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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 15th March 2001

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

PRAYERS.

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 22nd March.

2    International Development Bill,-Mr John Butterfill reported from Standing Committee B, That it had gone through the International Development Bill; and reported the same, without Amendment, pursuant to Order [7th November].

    Bill, not amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow.

    Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 337].

3     First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr John Cummings reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Social Security (Inherited SERPS) Regulations 2001.

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

4    Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr John McWilliam reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Salary of the Information Commissioner.

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

5    Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Bill O'Brien reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Climate Change Levy (Use as Fuel) Regulations 2001, the draft Climate Change Levy (Combined Heat and Power Stations) Prescribed Conditions and Efficiency Percentages Regulations 2001, the draft Climate Change Agreements (Energy-Intensive Installations) Regulations 2001, the draft Climate Change Levy (Electricity and Gas) Regulations 2001, and the draft Climate Change Levy (Solid Fuel) Regulations 2001.

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

6    Ninth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Mike Hancock reported from the Ninth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Alterations to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.

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

7    Tenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Humfrey Malins reported from the Tenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 544), the draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Carrying on Regulated Activities by Way of Business) Order 2001, and the draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Exemption) Order 2001.

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

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

    Private Security Industry Bill [Lords],-The Lords have passed a Bill to make provision for the regulation of the private security industry; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

9    Private Security Industry Bill [Lords],-The Private Security Industry Bill [Lords] was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 67].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Private Security Industry Bill [Lords] be printed [Bill 67-EN].

10    Adoption and Children Bill,-Mr Secretary Milburn, supported by The Prime Minister, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Straw, Mr Secretary Murphy, Mr John Hutton and Jane Kennedy presented a Bill to restate and amend the law about adoption and amend the Children Act 1989: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 66].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Adoption and Children Bill be printed [Bill 66-EN].

11    Estimates Day [2nd allotted day],-The House proceeded, pursuant to Resolution [14th March] to consider the Estimate appointed for consideration under Standing Order No. 54 (Consideration of estimates).

    Vote on Account, 2001-02,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That resources, not exceeding 410,620,000, be authorised, on account, for use during the year ending on 31st March 2002, and that a sum, not exceeding 508,690,000 be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund, on account, for the year ending on 31st March 2002 for expenditure by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office-(Mr Kevin Hughes);

    And it being Seven o'clock, the Deputy Speaker, pursuant to paragraph (5) of Standing Order No 54 (Consideration of estimates), put the Question:-It was agreed to.

12    Estimates-The Speaker then put the Questions which he was required to put, pursuant to paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 55 (Questions on voting of estimates, &c.) and Order [27th February].

Estimates, 2001-02 (Navy) Vote A

    Resolved, That during the year ending on 31st March 2002 a number not exceeding 46,025 all ranks be maintained for Naval Service, a number not exceeding 17,340 for service in the Reserve Naval and Marine Forces, and a number not exceeding 250 for service as Special Members of the Reserve Naval Forces under Part V of the Reserve Forces Act 1996.

Estimates, 2001-02 (Army) Vote A

    Resolved, That during the year ending on 31st March 2002 a number not exceeding 128,195 all ranks be maintained for Army Service, a number not exceeding 84,000 for service in the Reserve Land Forces, and a number not exceeding 6,000 for service as Special Members of the Reserve Land Forces under Part V of the Reserve Forces Act 1996.

Estimates, 2001-02 (Air) Vote A

    Resolved, That during the year ending on 31st March 2002 a number not exceeding 57,485 all ranks be maintained for the Air Force Service, a number not exceeding 23,750 for service in the Reserve Air Forces, and a number not exceeding 430 for service as Special Members of the Reserve Air Forces under Part V of the Reserve Forces Act 1996.

Estimates, Excesses, 1999-2000

    Resolved, That a sum not exceeding 447,616.60 be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to make good excesses of certain grants for Civil Services for the year ended on 31st March 2000, as set out in House of Commons Paper No. 323.

Supplementary Estimates, 2000-01

    Resolved, That a further supplementary sum not exceeding 2,327,637,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to complete or defray the charges for Defence and Civil Services for the year ending on 31st March 2001, as set out in House of Commons Papers Nos. 255 and 256.

Estimates, 2001-02 (Vote on Account)

    Resolved, That further resources, not exceeding 120,516,064,000 be authorised on account, for use for Defence and Civil Services for the year ending 31st March 2002, and that a sum, not exceeding 120,348,528,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund, on account, to meet the costs of Defence and Civil Services for the year ending on 31st March 2002, as set out in House of Commons Papers Nos. 251, 252, 253 and 254.

    Ordered, That a Bill be brought in upon the foregoing Resolutions relating to Estimates, Excesses, Supplementary Estimates and Estimates (Vote on Account): And that The Chairman of Ways and Means, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Andrew Smith, Dawn Primarolo, Mr Stephen Timms and Miss Melanie Johnson do prepare and bring it in.

13    Consolidated Fund (No. 2) Bill,-Mr Stephen Timms accordingly presented a Bill to authorise the use of resources for the service of the year ending on 31st March 2002 and to apply certain sums out of the Consolidated Fund to the service of the years ending on 31st March 2000, 2001 and 2002: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 65].

