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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 6th March 2001

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

PRAYERS.

1    Kent County Council Bill [Lords],-The Order of the day being read for consideration of the Kent County Council Bill [Lords], as amended by the Chairman of Ways and Means;

    Ordered, That the Bill be considered on Tuesday 13th March.

2    Medway Council Bill [Lords],-The Order of the day being read for consideration of the Medway Council Bill [Lords], as amended by the Chairman of Ways and Means;

    Ordered, That the Bill be considered on Tuesday 13th March.

3     Criminal Defence Service (Advice and Assistance) Bill [Lords],-Mr Jonathan Sayeed reported from Standing Committee A, That it had gone through the Criminal Defence Service (Advice and Assistance) 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. 309].

4    Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr John Cummings reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 76) (House of Commons Paper No. 233).

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

5    Message from the Lords,-A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

    The Lords have agreed to the Capital Allowances Bill, without Amendment.

6    Food Poverty (Eradication) Bill,-Mr Alan Simpson, supported by Dr Jenny Tonge, Alice Mahon, Mr Dafydd Wigley, Mr Tony Benn, Ms Diane Abbott, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr David Chaytor, Dr Howard Stoate, Mr John McDonnell, Mr David Drew, David Taylor presented a Bill to require the Secretary of State to publish and implement a strategy for abolishing food poverty; to require the setting of targets for the implementation of that strategy; and for connected purposes: 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 56].

7    Education (Student Loans) (Amendment),-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the law relating to student loans in respect of the entitlement of borrowers to defer repayment of loans and in respect of the rate of interest payable on loans: And that Mr Nick St. Aubyn, Mr Stephen O'Brien, Mr David Ruffley, Mr Andrew Robathan, Mr Patrick Nicholls and Miss Julie Kirkbride do prepare and bring it in.

8    Education (Student Loans) (Amendment) Bill,-Mr Nick St. Aubyn accordingly presented a Bill to amend the law relating to student loans in respect of the entitlement of borrowers to defer repayment of loans and in respect of the rate of interest payable on loans: 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 57].

9    International Development Bill,-The International Development Bill was, according to Order, read a second time and stood committed to a Standing Committee.

10    International Development Bill (Programme),-A Motion was made and the Question being proposed, That the following provisions shall apply to the International Development Bill:

Standing Committee

    1. The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

    2. The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it shall meet.

    3. Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 15th March.

Consideration and Third Reading

    4. Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at Nine o'clock on the day on which those proceedings are commenced or, if that day is a Thursday, at Six o'clock on that day.

    5. Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at Ten o'clock on the day on which those proceedings are commenced or, if that day is a Thursday, at Seven o'clock on that day.

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

Lords amendments and further messages from the Lords

    7. 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 motion to vary or supplement this order for the purpose of allocating time to proceedings on consideration of any Lords amendments, or on any further messages from the Lords, and the question on any such motion shall be put forthwith-(Mr Chris Mullin);

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

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Jamieson, Mr Kevin Hughes: 303.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr John Randall, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 138.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Ordered, That the following provisions shall apply to the International Development Bill:

Standing Committee

    1. The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

    2. The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it shall meet.

    3. Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 15th March.

Consideration and Third Reading

    4. Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at Nine o'clock on the day on which those proceedings are commenced or, if that day is a Thursday, at Six o'clock on that day.

    5. Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at Ten o'clock on the day on which those proceedings are commenced or, if that day is a Thursday, at Seven o'clock on that day.

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

Lords amendments and further messages from the Lords

    7. 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 motion to vary or supplement this order for the purpose of allocating time to proceedings on consideration of any Lords amendments, or on any further messages from the Lords, and the question on any such motion shall be put forthwith.

11    International Development Bill [Money],-Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to International Development Bill [Money];

    A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 52 (Money resolutions and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills), That for the purpose of any Act resulting from the International Development Bill, it is expedient to authorise-

    (1) the payment out of money provided by Parliament of

      (a) any expenses incurred by the Secretary of State by virtue of this Act;

      (b) any sums required by him for fulfilling any guarantee given under this Act;

      (c) any increase attributable to this Act in the sums payable out of money so provided by virtue of any other Act; and

    (2) the payment of sums into the Consolidated Fund-(Mr Chris Mullin);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mr David Jamieson: 312.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr James Gray, Mr John Randall: 65.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Resolved, That for the purpose of any Act resulting from the International Development Bill, it is expedient to authorise-

    (1) the payment out of money provided by Parliament of

      (a) any expenses incurred by the Secretary of State by virtue of this Act;

      (b) any sums required by him for fulfilling any guarantee given under this Act;

      (c) any increase attributable to this Act in the sums payable out of money so provided by virtue of any other Act; and

    (2) the payment of sums into the Consolidated Fund.

12    Finances,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees), That this House 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 HM 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-(Mr Gerry Sutcliffe):-It was agreed to.

13    Agriculture,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Pig Industry Development Scheme 2000 (Confirmation) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 7th February, be approved-(Mr Gerry Sutcliffe):-It was agreed to.

14    Local Government Finance,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 74) on Threshold Payments (House of Commons Paper No. 209), which was laid before this House on 12th February, be approved-(Mr Gerry Sutcliffe):-It was agreed to.

15    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Gerry Sutcliffe.)

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till eighteen minutes to midnight, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 11.42 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 Affirmative Resolution:

    1    Access to Justice,-Code of Conduct for Employees of the Legal Services Commission who provide services as part of the Criminal Defence Service [by Act] [Mr David Lock].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    2    Agriculture,-Common Agricultural Policy (Wine) (England and Northern Ireland) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 686), dated 2nd March 2001 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].

    3    Education,-(1) Education (Schools and Further and Higher Education) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 692), dated 28th February 2001, and

    (2) Education (School Teachers' Pay and Conditions) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 720), dated 5th March 2001

    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    4    National Health Service,-National Health Service (General Medical Services) Amendment Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 706), dated 5th March 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

    5    Supreme Court of England and Wales,-Court Funds (Amendment) Rules 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 703), dated 5th March 2001 [by Act] [Mr David Lock].

    6    Telegraphs,-Wireless Telegraphy (Exemption) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 730), dated 6th March 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

Other Papers:

    7    Biological Standards,-Accounts of the National Biological Standards Board for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 311] [Clerk of the House].

    8    Customs and Excise,-Export of Goods (Control) (Amendment) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 729), dated 5th March 2001 [by Command] [Mr Secretary Byers].

    9    Marshall Aid Commemoration,-Account of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 312] [Clerk of the House].

    10    Public Petitions,-Observations by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions on-

    (1) the Petition [8th February] from the Campaign for a Sustainable Didcot, in favour of the development of the town of Didcot to the north-east, and

    (2) the Petition [8th February] from the Electors of the Group of Thirteen Parishes of South Oxfordshire, against demands for the calling-in of Oxfordshire County Council's decision to develop the town of Didcot to the west

    [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

    11    School Standards and Framework,-Account of Heart of Slough Education Action Zone for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 313] [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Criminal Justice and Police Bill,-The Speaker has appointed Mrs Irene Adams an additional Chairman of Standing Committee F in respect of the Bill.

    2    Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 76) (House of Commons Paper No. 233),- The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Geoffrey Robinson from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Report); and nominated in substitution Charlotte Atkins.

    3    Draft Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations 2001, and the draft Social Security Commissioners (Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2001, -The Committee of Selection has discharged Dr Howard Stoate from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Harriet Harman.

    4    Draft Offshore Combustion Installations (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Regulations 2001,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Richard Spring from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mr Nick Gibb.

    5    Draft Part-Time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2001, and the draft National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 (Amendment) Regulations 2001,- The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Richard Page, Mr Greg Pope and Mr Tony Worthington from the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mr Alan Duncan, Mr Bob Laxton and Mr Ian Pearson.

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 [Nos. 154-vii and -viii] [Rachel Squire].

    2    Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development and Trade and Industry,-

    (1) Third Report from the Defence Committee;

    (2) Third Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee;

    (3) Second Report from the International Development Committee, and

    (4) Seventh Report from the Trade and Industry Committee

    [Strategic Export Controls: Annual Report for 1999 and Parliamentary Prior Scrutiny], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development and Trade and Industry Committees meeting concurrently pursuant to paragraph (4) of Standing Order No. 152 (Select Committees related to government departments); to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings relating to the Report [No. 212] [Mr Bruce George; Mr Ted Rowlands; Ann Clywd; Mr Martin O'Neill].

    3    Education and Employment,-Third Special Report from the Education and Employment Committee [OFSTED's Response to the Second Report from the Committee, on the OFSTED Corporate Plan 2000]; to be printed [No. 294] [Mr Derek Foster].

    4    Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment Sub-Committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [Local Authority Governance]; to be printed [No. 225-i] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].

    5    International Development,-First Report from the International Development Committee [The Globalisation White Paper], 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. 208] [Mr Bowen Wells].

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

    7    Trade and Industry,-(1) Fourth Report from the Committee [Steel], 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. 270];

    (2) Fifth Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [Impact on Trade and Industry of Motor Fuel Taxation], 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. 268]; and

    (3) Sixth Report from the Committee [Local Loop Unbundling], 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. 90].

    [Mr Martin O'Neill].

    8    Treasury,-Fourth Report from the Treasury Committee [International Monetary Fund: A Blueprint for Parliamentary Accountability], 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. 162];

    (2) Fifth Report from the Committee [Banking and the Consumer], 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. 138]; and

    (3) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Banking and the Consumer]

    [Mr Giles Radice].

    9    Welsh Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee [Wales in the world: the role of the UK Government in promoting Wales abroad]; to be printed [No. 38-v] [Mr Martyn Jones].

CORRIGENDUM

In the Votes and Proceedings for Thursday 1st March, in Appendix II, item 12 (Criminal Defence Service (Advice and Assistance) Bill [Lords], the name 'Mr Paul Clark' should be omitted.

[W.H., No. 26]

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.-(David Jamieson.)

And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 13.55 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker



 
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