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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 31st October 2000

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.

PRAYERS.

1    Preston Writ,-Ordered, That the Speaker do issue his Warrant to the Clerk of the Crown, to make out a new Writ for the electing of a Member to serve in this present Parliament for the Borough Constituency of Preston in the room of Audrey Wise, deceased.-(Mrs Ann Taylor.)

2    Glasgow Anniesland Writ,-Ordered, That the Speaker do issue his Warrant to the Clerk of the Crown, to make out a new Writ for the electing of a Member to serve in this present Parliament for the Burgh Constituency of Glasgow Anniesland in the room of the Right honourable Donald Dewer, deceased.-(Mrs Ann Taylor.)

3    West Bromwich West Writ,-Ordered, That the Speaker do issue his Warrant to the Clerk of the Crown, to make out a new Writ for the electing of a Member to serve in this present Parliament for the Borough Constituency of West Bromwich in the room of the Right honourable Betty Boothroyd, who since her election for the said Borough Constituency hath accepted the office of Steward or Bailiff of Her Majesty's Three Chiltern Hundreds of Stoke, Desborough and Burnham in the county of Buckingham.-(Mrs Ann Taylor.)

4    City 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 7th November.

5    Alliance & 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 7th November.

6    Stem Cell Research,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 to allow the use of early embryonic tissue for the purposes of research into the development of regenerative therapies-(Dr Evan Harris);

    And the Motion being opposed, after a brief explanatory statement from the Member who made the Motion and from a Member who opposed it, the Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Standing Order No. 23 (Motions for leave to bring in bills and nomination of select committees at commencement of public business).

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Crispin Blunt, Dr Ian Gibson: 83.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Ann Winterton, Mr Jim Dobbin: 175.

    So the Question was negatived.

7    Prisons,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 (Amendment of Section 10) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2024) dated 25th July 2000, a copy of which was laid before this House on 26th July, be approved-(Mrs Anne McGuire):-It was agreed to.

8    Investigatory Powers,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Notification of Authorisations etc.) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2563) dated 20th September 2000, a copy of which was laid before this House on 22nd September, be approved-(Mrs Anne McGuire):-It was agreed to.

9    Investigatory Powers,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Investigatory Powers Tribunal Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2665) dated 28th September 2000, a copy of which was laid before this House on 29th September, be approved-(Mrs Anne McGuire):-It was agreed to.

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

    Amendment (No. 11) proposed to the Bill, in page 2, line 16, at the end to insert the words-

    '( ) The Secretary of State may by regulations specify persons or classes of person who are and persons or classes of person who are not suitable to act as personal advisers under the provisions of sections 19C, 23B(2), 23C(3) an 23D(1).'.-(Mrs Caroline Spelman.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:-Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

    Another Amendment (No. 1) proposed to the Bill, in page 4, line 30, at the end, to insert the words-

    '23CA.-(1) Any person aged eighteen or over who makes a valid election not to be treated as a former relevant child shall not, so long as such an election is in force, be a former relevant child for the purposes of this section.

    (2) The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision as to the procedure for the making and withdrawal of elections under subsection 1.

    (3) In respect of a person in respect of whom a valid election is in force, a local authority shall not discharge any of the duties in subsections (2) and (3) of section 23C.

    (4) Subject to subsection (3), a local authority may in respect of any person in respect of whom a valid election is in force offer services or assistance of a type required or permitted to be provided under this Act to former relevant children, but shall be under no duty to do so.'.-(Mr Philip Hammond.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:-Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

    Another Amendment (No. 2) proposed to the Bill, in page 5, line 2, at the end, to insert the words-

    '( ) The assistance given under subsection (4)(a) and (b) may be subject to such conditions regarding adherence by the former relevant child to his pathway plan as the local authority shall reasonably determine.'.-(Mrs Caroline Spelman.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:-Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

    Amendments (Nos. 13 to 18, 20, 19 and 21) made to the Bill.

