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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 26th March 2001

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

PRAYERS.

1    First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Peter L. Pike reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft General Commissioners of Income Tax (Costs) Regulations 2001, and the draft Justices and Justices' Clerks (Costs) Regulations 2001.

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

2    Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr John Butterfill reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2001.

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

3    Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr John Maxton reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Limited Liability Partnerships (Fees) (No. 2) Regulations 2001.

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

4    Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Joe Benton reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) (England) Regulations 2001, the draft Local Government (Alternative Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2001 and the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 78) on the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund (House of Commons Paper No. 335).

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

5    Adoption and Children Bill,-The Adoption and Children Bill was, according to Order, read a second time.

6    Adoption and Children Bill (Programme),-Ordered, That the following provisions shall apply to the Adoption and Children Bill:

Select Committee

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

    2. The Select Committee shall report the Bill to the House on or before Tuesday 12th June.-(Mr John Hutton.)

7    Adoption and Children Bill [Money],-Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Adoption and Children 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 purposes of any Act resulting from the Adoption and Children Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of-

    (a) any expenditure incurred by a Minister of the Crown by virtue of the Act; and

    (b) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of money so provided under any other enactment-(Mr David Jamieson):-It was agreed to.

8    Channel Tunnel,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Channel Tunnel (International Arrangements) (Amendment No. 3) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 28th February, be approved-(Mr David Jamieson):-It was agreed to.

9    Social Security,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Jobseeker's Allowance (Amendment) Regulations 2001, which were laid before this House on 28th February, be approved-(Mr David Jamieson):-It was agreed to.

10    National Lottery,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft New Opportunities Fund (Specification of Initiatives) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 1st March, be approved-(Mr David Jamieson):-It was agreed to.

11    Electoral Commission,-Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Electoral Commission;

    A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Order [13th March] and Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the following provision shall be made with respect to the remuneration and expenses of the Electoral Commissioners ("a relevant Commissioner") other than the Chairman of the Electoral Commission:

    (1) In respect of remuneration a relevant Commissioner shall be paid 275 for each day on which he performs functions as such.

    (2) A relevant Commissioner shall be paid the actual amount of his expenses incurred in connection with the discharge of his functions as such on travel, accommodation and subsistence.

    (3) This resolution shall take effect from 19th January 2001-(Mr David Jamieson):-It was agreed to.

12    Electoral Commission,-Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Electoral Commission;

    A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Order [13th March] and Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the following provision shall be made with respect to the remuneration and expenses of the Chairman of the Electoral Commission ("the Chairman"):

    (1) In respect of remuneration for service between 19th January 2001 and 18th January 2002, the Chairman shall be paid 116,000.

    (2) In respect of the period starting with 19th January 2002, the first anniversary of his appointment, and ending immediately before the second anniversary, the Chairman shall be paid as remuneration for that period the sum of 120,000 increased (where applicable) by the same percentage of that sum as the percentage (if any) or total of the percentages (if more than one) used to increase the salary of a High Court judge during the period of one year immediately preceding that first anniversary of the Chairman's appointment.

    (3) In respect of the period starting with the second and any subsequent anniversary of his appointment and ending immediately before the next such anniversary, the Chairman shall be paid as remuneration for that period the sum payable during the immediately preceding period of one year increased (where applicable) by the same percentage of that sum as the percentage (if any) or total of the percentages (if more than one) used to increase the salary of a High Court Judge during the period of one year immediately preceding the anniversary at the beginning of the period in question.

    (4) Where during any of the periods referred to above the Chairman ceases to hold that office, the sum to be paid to him in respect of that period shall be such proportion of the entire sum as reflects the portion of that period that he held the office of Chairman.

    (5) The Chairman shall be paid the actual amount of his expenses incurred in connection with the discharge of his duties as Chairman on travel, accommodation and subsistence.

    (6) The pension of the Chairman shall be broadly by analogy with the pension scheme of the staff of the Commission, thereby delivering a pension based on the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme which provides for a pension accruing at a rate of one-eightieth of salary per year of service, with a lump sum of three times the annual pension and provision for death benefits and dependants' pensions.

    (7) This resolution shall take effect from 19th January 2001-(Mr David Jamieson):-It was agreed to.

13    Government Trading Funds,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory Trading Fund Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 17th January, be approved-(Mr David Jamieson):-It was agreed to.

14    Financial Services and Markets,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Professions) (Non-Exempt Activities) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 27th February, be approved-(Mr David Jamieson):-It was agreed to.

15    Financial Services and Markets,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Designated Professional Bodies) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 27th February, be approved-(Mr David Jamieson):-It was agreed to.

16    London Government,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Greater London Road Traffic (Various Provisions) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 28th February, be approved-(Mr David Jamieson):-It was agreed to.

17    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from Guisborough Amateur Swimming Club and others for the improvement of facilities for swimming in Guisborough was presented and read, and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

18    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr David Jamieson.)

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

[Adjourned at 10.56 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    Local Government,-Draft Relevant Authorities (General Principles) Order 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

    2    Local Government Finance,-Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 79) on School Standards, Support of Educational Budgets and Costs of Transitional Funding [by Act]; to be printed [No. 355] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    3    Rating and Valuation,-Draft Non-Domestic Rating (Public Houses and Petrol Filling Stations) (England) Order 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    4    Criminal Law,-(1) Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Designated Countries and Territories) (Amendment) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 960),

    (2) Criminal Justice (International Co-operation) Act 1990 (Enforcement of Overseas Forfeiture Orders) (Amendment) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 957),

    (3) Drug Trafficking Act 1994 (Designated Countries and Territories) (Amendment) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 956), and

    (4) Proceeds of Crime (Scotland) Act 1995 (Enforcement of Scottish Confiscation Orders in England and Wales) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 953),

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

    5    European Communities,-European Communities (Designation) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 961), dated 14th March 2001 [by Act] [Marjorie Mowlam].

    6    Extradition,-European Convention on Extradition Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 962), dated 14th March 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    7    Income Tax,-(1) Double Taxation Relief (Surrender of Relievable Tax Within a Group) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1163), dated 23rd March 2001, and

    (2) Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Underlying Tax on Dividends and Dual Resident Companies) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1156), dated 26th March 2001

    [by Act ] [Dawn Primarolo].

    8    Legal Services Commission,-(1) Criminal Defence Service (Funding) (Amendment) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1143), dated 23rd March 2001, and

    (2) Criminal Defence Service (General) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1144), dated 22nd March 2001

    [by Act] [Mr David Lock].

    9    Prisons,-Prison Service (Pay Review Body) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1161), dated 22nd March 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    10    Universities of Oxford and Cambridge,-(1) Statute, dated 20th December 2000, made by the Governing Body of Churchill College, Cambridge, amending the Statutes of the College, and

    (2) Statute, dated 10th November 2000, made by the Governing Body of Clare College, Cambridge, amending the Statutes of the College,

    [by Act] [Margaret Beckett].

    Other Papers:

      11    Broadcasting,-Report and Accounts of the Independent Television Commission for 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

      12    Coal Industry,-Report of the Office of the Subsidence Adviser for 1999-2000 [by Statutory Instrument] [Mr Secretary Byers].

      13    Deregulation,-Proposals under the Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994 by the Minister for the Cabinet Office for-

      (1) the Deregulation (Bingo and Other Gaming) Order 2001,

      (2) the Deregulation (Correction of Birth and Death Entries in Registers or Other Records) Order 2001, and

      (3) the Deregulation (Restaurant Licensing Hours) Order 2001,

      with Explanatory Memoranda [by Act] [Marjorie Mowlam].

      14    Financial Reporting to Parliament,-Departmental Report 2001: The Government's Expenditure Plans for 2001-02 to 2003-04 and Main Estimates for 2001-02 for the Department of International Development [by Command] [Cm. 5111] [Secretary Clare Short].

      15    Law Commission,-Report of the Law Commission for 2000 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 281] [Mr David Lock].

      16    Museums and Galleries,-Account of the Wallace Collection for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 369] [Clerk of the House].

      17    National Audit,-(1) Financial Auditing and Reporting: General Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General for 1999-2000 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 25-XIX] [Mr Stephen Timms], and

      (2) Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on The Channel Tunnel Rail Link [by Act]; to be printed [No. 302] [Clerk of the House].

      18    National Health Service,-Statements of Guarantee given by the Secretary of State for Health on 20 March 2001 on loans proposed to be raised by-

      (1) Leeds Community and Mental Health Services Teaching National Health Service Trust,

      (2) Leeds Teaching Hospitals National Health Service Trust, and

      (3) Newcastle-upon-Tyne National Health Service Trust,

      [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

    APPENDIX II

    Standing Committees

      1    Draft General Commissioners of Income Tax (Costs) Regulations 2001, and the draft Justices and Justices' Clerks (Costs) Regulations 2001,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Roger Casale, Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons and Dr Norman A. Godman from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mr Harry Barnes, Miss Anne Begg and Mr Malcolm Savidge.

      2    Draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2001,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Chris Ruane from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Kerry Pollard.

      3    Limited Liability Partnerships (Fees) (No. 2) Regulations 2001,-The Speaker has appointed Mr John Maxton Chairman of the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Regulations, in place of Mrs Irene Adams.

      4    Draft Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) (England) Order 2001, the draft Local Government (Alternative Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2001 and the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 78) on the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund (House of Commons Paper No. 335),-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Frank Dobson and Mr Doug Henderson from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Instruments) and nominated in substitution Valerie Davey and Ms Oona King.

    APPENDIX III

    Reports from Select Committees

      1    Joint Committee on Human Rights,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on Human Rights [Implementation of the Human Rights Act 1998]; to be printed [No. 332-iii] [Jean Corston].

      2    Public Accounts,-(1) Twelfth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [The Refinancing of the Fazakerley PFI Prison Contract], to be printed with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 372]; and

      (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Inland Flood Defence]; to be printed [No. 371-i]

      [Mr Alan Williams].

      3    Public Administration,-(1) Sixth Report from the Public Administration Committee [Public Participation: Issues and Innovations], 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. 373]; and

      (2) Second Special Report from the Committee [Response to the First Report from the Committee, on the Annual Report of the Health Service Ombudsman for 1998-99]; to be printed [No. 374]

      [Tony Wright].

      4    Science and Technology,-Fifth Report from the Science and Technology Committee [Genetics and Insurance], 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. 174] [Dr Michael Clark].



     
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