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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 23rd January 2001

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

PRAYERS.

1    Private Bills [Lords],-The Speaker laid upon the Table a certificate by the Clerk in the Private Bill Office that, in respect of the following Bills brought from the House of Lords, the Agents have deposited in the Private Bill Office declarations signed by them, stating that the Bills are the same, in every respect, as the Bills which were brought from the House of Lords in the last Session, viz.:

    Kent County Council Bill [Lords]

    Medway Council Bill [Lords].

2    Kent County Council Bill [Lords],-The Order [9th January] relating to the Kent County Council Bill [Lords] being read;

    The Bill was read the first and second time and committed to the Chairman of Ways and Means.

3    Medway Council Bill [Lords],-The Order [9th January] relating to the Medway Council Bill [Lords] being read;

    The Bill was read the first and second time and committed to the Chairman of Ways and Means.

4    Vehicles (Crime) Bill [Lords],-Mr Bill O'Brien reported from Standing Committee A, That it had gone through the Vehicles (Crime) Bill [Lords], and directed him to report the same, without Amendment.

    Bill, not amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow.

    Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 169].

5    Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Eric Illsley reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Social Security (Contributions) (Re-Rating and National Insurance Funds Payments) Order 2001.

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

6    Standing Orders,-Ordered, That the Standing Orders relating to Public Business, as amended, be printed [No. 15].

7    Social Security Contributions (Share Options) Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Social Security Contributions (Share Options) 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 Social Security Contributions (Share Options) Bill because, while it contains provisions which improve upon the existing unreasonable situation, it would be unreasonable to require companies to gamble on their tax liabilities where share options may never be exercised and possibly contrary to the provisions of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000', instead thereof.-(Mr Howard Flight.)

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

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Stephen Day, Mr James Gray: 117.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 280.

    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 Gerry Sutcliffe, Mr Kevin Hughes: 302.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Eric Forth, Mr Douglas Hogg: 3.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    The Bill was accordingly read a second time.

8    Social Security Contributions (Share Options) Bill (Programme),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the following provisions shall apply to the Social Security Contributions (Share Options) 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 Stephen Timms);

    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 Gerry Sutcliffe: 270.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr James Gray, Mr Stephen Day: 152.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Ordered, That the following provisions shall apply to the Social Security Contributions (Share Options) 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.

9    Business of the House,-Ordered, That Private Members' Bills shall have precedence over Government business on 2nd and 9th February, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th March, 6th and 27th April, 11th and 18th May, 8th and 15th June and 20th July.-(Paddy Tipping.)

10    Tribunals of Inquiry (Evidence) Act 1921,-Resolved, That it is expedient that a Tribunal be established under the Tribunals of Inquiry (Evidence) Act 1921, for inquiring into a matter of definite public importance, that is to say, the matters arising from the deaths of patients of Harold Shipman, with the following terms of reference-

    (a) after receiving the existing evidence and hearing such further evidence as necessary, to consider the extent of Harold Shipman's unlawful activities;

    (b) to enquire into the actions of the statutory bodies, authorities, other organisations and responsible individuals concerned in the procedures and investigations which followed the deaths of those of Harold Shipman's patients who died in unlawful or suspicious circumstances;

    (c) by reference to the case of Harold Shipman to enquire into the performance of the functions of those statutory bodies, authorities, other organisations and individuals with responsibility for monitoring primary care provision and the use of controlled drugs; and

    (d) following those enquiries, to recommend what steps, if any, should be taken to protect patients in the future, and to report its findings to the Secretary of State for the Home Department and to the Secretary of State for Health.-(Mr John Hutton.)

11    Local Government (S.I., 2000, No. 3272),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3272), dated 13th December 2000, a copy of which was laid before this House on 19th December, be annulled-(Mr Nigel Waterson);

    And it being an hour and a half after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Standing Order No. 17 (Delegated Legislation (negative procedure)).

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Keith Simpson, Mr Peter Atkinson: 141.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Graham Allen, Mr Mike Hall: 266.

    So the Question was negatived.

12    Employment and Training,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 21st December, be approved-(Mr David Jamieson);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Graham Allen: 296.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Eric Forth, Mr Douglas Hogg: 4.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Resolved, That the draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 21st December, be approved.

13    Employment and Training,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 21st December, be approved-(Mr David Jamieson):-It was agreed to.

    Resolved, That the draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 21st December, be approved.

14    Legal Services,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Access to Justice Act 1999 (Bar Practising Certificates) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 15th January, be approved-(Mr David Jamieson):-It was agreed to.

    Resolved, That the draft Access to Justice Act 1999 (Bar Practising Certificates) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 15th January, be approved.

15    Sittings in Westminster Hall,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That, following the Order [20th November 2000], Mr Nicholas Winterton, Mr John McWilliam, Mr Barry Jones and Frank Cook be appointed to act as additional Deputy Speakers at sittings in Westminster Hall during this Session-(Paddy Tipping);

    And it being Ten o'clock, the Debate stood adjourned.

    Ordered, That the Debate be resumed to-morrow.

16    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Graham Allen.)

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-eight minutes past Ten o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 10.28 p.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


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


    APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    1    Pensions,-Stakeholder Pension Schemes (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 104), dated 18th January 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

    2    Road Traffic,-Alterations in the provisions of the Highway Code proposed to be made by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions pursuant to section 38 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Other Papers:

    3    Appropriation Accounts, 1999-2000,-Appropriation Accounts of the sums granted by Parliament for Class VII (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) for 1999-2000 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 25-VII] [Mr Stephen Timms].

    4    National Audit,-Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Education Action Zones: Meeting the Challenge-the lessons identified from auditing the first 25 zones [by Act]; to be printed [No. 130] [Clerk of the House].

    5    Treasure,-Report on the Operation of the Treasure Act from 24th September 1998 to 31st December 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    Companies (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3325) and the Open-Ended Investment Companies (Investment Companies with Variable Capital) (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3324),-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Derek Twigg from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mrs Anne Campbell.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Armed Forces Bill,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill; to be printed [No. 154-ii] [Ms Rachel Squire].

    2    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-iv] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

    3    Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment Sub-Committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [Cemeteries]; to be printed [No. 91-iii] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].

    4    Foreign Affairs,-First Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee [Human Rights Annual Report 2000], 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. 79] [Mr Donald Anderson].

    5    Home Affairs,-(1) First Report from the Home Affairs Committee [Border Controls], 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. 163];

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Border Controls]; and

    (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Work of the Lord Chancellor's Department]; to be printed [No. 164-i]

    [Mr David Winnick].

    6    International Development,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [Corruption]; to be printed [No. 39-iv] [Mr Bowen Wells].

    7    Procedure,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Procedure Committee [Rules Governing the Election of a Speaker]; to be printed [No. 40-ii] [Mr Nicholas Winterton].

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

    9    Trade and Industry,-(1) Second Special Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [Government Observations on the Fourteenth Report of the Trade and Industry Committee, Session 1999-2000, on What would the Euro cost UK business?]; to be printed [No. 170]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [UK Aerospace Industry]; to be printed [No. 171-i]

    [Mr Martin O'Neill]

    10    Treasury,-Minutes of Evidence taken the Treasury Committee [International Monetary Fund]; to be printed [No. 162-i] [Mr Giles Radice].

[W.H., No. 11]

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 Chris Mullin);

    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




 
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