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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 4th April 2001

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

PRAYERS.

1    Christmas Day (Trading) Bill,-Mr Eric Illsley reported from Standing Committee C, That it had gone through the Christmas Day (Trading) Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.

    Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered on Friday 11th May; and to be printed [Bill 83].

    Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 408].

2     European Standing Committee C,-Mr David Amess reported from European Standing Committee C the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 10544/00, and welcomes it as a useful framework for the future liberalisation of the postal services sector in the European Union provided appropriate safeguards are in place to maintain the universal postal service at a uniform tariff.

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

3    Street Works,-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the law in relation to cable companies and other undertakers of street works: And that Julia Drown, Valerie Davey, Mr David Drew, Dr Jenny Tonge, Mr Andrew George, Ms Candy Atherton, Mr Martin Salter, Ms Tess Kingham, Mr Simon Thomas, Jane Griffiths, Mr Jonathan R. Shaw and Mr Tom Brake do prepare and bring it in.

4    Street Works Bill,-Julia Drown accordingly presented a Bill to amend the law in relation to cable companies and other undertakers of street works: 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 82].

5    Elections Bill and Election Publications Bill [Lords](Allocation of Time),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the following provisions shall apply to the proceedings on the Elections Bill and the Election Publications Bill [Lords]-

Timing of proceedings on the Elections Bill

    1.-(1) On the Elections Bill, proceedings on Second Reading, in Committee and on Consideration and Third Reading shall be completed at today's sitting.

    (2) Proceedings on Second Reading and in Committee shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at nine o'clock.

    (3) Proceedings on Consideration and Third Reading shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at ten o'clock.

    2.-(1) When the Bill has been read a second time-

    (a) it shall, notwithstanding Standing Order No. 63 (Committal of bills), stand committed to a Committee of the whole House without any Question being put;

    (b) proceedings on the Bill shall stand postponed while the Question is put, in accordance with Standing Order No. 52(1) (Money resolutions and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills), on any financial resolution relating to the Bill;

    (c) on the conclusion of proceedings on any financial resolution relating to the Bill, proceedings on the Bill shall be resumed and the Speaker shall leave the Chair whether or not notice of an Instruction has been given.

    (2) On the conclusion of proceedings in Committee the Chairman shall report the Bill to the House without putting any Question; and if he reports the Bill with Amendments, the House shall proceed to consider the Bill as amended without any Question being put.

Timing of proceedings on the Election Publications Bill [Lords]

    3.-(1) On the Election Publications Bill [Lords], proceedings on Second Reading, in Committee and on Consideration and Third Reading shall be completed at today's sitting and shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at eleven o'clock.

    (2) When the Bill has been read a second time-

    (a) it shall, notwithstanding Standing Order No. 63 (Committal of bills), stand committed to a Committee of the whole House without any Question being put; and

    (b) the Speaker shall leave the Chair whether or not notice of an Instruction has been given.

    (3) On the conclusion of proceedings in Committee the Chairman shall report the Bill to the House without putting any Question; and if he reports the Bill with Amendments, the House shall proceed to consider the Bill as amended without any Question being put.

Questions to be put

    4.-(1) This paragraph applies for the purpose of bringing any proceedings on either Bill to a conclusion in accordance with paragraph 1 or 3.

    (2) The Chairman or Speaker shall forthwith put the following Questions (but no others)-

    (a) any Question already proposed from the Chair;

    (b) any Question necessary to bring to a decision a Question so proposed;

    (c) the Question on any Amendment moved or Motion made by a Minister of the Crown;

    (d) any other Question necessary for the disposal of the business to be concluded;

    and on a Motion for a new Clause or new Schedule, the Chairman or Speaker shall put only the Question that the Clause or Schedule be added to the Bill.

    (3) If two or more Questions would otherwise fall to be put under sub-paragraph (2)(c) on amendments moved or Motions made by a Minister of the Crown, or under sub-paragraph (2)(d) in relation to successive provisions of the Bill, the Chairman or Speaker shall instead put a single Question in relation to those amendments, Motions or provisions.

Consideration of Lords Amendments to the Elections Bill

    5.-(1) Any Lords Amendments to the Elections Bill shall be considered forthwith without any Question being put.

