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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 13th November 2000

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

PRAYERS.

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

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

2    Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill,-Lords Amendments to the Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 182].

3    Opposition Day [20th allotted day],-It being an allotted day at the disposal of the Leader of the Opposition in pursuance of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business), the House proceeded to consider Opposition business.

    London Underground Public Private Partnership,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House notes the widespread concern about the viability of the Government's public private partnership proposed for London Underground; further notes that the Government has established Transport for London, which is answerable to Londoners, and whose Director, Mr Robert Kiley, has a proven track record of modernising the New York subway system and who will take on responsibility for London Underground in due course; deplores the failure of Ministers to include Mr Kiley and Transport for London in any meaningful consultations about the contracts under negotiation; condemns the Government's lack of openness with Londoners and their representatives about the bidding process; and urges the Government to work with Mr Kiley and Transport for London with an open mind about what is best for London Underground and for Londoners-(Mr Bernard Jenkin);

    An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word 'House' to the end of the Question and add the words 'welcomes the Government's implementation of its manifesto commitment to create a Public Private Partnership for London Underground which will bring in £8 billion of new investment and up to £5 billion worth of maintenance over the next fifteen years-leading to faster, more reliable journeys and a safer, more attractive Underground of the kind Londoners deserve; supports the doubling of the resources available to the Mayor for transport in London over the next three years; condemns the previous Government's record of under-investment in transport and in particular their erratic investment in London Underground, which left it with a £1.2 billion backlog; and deplores the Official Opposition's plans to privatise London Underground, which will fundamentally undermine public accountability', instead thereof.-(Mr Keith Hill.)

    And the Question being put, That the original words stand part of the Question;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Stephen Day, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 180.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Clelland, Mr Mike Hall: 287.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Question, That the proposed words be there added, being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Clelland, Mr Mike Hall: 283.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Stephen Day, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 177.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    The Deputy Speaker forthwith declared the Main Question, as amended, to be agreed to.

    Resolved, That this House welcomes the Government's implementation of its manifesto commitment to create a Public Private Partnership for London Underground which will bring in £8 billion of new investment and up to £5 billion worth of maintenance over the next fifteen years-leading to faster, more reliable journeys and a safer, more attractive Underground of the kind Londoners deserve; supports the doubling of the resources available to the Mayor for transport in London over the next three years; condemns the previous Government's record of under-investment in transport and in particular their erratic investment in London Underground, which left it with a £1.2 billion backlog; and deplores the Official Opposition's plans to privatise London Underground, which will fundamentally undermine public accountability.

    Millennium Dome,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House deplores the financial mismanagement of the New Millennium Experience Company; notes with concern that the cost to Lottery funds has exceeded the budget by £229 million; believes that this represents a serious waste of public funds; and regrets that Ministers have neither apologised nor accepted responsibility for the failure of this national project-(Mr Peter Ainsworth);

    An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word 'House' to the end of the Question and add the words 'welcomes the publication of the National Audit Office report, which gives a detailed account of events at the Dome; agrees that politicians of all parties involved in the project share responsibility both for the successes in regenerating this depressed part of South East London and its failings to reach its original visitor estimates; and deplores the decision by Her Majesty's Opposition not to support the original bi-partisan nature of this national project', instead thereof.-(Mr Secretary Smith.)

    And the Question being put, That the original words stand part of the Question;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Stephen Day, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 182.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Robert Ainsworth, Mr Don Touhig: 304.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Question, That the proposed words be there added, being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Robert Ainsworth, Mr Don Touhig: 300.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 174.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    The Deputy Speaker forthwith declared the Main Question, as amended, to be agreed to.

    Resolved, That this House welcomes the publication of the National Audit Office report, which gives a detailed account of events at the Dome; agrees that politicians of all parties involved in the project share responsibility both for the successes in regenerating this depressed part of South East London and its failings to reach its original visitor estimates; and deplores the decision by Her Majesty's Opposition not to support the original bi-partisan nature of this national project.

4    Control of Fuel and Electricity,-Resolved, That the Energy Act 1976 (Reserve Powers) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2449), dated 11th September 2000, a copy of which was laid before this House on 12th September, be approved.-(Mrs Helen Liddell.)

5    Fees and Charges,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Consular Fees Act 1980 (Fees) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 19th June, be approved-(Mrs Anne McGuire):-It was agreed to.

6    Education and Employment,-Ordered, That Mr Phil Willis be discharged from the Education and Employment Committee and Mr Richard Allan be added to the Committee.-(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.).

7    Foreign Affairs,-Ordered, That Mr David Wilshire be discharged from the Foreign Affairs Committee and Mr John Maples be added to the Committee.-(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

8    Health,-Ordered, That Mr Robert Syms be discharged from the Health Committee and Mrs Marion Roe be added to the Committee.-(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

9    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from cleft lip and/or palate NHS patients and others calling for a quality audit of cleft lip and palate services was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

10    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from residents of the constituency of Warrington North calling for residents to have a greater say in the siting of telecommunications masts was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

11    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Mrs Anne McGuire);

Tuesday 14th November 2000

    And the Question being put;

    Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till five minutes past Twelve o'clock on Tuesday morning, adjourned till this day.

[Adjourned at 12.05 a.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 Affirmative Resolution:

    1    Constitutional Law,-Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

    2    Local Government Finance,-Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 69) on Children's Services (Quality Protects) Special Grants for 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 968] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    3    Immigration,-Asylum Support (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3053), dated 11th November 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    4    Medical Profession,-(1) Medical Act 1983 (Approved Medical Practices and Conditions of Residence) and National Health Service (General Medical Services) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3040), and

    (2) Medical Act 1983 (Provisional Registration) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3041),

    dated 13th November 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

    5    Social Security,-Social Security (Recovery of Benefits) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3030), dated 8th November 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

Other Papers:

    6    Environment, Transport and the Regions,-Observations by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions on:-

    (1) the Petition [28th July] from SeŠn Woodward and others concerning compensation payable by Hampshire County Council for the Whiteley Way road scheme; and

    (2) the Petition [25th October] from the citizens of Earl Shilton concerning the provision of a bypass for the village

[by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

    7    Export Credits Guarantee Department,-Return, made under section 7 of the Export and Investments Guarantees Act 1991, of Commitments and Statutory Limits as at 31st March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

    8    National Lottery,-Millennium Commission Foreword and Accounts for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 937] [Clerk of the House].

Papers withdrawn:

    9    Constitutional Law,-Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2000 [laid 8th November].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Public Accounts,-(1) Forty-fourth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Ministry of Defence: Accepting equipment off-contract and into service]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 978];

    (2) Forty-fifth Report from the Committee [Acceptance of the Chinook Mk 2 Helicopter], with Appendices, together with an Appendix 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. 975]; and

    (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Overseeing Focus Housing Association]; to be printed [No. 979-i]

    [Mr David Davis].

    2    Science and Technology,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Science and Technology Committee [Corus plc]; to be printed [No. 899-ii] [Dr Michael Clark].



 
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