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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 27th March 2001

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

PRAYERS.

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

    The Lords have agreed to the Vehicles (Crime) Bill, without Amendment.

2    Local Elections (Free Delivery of Election Addresses) Bill,-Mr Andrew Mackinlay, supported by Dr Norman A. Godman, Mr Dennis Skinner and Mr Eric Illsley, presented a Bill to provide for the free delivery of one election address to each household from each candidate in the local government elections to be held in May 2001: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 30th March and to be printed [Bill 72].

3    Representation of Gibraltar at Westminster and in the European Union Bill,-Mr Andrew Mackinlay, supported by Dr Norman A. Godman, Mr Eric Illsley and Mr Lindsay Hoyle, presented a Bill to provide for representation of Gibraltar by a Member of Parliament, subject to limitations, in the Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; for the inclusion of Gibraltar in a European parliamentary constituency; for the right of the chief minister to petition the House of Commons at the bar of the House; and for related 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 73].

4    Pardon for Soldiers of the Great War Bill,-Mr Andrew Mackinlay, supported by Dr Norman A. Godman, Mr Harry Barnes, Mr Dennis Skinner, Mr Tony Benn and Mr Eric Illsley, presented a Bill to provide for the granting of pardons to soldiers of the British Empire Forces executed during the Great War of 1914 to 1919 following conviction for offences of cowardice, desertion or attempted desertion, disobedience, quitting post, violence, sleeping at post, throwing away arms or striking a superior officer; 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 74].

5    European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) (No. 2),-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to establish a Committee of Inquiry into the implications of a withdrawal by the United Kingdom from the European Union: And that Mr Christopher Gill, Sir Richard Body, Mr Christopher Chope, Mrs Teresa Gorman, Mr Austin Mitchell, Mr Laurence Robertson, Mr William Ross, Mr Richard Shepherd, Sir Teddy Taylor, Mr William Thompson, Mr John Townend and Mr Charles Wardle do prepare and bring it in.

6    European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) (No. 2) Bill,-Mr Christopher Gill accordingly presented a Bill to establish a Committee of Inquiry into the implications of a withdrawal by the United Kingdom from the European Union: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 27th April and to be printed [Bill 75].

7    Social Security Fraud Bill [Lords],-The Social Security Fraud Bill [Lords] was, according to Order, read a second time.

8    Social Security Fraud Bill [Lords] (Programme),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That the following provisions shall apply to the Social Security Fraud Bill [Lords]:

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 12th April 2001.

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 messages

    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 messages from the Lords, and the question on any such motion shall be put forthwith-(Mr Jeff Rooker);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Don Touhig, Mr David Jamieson: 269.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr John Randall: 149.

    So the Question was agreed to.

9    Social Security Fraud Bill [Lords] [Money],-Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Social Security Fraud Bill [Lords] 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 Social Security Fraud Bill [Lords], it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of-

    (a) any expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State for or in connection with the carrying out of his functions under that Act; and

    (b) any increase attributable to that Act in the sums which are payable out of money so provided under any other Act-(Mr Mike Hall):-It was agreed to.

10    Supreme Court of England and Wales,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft General Commissioners of Income Tax (Costs) Regulations 2001, which were laid before this House on 12th March, be approved-(Mr Mike Hall):-It was agreed to.

11    Justices of the Peace,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Justices and Justices' Clerks (Costs) Regulations 2001, which were laid before this House on 12th March, be approved-(Mr Mike Hall):-It was agreed to.

12    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 (Financial Promotion) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 16th March, be approved-(Mr Mike Hall):-It was agreed to.

13    Partnerships,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Limited Liability Partnerships (Fees) (No. 2) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 969) dated 14th March 2001, a copy of which was laid before this House on 14th March, be approved-(Mr Mike Hall):-It was agreed to.

14    Local 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 Local Authorities (Alternative Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2001, which were laid before this House on 15th March, be approved-(Mr Mike Hall);

    And the Deputy Speaker's opinion as to the decision of the Question being challenged, the Division was deferred till to-morrow, pursuant to Order [7th November]..

15    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. 78), on the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund (House of Commons Paper No. 335), which was laid before this House on 15th March, be approved-(Mr Mike Hall):-It was agreed to.

16    Local 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 Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) (England) Regulations 2001, which were laid before this House on 13th March, be approved-(Mr Mike Hall):-It was agreed to.

