Question being put, That the original words stand part of the Question;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Stephen Day: 170.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 313.
 
        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);
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 309.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Stephen Day: 158.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        The Deputy Speaker forthwith declared the Main Question, as amended, to be agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That this House welcomes the substantial steps taken by the Government to improve teaching and the rewards for teaching, which include the introduction of a General Teaching Council, the development of better pay for good teaching, the introduction of training salaries to improve teacher recruitment, new measures to improve the training of headteachers, the Better Regulation Task Force Report on 'Red Tape Affecting Headteachers', administrative support for schools, more classroom assistants, lower infant and junior class sizes, reform of induction and teacher training, and significant improvements in funding for school budgets and school modernisation; and notes that these measures have already reversed a legacy of budget cuts, rising class sizes and inadequate training inherited from the previous administration.
11Northern Ireland,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That the draft Flags (Northern Ireland) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 15th May, be approved—(Mr Secretary Mandelson);
 
        The House proceeded to a Division.
Wednesday 17th May 2000
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 240.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr William Cash, The Reverend Martin Smyth: 8.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That the draft Flags (Northern Ireland) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 15th May, be approved.
12Northern Ireland,—Ordered, That the draft Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) (No. 2) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 10th May, be approved.—(Mr Adam Ingram.)
13Companies,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Companies Act 1985 (Audit Exemption) (Amendment) Regulations 2000, which were laid before this House on 3rd May, be approved—(Mr Mike Hall):—It was agreed to.
14Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Mike Hall.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till one minute to Two o'clock on Wednesday morning, adjourned till this day.
[Adjourned at 1.59 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 Affirmative Resolution:
1Church of England (General Synod) (Measures),—Measure passed by the General Synod of the Church of England, entitled Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure [by Act]; to be printed [No. 499] [Clerk of the House].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
2Social Security,—Tax Credits Schemes (Miscellaneous Amendments No. 2) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1324), dated 16th May 2000 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].
3Social Security (Northern Ireland),—Tax Credits Schemes (Miscellaneous Amendments No. 2) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1325), dated 16th May 2000 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].
Other Papers:
4Church of England (General Synod) (Measures),—Report by the Ecclesiastical Committee on the Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure [by Act]; to be printed [No. 500] [Clerk of the House].
5Environment, Transport and the Regions,—Response by the Government and the Health and Safety Commission and Executive to the Fourth Report from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee, Session 1999-2000, on the Work of the Health and Safety Executive [by Command] [Cm. 4741] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
6Port of London,—Report and Accounts of the Port of London Authority for 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
Draft National Minimum Wage (Increase in Development Rate for Young Workers) Regulations 2000,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Jim Murphy and Mr Jonathan R. Shaw from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mr Joe Ashton and Ms Dari Taylor.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Deregulation,—Second Special Report from the Deregulation Committee [Pre-Legislative Scrutiny of the draft Regulatory Reform Bill], together with Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 9th May; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 488] [Mr Peter L. Pike].
2Education and Employment,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Employment Committee [DfEE Funding]; to be printed [No. 502-i] [Mr Barry Sheerman].
3Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment Sub-Committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [UK Biodiversity]; to be printed [No. 441-i] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].
4Foreign Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [Departmental Report: The Government's Expenditure Plans 2000-01 to 2001-02]; to be printed [No. 507] [Mr Donald Anderson].
5Home Affairs,—(1) Third Special Report from the Home Affairs Committee [Government Reply to the First Report from the Committee, Session 1999-2000, on Managing Dangerous People with Severe Personality Disorder]; to be printed [No. 505]; and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Drugs and Prisons]; together with memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 506-i]
 
    [Mr Robin Corbett].
6Standards and Privileges,—(1) Eleventh Report from the Committee on Standards and Privileges [Complaint against Mr Fabian Hamilton], with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 503]; and
 
        (2) Twelfth Report from the Committee [Complaints against Mr John Prescott], with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 504]
 
    [Mr Robert Sheldon].
7Statutory Instruments,—Nineteenth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 47-xix] [Mr David Tredinnick].


Supplement to the Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 16th May 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.
Adjournment,—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Mr David Jamieson.)
 
        And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 12.58 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker        



 
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