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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 19th December 2000

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

PRAYERS.

1    Queen's Speech (Answer to Address),-The Vice-Chamberlain of the Household reported to the House, That Her Majesty, having been attended with its Address of 13th December, was pleased to receive the same very graciously and give the following Answer:

    I have received with great satisfaction the dutiful and loyal expression of your thanks for the speech with which I opened the present session of Parliament.

2    Private Bills,-The Chairman of Ways and Means reported, That, in accordance with Standing Order 81 relating to Private Business (Division of bills between this House and the House of Lords), he had conferred with the Chairman of Committees of the House of Lords, for the purpose of determining in which House of Parliament the respective Private Bills should be first considered, and they had determined that the Bills contained in the following list should originate in the House of Lords, viz.:

    Barclays Group Reorganisation

    National Australia Group Europe.

3    Business of the House,-Ordered, That, at this day's sitting, notwithstanding Standing Order No. 16 (Proceedings under an Act or on European Union Documents), the Speaker shall put the Question on the Motion in the name of Mr Secretary Milburn relating to Human Fertilisation and Embryology not later than Seven o'clock.-(Yvette Cooper.)

4    Human Fertilisation and Embryology,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the draft Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Research Purposes) Regulations, which were laid before this House on 12th December, be approved-(Yvette Cooper);

    And it being Seven o'clock, the Deputy Speaker put the Question pursuant to Order [this day].

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr David Jamieson: 366.

      Tellers for the Noes, The Reverend Martin Smyth, Mr Kevin McNamara: 174.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Resolved, That the draft Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Research Purposes) Regulations, which were laid before this House on 12th December, be approved.

5    Estimates [1st allotted day, first part],-The House proceeded, pursuant to Resolution [18th December] to consider the Estimate appointed for consideration under Standing Order No. 54 (Consideration of estimates).

    Supplementary Estimates, 2000-01 (Class III, Vote 1),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That a supplementary sum, not exceeding 81,746,000 be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund, on account, for or towards defraying the charge for the year ending on 31st March 2001 for expenditure by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions on payments to the Housing Corporation: Housing Revenue Account Subsidy; grants towards and advice on the renewal of private sector housing; the Estates Renewal Challenge Fund; homelessness, including the Rough Sleepers Unit; housing management; rent and leasehold services; support for the UK construction industry; planning and minerals research and other planning programmes; payments to the Ordnance Survey (Trading Fund); the London Development Agency; Regional Development Agencies; the New Deal for Communities and other help for deprived neighbourhoods; Single Regeneration Budget; Urban Regeneration Agency (English Partnerships); Housing Action Trusts; Estate Action; Groundwork; coalfields regeneration; European Union agency payments including those for ports and railways in Wales; European Regional Development Fund projects not funded by or in advance of receipts; Countryside Agency; Nature Conservancy Council for England; National Parks Grant; bulk pensions transfers; and sundry other grants-in-aid, grants and payments in support of housing, construction, regeneration, regional policy and countryside and wildlife initiatives, including related research, publicity and publications-( Mr Graham Allen);

    And it being Ten o'clock, the Speaker, pursuant to paragraph (5) of Standing Order No 54 (Consideration of estimates), put the Question;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Don Touhig, Mr Clive Betts: 301.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Wilshire, Mr Eric Forth : 9.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Resolved, That a supplementary sum, not exceeding 81,746,000 be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund, on account, for or towards defraying the charge for the year ending on 31st March 2001 for expenditure by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions on payments to the Housing Corporation: Housing Revenue Account Subsidy; grants towards and advice on the renewal of private sector housing; the Estates Renewal Challenge Fund; homelessness, including the Rough Sleepers Unit; housing management; rent and leasehold services; support for the UK construction industry; planning and minerals research and other planning programmes; payments to the Ordnance Survey (Trading Fund); the London Development Agency; Regional Development Agencies; the New Deal for Communities and other help for deprived neighbourhoods; Single Regeneration Budget; Urban Regeneration Agency (English Partnerships); Housing Action Trusts; Estate Action; Groundwork; coalfields regeneration; European Union agency payments including those for ports and railways in Wales; European Regional Development Fund projects not funded by or in advance of receipts; Countryside Agency; Nature Conservancy Council for England; National Parks Grant; bulk pensions transfers; and sundry other grants-in-aid, grants and payments in support of housing, construction, regeneration, regional policy and countryside and wildlife initiatives, including related research, publicity and publications.

