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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 8th May 2001

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

PRAYERS.

1    Finance Bill (except Clauses Nos. 1 to 3 and 16 to 53 and Schedules Nos. 4 to 11),-Dr Michael Clark reported from Standing Committee A, That it had gone through the Finance Bill (except Clauses Nos. 1 to 3 and 16 to 53 and Schedules Nos. 4 to 11), and made Amendments thereunto.

    Bill, not amended in the Committee and as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 94].

    Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 404].

2    Rating (Former Agricultural Premises and Rural Shops) Bill,-Mr Joe Benton reported from Standing Committee B, That it had gone through the Rating (Former Agricultural Premises and Rural Shops) Bill, and directed him to report the same, without Amendment.

    Bill, not amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow.

    Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 471].

3     First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Nicholas Winterton reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Community Legal Service (Funding) (Counsel in Family Proceedings) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1077).

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

4    Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr David Amess reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Education (Student Support) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 951), the Education Standards Fund (England) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 826) and the Financing of Maintained Schools (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 907).

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

5    Discrimination against Older People,-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make discrimination against older people unlawful; to provide for the creation of an Age Discrimination Council; and for connected purposes: And that Mr Roger Berry, Valerie Davey, Paul Flynn, Dr Ashok Kumar, Ms Linda Perham, Mr Lawrie Quinn, Mr Andrew Dismore, Mr David Winnick and Ann Clwyd do prepare and bring it in.

6    Discrimination against Older People Bill,-Mr Roger Berry accordingly presented a Bill to make discrimination against older people unlawful; to provide for the creation of an Age Discrimination Council; and for connected purposes: 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 95].

7    Finance Bill [Ways and Means],-Ordered,-

Limited liability partnerships

    That provision may be made in the Finance Bill about limited liability partnerships.-(Mr Stephen Timms.)

8    Private Security Industry Bill [Lords],-The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Private Security Industry Bill [Lords], as amended in the Standing Committee.

    A Clause (Complaints)-(Mr Bruce George)-brought up and read the first time.

    Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:-Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

    Another Clause (Regulation harmonisation committee)-(Mr Bruce George)-brought up and read the first time.

    Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:-Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

    Amendment (No. 3) proposed to the Bill, in page 3, line 51, at the end, to insert the words-

    '(3A) Before making an order under subsection (3) which designates any of the activities specified in paragraph 5 of Schedule 2, which relate to the security of information which is held in electronic form, the Secretary of State shall lay a certificate before each House of Parliament stating that in his opinion the order complies with the provisions of European Directive 2000/31/EC (on certain legal aspects of information society services, in particular electronic commerce, in the internal market).'.-(Mr Nick Hawkins.)

    Question put, That the Amendment be made.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Keith Simpson, Mr James Gray: 111.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mr Ian Pearson: 315.

    Another Amendment (No. 4) proposed to the Bill, in page 9, line 42, at the end, to insert the words-

    '(3A)(a) The Authority may, at the request of any person who holds a licence, remove the particulars specified in subsection (3)(b) from any copy of the register which is available for inspection by members of the public under subsection (4) if the following condition is satisfied.

    (b) The condition is that the Authority is satisfied that the availability for inspection by members of the public of particulars of the person's usual residential address creates, or (if the Authority were not to comply with the request) would be likely to create, a serious risk that he or a person who lives with him will be subjected to violence or intimidation.

    (c) Nothing in this subsection shall be interpreted as allowing any person not to provide the Authority with any of the particulars required by subsection (3).'.-(Mr Nick Hawkins.)

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

    Another Amendment (No. 8) proposed to the Bill, in page 15, line 18, at the end, to insert the words-

    '(3A) A person exercising the power conferred by subsection (1) shall do so reasonably only in the course of his duty and only as part of a series of routine checks or as a result of reasonable suspicion of breach of regulations or commission of an offence under any provision of this Act.'.-(Mr Simon Hughes.)

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

    Another Amendment (No. 10) proposed to the Bill, in page 24, line 6, at the end, to insert the words-

    '(1A) Any such report shall include details on the progress of implementing this Act and all new secondary legislation and guidance passed under this Act.'.-(Jackie Ballard.)

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

    Another Amendment (No. 11) proposed to the Bill, in page 27, line 8, to leave out the words 'purposes of any accountancy practice' and to insert 'sole purposes of accountancy activities'.-(Jackie Ballard.)

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

    The Bill was read the third time, and passed, with Amendments.

9    Asylum,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees), That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 13119/00, a Commission Communication on a Common Asylum Procedure and Uniform Status for Persons Granted Asylum; and supports the Government's active participation in the debate on the Communication and the Government's intention to participate in measures which would lead to the establishment of a common European asylum system, without undermining the integrity of the UK's frontier control-(Mrs Anne McGuire):-It was agreed to.

10    Financial Services,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Financial Services Act 1986 (Extension of Scope of Act and Meaning of Collective Investment Scheme) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1421), dated 10th April 2001, a copy of which was laid before this House on 10th April, be approved-(Mrs Anne McGuire ):-It was agreed to.

11    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mrs Anne McGuire.)

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

[Adjourned at 8.31 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 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:

Friday 4th May 2001

    1    Criminal Law,-Sex Offenders (Notification Requirements) (Prescribed Police Stations) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1708), dated 2nd May 2001 [Mr Secretary Straw].

    2    Education,-(1) Education (Mandatory Awards) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1734), dated 3rd May 2001

    (2) Education (Induction Arrangements for School Teachers) (Amendment No. 3) (England) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1642), dated 30th April 2001

    (3) Education (Student Loans) (Amendment) (England and Wales) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1627), dated 30th April 2001, and

    (4) Education (Student Support) Regulations 2001 (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1730), dated 3rd May 2001

    [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    3    Food,-Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Marking of Meat, Minced Meat and Meat Preparations) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1739), dated 4th May 2001 [Mr Nicholas Brown].

    4    Local Government,-Elections Act 2001 (Supplemental Provisions) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1630), dated 30th April 2001 [Mr Secretary Straw].

    5    Medicines,-Medicines (Veterinary Drugs) (Prescription Only) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1646), dated 30th April 2001 [Mr Nicholas Brown].

    6    Public Health,-Vaccine Damage Payments (Specified Disease) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1652), dated 1st May 2001 [Mr Secretary Darling].

    7    Tractors,-Agricultural or Forestry Tractors and Tractor Components (Type Approval) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1710), dated 3rd May 2001 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 8th May:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    8    Customs and Excise,-Tobacco Products Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1712), dated 8th May 2001 [by Act] [Mr Stephen Timms].

    9    Disabled Persons,-Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Great Western Trains Company Class 180 Vehicles) Exemption Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1747), dated 8th May 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

    10    National Health Service,-(1) National Blood Authority (Establishment and Constitution) Amendment Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1745), dated 7th May 2001, and

    (2) National Health Service (General Dental Services) Amendment (No. 4) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1746), dated 8th May 2001

    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

    11    Income Tax,-General Insurance Reserves (Tax) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1757), dated 8th May 2001 [by Act] [Miss Melanie Johnson].

    12    Petroleum,-Offshore Petroleum Activities (Conservation of Habitats) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1754), dated 8th May 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

    13    Social Care,-General Social Care Council (Appointments and Procedure) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1744), dated 8th May 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

    14    Social Security,-Social Security (Breach of Community Order) (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1711), dated 3rd May 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

    15    Terms and Conditions of Employment,-Dismissal Procedures Agreement Designation (Electrical Contracting Industry) Order 1991 Revocation Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1752), dated 3rd May 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

Other Papers:

    16    Broadcasting,-Report and Financial Statements of the Radio Authority for 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

    17    Financial Reporting to Parliament,-Departmental Report 2001: The Government's Expenditure Plans for 2001-02 to 2003-04 and Main Estimates for 2001-02 for the Cabinet Office, Central Office of Information, Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration and Health Service Commissioner for England, Privy Council Office, House of Lords, House of Commons, National Audit Office and Electoral Commission [by Command] [Cm. 5119] [Marjorie Mowlam].

    18    Port of London,-Report and Accounts of the Port of London Authority for 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

    19    Public Libraries and Museums,-Report by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on Library and Information Matters 1998-2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

    20    School Standards and Framework,-Accounts of the:-

    (1) Coventry Education Action Zone,

    (2) Downham and Bellingham Education Action Zone, and

    (3) North Gillingham Education Action Zone

    for 1999-2000, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 473, 474 and 475] [Clerk of the House].

    21    Universities of Oxford and Cambridge,-(1) Statute, dated 1st December 2000, made by the Governing Body of Girton College, Cambridge amending the Statutes of the College,

    (2) Statute, dated 17th January 2001, made by the University of Cambridge amending the Statutes of the University, and

    (3) Statute, dated 28th November 2000, made by the University of Oxford amending the Statutes of the University

    [by Act] [Margaret Beckett].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Community Legal Service (Funding) (Counsel in Family Proceedings) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1077),-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Nick Hawkins, Dr Nick Palmer and Mr Paul Stinchcombe from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Roger Berry, Mrs Ann Cryer and Mr Edward Garnier.

Regional Affairs Committee

    2    The Speaker has appointed Mr John McWilliam Chairman of the Standing Committee on Regional Affairs in respect of the matter of raising the economic performance of the regions and tackling regional imbalances.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Adoption and Children Bill,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on the Adoption and Children Bill: to be printed [No. 431-iii] [Mr David Hinchliffe].

    2    Foreign Affairs,-(1) Eighth Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee [Human Rights Annual Report 2000: Follow-up to Government Response]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 469]; and

    (2) Ninth Report from the Committee [Foreign and Commonwealth Office Annual Report 2001] 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. 428]

    [Mr Donald Anderson].

    3    International Development,-Third Special Report from the International Development Committee [Government Response to the First Report from the Committee, on The Globalisation White Paper]; to be printed [No. 470] [Mr Bowen Wells].

    4    Standards and Privileges,-Eighth Report from the Committee on Standards and Privileges [Complaints against Five Members], with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 472] [Mr Robert Sheldon].

    5    Statutory Instruments,-Sixteenth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 46-xvi] [Mr David Tredinnick].

    6    Welsh Affairs,-Second Report from the Welsh Affairs Committee [Welsh Young Offenders Held Outside Wales: Interim Report and Proposals for Further Inquiry], together with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 511] [Mr Martyn Jones].

[W.H., No. 47]

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.-(Mr Keith Hill.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.59 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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