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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 16th November 2000

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

PRAYERS.

1 Alliance & Leicester plc Group Treasury (Transfer) Bill [Lords],-Ordered, That the promoters of the Alliance & Leicester plc Group Treasury (Transfer) Bill [Lords] shall have leave to suspend proceedings thereon in order to proceed with it, if they think fit, in the next session of Parliament, provided that notice of their intention to do so is lodged in the Private Bill Office not later than the day before the close of the present session and that all fees due up to that date have been paid;

    That, if the Bill is brought from the Lords in the next session, a declaration signed by the agent shall be deposited in the Private Bill Office, stating that the Bill is the same in every respect as the Bill brought from the Lords in the present session;

    That the Clerk in the Private Bill Office shall lay upon the Table of the House a certificate, that such a declaration has been deposited;

    That in the next session the Bill shall be deemed to have passed through every stage through which it has passed in the present session, and shall be recorded in the Journal of the House as having passed those stages;

    That no further fees shall be charged to such stages;

    That no petitions against the Bill having been presented within the time provided for petitioning, no petitioners shall be heard before any committee on the Bill save those who complain of any amendment as proposed in the filled-up Bill or of any matter which arises during the progress of the Bill before the committee.-(The Second Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means.)

    Message to the Lords to acquaint them therewith.

2    First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr John Cummings reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft EUTELSAT (Immunities and Privileges) (Amendment) Order 2000.

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

3    Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Dr Ashok Kumar reported from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Social Security (Incapacity Benefit) Miscellaneous Amendment Regulations 2000.

    Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee 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 Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Bill without Amendment.

    City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [Lords],-The Lords communicate that they have considered the Message from the Commons [yesterday] relating to the City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [Lords]; and that they have come to the following Resolution in respect of the Bill, viz.:

    That the promoters of the Bill have leave to suspend any further proceedings thereon in order to proceed with it, if they think fit, in the next session of Parliament, provided that notice of their intention to do so is lodged in the Office of the Clerk of the Parliaments not later than 12 noon on Monday 27th November;

    That the Bill be deposited in the Office of the Clerk of the Parliaments not later than noon on the second sitting day in the next session with a declaration annexed, signed by the agent, stating that the Bill is the same in every respect as the Bill at the last stage of the proceedings thereon in this House in the present session;

    That the proceedings on the Bill in the next session of Parliament be pro forma in regard to every stage through which the Bill has passed in the present session, and that no new fees be charged to such stages; and

    That the Private Business Standing Orders apply to the Bill in the next session only in regard to any stage through which the Bill has passed in the present session.

5    Insolvency Bill [Lords],-The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Insolvency Bill [Lords], as amended in the Standing Committee.

    A Clause (Prohibition during period of disqualification)-(Mr Christopher Chope)-brought up and read the first time.

    Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time-Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

    Another Clause (Disqualification orders: unfitness of director)-(Mr Christopher Chope)-brought up and read the first time.

    Question put, That the Clause be read a second time.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Eric Forth, Mr Christopher Chope: 46.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Graham Allen, Mr Robert Ainsworth: 221.

    Another Clause (Section 309(1) of the Insolvency Act 1986 to apply to nominees)-(Mr Austin Mitchell)-brought up and read the first time.

    Question put, That the Clause be read a second time.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John Butterfill, Mr Brian Cotter: 42.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 218.

    Amendment (No. 26) proposed to the Bill, in page 6, line 7, at the end, to insert the words 'and occupied by'.-(Mr Richard Page.)

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

    Another Amendment (No. 28) proposed to the Bill, in page 7, line 32, at the end, to insert the words 'who has died after the commencement of this section'.-(Mr Richard Page.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Christopher Chope, Mr David Heath: 34.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Graham Allen, Mr Kevin Hughes: 210.

    Amendments (Nos. 51, 52, and 5 to 9) made to the Bill.

