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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 22nd January 2001

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

PRAYERS.

1    First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr John Maxton reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 2001 and the draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 2001.

    Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.

2     Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr John Butterfill reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Access to Justice Act 1999 (Bar Practising Certificates) Order 2001.

    Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.

3    Message from the Lords,-A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

    Human Rights (Joint Committee),-The Lords communicate that they have appointed a Committee of six Lords to join with the Committee appointed by the Commons to consider and report on:

      matters relating to human rights in the United Kingdom (but excluding consideration of individual cases);

      proposals for remedial orders, draft remedial orders and remedial orders made under Section 10 of and laid under Schedule 2 to the Human Rights Act 1998; and

      in respect of draft remedial orders and remedial orders, whether the special attention of the House should be drawn to them on any of the grounds specified in Standing Order 73 (Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments);

    To report to the House

      in relation to any document containing proposals laid before the House under paragraph 3 of the said Schedule 2, its recommendation whether a draft order in the same terms as the proposals should be laid before the House; or

      in relation to any draft order laid under paragraph 2 of the said Schedule 2, its recommendation whether the draft Order should be approved;

    and to have power to report to the House on any matter arising from its consideration of the said proposals or draft orders; and

    To report to the House in respect of any original order laid under paragraph 4 of the said Schedule 2, its recommendation whether:

      the order should be approved in the form in which it was originally laid before Parliament; or

      that the order should be replaced by a new order modifying the provisions of the original order; or

      that the order should not be approved,

    and to have power to report to the House on any matter arising from its consideration of the said order or any replacement order;

    That the Committee have power to agree with the Commons in the appointment of a Chairman;

    That the Committee have power to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom, and to institutions of the Council of Europe outside the United Kingdom no more than four times in any calendar year;

    That the Committee have leave to report from time to time;

    That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;

    That the minutes of evidence taken before the Committee from time to time shall, if the Committee think fit, be printed and delivered out;

    And they propose that the Committee do meet with the Committee appointed by the Commons on Wednesday 31st January at half-past five o'clock in Committee Room 4B.

    Medway Council Bill [Lords],-The Lords have passed a Bill to provide for the regulation of dealers in second-hand goods and the regulation of occasional sales and certain other trading in the borough of Medway; and for connected or other purposes; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

    Kent County Council Bill [Lords],-The Lords have passed a Bill to provide for the regulation of dealers in second-hand goods and the regulation of occasional sales and certain other trading in the County of Kent; and for connected or other purposes; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

4    Human Rights (Joint Committee),-Ordered, That so much of the Lords Message [this day] as relates to the Joint Committee on Human Rights be now considered.

    So much of the Lords Message considered accordingly.

    Ordered, That the Committee appointed by this House do meet the Lords Committee as proposed by their Lordships.

    Message to the Lords to acquaint them therewith.

5    Analysis of Costs and Benefits (NAFTA Membership) Bill,-Mr Michael Fabricant presented a Bill to establish a Parliamentary Commission to investigate and report to Parliament on the costs and the benefits of membership by the United Kingdom of the North American Free Trade Agreement: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 20th July and to be printed [Bill 32].

6    Exorcism of Children (Prohibition) Bill,-Mr Harry Cohen, supported by Alice Mahon, Mr Michael Clapham and Mr Andrew Love, presented a Bill to prohibit the practice of exorcism on young persons under the age of sixteen: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 9th March and to be printed [Bill 33].

7    Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion 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 declines to give a Second Reading to the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill because there is insufficient evidence that its provisions would lead to a quantifiable reduction in tobacco consumption and yet they entail a serious restriction of freedom of expression; it contains no provisions to combat the increase in the prevalence of smoking amongst vulnerable population groups which is due to the growth in importation and sale of illegal tobacco products; nor does it address the difficulties of those sports which stand to lose financial support as a result of its provisions', instead thereof.-(Dr Liam Fox.)

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

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Stephen Day: 127.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Clelland, Mr Clive Betts: 316.

    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 David Clelland, Mr Clive Betts: 316.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Eric Forth, Mr Christopher Chope:11.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    The Bill was accordingly read a second time.

8    Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill (Programme),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the following provisions shall apply to the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion 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 8th February 2001-(Yvette Cooper);

    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, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mr Graham Allen: 254.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Stephen Day: 79.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Ordered, That the following provisions shall apply to the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion 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 8th February 2001.

9    Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill [Money],-Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Tobacco Advertising and Promotion 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 Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of-

    (a) any expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State under the Act, and

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

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Graham Allen, Mr Kevin Hughes: 275.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Edward Leigh, Mr Douglas Hogg: 15.

    So the Question was agreed to.

10    Legal Aid and Advice,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Legal Advice and Assistance (Scope) (Amendment) Regulations 2001, which were laid before this House on 11th December, be approved-(Mr Don Touhig);

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

11    Local Government,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Local Government Best Value (Exclusion of Non-commercial Considerations) Order, which was laid before this House on 12th December, be approved-(Mr Don Touhig);

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

12    Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Proscribed Organisations Appeal Commission (Procedure) Rules 2001, which were laid before this House on 13th December, be approved-(Mr Don Touhig);

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

13    European Communities,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (The Convention on Mutual Assistance and Co-operation between Customs Administrations (Naples II)) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 14th December, be approved-(Mr Don Touhig);

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

14    Delegated Legislation,-Ordered, That the Prescription Only Medicines (Human Use) Amendment (No. 3) Order 2000 be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.-(Mr Don Touhig).

15    Delegated Legislation,-Ordered, That the Non-automatic Weighing Instruments Regulations 2000 be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.-(Mr Don Touhig).

16    Science and Technology Committee,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas be discharged from the Science and Technology Committee and Mr Tony McWalter be added to the Committee-(Mr Keith Bradley, on behalf of the Committee of Selection);

    The Motion was opposed.

17    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Mr Keith Bradley);

Tuesday 23rd January 2001

    Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till four minutes past Twelve o'clock, adjourned till this day.

[Adjourned at 12.04 a.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


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


    APPENDIX I

    Papers delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on Friday 19th January 2001 (Non-sitting Friday, S.O., No. 12) pursuant to Standing Order No. 158 (Presentation of command papers):

    1    Treaty Series (No. 1, 2001),-Protocol, done at Brussels on 15th May 1997, to the Partnership and Co-operation Agreement, establishing a Partnership between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Moldova, of the other part [Cm. 5030] [Mr Secretary Cook].

    Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 22nd January 2001:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    2    Education,-Education (Induction Arrangements for School Teachers) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 103), dated 19th January 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

Other Papers:

    3    Appropriation Accounts, 1999-2000,-Appropriation Accounts of the sums granted by Parliament for Classes:-

    (1) IV (Home Office),

    (2) VI (Ministry of Defence)

    for 1999-2000 [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 25-IV and VI] [Mr Stephen Timms].

    4    Defence Executive Agencies,-Report and Accounts of the Defence Procurement Agency for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 19] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

    5    Science and Technology,-Accounts of the Medical Research Council for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 160] [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 2001, and the draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 2001,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Frank Field and Dr Alan Whitehead from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Orders); and nominated in substitution Mr Iain Coleman and Mr Jeff Ennis.

    2    Draft Access to Justice Act 1999 (Bar Practising Certificates) Order 2001,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Harold Best, Mrs Anne McGuire and Dr Phyllis Starkey from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Graham Allen, Mr Denzil Davies and Mr Fraser Kemp.

    3    Prescription Only Medicines (Human Use) Amendment (No. 3) Order 2000 (S.I. 2000, No. 3231),-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Nick Harvey from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Order); and nominated in substitution Dr Jenny Tonge.



 
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