6    Supplementary Estimates, 2000-01,-The Speaker then put the Question which he was directed to put, pursuant to paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 55 (Questions on voting of estimates, &c.).

Supplementary Estimates, 2000-01

    Question put, That a further supplementary sum, not exceeding 4,352,561,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to defray the charges for civil services which will come in course of payment during the year ending on 31st March 2001, as set out in House of Commons Paper No. 962 of Session 1999-2000-(Mr Greg Pope);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Don Touhig, Mr Clive Betts: 297.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Wilshire, Mr Gerald Howarth:10.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Resolved, That a further supplementary sum, not exceeding 4,352,561,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to defray the charges for civil services which will come in course of payment during the year ending on 31st March 2001, as set out in House of Commons Paper No. 962 of Session 1999-2000.

    Ordered, That a Bill be brought in upon the foregoing Resolutions: And that the Chairman of Ways and Means, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Andrew Smith, Dawn Primarolo, Mr Stephen Timms and Miss Melanie Johnson do prepare and bring it in.

7    Consolidated Fund Bill,-Dawn Primarolo accordingly presented a Bill to apply certain sums out of the Consolidated Fund to the service of the year ending on 31st March 2001: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 7].

8    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 Tax Simplification (Joint Committee) and the Business of the House Motion relating to the sitting on 21st December may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour.-(Mr Greg Pope);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Don Touhig, Mr Clive Betts: 253.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Wilshire, Mr Eric Forth: 32.

    So the Question was agreed to.

9    Tax Simplification (Joint Committee),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That it is expedient that a Joint Committee of both Houses be appointed to consider tax simplification bills, and in particular to consider whether each bill committed to it preserves the effect of the existing law, subject to any minor changes which may be desirable-( Dawn Primarolo);

    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    Business of the House,-Ordered, That, at the sitting on Thursday 21st December-

    (1) notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Order No. 9 (Sittings of the House) and the Order relating to Thursday sittings and meetings of standing committees [20th November],-

    (a) the House shall meet at half-past nine o'clock, and will first proceed with private business, motions for unopposed returns and questions;

    (b) proceedings on business shall be interrupted at Five o'clock;

    (c) in their application to that sitting, reference to a specified time in the Standing Orders shall be interpreted as reference to a time five hours before the time so specified, save that reference to half-past Eight o'clock shall be substituted for reference to Twelve o'clock in Standing Order No. 24 (Adjournment on a specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration); and

    (d) no standing committees sitting at Westminster shall sit between the hours of twenty-five minutes past Nine o'clock and half-past Ten o'clock, except as provided in paragraph (2) of Standing Order No. 88 (Meetings of standing committees) with the substitution in that paragraph of 'twenty-five minutes past Nine o'clock' for 'One o'clock' and 'twenty minutes to Ten o'clock' for 'a quarter past One o'clock';

    (2) notwithstanding Standing Order No. 16 (Proceedings under an Act or on European Union documents), the Speaker shall put the Questions on the Motions in the name of Mr Secretary Darling relating to the draft Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase (No. 2) Order 2000 and the draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating (No. 2) Order 2000 not later than three hours after the commencement of proceedings on the first such Motion;

    (3) proceedings on the Motion for the adjournment of the House in the name of the Prime Minister relating to matters to be considered before the forthcoming adjournment, may continue for up to three hours, and may be proceeded with, though opposed, after Five o'clock; and

    (4) in the Order relating to Sittings in Westminster Hall, in paragraph (1)(b), for `half-past Two o'clock', there shall be substituted `half-past Twelve o'clock'.-(Paddy Tipping.)

11    Family 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 Child Support (Variations) Regulations 2000, which were laid before this House on 6th December, be approved-(Mr Tony McNulty);

    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].

12    Family 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 Child Support (Maintenance Calculations and Special Cases) Regulations 2000, which were laid before this House on 6th December, be approved-(Mr Tony McNulty);

    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].

13    Family 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 Child Support (Maintenance Calculation Procedure) Regulations 2000, which were laid before this House on 6th December, be approved.-(Mr Tony McNulty);

    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].

14    Family 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 Child Support (Information, Evidence and Disclosure and Maintenance Arrangements and Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Regulations 2000, which were laid before this House on 6th December, be approved.-(Mr Tony McNulty);

    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].

15    Family 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 Child Support (Collection and Enforcement and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2000, which were laid before this House on 6th December, be approved.-( Mr Tony McNulty);

    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].

16    Section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation) and Order [12th December], That this House takes note with approval of the 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-(Mr Tony McNulty);

    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].

17    Animals,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Mink Keeping Order 2000, dated 22nd November 2000, a copy of which was laid before this House on 23rd November, in the last Session of Parliament, be approved-(Mr Tony McNulty);

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

18    Broadcasting,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Broadcasting (Limit on the Holding of Licences to Provide Television Multiplex Services) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 11th December, be approved-(Mr Tony McNulty);

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

19    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Tony McNulty.)

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till seven minutes to Twelve o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 12.53 p.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


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


MEMORANDUM

WESTMINSTER HALL

Pursuant to the Order of 20th November, the Speaker has appointed the following Thursdays as days on which the business to be taken in Westminster Hall shall be debates on select committee reports chosen by the Liaison Committee:-

    18th January

    1st and 15th February

    1st, 15th and 29th March.

APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

    1    Companies,-(1) Companies (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3325), and

    (2) Open-Ended Investment Companies (Investment Companies with Variable Capital) (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3324)

    dated 18th December 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

    2    Partnerships,-Draft Limited Liability Partnerships Regulations 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    3    Criminal Law,-Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (Service of Prosecution Evidence) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3305), dated 18th December 2000 [by Act] [Mr Solicitor General].

    4    Customs and Excise,-Dual-Use Items (Export Control) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3304), dated 18th December 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

    5    Food,-Coffee Extracts and Chicory Extracts (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3323), dated 17th December 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

    6    Highways,-Street Works (Sharing of Costs of Works) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3314), dated 18th December 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

    7    Income Tax,-Exchange Gains and Losses (Miscellaneous Modifications) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3315), dated 18th December 2000 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

    8    Libraries,-Public Lending Right Scheme 1982 (Commencement of Variations) (No. 2) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3319), dated 15th December 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

    9    Local Government,-Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3272), dated 13th December 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

    10    National Lottery,-Sport and Arts Joint Scheme (Authorisation) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3320), dated 18th December 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

    11    Road Traffic,-Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (Metropolitan Borough of Trafford) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3317), dated 18th December 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Other Papers:

    12    Covent Garden Market,-Report and Accounts of the Covent Garden Market Authority for 1999-2000 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].

    13    Health,-Department of Health Minute concerning the proposed gifting of part of the value of the Devonshire Royal Hospital, Buxton, to the University of Derby [by Command] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

    14    National Lottery,-Account of the Sports Council for Northern Ireland Lottery Distribution for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 84] [Clerk of the House].

    15    Northern Ireland,-Proposal for a draft Life Sentences (Northern Ireland) Order 2001, with an Explanatory Document [by Act] [Mr Secretary Mandelson].

    16    Registration Service,-Mortality Statistics: Review of the Registrar General on deaths by cause, sex and age in England and Wales for 1999 [by Act] [Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer].

    17    School Standards and Framework,-Account of the South Tyneside Education Action Zone for 1998-99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 83] [Clerk of the House].

    18    Tribunals and Inquiries,-Report of the Council on Tribunals for 1999-2000 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 23] [Mr David Lock].

APPENDIX II

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. 56-ii] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].

    2    Foreign Affairs,-(1) First Special Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee [Work of the Committee during the present Parliament: A Progress Report], together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Special Report [No. 78];

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [Annual Report on Human Rights]; to be printed [No. 79]; and

    (3) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Iran]; to be printed [No. 80]

    [Mr Donald Anderson].

    3    International Development,-First Special Report from the International Development Committee [The Work of the International Development Committee 1997-2000]; to be printed , with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Special Report [No. 82] [Mr Bowen Wells].

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

    5    Trade and Industry,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee [OFTEL: Local Loop Unbundling]; to be printed [Nos. 90-i and -ii] [Mr Martin O'Neill].

    6    Welsh Affairs,-First Special Report from the Welsh Affairs Committee [The work of the Committee since Devolution]; to be printed [No. 8] [Mr Martyn Jones].

    [W.H., No. 2]

    Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

    [pursuant to the Order of 20th November 2000]

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

    Adjournment,-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-( Melanie Johnson.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

    [Adjourned at 1.57 p.m.

    Sir Alan Haselhurst

    Deputy Speaker



     
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