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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 27th June 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 4th July.
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 4th July.
3Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Jim Cunningham reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Attorney General's Salary Order 2000.
 
        Meetings of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
4Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:
 
        The Lords agree without Amendment to the Amendment made by this House to the Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate Bill [Lords].
5New Member sworn,—Mr David Lammy, Member for Tottenham, was sworn.
6Ministerial Conduct,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for enforcement of the Ministerial Code of Conduct: And that Mr Andrew Robathan and Mr Martin Bell do prepare and bring it in.
7Ministerial Conduct Bill,—Mr Andrew Robathan accordingly presented a Bill to make provision for enforcement of the Ministerial Code of Conduct: 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 147].
8Learning and Skills Bill [Lords] [Ways and Means],—Resolved, That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Learning and Skills Bill [Lords], it is expedient to authorise the making of provision for the manner in which payments to trainees are to be treated for the purposes of the Income Tax Acts.—(Mr David Clelland.)
9Learning and Skills Bill [Lords],—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Learning and Skills Bill [Lords], as amended in the Standing Committee.
 
        Ordered, That the Bill, as amended, be considered in the following order: new Clauses relating to city academies; amendments relating to Clauses 124 to 126 and Schedule 8; New Clauses relating to selective admissions policy; amendments relating to Clause 135; New Clauses relating to Part I; amendments relating to Part I; New Clauses relating to Part II; amendments relating to Part II; New Clauses relating to Part III; amendments relating to Part III; New Clauses relating to Part IV; amendments relating to Clauses 71 to 123 and Schedule 7; amendments relating to Clauses 127 to 134; amendments relating to Clauses 136 to 143 and Schedules 9 and 10; Remaining New Clauses; New Schedules; amendments relating to Schedule 11.—(Mr Clive Betts.)
 
        A Clause (City academies: financial provisions)—(Mr Secretary Blunkett)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Amendments (Nos. 71, 107, 72 and 108 to 123) made to the Bill.
 
        A Clause (Selective education policy: local education authorities)—(Dr Stephen Ladyman)—brought up and read the first time.
 
        Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:—Clause, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Another Clause (Grammar schools: retention of selective admission arrangements)—(Mr John Bercow)—brought up and read the first time.
 
        Question put, That the Clause be read a second time.
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John Randall, Mrs Eleanor Laing: 132.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr David Clelland: 330.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 83) proposed to the Bill, in page 67, to leave out lines 2 to 29 and to insert the words—
 
        '(2) In section 403 (sex education: manner of provision) in subsection (1) for the words "and the value of family life" substitute "the value of family life and sexual health".
 
        (3) After section 403 insert—
 
          "403A(1) The Secretary of State must issue guidance designed to secure that the following general objectives are met when sex education is given to registered pupils at maintained schools.
 
          (2) The general objectives are that the pupils—
 
          (a) learn about the nature of marriage as the key building block of society and its importance for family life and for the bringing up of children;
 
          (b) learn about the significance of stability in family relationships;
 
          (c) learn to respect themselves and others;
 
          (d) are protected from teaching and materials which a reasonable person would regard as inappropriate having regard to—
 
            (i) whether information is accurate and objective;
 
            (ii) the language and images used;
 
            (iii) the age of the pupils; and
 
            (iv) the provisions of section 403, this section and section 403B.
 
          (3) ixWhen sex education is given to pupils who are in the third or fourth key stage or over compulsory school age, the general objectives referred to in subsection (1) are to include the following additional objectives.
 
          (4) The additional objectives are that the pupils—
 
          (a) learn to understand human sexuality;
 
          (b) learn the reasons for delaying sexual activity and the benefits to be gained from such delay;
 
          (c) learn about obtaining appropriate advice on sexual health.
 
          (5) The Secretary of State's guidance must also be designed to secure that sex education given to registered pupils at maintained schools contribute to
 
          (a) promoting the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of the pupils and of society;
 
          (b) preparing the pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
 
          (6) No guidance under subsection (1) shall be issued or substantially revised unless a draft of the guidance has been laid in draft before and approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.
 
          (7) Local education authorities, governing bodies and head teachers must, in discharging their functions under section 403, have regard to the Secretary of State's guidance.
 
          (8) In this section "maintained school" includes a community or foundation special school established in a hospital.".'.—(Mr Tim Boswell.)
 
        Question, That the Amendment be made, put and negatived.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 73) proposed, in page 67, line 11, after the first word 'are', to insert the words—
 
          '(a) taught that marriage provides a strong foundation for stable relationships and the most reliable framework for raising children; and
 
          (b)'.—(Mr Gerald Howarth.)
 
