House of Commons portcullis
House of Commons
Session 2000-01
Publications on the internet

House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 20th December 2000

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

PRAYERS.

1    City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [Lords],-The City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [Lords] was read the third time and passed, without Amendment.

2    Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer) Bill [Lords],-The Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer) Bill [Lords] was read a second time and committed.

3    Social Security Contributions (Share Options) Bill,-Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, supported by Mr Secretary Darling, Mr Secretary Byers, Mr Andrew Smith, Dawn Primarolo, Mr Stephen Timms and Miss Melanie Johnson, presented a Bill to make provision about the payment of National Insurance Contributions in respect of share options and similar rights obtained by persons as directors or employees during the period beginning with 6th April 1999 and ending with 19th May 2000: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 8].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Social Security Contributions (Share Options) Bill be printed [Bill 8-EN].

4    Health and Social Care Bill,-Mr Secretary Milburn, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Darling, Mr Secretary Murphy, Hilary Armstrong and Mr John Denham, presented a Bill to amend the law about the National Health Service; to provide for the exercise of functions by care trusts under partnership arrangements under the Health Act 1999 and to make further provision in relation to such arrangements; to make further provision in relation to social care services; to make provision in relation to the supply or other processing of patient information; to extend the categories of appropriate practitioners in relation to prescription-only medicinal products; 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 9].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Health and Social Care Bill be printed [Bill 9-EN].

5    Consolidated Fund Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Consolidated Fund Bill;

    A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 56 (Consolidated Fund Bills), That the Bill be now read a second time:-It was agreed to.

    The Bill was accordingly read a second time.

    And the Question being put forthwith, That the Bill be now read the third time:-It was agreed to.

    The Bill was accordingly read the third time, and passed.

6    Hunting Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Hunting Bill;

    And a Motion being made, and the Question being put, That the Bill be now read a second time;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Jamieson, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 373.

      Tellers for the Noes, Dr Julian Lewis, Mr Gerald Howarth: 158.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    The Bill was accordingly read a second time.

7    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]:

    National Lottery,-That the draft Millennium Commission (Substitution of a Later Date) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 23rd November, in the last Session of Parliament, be approved.

      Ayes: 391.

      Noes: 16.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    National Lottery,-That the draft Apportionment of Money in the National Lottery Distribution Fund Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 23rd November, in the last Session of Parliament, be approved.

      Ayes: 347.

      Noes: 182.

    So the Question was agreed to.

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

      Ayes: 460.

      Noes: 43.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Tax Simplification (Joint Committee),-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.

      Ayes: 520.

      Noes: 4.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Message to the Lords to acquaint them therewith.

    Family Law,-That the draft Child Support (Variations) Regulations 2000, which were laid before this House on 6th December, be approved.

      Ayes: 483.

      Noes: 44.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Family Law,-That the draft Child Support (Maintenance Calculations and Special Cases) Regulations 2000, which were laid before this House on 6th December, be approved.

      Ayes: 522.

      Noes: 5.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Family Law,-That the draft Child Support (Maintenance Calculation Procedure) Regulations 2000, which were laid before this House on 6th December, be approved.

      Ayes: 522.

      Noes: 5.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Family Law,-That the draft Child Support (Information, Evidence and Disclosure and Maintenance Arrangements and Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Regulations 2000.

      Ayes: 522.

      Noes: 5.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Family Law,-That the draft Child Support (Collection and Enforcement and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2000, which were laid before this House on 6th December, be approved.

      Ayes: 484.

      Noes: 44.

    So the Question was agreed to.

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

      Ayes: 348.

      Noes: 169.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Animals,-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.

      Ayes: 516.

      Noes: 6.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Broadcasting,-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.

      Ayes: 523.

      Noes: 4.

    So the Question was agreed to.

8    Hunting Bill (Programme),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the following provisions shall apply to the Hunting Bill-

Committee

    1. Clauses 1 to 4 and any New Clauses shall be committed to a Committee of the whole House.

    2. The remainder of the Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

    3.-(1) Proceedings in Committee of the whole House shall be completed in one allotted day.

