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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 25th April 2001

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

PRAYERS.

1    National Lottery (Amendment) Bill,-Mr Bowen Wells reported from Standing Committee C, That it had gone through the National Lottery (Amendment) Bill, and directed him to report the same, without Amendment.

    Bill, not amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered on Friday 11th May.

    Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 436].

2    Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Deceased Fathers) Bill,-Mr Jonathan Sayeed reported from Standing Committee G, That it had gone through the Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Deceased Fathers) Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.

    Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered on Friday 27th April, and to be printed [Bill 89].

    Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 440].

3    European Standing Committee A,-Sir David Madel reported from European Standing Committee A the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 14329/00, a draft Council Regulation on establishing common rules in the field of civil aviation and creating a European Aviation Safety Agency; considers that the establishment of a high uniform level of aviation safety in the Community can best be achieved by the establishment and implementation of common rules which are developed and monitored centrally; agrees that the operation of the single market would also be improved by the establishment of a Community body for the certification of aeronautical products; supports the Government's position that the model mapped out in the draft Regulation could provide the building blocks to meet these objectives by improving the present European safety regulation system, the key elements being that the Agency is endowed with the necessary powers and sufficient autonomy to exercise its responsibilities, to attract high quality staff and to make certification decisions efficiently and effectively; and supports the Government's intention to press for this approach in the EU.

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

4    European Standing Committee B,-Mr Roger Gale reported from European Standing Committee B the following Resolution:

    That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 11529/00, a Commission Communication on a Community immigration policy; and supports the Government's active participation in the debate on the Communication and the Government's intention to ensure that the UK's immigration policies are broadly in line with those of other Member States, whilst retaining domestic control over immigration policy and avoiding measures that could undermine the integrity of the UK's frontier controls.

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

5    Extension of Summer Time Bill,-Mr Nigel Beard, supported by Mr Adrian Bailey, Mrs Liz Blackman, Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas, Mr Howard Flight, Dr Brian Iddon, Mr David Kidney, Mr Giles Radice, Mr Syd Rapson, Sir Michael Spicer and Mr Andrew Tyrie presented a Bill to amend the Summer Time Act 1972 so as to provide for the maintenance of British Summer Time throughout the year: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 11th May and to be printed [Bill 87].

6     Age Equality Commission,-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for the establishment of an Age Equality Commission to advise the Government on discrimination issues in relation to older people: And that Mr Lawrie Quinn, Mr Austin Mitchell, Ann Keen, Mr Jim Dobbin, Ms Dari Taylor, Mr Alan Campbell, Angela Smith, Mr Richard Allan, Ms Rosie Winterton, Mr Paul Burstow and Mr Bob Blizzard do prepare and bring it in.

7    Age Equality Commission Bill,-Mr Lawrie Quinn accordingly presented a Bill to make provision for the establishment of an Age Equality Commission to advise the Government on discrimination issues in relation to older people: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 11th May and to be printed [Bill 88].

8    Opposition Day [8th allotted day],-It being an allotted day at the disposal of the Leader of the second largest opposition party in pursuance of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business), the House proceeded to consider Opposition business.

    The Rural Economy,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House notes that the current foot and mouth crisis has impacted upon a wide range of rural businesses and services, affecting almost every aspect of rural life; further notes that foot and mouth has hit a countryside already in decline as a result of years of neglect under successive Governments; urges Her Majesty's Government to provide realistic emergency support to the whole range of businesses affected to enable them to withstand this crisis; and calls on the Government to put in place long-term policies to regenerate British agriculture and to revitalise the rural economy as a whole-(Mr Colin Breed);