    (2) Proceedings on Consideration of Lords Amendments shall be brought to a conclusion, if not previously concluded, one hour after their commencement.

    6.-(1) This paragraph applies for the purpose of bringing any proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with paragraph 5.

    (2) The Speaker shall first put forthwith any Question already proposed from the Chair and not yet decided.

    (3) If that Question is for the amendment of a Lords Amendment the Speaker shall then put forthwith-

    (a) a single Question on any further Amendments of the Lords Amendment moved by a Minister of the Crown, and

    (b) the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown, That this House agrees or disagrees to the Lords Amendment or (as the case may be) to the Lords Amendment as amended.

    (4) The Speaker shall then put forthwith-

    (a) a single Question on any Amendments moved by a Minister of the Crown to a Lords Amendment, and

    (b) the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown, That this House agrees or disagrees to the Lords Amendment or (as the case may be) to the Lords Amendment as amended.

    (5) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown, That this House disagrees to a Lords Amendment.

    (6) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question, That this House agrees to all the remaining Lords Amendments.

    (7) As soon as the House has agreed or disagreed to a Lords Amendment, or disposed of an Amendment relevant to a Lords Amendment which has been disagreed to, the Speaker shall put forthwith a single Question on any Amendments moved by a Minister of the Crown and relevant to the Lords Amendment.

Subsequent stages of the Elections Bill

    7.-(1) Any further Message from the Lords on the Elections Bill shall be considered forthwith without any Question being put.

    (2) Proceedings on any further Message from the Lords shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement.

    8.-(1) This paragraph applies for the purpose of bringing any proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with paragraph 7.

    (2) The Speaker shall first put forthwith any Question which has already been proposed from the Chair and not yet decided.

    (3) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown which is related to the Question already proposed from the Chair.

    (4) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown on or relevant to any of the remaining items in the Lords Message.

    (5) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question, That this House agrees with the Lords in all the remaining Lords Proposals.

Reasons Committee for the Elections Bill

    9.-(1) The Speaker shall put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown for the appointment, nomination and quorum of a Committee to draw up Reasons in relation to the Elections Bill and the appointment of its Chairman.

    (2) A Committee appointed to draw up Reasons shall report before the conclusion of the sitting at which it is appointed.

    (3) Proceedings in the Committee shall, if not previously brought to a conclusion, be brought to a conclusion 30 minutes after their commencement.

    (4) For the purpose of bringing any proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with sub-paragraph (3) the Chairman shall-

    (a) first put forthwith any Question which has been proposed from the Chair but not yet decided, and

    (b) then put forthwith successively Questions on motions which may be made by a Minister of the Crown for assigning a Reason for disagreeing with the Lords in any of their Amendments.

    (5) The proceedings of the Committee shall be reported without any further Question being put.

Subsequent stages of the Election Publications Bill [Lords]

    10.-(1) Any Message (or further Message) from the Lords on the Election Publications Bill [Lords] shall be considered forthwith without any Question being put.

    (2) Proceedings on any Message (or further Message) from the Lords shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement.

    11.-(1) This paragraph applies for the purpose of bringing any proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with paragraph 10.

    (2) The Speaker shall first put forthwith any Question which has been proposed from the Chair and not yet decided.

    (3) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown which is related to the Question already proposed from the Chair.

    (4) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown on or relevant to any of the remaining items in the Lords Message.

    (5) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question, That this House agrees with the Lords in all the remaining Lords Proposals.

Reasons Committee for the Election Publications Bill [Lords]

    12.-(1) The Speaker shall put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown for the appointment, nomination and quorum of a Committee to draw up Reasons in relation to the Election Publications Bill [Lords] and the appointment of its Chairman.

    (2) A Committee appointed to draw up Reasons shall report before the conclusion of the sitting at which it is appointed.

    (3) Proceedings in the Committee shall, if not previously brought to a conclusion, be brought to a conclusion 30 minutes after their commencement.

    (4) For the purpose of bringing any proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with sub-paragraph (3) the Chairman shall-

    (a) first put forthwith any Question which has been proposed from the Chair but not yet decided, and

    (b) then put forthwith successively Questions on motions which may be made by a Minister of the Crown for assigning a Reason for disagreeing with the Lords in any of their Amendments.

