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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 11th July 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 18th July.
2Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer) Bill [Lords],—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer) Bill [Lords];
 
        Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Tuesday 18th July.
3Trustee Bill [Lords],—Mr Edward O'Hara reported from the Second Reading Committee on the Trustee Bill [Lords], That it had come to the following Resolution, which it had directed him to report to the House: That the Committee recommends that the Trustee Bill [Lords] ought to be read a second time.
 
        Report to lie upon the Table.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 713].
4Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Nicholas Winterton reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Procedure) (Amendment) Rules 2000.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
5Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:
 
        The Lords have agreed to the Limited Liability Partnerships Bill, without Amendment.
 
        The Lords have agreed to the Utilities Bill, with Amendments; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.
 
        The Lords have agreed to the Postal Services Bill, with Amendments; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.
6Utilities Bill,—Lords Amendments to the Utilities Bill to be considered to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 157].
7Postal Services Bill,—Lords Amendments to the Postal Services Bill to be considered to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 158].
8European Single Currency (Referendum),—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide for a referendum on 28th September 2000 to decide whether the United Kingdom should join the European Single Currency: And that Mr John Maples, Mr Edward Leigh, Mrs Gillian Shephard, Mr Nicholas Soames, Sir Michael Spicer and Sir Peter Tapsell do prepare and bring it in.
9European Single Currency (Referendum) Bill,—Mr John Maples accordingly presented a Bill to provide for a referendum on 28th September 2000 to decide whether the United Kingdom should join the European Single Currency: 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 156].
10Hundredth Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother,—Resolved, nemine contradicente, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty on the hundredth birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, humbly conveying to Her Majesty, on such a unique and memorable occasion, the loyal affection of the House and the nation for Her Majesty The Queen Mother.—(The Prime Minister.)
 
        Ordered, That the said Address be presented to Her Majesty by such Members of the House as are of Her Majesty's most Honourable Privy Council or of Her Majesty's Household.—(The Prime Minister.)
 
        Resolved, nemine contradicente, That a Message be sent to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother rejoicing with Her on the attainment of Her hundredth birthday; expressing to Her Majesty the people's gratitude for Her lifelong example of trust in the Lord, and courage and service in war and peace, and praying for Her health and happiness in days to come.—(The Prime Minister.)
 
        Ordered, That Madam Speaker, the Prime Minister, Margaret Beckett, Mr William Hague and Mr Charles Kennedy do wait upon Her Majesty with the said Message.—(The Prime Minister.)
11Police (Northern Ireland) Bill (Allocation of Time),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That the following provisions shall apply to the proceedings on the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill—
Timetable
 
        1.—(1) Proceedings on Consideration shall be completed at today's sitting and brought to a conclusion (if not previously concluded) six hours after the commencement of proceedings on this Motion.
 
        (2) Proceedings on Third Reading shall be completed at today's sitting and brought to a conclusion (if not previously concluded) seven hours after the commencement of proceedings on this Motion.
Questions to be put
 
        2.—(1) This paragraph applies for the purpose of bringing proceedings on the Bill to a conclusion in accordance with paragraph 1.
 
        (2) The Speaker shall forthwith put the following Questions (but no others)—
 
        (a) any Question already proposed from the Chair;
 
        (b) any Question necessary to bring to a decision a Question so proposed;
 
        (c) the Question on any amendment moved or Motion made by a Minister of the Crown;
 
        (d) any other Question necessary for the disposal of the business to be concluded.
 
        (3) On a Motion made for a new Clause or Schedule, the Speaker shall put only the Question that the Clause or Schedule be added to the Bill.
 
        (4) If two or more Questions would otherwise fall to be put under sub-paragraph (2)(c) on amendments moved or Motions made by a Minister of the Crown, the Speaker shall instead put a single Question in relation to those amendments or Motions.
Miscellaneous
 
        3. Standing Order No. 15(1) (Exempted business) shall apply at today's sitting to proceedings to which this Order applies.
 
        4. Proceedings to which this Order applies shall not be interrupted under any Standing Order relating to the sittings of the House.
 
        5. No Motion shall be made to alter the order in which proceedings on the Bill are taken or to recommit the Bill.
 
        6. No dilatory Motion shall be made in relation to the Bill except by a Minister of the Crown; and the Question on any such Motion shall be put forthwith.
 
        7. Standing Order No. 82 (Business Committee) shall not apply to the Bill.
Supplemental Orders
 
        8. The proceedings on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown for varying or supplementing the provisions of this Order shall (if not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour after they have been commenced; and Standing Order No. 15(1) shall apply to those proceedings.
 
