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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 7th June 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 14th June.
2Railtrack (Waverley Station) Order Confirmation Bill,—The Railtrack (Waverley Station) Order Confirmation Bill was read the third time, and passed.
3Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr John Cummings reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Social Security and Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2000.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
4Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Andrew Welsh reported from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Local Authority (Stocks and Bonds) (Amendment) Regulations 2000, and the draft Uncertificated Securities (Amendment) Regulations 2000.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
5Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Amendment),—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 with regard to the status of the father of a child conceived posthumously: And that Ms Debra Shipley, Mrs Llin Golding, Mr Simon Burns, Jackie Ballard, Barbara Follett, Mr Geraint Davies, Mrs Joan Humble, Mr Jim Cunningham, Mr Laurence Robertson, Dr Jenny Tonge and Christine Russell do prepare and bring it in.
6Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Amendment) Bill,—Ms Debra Shipley accordingly presented a Bill to amend the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 with regard to the status of the father of a child conceived posthumously: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 9th June and to be printed [Bill 138].
7Opposition Day [12th allotted day],—It being an allotted day at the disposal of the leader of the second largest opposition party in pursuance of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business), the House proceeded to consider Opposition business.
 
        Equal opportunities in Britain,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House believes that the Chancellor of the Exchequer was being simplistic and divisive in attacking the admissions procedure of Oxford University on the basis of a single, individual case; regrets the lack of action by the Government to promote freedom and opportunity for all the people of the United Kingdom; and calls on the Government to match its rhetoric with action, by removing government obstacles to the less well-off entering university, significantly increasing investment in education, taking those on low incomes out of income tax, tackling pensioner poverty, improving the quality of healthcare for all, and ensuring access to basic services in both rural and urban communities.—(Mr Charles Kennedy.)
 
        An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 1, to leave out from the word 'House' to the end of the Question and add the words 'believes that true opportunity for all requires that access to higher education should be based on merit not background; welcomes the measures the Government has implemented to widen access as part of the record increase in education spending of 8 per cent. in real terms in this year alone; and welcomes the many initiatives taken to help those in society whose needs are greatest, including an extra £950 a year for older pensioners on low incomes and a record increase in NHS spending of an extra £2 billion this year, plus 6.1 per cent. average growth year on year until 2004', instead thereof—(Mr Malcolm Wicks);
 
        And the Question being put, That the original words stand part of the Question;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Andrew Stunell, Mr Tom Brake: 41.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Clive Betts, Mr Robert Ainsworth: 249.
 
        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 believes that true opportunity for all requires that access to higher education should be based on merit not background; welcomes the measures the Government has implemented to widen access as part of the record increase in education spending of 8 per cent. in real terms in this year alone; and welcomes the many initiatives taken to help those in society whose needs are greatest, including an extra £950 a year for older pensioners on low incomes and a record increase in NHS spending of an extra £2 billion this year, plus 6.1 per cent. average growth year on year until 2004.
 
        Britain's Strategic Interests,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House believes that the strategic interests of the United Kingdom will best be served by collective action through the United Nations, NATO, the Commonwealth, the European Security and Defence Identity and similar political, economic and military institutions and initiatives; is concerned that the opportunities for a reduction in nuclear weapons have been prejudiced by the refusal of the United States Senate to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and by the proposal that the United States should deploy a system of National Missile Defence, if necessary in breach of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty; welcomes the 'unequivocal' declaration of the five permanent members of the Security Council that they will seek to eliminate all nuclear weapons in fulfilment of their obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty; calls upon Her Majesty's Government to state, first, what its policy is towards the United States proposal for National Missile Defence and, secondly, what steps it proposes to take to fulfil its pledge to seek to eliminate nuclear weapons; congratulates the armed forces of the Crown on their successful military campaigns in Kosovo and Sierra Leone but expresses disappointment that in the latter case Her Majesty's Government has chosen to deploy UK forces independently of the United Nations peacekeeping force and not as part of it and thereby failed to strengthen the UN effort and to enhance its credibility; and calls upon Her Majesty's Government to publish the policy criteria by which it determines that there is a need for intervention—(Mr Menzies Campbell);
 
        An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 1, to leave out from the word 'House' to the end of the Question and add the words 'believes that the strategic interests of the United Kingdom are normally best served through collective action through the United Nations, NATO, the Commonwealth, the European Security and Defence Identity, and similar political, economic and military institutions and initiatives, and with allies, but that the United Kingdom should reserve the right to act independently where absolutely necessary; notes that the United States has not yet taken a decision to deploy a National Missile Defence, and that Her Majesty's Government has made clear, both to the US and to Russia, that it wishes to see the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, and strategic stability, preserved; welcomes Her Majesty's Government's intention to pursue its pledge to seek to eliminate nuclear weapons through bilateral and multilateral negotiations, including through the Non-Proliferation Treaty machinery; and recalls that a principal aim of the deployment of British forces to Sierra Leone was to allow the deployment of additional UN forces, which is now well under way, and to support the UN effort there, and as such has been welcomed by the UN Secretary General', instead thereof.—(Mr Peter Hain.)
 
        Question put, That the original words stand part of the Question.
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Bob Russell, Mr Andrew Stunell: 40.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Tony McNulty, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 229.
 
        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 Tony McNulty, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 209.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Andrew Stunell, Bob Russell: 41.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        The Deputy Speaker forthwith declared the Main Question, as amended, to be agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That this House believes that the strategic interests of the United Kingdom are normally best served through collective action through the United Nations, NATO, the Commonwealth, the European Security and Defence Identity, and similar political, economic and military institutions and initiatives, and with allies, but that the United Kingdom should reserve the right to act independently where absolutely necessary; notes that the United States has not yet taken a decision to deploy a National Missile Defence, and that Her Majesty's Government has made clear, both to the US and to Russia, that it wishes to see the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, and strategic stability, preserved; welcomes Her Majesty's Government's intention to pursue its pledge to seek to eliminate nuclear weapons through bilateral and multilateral negotiations, including through the Non-Proliferation Treaty machinery; and recalls that a principal aim of the deployment of British forces to Sierra Leone was to allow the deployment of additional UN forces, which is now well under way, and to support the UN effort there, and as such has been welcomed by the UN Secretary General.
8Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Kevin Hughes);
 
        And the Motion having been made after Ten o'clock, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House, without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, it being then eight minutes to Eleven o'clock, till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 10.52 p.m.
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker        

Madam Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Eleven o'clock.

APPENDIX I
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
1Education,—Education (Student Support) Regulations 2000 (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1490), dated 7th June 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
2Legal Aid, Advice and Assistance,—Legal Aid in Criminal Proceedings (Costs) (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2000 (S.R.(N.I.), 2000, No. 212), dated 7th June 2000 [by Statutory Instrument] [Mr David Lock].
3London Government,—(1) London Transport Users' Committee (Transitional Provisions) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1484),
 
        (2) Metropolitan Police (Capital Finance) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1474), and
 
        (3) Regulation of Bus Services in Greater London (Transitional Provisions) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1462),
 
    dated 5th June 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
4Road Traffic,—Motor Cycles (Eye Protectors) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1489), and
 
        (2) Motor Cycles (Protective Helmets) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1488),
 
    dated 6th June 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
5Trade Union and Labour Relations,—Draft Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures, proposed to be issued by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), and as approved by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to section 200 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
Other Papers:
6Dentists,—Accounts of the General Dental Council for 1999 [by Act] [Margaret Beckett].
7Development of Tourism,—Statement of appointment and salary of Sue Lawley as a member of the English Tourism Council [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].
8National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on The Gaming Board: Better Regulation [by Act]; to be printed [No. 537] [Clerk of the House].
9National Statistics,—Paper, entitled Framework for National Statistics [by Command] [Miss Melanie Johnson].
10Roads,—Report for 1999 under section 18 of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
1Police (Northern Ireland) Bill:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee B, and has appointed Mr Edward O'Hara and Mr Humfrey Malins Chairmen; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated twenty Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Desmond Browne, Mr Keith Darvill, Jim Dowd, Mr Dominic Grieve, Mr George Howarth, Mr Andrew Hunter, Mr Adam Ingram, Helen Jackson, Mr Eddie McGrady, Mr Tony McWalter, Mr Ken Maginnis, Mr Seamus Mallon, Mr Lembit Öpik, Mr Stephen Pound, Mr Malcolm Savidge, Mr John M. Taylor, Mr Peter Temple-Morris, Mr William Thompson, Dr Jenny Tonge and Mr Shaun Woodward.
2Limited Liability Partnership Bill [Lords]:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee F, and has appointed Mr George Stevenson Chairman; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr John Burnett, Mr Brian Cotter, Mr David Crausby, Mr Jim Dobbin, Mr Michael Fabricant, Mr Nick Gibb, Dr Kim Howells, Mr Lindsay Hoyle, Helen Jones, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Dr Doug Naysmith, Mr Stephen O'Brien, Mr Greg Pope, Mr Alan Simpson, Mr Derek Twigg and Mr Brian White.
3Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 62) on Private Finance Initiative (House of Commons Paper No. 458):
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the Report to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Bowen Wells Chairman; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Robert Ainsworth, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas, Mr Edward Davey, Mr Don Foster, Mrs Llin Golding, Ms Harriet Harman, Ms Beverley Hughes, Ms Sally Keeble, Mr David Kidney, Mr Tim Loughton, Mr Denis Murphy, Sir Michael Spicer, Mr John Townend, Mr Jon Trickett and Mr Shaun Woodward.
4Draft Horticultural Development Council (Amendment) Order 2000:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr John McWilliam Chairman; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Tony Baldry, Mr Tom Brake, Mrs Helen Brinton, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr Jim Cousins, Mrs Ann Cryer, Dr Ian Gibson, Mrs Teresa Gorman, Mr David Heath, Mr Brian Jenkins, Lynne Jones, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr Alan Meale, Mr James Paice, Mr Gordon Prentice and Ms Joyce Quin.
5Draft Social Security and Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2000,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Jon Trickett and Mr Shaun Woodward from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mr Marsha Singh and Mr Ian Stewart.
Grand Committees
6The Speaker has appointed Mr Barry Jones Chairman of the Welsh Grand Committee for its meetings on Tuesday 20th June.
European Standing Committees
7The Speaker has appointed Mrs Marion Roe Chairman of European Standing Committee B in respect of European Union Document No. 7828/00, the Commission's Recommendation for the Broad Economic Policy Guidelines for 2000.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Defence,—(1) Ninth Report from the Defence Committee [The Future of DERA], 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. 462]; and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Lessons of Kosovo]; to be printed [No. 347-viii]
 
    [Mr Bruce George].
2Education and Employment,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Employment Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Committee [Recruiting Unemployed People]; to be printed [No. 533-ii] [Mr Derek Foster].
3Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Sub-Committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [Air Service Agreements between the United Kingdom and the United States]; to be printed [No. 532-ii] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].
4European Scrutiny,—Twentieth Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 23-xx] [Mr Roger Casale].
5Foreign Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [Feira European Council]; to be printed [No. 68-ii] [Mr Donald Anderson].
6Northern Ireland Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [Public Expenditure—Inward Investment in Northern Ireland]; to be printed [No. 198-viii] [Mr Peter Brooke].
7Public Accounts,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Progress on Resource Accounting and Preparations for Resource Based Supply]; to be printed [No. 556-i] [Mr David Davis].
8Public Administration,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Making Government Work]; to be printed [No. 238-iv] [Dr Tony Wright].
9Social Security,—(1) Fifth Report from the Social Security Committee [the Contributory Principle], 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. 56]; and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Housing Benefit]; to be printed [No. 385-vi]
 
    [Mr Archy Kirkwood].


Supplement to the Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 7th June 2000
Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

The Sitting commenced at half-past Nine o'clock.
1Adjournment,—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned—(Mr Greg Pope.)
 
        And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 1.59 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker        



 
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