The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock.
Adjournment (Cancer Research-A Fresh Look-Sixth Report from the Science and Technology Committee, Session 1999-2000),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Mr Kevin Hughes);
And it being Four o'clock, and there being Private Business set down by the Chairman of Ways and Means under Standing Order No. 20 (Time for taking private business), further proceeding stood postponed.
2 City of London (Ward Elections) Bill,-The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the City of London (Ward Elections) Bill, as amended by the Chairman of Ways and Means.
A Clause (Statement of compatibility with the European Convention on Human Rights)-(Mr Andrew Mackinlay)-brought up and read the first time.
Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time.
Mr Peter Brooke 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;
Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Peter Bottomley, Mr David Amess: 99.
Tellers for the Noes, Mr Jeremy Corbyn, Mr Stephen Pound: 18.
Whereupon the Deputy Speaker declared that the Question was not decided in the Affirmative because it was not supported by the majority prescribed by Standing Order No. 37 (Majority for closure or for proposal of question).
Question again proposed, That the Clause be read a second time.
Mr Peter Bottomley and Mr Stephen Pound, Tellers in the Division, later came to the Table and stated that they had erroneously reported the number of the Ayes as 99, instead of 100, which was the correct number.
Whereupon the Deputy Speaker declared the numbers to the House as: Ayes 100, Noes, 18; and declared that the Question, That the Question be now put, was agreed to.
And the Question being accordingly put, That the Clause be read a second time;
Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John Cryer, Mr Jeremy Corbyn: 22.
Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Bottomley, Mr David Amess: 90.
So the Question was negatived.
And it being Seven o'clock, further consideration of the Bill stood adjourned.
Ordered, That the Bill be further considered on Thursday 18th January.
3 Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Don Touhig.)
And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-nine minutes past Seven o'clock, adjourned till Monday 15th January, pursuant to Order [13th December].
[Adjourned at 7.29 p.m.
Michael J. Martin
Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock on Monday 15th January.
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
1 Immigration,-Immigration Appeals (Family Visitor) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 52), dated 10th January 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].
2 Income Tax,-Income Tax (Electronic Communications) (Incentive Payments) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 56, dated 11th January 2001 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].
3 Legal Services,-Council for Licensed Conveyancers (Disciplinary Powers) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 48), dated 10th January 2001 [by Act] [Mr David Lock].
4 National Assistance Services,-National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 58), dated 10th January 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].
5 Road Traffic,-Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 53), dated 11th January 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
6 Social Security,-Social Security Amendment (Capital Disregards) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 22), dated 6th January 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].
7 National Health Service,-Accounts of the Public Health Laboratory Service Board for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 123] [Clerk of the House].
8 National Health Service (Scotland),-Report and Accounts of the Scottish Hospital Trust for 1999-2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].
Draft Limited Liability Partnerships Regulations 2001,- The Committee of Selection has discharged Ms Diane Abbott, Mrs Helen Brinton, Mr John Burnett, Dr Vincent Cable, Mr Iain Coleman, Mr Mark Fisher, Mr Nick Gibb, Dr Norman A. Godman, Mr James Gray, Dr Kim Howells, Lynne Jones, Miss Julie Kirkbride, Mr Greg Pope, Mr David Tredinnick, Mr Derek Twigg and Mr Stephen Twigg. from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Regulations.)
Reports from Select Committees
1 Education and Employment,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Committee [Higher Education]; to be printed [No. 124-i] [Mr Barry Sheerman].
2 Health,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [Public Health]; to be printed [No. 30-iii] [John Austin].
3 Trade and Industry, -Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee [Vehicle Manufacturing in the UK]; to be printed [No. 128-i] [Mr Martin O'Neill].
[W.H., No. 7]
Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall
[pursuant to the Order of 20th November]
The sitting commenced at half past Two o'clock.
Adjournment (Energy and other non-food crops),-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Ms Joyce Quin.)
And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 16th January.
[Adjourned at 5.17 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst