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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 13th December 2000

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

PRAYERS.

1    Private Bills,-The Orders of 2nd November and 6th November relating to the City of London (Ward Elections) Bill and the Greenham and Crookham Commons Bill suspended in the last Session of Parliament, being read;

    City of London (Ward Elections) Bill,-A Bill to make further provision with respect to the qualification of voters at ward elections in the city of London; and for connected purposes, was read the first and second time and committed to the Chairman of Ways and Means.

    Greenham and Crookham Commons Bill,-A Bill to restore land at and in the vicinity of the Greenham and Crookham Commons as common land open to the public; to make provision for the conservation of the natural beauty of that land; to grant public access over that land in perpetuity and to make provision with respect to that public access; to restore and extend commoners' rights over that land; to constitute the Greenham and Crookham Common Commission for the management of that land; to confer powers on the West Berkshire District Council and on that Commission with respect to that land; and for connected and other purposes, was read the first and second time and committed.

2    City of London (Ward Elections) Bill,-The Chairman of Ways and Means reported, pursuant to the Order of 2nd November, that he had gone through the City of London (Ward Elections) Bill and made amendments thereunto.

    Ordered, That the Bill, as amended by the Chairman of Ways and Means, do lie upon the Table.

3    Committee of Selection,-Ordered, That Charlotte Atkins be discharged from the Committee of Selection and Mr Graham Allen be added to the Committee.-(Mr Don Touhig.)

4    Liaison,-Mr Robert Sheldon reported, pursuant to Standing Order No. 145 (Liaison Committee), That the Liaison Committee had directed him to report the following recommendation for the allocation of time for the consideration of Estimates on an allotted day (being the first part of the first allotted day in the present Session of Parliament):

    That a day not later than 6th February be allotted for the consideration of the following supplementary Estimate for the financial year 2000-01:

    Class III, Vote 1 (Housing, construction, regeneration, regional policy, planning and countryside and wildlife, England), in so far as it relates to urban regeneration.

    Report to lie upon the Table.

5    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 contains no proposals to reverse the policies that have given Britain an increasing burden of taxation and regulation, that it highlights the Government's failure to carry out the reforms it promised to make Britain a competitive and dynamic nation, that it contains no proposals to reverse the decline in Britain's productivity growth or the decline in the savings ratio, that it does nothing to ensure that the public accounts are honest and open, and that it contains no evidence of Her Majesty's Government having adopted a forward-looking approach to the challenges of the modern global economy.'.-(Mr Michael Portillo.)

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

6    Deferred Divisions,-The Deputy Speaker announced the results of divisions which had been deferred to this day, pursuant to the Order of the House [7th November]:

    Fisheries: Total Allowable Catches and Quotas 2001,-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.

      Ayes: 437.

      Noes: 86.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Adjournment (Christmas),-That this House, at its rising on Thursday 21st December, do adjourn till Monday 8th January 2001.

      Ayes: 478.

      Noes: 8.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Sittings of the House,-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.

      Ayes: 478.

      Noes: 5.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993,-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).

      Ayes: 470.

      Noes: 13.

    So the Question was agreed to.

7    Queen's Speech (Motion for an Address),-Debate being resumed on the Question, That the Amendment be made;

    Question put.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 178.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Robert Ainsworth: 326

    So the Question was negatived.

    Another Amendment was proposed to the Question, at the end, to add the words 'but humbly regret that the Gracious Speech fails to address the urgent need to protect the rights of the individual, reinforce communities and promote enterprise through increased liberalisation, decentralisation and deregulation; call for measures to reduce bureaucracy in schools and in the NHS, and increase professional recruitment and retention; call for a reforming agenda including the prevention of discrimination on grounds of age, disability, religion, sex and sexual orientation; urge the introduction of measures to increase the accountability of the police, promote crime prevention and victims' rights, rehabilitate offenders in the community, and establish a Royal Commission to examine the misuse of all drugs; regret the continued failure of the Government to provide for referendums on a fair voting system for the House of Commons and the European Single Currency; deplore the Government's continued neglect of rural occupations and communities; and regret that the timidity of the other measures in the Gracious Speech will do little to assist those who are worst off in society.'.-(Mr Paul Tyler.)

    And the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 33 (Calling of amendments at end of debate, That the Amendment be made;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Andrew Stunell, Sir Robert Smith: 46.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Robert Ainsworth, Mr Mike Hall: 322.

    So the Question was negatived.

    Main Question put.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Robert Ainsworth: 317.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 183.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Resolved, 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.