    Another Amendment (No. 15) proposed to the Bill, in page 13, to leave out lines 6 and 7 and to insert the words-

    '(a) such information as is necessary for a nominee to be able to judge if there is a reasonable prospect of drawing up a workable voluntary arrangement which warrants being submitted to creditors,'.-(Mr Christopher Chope.)

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

    Another Amendment (No. 18) proposed to the Bill, in page 16, line 33, after the word 'enforced', to insert the words 'against a liquidator representing interests including interests of creditors of the company at the time of the moratorium'.-(Mr Richard Page.)

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

    Other Amendments (Nos. 10 to 13) made to the Bill.

    Another Amendment (No. 30) proposed to the Bill, in page 28, line 33, to leave out the words 'to the value of 500 or more'.-(Mr Richard Page.)

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

    Another Amendment (No. 53) made to the Bill.

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

6    Delegated Legislation,-Ordered, That the Social Security Amendment (Capital Limits and Earnings Disregards) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2545) be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.-(Mr Greg Pope.)

7    Delegated Legislation,-Ordered, That the Railways (Safety Case) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2688) be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.-(Mr Greg Pope.)

8    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from the Bourton-on-the-Water and Lechlade branches of the Women's Institute against the compulsory payment of benefits through banks was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

9    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Mr Greg Pope);

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

10    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Greg Pope.)

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

[Adjourned at 7.18 p.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Nine o'clock.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    1    Clerk of the Crown in Chancery,-Crown Office (Forms and Proclamations Rules) (Amendment) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3064), dated 15th November 2000 [by Act] [Mr David Lock].

Other Papers:

    2    Appropriations in Aid,-Treasury Minute, dated 16th November 2000, directing the application of certain receipts as appropriations in aid of the Votes specified in the Winter Supplementary Estimates for 2000-2001 [by Act] [Mr Stephen Timms].

    3    Defence Executive Agencies,-Report and Accounts of the Defence Transport and Movements Agency for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 961] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

    4    Environment, Transport and the Regions,-(1) Paper, entitled Our Towns and Cities: The Future: Delivering an Urban Renaissance, and

    (2) Government Response to the Eleventh Report from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee, Session 1999-00, on the Proposed Urban White Paper

    [by Command] [Cm. 4911 and 4912] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

    5    National Lottery,-National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) Strategy for 2000-2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

    6    Pensions,-Report of the Pensions Compensation Board for 1st August 1999 to 31st July 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

    7    Standards in Public Life,-Seventh Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life: Standards of Conduct in the House of Lords, Volumes I and II [by Command] [Cm. 4903-I and -II] [The Prime Minister].

    8    Supply Estimates, 2000-2001,-Winter Supplementary Estimates and New Estimates for 2000-2001 [by Command]; to be printed [No. 962] [Mr Stephen Timms].

    9    Turkey (No. 1, 2000),-Convention on Social Security, done at London on 20th December 2000, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Republic of Turkey with Protocol concerning Health Care, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 4919] [Mr Secretary Cook].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    Draft Social Security (Incapacity Benefit) Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 2000,- The Committee of Selection has discharged Glenda Jackson and Dr Desmond Turner from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Regulations); and nominated in substitution Charlotte Atkins and Kali Mountford.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Culture, Media and Sport,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [The Operation of the National Lottery]; to be printed [No. 958-ii] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].

    2    Health,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [Public Health]; to be printed [No. 786-ii] [Mr David Hinchliffe].

    3    Treasury,-(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-committee of the Treasury Committee [Office for National Statistics: Progress Report]; to be printed [No. 293-ii];

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Sub-committee [HM Customs and Excise and the Inland Revenue: Progress Reports]

    [Mr Giles Radice].


Supplement to the Votes and Proceedings

Thursday 16th November 2000

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

[pursuant to the Order of 24th May 1999]


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

PRAYERS.

    Adjournment (Fishing Safety),-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Mr David Clelland.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 21st November.

[Adjourned at 4.54 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker



 
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