    An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word 'House' to the end of the Question and add the words 'notes that the current foot and mouth crisis has impacted upon a wide range of rural businesses and services, affecting many aspects of rural life; further notes that foot and mouth has hit a countryside that has suffered from lack of investment under previous governments; agrees that the first priority must be the isolation, control and eradication of foot and mouth disease; endorses the Government's commitment to rural communities as set out in the Rural White Paper and the England Rural Development Programme; welcomes the extra financial help the Government has made available to farmers and rural businesses affected by foot and mouth, including agrimonetary compensation for livestock farmers and the Livestock Welfare (Disposal) Scheme; welcomes the work of the Rural Task Force including its work to open up the countryside and business relief, deferral of tax and national insurance contributions, extension of the small firms loan guarantee scheme and new grants to Regional Development Agencies and tourism authorities; and calls on the Government to continue putting in place the long-term policies needed to regenerate British agriculture and revitalise the rural economy as a whole', instead thereof.-(Ms Joyce Quin.)

    And the Question being put, That the original words stand part of the Question;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Bob Russell, Sir Robert Smith: 43.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Don Touhig, Mr Mike Hall: 305.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Question, That the proposed words be there added, being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments):-It was agreed to.

    The Deputy Speaker forthwith declared the Main Question, as amended, to be agreed to.

    Resolved, That this House notes that the current foot and mouth crisis has impacted upon a wide range of rural businesses and services, affecting many aspects of rural life; further notes that foot and mouth has hit a countryside that has suffered from lack of investment under previous governments; agrees that the first priority must be the isolation, control and eradication of foot and mouth disease; endorses the Government's commitment to rural communities as set out in the Rural White Paper and the England Rural Development Programme; welcomes the extra financial help the Government has made available to farmers and rural businesses affected by foot and mouth, including agrimonetary compensation for livestock farmers and the Livestock Welfare (Disposal) Scheme; welcomes the work of the Rural Task Force including its work to open up the countryside and business relief, deferral of tax and national insurance contributions, extension of the small firms loan guarantee scheme and new grants to Regional Development Agencies and tourism authorities; and calls on the Government to continue putting in place the long-term policies needed to regenerate British agriculture and revitalise the rural economy as a whole.

    Multilateralism in Foreign and Security Policy,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House believes that in environmental, foreign affairs and security policies only a collective and multilateral approach will now suceed; regrets the unilateral decision of the United States to refuse to adopt the Kyoto Protocol and calls upon Her Majesty's Government to use every effort to persuade the United States government to reverse that decision; asserts the universality of human rights and calls upon Her Majesty's Government to recognise that respect for human rights should be at the centre of a foreign policy with an ethical dimension; and reaffirms its support for a reformed, fully-funded United Nations equipped to respond swiftly to oppression and the systematic abuse of human rights-(Paddy Ashdown);

    An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word 'House' to the end of the Question and add the words 'believes that the United Kingdom's national interests are best served by addressing the challenges of the modern world in constructive partnership with other countries and international organisations; further believes that human rights and protection of the environment are important global issues which are central to Her Majesty's Government's foreign policy; and welcomes the Government's full support for the work of the United Nations and initiatives to improve UN peacekeeping and the effectiveness of the Security Council', instead thereof.-(Mr Brian Wilson.)

    And the Question being put, That the original words stand part of the Question.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Andrew Stunell, Sir Robert Smith: 40.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Ian Pearson, Mr Graham Allen: 291.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Question, That the proposed words be there added, being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments):-It was agreed to.

    The Speaker forthwith declared the Main Question, as amended, to be agreed to.

    Resolved, That this House believes that the United Kingdom's national interests are best served by addressing the challenges of the modern world in constructive partnership with other countries and international organisations; further believes that human rights and protection of the environment are important global issues which are central to Her Majesty's Government's foreign policy; and welcomes the Government's full support for the work of the United Nations and initiatives to improve UN peacekeeping and the effectiveness of the Security Council.

9    Deferred divisions,-The Deputy Speaker announced the results of a division which had been deferred to this day, pursuant to the Order of the House [7th November 2000]:

    Road Traffic (S.I., 2001, No. 561),-That the Road Vehicles (Display of Registration Marks) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 561), dated 26th February 2001, a copy of which was laid before the House on 28th February, be revoked.

