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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 22nd November 2000

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

PRAYERS.

1    Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Mike Hancock reported from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Double Taxation Relief (Shipping Transport) (Hong Kong) Order 2000 and the draft Double Taxation Relief (Taxation on Income) (Norway) Order 2000.

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

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

    The Lords have agreed to the Freedom of Information Bill, with Amendments, to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

3    Freedom of Information Bill,-Lords Amendments to the Freedom of Information Bill to be considered to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 187].

4    Honours and Decorations,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision about the award of certain honours and decorations; and for connected purposes-(Mr Fraser Kemp);

    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 Deputy 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 Ronnie Campbell, Mr Denis Murphy: 153.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Eric Forth, Mr Douglas Hogg: 58.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Ordered, That Mr Fraser Kemp, Mr Ronnie Campbell, Mr Lawrie Quinn, Mr Alan Keen, Mr Stephen Hepburn, Mr Peter Kilfoyle, Mr Chris Ruane, Mr David Winnick and Bob Russell do prepare and bring in the Bill.

5    Honours and Decorations Bill,-Mr Fraser Kemp accordingly presented a Bill to make provision about the award of certain honours and decorations; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Wednesday 29th November and to be printed [Bill 186].

6    Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill,-The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Lords Amendments to the Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill.

    Lords Amendment No. 1 was agreed to, the Commons being willing to waive their privileges.

    Lords Amendment No. 2.

    An Amendment ((b)) was proposed to the Lords Amendment, in line 8, to leave out the words 'but need not', and to insert the words 'and shall', instead thereof.-(Mr Douglas Hogg.)

    And the Question being put, That the Amendment to the Lords Amendment be made;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Douglas Hogg, Mr Eric Forth: 27.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Mike Hall, Jim Dowd: 303.

    So the Question was negatived.

    The Lords Amendment was agreed to, the Commons being willing to waive their privileges.

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

7    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 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) (No. 2) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 2nd November, be approved-(Mr Greg Pope):-It was agreed to.

8    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 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) (No. 2) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 2nd November, be approved-(Mr Greg Pope):-It was agreed to.

9    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 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 13th November, be approved-(Mr Greg Pope):-It was agreed to.

10    Business of the House,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That, at this day's sitting and the sittings on Thursday 23rd and Monday 27th November, the Speaker shall not adjourn the House until any Message from the Lords shall be received -(Paddy Tipping);

    Mr Keith Bradley rose in his place and claimed to move, That the Question be now put;

    And the Question being put, That the Question be now put;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Jim Dowd, Mr Mike Hall: 257.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Douglas Hogg, Mr Eric Forth: 21.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    And the Question being accordingly put;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mr David Jamieson: 260.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Gerald Howarth, Mr Eric Forth: 17.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Resolved, That, at this day's sitting and the sittings on Thursday 23rd and Monday 27th November, the Speaker shall not adjourn the House until any Message from the Lords shall be received.

11    Coal Operating Aid Scheme,-Resolved, That this House authorises the Secretary of State to pay, or undertake to pay, by way of financial assistance under section 8 of the Industrial Development Act 1982, and in respect of coal mining qualifying for aid under the UK Coal Operating Aid Scheme, sums exceeding 10 million for each of Hatfield Coal Company Ltd, Mining (Scotland) Limited, and RJB Mining plc.-(Mrs Helen Liddell.)

12    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from residents of Ryhill and Havercroft calling for a review of the criminal justice system following the death of Anna Fisher was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

13    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Mr Kevin Hughes);

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

14    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Kevin Hughes.)

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till half-past Ten o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 10.30 p.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


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


    APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    1    Education,-Education (School Teachers' Pay and Conditions) (No. 4) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3106), dated 21st November 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    2    Health and Safety,-Batteries and Accumulators (Containing Dangerous Substances) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3097), dated 20th November 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

    3    Income Tax,-(1) Individual Savings Account (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3112), and

    (2) Personal Equity Plan (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3109),

    dated 22nd November 2000 [by Act] [Miss Melanie Johnson].

    4    Northern Ireland Legislation,-Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act (Northern Ireland) 2000, with an Explanatory and Financial Memorandum [by Act] [Mr Secretary Mandelson].

Other Papers:

    5    Cereals Marketing,-Report and Accounts of the Home-Grown Cereals Authority for l999-2000 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].

    6    Comprehensive Spending Review,-Paper, entitled Investing in the Future: Departmental Investment Strategies: A Summary [by Command] [Cm. 4916] [Mr Andrew Smith].

    7    National Debt,-Savings Certificates (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3110), dated 21st November 2000 [by Act] [Miss Melanie Johnson].

    8    Treasury,-Resource Accounts of the National Investment and Loans Office for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 798] [Mr Stephen Timms].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Agreement between the European Community and its Member States and the Swiss Confederation on the Free Movement of Persons) Order 2000:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Order to the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Jonathan Sayeed Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Harry Barnes, Mr John Bercow, Mr Malcolm Bruce, Mr Colin Burgon, Ann Clwyd, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Simon Hughes, Mr Robert Jackson, Mr Peter Lilley, Mr Jim Marshall, Mr Bill Michie, Bridget Prentice, Mrs Barbara Roche, Mr Keith Simpson, Mr David Taylor and Mr Anthony D. Wright.

