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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 23rd April 2001

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

PRAYERS.

1    Crystal Palace Bill,-Ordered, That the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills do examine the Crystal Palace Bill with respect to the applicability thereto of the Standing Orders relating to Private Business.

2     Finance Bill (Clauses 1 to 3 and 16 to 53 and Schedules 4 to 11) [1st allotted day],-The House, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee on the Finance Bill (Clauses 1 to 3 and 16 to 53 and Schedules 4 to 11).

(In the Committee)

    Clause No. 16 (Change to aggregate levy).

    Amendment (No. 4) proposed, in page 12, line 25, at the end, to insert the words-

    '(2A) Prior to the commencement date, the Treasury shall publish a scheme of rebates to those persons charged with the levy proportionate to the environmental protection measures employed by that person in the process of commercial exploitation of aggregate, and such a scheme shall have effect on the commencement date.'.-(Mr David Heath.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

    The Committee divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Sir Robert Smith, Mr Bob Russell: 149.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 268.

    Another Amendment (No. 9) proposed, in page 12, line 31, at the end, to insert the words-

    '(4A) The first 250,000 tonnes of taxable output per taxable person in each accounting period shall be exempt from the levy; and for the purposes of this subsection, where a taxable person carries on business in partnership, that partnership shall be the taxable person for the purposes of the exemption.'.-(Mr Richard Ottaway.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:-Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

    Question proposed, That the Clause stand part of the Bill.

    And it being Seven o'clock, the Chairman, pursuant to Order [9th April and 7th November 2000] put the Question already proposed from the Chair.

    The Committee divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 286.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Stephen Day: 126.

    The Chairman then put forthwith the Question necessary to dispose of proceedings on Clauses Nos. 16 to 22.

    Question put, That Clauses Nos. 17 to 22 stand part of the Bill.

    The Committee divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 287.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Stephen Day: 123.

    Clauses Nos. 23 and 24 agreed to.

    Schedule No. 4 agreed to.

    Clauses Nos. 25 to 27 agreed to.

    Schedule No. 5 agreed to.

    Clause No. 28 agreed to.

    Schedule No. 6 agreed to.

    Clause No. 29 agreed to.

    Schedule No. 7 agreed to.

    Clause No. 30 (Credit for aggregates levy).

    Question proposed, That the Clause stand part of the Bill.

    And it being Nine o'clock, the Chairman, pursuant to Order [9th April and 7th November 2000] put the Question already proposed from the Chair.

    Clause agreed to.

    Clauses Nos. 31 and 32 agreed to.

    Schedule No. 8 agreed to.

    Clauses Nos. 33 to 35 agreed to.

    Schedule No. 9 agreed to.

    Clauses Nos. 36 to 39 agreed to.

    Clause No. 40 (Review of Commissioners' decisions).

    Amendment (No. 22) proposed, in page 33, line 33, to leave out the word 'confirmed', and to insert the word 'revoked'.-(Mr Richard Ottaway.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:-Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

    Clause agreed to.

    Clauses Nos. 41 to 46 agreed to.

    Schedule No. 10 agreed to.

    Clause No. 47 agreed to.

    Clause No. 48 (Interpretation of Part)

    Amendment (No. 26) proposed, in page 38, line 25, at the end, to insert the words 'except that, when any tangible moveable property which would not be regarded as aggregate for the purposes of this Part is imported, it shall be aggregate to the extent determined in regulations by the Commissioners.'.-(Mr Richard Ottaway.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

    The Committee proceeded to a division.

Tuesday 24th April 2001

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Stephen Day, Mr Owen Paterson: 137.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mrs Anne McGuire: 255.

    And it being after midnight, the Chairman, pursuant to Order [9th April and 7th November 2000] put forthwith the questions necessary to dispose of the proceedings to be concluded at that hour.

    Clause agreed to.

    Clause No. 49 agreed to.

    The Chairman left the Chair to report progress and ask leave to sit again.

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    The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair; and Mr Tony McNulty reported, That the Committee had made progress in the Bill, and moved, That the Committee may have leave to sit again.

    Committee again this day.

3    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Tony McNulty.)

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-three minutes to One o'clock on Tuesday morning, adjourned till this day.

[Adjourned at 12.37 a.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 presented by Her Majesty's Command and delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on the undermentioned dates during the adjournment pursuant to Standing Order No. 158 (Presentation of command papers):

    Wednesday 11th April 2001

    1    Treaty Series (No. 20, 2001),-Amending Protocol, done at Darmstadt on 5th June 1991, entitled Amendments to the Convention for the Establishment of a European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites ("EUMETSAT") of 24th May 1983 [Cm. 5130] [Mr Secretary Cook].

    2    Treaty Series (No. 21, 2001),-Protocol, adopted at Geneva on 3rd May 1996, on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Mines, Booby-Traps and other Devices as amended on 3rd May 1996 (Protocol II as amended on 3rd May 1996) annexed to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects [Cm. 5131] [Mr Secretary Cook].

    Thursday 12th April 2001

    3    Treaty Series (No. 22, 2001),-Document Agreed, agreed at Vienna on 31st May 1996, among the States Parties to the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe of 19th November 1990 [Cm. 5132] [Mr Secretary Cook].