    Address to be presented to Her Majesty by such Members of this House as are of Her Majesty's most honourable Privy Council or of Her Majesty's Household.

8    Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee,-Ordered, That Mr James Gray be discharged from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee and Sir Paul Beresford be added to the Committee.-(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

9    Social Security Committee,-Ordered, That Mr Edward Leigh be discharged from the Social Security Committee and Mrs Ann Winterton be added to the Committee.-(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

10    Public Petitions,-Public Petitions from-

    (1) The Trustees of the Zacchaeus 2000 Trust and others for the collection of information on minimum required incomes for the purposes of deciding levels of taxation and benefits and for other purposes; and

    (2) Mr Richard Barnes and others for the continuation of Harefield Hospital, Middlesex

    were 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 David Jamieson);

    And the Motion having been made at Ten o'clock, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, the Speaker adjourned the House without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, until to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 11.14 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 Affirmative Resolution:

    1    Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism,-Draft Proscribed Organisations Appeal Commission (Procedure) Rules 2001 [by Act] [Mr David Lock].

    2    Social Security,-Draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating (No. 2) Order 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    3    Emergency Powers,-Control of Gold, Securities, Payments and Credits (Republic of Iraq) (Revocation) Directions 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3271), dated 13th December 2000 [by Act] [Miss Melanie Johnson].

    4    Social Security,-Social Fund (Recovery by Deductions from Benefits) Amendment Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3223), dated 6th December 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

Other Papers:

    5    Caribbean and North Atlantic Territories,-Caribbean Territories (Control of Gold, Securities, Payments and Credits: Kuwait and Republic of Iraq) Revocation Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3240), dated 13th December 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Cook].

    6    Policyholders Protection,-Statement by the Treasury under section 28 of the Policyholders Protection Act 1975 concerning assistance given by the Policyholders Protection Board to Drake Insurance Company Limited [by Act] [Miss Melanie Johnson].

    7    Public Petitions,- Observations by:-

    (1) the Secretary of State for Health on the Petition [29th November] from members of the West Midlands Federation of Townswomen's Guilds against mixed-sex wards in hospitals, and

    (2) the Treasury on the Petition [24th November] from citizens of the United Kingdom calling for retention of the pound

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

    8    Treasury Executive Agencies,-Resource Accounts of Armed Forces Pension Scheme (Incorporating the Non-Regular Permanent Staff Pension Scheme and the Army Careers Officers Pension Scheme) for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 4] [Mr Stephen Timms].

    9    Treaty Series (No. 131, 2000),-Exchange of Letters, done at Dublin on 27th September and Belfast on 10th October 2000, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Ireland amending the Agreement concerning the International Fund for Ireland [by Command] [Cm. 5007] [Mr Secretary Cook].

    10    Treaty Series (No. 132, 2000),-Agreement, done at Bucharest on 14th November 1995, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Romania concerning the Restraint and Confiscation of the Proceeds and Instruments of Crime [by Command] [Cm. 5008] [Mr Secretary Cook].

    11    United Nations,-(1) Iraq (United Nations Sanctions) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3241),

    (2) Iraq (United Nations Sanctions) (Channel Islands) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3244),

    (3) Iraq (United Nations Sanctions) (Isle of Man) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3245), and

    (4) Iraq (United Nations Sanctions) (Overseas Territories) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3242),

    dated 13th December 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Cook].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1     Draft Child Support (Maintenance Calculations and Special Cases) Regulations 2000, the draft Child Support (Maintenance Calculation Procedure) Regulations 2000, the draft Child Support (Collection and Enforcement and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2000, the draft Child Support (Information, Evidence and Disclosure and Maintenance Arrangements and Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Regulations 2000, and the draft Child Support (Variations) Regulations 2000:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Regulations to the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Joe Benton Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Peter Atkinson, Sir Paul Beresford, Mr Peter Bottomley, Mr Dale Campbell-Savours, Ann Coffey, Mr Iain Coleman, Angela Eagle, Mr Clive Efford, Mr Andrew George, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mrs Joan Humble, Mrs Jacqui Lait, Mr Paul Marsden, Laura Moffatt, Mr John Robertson and Steve Webb.

    2    Government's assessment as set out in the Financial Statement and Budget Report 2000-01, the Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report 2000-01, and the Pre-Budget Report 2000 for the purposes of section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Reports to the Third 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 Graham Allen, Mr Peter Bradley, Mr James Clappison, Mr Edward Davey, Mr Christopher Fraser, Mr John Healey, Mr Mark Hendrick, Glenda Jackson, Mr Robert Jackson, Miss Melanie Johnson, Mr Martin Linton, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Alun Michael, Mr Allan Rogers, Miss Geraldine Smith and Mr Matthew Taylor.

