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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 12th December 2000

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

PRAYERS.

1    Sessional Returns,-Ordered, That there be laid before this House Returns for Session 1999-2000 of information and statistics relating to-

    (1) Business of the House;

    (2) Closure of Debate, Proposal of Question and Allocation of Time (including Programme Motions);

    (3) Sittings of the House;

    (4) Private Bills and Private Business;

    (5) Public Bills;

    (6) Delegated Legislation and Deregulation Orders;

    (7) European Legislation, &c.;

    (8) Grand Committees;

    (9) Chairmen's Panel; and

    (10) Select Committees.-(The Chairman of Ways and Means.)

2    Deregulation Committee,-Mr Peter L. Pike reported from the Deregulation Committee the following Resolutions:

    That the draft Deregulation (Sunday Dancing) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 28th November, should be approved.

    The Committee came to this Resolution without a Division.

    That the draft Deregulation (Sunday Licensing) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 8th December, should be approved.

    The Committee came to this Resolution without a Division.

3    Homes Bill,-Mr Secretary Prescott, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Byers, Mr Secretary Milburn, Mr Secretary Murphy, Mr Nick Raynsford, Mr Chris Mullin and Mr David Lock, presented a Bill to make provision for imposing requirements in relation to the marketing of residential properties in England and Wales; to make further provision about the functions of local housing authorities relating to homelessness and the allocation of housing accommodation; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 5].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Homes Bill be printed [Bill 5-EN].

4    Queen's Speech (Motion for an Address),-The Order of the day being read, for resuming the adjourned Debate on the Question proposed [6th December], That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, as follows:

    Most Gracious Sovereign,

    We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, in Parliament assembled, beg leave to offer our humble thanks to Your Majesty for the Gracious Speech which Your Majesty has addressed to both Houses of Parliament;

    And the Question being again proposed:-The House resumed the adjourned Debate.

    An Amendment was proposed to the Question, at the end, to add the words ', but humbly regret that the Gracious Speech makes no mention of the decline in police numbers since 1997; note the continuing failure of many of the Government's measures to combat youth crime and that the Government remains committed to the early release from jail of thousands of criminals; deplore the Government's further attempt to restrict the right to trial by jury and its failure to put forward any measures to strengthen the rights of victims of crime, or to make prisons more purposeful, or sentencing more transparent, or to clear up the chaos in the asylym system; and further regret the absence of measures to halt the decline of inner cities and the failure to create a coherent programme of actions since 1997 to address the conditions that give rise to the growth of crime in deprived urban areas, notably poorly-maintained housing, rising homelessness, increasing numbers of empty houses and failing inner city schools, which have combined with the Government's commitment to building on green fields to perpetuate migration from inner cities.'.-(Miss Ann Widdecombe.)

    And the Question being proposed, That the Amendment be made;

    Mr James Arbuthnot 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:-It was agreed to.

    And the Question being accordingly put;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr James Gray, Mr Keith Simpson: 169.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Jim Dowd: 329.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And it being after Ten o'clock, the Debate stood adjourned.

    Debate to be resumed to-morrow.

5    Business of the House,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business), That, at this day's sitting, the Motion on Section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993 in the name of the Prime Minister may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour-(Mr Tony McNulty):-It was agreed to.

6    Fisheries: Total Allowable Catches and Quotas 2001,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees), That this House takes note of the Unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum of 28th November relating to the fixing of fishing opportunities for 2001 and certain conditions under which they may be fished; recognises that a number of fish stocks have fallen to particularly low levels; and supports the Government's intention to sustain stocks for the future, and assist recovery of those stocks which are in danger of collapse, while negotiating the best possible fishing opportunities for UK fishermen-(Mr Tony McNulty);

    And the Speaker's opinion as to the decision of the Question being challenged, the division was deferred till to-morrow, pursuant to Order [7th November].

7    Adjournment (Christmas),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 25 (Periodic adjournments), That this House, at its rising on Thursday 21st December, do adjourn till Monday 8th January 2001-(Mr Tony McNulty);

    And the Speaker's opinion as to the decision of the Question being challenged, the division was deferred till to-morrow, pursuant to Order [7th November].