    (5) The proceedings of the Committee shall be reported without any further Question being put.

Miscellaneous

    13.-(1) This paragraph applies if-

    (a) a Motion for the Adjournment of the House under Standing Order No. 24 (Adjournment on specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration) has been stood over to seven o'clock; but

    (b) proceedings to which this Order applies have begun before then.

    (2) Proceedings on that Motion shall stand postponed until the conclusion of those proceedings.

    14.-(1) No Motion shall be made to alter the order in which any proceedings on either of the Bills are taken.

    (2) No dilatory Motion with respect to, or in the course of, proceedings to which this Order applies shall be made except by a Minister of the Crown; and the Question on any such Motion shall be put forthwith.

    (3) No debate shall be permitted on any Motion to recommit either of the Bills (whether as a whole or otherwise), and the Speaker shall put forthwith any Question necessary to dispose of the Motion, including the Question on any amendment.

    15. Standing Order No. 82 (Business Committee) shall not apply to this Order.

    16.-(1) The Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown for varying or supplementing the provisions of this Order shall be put forthwith.

    (2) Standing Order No. 15(1) (Exempted business) shall apply to any proceedings to which this Order applies.

    (3) If the House is adjourned, or the sitting is suspended, before the time at which any proceedings are to be brought to a conclusion under this Order, no notice shall be required of a Motion made by a Minister of the Crown for varying or supplementing the provisions of this Order.

    17. Proceedings to which this Order applies shall not be interrupted under any Standing Order relating to the sittings of the House-(Mr Secretary Straw);

    An Amendment ((a)) was proposed to the Question, in line 4, to leave out the words ', in Committee and on Consideration and Third Reading'.-(Mr Douglas Hogg.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John Randall, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 185.

      Tellers for the Noes, Jim Dowd, Mr Greg Pope: 320.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Main Question being put;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Jim Dowd, Mr Greg Pope: 318.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 179.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Ordered, That the following provisions shall apply to the proceedings on the Elections Bill and the Election Publications Bill [Lords]-

Timing of proceedings on the Elections Bill

    1.-(1) On the Elections Bill, proceedings on Second Reading, in Committee and on Consideration and Third Reading shall be completed at today's sitting.

    (2) Proceedings on Second Reading and in Committee shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at nine o'clock.

    (3) Proceedings on Consideration and Third Reading shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at ten o'clock.

    2.-(1) When the Bill has been read a second time-

    (a) it shall, notwithstanding Standing Order No. 63 (Committal of bills), stand committed to a Committee of the whole House without any Question being put;

    (b) proceedings on the Bill shall stand postponed while the Question is put, in accordance with Standing Order No. 52(1) (Money resolutions and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills), on any financial resolution relating to the Bill;

    (c) on the conclusion of proceedings on any financial resolution relating to the Bill, proceedings on the Bill shall be resumed and the Speaker shall leave the Chair whether or not notice of an Instruction has been given.

    (2) On the conclusion of proceedings in Committee the Chairman shall report the Bill to the House without putting any Question; and if he reports the Bill with Amendments, the House shall proceed to consider the Bill as amended without any Question being put.

Timing of proceedings on the Election Publications Bill [Lords]

    3.-(1) On the Election Publications Bill [Lords], proceedings on Second Reading, in Committee and on Consideration and Third Reading shall be completed at today's sitting and shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at eleven o'clock.

    (2) When the Bill has been read a second time-

    (a) it shall, notwithstanding Standing Order No. 63 (Committal of bills), stand committed to a Committee of the whole House without any Question being put; and

    (b) the Speaker shall leave the Chair whether or not notice of an Instruction has been given.

    (3) On the conclusion of proceedings in Committee the Chairman shall report the Bill to the House without putting any Question; and if he reports the Bill with Amendments, the House shall proceed to consider the Bill as amended without any Question being put.

Questions to be put

    4.-(1) This paragraph applies for the purpose of bringing any proceedings on either Bill to a conclusion in accordance with paragraph 1 or 3.

