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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 24th July 2000

PRAYERS.

1 First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Sir David Madel reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Salary of the Data Protection Commissioner, from 1st April 2000.

Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.

2 Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Jonathan Sayeed reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 65): Invest to Save Grant (House of Commons Paper No. 707).

Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.

3 European Standing Committee C,—Mr Roger Gale reported from European Standing Committee C the following Resolution: That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 13540/99, a draft Council Directive establishing a general framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation; and supports the Government’s welcome for the principle of such action whilst remaining convinced of the need for the proposals to be made clear and workable; and notes the Government’s intention to negotiate to this end, and to ensure that the proposals take proper account of the legitimate concerns of employers and make a real difference to the lives of those whom they are designed to protect.

Report, together with Resolution, to lie upon the Table.

4 Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows: The Lords have agreed to the Sea Fishing Grants (Charges) Bill, without Amendment. The Lords have agreed to certain of the Amendments made by this House to the Local Government Bill [Lords], without Amendment; they have agreed to another of the Amendments made by this House and propose Amendments in lieu of the words so left out of the Bill, to which they desire the concurrence of this House; they have disagreed to certain other of the Amendments made by this House, for which disagreement they assign their Reasons; they have agreed to certain other of the Amendments made by this House, with Amendments, to which they desire the concurrence of this House; and they have agreed to the remaining Amendment made by this House, and have made a consequential Amendment to the Bill, to which they desire the concurrence of this House.

5 Local Government Bill [Lords],—Lords Amendments in lieu of words left out of the Local Government Bill [Lords] by a Commons Amendment to which the Lords have disagreed, Lords Reasons for disagreeing to certain other Commons Amendments, Lords Amendments to certain other Commons Amendments, and a Lords consequential Amendment to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 169].

6 Juvenile Justice Bill,—Ordered, That the Juvenile Justice Bill be read a second time on Friday 27th October.

7 Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes Bill,—Mr Andrew Mackinlay, supported by Dr Norman A. Godman, presented a Bill to provide for the implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court respecting genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 28th July and to be printed [Bill 166].

8 Patents,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Patents Regulations 2000, which were laid before this House on 3rd July, be approved—(Mr David Clelland):—It was agreed to.

9 Consumer 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 Consumer Protection Act 1987 (Product Liability) (Modification) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 3rd July, be approved—(Mr David Clelland):—It was agreed to.

10 Constitutional 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 Scotland Act 1998 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 7th July, be approved—(Mr David Clelland):—It was agreed to.

11 Broadcasting,—AMotion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Order [7th July] and Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That 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, a copy of which Amendment was laid before this House on 4th July, be approved—(Mr David Clelland):—It was agreed to.

12 Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider Lords Amendments to the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill.

Lords Amendments Nos.1 to 16 were agreed to. Lords Amendment No. 17.

A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That this House disagrees with the

Lords in their Amendment—(Mr Jeff Rooker);

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Jamieson, Jim Dowd: 287.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Donald Gorrie, Mr Andrew Stunnell: 26.

So the Question was agreed to.

The Lords Amendment was accordingly disagreed to.

Lords Amendment No. 18 was disagreed to.

Lords Amendments Nos. 19 to 25 were agreed to.

Lords Amendment No. 26 was disagreed to.

Lords Amendments Nos. 27 to 84 were agreed to, the Commons being willing to waive their privileges in respect of Lords Amendment No. 39.

Ordered, That a Committee be appointed to draw up Reasons to be assigned to the Lords for disagreeing to their Amendments Nos. 17, 18 and 26.—(Mr Clive Betts.)

Ordered, That Mr Richard Burden, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mrs Jacqui Lait, Mr John Randall and Mr Jeff Rooker be members of the Committee.—(Mr Clive Betts.)

Ordered, That Mr Jeff Rooker be the Chairman of the Committee.—(Mr Clive Betts.)

Ordered, That three be the quorum of the Committee.—(Mr Clive Betts.)

Ordered, That the Committee do withdraw immediately.—(Mr Clive Betts.)

13 Government Resources and Accounts Bill [Money] (No. 2),—Her Majesty’s Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Government Resources and Accounts Bill [Money] (No. 2);

Resolved, That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Government Resources and Accounts Bill, it is expedient to authorise refunds of money paid into the National Loans Fund as the result of an error.—(Mr Clive Betts.)

14 Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill,—Mr Jeff Rooker reported from the Committee appointed to draw up Reasons to be assigned to the Lords for disagreeing to certain of their Amendments to the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill, That it had drawn up the following Reason, which it had directed him to report to the House:

The Commons disagree to Lords Amendments Nos. 17, 18 and 26, for the following Reason:—

Because they would involve charges on public funds; and the Commons do not offer any further Reason, trusting that this Reason may be deemed sufficient.

The Reason was agreed to.

Message to the Lords to communicate the said Reason, with the Bill and Amendments.

15 Government Resources and Accounts Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider Lords Amendments to the Government Resources and Accounts Bill.

Lords Amendments Nos. 1 to 4 were agreed to, the Commons being willing to waive their privileges in respect of Lords Amendments Nos. 3 and 4. Lords Amendment No. 5.

A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That this House disagrees with the Lords in their Amendment—(Miss Melanie Johnson);

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Don Touhig, Mr Clive Betts: 311.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Peter Atkinson: 158.

So the Question was agreed to.

The Lords Amendment was accordingly disagreed to.

Lords Amendment No. 6 was disagreed to.

Lords Amendment No. 7 was disagreed to.

Amendments ((a) and (b)) were made to the Bill, in lieu of the Lords Amendment disagreed to.

Lords Amendment No. 8 was disagreed to. Lords Amendments Nos. 9 to 15 were agreed to, the Commons being willing to waive their privileges.

Lords Amendment No. 16.

A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House agrees with the Lords in their Amendment;

And it being Ten o’clock, the Debate stood adjourned.

16 Business 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 Government Resources and Accounts Bill may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour—(Mr Graham Allen);

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Don Touhig, Mr Tony McNulty: 296.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Andrew Stunell: 104.

So the Question was agreed to.

Resolved, That, at this day’s sitting, the Government Resources and Accounts Bill may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour.

17 Government Resources and Accounts Bill,—The House again proceeded to consider Lords Amendments to the Government Resources and Accounts Bill.

Lords Amendment No. 16.

The House resumed the adjourned Debate on the Question, That the House agrees with the Lords in their Amendment;

And the Question being put:—It was agreed to.

The Lords Amendment was accordingly agreed to.

Lords Amendments Nos. 17 to 26 agreed to, the Commons being willing to waive their privileges in respect of Lords Amendments Nos. 17 to 23 and 26.

Ordered, That a Committee be appointed to draw up Reasons to be assigned to the Lords for disagreeing to their Amendments Nos. 5, 6 and 8.—(Mr Graham Allen.)

Ordered, That Mr Graham Allen, Mr John Healey, Miss Melanie Johnson, Mr Oliver Letwin and Mr Keith Simpson be members of the Committee.—(Mr Graham Allen.)

Ordered, That Miss Melanie Johnson be the Chairman of the Committee.—(Mr Graham Allen.)

Ordered, That three be the quorum of the Committee.—(Mr Graham Allen.)

Ordered, That the Committee do withdraw immediately.—(Mr Graham Allen.)

18 Government Resources and Accounts Bill,—Miss Melanie Johnson reported from the Committee appointed to draw up Reasons to be assigned to the Lords for disagreeing to their Amendments Nos. 5, 6 and 8 to the Government Resources and Accounts Bill, That it had drawn up the following Reason, which it had directed her to report to the House:

Because the Amendments would alter the financial accounting and audit arrangements made by the Commons; and the Commons do not offer any further Reason, hoping that the above Reason may be deemed sufficient.

The Reason was agreed to.

Message to the Lords to communicate the said Reason, with the Bill.

19 Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Graham Allen.)

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till ten minutes to Eleven o’clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 10.50 p.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:

1 Betting, Gaming and Lotteries,—Gaming Clubs (Hours and Charges) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1879), dated 17th July 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

2 Criminal Law,—Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Reviews of Sentencing) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1924), dated 17th July 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

3 Disabled Persons,—Public Service Vehicles Accessibility Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1970), dated 20th July 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

4 European Communities,—European Communities (Designation) (No. 2) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1813), dated 12th July 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Cook].

5 Housing,—Housing (Service Charge Loans) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1963), dated 21st July 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

6 Ministers of the Crown,—Transfer of Functions (Agriculture and Fisheries) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1812), dated 12th July [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].

7 Road Traffic,—Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1971), dated 20th July 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

8 Terms and Conditions of Employment,—Employment Relations (Offshore Employment) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1828), dated 12th July 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

Other Papers:

9 Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Executive Agencies,—Report and Accounts of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 632] [Mr Nicholas Brown].

10 Aliens’ Employment,—Cabinet Office Minute, dated 13th July 2000, under section 1(4) of the Aliens’ Employment Act 1955 relating to aliens employed in the Civil Service during 1999-2000 [by Act] [Marjorie Mowlam].

11 Atomic Energy,—Report and Accounts of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 847] [Clerk of the House].

12 British Library,—Report of the British Library for 1999-2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

13 Criminal Procedure (Scotland),—Accounts of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 845] [Clerk of the House].

14 Defence Executive Agencies,—Reports and Accounts of the—

    (1) Logistic Information Systems Agency, and

    (2) Royal Air Force Personnel Management Agency

for 1999–2000, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 716 and 686] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

15 Enterprise and New Towns (Scotland),—Accounts of Scottish Enterprise for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 836] [Clerk of the House].

16 Environmental Protection,—Report and Financial Statements of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee for 1999-2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

17 Environment, Transport and the Regions Executive Agencies,—Report and Accounts of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency for 1999–2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 688] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

18 Further and Higher Education (Scotland),—Accounts of the—

    (1) Scottish Further Education Funding Council, and

    (2) Scottish Higher Education Funding Council, ,

for 1999–2000, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 838 and 840] [Clerk of the House].

19 Government Trading Funds,—Report and Accounts of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency for 1999–2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 744] [Clerk of the House].

20 Home Office Executive Agencies,—Report and Accounts of HM Prison Service for 1999–2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 622] [Mr Secretary Straw].

21 Housing,—Reports and Accounts of—

    (1) Castle Vale Housing Action Trust,

    (2) Liverpool Housing Action Trust, and

    (3) Tower Hamlets Housing Action Trust

for 1999–2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

22 Housing (Scotland),—Accounts of Scottish Homes for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 839] [Clerk of the House].

23 National Lottery,—Accounts of the—

    (1) Arts Council of Wales Lottery Distribution, and

    (2) Scottish Arts Council National Lottery Distribution Fund,

for 1999–2000, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 846 and 837] [Clerk of the House].

24 Science and Technology,—Report and Financial Statement of the Medical Research Council for 1999–2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

25 Treasury Solicitor’s Executive Agencies,—Report and Accounts of the Government Property Lawyers for 1997–98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 728] [Mr Solicitor General].

26 Treaty Series (No. 92, 2000),—Convention, adopted at New York on 9th December 1994, on the Safety of United Nations and Associated Personnel [by Command] [Cm. 4803] [Mr Secretary Cook].

27 Treaty Series (No. 93, 2000),—Exchange of Notes, done at Beijing on 14th April 1999, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the People’s Republic of China on establishing a Consulate-General at Chongqing [by Command] [Cm. 4804] [Mr Secretary Cook].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

The Salary of the Data Protection Commissioner, from 1st April 2000,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Ms Hazel Blears, Mr Huw Edwards and Ms Harriet Harman from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Salary of the Data Protection Commissioner); and nominated in substitution Dr David Clark, Mr Terry Davis and Mr Neil Turner.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

Trade and Industry,—(1) Ninth Special Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [Government Observations on the Ninth Report from the Committee, Session 1999–2000, on Proposed Public Private Partnership for BNFL]; to be printed [No. 848];

(2) Tenth Special Report from the Committee [Government Observations on the Third Report from the Committee, Session 1999–2000, on the Future of the Export Credits Guarantee Department]; to be printed [No. 849]; and

(3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Post Office Services: Progress Report]; to be printed [No. 724-iii]

[Mr Martin O’Neill].



 
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