    (2) An allotted day is one on which the Bill is put down as first Government Order of the day.

    4. Sessional Order B (Programming Committees) made by the House on 7th November shall not apply to the Bill.

    5. Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (unless previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 8th February 2001-(Mr Mike O'Brien);

    An Amendment ((a)) was proposed to the Question, in line 6, to leave out the words 'one allotted day', and to insert the words 'two allotted days', instead thereof.-(Mr David Maclean.)

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

    And it being three-quarters of an hour after the commencement of proceedings, the Deputy Speaker put the Questions necessary to dispose of those proceedings, pursuant to Order [7th November].

    Question put, That the Amendment be made;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Dr Julian Lewis: 135.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe, Mr Don Touhig: 319.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Main Question being put;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe, Mr Don Touhig: 315.

      Tellers for the Noes, Dr Julian Lewis, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 122.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Ordered, That the following provisions shall apply to the Hunting Bill-

Committee

    1. Clauses 1 to 4 and any New Clauses shall be committed to a Committee of the whole House.

    2. The remainder of the Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

    3.-(1) Proceedings in Committee of the whole House shall be completed in one allotted day.

    (2) An allotted day is one on which the Bill is put down as first Government Order of the day.

    4. Sessional Order B (Programming Committees) made by the House on 7th November shall not apply to the Bill.

    5. Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (unless previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 8th February 2001.

9    Hunting Bill [Money],-Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Hunting Bill [Money];

    A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 52 (Money resolutions and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills), That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Hunting Bill, it is expedient to authorise-

    (1) the payment out of money provided by Parliament of-

      (a) grants and loans made by the Secretary of State to the Hunting Authority or to ISAH Limited,

      (b) any other expenses of the Secretary of State incurred in consequence of the Act, and

      (c) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of money so provided under any other enactment, and

    (2) the payment into the Consolidated Fund of sums received by a Minister of the Crown by virtue of the Act-(Mr David Jamieson);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe, Mr Don Touhig: 329.

      Tellers for the Noes, Dr Julian Lewis, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 92.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Resolved, That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Hunting Bill, it is expedient to authorise-

    (1) the payment out of money provided by Parliament of-

      (a) grants and loans made by the Secretary of State to the Hunting Authority or to ISAH Limited,

      (b) any other expenses of the Secretary of State incurred in consequence of the Act, and

      (c) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of money so provided under any other enactment, and

    (2) the payment into the Consolidated Fund of sums received by a Minister of the Crown by virtue of the Act.

10    Public Petitions,-Public Petitions from-

    (1) shopworkers of the United Kingdom and others of like disposition for statutory protection of Christmas Day; and

    (2) people of the Falmouth and Camborne constituency against hunting of wild mammals with dogs

    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);

Thursday 21st December 2000

    And the Motion having been made after Ten o'clock on Wednesday evening, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, it being then seventeen minutes past Twelve o'clock on Thursday morning, till this day.

[Adjourned at 12.17 a.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Nine o'clock, pursuant to Order [19th December].


    APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    1    Derelict Land,-Derelict Land Clearance Area (Reading) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3270), dated 11th December 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

    2    Education,-(1) East Manchester Education Action Zone (Variation) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3326),

    (2) Education Standards Fund (England) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3329),

    (3) Newham Education Action Zone (Variation) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3337), and

    (4) Withernsea and Southern Holderness Rural Achievement Education Action Zone (Amendment) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3328),

    dated 16th December 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    3    Immigration,-Immigration (Designation of Travel Bans) (Amendment) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3338), dated 19th December 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    4    Sports Grounds and Sporting Events,-Football Spectators (Designation of Football Matches in England and Wales) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3331), dated 18th December 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

Other Papers:

    5    Appropriation Accounts, 1999-2000,-Appropriation Account of the sums granted by Parliament for 1999-2000 for Class XI, Culture, Media and Sport [by Act]; to be printed [No. 25-XI] [Mr Stephen Timms].

