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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 19th July 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 26th July.
2First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Andrew Welsh reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Amendment (Cm. 4797), dated 3rd July 2000, to the Agreement (Cm. 3152), dated 25th January 1996, between the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and the British Broadcasting Corporation.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
3Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Jim Cunningham reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Consumer Protection Act 1987 (Product Liability) (Modification) Order 2000.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
4Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Eric Illsley reported from the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2000.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
5Welsh Grand Committee,—Mr Barry Jones reported from the Welsh Grand Committee that it had sat in pursuance of the Order of 12th July.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 117].
6Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:
 
        The Lords have agreed to the Amendments made by this House to the Care Standards Bill [Lords], without Amendment.
 
        The Lords have agreed to the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill, with Amendments; to which they desire the concurrence of this House.
 
        The Lords have agreed to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill, with Amendments; to which they desire the concurrence of this House.
 
        The Lords have agreed to the Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill, without Amendment.
 
        The Lords have agreed to the Television Licences (Disclosure of Information) Bill, without Amendment.
 
        Cheques (Scotland) Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill to amend the law of Scotland in relation to the effect of presentation of cheques for payment; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.
 
        Street Works Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill to make provision for charges for the occupation of a maintainable highway by undertakers executing street works; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.
7Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill,—Lords Amendments to the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill to be considered to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 167].
8Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill,—Lords Amendments to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill to be considered to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 168].
9Hundredth Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother,—The Speaker acquainted the House, That the Members appointed on 11th July to wait upon Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother with the Message of congratulations upon Her Majesty's hundredth birthday had attended Her Majesty; and that Her Majesty had been pleased to receive the Message very graciously and to give the following Answer.
 
        Members of the House of Commons:
 
        I was deeply touched by your message of congratulation and by the sentiments you expressed on the occasion of my 100th birthday.
 
        I feel fortunate that during the last century I have been given the opportunity to serve our country in times of war and peace, and I have always been helped and uplifted by the love of my family, by the fortitude and courage of our people, and by my faith in almighty God.
 
        I pray that future generations will live in peace and prosperity, and I send to you all my heartfelt thanks for your kind message on my birthday.
10Fire Safety (Houses in Multiple Occupation),—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require the installation of smoke detectors in houses in multiple occupation: And that Ms Karen Buck, Mr Iain Coleman, Mr Hilary Benn, Mr Adrian Sanders, Ms Margaret Moran, Jim Fitzpatrick, Mr Andrew Love, Mr Andrew Dismore, Angela Smith and Mr Gordon Marsden do prepare and bring it in.
11Fire Safety (Houses in Multiple Occupation) Bill,—Ms Karen Buck accordingly presented a Bill to require the installation of smoke detectors in houses in multiple occupation: 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 165].
12Export and Investment Guarantees,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Export and Investment Guarantees (Limit on Foreign Currency Commitments) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 27th June, be approved—(Mr Tony McNulty):—It was agreed to.
13Public Health,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979 Statutory Sum Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 5th July, be approved—(Mr Tony McNulty):—It was agreed to.
14Adjournment (Summer),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 25 (Periodic adjournments), That this House, at its rising on Friday 28th July, do adjourn till Monday 23rd October—(Mr Tony McNulty):—It was agreed to.
15Finance Bill,—Ordered, That, notwithstanding the practice of the House as to the intervals between stages of Bills brought in upon Ways and Means Resolutions, more than one stage of the Finance Bill may be taken at any sitting of the House.—(Mr Tony McNulty.)
16Finance Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded further to consider the Finance Bill, not amended in the Committee and as amended in the Standing Committee.
 
        Other Amendments (Nos. 57, 10 to 13 and 58 to 60) made to the Bill.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 131) proposed to the Bill, in page 40, line 19, after the word 'be', to insert the words 'multipled by 2.5 and'.—(Mr Richard Ottaway.)
 
        Question put, That the Amendment be made.
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mrs Eleanor Laing: 164.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Clive Betts: 315.
 
        Other Amendments (Nos. 1 to 6 and 83 to 86) made to the Bill.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 144) proposed to the Bill, in page 313, line 34, at the end to insert the words—
 
        'Where an option does not qualify by reason of an error in the scheme pursuant to which it has been granted, but would otherwise have been capable of being a qualifying option pursuant to paragraphs 9 to 17 inclusive of this Schedule, then that error may be corrected and be deemed to have been always corrected from the date of grant of the option.'.—(Mr Howard Flight.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Other Amendments (Nos. 61 to 63) made to the Bill.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 136) proposed to the Bill, in page 47, line 10, at the end, to insert the words—
 
        '(2A) Following subsection (7) add—
 
          "(7A) Where any individual retires or dies or ceases employment due to ill health, injury or disability, and as a result an asset ceases to be a business asset, then on a subsequent disposal of that asset taper relief shall be applied as if—
 
          (a) there had been a disposal of a non-business asset which had been acquired for a consideration equal to the market value of the asset at the time it ceased to be a business asset, and which had been acquired two years prior to that time; and
 
          (b) there had been a disposal of a business asset for a consideration equal to the market value of the asset on the date it ceased to be a business asset.".'.—(Mr Howard Flight.)
 
