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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 28th February 2001

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

PRAYERS.

1    Electoral Commission (Answer to Address),-The Vice Chamberlain of the Household reported to the House, That the Address of 10th January, praying that Her Majesty would appoint as Electoral Commissioners-

    (1) Pamela Joan Gordon for the period of four years;

    (2) Sir Neil William David McIntosh KBE for the period of four years;

    (3) Jonathan Glyn Mathias for the period of five years;

    (4) Sukhminder Karamjit Singh CBE for the period of five years;

    (5) James Samuel Younger for the period of six years; and

    (6) Graham John Zellick for the period of five years;

    and further praying that Her Majesty would appoint James Samuel Younger to be the chairman of the Electoral Commission for the period of six years, was presented to Her Majesty, who was graciously pleased to comply with the request; the appointments having become effective from 19th January.

2    Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer) Bill [Lords],-The Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer) Bill [Lords] was, according to Order, read the third time and passed, without Amendment.

3    Standing Orders (Private Business),-Ordered, That the Amendments to Standing Orders set out in the following Schedule be made:-

SCHEDULE

    Standing Order 1, line 24, leave out 'and Wales'.1

    Standing Order 1, line 30, leave out subsection (d).2

    Standing Order 1, line 34, at end insert - 3

      '(f) the Greater London Authority;'.

    Standing Order 1, line 34, at end insert - 4

      'In Wales

      (a) the council of a county,

      (b) the council of a county borough,

      (c) the council of a community or group of communities or the community meeting of a community which has no separate council;'.

    Standing Order 1, line 36, leave out from beginning to end of line 38 and insert- 5

      'a council for a local government area;'.

    Standing Order 1, line 108, leave out from beginning to 'for' in line 118.6

    Standing Order 4A, line 18, leave out from 'or' to 'in' in line 19 and insert-7

      '(in Wales) the county or county borough or (in Scotland) the local government areas'.

    Standing Order 4A, line 28, leave out from 'or' to 'in' in line 29 and insert- 8

      '(in Wales) the counties or county boroughs or (in Scotland) the local government area'.

    Standing Order 4A, line 42, leave out from second 'or' to 'copies' in line 43 and insert-9

      '(in Wales) the county or county borough or (in Scotland) the local government area'.

    Standing Order 4A, line 47, leave out '(in Scotland) the islands area or district' and insert-10

      '(in Wales) the county or county borough or (in Scotland) the local government area'.

    Standing Order 5, line 5, after 'and' insert 'the counties or county boroughs in'. 11

    Standing Order 6, line 9, leave out from 'England' to 'parish' and insert- 12

      'or the county or county borough in Wales and the'.

    Standing Order 7, line 6, leave out 'thirty feet' and insert '10 metres'.13

    Standing Order 7, line 6, leave out 'nine feet six inches' and insert '3 metres'.14

    Standing Order 7, line 9, leave out 'ten feet six inches' and insert '3.3 metres'.15

    Standing Order 10, line 14, leave out '(in Scotland) the islands area or district' and insert-16

      '(in Wales) the county or county borough or (in Scotland) the local government area'.

    Standing Order 10, line 23, leave out from second 'or' to 'in' in line 24 and insert- 17

      '(in Wales) the counties or county boroughs or (in Scotland) the local government areas'.

    Standing Order 14, line 6, leave out 'thirty feet' and insert '10 metres'.18

    Standing Order 14, line 7, leave out 'nine feet six inches' and insert '3 metres'.19

    Standing Order 14, line 10, leave out 'ten feet six inches' and insert '3.3 metres'.20

    Standing Order 16, line 9, leave out '20 miles' and insert '32 kilometres'.21

    Standing Order 16, line 11, leave out '20 miles' and insert '32 kilometres'.22

    Standing Order 16, line 19, leave out from 'England' to 'parish' in line 20 and insert-23

      ', London borough or county or county borough in Wales and the'.

    Standing Order 16, line 24, at end add-24

    '(2) This order shall apply to Greater London as if it were a county and the Greater London Authority were the council of the county.'

    Standing Order 17, line 10, leave out '300 yards' and insert '275 metres'.25

    Standing Order 20, line 6, leave out '300 yards' and insert '275 metres'.26

    Standing Order 20, line 6, at end add-27

      'unless after reasonable inquiry the identity of any such persons cannot be ascertained'.

    Standing Order 25, line 20, leave out from 'borough' to end and add-28

      ', district in England or county or county borough in Wales'.

    Standing Order 27, line 12, leave out from second 'or' to 'in' in line 13 and insert- 29

      '(in Wales) of each county or county borough or (in Scotland) of each local government area'.

    Standing Order 27, line 23, leave out from 'and' to 'so' in line 24 and insert- 30

      '(in Wales) of each county or county borough or (in Scotland) of each local government area'.

    Standing Order 27, line 27, leave out from 'or' to end of line 28 and insert-31

      '(in Wales) the county or county borough or (in Scotland) the local government area'.

    Standing Order 27, line 45, leave out 'one inch to the mile or of'.32

    Standing Order 27, line 52, leave out from 'or' to 'and' in line 53 and insert- 33

      '(in Wales) of the county or county borough or (in Scotland) of the local government area'.

    Standing Order 27, line 57, leave out '(in Scotland) each islands area or district'34

    and insert-

      '(in Wales) each county or county borough or (in Scotland) each local government area'.

    Standing Order 27, line 79, leave out 'eleven feet' and insert '3.4 metres'.35

    Standing Order 27, line 98, at end add-36

      '(7) This order shall apply to Greater London as if it were a county and the Greater London Authority were the council of the county.'.

    Standing Order 27A, line 12, leave out from 'bill,' to 'of' in line 16 and insert- 37

      '(i) the information referred to in Part II of Schedule 4 to the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (England and Wales) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 293) (referred to below as "Schedule 4"), and so much of the information referred to in Part I of that Schedule as is reasonably required to assess the environmental effect of the works and as the promoters can reasonably be expected to compile; or

      (ii) such'.

    Standing Order 27A, line 40, leave out from first 'paragraph' to end of line 41 and insert-38

      '6 of Part I and paragraph 5 of Part II of Schedule 4'.

    Standing Order 27A, line 59, leave out '3' and insert '4'.39

    Standing Order 27A, line 63, leave out from 'Planning' to 'with' in line 6440

    and insert '(Environmental Impact Assessment) (England and Wales) Regulations 1999'.

    Standing Order 27A, line 65, leave out '3' and insert '4'.41

    Standing Order 29, line 5, leave out 'six inches to the mile' and insert '1/10,000'.42

    Standing Order 30, line 3, leave out 'one inch to the mile' and insert '1/50,000'.43

    Standing Order 30A, line 7, leave out 'one inch to a mile' and insert '1/50,000'.44

    Standing Order 30A, line 18, leave out 'one inch to a mile' and insert '1/50,000'.45

    Standing Order 36, line 11, leave out 'and Wales'.46

    Standing Order 36, line 13 at end insert- 47

      '(aa) any county or county borough in Wales with the proper officer of the county or borough;'.

    Standing Order 39, line 30, leave out 'Scottish' and insert 'Scotland'.48

    Standing Order 39, line 32, leave out 'Welsh' and insert 'Wales'.49

    Standing Order 47, line 30, leave out from 'England' to end and insert- 50

      ', London boroughs and counties and county boroughs in Wales'.

    Standing Order 48, line 2, leave out 'four inches to a mile' and insert '1/15,000'.51

    Standing Order 48, line 19, leave out 'a quarter of an inch to every 100 feet',52

    and insert '1/5,000'.

    Standing Order 48, line 21, leave out 'a quarter of an inch to every 100 feet',53

    and insert '1/5,000'.

    Standing Order 48, line 32, leave out from 'stated' to end of line 33 and insert54

    and insert 'in kilometres and metres'.

    Standing Order 50, line 3, leave out 'miles and furlongs' and insert 'kilometres'.55

    Standing Order 50, line 6, leave out 'one mile' and insert '1.6 kilometres'.56

    Standing Order 50, line 13, leave out '800 yards' and insert '750 metres'.57

    Standing Order 52, line 9, leave out 'thirty feet' and insert '10 metres'.58

    Standing Order 52, line 13, leave out 'nine feet six inches' and insert '3 metres'.59

    Standing Order 52, line 16, leave out 'ten feet six inches' and insert '3.3 metres'.60

    Standing Order 52, line 25, leave out 'miles and furlongs' and insert 'kilometres'.61

    Standing Order 55, line 3, leave out 'one inch to every 100 feet' and insert '1/1,250'.62

    Standing Order 55, line 26, leave out 'five feet' and insert '1.5 metres'63

    Standing Order 56, line 6, leave out from beginning to end of line and insert-64

    'metres or parts of a metre'.

    Standing Order 57, line 7, leave out from 'in' to 'at' in line 8 and insert- 65

    'metres or parts of a metre'.

    Standing Order 57, line 30, leave out '800 yards' and insert '750 metres'.66

    Standing Order 59, line 8, leave out 'one inch to every 330 feet' and insert '1/5,000'.67

    Standing Order 59, line 9, leave out 'one inch to every 40 feet' and insert '1/500'.68

    Standing Order 59, line 18, leave out '200 yards' and insert '180 metres'.69

    Standing Order 61, line 17, leave out from 'or' to 'in' in line 18 and insert- 70

      '(in Wales) of every county or county borough or (in Scotland) of every local government area'.

    Standing Order 61, line 32, leave out from 'or' to 'in' in line 33 and insert- 71

      '(in Wales) the county or county borough or (in Scotland) the local government area'.

    Standing Order 61, line 49, at end add- 72

      '(4) This order shall apply to Greater London as if it were a county and the Greater London Authority were the council of the county.'.

    Standing Order 62, line 15, leave out from 'or' to 'in' in line 16 and insert- 73

      '(in Wales) the county or county borough or (in Scotland) the local government area'.

    Standing Order 62, line 94, at end insert- 74

      '(3) This order shall apply to Greater London as if it were a county.'.

    Standing Order 65, line 28, leave out from 'or' to 'in' in line 29 and insert- 75

      '(in Wales) the county or county borough or (in Scotland) the local government area'.

    Standing Order 69, line 3, leave out 'Mr' and insert 'the'.76

    Standing Order 81 line 10, leave out 'Mr' and insert 'the'.77

    Standing Order 82, line 2, leave out 'Mr' and insert 'the'.78

    Standing Order 84, line 4, leave out 'Mr and insert 'the'.79

    Standing Order 86, line 5, leave out 'Mr' and insert 'the'.80

    Standing Order 87, line 6, leave out 'Mr' and insert 'the'.81

    Standing Order 88, line 6, leave out 'Mr' and insert 'the'.82

    Standing Order 89, line 5, leave out 'Mr' and insert 'the'.83

    Standing Order 89, line 7, leave out 'Mr' and insert 'the'.84

    Standing Order 97, line 1, leave out 'and Wales'.85

    Standing Order 97, line 2, after 'borough' insert 'or county or county borough in Wales'.86

    Standing Order 97, line 3, leave out 'or borough' and insert ', borough or county'.87

    Standing Order 98, line 1, after 'county' insert- 88

      'or (in Wales) any county or county borough'.

    Standing Order 98, line 2, leave out 'such county' and insert 'its administrative area'.89

    Standing Order 98, line 5, leave out 'such county' and insert 'that area'.90

    Standing Order 98, line 8, after 'borough' insert- 91

      'or (in Wales) any county or county borough'.

    Standing Order 98, line 14, at end add- 92

      '(3) This order shall apply to Greater London as if it were a county and the Greater London Authority were the council of the county.'.

    Standing Order 100, line 1, leave out from 'any' to 'against' in line 2 and insert- 93

      'drainage body within the meaning of the Land Drainage Act 1991 petitions'.

    Standing Order 103, line 6, leave out from 'Selection' to '; three' in line 7.94

    Standing Order 103, line 9, leave out 'Mr' and insert 'the'.95

    Standing Order 103, line 9, at end add- 96

      '(2) Unless the Committee of Selection otherwise orders, the members nominated to the committee shall continue to be members of the committee for the remainder of the Parliament.'.

    Standing Order 120, line 9, leave out from 'declare,' to 'in' in line 10 and insert- 97

      'that I have no personal or constituency interest'.

    Standing Order 123, line 8, leave out 'Mr' and insert 'the'.98

    Standing Order 132, line 5, leave out 'Mr' and insert 'the'.99

    Standing Order 136A, line 30, at end insert-

      '(5) This order shall apply to Greater London as if it were a county, the Greater London Authority were the council of the county and the councils of London boroughs were councils of districts in the county.'.

    Standing Order 147, line 8, leave out 'Transport' and insert-

      'the Environment, Transport and the Regions'.

    Standing Order 147, line 10, leave out 'Transport' and insert-

      'the Environment, Transport and the Regions'.

    Standing Order 152, line 6, leave out 'fifteen inches' and insert '38 centimetres'.

    Standing Order 164, line 2, leave out 'Mr' and insert 'the'.

    Standing Order 164, line 4, leave out 'written' and insert 'clearly set out'.

    Standing Order 175, line 3, leave out 'Mr' and insert 'the'.

    Standing Order 181, line 9, leave out 'Mr' and insert 'the'.

    Standing Order 182, line 2, leave out 'Mr' and insert 'the'.

    Standing Order 191A, line 15, leave out 'Mr' and insert 'the'.

    Standing Order 204A, line 13, leave out 'Mr' and insert 'the'.

    Standing Order 209, line 9, at end insert-

      '(2) When the time for delivering notices, or making deposits, expires on a Saturday or Sunday, Christmas Day, Good Friday or any bank holiday, the time shall be extended to the next day following which is not such a day'.

    Standing Order 235, line 2, leave out 'Scottish' and insert 'Scotland'.

APPENDIX A: Form referred to in Standing Orders 13 and 61

    Page 125, leave out line 5 to line 66 on page 126 and insert-

    "Dear Sir

[Short title of bill]

    We [have applied] [intend to apply] to Parliament [this] [next] session for leave to introduce this bill.

    We understand that you have an interest in the property mentioned in the Table set out below and that your interest is as stated in Part[s] I [and II] of that Table. If the bill is passed, the property mentioned in Part I of the Table, or a right to use it, will be liable to be acquired compulsorily under the powers of the resulting Act [and the property mentioned in Part II of the Table will be liable to the imposition of an improvement charge].

    A plan [and section] relating to the purposes of the bill, together with a book of reference relating to it, [was] [were] [will be, on or before 20th November] deposited for public inspection with [here insert the officers of the local authorities with whom deposits have been or are to be made in accordance with Standing Order 27].

    A copy of so much of the plan [and section] as relates to [here insert the parish or other area in accordance with Standing Order 36] in which the property in which you have an interest is situated, together with a book of reference relating to it, [has been] [will be on or before 20th November] deposited for public inspection with [here insert the officers of the local authorities with whom deposits have been or are to be made in accordance with Standing Order 36].

    On that plan the property [is] [will be] designated by the number or numbers in the Table set out below. If that Table contains any error or misdescription, will you please let us know as soon as you can.

    Copies of the bill, or the relevant parts of it, [have been] [will be on or before 4th December] deposited for public inspection and for sale at the [here insert the several offices at which deposits have been or are to be made in accordance with Standing Order 4A].

    [We intend that the bill shall provide that, notwithstanding section 92 of the Lands Clauses Consolidation Act 1845, you may be required to sell and convey a part only of your property, numbered [here insert number or numbers] on the deposited plan.]

    [We intend that the bill shall exclude section 92 of the Lands Clauses Consolidation Act 1845 and shall substitute for it a provision-

      (a) restricting the power of acquiring compulsorily a part only of a house or building to cases where the part can be taken without material detriment to the house or building; and

      (b) restricting the power of acquiring compulsorily a part only of a park or garden belonging to a house to cases where the part can be taken without seriously affecting the amenity or convenience of the house.]

    You may object to the bill by depositing a petition against it. If you wish us to do so, we shall be glad to let you know the latest date on which you may deposit a petition in either House.

    For the moment we can let you know that the latest date for depositing a petition against a bill is-

      (a) in the first House, [here insert current date]in the case of the House of Lords, and [here insert current date] in the case of the House of Commons; and

      (b) in the second House, the tenth day after that on which the bill receives its first reading in that House.

    In the case of a late bill, the rule in paragraph (b) above applies to a petition in either House. If the latest date turns out to be a Saturday, a Sunday, Christmas day, a bank holiday or a day on which the House does not sit, the latest date may be postponed.

    We enclose for your use copies of the standing orders of both Houses of Parliament relating to the time and method for presenting petitions in opposition to bills.

    If you need any further information, or any help in preparing a petition, you should get in touch with the Private Bill Office in either House (telephone number 020 7219 3231 in the House of Lords and 020 7219 3250 in the House of Commons).

