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 March.
2 Colchester Borough Council Bill [Lords],-The Colchester Borough Council Bill [Lords] was, according to Order, read a second time, and committed.
3 International Development Bill,-Secretary Clare Short, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Cook, Mr Andrew Smith, Mr George Foulkes and Mr Chris Mullin, presented (under Standing Order No. 50 (Procedure upon bills whose main object is to create a charge upon the public revenue)) a Bill to make provision relating to the provision of assistance for countries outside the United Kingdom; to make provision with respect to certain international financial institutions and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Monday 26th February and to be printed [Bill 49].
Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the International Development Bill be printed [Bill 49-EN].
4 Adjournment (Report of the BSE Inquiry by Lord Philips, House of Commons Paper No. 887 of Session 1999-2000),-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.
5 Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from residents of St Albans calling for the return of the rail network to public ownership was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
6 Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Tony McNulty.)
And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till half-past Seven o'clock, adjourned till Monday 26th February, pursuant to Order [5th February].
[Adjourned at 7.30 p.m.
Michael J. Martin
Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock on Monday 26th February.
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:
1 Local Government Finance,-Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 76) [by Act]; to be printed [No. 233] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
2 Transport,-Draft British Waterways Board (Limit for Borrowing) Order 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
3 Civil Aviation,-Civil Aviation (Chargeable Air Services) (Records) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 399), dated 14th February 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
4 Local Government,-Proposed alterations to the Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
5 National Health Service,-National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) and (General Ophthalmic Services) Amendment Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 414), dated 14th February 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].
6 Air Force (Constitution),-Amendment List 3 to Regulations for the Reserve Air Forces: Air Publication 3392 Volume 7 (First Edition) [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].
7 Culture, Media and Sport,-Department of Culture, Media and Sport Minute, dated 15th February 2001, concerning the proposed transfer of the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, South Kensington, to the Governing Body of Imperial College [by Command] [Mr Secretary Smith].
8 Defence Executive Agencies,-Report and Accounts for 1999-2000 of the Defence Dental Agency, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 127] [Mr Secretary Hoon].
9 Education,-Financial Statements of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 273] [Clerk of the House].
10 National Audit,-Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Access to the Victoria and Albert Museum [by Act]; to be printed [No. 238] [Clerk of the House].
11 Science and Technology,-Government Response to the Fifth Report from the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology, Session 1999-2000, on Air Travel and Health [by Command] [Cm. 5068] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
12 United Nations,-(1) Afghanistan (United Nations Sanctions) (Channel Islands) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 393), and
(2) Afghanistan (United Nations Sanctions) (Isle of Man) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 394),
dated 14th February 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw]; and
(3) Afghanistan (United Nations Sanctions) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 396),
(4) Afghanistan (United Nations Sanctions) (Overseas Territories) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 392), and
(5) Iraq (United Nations Sanctions) (Overseas Territories) (Amendment) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 395),
dated 14th February 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Cook].
1 Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 74) on Threshold Payments,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr John Randall from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Report); and nominated in substitution Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown.
European Standing Committees
2 The Speaker has appointed Mrs Ray Michie Chairman of European Standing Committee B in respect of European Union Document No. 13572/00 relating to the Protection of the Communities' Financial Interests, and the Unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum dated 20th December 2000 submitted by HM Treasury relating to the Court of Auditors Annual Report for 1999.
Reports from Select Committees
1 Health,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [Access to NHS Dentistry]; to be printed [No. 247-i] [Mr David Hinchliffe].
2 Standards and Privileges,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on Standards and Privileges on 14th February [Proposed Amendments to the Rules relating to the Conduct of Members]; to be printed [No. 267-i] [Mr Robert Sheldon].
3 Trade and Industry,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee on 14th February [Impact on Trade and Industry of Motor Fuel Taxation; Gas Prices; UK Steel Industry]; to be printed [Nos. 268-i, 269-i and 270-i] [Mr Martin O'Neill].
4 Treasury,-(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee, and Appendices thereto [Equitable Life and the Life Assurance Industry]; to be printed [No. 272-i]; and
(2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Equitable Life and the Life Assurance Industry]
In the Votes and Proceedings for Wednesday 7th February, in Appendix III (Reports from Select Committees), item 6 (Northern Ireland Affairs) should have House of Commons printing number 59-ii.
[W.H., No. 22]
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 (Ofsted),-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Mr Greg Pope.)
And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 27th February, pursuant to Order [5th February].
[Adjourned at 5.29 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst