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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 8th January 2001

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

PRAYERS.

1    Homes Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Homes Bill;

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

    An Amendment was proposed to the Question, to leave out from the word 'That' to the end of the Question and add the words 'this House, whilst supporting the principle that everyone should be able to enjoy decent housing, declines to give a Second Reading to the Homes Bill because it fails to tackle the problem of gazumping whilst increasing the cost for potential vendors and seeking to impose onerous penalties upon those entering freely into contractual relationships; because it does not do enough to tackle the fundamental causes of homelessness at a time when there are 3,000 more people homeless and in priority need since the last General Election, with the number of people in bed and breakfast accommodation having risen by over 75 per cent.; and because it does not include measures to address other pressing priorities in housing, not least the Government's promise to regulate houses in multiple occupation', instead thereof.-(Mr Nigel Waterson.)

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

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 123.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Kevin Hughes: 332.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Main Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 62 (Amendment on second or third reading);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mr Mike Hall: 325.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Eric Forth, Mr David Wilshire: 6.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    The Bill was accordingly read a second time.

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

Standing Committee

    1. The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

    2. Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 1st February 2001.

    3. The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it shall meet-(Mr Nick Raynsford);

    And it being three-quarters of an hour after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Order [7th November].

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr Clive Betts: 278.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 125.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Ordered, That the following provisions shall apply to the Homes Bill:

Standing Committee

    1. The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

    2. Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 1st February 2001.

    3. The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it shall meet.

3    Homes Bill [Money],-Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Homes 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 Homes Bill, it is expedient to authorise-

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

      (a) sums required by the Secretary of State for making grants to any person in connection with the implementation of the provisions of the Act relating to the marketing of residential properties in England and Wales;

      (b) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of money so provided under any other Act; and

    (2) the payment of sums into the Consolidated Fund-(Mr Greg Pope);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr Clive Betts: 287.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 106.

    So the Question was agreed to.

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

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

      (a) sums required by the Secretary of State for making grants to any person in connection with the implementation of the provisions of the Act relating to the marketing of residential properties in England and Wales;

      (b) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of money so provided under any other Act; and

    (2) the payment of sums into the Consolidated Fund.

4    Electoral Commission,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that Her Majesty will appoint as Electoral Commissioners:

    (1) Pamela Joan Gordon for the period of four years;

    (2) Sir Neil William David McIntosh KBE for the period of four years;

    (3) Johnathon Glyn Mathias for the period of five years;

    (4) Sukhminder Karamjit Singh CBE for the period of five years;

    (5) James Samuel Younger for the period of six years; and

    (6) Graham John Zellick for the period of five years;

    and that Her Majesty will appoint James Samuel Younger to be the chairman of the Electoral Commission for the period of six years-(Mr Mike O'Brien);

Tuesday 9th January 2001

    Mr David Maclean moved, That the House sit in private.

    The Deputy Speaker put the Question forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 163 (Motions to sit in private).

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Gerald Howarth, Mr Jonathan Sayeed: 0.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mr Tom Levitt: 19.

    And it appearing from the report of the Division that fewer than forty Members had taken part in the Division, the Deputy Speaker declared that the Question was not decided, and the business under consideration stood over until the next sitting of the House.

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

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-three minutes to Two o'clock on Tuesday morning, adjourned till this day.

[Adjourned at 1.37 a.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


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


    APPENDIX I

    Papers presented by Her Majesty's Command and delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on the undermentioned dates during the adjournment pursuant to Standing Order No. 158 (Presentation of command papers):

Friday 22nd December 2000

    1    Competition Commission,-Reports by the Competition Commission on-

    (1) Nutreco Holding NV and Hydro Seafood GSP Ltd: the proposed merger, and

    (2) Scottish Milk: the supply of fresh processed milk to middle-ground retailers in Scotland

    [Cms. 5004 and 5002] [Mr Secretary Byers].

Friday 29th December 2000

    2    France (No. 3, 2000),-Agreement, done at St. Helier on 4th July 2000, between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the French Republic concerning the Establishment of a Maritime Boundary between France and Jersey, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Cm. 5024] [Mr Secretary Cook].