        9. If at today's sitting the House is adjourned, or the sitting is suspended, before the time at which any proceedings are to be brought to a conclusion under this Order, no notice shall be required of a Motion made at the next sitting by a Minister of the Crown for varying or supplementing the provisions of this Order—(Mr Adam Ingram);
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr Mike Hall: 354.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Stephen Day, Mr Peter Atkinson: 143.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
12Police (Northern Ireland) Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee.
 
        A Clause (District policing partnership sub-groups for Belfast)—(Mr Adam Ingram)—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 Don Touhig, Mr Graham Allen: 338.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Roy Beggs, Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson: 7.
 
        Clause added to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (The Commissioner)—(Mr George Howarth)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Reports by the Commissioner)—(Mr Robert Ainsworth)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Targets for recruitment)—(Mr Lembit Öpik)—brought up and read the first time.
 
        Question put, That the Clause be read a second time.
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Sir Robert Smith, Mr Peter Atkinson: 182.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mr Robert Ainsworth: 307.
 
        And it being more than six hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion relating to Police (Northern Ireland) Bill (Allocation of Time), the Deputy Speaker put the Question necessary to dispose of the business to be concluded at that hour, pursuant to Order [this day].
 
        Question put, That Amendment No. 44 and all the remaining Government Amendments (except Nos. 197, 212 and 299) be made and that New Schedule 1 (The Commissioner) be added to the Bill.
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr David Jamieson: 331.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Dr Ian Paisley, Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson: 8.
 
        Accordingly Amendments (Nos. 66 to 196, 198 to 211, 213 to 298, 44 and 300) were made and a Schedule (The Commissioner) was added to the Bill.
 
        A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read the third time;
 
        And it being seven hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion relating to Police (Northern Ireland) Bill (Allocation of Time), the Deputy Speaker put the Question necessary to dispose of the business to be concluded at that hour, pursuant to Order [this day].
 
        Question put, That the Bill be now read the third time.
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe, Mr Kevin Hughes: 307.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Roy Beggs, Mr William Thompson: 16.
 
        The Bill was accordingly read the third time, and passed.
13Constitutional 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 National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) (Variation) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 29th June, be approved—(Mr Greg Pope);
 
        The House proceeded to a division.
Wednesday 12th July 2000
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe, Mr Kevin Hughes: 290.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Stephen Day: 112.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That the draft National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) (Variation) Order, which was laid before this House on 29th June, be approved.
14Constitutional 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 National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) (No. 2) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 29th June, be approved—(Mr Tony McNulty);
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Robert Ainsworth, Mr David Jamieson: 293.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Stephen Day: 109.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That the draft National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) (No. 2) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 29th June, be approved.
15Environmental Protection,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Pollution Prevention and Control (England and Wales) Regulations 2000, which were laid before this House on 15th June, be approved—(Mr Tony McNulty);
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Jamieson, Mr Robert Ainsworth: 279.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Keith Simpson, Mr Peter Luff: 109.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That the draft Pollution Prevention and Control (England and Wales) Regulations, which were laid before this House on 15th June, be approved.
16Local Government Finance (England),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 63) on the Invest to Save Grant (House of Commons Paper No. 538), which was laid before this House on 28th June, be approved—(Mr Tony McNulty);
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Jamieson, Mr Mike Hall: 249.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 128.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 63) on the Invest to Earn Grant (House of Commons Paper No. 538), which was laid before this House on 28th June, be approved.
17Education,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Education (School Government) (Terms of Reference) (England) Regulations 2000, which were laid before this House on 22nd June, be approved.—(Mr Tony McNulty);
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Jamieson, Mr Mike Hall: 237.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 129.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That the draft Education (Schools Government) (Terms of Reference) (England) Regulations 2000, which were laid before this House on 22nd June, be approved.
18Public Petition,—A Public Petition from residents of Lagan Valley opposing discrimination by the broadcasting authorities against religious bodies was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
19Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Tony McNulty.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-seven minutes past One o'clock on Wednesday morning, adjourned till this day.
[Adjourned at 1.27 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 Negative Resolution:
1Consumer Credit,—Consumer Credit (Advertisements and Content of Quotations) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1797), dated 6th July 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
2Education,—(1) College of Care and Early Education (Dissolution) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1806), dated 10th July 2000, and
 
        (2) Education (Student Loans) (Amendment) (England and Wales) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1804), dated 7th July 2000
 