    4    Treaty Series (No. 23, 2001),-Agreement, done at Bridgetown on 23rd June 1999, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Barbados concerning Air Services [Cm. 5133] [Mr Secretary Cook].

Friday 20th April 2001

    5    Treaty Series (No. 24, 2001),-Agreement, done at London on 29th October 1997, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Republic of Panama concerning Air Services [Cm. 5134] [Mr Secretary Cook].

Papers delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on the undermentioned dates during the adjournment pursuant to Standing Order No. 159 (Presentation of statutory instruments):

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

Wednesday 11th April 2001

    6    Immigration,-Immigration (Restrictions on Employment) (Code of Practice) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1436), dated 7th April 2001 [Mr Secretary Straw].

    7    Legal Services Commission,-Criminal Defence Service (General) (No. 2) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1437), dated 11th April 2001 [Mr David Lock].

Thursday 12th April 2001

    8    Employment Tribunals,-(1) Employment Appeal Tribunal (Amendment) Rules 2001 (Amendment) Rules 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1476), dated 11th April 2001 [Mr David Lock]; and

    (2) Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1459), dated 11th April 2001 [Mr Secretary Byers].

    9    Employment Tribunals (Scotland),-Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1460), dated 11th April 2001 [Mr Secretary Byers].

    10    Environmental Protection,-Waste (Foot-and-Mouth Disease) (England) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1478), dated 12th April 2001 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Tuesday 17th April 2001

    11    Pensions,-Local Government Pension Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1481), dated 17th April 2001 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Wednesday 18th April 2001

    12    Local Government,-Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) (England) (Consequential Amendment) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1494), dated 18th April 2001 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Friday 20th April 2001

    13    Animals,-(1) Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Export of Vehicles) (Disinfection of Tyres) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1499), and

    (2) Import and Export Restrictions (Foot-and-Mouth Disease) (No. 6) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1502),

    dated 19th April 2001 [Mr Nicholas Brown].

Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 23rd April:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

    14    Constitutional Law,-(1) Draft Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2001, and

    (2) Draft Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) (Amendment) (No. 3) Order 2001

    [by Act] [Mrs Secretary Liddell].

    15    Criminal Law,-Draft Sex Offenders (Notice Requirements) (Foreign Travel) Regulations 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    16    Northern Ireland,-Draft Financial Investigations (Northern Ireland) Order 2001, together with statements by the Northern Ireland Office and a report of the Northern Ireland Assembly [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

    17    Representation of the People,-(1) Draft Representation of the People (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw];

    (2) Draft Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid]; and

    (3) Draft Representation of the People (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 [by Act] [Mrs Secretary Liddell].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    18    Agriculture,-Artificial Insemination of Cattle (Emergency Licences) (England) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1513), dated 20th April 2001 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].

    19    Education,-(1) Thurrock and Basildon College (Government) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1507), and

    (2) Thurrock and Basildon College (Incorporation) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1497),

    dated 17th April 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    20    Food,-Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Marking of Meat and Meat Products) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1512), dated 20th April 2001 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].

Other Papers:

    21    Fair Trading,-Report of the Director General of Fair Trading for 2000 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 419] [Mr Secretary Byers].

    22    Health,-Department of Health Minute, dated 23rd April 2001, concerning a contingent liability in respect of possible legal action against the Chairman, Counsel, Solicitor, Secretariat and expert professional advisers to the independent statutory inquiry into the circumstances leading to and surrounding the death of Victoria Climbie [by Command] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

    23    National Audit,-Reports by the Comptroller and Auditor General on-

    (1) Financial Management of the European Union,

    (2) Purchasing Professional Services, and

    (3) The Implementation of the National Probation Service Information Systems Strategy

    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 402, 400 and 401] [Clerk of the House].

    24    National Health Service,-Statement of Guarantee given by the Secretary of State for Health on 10th April 2001 on loans proposed to be raised by West Hampshire National Health Service Trust [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

    25    Public Petitions,-Observations by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the Petition [27th March] from residents of Torridge and West Devon and surrounding areas opposing discrimination by the broadcasting authorities against religious bodies [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

Papers withdrawn:

    26    Constitutional Law,-Draft Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2001 [laid 10th April].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    Finance Bill (except Clauses 1 to 3 and 16 to 53 and Schedules 4 to 11) (Programming Sub-Committee),-The Speaker has appointed Mr Graham Allen, Mr Edward Davey, Mr John Healey, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Alun Michael, Mr Richard Ottoway and Dawn Primarolo members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee A in respect of the Bill.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Agriculture,-Seventh Special Report from the Agriculture Committee [Government Response to the Fifth Report from the Committee, on the Work of the Forestry Commission]; to be printed [No. 425]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Foot and Mouth Disease]; to be printed [No. 363-iii]

    [Mr David Curry].

    2    Human Rights,-First Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights [Criminal Justice and Police Bill]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings relating to the Report [No. 296] [Jean Corston].

    3    Public Accounts,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Tackling Obesity in England]; to be printed [No. 426-i] [Mr David Davis].

CORRIGENDUM

    In the Votes and Proceedings for Monday 26th March, in Appendix III, item 2 (1) (Committee of Public Accounts) should have read Thirteenth Report.



 
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