        Question put, That the Amendment be made.
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Stephen Day, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 129.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Jamieson, Mr Don Touhig: 303.
 
        Another Clause (Teaching of engineering and science related subjects)—(Mr Phil Willis)—brought up and read the first time.
 
        Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:—Clause, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        It being Ten o'clock, further consideration of the Bill stood adjourned.
10Business of the House,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business), That, at this day's sitting, the Learning and Skills Bill [Lords] may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour—(Mr Clive Betts):—It was agreed to.
11Learning and Skills Bill [Lords],—The House again proceeded to consider the Learning and Skills Bill [Lords], as amended in the Standing Committee.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 87) proposed, in page 4, line 24, at the end, to add the words—
 
          '(4) Any funding by the Council of provision of education and training under this Act (whether direct or indirect) shall be in accordance with the arrangements and formula contained in any order made under subsection (1) of section (Free Schools).'.—(Mrs Theresa May.)
 
        Question put, That the Amendment be made.
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John Randall, Mr Stephen Day: 122.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe, Mr Robert Ainsworth: 323.
 
        Other Amendments (Nos. 28 to 30, 57, 58, 31, 91, 32 and 42 to 44) made to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Plans: Wales)—(Mr David Hanson)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Strategy: Wales)—(Mr David Hanson)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Other Amendments (Nos. 33 to 35, 59, 60, 92, 45 to 47, 17, 18 and 23 to 25) made to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Annual Plan of the Chief Inspector for Wales)—(Mr Malcolm Wicks)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Other Amendments (Nos. 19 to 22) made to the Bill.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 36) proposed to the Bill, in line 23, to leave out subsection (1).—(Mr Malcolm Wicks.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made.
Wednesday 28th June 2000
 
        Question put and agreed to.
 
        Other Amendments (Nos. 37 to 39 and 95 to 100) made to the Bill.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 78) proposed to the Bill, in page 49, line 38, after the word 'particular', to insert the words ', while having regard to the needs of all young people for access to independent guidance and to a mode of service which is appropriate to their particular circumstances'.—(Mr Tim Boswell.)
 
        Question, That the Amendment be made, put and negatived.
 
        Other Amendments (Nos. 106 and 9 to 12) made to the Bill.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 105) proposed to the Bill, in page 85, to leave out lines 20 and 21.—(Mr James Clappison.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Other Amendments (Nos. 13 to 16, 88, 124, 125, 40, 89, 41, 126, 101, 127, 128, 102, 61, 90, 62, 93, 63, 64, 48, 94, 49, 50, 65, 66, 51, 67, 68, 52, 26 and 53) made to the Bill.
 
        Other Clauses (Transfers: Wales) (Qualifying arrangements: Northern Ireland) (Grants: Northern Ireland) (Financial support for students: Northern Ireland) (Further education colleges: governors' liability) (Training programmes: cessation of funding) (Pensions) (Pensions: interpretation) (Pensions: delegation) and (Commencement)—(Mr Malcolm Wicks)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Other Amendments (Nos. 69, 54, 55, 70, 56 and 27) made to the Bill.
 
        The Bill was read the third time, and passed, with Amendments.
12Criminal Law,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Criminal Justice Act 1993 (Extension of Group A Offences) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 12th June, be approved—(Mr Clive Betts):—It was agreed to.
13Estimates,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 145 (Liaison Committee), That this House agrees with the Report [22nd June] of the Liaison Committee—(Mr Clive Betts):—It was agreed to.
14Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from residents of Northavon and surrounding areas opposing discrimination by the broadcasting authorities against religious bodies was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
15Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Gerry Sutcliffe.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till six minutes to Two o'clock on Wednesday morning, adjourned till this day.
[Adjourned at 1.54 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:
1Export and Investment Guarantees,—Draft Export and Investment Guarantees (Limit on Foreign Currency Commitments) Order 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
2Immigration,—Draft Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Procedure) (Amendment) Rules 2000 [by Act] [Mr David Lock].
3Legal Aid and Advice,—(1) Draft Legal Aid (Functions) Order 2000, and
 
        (2) draft Legal Aid (Prescribed Panels) (Amendment) Regulations 2000
 
    [by Act] [Mr David Lock].
4Local Government Finance,—Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 64) on Special Grant for Activities Undertaken by Beacon Councils [by Act]; to be printed [No. 564] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
5Animals,—Animals and Animal Products (Import and Export) (England and Wales) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1673), dated 22nd June 2000 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].
6Consumer Protection,—Cosmetic Products (Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1679), dated 26th June 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
7Merchant Shipping,—Merchant Shipping (Formal Investigations) (Amendment) Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1623), dated 16th June 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
8Telegraphs,—Wireless Telegraphy (Licence Charges) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1678), dated 26th June 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
9Town and Country Planning,—(1) Town and Country Planning (Appeals) (Written Representations Procedure) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1628), and
 
