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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 26th July 2000

The sitting commenced at half-past Two o'clock.

PRAYERS.

1          Hundredth Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother,--The Vice-Chamberlain of the Household reported to the House, That their Address of 19th July relating to the Hundredth Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother had been presented to Her Majesty; and that Her Majesty had been pleased to receive the same very graciously and to give the following Answer:



           I have received your Address concerning the One Hundredth Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.



           It give me great pleasure to hear of the loyal affection of the House and the nation on this special occasion and to ensure that your message is conveyed to Queen Elizabeth.



2          City 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 25th October.



3          Message from the Lords,--A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:



           The Lords do not insist on their Amendments to the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill, to which this House has disagreed.



           The Lords do not insist on certain of their Amendments to the Government Resources and Accounts Bill, to which this House has disagreed, and do not insist on their remaining Amendment to that Bill, and have agreed without Amendment to the Amendments proposed by this House in lieu of that Amendment.



           The Lords have agreed to the Football (Disorder) Bill, with Amendments; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.



4          Football (Disorder) Bill,--Lords Amendments to the Football (Disorder) Bill to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 172].



5          Genetically Modified Food and Producer Liability Bill,--The Genetically Modified Food and Producer Liability Bill was withdrawn.



6          National Lottery (Community Chest),--Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the National Lottery Act 1998 to require a proportion of revenue from ticket sales to be kept in a community chest: And that Derek Wyatt, Mrs Diana Organ, Mr Alan Meale and Mr Lawrie Quinn do prepare and bring it in.



7          National Lottery (Community Chest) Bill,--Derek Wyatt accordingly presented a Bill to amend the National Lottery Act 1998 to require a proportion of revenue from ticket sales to be kept in a community chest: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 3rd November and to be printed [Bill 171].



8          Retirement of Madam Speaker,--Madam Speaker addressed the House, as follows:



           In 1992, when this House elected me to be Speaker, I pledged two things: to do my best to justify its confidence, and to do all in my powers to preserve and to cherish its traditions. Now, as I prepare to lay down this great office, it is for you to judge my performance against those promises. Be assured that on this occasion I shall not rule you out of order!



           For my part, being Speaker has afforded me a unique opportunity to serve Parliament, for which I am immensely grateful. However, before I go further, I wish to thank those who have given me such loyal service throughout the years.



           Although--thank goodness for me, and for you too--I have not come anywhere near Speaker Onslow's record of 31 years in this Chair, I have nevertheless seen three Clerks of the House, each giving invaluable service--Sir Clifford Boulton, Sir Donald Limon and the current occupant, Bill McKay. To each of them I owe a very great deal.



           I also wish to pay tribute to my two Secretaries. Sir Peter Kitcatt steered me through the first very strange and very demanding days of my new job and gave me absolutely splendid support. I was very fortunate, too, in his successor, Nicolas Bevan, who came new to the House, but swiftly acquired an encyclopaedic knowledge not only of Members' names and interests, but of the ways of Westminster. Since 1993 he has been constantly at my side, whether in this House or on visits abroad--never tiring, never ruffled, but showing great patience, great loyalty and personal commitment. My very best thanks go to Nicolas.



           I owe a debt of thanks also to the others who have served on my office and constituency staff, and on my personal staff in Speaker's House--and, of course, to the Deputy Speakers who throughout the years have supported me so well.



           When I first entered the House, the Speaker was Selwyn Lloyd, and I recall his leaving speech. He paid very generous tribute to the Members of those days, but he went out of his way to mention what he described as their "collective faults". He summed those up as "long-windedness, sedentary interruptions, points of order that are not points of order, and an inability to scrutinise Bills and statutory instruments as they should be scrutinised". Things do not change much, do they?



           One of the privileges of the Speaker is to be able to represent this House abroad, both at Speaker's Conferences and on bilateral visits. I am glad to have been able to accept invitations to represent Westminster in every continent, and to have visited many countries, both large and small, on your behalf. What has always come across clearly to me is the respect felt abroad for the British system of parliamentary democracy. It comes across especially among the emerging democracies of central and eastern Europe, where there is a very keen desire to learn from our experience as they develop their own systems of governance. I know that the advice and assistance that we are able to give at both parliamentary and staff level is enormously appreciated.