    (2) The Chairman or Speaker shall forthwith put the following Questions (but no others)-

    (a) any Question already proposed from the Chair;

    (b) any Question necessary to bring to a decision a Question so proposed;

    (c) the Question on any Amendment moved or Motion made by a Minister of the Crown;

    (d) any other Question necessary for the disposal of the business to be concluded;

    and on a Motion for a new Clause or new Schedule, the Chairman or Speaker shall put only the Question that the Clause or Schedule be added to the Bill.

    (3) If two or more Questions would otherwise fall to be put under sub-paragraph (2)(c) on amendments moved or Motions made by a Minister of the Crown, or under sub-paragraph (2)(d) in relation to successive provisions of the Bill, the Chairman or Speaker shall instead put a single Question in relation to those amendments, Motions or provisions.

Consideration of Lords Amendments to the Elections Bill

    5.-(1) Any Lords Amendments to the Elections Bill shall be considered forthwith without any Question being put.

    (2) Proceedings on Consideration of Lords Amendments shall be brought to a conclusion, if not previously concluded, one hour after their commencement.

    6.-(1) This paragraph applies for the purpose of bringing any proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with paragraph 5.

    (2) The Speaker shall first put forthwith any Question already proposed from the Chair and not yet decided.

    (3) If that Question is for the amendment of a Lords Amendment the Speaker shall then put forthwith-

    (a) a single Question on any further Amendments of the Lords Amendment moved by a Minister of the Crown, and

    (b) the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown, That this House agrees or disagrees to the Lords Amendment or (as the case may be) to the Lords Amendment as amended.

    (4) The Speaker shall then put forthwith-

    (a) a single Question on any Amendments moved by a Minister of the Crown to a Lords Amendment, and

    (b) the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown, That this House agrees or disagrees to the Lords Amendment or (as the case may be) to the Lords Amendment as amended.

    (5) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown, That this House disagrees to a Lords Amendment.

    (6) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question, That this House agrees to all the remaining Lords Amendments.

    (7) As soon as the House has agreed or disagreed to a Lords Amendment, or disposed of an Amendment relevant to a Lords Amendment which has been disagreed to, the Speaker shall put forthwith a single Question on any Amendments moved by a Minister of the Crown and relevant to the Lords Amendment.

Subsequent stages of the Elections Bill

    7.-(1) Any further Message from the Lords on the Elections Bill shall be considered forthwith without any Question being put.

    (2) Proceedings on any further Message from the Lords shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement.

    8.-(1) This paragraph applies for the purpose of bringing any proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with paragraph 7.

    (2) The Speaker shall first put forthwith any Question which has already been proposed from the Chair and not yet decided.

    (3) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown which is related to the Question already proposed from the Chair.

    (4) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown on or relevant to any of the remaining items in the Lords Message.

    (5) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question, That this House agrees with the Lords in all the remaining Lords Proposals.

Reasons Committee for the Elections Bill

    9.-(1) The Speaker shall put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown for the appointment, nomination and quorum of a Committee to draw up Reasons in relation to the Elections Bill and the appointment of its Chairman.

    (2) A Committee appointed to draw up Reasons shall report before the conclusion of the sitting at which it is appointed.

    (3) Proceedings in the Committee shall, if not previously brought to a conclusion, be brought to a conclusion 30 minutes after their commencement.

    (4) For the purpose of bringing any proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with sub-paragraph (3) the Chairman shall-

    (a) first put forthwith any Question which has been proposed from the Chair but not yet decided, and

    (b) then put forthwith successively Questions on motions which may be made by a Minister of the Crown for assigning a Reason for disagreeing with the Lords in any of their Amendments.

    (5) The proceedings of the Committee shall be reported without any further Question being put.

Subsequent stages of the Election Publications Bill [Lords]

    10.-(1) Any Message (or further Message) from the Lords on the Election Publications Bill [Lords] shall be considered forthwith without any Question being put.

    (2) Proceedings on any Message (or further Message) from the Lords shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement.

    11.-(1) This paragraph applies for the purpose of bringing any proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with paragraph 10.

    (2) The Speaker shall first put forthwith any Question which has been proposed from the Chair and not yet decided.

    (3) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown which is related to the Question already proposed from the Chair.

    (4) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown on or relevant to any of the remaining items in the Lords Message.

    (5) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question, That this House agrees with the Lords in all the remaining Lords Proposals.

Reasons Committee for the Election Publications Bill [Lords]

    12.-(1) The Speaker shall put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown for the appointment, nomination and quorum of a Committee to draw up Reasons in relation to the Election Publications Bill [Lords] and the appointment of its Chairman.

    (2) A Committee appointed to draw up Reasons shall report before the conclusion of the sitting at which it is appointed.

    (3) Proceedings in the Committee shall, if not previously brought to a conclusion, be brought to a conclusion 30 minutes after their commencement.

    (4) For the purpose of bringing any proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with sub-paragraph (3) the Chairman shall-

    (a) first put forthwith any Question which has been proposed from the Chair but not yet decided, and

    (b) then put forthwith successively Questions on motions which may be made by a Minister of the Crown for assigning a Reason for disagreeing with the Lords in any of their Amendments.

    (5) The proceedings of the Committee shall be reported without any further Question being put.

Miscellaneous

    13.-(1) This paragraph applies if-

    (a) a Motion for the Adjournment of the House under Standing Order No. 24 (Adjournment on specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration) has been stood over to seven o'clock; but

    (b) proceedings to which this Order applies have begun before then.

    (2) Proceedings on that Motion shall stand postponed until the conclusion of those proceedings.

    14.-(1) No Motion shall be made to alter the order in which any proceedings on either of the Bills are taken.

    (2) No dilatory Motion with respect to, or in the course of, proceedings to which this Order applies shall be made except by a Minister of the Crown; and the Question on any such Motion shall be put forthwith.

    (3) No debate shall be permitted on any Motion to recommit either of the Bills (whether as a whole or otherwise), and the Speaker shall put forthwith any Question necessary to dispose of the Motion, including the Question on any amendment.

    15. Standing Order No. 82 (Business Committee) shall not apply to this Order.

    16.-(1) The Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown for varying or supplementing the provisions of this Order shall be put forthwith.

    (2) Standing Order No. 15(1) (Exempted business) shall apply to any proceedings to which this Order applies.

    (3) If the House is adjourned, or the sitting is suspended, before the time at which any proceedings are to be brought to a conclusion under this Order, no notice shall be required of a Motion made by a Minister of the Crown for varying or supplementing the provisions of this Order.

    17. Proceedings to which this Order applies shall not be interrupted under any Standing Order relating to the sittings of the House.

6    Elections Bill,-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Elections Bill;

    A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read a second time;

    And it being Nine o'clock, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Order [this day]:-It was agreed to.

    The Bill was accordingly read a second time.

    Further proceedings on the Bill stood postponed, pursuant to Order [this day].

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

    Northern Ireland,-That the draft Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 27th March, be approved.

      Ayes: 350.

      Noes: 9.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment,-That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 10802/00, draft directives on waste electrical and electronic equipment and on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment; notes the Government's current negotiating line on the Document; and supports the Government's actions.

      Ayes: 346.

      Noes: 126.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Social Security,-That the draft Social Security (Breach of Community Order) Regulations 2001, which were laid before this House on 20th March, be approved.

      Ayes: 435.

      Noes: 38.

    So the Question was agreed to.

8    Elections Bill [Money],-Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Elections 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 Elections Bill, it is expedient to authorise-

    (a) the payment out of the Consolidated Fund of any increase attributable to the Act in the sums so payable under any other enactment;

    (b) the payment out of money provided by Parliament of the Secretary of State's expenditure under any provision of the Act relating to compensation-(Mr David Jamieson):-It was agreed to.

9    Elections Bill,-The House, pursuant to Order [this day], immediately resolved itself into a Committee on the Elections Bill.

(In the Committee)

    It being after Nine o'clock, the Chairman put the Question on Amendments moved by a Minister of the Crown.

    Amendments (Nos. 21 to 23) made.

    The Chairman then put the remaining Question necessary for the disposal of the business to be concluded at that hour.

    Clauses Nos. 1, 2, 3 as amended, 4 to 8 and Schedule, as amended, agreed to.

    Bill, as amended, to be reported.

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    The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair; and Mr David Jamieson reported, That the Committee had gone through the Bill, and had made Amendments thereunto.

    The House, according to Order [this day], proceeded to consider the Bill, as amended in the Committee.

    A Clause (Further postponement of elections until foot and mouth disease under control)-(Mr Nick Hawkins)-brought up, and read the first time.

    Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time;

    And it being Ten o'clock, the Speaker put the Question already proposed from the Chair, pursuant to Order [this day].

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr James Gray, Mr Peter Luff: 120.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr Clive Betts: 336.

    So the Question was negatived.

    The Deputy Speaker then put the remaining Question necessary for the disposal of the business to be concluded at that hour.

    The Bill was accordingly read the third time, and passed.

10    Election Publications Bill [Lords],-The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Election Publications Bill [Lords];

    A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read a second time;

    And it being Eleven o'clock, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Order [this day].

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mr David Jamieson: 327.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Eric Forth, Mr Christopher Chope: 4.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    The Bill was accordingly read a second time.

    The House, pursuant to Order [this day], immediately resolved itself into a Committee on the Election Publications Bill [Lords].

(In the Committee)

    It being after Eleven o'clock, the Chairman put the Question necessary for the conclusion of proceedings in Committee.

    Question put, That Clauses Nos. 1 to 3 stand part of the Bill.

    The Committee divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mr David Jamieson: 314.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Eric Forth, Mr Christopher Chope: 2.

    Bill, as amended, to be reported.

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    The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair; and Mr Don Touhig reported, That the Committee had gone through the Bill, and directed him to report the same, without Amendment.

    The Deputy Speaker then put the remaining Question necessary for the disposal of the business to be concluded at that hour.

    Question put, That the Bill be now read the third time.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Jamieson, Mr Kevin Hughes: 285.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Eric Forth, Mr Christopher Chope: 0.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    The Bill was accordingly read the third time, and passed, without Amendment.

11    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from the National Federation for the Blind and others for measures to protect blind and partially-sighted pedestrians from cyclists was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

12    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Mr Kevin Hughes);

Thursday 5th April 2001

    And the Motion having been made after Ten o'clock on Wednesday evening, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, it being then six minutes past Twelve on Thursday morning, till this day.

[Adjourned at 12.06 a.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 Negative Resolution:

    1    Animals,-Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Export of Vehicles) (Disinfection of Tyres) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1352), dated 4th April 2001 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].

    2    Education,-(1) Bretton Hall Higher Education Corporation (Dissolution) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1340), dated 30th March 2001, and

    (2) Education (Adjudicators Inquiry Procedure etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1339), dated 2nd April 2001

    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    3    Financial Services,-Financial Markets and Insolvency (Settlement Finality) (Revocation) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1349), dated 4th April 2001 [by Act] [Miss Melanie Johnson].

    4    Rating and Valuation,-Non-Domestic Rating (Rural Settlements) (England) (Amendment) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1346), dated 4th April 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

    5    Social Security,-(1) Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit (Decisions and Appeals) (Transitional and Savings) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1264), dated 28th March 2001, and

    (2) Social Security (Incapacity Benefit) Amendment Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1305), dated 30th March 2001

    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling]; and

    (3) Tax Credits (Miscellaneous Amendments No. 5) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1351), dated 3rd April 2001 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

    6    Social Security (Northern Ireland),- Tax Credits (Miscellaneous Amendments No. 5) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1350), dated 3rd April 2001 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo]

Other Papers:

    7    Coroners,-Suffolk (Coroners' Districts) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1220), dated 26th March 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    8    Foreign Affairs,-Government Response to the First Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee, Session 2000-01, on the Annual Report on Human Rights 2000 [by Command] [Cm. 5129] [Mr Secretary Cook].

    9    Miscellaneous (No. 7, 2001),-Agreement, done at the Hague on 26th October 2000, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on the Privileges and Immunities of the OPCW, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 5099] [Mr Secretary Cook].

    10    Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors,-Account of the United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 379] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

    11    Security and Intelligence Agencies,-Resource Accounts for the Single Intelligence Vote for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Command] [Cm. 5059] [Mr Stephen Timms].