    2    Railways (Safety Case) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2688):

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Regulations to the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Sir David Madel Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Robert Ainsworth, Sir Paul Beresford, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr Don Foster, Mr Michael Foster, Mr Christopher Fraser, Mr Keith Hill, Mr Bob Laxton, Mr Michael Moore, Ms Julie Morgan, Mr Ted Rowlands, Helen Southworth, Mr Robert Syms, Dr Rudi Vis, Joan Walley and Mr Phil Woolas.

    3    Social Security Amendment (Capital Limits and Earnings Disregards) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2245):

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Regulations to the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Roger Gale Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Hugh Bayley, Mr Peter Bradley, Mr Richard Burden, Mr Paul Burstow, Mr Martin Caton, Dr Norman A. Godman, Mr Fabian Hamilton, Mr Lindsay Hoyle, Mr Kevin Hughes, Ms Fiona Jones, Mrs Jacqui Lait, Mr Edward Leigh, Mr John Maples, Mr Jim Murphy and Steve Webb.

    4    Draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) (England and Wales) Regulations 2000:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Regulations to the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Bill O'Brien Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Robert Ainsworth, Mr Kevin Barron, Mr Tom Brake, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr Jeremy Corbyn, Mr Don Foster, Mr Peter Kilfoyle, Mr Terry Lewis, Mr Chris Mullin, Mr Ian Pearson, Mr Terry Rooney, Mr Brian Sedgemore, Mr Peter Temple-Morris, Mr Nigel Waterson, Sir Raymond Whitney and Mr John Wilkinson.

    5    Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 70) on Threshold Payments (House of Commons Paper No. 963), and the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 71) on Leadership Group Payments (House of Commons Paper No. 964):

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Reports to the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Bill Olner Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Richard Allan, Mr Clive Betts, Christine Butler, Mr Roger Casale, Tom Cox, Valerie Davey, Mr Geraint Davies, Mr Neil Gerrard, Mr Gerald Howarth, Mrs Theresa May, Estelle Morris, Mr John Randall, Rachel Squire, Dr Desmond Turner, Mr Andrew Tyrie and Mr Phil Willis.

Grand Committees

    6    Northern Ireland Grand Committee,-The Speaker has appointed Mr John McWilliam Chairman of the Northern Ireland Grand Committee in respect of its meeting on Wednesday 29th November.

European Standing Committees

    7    Unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum dated 21st November 2000 submitted by the Department of Trade and Industry, on informing and consulting employees, has been referred to European Standing Committee C.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Agriculture,-(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Agriculture Committee [The Work of the Forestry Commission]; to be printed [No. 997-i]; and

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Forestry Commission; Implementation of IACS in the European Union; Organic Farming]

    [Mr David Curry].

    2    Defence,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence Committee [Armed Forces Personnel Issues]; to be printed [No. 689-vi] [Mr Bruce George].

    3    Education and Employment,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Employment Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Committee [Recruiting Unemployed People]; to be printed [No. 533-vi] [Mr Derek Foster].

    4    Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,-(1) Twentieth Report from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [UK Biodiversity], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment Sub-Committee of the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [Nos. 441 and 441-III];

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Development on or affecting the flood plain]; to be printed [No. 967-i];

    (3) Memorandum laid before the Committee [Delivering Sustainable Waste Management];and

    (4) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Sub-Committee of the Committee [Rail Investment: Renewal: Maintenance and Development of the National Rail Network]; to be printed [No. 671-iv]

    [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody]; and

    (5) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment Sub-Committee of the Committee [Delivering Sustainable Waste Management]; to be printed [No. 903-vi] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].

    5    European Scrutiny,-(1) Thirtieth Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 23-xxx]; and

    (2) Memorandum [Government Response to the Seventeenth Report from the Committee, on the 2000 Inter-Governmental Conference]

    [Mr Jimmy Hood].

    6    Foreign Affairs,-Tenth Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee [China], 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. 574] [Mr Donald Anderson].

    7    Northern Ireland Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [Relocation following Paramilitary Intimidation]; to be printed [No. 998-i] [Mr Peter Brooke].

    8    Public Accounts,-(1) Forty-sixth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Kosovo: The Financial Management of Military Operations]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 582];

    (2) Forty-seventh Report from the Committee [The National Health Service: Valedictory Hearing: Sir Alan Langlands], 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. 624]; and

    (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Managing Costs in English Further Education Colleges]; to be printed [No. 999-i]

    [Mr David Davis].

    9    Public Administration,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Special Advisers]; to be printed [No. 727-ii] [Mr Tony Wright].

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

    11    Social Security,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Social Security Committee [Integrated Child Credit]; to be printed [No. 951-ii] [Mr Archy Kirkwood].

    12    Treasury,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [2000 Pre-Budget Report]; to be printed [No. 988-iii] [Mr Giles Radice].


Supplement to the Votes and Proceedings

Wednesday 22nd 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 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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