        Question proposed, that the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Other Amendments (Nos. 97 and 99) made to the Bill.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 147) proposed to the Bill, in page 66, line 21, to leave out the words 'that are', and to insert the words 'who are not trustees of a settlement for the benefit of the persons named in paragraphs (a) and (b) of section 86 of the Inheritance Tax Act 1984 but who are', instead thereof.—(Mr Howard Flight.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Other Amendments (Nos. 90 and 103 to 107) made to the Bill.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 14) proposed to the Bill, in page 72, line 23, to leave out Clause 104.—(Mr Howard Flight.)
 
        Question put, That the Amendment be made.
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 120.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Robert Ainsworth, Jim Dowd: 344.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 91) made to the Bill.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 155) proposed to the Bill, in page 77, line 11, to leave out Clause 106.—(Mr Howard Flight.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Other Amendments (Nos. 64 to 79, 108 to 125, 80 to 82, 92, 93 and 126 to 130) made to the Bill.
 
        A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That the Bill be now read the third time;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe, Mr Don Touhig: 310.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr John Randall, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 170.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        The Bill was accordingly read the third time, and passed.
17Business of the House,—Ordered, That, at the sitting on Friday 28th July, the Speaker shall not adjourn the House until—
 
          (a) any Messages from the Lords shall have been received, and
 
          (b) she shall have notified the Royal Assent to Acts agreed upon by both Houses.—(Mr Mike Hall.)
18Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Mike Hall);
 
        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 twenty-nine minutes to Twelve o'clock, till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 11.31 p.m.
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker        

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

APPENDIX I
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
1Medicines,—(1) Medicines (Pharmacy and General Sale—Exemption) Amendment Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1919),
 
        (2) Medicines (Sale or Supply) (Miscellaneous Provisions) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1918), and
 
        (3) Prescription Only Medicines (Human Use) Amendment Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1917),
 
    dated 17th July 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].
2Merchant Shipping,—Merchant Shipping (EPIRB Registration) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1850), dated 14th July 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
3Social Security,—Social Security Amendment (Students and Income-related Benefits) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1922), dated 18th July 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].
Other Papers:
4Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Executive Agencies,—Report and Accounts of the Pesticides Safety Directorate for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 549] [Mr Nicholas Brown].
5Broadcasting,—Account of Independent Television Commission Additional Payments and Financial Penalties by Licensees for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 824] [Clerk of the House].
6Development of Tourism,—Report and Accounts of the English Tourism Council for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].
7Environmental Protection,—Report and Summary Financial Statement of English Nature for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
8Gaming,—Report and Financial Statements of the Gaming Board for Great Britain for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 616] [Mr Secretary Straw].
9Government Trading Funds,—Report and Accounts of the Central Office of Information for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 675] [Clerk of the House].
10Health,—Department of Health Minute concerning a contingent liability consequent upon indemnification of any legal action against members of an independent inquiry conducted by Mr Barrie Atkinson into issues arising from the case of the King's Mill Centre for Health Care Services NHS Trust [by Command] [Mr Secretary Milburn].
11House of Commons,—Report of the House of Commons Commission for 1999-2000 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 808] [The Speaker].
12National Audit,—Tenth Report of the Public Accounts Commission [by Act]; to be printed [No. 754] [Mr Robert Sheldon].
13National Heritage,—Report and Accounts of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 614] [Clerk of the House].
14National Lottery,—Account of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Lottery Distribution for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 826] [Clerk of the House].
15Public Accounts,—Treasury Minute on the 17th and 19th Reports from the Committee of Public Accounts, Session 1999-2000 [by Command] [Cm. 4798] [Mr Stephen Timms].
16Science and Technology,—Report and Summary Financial Statements of the Economic and Social Research Council for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
17Severn Bridges,—Accounts prepared pursuant to section 28(1)(b) of the Severn Bridges Act 1992 for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 825] [Clerk of the House].
18Treaty Series (No. 89, 2000),—First supplementary list of ratifications, accessions, withdrawals, etc., for 2000 [by Command] [Cm. 4796] [Mr Secretary Cook].
Papers withdrawn:
19Devolution,—Memorandum of Understanding and supplementary agreements between the United Kingdom Government, Scottish Ministers and the Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales [Cm. 4444] [laid 1st October].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
1Salary of the Data Protection Commissioner, from 1st April 2000:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the Salary of the Data Protection Commissioner to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Sir David Madel Chairman; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Richard Allan, Jackie Ballard, Ms Hazel Blears, Dr Jack Cunningham, Mr Huw Edwards, Dr Ian Gibson, Mr Mike Hall, Ms Harriet Harman, Mr Oliver Heald, Mr Gerald Howarth, Mr Robert Jackson, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Mike O'Brien, Mr Mohammad Sarwar, Angela Smith and Mrs Betty Williams.
2Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 65): Invest to Save Grant (House of Commons Paper No. 707):
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the Report to the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Jonathan Sayeed Chairman; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Robert Ainsworth, Charlotte Atkins, Mr Peter Atkinson, Sir Paul Beresford, Mrs Helen Brinton, Mr David Chaytor, Mr Jim Dobbin, Mr Don Foster, Mr Christopher Fraser, Ms Beverley Hughes, Mrs Joan Humble, Ms Sally Keeble, Mr David Rendel, Mr Jonathan R. Shaw, Mr Jon Trickett and Mr Nigel Waterson.
3Draft Patents Regulations 2000,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Neil Gerrard, Mrs Llin Golding and Mr Robert N Waring from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations), and nominated in substitution Lynne Jones, Mr Andrew Love and Mr Robert Marshall-Andrews.
4Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 68) on the 2000/2001 Special Grant for Kosovan Evacuees (House of Commons Paper No. 636)—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Colin Burgon and Dr Jack Cunningham from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Report), and nominated in substitution Mr George Mudie and Ms Dari Taylor.
European Standing Committees
5The Speaker has appointed Mr Roger Gale Chairman of European Committee C in respect of European Union Document No. 13540/99, relating to a General Framework for Equal Treatment in Employment and Occupation.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Defence,—(1) Eleventh Special Report from the Defence Committee [Government Observations on the Seventh Report of the Committee: Gulf Veterans' Illnesses]; to be printed [No. 753], and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Armed Forces Personnel Issues]; to be printed [No. 689-ii]
 