    3    France (No. 4, 2000),-Agreement, done at St. Helier on 4th July 2000, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the French Republic concerning Fishing in the Bay of Granville, with Exchanges of Notes and Declaration, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Cm. 5025] [Mr Secretary Cook].

Wednesday 3rd January 2001

    4    Competition Commission,-Report by the Competition Commission on Interbrew SA and Bass PLC: the acquisition by Interbrew SA of the brewing interests of Bass PLC [Cm. 5014] [Mr Secretary Byers].

Papers delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on the undermentioned dates during the adjournment pursuant to Standing Order No. 159 (Presentation of statutory instruments):

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

Friday 22nd December 2000

    5    Education,-(1) Education (Information about Individual Pupils) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3370), and

    (2) Education (School Teacher Appraisal) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3369),

    dated 21st December 2000 [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    6    Government Resources and Accounts,-Whole of Government Accounts (Designation of Bodies) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3357), dated 22nd December 2000 [Mr Andrew Smith].

    7    Magistrates' Courts Procedure,-Magistrates' Courts (Amendment) Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3361), dated 20th December 2000 [Mr David Lock].

    8    Probation,-Local Probation Boards (Appointment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3342), dated 21st December 2000 [Mr Secretary Straw].

    9    Supreme Court of England and Wales,-Crown Court (Amendment) (No. 3) Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3362), dated 20th December 2000 [Mr David Lock].

Thursday 28th December 2000

    10    Children and Young Persons,-Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Membership, Committee and Procedure) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3374), dated 19th December 2000 [Mr David Lock].

Friday 29th December 2000

    11    Food,-(1) Fresh Meat (Beef Controls) (No. 2) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3378), and

    (2) Specified Risk Material (Amendment) (England) (No. 2) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3381),

    dated 28th December 2000 [Mr Secretary Milburn].

Tuesday 2nd January 2001

    12    Road Traffic,-Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (County of Kent) (District of Dover) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1), dated 2nd January 2001 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Wednesday 3rd January 2001

    13    European Communities,-European Communities (Designation) (No. 5) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3238), dated 13th December 2000 [Margaret Beckett].

    14    Transport,-London Transport Pension Arrangements Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3386), dated 22nd December 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Thursday 4th January 2001

    15    Fees and Charges,-European Economic Interest Grouping (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3412), dated 22nd December 2000 [Mr Secretary Byers].

Friday 5th January 2001

    16    Climate Change Levy,-Climate Change Levy (Registration and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 7), dated 4th January 2001 [Mr Stephen Timms].

    17    Merchant Shipping,-Fishing Vessels (Code of Practice for the Safety of Small Fishing Vessels) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 9), dated 4th January 2001 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

    18    Young Offender Institutions,-Young Offender Institution Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3371), dated 21st January 2000 [Mr Secretary Straw].

Other Papers:

Friday 29th December 2000

    19    Animals,-Specified Risk Material (Amendment) (England) (No. 3) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3377), dated 29th December 2000 [Mr Nicholas Brown].

Wednesday 3rd January 2001

    20    United Nations,-United Nations (International Tribunals) (Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3243), dated 13th December 2000 [Mr Secretary Cook].

Thursday 4th January 2001

    21    Animals,-Pet Travel Scheme (Pilot Arrangements) (England) (Amendment) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 6), dated 2nd January 2001 [Mr Nicholas Brown].

Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 8th January:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    22    Constitutional Law,-Scotland Act 1998 (Agency Arrangements) (Specification) (No. 2) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3250), dated 13th December 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

    23    Customs and Excise,-Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Supply, Sale and Export of Petroleum and Petroleum Products) (Revocation) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 17), dated 8th January 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

    24    School Standards and Framework,-Draft Code of Practice on Local Education Authority School Relations [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

Other Papers:

    25    Education and Employment,-Department for Education and Employment minute, dated 8th January 2000, concerning a contingent liability in respect of arrangements to provide indemnities to the Adult Learning Inspectorate for liabilities which may arise from leases on property in Coventry [by Command] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    26    National Audit,-Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Modernising Construction [by Act]; to be printed [No. 87] [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    Hunting Bill (except Clauses Nos. 1 to 4 and any New Clauses),-The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee B, and has appointed Mr Edward O'Hara and Mrs Marion Roe Chairmen of the Committee in respect of the Bill.



 
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