14    Motor Vehicle Distribution and Servicing,-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 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; notes its conclusion that the 'natural link' between sales and after-sales service seems no longer to exist; notes further its conclusions that the objective of increasing the commercial independence of dealers has been achieved 'to only a limited extent', that independent repairers are being denied access to technical information, and that they offer services at least as good and generally cheaper than dealers; notes further that car buyers still face difficulties when they try to purchase new vehicles in another member state; and, in view of the Commission's clear finding that the justifications advanced in 1995 for the block exemption are no longer valid, calls on the European Commission, in line with the views of the UK Competition Commission, to allow the block exemption to expire in September 2002-(Mr David Clelland):-It was agreed to.

15    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition 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 was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

16    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr David Clelland.)

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

[Adjourned at 7.30 p.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


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


    APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

    1    Local Government,-Draft Local Authorities (Alternative Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

    2    Local Government Finance,-Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 78) on the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund [by Act]; to be printed [No. 335] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    3    Agriculture,-Milk and Milk Products (Pupils in Educational Establishments) (England) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 994), dated 15th March 2001 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].

    4    Education,-(1) Birmingham (Kitts Green and Shard End) Education Action Zone (Variation) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 972), dated 7th March 2001,

    (2) Bristol Education Action Zone (Variation) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 973), dated 7th March 2001,

    (3) Education (Student Loans) (Repayment) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 971), dated 13th March 2001, and

    (4) Epicentre LEAP Ellesmere Port Cheshire Education Action Zone (Amendment) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1000), dated 7th March 2001

    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    5    Financial Services,- Financial Markets and Insolvency (Settlement Finality) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 997), dated 14th March 2001 [by Act] [Miss Melanie Johnson].

    6    Financial Services and Markets,-(1) Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Prescribed Markets and Qualifying Investments) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 996), dated 15th March 2001, and

    (2) Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Recognition Requirements for Investment Exchanges and Clearing Houses) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 995), dated 15th March 2001

    [by Act] [Miss Melanie Johnson].

    7    Legal Aid and Advice,-(1) Legal Advice and Assistance (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2001 (S.R. (N.I)., 2001, No. 113),

    (2) Legal Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2001 (S.R. (N.I)., 2001, No. 112), and

    (3) Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2001 (S.R. (N.I)., 2001, No. 111)

    dated 14th March 2001[by Act] [Mr David Lock].

    8    Pensions,-(1) Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Perpetuities and Contracting-out) Amendment Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 943), and

    (2) Stakeholder Pension Schemes (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 934),

    dated 13th March 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

    9    Pensions (Northern Ireland),-Pensions Appeal Tribunals (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Rules 2001 (S.R. (N. I.), 2001, No. 109), dated 14th March 2001 [by Act] [Mr David Lock].

    10    Social Security,-(1) New Deal (Miscellaneous Provisions) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 970), dated 13th March 2001[by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett]; and

    (2) Social Security (Contributions) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No.1004), dated 15th March 2001[by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

Other Papers:

    11    Chemical Weapons,-Report for 2000 by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on the operation of the Chemical Weapons Act 1996 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

    12    Marshall Aid Commemoration,-Report of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission for 1st October 1999 to 30th September 2000 [by Command] [Cm. 5069] [Mr Secretary Cook].

    13    National Audit,-Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Measuring the Performance of Government Departments [by Act]; to be printed [No. 301] [Clerk of the House].

    14    Public Accounts,-Treasury Minute on the Forty-fourth and the Forty-fifth Reports from the Committee of Public Accounts, Session 1999-2000 [by Command] [Cm. 5078] [Mr Stephen Timms].

    15    United Nations,-(1) Liberia (United Nations Sanctions) (Channel Islands) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 949), and

    (2) Liberia (United Nations Sanctions) (Isle of Man) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 948),

    dated 14th March 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw]; and

    (3) Liberia (United Nations Sanctions) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 947),

    (4) Liberia (United Nations Sanctions) (Overseas Territories) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 946),

    dated 14th March 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Cook].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    High Hedges Bill,-The Speaker has appointed Mrs Ray Michie Chairman of Standing Committee C in respect of the Bill.

    2    Salary of the Information Commissioner,- The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Martin Linton and Mr Alan Meale from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Salary of the Information Commissioner); and nominated in substitution Dr Ian Gibson and Mr Andrew Miller.

    3    Draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) (Amendment) Order 2001,- The Committee of Selection has discharged Miss Julie Kirkbride from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Laurence Robertson.

    4    Draft Jobseeker's Allowance (Amendment) Regulations 2001,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Robert Syms from the Ninth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mr Graham Brady.

Grand Committees

    5    Northern Ireland Grand Committee,-The Speaker has appointed Mr John McWilliam Chairman of the Northern Ireland Grand Committee in respect of its meetings on Thursday 22nd March.

    6    Scottish Grand Committee,-The Speaker has appointed Mr John Maxton Chairman of the Scottish Grand Committee in respect of its meeting on Wednesday 28th March.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Health,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [Head Injury: Rehabilitation]; to be printed [No. 307-i] [Mr David Hinchliffe].

    2    Treasury,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [2001 Budget]; to be printed [No. 326-ii] [Mr Giles Radice].

[W.H., No. 31]

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 (Housing Benefit-Sixth Report of the Social Security Committee, Session 1999-2000, House of Commons Paper No. 385),-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Mrs Anne McGuire.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 20th March.

[Adjourned at 5.29 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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