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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 25th January 2001

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


1    City of London (Ward Elections) Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for further consideration of the City of London (Ward Elections) Bill, as amended by the Chairman of Ways and Means;

    Ordered, That the Bill be further considered on Thursday 1st February.

2    House of Commons (Removal of Clergy Disqualification) Bill,-Mr Secretary Straw, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Secretary Byers, Mr Secretary Reid, Mr Secretary Murphy and Mr Mike O'Brien, presented a Bill to remove any disqualification from membership of the House of Commons that arises by reason of a person having been ordained or being a minister of a religious denomination and to continue the disqualification of Lords Spiritual from such membership: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 34].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the House of Commons (Removal of Clergy Disqualification) Bill be printed [Bill 34-EN].

3    Adjournment (Fisheries),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Mr Don Touhig);

    And it being Seven o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put.

4    Procedure,-Ordered, That Mr Barry Gardiner be discharged from the Procedure Committee and Mr David Lammy be added to the Committee.-(Mr Don Touhig.)

5    European Scrutiny,-Ordered, That Dr Nick Palmer be discharged from the European Scrutiny Committee and Mr Mark Hendrick be added to the Committee.-(Mr Don Touhig.)

6    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Don Touhig.)

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

[Adjourned at 7.24 p.m.

Michael J. Martin

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


Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

    1    Political Parties,-Draft Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (Disapplication of Part IV for Northern Ireland Parties, etc.) Order 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    2    Family Law,-Child Support (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 158), dated 24th January [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

    3    Registration of Political Parties,-(1) Registration of Political Parties (Fees) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 83), and

    (2) Registration of Political Parties (Prohibited Words and Expressions) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 82),

    dated 15th January 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    4    Representation of the People,-(1) Holders of Hereditary Peerages (Overseas Electors) (Transitional Provisions) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 84),

    (2) Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (Amendment) Rules 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 80), and

    (2) Local Elections (Principal Areas) (Amendment) Rules 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 81),

    dated 15th January 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

Other Papers:

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

    (1) II (Department of Health), and

    (2) VIII (International Development)

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

    6    Defence Executive Agencies,-Reports and Accounts of-

    (1) Army Personnel Centre, and

    (3) Naval Manning Agency

    for 1999-2000, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 132 and 125] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

    7    Environment, Transport and the Regions,-Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions Minute, dated 25th January 2001, concerning a government guarantee in respect of contingent liabilities transferred from the British Railways Board to the Strategic Rail Authority [by Command] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

    8    Lord Chancellor's Department Executive Agencies,-Resource Accounts of the Public Record Office for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 134] [Mr Stephen Timms].

    9    School Inspections,-Resource Accounts of the Office of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector Of Schools in England for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 155] [Mr Stephen Timms].


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-iii] [Ms Rachel Squire].

    2    Culture, Media and Sport,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [The Communications White Paper]; to be printed [No. 161-i] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].

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

[W.H., No. 13]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall
[pursuant to the Order of 20th November 2000]

The sitting commenced at half-past Two o'clock.

    Adjournment (Meeting the basic skills challenge),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned-(Mr Greg Pope);

    And the sitting having continued for three hours, it was adjourned without Question put, till Tuesday 30th January.

[Adjourned at 5.30 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker

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