    Another Amendment (No. 6) proposed to the Bill, in page 9, line 9, at the end, to insert the words-

    '(1A) Every local authority shall make arrangements to ensure that any person qualified under subsection (1) to make representations has access to appropriate independent advice and support to assist him in making such representations.'.-(Mrs Caroline Spelman.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:-Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

    Another Amendment (No. 24) proposed to the Bill, in page 9, line 24, to leave out subsection (3).-(Mr Philip Hammond.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:-Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

    Another Amendment (No. 9) proposed to the Bill, in page 9, to leave out lines 26 and 27, and to insert the words-

    'is

      (a) disabled within the meaning of section 120(2) of the Care Standards Act 2000, or

      (b) a mother of a child under four years of age.

    (3A) Where the Secretary of State provides by regulations that this section does not apply to a person by virtue of subsection (3)(b) he may provide by regulations such conditions as he shall determine to be in the best interest of that person and her child and if that person fails to comply with those conditions she shall cease to be a person to whom this section does not apply.'.-(Mr Philip Hammond.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Keith Simpson, Mr James Gray: 135.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr David Clelland: 312.

    Another Amendment (No. 25) proposed to the Bill, in page 9, line 41, to leave out subsection (7).-(Mr Philip Hammond.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:-Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

    Other Amendments (Nos. 22 and 23) made to the Bill.

    The Bill was read the third time, and passed, with Amendments.

11    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr David Jamieson.)

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till four minutes past Nine o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 9.04 p.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


Mr 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    Supreme Court of England and Wales,-Court Funds (Amendment) Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2918), dated 30th October 2000 [by Act] [Mr David Lock].

    2    Broadcasting,-Broadcasting (Limit in relation to Provision of Digital Programme Services) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2913), dated 29th October 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

    3    Education,-Education (Student Support) Regulations 2000 (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2912), dated 30th October 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

Other Papers:

    4    Companies,-Report by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on Companies in 1999-2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

    5    Education and Employment,-Department for Education and Employment Minute, dated 31st October 2000, concerning a contingent liability in respect of arrangements to acquire premises for the Learning and Skills Council [by Command] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    6    Environmental Protection,-(1) Accounts of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency,

    (2) Audit of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, and

    (3) Report and Accounts of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency

    for 1999-2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

    7    Foreign Affairs,-(1) Government Response to the Ninth Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee, Session 1999-2000, on Gibraltar: Follow-up [by Command] [Cm. 4892][Mr Secretary Cook].

    8    Judicial Appointments,-Report by the Lord Chancellor on Judicial Appointments for 1999-2000 [by Command] [Cm. 4783] [Mr David Lock].

    9    Procedure,-Government Response to the Second Report from the Procedure Committee, Session 1999-2000, on Parliamentary Scrutiny of Treaties [by Command][Mr Secretary Cook].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Culture, Media and Sport,-(1) Fourth Special Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [Cultural Property: Return and Illicit Trade: Initial Government Response to the Seventh Report from the Committee]; to be printed [No. 944]; and

    (2) Fifth Special Report from the Committee [Report and Accounts of the BBC for 1999-2000: Responses from the Government and the BBC to the Ninth Report from the Committee]; to be printed [No. 945]

    [Mr Gerald Kaufman].

    2    Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment Sub-Committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [Delivering Sustainable Waste Management]; to be printed [No. 903-ii] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].

    3    International Development,- (1) Ninth Special Report from the International Development Committee [Government Response to the Ninth Report from the Committee, on The Effectiveness of EC Development Assistance]; to be printed [No. 949]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Corruption]; to be printed [No. 950-i]

    [Mr Bowen Wells].

    4    Statutory Instruments,-Twenty-ninth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 47-xxix] [Mr David Tredinnick].

    5    Trade and Industry,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee [Impact on Trade and Industry of Motor Fuel Taxation]; to be printed [No. 946-i] [Mr Martin O'Neill].


Supplement to theVotes and Proceedings

Tuesday 31st October 2000

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

[pursuant to the Order of 24th May 1999]


The sitting commenced at Ten o'clock.

    Adjournment,--A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned-(Mr Don Touhig);

    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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