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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 25th May 2000

The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock.
1Tottenham 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 Borough Constituency of Tottenham, in the room of Bernard Alexander Montgomery Grant Esquire, deceased.—(Mrs Ann Taylor.)
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 8th June.
3Mersey 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 Thursday 8th June.
4Liaison,—Mr Robert Sheldon reported, pursuant to Standing Order No. 145 (Liaison Committee), That the Liaison Committee had directed him to report that it had chosen the Second Report (No. 120) of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee (Session 1999-2000) on Environmental Impact of Supermarket Competition and the First Report (No. 46) of the Welsh Affairs Committee (Session 1999-2000) on European Structural Funds to be debated on Wednesday 21st June pursuant to Standing Order No. 10 (Wednesday sittings), and the Order of 24th May 1999, in the last Session of Parliament, relating to sittings in Westminster Hall.
5Standing Orders,—Ordered, That the Standing Orders relating to Public Business, as amended, be printed [No. 518].
6Electronic Communications Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Lords Amendments to the Electronic Communications Bill.
        Lords Amendments Nos. 1 to 22 were agreed to.
7Adjournment (Matters to be considered before the forthcoming adjournment),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Greg Pope);
8Royal Assent,—The Deputy Speaker notified the House, in accordance with the Royal Assent Act 1967, That Her Majesty had signified Her Royal Assent to the following Acts, agreed upon by both Houses:
        Armed Forces Discipline Act 2000
        Nuclear Safeguards Act 2000
        Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000
        Electronic Communications Act 2000.
9Adjournment (Matters to be considered before the forthcoming adjournment),—The Question being again proposed, That this House do now adjourn;
        The Motion was, with the leave of the House, withdrawn.
10Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Jim Dowd.)
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till fourteen minutes to Six o'clock, adjourned till Monday 5th June, pursuant to Order [2nd May].
[Adjourned at 5.46 p.m.
Betty Boothroyd

Madam Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock on Monday 5th June.

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:
1Constitutional Law,—draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 4) Order 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
2Agriculture,—Home-Grown Cereals Authority (Rate of Levy) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1404), dated 24th May 2000 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].
3Caribbean and North Atlantic Territories,—(1) Montserrat Constitution (Amendment) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1339), and
        (2) Virgin Islands (Constitution) (Amendment) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1343),
    dated 17th May 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Cook].
4Pensions,—Stakeholder Pension Schemes Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1403), dated 24th May 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].
5Pitcairn Islands,—(1) Pitcairn (Amendment) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1340), and
        (2) Pitcairn Court of Appeal Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1341),
    dated 17th May 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Cook].
6Social Security,—(1) Income Support (General) (Standard Interest Rate Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1402), and
        (2) Social Security (Attendance Allowance and Disability Living Allowance) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1401),
    dated 22nd May 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].
7Universities of Oxford and Cambridge,—Statute, dated 20th January 2000, made by the University of Oxford, amending the Statutes of the University [by Act] [Margaret Beckett].
Other Papers:
8Bank of England,—Notice given by the Treasury to the Bank of England specifying for the purposes of Section 11 of the Bank of England Act 1998 what price stability is taken to consist of and what the economic policy of Her Majesty's Government is to be taken to be [by Act] [Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer].
9Metropolitan Police,—Account of the Metropolitan Police Fund for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Command] [Cm. 4734] [Mr Secretary Straw].
10Sustainable Development,—Paper, entitled Waste Strategy 2000: England and Wales (Parts 1 and 2) [by Command] [Cm. 4693-1 and -2] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
11United Nations,—United Nations (International Tribunals) (Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda) (Amendment) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1342), dated 17th May 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Cook].
Standing Committees
Draft Local Authority (Stocks and Bonds) (Amendment) Regulations 2000, and the draft Uncertified Securities (Amendment) Regulations 2000,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Peter Snape from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mr Kevin Barron.

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