    6    Culture, Media and Sport,-Report of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art for 1999-2000 [by Command] [Cm. 5019] [Mr Secretary Smith].

    7    Defence,-Performance Report of the Ministry of Defence for 1999-2000 [by Command] [Cm. 5000] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

    8    European Communities (No. 2, 2000),-Convention, done at Brussels on 18th December 1997, drawn up on the basis of Article K.3 of the Treaty on European Union, on Mutual Assistance and Cooperation between Customs Administrations, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 5020] [Mr Secretary Cook].

    9    Export Credits Guarantee Department,-Report and Resource Accounts of the Export Credits Guarantee Department for l999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Audit General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 2] [Mr Secretary Byers].

    10    France (No. 2, 2000),-Additional Protocol to the Sangatte Protocol, done at Brussels on 29th May 2000, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the French Republic on the Establishment of Bureaux responsible for Controls on Persons travelling by train between the United Kingdom and France, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 5015] [Mr Secretary Cook].

    11    Friendly Societies,-Report of the Chief Registrar of Friendly Societies for 1999-2000 [by Act] [Miss Melanie Johnson].

    12    Government Trading Funds,-Report and Accounts of the Fire Service College for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 9] [Clerk of the House].

    13    Mental Health,-Papers, entitled-

    (1) Reforming the Mental Health Act-Part I: The new legal framework, and

    (2) Reforming the Mental Health Act-Part II: High risk patients

    [by Command] [Cm. 5016-I and -II] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

    14    Public Lending Right,-Report by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the Public Lending Right Scheme for 1999-2000, incorporating the Registrar's Annual Review and Summary Financial Statement of the Public Lending Right Central Fund for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

    15    Public Petitions,-Observations by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the Petitions [11th, 26th and 27th July, in the last Session of Parliament, and 12th December] from-

    (1) Residents of Lagan Valley,

    (2)Residents of Aylesbury and surrounding areas,

    (3) Residents of Blackburn and others, and

    (4) Residents of Romsey

    opposing discrimination by the broadcasting authorities against religious bodies [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

    16    Treasury Executive Agencies,-Resource Accounts of-

    (1) Export Credits Guarantee Department,

    (2) Office of Gas and Electricity Markets,

    (3) Trade and Industry, and

    (4) United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority Superannuation Schemes

    for 1999-2000, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 51, 24, 11 and 10] [Mr Stephen Timms].

    17    Treaty Series (No. 134, 2000),-Convention, done at Montreal on 1st March 1991, on the Marking of Plastic Explosives for the Purpose of Detection [by Command] [Cm. 5018] [Mr Secretary Cook].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Vehicles (Crime) Bill:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee A, and has appointed Mr Bill O'Brien and Mr Jonathan Sayeed Chairmen; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr John Bercow, Mr David Chidgey, Mr Charles Clarke, Mr Michael Fabricant, Mrs Linda Gilroy, Mr Keith Hill, Helen Jones, Mr David Kidney, Mr Stephen McCabe, Miss Anne McIntosh, Mr Andrew Miller, Mr Greg Pope, Bob Russell, Mr Jonathan R. Shaw, Mr Keith Simpson and Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West).

    2    Vehicles (Crime) Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),-The Speaker has appointed Mr John Bercow, Mr Charles Clarke, Helen Jones, Mr Greg Pope, Bob Russell, Mr Keith Simpson and Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West) members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee A in respect of the Bill.

    3    Terrorism Act 2000 (Code of Practice on Audio Recording of Interviews) Order 2001:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Order to the First 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 Joe Ashton, Mr Adrian Bailey, Mr Charles Clarke, Mr Geraint Davies, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Simon Hughes, Mr David Lidington, Mr Ken Maginnis, Mr Allan Rogers, Ms Debra Shipley, Mr Keith Simpson, Mr John Smith, Mr Gareth R. Thomas, Mr Bill Tynan, Mr Andrew Tyrie and Mr Peter Viggers.

    4    Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (The Convention on Mutual Assistance and Co-operation between Customs Administrations (Naples II)) Order 2001:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Graham Allen, Mr Nigel Beard, Mr James Clappison, Mr Edward Davey, Mr Terry Davis, Mr Peter Luff, Mr George Mudie, Mr Colin Pickthall, Mr Chris Pond, Sir Raymond Powell, Dawn Primarolo, Mr Nick St Aubyn, Miss Geraldine Smith, Mr Matthew Taylor, Mr Michael Trend and Mr Jimmy Wray.

    5    Draft Local Government Best Value (Exclusion of Non-commercial Considerations) Order 2000:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Robert Ainsworth, Mr Tony Baldry, Mr Harry Barnes, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr Harry Cohen, Mr Don Foster, Mr Gerald Howarth, Ms Beverley Hughes, Ms Sally Keeble, Mr Alan Meale, Joan Ruddock, Mr Adrian Sanders, Mr Alan Simpson, Mr Ian Stewart, Mr Neil Turner and Mr Nigel Waterson.

    6    Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating and National Insurance Funds Payments) Order 2001:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Order to the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Graham Allen, Mr Roger Berry, Ms Hazel Blears, Mr James Clappison, Mr Edward Davey, Mr Barry Gardiner, Mr Patrick Hall, Mr Michael Jack, Mr Jon Owen Jones, Mr Peter Luff, Mr John Maples, Mr Chris Pond, Dawn Primarolo, Mr Mark Todd, Mr Paul Truswell and Steve Webb.

European Standing Committees

    7    The Speaker has appointed Mr Roger Gale Chairman of European Standing Committee C in respect of European Union Document No. COM (99) 643, a Commission Communication entitled 'Community Support Plan to Combat Doping in Sport', European Union Document No. COM (99) 644, the Helsinki Report on Sport, and the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum dated 23rd November 2000, submitted by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, relating to the Declaration on Sport.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Agriculture,-(1) First Report from the Agriculture Committee [Badgers and Bovine Tuberculosis: Follow-up], 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. 92]; and

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Flood and Coastal Defence: Follow-up; UK Pig Industry; Work of the Forestry Commission]

    [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. 48-ii] [Mr Derek Foster].

    3    European Scrutiny, Agriculture and International Development,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the European Scrutiny, Agriculture and International Development Committees meeting concurrently pursuant to paragraph (12) of Standing Order No. 143 (European Scrutiny Committee) and paragraph (4) (e) of Standing Order No. 152 (Select committees related to Government departments) [Market access for least-developed countries and the sugar regime], together with Appendices thereto; to be printed [No. 93] [Mr Jimmy Hood].

    4    Northern Ireland Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [Relocation following paramilitary intimidation]; to be printed [No. 59-ii] [Mr Peter Brooke].

    5    Public Accounts,-Memorandum laid before the Committee of Public Accounts [The Refinancing of the Fazakerley PFI Prison Contract] [Mr David Davis].

    6    Public Administration,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Making Government Work]; to be printed [No. 94-i] [Tony Wright].

    7    Science and Technology,-(1) First Report from the Science and Technology Committee [EQUAL (Extended Quality Life)], with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed, with the Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 43];

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

    (3) Memoranda laid before the Committee [EQUAL (Extended Quality Life)]

    [Dr Michael Clark].

______________________________________________________________________________

THE SPEAKER'S CERTIFICATE

    The Speaker certified that the Consolidated Fund Bill is a Money Bill within the meaning of the Parliament Act 1911.

______________________________________________________________________________

CORRIGENDUM

In the Votes and Proceedings of Tuesday 19th December, in Appendix II, item 6 (Welsh Affairs) should have read as follows:

    First Special Report from the Welsh Affairs Committee [The work of the Committee since Devolution]; to be printed [No. 81] [Mr Martyn Jones].

[W.H., No. 3]

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,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned-(Mr Kevin Hughes);

    And it being Two o'clock, the sitting was adjourned without Question put, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 2 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
House of Commons home page Houses of Parliament home page House 

of Lords home page search page enquiries

© Parliamentary copyright 2000
Revised 21 December 2000