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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 14th February 2001

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

PRAYERS.

1    Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer) Bill [Lords],-The Second Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means reported from the Committee on Unopposed Bills, That it had examined the allegations contained in the Preamble to the Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer) Bill [Lords] and found the same to be true; and had gone through the Bill and had directed him to report the same without Amendment.

    Bill to be read the third time.

2     Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Jonathan Sayeed reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Scotland Act 1998 (transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2001.

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

3    European Standing Committee A,-Mr John Cummings reported from European Standing Committee A the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 5196/99, a draft regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down the rules for the prevention and control of certain transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, and a draft directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Directive 91/68/EEC; and supports the Government's objective of achieving Community-wide measures against transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, especially in the light of recent findings that BSE is more widespread in Europe than had previously been acknowledged.

    Report, together with Resolution, to lie upon the Table.

4    Adoption of Sewers Bill,-Mr Andy King, supported by Mr Stephen Hepburn, Mr Martin Bell, Mr Stephen McCabe, Mr Bill Olner, Mr Peter Bradley, Mr David Stewart, Mr Tony Clarke and Mr Tom Brake presented a Bill to require sewerage undertakers to adopt all remaining unadopted sewers; and for connected purposes: 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 47].

5    Consumer Accountability and New Mutuals,-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965 to allow for the creation of community mutuals; and to improve accountability of key services to consumers: And that Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West), Mr Andrew Love, Dr Doug Naysmith, Mr Paul Clark, Mr Phil Hope, David Taylor, Mr David Drew, Mr Mike Gapes, Angela Smith, Mr Adrian Bailey, Mr Alun Michael do prepare and bring it in.

6    Consumer Accountability and New Mutuals Bill,-Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West) accordingly presented a Bill to amend the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965 to allow for the creation of community mutuals; and to improve accountability of key services to consumers: 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 48].

7    Health and Social Care Bill (Programme) (No. 2),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the following provisions shall apply to the Health and Social Care Bill for the purpose of supplementing the Order of 10th January:

Consideration and Third Reading

    1. Proceedings on Consideration and Third Reading shall be completed at today's sitting.

    2. Proceedings on Consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at Nine o'clock.

    3. Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at Ten o'clock.

    4. Sessional Order B (Programming Committees) made by the House on 7th November 2000 shall not apply to proceedings on Consideration and Third Reading.

Consideration of Lords Amendments and further messages from the Lords

    5. Paragraphs (6) and (7) of Sessional Order A (varying and supplementing programme motions) made by the House on 7th November 2000 shall not apply to proceedings on any programme motion to supplement this order or to vary it in relation to-

    (a) proceedings on Consideration of Lords Amendments; or

    (b) proceedings on any further messages from the Lords,

    and the question on any such motion shall be put forthwith-(Mr John Denham);

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

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Greg Pope, Mr David Jamieson: 342.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 181.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Ordered, That the following provisions shall apply to the Health and Social Care Bill for the purpose of supplementing the Order of 10th January:

Consideration and Third Reading

    1. Proceedings on Consideration and Third Reading shall be completed at today's sitting.

    2. Proceedings on Consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at Nine o'clock.

    3. Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at Ten o'clock.

    4. Sessional Order B (Programming Committees) made by the House on 7th November 2000 shall not apply to proceedings on Consideration and Third Reading.

Consideration of Lords Amendments and further messages from the Lords

    5. Paragraphs (6) and (7) of Sessional Order A (varying and supplementing programme motions) made by the House on 7th November 2000 shall not apply to proceedings on any programme motion to supplement this order or to vary it in relation to-

    (a) proceedings on Consideration of Lords Amendments; or

    (b) proceedings on any further messages from the Lords,

    and the question on any such motion shall be put forthwith.

8    Health and Social Care Bill,-The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Health and Social Care Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee.

    A Clause (Enhanced criminal record certificates)-(Mr John Denham)-brought up, read the first and second time and added to the Bill.

    Another Clause (Conditional inclusion in medical, dental, opthalmic and pharmaceutical lists)-(Mr John Denham)-brought up, read the first and second time and added to the Bill.