      Ayes: 176.

      Noes: 282.

    So the Question was negatived.

10    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Mike Hall.)

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

[Adjourned at 10.38 p.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    Civil Aviation,-Civil Aviation Act 1982 (Overseas Territories) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1452), dated 11th April 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Cook].

    2    Education,-(1) Rowley Regis College (Dissolution) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1532), and

    (2) St Austell College (Dissolution) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1533),

    dated 23rd April [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    3    Education (Wales),-Education (Inspectors of Education and Training in Wales) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1455), dated 11th April 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

    4    Extradition,-European Convention on Extradition (Fiscal Offences) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1453), dated 11th April 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    5    Food,-Gelatine (Intra-Community Trade) (England) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1553), dated 23rd April 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

Other Papers:

    6    Culture, Media and Sport,-Departmental Minute, dated 25th April 2001, concerning a contingent liability consequent upon indemnities for loans to the exhibitions "Karen Knorr:: Sanctuary", "Marquetry in French Furniture" and "French Drawings from the Ashmolean Museum" at the Wallace Collection [by Command] [Mr Secretary Smith].

    7    Industrial Organisation and Development,-Report and Accounts of the Apple and Pear Research Council for 1999-2000 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].

    8    Public Accounts,-Treasury Minute on the First to the Fifth Reports from the Committee of Public Accounts, Session 2000-01 [by Command] [Cm. 5127] [Mr Stephen Timms].

    9    Public Petitions,-Observations by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions on the Petition [15th March] 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 [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

    10    Science and Technology,-Accounts of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 429] [Clerk of the House].

    11    Treaty Series (No. 25, 2001),-Additional Protocol, adopted at New York on 13th October 1995, to the Convention on Prohibitions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects [by Command] [Cm. 5135] [Mr Secretary Cook].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Draft Representation of the People (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2001, the draft Representation of the People (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations 2001, and the draft Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) (Amendment) (No. 3) Order 2001:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mrs Irene Adams Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Simon Burns, Mr Roger Casale, Mr David Curry, Dr Norman A. Godman, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Nick Hawkins, Mr Richard Livsey, Mr Bill Michie, Mr Jim Murphy, Mr Mike O'Brien, Mr Keith Simpson, Angela Smith, Dr Gavin Strang, Mr Andrew Stunell, Mr Peter Temple-Morris and Ms Claire Ward.

    2    Draft Asian Development Bank (Seventh Replenishment of the Asian Development Fund) Order 2001,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mrs Cheryl Gillan from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Bowen Wells.

    3    Draft Sex Offenders (Notice Requirements)(Foreign Travel) Regulations 2001:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Humfrey Malins Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Jackie Ballard, Mr Charles Clarke, Mr David Clelland, Mr Jeremy Corbyn, Mr Bill Etherington, Mr Eric Forth, Mrs Joan Humble, Dr Julian Lewis, Mr David Lidington, Mr Andrew Mackinlay, Mr Gordon Marsden, Dr Nick Palmer, Bob Russell, Mr Keith Simpson, Mr Gareth R. Thomas and Dr Rudi Vis.

    4    Draft Financial Investigations (Northern Ireland) Order 2001:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Roger Gale Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: John Austin, Ms Hazel Blears, Mr Peter Bradley, Mr James Cran, Mr Stephen Hepburn, Mr Adam Ingram, Dr Stephen Ladyman, Miss Anne McIntosh, Shona McIsaac, Mr Paul Marsden, Mr Jim Marshall, Mr Lembit Ípik, Mr William Ross, Mr John M. Taylor, Sir Teddy Taylor and Mr Don Touhig.

    5    Draft Advisory Centre on WTO Law (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2001:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr John Butterfill Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr John Battle, Christine Butler, Dr Vincent Cable, Dr David Clark, Mr Harry Cohen, Mr Terry Davis, Mr Stephen Day, Lorna Fitzsimons, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Ms Jenny Jones, Mr Tony McNulty, Mr Mark Oaten, Mr John Townend, Mr David Tredinnick, Mr Jon Trickett and Mr Derek Twigg.