17    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from residents of Torridge and West Devon and surrounding areas opposing discrimination by the broadcasting authorities against religious bodies 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 Mike Hall.)

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

[Adjourned at 11.31 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    Constitutional Law,-Draft Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) (Amendment) Order 2001 [by Act] [Mrs Secretary Liddell].

    2    Local Government Finance,-Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 80) on 2001/02 Special Grant for Rate Relief in Respect of Hardship Caused by Foot and Mouth Disease [by Act]; to be printed [No. 368] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

    3    Northern Ireland,-Draft Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) Order 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    4    Competition,-Merger (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1199), dated 27th March 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

    5    Consumer Protection,-Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1186), dated 25th March 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

    6    Employment Tribunals,-(1) Employment Appeal Tribunal (Amendment) Rules 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1128), dated 22nd March 2001 [by Act] [Mr David Lock]; and

    (2) Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1171), dated 23rd March 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

    7    Electricity,-Fossil Fuel Levy (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1200), dated 27th March 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

    8    Employment Tribunals (Scotland),-Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1170), dated 23rd March 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

    9    National Health Service,-National Health Service (General Medical Services) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1178), dated 26th March 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

    10    Pensions,-Pensions Appeal Tribunals (England and Wales) (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1183), dated 25th March 2001 [by Act] [Mr David Lock].

    11    Social Security,-(1) Council Tax Benefit (Permitted Totals) (Amendment) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1130), and

    (2) Housing Benefit (Permitted Totals) (Amendment) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1129)

    dated 22nd March 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

    12    Terms and Conditions of Employment,-(1) ACAS Arbitration Scheme (England and Wales) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1185), and

    (2) Employment Protection (Continuity of Employment) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1188)

    dated 23rd March 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

Other Papers:

    13    Air Force (Constitution),-Amendment List No. 2 to Queen's Regulations for the Royal Air Force (Fifth Edition) [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

    14    Constitutional Law,-(1) Accounts of the Scottish Consolidated Fund, and

    (2) Scotland's Appropriation Accounts

    for the period 1st April to 30th June 1999, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [Nos. 370 and 331] [Clerk of the House].

    15    Environmental Audit,-Government Response to the First Report of the Environmental Audit Committee, Session 2000-01, on Environmental Audit: The First Parliament [by Command] [Cm. 5098] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

    16    Science and Technology,-Government Response to the Sixth Report from the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee, Session 1999-2000, on Complementary and Alternative Medicine [by Command] [Cm. 5124] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

Papers withdrawn:

    17    Constitutional Law,-Draft Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) (Amendment) Order 2001 [laid 22nd March].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    Special Educational Needs and Disability Bill,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Joe Benton an additional Chairman of Standing Committee B in respect of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Bill.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Home Affairs,-Fourth Special Report from the Home Affairs Committee [Government Reply to the First Report from the Committee, Session 2000-01, on Border Controls]; to be printed [No. 375] [Mr Robin Corbett].

    2    Social Security,-(1) Third Report from the Social Security Committee [The Social Fund], 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. 232]; and

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [The Social Fund; Medical Services]

    [Mr Archy Kirkwood].

    3    Statutory Instruments,-Twelfth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 46-xii] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].

    4    Trade and Industry,-Tenth Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [Mobile Phone Masts], 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. 330] [Mr Martin O'Neill].

    5    Treasury,-(1) Tenth Report from the Treasury Committee [Equitable Life and Life Assurance Industry: An Interim Report], 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. 272]; and

    (2) Second Special Report from the Committee [National Statistics: Responses from the Government and the Statistics Commission to the Second Report from the Committee]; to be printed [No. 376]

    [Mr Giles Radice].

    6    Welsh Affairs,-(1) Second Special Report from the Welsh Affairs Committee [Government Response to the Third Report from the Committee, Session 1999-2000, on Social Exclusion in Wales]; to be printed [No. 378]; and

    (2) Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 20th March [Post Office Closures in Wales]; to be printed [No. 359]

    [Mr Martyn Jones].

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EXAMINERS OF PETITIONS FOR PRIVATE BILLS

    In pursuance of Standing Order 69 relating to Private Business (Appointment of Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills), the Speaker appointed Frank Arthur Cranmer, Esquire, to be an Examiner of Petitions for Private Bills with effect from 6th April 2001.

[W.H., No. 36]

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,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned-(Mr David Jamieson);

    And it being Two o'clock, the sitting was adjourned without Question put, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 2 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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