Yours faithfully,".-(The Chairman of Ways and Means.)

4    Private Business (Standing Orders),-Ordered, That the following Standing Order be made:-

"Consents required under the Greater London Authority Act 1999.

    25A.-(1) In the case of a bill promoted by the Greater London Authority, Transport for London or the London Development Agency there shall be deposited in the Private Bill Office on or before 27th November the following documents, as appropriate, namely-

      (a) where the relevant consent provision applies to the bill, copies of the pre-deposit consents;

      (b) where the relevant consent provision does not apply, a statement to that effect.

    (2) The relevant consent provision for the purposes of paragraph (1) above is--

      (a) in the case of a bill promoted by the Greater London Authority, paragraph 6 of Schedule 5 to the Greater London Authority Act 1999 ("the 1999 Act");

      (b) in the case of a bill promoted by Transport for London, paragraph 5 of Schedule 13 to the 1999 Act;

      (c) in the case of a bill promoted by the London Development Agency, paragraph 5 of Schedule 6A to the Regional Development Agencies Act 1998 ("the 1998 Act") (as inserted by Schedule 25 to the 1999 Act).

    (3) In the case of a bill promoted by the council of a London borough, Transport for London or the London Development Corporation there shall be deposited in the Private Bill Office on 11th December or as soon as practicable thereafter the following documents, as appropriate, namely--

      (a) where the relevant consent provision applies to the bill--

      (i) copies of the pre-deposit consents and post-deposit confirmations of consents; or

      (ii) if confirmation of consent has not been given, a statement that the relevant withdrawal provision applies; or

      (iii) if confirmation of consent is given conditionally on the amendment of the bill, a statement that the relevant amendment provision applies;

      (b) where the relevant consent provision does not apply, a statement to that effect.

    Paragraph (a)(ii) does not apply to a bill promoted by the council of a London borough. In this paragraph "pre-deposit consent" includes a consent given in accordance with the relevant consent provision after deposit of the bill.

    (4) The relevant consent provision for the purposes of paragraph (3) above is--

      (a) in the case of a bill promoted by the council of a London borough, section 79(2) of the 1999 Act;

      (b) in the case of a bill promoted by Transport for London, section 167(2) of the 1999 Act;

      (c) in the case of a bill promoted by the London Development Agency, section 26A(2) of the 1998 Act.

    (5) The relevant withdrawal provision for the purposes of paragraph (3) above is--

      (a) in the case of a bill promoted by Transport for London, section 167(3) of the 1999 Act;

      (b) in the case of a bill promoted by the London Development Agency, section 26A(3) of the 1998 Act.

    (6) The relevant amendment provision for the purposes of paragraph (3) above is--

      (a) in the case of a bill promoted by the council of a London borough, section 79(4) of the 1999 Act;

      (b) in the case of a bill promoted by Transport for London, section 167(4) of the 1999 Act;

      (c) in the case of a bill promoted by the London Development Agency, section 26A(4) of the 1998 Act."-(The Chairman of Ways and Means.)

5    Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Bowen Wells reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 75) (House of Commons Paper No. 228).

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

6    European Standing Committee B,-Mrs Ray Michie reported from European Standing Committee B the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 13572/00, Protecting the Communities' Financial Interests-the fight against fraud: Commission's Annual Report 1999; and the unnumbered explanatory memorandum dated 20th December 2000 submitted by H.M. Treasury relating to the Court of Auditors' annual report for 1999; and supports the Government's continuing efforts to promote and support measures to improve financial management and fight fraud against the EU budget.

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

7    European Standing Committee C,-Sir David Madel reported from European Standing Committee C the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of the unnumbered explanatory memorandum from the Department of Trade and Industry 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; and supports the Government's position that it is not persuaded of the need for a directive on information and consultation in undertakings operating only at national level, which is difficult to reconcile with subsidiarity and would cut across existing practices in member states to no benefit.

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

8    Copyright etc. and Trade Marks (Offences and Enforcement) Bill,-Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Copyright etc. and Trade Marks (Offences and Enforcement) Bill be printed [Bill 20-EN].

9    Siting of Telecommunications Masts,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to control the siting and development of telecommunications masts-(Ms Debra Shipley);

    And the Motion being opposed, after a brief explanatory statement from the Member who made the Motion and from a Member who opposed it, the Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Standing Order No. 23 (Motions for leave to bring in bills and nomination of select committees at commencement of public business):-It was agreed to.

    Ordered, That Ms Debra Shipley, Ms Margaret Moran, Mrs Betty Williams, Barbara Follett, Mrs Diana Organ, Jackie Ballard, Mr Simon Burns, Mr Alan Simpson, Dr Howard Stoate, Mr John Bercow, Mr David Lepper and Mr Andrew Dismore do prepare and bring in the Bill.

10    Siting of Telecommunications Masts Bill,-Ms Debra Shipley accordingly presented a Bill to control the siting and development of telecommunications masts: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 23rd March and to be printed [Bill 53].

11    Opposition Day [6th allotted day],-It being an allotted day at the disposal of the Leader of the Opposition in pursuance of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business), the House proceeded to consider Opposition business.

    Foot and Mouth and the Crisis in Agriculture,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House expresses concern about the recent outbreak of foot and mouth disease, sympathy for farmers facing the loss of their livelihoods and for others working in the livestock sector, and appreciation of the work of those fighting to contain the spread of the disease; endorses the action of the Government to restrict the movement of livestock; welcomes its efforts to identify the source of the outbreak; urges, where necessary, a temporary suspension of rights of way across farmland; welcomes the Government's announcement that it will draw down the full amount of agri-monetary compensation available for livestock farmers; and calls on the Government to consider what other help can be given to the industry-(Mr Tim Yeo);

12    Deferred Divisions,-The Speaker announced the results of the Division which had been deferred to this day, pursuant to the Order of the House [7th November]:

    Deferred Divisions,-That, at the sitting on Wednesday 7th March, notwithstanding the provisions of the Sessional Order of 7th November 2000 (Deferred Divisions), votes on Divisions which have been deferred until half-past Three o'clock on that day shall be recorded for one and a half hours after half-past Five o'clock, no account being taken of any period during which the House or committee proceeds to a Division.

      Ayes: 318.

      Noes: 119.

    So the Question was agreed to.

13    Opposition Day [6th allotted day],-Foot and Mouth and the Crisis in Agriculture,-The Question being again proposed:-It was agreed to.

    Resolved, That this House expresses concern about the recent outbreak of foot and mouth disease, sympathy for farmers facing the loss of their livelihoods and for others working in the livestock sector, and appreciation of the work of those fighting to contain the spread of the disease; endorses the action of the Government to restrict the movement of livestock; welcomes its efforts to identify the source of the outbreak; urges, where necessary, a temporary suspension of rights of way across farmland; welcomes the Government's announcement that it will draw down the full amount of agri-monetary compensation available for livestock farmers; and calls on the Government to consider what other help can be given to the industry.

14    Delegated Legislation,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the Motions in the name of Mr Secretary Straw relating to the Electoral Commission shall be treated as if they related to instruments subject to the provisions of Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation) in respect of which notice has been given that the instruments be approved-(Mr Clive Betts);

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

    Ordered, That the Debate be resumed to-morrow.

15    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from Viv Sumner and others calling for measures to ensure that any driving ban imposed on persons convicted of drink-driving does not begin until their full sentence is spent was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

16    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Clive Betts.)

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

[Adjourned at 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    Channel Tunnel,-Draft Channel Tunnel (International Arrangements) (Amendment No. 3) Order 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    2    London Government,-Draft Greater London Road Traffic (Various Provisions) Order 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

    3    Postal Services,-Draft Postal Services Act 2000 (Determination of Turnover for Penalties) Order 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

    4    Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism,-Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Proscribed Organisations) (Amendment) Order 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    5    Social Security,-Draft Jobseeker's Allowance (Amendment) Regulations 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    6    Weights and Measures,-Draft Weights and Measures (Intoxicating Liquor) (Amendment) Order 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    7    Education,-Special Educational Needs Tribunal Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 600), dated 27th February 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    8    Financial Services,-Financial Services Act 1986 (Electricity Industry Exemption) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 598), dated 28th February 2001 [by Act] [Miss Melanie Johnson].

    9    Magistrates' Courts,-Greater London Magistrates' Courts Authority (Provision of Court-houses etc.) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 603), dated 26th February 2001 [by Act] [Mr David Lock].

    10    Road Traffic,-(1) Road Vehicles (Display of Registration Marks) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 561), and

    (2) The Road Vehicles Lighting (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 560),

    dated 26th February 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

    11    Social Security,-(1) Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 596), dated 27th February 2001 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo]; and

    (2) Social Security (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 488), dated 20th February 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

    12    Social Security (Northern Ireland),-Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 3) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 597), dated 26th February 2001 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

    13    Weights and Measures,-Measuring Equipment (Capacity Measures) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 599), dated 22nd February 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

Other Papers:

    14    El Salvador (No. 1, 2001),-Agreement, done at London on 14th October 1999, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Republic of El Salvador concerning Air Services, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 5077] [Mr Secretary Cook].

    15    Environment, Transport and the Regions,-Government Response to the Second Report from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee, Session 2000-01, on Development on, or Affecting, the Flood Plain [by Command] [Cm. 5073] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

    16    Health Service Commissioner,-Second Report of the Health Service Ombudsman, Session 2000-01: Investigations Completed-August-November 2000 [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 278-I and -II] [Clerk of the House].

    17    Public Petitions,-Observations by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions on the Petition [6th February] from residents of Colchester against the burning of low level nuclear waste at Bradwell Nuclear Power Station [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Criminal Defence Service (Advice and Assistance) Bill [Lords]:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee A, and has appointed Mr Jonathan Sayeed Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr John Burnett, Dr David Clark, Mr Andrew Dismore, Mr Edward Garnier, Mr Roger Godsiff, Mr Nick Hawkins, Mr Eric Joyce, Mr Andy King, Mr David Lammy, Mr Richard Livsey, Mr David Lock, Sir Nicholas Lyell, Mrs Anne McGuire, Bridget Prentice and Mr Robert N. Wareing.

    2    Draft Social Security (Inherited SERPS) Regulations 2001:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Kevin Barron, Mr Paul Burstow, Ann Coffey, Mrs Jacqui Lait, Dr Julian Lewis, Mr Jim Marshall, Mr Michael Mates, Mr Alun Michael, Laura Moffatt, Mr Ian Pearson, Mr David Rendel, Mr Allan Rogers, Mr Jeff Rooker, Mr Neil Turner and Mr Anthony D. Wright.

    3    Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 76) (House of Commons Paper No. 233):

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

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Ronnie Campbell, Mr Roger Casale, Mr William Cash, Sir Sydney Chapman, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Lorna Fitzsimons, Mr Don Foster, Ms Beverley Hughes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Dr Brian Iddon, Ms Sally Keeble, Mr David Lepper, Mr Robert Marshall-Andrews, Mr Geoffrey Robinson, Mr Adrian Sanders and Mr Nigel Waterson.

    4    Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations 2001, and the draft Social Security Commissioners (Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2001:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Regulations to the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Tony Clarke, Ann Coffey, Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas, Valerie Davey, Angela Eagle, Mr Eric Forth, Mr Andrew George, Mrs Teresa Gorman, Mrs Jackie Lawrence, Mr Bob Laxton, Mr Ian Pearson, Mr Eric Pickles, Mr Ted Rowlands, Dr Howard Stoate and Steve Webb.

    5    Salary of the Information Commissioner:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Salary of the Information Commissioner to the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Harry Cohen, Mr Geraint Davies, Mr Mike Hall, Ms Harriet Harman, Mr Nick Hawkins, Mr Piara S. Khabra, Mr Martin Linton, Mr Robert Maclennan, Mr Alan Meale, Mr Mark Oaten, Mr Mike O'Brien, Mr John Redwood, Mr Andrew Robathan, Joan Ruddock, Mr Keith Simpson and Mr Gareth R. Thomas.

    6    Draft Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations 2001 and the draft Social Security Commissioners (Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2001,-The Speaker has appointed Mr David Amess Chairman of the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (in respect of the Regulations).

    7    Pig Industry Development Scheme 2000 (Confirmation) Order 2001,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Gareth Thomas from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Order); and nominated in substitution Dr Norman A. Godman.

    8    Draft Offshore Combustion Installations (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Regulations 2001:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Russell Brown, Mr Colin Burgon, Dr Jack Cunningham, Caroline Flint, Mr James Gray, Mr Peter Hain, Mr John Horam, Mr Gerald Howarth, Mrs Joan Humble, Mr Greg Pope, Mr Malcolm Savidge, Sir Robert Smith, Mr Richard Spring, Mr Andrew Stunell, Dr Desmond Turner and Mr Mike Wood.