    12    Treaty Series (No. 19, 2001),-Agreement, done at Tokyo on 29th February 2000, between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Japan on Social Security [by Command] [Cm. 5097] [Mr Secretary Cook].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Private Security Industry Bill [Lords]:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee B, and has appointed Mr Nicholas Winterton and Mr Joe Benton Chairmen; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated eighteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr John Bercow, Mr Charles Clarke, Mr Ronnie Fearn, Mr Bruce George, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Nick Hawkins, Mr Simon Hughes, Jane Kennedy, Mr Peter Lilley, Mr Andrew Miller, Mr Colin Pickthall, Bridget Prentice, Mr Keith Simpson, Dr Phyllis Starkey, Mr Ian Stewart, Mr Gareth R. Thomas, Mr Neil Turner and Ms Rosie Winterton.

    2    Private Security Industry Bill [Lords] (Programming Sub-Committee),-The Speaker has appointed Mr Charles Clarke, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Nick Hawkins, Mr Simon Hughes, Mr Keith Simpson, Mr Ian Stewart and Mr Gareth R. Thomas members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee B in respect of the Bill.

    3    National Lottery (Amendment) Bill:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee C, and has appointed Mr Bowen Wells Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Tony Clarke, Dr Ian Gibson, Mr John Greenway, Mr Ivan Henderson, Kate Hoey, Mr John MacGregor, Mr Robert Maclennan, Fiona Mactaggart, Mr David Prior, Bob Russell, Mrs Gillian Shephard, Mr Gareth R. Thomas, Dr George Turner, Ms Claire Ward, Mr Anthony D. Wright and Derek Wyatt.

    4    International Criminal Court Bill [Lords]:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee D, and has appointed Mr Frank Cook Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated nineteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr John Battle, Mr Crispin Blunt, Mr Desmond Browne, Mr Solicitor General, Mr Stephen Day, Mrs Louise Ellman, Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons, Mr Mike Gapes, Mr Edward Garnier, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Mr Mark Hendrick, Mr Gerald Howarth, Ms Oona King, Mr David Lammy, Mr Robert Maclennan, Mr Tony McNulty, Dr Doug Naysmith, Mr Mark Oaten and Mr Tony Worthington.

    5    International Criminal Court Bill [Lords] (Programming Sub-Committee),-The Speaker has appointed Mr John Battle, Mr Stephen Day, Mrs Louise Ellman, Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Mr Robert Maclennan and Mr Tony McNulty members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee D in respect of the Bill.

    6    Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Deceased Fathers) Bill:

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

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Roy Beggs, Mr Tim Boswell, Mr Jamie Cann, Mr Tony Clarke, Yvette Cooper, Maria Eagle, Dr Ian Gibson, Dr Evan Harris, Mr Nick Hawkins, Mr Ivan Henderson, Mr Andrew Hunter, Mr Andy King, Mr Bill Olner, Ms Debra Shipley, Mr John M. Taylor and Mr Anthony D. Wright.

European Standing Committees

    7    European Union Document No. 5619/01, relating to a strategy for energy supply, has been referred to European Standing Committee C.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Agriculture,-(1) Fourth Special Report from the Agriculture Committee [Government Response to the First Report from the Committee, on Badgers and Bovine Tuberculosis: Follow-up]; to be printed [No. 409];

    (2) Fifth Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Second Report from the Committee, on Organic Farming]; to be printed [No. 410];

    (3) Sixth Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Fourth Report from the Committee, on Horticulture Research International]; to be printed [No. 411]; and

    (4) Memorandum laid before the Committee [Government Research into Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies and Intensive Farming]

    [Mr David Curry].

    2    Defence,-Fifth Report from the Defence Committee [The Strategic Defence Review: The Reserve Forces], together with the 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. 412] [Mr Bruce George].

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

    4    Public Accounts,-(1) Sixteenth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [The National Blood Service], to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 207]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Educating and Training the Future Health Professional Workforce for England]; to be printed [No. 414-i]

    [Mr David Davis].

    5    Public Administration,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [The Government's Annual Report 1999-2000]; to be printed [No. 413-i] [Tony Wright].

[W.H., No. 39]

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 Kevin Hughes);

    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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