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
3Prisons,—Prison (Amendment) Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1794), dated 7th July 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].
4Social Security,—Tax Credits Schemes (Miscellaneous Amendments No. 3) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1807), dated 10th July 2000 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].
5Sports Grounds and Sporting Events,—Safety of Sports Grounds (Designation) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1809), dated 10th July 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].
6Supreme Court (Northern Ireland),—Crown Court (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2000 (S.R.(N.I.), 2000, No. 227), dated 10th July 2000 [by Act] [Mr David Lock].
7Young Offenders Institutions,—Young Offender Institution (Amendment) (No. 2) Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1795), dated 7th July 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].
Other Papers:
8Data Protection,—Report and Accounts of the Data Protection Commissioner for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 575] [Clerk of the House].
9Defence Executive Agencies,—Report and Accounts of the Defence Bills Agency for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 551] [Mr Secretary Hoon].
10Government Trading Funds,—Report and Accounts of the Patent Office for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 656] [Clerk of the House].
11Judicature (Northern Ireland),—Accounts of Funds in Court in Northern Ireland for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 702] [Clerk of the House].
12Prisons (Scotland),—Report of the Parole Board for Scotland for 1999 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 498] [Mr Secretary Reid].
13Public Petitions,—Observations by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the Petition [8th June] from residents of Gainsborough and surrounding areas opposing discrimination by the broadcasting authorities against religious bodies [by Standing Order] [Clerk of the House].
14Science and Technology,—Report and Summary Financial Statement of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council for 1999-2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
15Transport,—Report and Accounts of British Waterways for 1999-2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
16Treaty Series (No. 79, 2000),—Exchange of Notes, done at Ashgabat on 21st February and 13th March 2000, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Republic of Turkmenistan terminating the Exchange of Notes between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics concerning the Mutual Abolition of Consular Fees on Visas, signed at Moscow on 13th April 1964 [by Command] [Cm. 4766] [Mr Secretary Cook].
17Treaty Series (No. 80, 2000),—Exchange of Notes, done at London on 10th July and 5th August 1999, amending the Headquarters Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Commonwealth Foundation [by Command] [Cm. 4767] [Mr Secretary Cook].
18Treaty Series (No. 81, 2000),—Exchange of Notes, done at London on 10th and 28th July 1997, amending the Headquarters Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the International Coffee Organization [by Command] [Cm. 4768] [Mr Secretary Cook].
19Treaty Series (No. 82, 2000),—Exchange of Notes, done at Washington on 21st July 1999, between the Three Governments of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Federal Republic of Germany and the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Government of the United States of America concerning the application of non-proliferation assurances to low enriched uranium for retransfer to Taiwan [by Command] [Cm. 4769] [Mr Secretary Cook].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
1Draft Code of Practice on Industrial Action Ballots and Notice to Employers:
 
        (1) The Speaker has appointed Mr Jimmy Hood Chairman of the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Code in place of Mr Eric Illsley.
 
        (2) The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Mike Gapes from the Committee (nominated in respect of the draft Code); and nominated in substitution Mr Bill Rammell.
2Draft Legal Aid (Functions) Order 2000, and the draft Legal Aid (Prescribed Panels) (Amendment) Order 2000,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Joan Walley from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Joan Ruddock.
3Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Sheep, and the draft Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) Regulations 2000,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Dr Gavin Strang from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mr Jimmy Wray.
4Local Government Finance Special Grant Report (No. 67) on Heads', Deputies' and Advanced Skills Teachers' Performance Pay Progression and Deputies' Assimilation (House of Commons Paper No. 569), and the Local Government Finance Special Grant Report (No. 66) on Threshold and Leadership Group Payments (House of Commons Paper No. 568),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Gerald Bermingham from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Reports); and nominated in substitution Ms Karen Buck.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Deregulation,—Third Special Report from the Deregulation Committee [Further Report on the Draft Regulatory Reform Bill]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 705] [Mr Peter L. Pike].
2Foreign Affairs,—Sixth Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee [Developments at the Intergovernmental Conference 2000], 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. 384] [Mr Donald Anderson].
3Home Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [Home Office Annual Report 1999-2000]; to be printed [No. 708-i] [Mr Robin Corbett].
4International Development,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [HIV/AIDS and Social and Economic Development]; to be printed [No. 558-v] [Mr Bowen Wells].
5Standards and Privileges,—(1) Fourteenth Report from the Standards and Privileges Committee [Complaint against Frank Cook], together with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 709]; and
 
        (2) Fifteenth Report from the Committee [Consultation on Proposed Amendments to the Rules relating to the Conduct of Members]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 710].
 
    [Mr Robert Sheldon].
6Statutory Instruments,—Twenty-fifth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 47-xxv] [Mr David Tredinnick].
7Treasury,—(1) Fifth Special Report from the Treasury Committee [Government Response to the Fourth Report from the Committee, Session 1999-2000, on the Private Finance Initiative]; to be printed [No. 706]; and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Economic and Monetary Union and the Council of Economic and Finance Ministers (ECOFIN)]; to be printed [No. 573-v].
 
    [Mr Giles Radice].


THE SPEAKER'S CERTIFICATE
     The Speaker certified that the Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill is a Money Bill within the meaning of the Parliament Act 1911.

Supplement to the Votes and Proceedings
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 Kevin Hughes);
 
        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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