    9    Draft Limited Liability Partnerships Regulations 2001, and the draft Limited Liability (Fees) Regulations 2001:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr John Burnett, Dr Vincent Cable, Mrs Anne Campbell, Mr Jeremy Corbyn, Mr Ian Davidson, Mr David Faber, Mr Nick Gibb, Mr James Gray, Dr Kim Howells, Mr Robert Jackson, Mr Bill Michie, Mrs Diana Organ, Mr Greg Pope, Mr Jonathan R. Shaw, Mr Peter Temple-Morris and Joan Walley.

    10    Draft Pensions Appeals and Tribunals (Additional Rights of Appeal) Regulations, and the draft Pensions Appeals Tribunals (Late Appeals) Regulations 2001:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Hugh Bayley, Ms Karen Buck, Mr Martin Caton, Ann Coffey, Mr Michael Connarty, Mr Andrew George, Miss Julie Kirkbride, Mrs Jacqui Lait, Mr Terry Lewis, Mr Peter Lilley, Mr Jim Murphy, Mr Ian Pearson, Ms Dari Taylor, Mr David Taylor and Steve Webb.

    11    Draft Part-Time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2001, and the draft National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 (Amendment) Regulations 2001:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Dr Vincent Cable, Mr Ben Chapman, Mr Brian Cotter, Mrs Janet Dean, Mr James Gray, Mr Alan Johnson, Sir Peter Lloyd, Mr John McFall, Mr David Maclean, Mr Richard Page, Mr Kerry Pollard, Mr Greg Pope, Mr Syd Rapson, Mr Phil Sawford, Mr Gareth Thomas and Mr Tony Worthington.

European Standing Committees

    12    The Speaker has appointed Mrs Marion Roe Chairman of European Standing Committee A in respect of European Union Documents No. 12648/00, a draft Council Regulation laying down the health rules concerning animal by-products not intended for human consumption and No. 12646/00, a draft Council Directive amending Council Directives 90/425/EEC and 92/118/EEC as regards health requirements for animal by-products.

    13    The Speaker has appointed Mr Bill O'Brien Chairman of European Standing Committee C in respect of European Union Document No. 13889/00, a Commission report on the evaluation of Regulation (EC) No. 1475/95 on the application of Article 85(3) of the Treaty to certain categories of motor vehicle distribution and servicing agreements.

    14    European Union Document No. 12335/00, relating to duty-free access for products originating in the least-developed countries, has been referred to European Standing Committee A.

    15    European Union Document No. 11381/00, relating to Reinvigorating the Barcelona Process, together with European Union Document No. 14778/00, relating to assistance to Palestinian Society, has been referred to European Standing Committee B.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Defence,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence Committee [The Draft Defence Science and Technology Laboratories Trading Fund Order 2001]; to be printed [No. 289-i] [Mr Bruce George].

    2    Environmental Audit,-(1) Second Report from the Environmental Audit Committee [The Pre-Budget Report 2000: Fuelling the Debate], 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. 71]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Water Prices and the Environment: Government response and follow-up]; to be printed [No. 290-i]

    [Mr John Horam].

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

    4    International Development,-Memoranda laid before the International Development Committee [The International Development Bill] [Mr Bowen Wells].

    5    Northern Ireland Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [The Parades Commission]; to be printed [No. 120-v] [Mr Peter Brooke].

    6    Public Accounts,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Giving domestic customers a choice of electricity supplier]; to be printed [No. 292-i] [Mr David Davis].

    7    Public Administration,-(1) Fourth Report from the Select Committee on Public Administration [Special Advisers: Boon or Bane?], 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. 293]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Making Government Work]; to be printed [No. 94-vi]

    [Tony Wright].

    8    Science and Technology,-Third Report from the Science and Technology Committee [Scientific Advisory System: Scientific Advice on Climate Change], 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. 14] [Dr Micheal Clark].

    9    Scottish Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Scottish Affairs Committee [The Drinks Industry in Scotland]; to be printed [No. 114-iv] [Mr David Marshall].

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

[W.H., No. 24]

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.-(Mrs Anne McGuire.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.58 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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