    3    Draft Broadcasting (Limit on the Holding of Licences to Provide Television Multiplex Services) Order 2000:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Jim Cunningham Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Ms Diane Abbott, Janet Anderson, Mr Paul Burstow, Mr Denzil Davies, Mr Jim Dobbin, Jim Dowd, Mr Ronnie Fearn, Mr Roger Godsiff, Mr James Gray, Mr John Greenway, Mr Patrick Hall, Mr Michael Jack, Mr John McDonnell, Fiona Mactaggart, Mr Bill Rammell and Mr Laurence Robertson.

European Standing Committees

    4    European Union Document No. 10802/00 relating to Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, has been referred to European Standing Committee C.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Agriculture,-(1) First Special Report from the Agriculture Committee [Government Response to the Ninth Report from the Committee, Session 1999-2000, on MAFF/Intervention Board Departmental Report 2000]; to be printed [No. 52]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Horticulture Research International]; to be printed [No. 53-i]

    [Mr David Curry].

    2    Education and Employment,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Employment Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Committee [New Deal: An Evaluation]; to be printed [No. 58-i] [Mr Derek Foster].

    3    Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,-(1) Second Report from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [Development on or affecting the Flood Plain], with the 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. 64-I and -II];

    (2) First Special Report from the Committee [Annual Report of the work of the Committee to the Liaison Committee], with a memorandum laid before the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 65]; and

    (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Rural White Paper]; to be printed [No. 45-i]

    [Mr Andrew F Bennett].

    4    Environmental Audit,-(1) First Report from the Environmental Audit Committee [Environmental Audit: the first Parliament], 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. 67];

    (2) First Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the First Report from the Committee, Session 1999-2000, on EU Policy and the Environment]; to be printed [No. 68];

    (3) Second Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Second Report from the Committee, Session 1999-2000, on World Trade and Sustainable Development]; to be printed [No. 69];

    (4) Third Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Third Report from the Committee, Session 1999-2000, on the Comprehensive Spending Review]; to be printed [|No. 70]; and

    (5) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Pre-Budget Report 2000: Fuel Duties]; to be printed [No. 71]

    [Mr John Horam].

    5    European Scrutiny,- First Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 28-i] [Mr Jim Marshall].

    6    Northern Ireland Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [Relocation following Paramilitary Intimidation]; to be printed [No. 59-i] [Mr Peter Brooke].

    7    Public Administration,-(1) First Report from the Public Administration Committee [The Annual Report of the Health Service Ombudsman for 1998-99]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 60];

    (2) Second Report from the Committee [Ministerial Accountability and Parliamentary Questions], together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 61]; and

    (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Annual Report of the Parliamentary Ombudsman for 1999-2000]; to be printed [No. 62-i]; and

    (4) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Annual Report of the Health Service Ombudsman for 1999-2000]; to be printed [No. 63-i]

    [Tony Wright].

    8    Science and Technology,-(1) First Special Report from the Science and Technology Committee [The Work of the Science and Technology Committee 1997-2000]; to be printed [No. 44]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Scientific Advisory Committee: Scientific Advice on Climate Change]; to be printed [No. 14-i]

    [Dr Michael Clark].

    9    Scottish Affairs,-First Special Report from the Scottish Affairs Committee [Government Response to the First Report from the Committee, Session 1999-2000, on Poverty in Scotland]; to be printed [No. 55] [Mr David Marshall].

    10    Social Security,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Social Security Committee [Integrated Child Credit]; to be printed [No. 72-iv] [Mr Archy Kirkwood].

    11    Standards and Privileges,-First Report from the Committee on Standards and Privileges [Complaint against Mr Frank Roy], with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 49] [Mr Robert Sheldon].

    12    Trade and Industry,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee [Annual Report from the E-Envoy]; to be printed [No. 66-i] [Mr Martin O'Neill].

CORRIGENDA

In the Votes and Proceedings of 11th December, item 6 (2) in Appendix I, relating to the Prescription Only Medicines (Human Use) Amendment (No. 3) Order 2000, should not have appeared.

In the Votes and Proceedings of 12th December, item 2 in Appendix II should have read as follows:

    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 Education Sub-Committee of 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 Education Sub-Committee of the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No.34];

    (3) Memoranda laid before the Education Sub-Committee of the Committee [Early Years; OFSTED Corporate Plan 2000];

    [Mr Barry Sheerman]; and

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



 
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