    Another Clause (Application to the City of London)-(Mr John Denham)-brought up, read the first and second time and added to the Bill.

    Another Clause (Patient data)-(Dr Liam Fox)-brought up and read the first time.

    Question put, That the Clause be read a second time.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr James Gray, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 167.

      Tellers for the Noes, Jim Dowd, Mr Mike Hall: 306.

    So the Question was negatived.

    Another Clause (Community Health Councils: scheme for reform)-(Dr Liam Fox)-brought up and read the first time.

    Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time.

    And it being Nine o'clock, the Deputy Speaker put the Question already proposed from the chair, pursuant to Order [7th November and this day].

    Question put, That the Clause be read a second time.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 163.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Don Touhig, Mr Ian Pearson: 301.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And it being after Nine o'clock, the Deputy Speaker proceeded to put forthwith the Questions on any amendment moved or motions made by a Minister of the Crown, pursuant to Order [7th November and this day].

    Question put, That Clauses (Patients' councils) and (Independent advocacy services) be added to the Bill.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Don Touhig, Mr Ian Pearson: 335.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 124.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Question put, That Amendments Nos. 141 to 143, 140, 144 to 150, 24, 151, 25 and 26, 36 to 39, 152 to 154, 40 to 114, 116, 115, 117 to 129, 27, 28, 155 to 158, 130 to 135, 159, and 136 to 139 be made to the Bill.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Don Touhig, Mr Ian Pearson: 338.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 118.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    A Motion was made and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read the third time;

    And it being Ten o'clock, the Speaker put the Question necessary for bringing proceedings on consideration and third reading to a conclusion, pursuant to Order [7th November and this day].

    Question put, That the Bill be now read the third time.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mr Graham Allen: 310.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr Peter Luff: 168.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    The Bill was accordingly read the third time, and passed.

9    Agriculture,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Pig Industry Restructuring (Capital Grant) Scheme 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 251) dated 1st February 2001, a copy of which was laid before this House on 1st February, be approved.-(Mrs Anne McGuire):-It was agreed to.

10    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from citizens of South Gloucestershire for South Gloucestershire's Community Transport Schemes was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

11    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mrs Anne McGuire.)

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till eighteen minutes to Eleven o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 10.42 p.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


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


    APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

    1    Social Security,-(1) Draft Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling]; and

    (2) draft Social Security Commissioners (Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 [by Act] [Mr David Lock].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    2    Income Tax,-Investment Trusts (Approval of Accounting Methods for Creditor Relationships) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 391), dated 14th February 2001 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

    3    Road Traffic,-Goods Vehicles (Authorisation of International Journeys) (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 309), dated 6th February 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Papers subject to Special Parliamentary Procedure:

    4    Transport and Works,-(1) Leeds Supertram (Extension) Order 2001, and

    (2) Leeds Supertram (Land Acquisition and Road Works) Order 2001

    dated 28th January 2001, together with Certificates by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions under section 2 of the Statutory Orders (Special Procedure) Act l945 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Other Papers:

    5    Defence Executive Agencies,-Report and Accounts of Defence Estates for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 203] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

    6    Public Petitions,-Observations by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions on the Petition [7th July] from residents of Laindon and Basildon for a duty on owners to shopping centres to provide for adequate cleaning, maintenance and security; to be printed [by Standing Order] [Clerk of the House].

    7    Treaty Series (No. 12, 2001),-International Convention, as Revised at Geneva on 10th November 1972, 23rd October 1978 and 19th March 1991, for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants of 2nd December 1961 [by Command] [Cm. 5045] [Mr Secretary Cook].

    8    Treaty Series (No.13, 2001),-Economic Partnership, Political Coordination and Cooperation Agreement, done at Brussels on 8th December 1997, between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the United Mexican States, of the other part, with Annex, Declarations and Final Act [by Command] [Cm. 5046] [Mr Secretary Cook].