    [Mr Bruce George].
2Education and Employment,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Committee [Higher Education]; to be printed [No. 400-xiii] [Mr Barry Sheerman].
3Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—(1) Fifteenth Report from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [The Road Haulage Industry], with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Sub-Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 296], and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Sub-Committee of the Committee [The Work of the Commission for Integrated Transport]; to be printed [No. 725-i]
 
    [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].
4European Scrutiny,—Twenty-fifth Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 23-xxv] [Mr Jim Marshall].
5Procedure,—(1) Second Report from the Proceedure Committee [Parliamentary Scrutiny of Treaties], 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. 210],
 
        (2) Third Report from the Committee [Deadlines for Tabling of Oral Questions], together with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 735], and
 
        (3) Fourth Report from the Committee [Letters Sent by Ministers Following Undertakings in Debate], together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 734]
 
    [Mr Nicholas Winterton].
6Public Accounts,—(1) Twenty-ninth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Progress on Resource Accounting and the Adoption of Resource-based Supply]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 556],
 
        (2) Thirtieth Report from the Committee [Compensating Victims of Violent Crime]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 472];
 
        (3) Thirty-first Report from the Committee [National Insurance Fund 1998-99 and Wider Issues of Fraud and Error in Benefits Paid by the Department of Social Security]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 350];
 
        (4) Thirty-second Report from the Committee [Appropriation Accounts 1998-99: Central Government Administered Social Security Benefits and Other Payments]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 521];
 
        (5) Thirty-third Report from the Committee [Ministry of Defence: Major Projects Report 1998]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 247];
 
        (6) Thirty-fourth Report from the Committee [State Earnings-Related Pension Scheme: the Failure to inform the Public about Reduced Pension Rights for Widows and Widowers]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 401];
 
        (7) Thirty-fifth Report from the Committee [The Office of the Rail Regulator: Ensuring that Railtrack Maintain and Renew the Railway Network]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 536];
 
        (8) Thirty-sixth Report from the Committee [Ministry of Defence: Appropriation Accounts 1998-99]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 265];
 
        (9) Thirty-seventh Report from the Committee [The Office of Fair Trading: Protecting the Consumer from Unfair Trading Practices]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 501]; and
 
        (10) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Access to Properties grant-aided by English Heritage]
 
    [Mr David Davis].
7Social Security,—(1) Sixth Report from the Social Security Committee [Housing Benefit], 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. 385], and
 
        (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Housing Benefit]
 
    [Mr Archy Kirkwood].


Supplement to the Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 19th July 2000
Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall
[pursuant to the Order of 24th May 1999]

The House met at half-past Nine o'clock.
PRAYERS.
Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned—(Mr Gerry Sutcliffe);
 
        And it being Two o'clock, the sitting was adjourned, without Question put, till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 2. p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker        



 
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