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

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mrs Ray Michie Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Michael Connarty, Mr George Foulkes, Maria Fyfe, Mr Donald Gorrie, Mr Dominic Grieve, Mr John McFall, Mr Robert Maclennan, Ms Sandra Osborne, Mr Ian Pearson, Mr John Robertson, Mr Ernie Ross, Mr David Stewart, Mr Michael Trend, Mr Bill Tynan and Mr Peter Viggers.

    7    Draft Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations 2001:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Bill O'Brien Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mrs Helen Brinton, Mr James Cran, Mr George Howarth, Mr Simon Hughes, Mr Andrew Hunter, Helen Jackson, Helen Jones, Mr David Lepper, Mr Stephen McCabe, Laura Moffatt, Mr Andrew Robathan, Mr Martin Salter, Mr Alan Simpson, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe, Mr William Thompson and Mr David Wilshire.

    8    Financial Services Act 1986 (Extension of Scope of Act and Meaning of Collective Investment Scheme) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1421):

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the Order to the Ninth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Bowen Wells Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Graham Allen, Mr Hilary Benn, Sir Paul Beresford, Mr Ian Bruce, Dr Vincent Cable, Mr Brian Cotter, Mr Howard Flight, Mr Barry Gardiner, Mr John Healey, Miss Melanie Johnson, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Tony McWalter, Mr George Mudie, Mr Chris Ruane, Mr Marsha Singh and Mr Gerry Steinberg.

European Standing Committees

    9    European Union Document No. 6671/01, relating to a strategy for future chemicals policy, has been referred to European Standing Committee A.

Regional Affairs Committee

    10    Standing Committee on Regional Affairs,-The Committee of Selection has nominated Mr Christopher Fraser as an additional Member of the Standing Committee on Regional Affairs.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Agriculture,-(1) Eighth Special Report from the Agriculture Committee [Government Response to the Third Report from the Committee, on Flood and Coastal Defence: Follow-up]; to be printed [No. 437]; and

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

    [Mr David Curry].

    2    Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development and Trade and Industry Committees,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development and Trade and Industry Committees [The Export Controls and Non-Proliferation Bill, Cm 5091]; to be printed [Nos. 445-i and -ii] [Mr Bruce George; Mr Ted Rowlands; Mr Tony Worthington; Mr Martin O'Neill].

    3    Education and Employment,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Committee [Early Years: Follow-up]; to be printed [No. 438-i] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

    4    Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,-(1) Minutes of Evidence and Appendices taken before the Environment Sub-committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [Local Authority Governance]; to be printed [No. 225-I]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Walking in Towns and Cities]; to be printed [No. 167-vi]

    [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].

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

    6    Northern Ireland Affairs,-(1) Second Special Report from the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [The Northern Ireland Prison Service]; to be printed together with Appendices [No. 443]; and

    (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Legal Aid in Northern Ireland]; to be printed [No. 444-i]

    [Mr Peter Brooke].

    7    Public Accounts,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Report on Inland Revenue Appropriation Account 1999-2000]; to be printed [No. 442-i] [Mr David Davis].

    8    Public Administration,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Developments in Freedom of Information]; to be printed [No. 439] [Tony Wright].

    9    Science and Technology,-Second Special Report from the Science and Technology Committee [Government Response to the First Report from the Committee, on EQUAL (Extend Quality Life)]; to be printed [No. 386] [Dr Michael Clark].

    10    Social Security,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Social Security Committee [Social Security Appeals]; to be printed [No. 435-i] [Mr Archy Kirkwood].

[W.H., No. 42]

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,-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Mrs Anne McGuire.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.59 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker

CORRIGENDUM

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

This supersedes the corrigendum issued on Monday 23rd March.



 
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