    9    Treaty Series (No. 14, 2001),-Amendments, adopted by the Assembly of the International Patent Cooperation Union (PCT Union) at its twenty-seventh (12th ordinary) session on 29th September 1999, to the Regulations under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) [by [Command] [Cm. 5047] [Mr Secretary Cook].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 74) on Threshold Payments:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Report to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr David Amess Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Richard Allan, Mr Clive Betts, Mr Peter Bradley, Mr William Cash, Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons, Mr Neil Gerrard, Jane Griffiths, Mr John Hayes, Mr Gerald Howarth, Mr Alan Keen, Estelle Morris, Mr John Randall, Rachel Squire, Dr George Turner, Ms Claire Ward and Mr Phil Willis.

    2    Draft Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 75) (House of Commons Paper No. 228):

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Report to the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Bowen Wells Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr David Amess, Mr Julian Brazier, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mrs Ann Cryer, Mr Don Foster, Mr Kelvin Hopkins, Mr Lindsay Hoyle, Ms Beverley Hughes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Ms Sally Keeble, Ms Tess Kingham, Mr Kevin McNamara, Kali Mountford, Mr Adrian Sanders, Mr Jon Trickett and Mr Nigel Waterson.

    3    Pig Industry Development Scheme 2000 (Confirmation) Order 2001:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Order to the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Jim Cunningham Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Peter Atkinson, Ms Hazel Blears, Mr Colin Breed, Tom Cox, Mr Christopher Gill, Mr Brian Jenkins, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr Andrew Mackinlay, Mr David Maclean, Mr Austin Mitchell, Mr Lembit Ípik, Mr James Paice, Ms Joyce Quin, Mr Dennis Skinner, Mr John Smith and Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West).

European Standing Committees

    4    The Speaker has appointed Sir David Madel Chairman of European Standing Committee C in respect of the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum dated 21st November 2000 relating to a draft Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a general framework for informing and consulting employees in the European Community.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

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

    2    Defence,-(1) Second Report from the Defence Committee [The Strategic Defence Review: Policy for People], together with the 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. 29]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Defence Aviation Research Agency]; to be printed [No. 261-i]

    [Mr Bruce George].

    3    Education and Employment,-(1) Second Special Report from the Education and Employment Committee [Government Response to the Second Report from the Committee on the OFSTED Corporate Plan 2000]; to be printed [No. 258] [Mr Barry Sheerman]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Employment Sub-committee of the Committee [Age Discrimination]; to be printed [No. 259-i] [Mr Derek Foster].

    4    Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,-(1) Second Special Report from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [Government Response and Commission for Integrated Transport Response to the Nineteenth Report of the Committee in Session 1999-2000 (The Work of the Commission for Integrated Transport)]; to be printed [No. 262];

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Walking in Towns and Cities]; to be printed [No.167-iii][Mr Andrew F. Bennett]; and

    (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Sub-Committee of the Committee [Opportunities and Development Prospects at Major Ports]; to be printed [No. 244-i] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

    5    European Scrutiny,-Sixth Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 28-vi] [Mr Jimmy Hood].

    6    Northern Ireland Affairs,-(1) First Report from the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [The Northern Ireland Prison Service], to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 263]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Relocation following paramilitary intimidation]; to be printed [No. 59-iv]

    [Mr Peter Brooke].

    7    Public Accounts,-(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Access to Properties Grant-aided by English Heritage (Supplementary Evidence)]; to be printed [No. 265-i]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Modernising Construction]; to be printed [No. 266-i]

    [Mr David Davis].

    8    Public Administration,-First Special Report from the Public Administration Committee [Response to the Fifth Report from the Committee, Session 1999-2000, on Inherited SERPS]; to be printed [No. 264] [Tony Wright].

    9    Social Security,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Social Security Committee [Social Fund]; to be printed [No. 232-ii] [Mr Archy Kirkwood].


THE SPEAKER'S CERTIFICATE

    The Speaker certified the Capital Allowances Bill as a Money Bill within the meaning of the Parliament Act 1911.


[W.H., No. 21]

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,-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Mr Kevin Hughes.)

And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.59 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker




 
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