        (2) Town and Country Planning (General Development Procedure) (England) (Amendment) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1627),
 
    dated 20th June 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
10Transport,—Railways (Interoperability) (Notified Bodies) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1674), dated 26th June 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
11Tribunals and Inquiries,—(1) Town and Country Planning Appeals (Determination by Inspectors) (Inquiries Procedure) (England) Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1625),
 
        (2) Town and Country Planning (Hearings Procedure) (England) Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1626), and
 
        (3) Town and Country Planning (Inquiries Procedure) (England) Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1624)
 
    dated 17th June 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
Other Papers:
12London Regional Transport,—Report of the London Regional Passengers' Committee for April 1999 to June 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
13Special Procedure Orders,—Report by the Chairman of Committees in the House of Lords and the Chairman of Ways and Means in the House of Commons, under section 3 of the Statutory Orders (Special Procedure) Act 1945, that no Petition has been presented against the Devil's Dyke Brighton and Hove Compulsory Rights Order 2000 [by Act] [Chairman of Ways and Means].
Papers withdrawn:
14Medical Profession,—(1) Draft Medical Act 1983 (Amendment) Order 2000, and
 
        (2) Report on the public consultation on proposals to amend the Medical Act 1983
 
    [laid on 26th June].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
Draft Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Designation of Public Authorities) Order 2000,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Ms Hazel Blears, Mr David Lepper, Mr Ted Rowlands and Dr Phyllis Starkey from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mrs Louise Ellman, Mr Austin Mitchell, Mr George Mudie and Dr George Turner.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Agriculture,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Agriculture Committee [Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission]; to be printed [No. 625-i]; and
 
        (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Organic Farming; Regional Service Centres]
 
    [Mr David Curry].
2Defence,—Eighth Special Report from the Defence Comittee [Government Observations on the Fifth Report of the Committee, Session 1999-2000, on the Defence Geographic and Imagery Intelligence Agency]; to be printed [No. 629] [Mr Bruce George].
3Education and Employment,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Committee [Higher Education]; to be printed [No. 400-vii] [Mr Barry Sheerman].
4Environmental Audit,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee [Costing the Environment: Setting Water Prices for 2000-2005]; to be printed [No. 597-ii] [Mr John Horam].
5Environment, 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-vi] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].
6Foreign Affairs,—Fifth Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee [Annual Reports of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and British Trade International 2000], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed, with Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 507] [Mr Donald Anderson].
7International Development,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [HIV/AIDS and Social and Economic Development]; to be printed [No. 558-iii] [Mr Bowen Wells].
8Public Accounts,—(1) Twenty-fifth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [MAFF: Progress made on Committee Recommendations]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 257];
 
        (2) Twenty-Sixth Report from the Committee [The Private Finance Initiative: The Contract for the Defence Fixed Telecommunications System]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 413];
 
        (3) Twenty-seventh Report from the Committee [Criminal Justice: Working Justice]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 298]; and
 
        (4) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 26th June [The National Health Service Executive]; to be printed [No. 624-i]
 
    [Mr David Davis].
9Science and Technology,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Science and Technology Committee on 26th June [Are We Realising Our Potential?]; to be printed [No. 466-iv] [Dr Michael Clark].
10Statutory Instruments,—Twenty-third Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 47-xxiii] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].
11Trade and Industry,—(1) Eighth Special Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [Government Observations on the Eighth Report from the Trade and Industry Committee, Session 1999-2000, on BMW, Rover and Longbridge]; to be printed [No. 634]; and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Vehicle Manufacturing in the UK]; to be printed [No. 534-ii]
 
    [Mr Martin O'Neill].
12Treasury,—(1) Fourth Special Report from the Treasury Committee [Goverment Response to the Third Report from the Committee, Session 1999-2000, on The International Monetary Fund]; to be printed [No. 628];
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Economic and Monetary Union]; to be printed [No. 573-iv]
 
    [Mr Giles Radice].
13Welsh Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee [The First Year's Work of the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales]; to be printed [No. 627-i] [Mr Martyn Jones].


Supplement to the Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 27th June 2000
Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall
[pursuant to the Order of 24th May 1999]

The sitting commenced at Ten o'clock.
Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned—(Mr Clive Betts.)
 
        And it being One o'clock, the sitting was adjourned without Question put, till to-morrow..
[Adjourned at 1 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker        



 
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