           Sadly, however, I have to say that the high reputation of Westminster abroad is not entirely reflected at home. I know from my postbag how much disillusionment about the political process there is among the general public. The level of cynicism about Parliament, and the accompanying alienation of many of the young from the democratic process, is troubling. It is an issue on which every Member of the House should wish to reflect. It is our responsibility, each and every one of us, to do what we can to develop and build public trust and confidence.



           Let us make a start by remembering that the function of Parliament is to hold the Executive to account. That is the role for which history has cast the Commons. It is the core task of Members--not merely to act as the representatives of their constituents, important though that certainly is. It is in Parliament in the first instance that Ministers must explain and justify their policies. Since becoming Speaker in 1992, I have made my views known about that, both publicly and behind the scenes to both Governments. I have taken action to ensure that those who advise Ministers should never overlook the primacy of Parliament. This is the chief forum of the nation--today, tomorrow and, I hope, for ever.



           Question time offers a prime opportunity to hold Ministers to account. I share the disappointment at the slow progress that is made. Too many backbench Members are being deprived, by the long-windedness of colleagues, of their chance to question Ministers. We are not moving down the Order Paper as we should. There is also an issue of quality as well as quantity. There is, from time to time, a risk that engagement with the real issues is seen to be overshadowed by political point-scoring simply for its own sake.



           Parliament's other prime function is the scrutiny of Government legislation. There is, I believe, throughout the House a general recognition that this is an area ripe for improvement. Committees of the House, as well as outside bodies, are making a substantial contribution to the debate. The issues are serious and complex, and there is no simple solution. The debate should not be conducted, however, on party lines--nor on the simplistic basis of the Executive versus the rest of us. The objective, to my mind, must be improved scrutiny leading to better legislation, perhaps through the greater use of pre-legislative arrangements; I think that they might be useful to us. In addition, the issue is as much one of quality of scrutiny as of quantity.



           Furthermore, the House must be prepared to put in the hours necessary to carry out effective examination of the Government's legislative programme. If that means long days, or rearrangement of the parliamentary year, so be it. Of course, I have been here long enough to recognise the importance of enabling parliamentarians to enjoy a domestic life. It should not be impossible to meet both objectives--but where there is a clash, the requirements of effective scrutiny and the democratic process must take priority over the convenience of Members.



           Those of you who were here when I submitted myself to the will of the House in 1992 will recall that I said, in all honesty, that for me the Commons had never been just a career, it had been my life. Now, after eight and a half years as Speaker, that is more true than ever. Quite apart from the honour of being Speaker, and the many fascinations of the work, I have enjoyed the job, every minute of it--well, almost every minute of it. That has been helped by the fact that I have presided over a House containing so many characters and so many stalwart Members, on whom it depends so much. I have not had a boring day in my working life, and for all that, I am grateful to all of you.



           When I came to the conclusion that it was right for me to go, my thoughts went to that famous passage in the Book of Ecclesiastes, about there being "a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance".



           Well, my dancing days are long past, and I promise the House that I shall not weep, but I shall certainly mourn the fact that an all-important phase of my life has come to a natural end. However, it is time for laughter as well, as we remember all the lighter moments that we have enjoyed. I say to you, rejoice in your inheritance, defend your rights and remember always that the privileges the House enjoys were dearly won and must never be squandered. You elected me in the springtime and I shall retire in the autumn, which marks a fitting seasonal conclusion to my period in office.



           Therefore I say to you all, in a phrase that you all know well, but which has never been more true than now:



           "Time's up".



           Resolved, nemine contradicente, That this House records its appreciation of the great distinction with which the Right Honourable Betty Boothroyd has occupied the office of Speaker; congratulates her on the skilful manner in which she has upheld the authority and dignity of this House; appreciates the wisdom, good humour and skill with which she has presided over its affairs, which are universally admired both in this country and abroad; and accordingly expresses its warmest thanks to the Right Honourable Member for her many services to this House; and unites in wishing her a long and happy retirement.--(The Prime Minister.)



9           Trustee Bill [Lords],--The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Trustee Bill [Lords];



           A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 90 (Second reading committees), That the Bill be now read a second time:--It was agreed to.



           The Bill was accordingly read a second time and stood committed to a Standing Committee.



10          Census (Amendment) Bill [Lords],--The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Census (Amendment) Bill [Lords], as amended in the Standing Committee.



           Amendment (No. 1) proposed to the Bill, in page 1, line 12, after the word 'religion' to insert the words 'or for giving a false answer to that question'.--(Mr Richard Ottaway.)



           Question put, That the Amendment be made;



           The House divided.



             Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Keith Simpson, Mrs Eleanor Laing: 184.



             Tellers for the Noes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mr Robert Ainsworth: 331.



           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 Robert Ainsworth, Mr Kevin Hughes: 355.



             Tellers for the Noes, Mr Eric Forth, Dr Evan Harris: 4.



           So the Question was agreed to.



           The Bill was accordingly read the third time, and passed, with an Amendment.



11          Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill [Money] (No. 2),--Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill [Money] (No. 2);



           Resolved, That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of--



           (a) any expenditure attributable to arrangements under the Act for the making of contributions towards costs incurred by persons for purposes connected with, or with the provision of assistance in relation to, interception warrants; and



           (b) any allowances payable under the Act to the Intelligence Services Commissioner.--(Mr Mike Hall.)



12          Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill,--The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider Lords Amendments to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill.



           Lords Amendments Nos. 1 to 163 agreed to, the Commons being willing to waive their privileges in respect of Lords Amendments Nos. 17 to 19, 86, 88 and 97.



13          Public Petitions,--Public Petitions from--



           (1) residents of Cambridge and the County of Cambridgeshire against the current Education Standard Spending Assessment scheme; and



           (2) residents of Aylesbury and surrounding areas opposing discrimination by the broadcasting authorities against religious bodies



          were presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.



14          Adjournment,--A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn--(Jim Dowd);



           And it being Ten o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put.



15          Adjournment,--A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn--(Jim Dowd);



           And the Motion having been made at Ten o'clock, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, the Speaker adjourned the House without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, till to-morrow.



[Adjourned at 10.30 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 Affirmative Resolution:



1          Prisons,--Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 (Amendment of Section 10) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2024), dated 25th July 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Mandelson].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:



2          Employment Tribunals,--(2) Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1987), and

           (2) Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1988),



          dated 24th July 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].



3          Mental Health,--Court of Protection (Amendment) Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2025), dated 25th July 2000 [by Act] [Mr David Lock].

4          Public Procurement,--Public Contracts (Works, Services and Supply) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2009), dated 25th July 2000 [by Act] [Mr Andrew Smith].

Other Papers:



5          Defence Executive Agencies,--Reports and Accounts of --

           (1) Queen Victoria School, and



           (2) Royal Air Force Signals Engineering Establishment



          for 1999-2000, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 703 and 672 ] [Mr Secretary Hoon].







6          Devolution,--Paper entitled, Memorandum of Understanding and Supplementary Agreements between the United Kingdom Government, Scottish Ministers, the Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales and the Northern Ireland Executive Committee [by Command] [Cm. 4806] [Mr David Lock].

7          Government Trading Funds,--Reports and Accounts of--

           (1) Registers of Scotland, and



           (2) United Kingdom Hydrographic Office



          for 1999-2000, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 649 and 633] [Clerk of the House].



8          Legal Aid (Scotland),--(1) Report and Accounts of the Scottish Legal Aid Board for 1999-2000, and

           (2) Statement of Accounts for the Scottish Legal Aid Board for 1999-2000



          [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].



9          Local Government,--Report and Accounts of the London Pensions Fund Authority for 1999-2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

10          Merchant Shipping,--Report and Accounts of the General Lighthouse Fund for 1998-99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to printed [No. 851] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

11          National Audit,--Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Shadow Strategic Rail Authority: Action to Improve Passenger Rail Services [by Act]; to be printed [No. 842] [Clerk of the House].

12          Post Office,--Report of the Post Office Users' Council for Wales for 1999-2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

13          Prisons (Scotland),--Report and Accounts of the Scottish Prison Service for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 619] [Mr Secretary Reid].

14          Science and Innovation,--Paper entitled, Excellence and Opportunity: a science and innovation policy for the 21st century [by Command] [Cm. 4814] [Mr Secretary Byers].

15          Scottish Executive Agencies,--Report and Accounts of the--

           (1) Scottish Agricultural Science Agency,



           (2) Scottish Public Pensions Agency



          for 1999-2000, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 749 and 738] [Mr Secretary Reid].



16          Standards in Public Life,--Government Response to the Sixth Report from the Committee on Standards in Public Life [by Command] [Cm. 4817] [The Prime Minister].

17          Treasury Executive Agencies,--Report and Accounts of the United Kingdom Debt Management Office for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 579] [Miss Melanie Johnson].

18          Treaty Series (No. 94, 2000),--Exchange of Notes, done at Jakarta on 3rd and 5th April 2000, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Republic of Indonesia concerning Certain Commercial Debts (The United Kingdom/Indonesia Debt Agreement No. 2 (l998)) [by Command] [Cm. 4810] [Mr Secretary Cook].

19          Treaty Series (No. 95, 2000),--Exchange of Notes, done at Lusaka on 5th August 1999, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Republic of Zambia concerning Certain Commercial Debts (The United Kingdom/Zambia Debt Agreement No. 7 (l999)) [by Command] [Cm. 4811] [Mr Secretary Cook].



APPENDIX II



Standing Committees



1          Trustee Bill [Lords]:

           (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee A; and



           (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Peter Atkinson, Mrs Liz Blackman, Mr John Burnett, Mr Paul Clark, Mr Tony Colman, Mr Edward Garnier, Mr Nick Hawkins, Mr Lindsay Hoyle, Mr Alan Hurst, Ms Jenny Jones, Mr Piara S. Khabra, Mr Elfyn Llwyd, Mr David Lock, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr Patrick Nicholls and Mr Bill Tynan.



2          Dangerous Substances and Preparations (Nickel) (Safety) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1668):

           (1) The Speaker has allocated the Regulations to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Dr Ashok Kumar Chairman; and



           (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Norman Baker, Sir Paul Beresford, Mr Tom Brake, Julia Drown, Mr Barry Gardiner, Mr Nick Gibb, Dr Ian Gibson, Ms Harriet Harman, Dr Kim Howells, Mr Michael Jack, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Mr Greg Pope, Mr Mohammad Sarwar, Mr Marsha Singh, Mr Jon Trickett and Mr Derek Twigg.



3          Education (National Curriculum) (Attainment Target and Programmes of Study in Citizenship) (England) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1603), and the Education (National Curriculum) (Attainment Targets and Programmes of Study in History) (England) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1606):

           (1) The Speaker has allocated the Orders to the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Eric Illsley Chairman; and



           (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Richard Allan, Mr Clive Betts, Mr David Borrow, Mrs Helen Brinton, Mr James Clappison, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr David Curry, Mr Christopher Fraser, Mrs Llin Golding, Mr Ivan Henderson, Mr Lawrie Quinn, Jacqui Smith, Rachel Squire, Mr Paul Stinchcombe, Mr Phil Willis and Mr David Winnick.



4          Rutland Sixth Form College, Oakham (Dissolution) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1684):

           (1) The Speaker has allocated the Order to the Third 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 Richard Allan, Mr Clive Betts, Mrs Liz Blackman, Ms Hazel Blears, Mr Tim Boswell, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr Quentin Davies, Mr Hilton Dawson, Mr Alan Duncan, Dr Evan Harris, Mr Alan Hurst, Ms Jenny Jones, Mr Piara S. Khabra, Mr Bill Rammell, Dr Alan Whitehead and Mr Malcolm Wicks.



European Standing Committees



5          European Document No. 9964/00, relating to Social Policy Agenda, has been referred to European Standing Committee C.

APPENDIX III



Reports from Select Committees



1          Agriculture,--(1) Eighth Report from the Agriculture Committee [Genetically Modified Organisms and Seed Segregation], 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. 812];

           (2) Ninth Report from the Committee [MAFF/Intervention Board Departmental Report 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. 610];



           (3) Sixth Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Fifth Report from the Committee, on the Government's Proposals for Organophosphate Sheep Dips], together with Appendices; to be printed [No. 865]; and



           (4) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Genetically Modified Organisms and Seed Segregation; Organic Farming]



          [Mr David Curry].



2          Culture, Media and Sport,--(1) Eighth Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [Marking the Millennium in the United Kingdom], 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. 578];

           (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Marking the Millennium in the United Kingdom];



           (3) Ninth Report from the Committee [Report and Accounts of the BBC for 1999-2000]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 719]; and



           (4) Third Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Sixth Report from the Committee on Public Libraries]; to be printed [No. 867]



          [Mr Gerald Kaufman].



3          Defence,-- (1) Twelfth Report from the Defence Committee [The Adaptation of the Treaty on Conventional Forces in Europe], 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. 295]; and

           (2) Thirteenth Report from the Committee [Iraqi No-Fly Zones], 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. 453]



          [Mr Bruce George].



4          Education and Employment,--Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Committee [Higher Education]; to be printed [No. 400-xv] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

5          Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,--(1) Sixteenth Report from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [The Implications of the European Commission Ruling on Gap Funding Schemes for Urban Regeneration in England], 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. 714];

           (2) Seventeenth Report from the Committee [The Departmental Annual Report 2000 and Expenditure Plans 2000-01 to 2001-02], 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. 471];



           (3) Eighteenth Report from the Committee [Air Service Agreements between the United Kingdom and the United States], together 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. 532];



           (4) Third Special Report from the Committee [Environment Agency Response to the Sixth Report from the Committee, on The Environment Agency] [No. 870];



           (5) Fourth Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Ninth Report from the Committee, on Travelling Fairs] [No. 871];



           (6) Fifth Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Eighth Report from the Committee, on Light Rapid Transit Systems] [No. 872]; and



           (7) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Sub-Committee of the Committee [Ten-Year Plan for Transport]; to be printed [No. 726-i]



          [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].



6          European Scrutiny,--Twenty-sixth Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 23-xxvi] [Mr Jimmy Hood].

7          Northern Ireland Affairs,--(1) Fourth Report from the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [Northern Ireland Railways: Financial Provision for New Rolling Stock in 2000-01], 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. 512];

           (2) Fifth Report from the Committee [Public Expenditure in Northern Ireland: Inward Investment], 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. 198]; and



           (3) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Miscellaneous]



          [Mr Peter Brooke].



8          Public Administration,--(1) Third Report from the Select Committee on Public Administration [The Review of Public Sector Ombudsmen]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 612]; and

           (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Special Advisers]; to be printed [No. 821-ii]



          [Tony Wright].



9          Social Security,--(1) Sixth Report from the Social Security Committee [Pensioner Poverty], 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. 606];

           (2) Fourth Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Fourth Report from the Committee, on Social Security and Child Support Commissioners]; to be printed [No. 868]; and



           (3) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Pensioner Poverty]



          [Mr Archy Kirkwood].





10          Treasury,-- Sixth Special Report from the Treasury Committee [Government Response to the Sixth Report from the Committee, on The Government's Cash and Debt Management]; to be printed [No. 869];

           (2) Eighth Report from the Committee [Economic and Monetary Union], 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. 573]; and



           (3) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Economic and Monetary Union]



          [Mr Giles Radice].


Supplement to the Votes and Proceedings

Wednesday 26th July 2000

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

[pursuant to the Order of 24th May 1999]

The sitting commenced at half-past Nine o'clock.

Adjournment,--Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.--(Mr Kevin Hughes.)

And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.59 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker        




 
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