8    Sittings of the House,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 12 (House not to sit on certain Fridays), That the House shall not sit on the following Fridays: 12th and 19th January, 16th February, 2nd March, 4th May, 22nd and 29th June, 6th and 13th July and 19th October 2001-(Mr Tony McNulty);

    And the Speaker's opinion as to the decision of the Question being challenged, the division was deferred till to-morrow, pursuant to Order [7th November].

9    Section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That, for the purposes of their approval under section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993, the Financial Statement and Budget Report 2000-01, the Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report 2000-01 and the Pre-Budget Report 2000 shall be treated as if they were instruments subject to the provisions of Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation)-(Paddy Tipping);

    And the Deputy Speaker's opinion as to the decision of the Question being challenged, the division was deferred till to-morrow, pursuant to Order [7th November].

10    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from residents of Romsey opposing discrimination by the broadcasting authorities against religious bodies was presented and read; 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-(Mr Kevin Hughes);

Wednesday 13th December 2000

    And the Question being put;

    Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.

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

[Adjourned at 12.04 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    Human Fertilisation and Embryology,-Draft Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Research Purposes) Regulations 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

    2    Local Government,-Draft Local Government Best Value (Exclusion of Non-commercial Considerations) Order 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    3    Criminal Procedure (Northern Ireland),-Criminal Appeal (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Rules 2000 (S.R.(N.I.), 2000, No. 387), dated 8th December 2000 [by Act] [Mr David Lock].

    4    Medicines,-Prescription Only Medicines (Human Use) Amendment (No. 3) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3231), dated 8th December 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

    5    Road Traffic and Vehicles (Northern Ireland),-Courses for Drink-Drive Offenders (Designation of Districts) Order (Northern Ireland) 2000 (S.R.(N.I.), 2000, No. 390), dated 11th December 2000 [by Act] [Mr David Lock].

Other Papers:

    6    Charities (Scotland),-Report of Scottish Charities Nominee for the year ended 31st August 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

    7    Communications,-Paper, entitled A New Future for Communications [by Command] [Cm. 5010] [Mr Secretary Smith].

    8    Criminal Statistics,-Criminal Statistics for England and Wales for 1999 [by Command] [Cm. 5001] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    9    Intelligence and Security,-Government Response to the Report of the Intelligence and Security Committee for 1999-2000 [by Command] [Cm. 5013] [The Prime Minister].

    10    Sports Councils,-Review of Sportscotland for 1999-2000 [by Command] [Mr Secretary Reid].

Papers withdrawn:

    11    Human Fertilisation and Embryology,-Draft Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Research Purposes) Regulations 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn] [laid 27th November, in the last Session of Parliament].

    12    Social Security,-Draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating (No. 2) Order 2000 [laid 30th November, in the last Session of Parliament].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Deregulation,-(1) First Report from the Deregulation Committee [The draft Deregulation (Sunday Dancing) Order 2000]; and

    (2) Second Report from the Committee [The draft Deregulation (Sunday Licensing) Order 2000], together with an Appendix;

    to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Reports [No. 37] [Mr Peter L. Pike].

    2    Education and Employment,-(1) First Report from the Education and Employment Committee [Early Years], 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. 33];

    (2) Second Report from the Committee [OFSTED Corporate Plan 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.34]; and

    (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Employment Sub-Committee of the Committee [Recruiting Unemployed People]; to be printed [No. 48-i]

    [Mr Derek Foster].

    3    Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,-(1) 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. 36-i] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett]; and

    (2) 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. 18-ii] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

    4    International Development,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [Corruption]; to be printed [No. 39-i] [Mr Bowen Wells].

    5    Procedure,-(1) First Report from the Procedure Committee [Use of the Welsh Language by Select Committee Witnesses], together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 47]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Rules Governing the Election of a Speaker]; to be printed [No. 40-i]

    [Mr Nicholas Winterton].

    6    Statutory Instruments,-First Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 46-i] [Mr David Tredinnick].

    7    Treasury,-(1) First Report from the Treasury Committee [Work of the Treasury Committee and the Work of the Treasury Sub-Committee] together with Appendices; to be printed with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 41];

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Bank of England]; to be printed [No. 42-i]

    [Mr Giles Radice].

    8    Welsh Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee [Wales in the World: the role of the UK Government in promoting Wales abroad]; to be printed [No. 38-i] [Mr Martyn Jones].



 
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