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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 9th May 2001

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

PRAYERS.

1    Standing Orders,-The Chairman of Ways and Means reported from the Standing Orders Committee, That it had considered the Report of the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills, referred to it on 30th April, and had come to the following Resolution:

    That, in the case of the Crystal Palace Bill, the Standing Orders ought not to be dispensed with.

    Report, and Resolution, to lie upon the Table.

2    Select Committee on the Adoption and Children Bill,-Mr David Hinchliffe reported from the Select Committee on the Adoption and Children Bill, That it had agreed to the following Special Report, which it had directed him to make to the House:

    The Committee, owing to the imminent Dissolution of Parliament, is unable to proceed further with the consideration of the Adoption and Children Bill committed to it, and reports the Bill to the House without amendment.

    Mr Hinchliffe accordingly reported the Bill, without Amendment.

    Report, and Bill, to lie upon the Table.

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

    The Lords have agreed to the House of Commons (Removal of Clergy Disqualification) Bill, without Amendment.

    The Lords have agreed to the Children's Commissioner for Wales Bill, with Amendments; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

    The Lords have agreed to the Criminal Justice and Police Bill, with Amendments; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

    The Lords have agreed to the Amendment made by this House to the Private Security Industry Bill [Lords], without Amendment.

4    Children's Commissioner for Wales Bill,-Lords Amendments to the Children's Commissioner for Wales Bill to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 99].

5    Criminal Justice and Police Bill,-Lords Amendments to the Criminal Justice and Police Bill to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 100].

6    Houses in Multiple Occupation (Registration Scheme) Bill,-Mr Alan Simpson, supported by Mr David Drew, Mr Matthew Taylor, Mr David Amess, Mrs Linda Gilroy, Mr Andrew Stunell, Dr Brian Iddon, Julia Drown, Mr Hilary Benn, Mr David Chaytor, Mr Peter Bottomley and Ms Diane Abbott, presented a Bill to provide for a scheme for the registration and licensing of houses in multiple occupation; to require certain matters relating to energy efficiency to be included in such a scheme; 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 97].

7    Age Discrimination,-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision in respect of age discrimination: And that Mr Quentin Davies, Mr Tony Baldry, Mr Christopher Fraser, Mr Michael Jack, Mr Robert Jackson, Mr Robert Key, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Mrs Jacqui Lait, Sir David Madel, Mr Andrew Rowe, Mr Richard Shepherd and Mr Ian Taylor do prepare and bring it in.

8    Age Discrimination Bill,-Mr Quentin Davies accordingly presented a Bill to make provision in respect of age discrimination: 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 98].

9    Business of the House,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That-

    (1) At the sitting on Friday 11th May, notwithstanding the provisions of the Order [23rd January] relating to Business of the House, Government business shall have precedence;

    (2) At the sittings on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th May, Government business may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour;

    (3) At this day's sitting, Thursday 10th and Friday 11th May, Standing Order No. 38 shall apply and the Order [7th November 2000] relating to Deferred divisions shall not apply if, after the time for the interruption of business, the opinion of the Speaker as to the decision on a question is challenged in respect of any question;

    (4) At this day's sitting, the requirements of paragraph (5) of Standing Order No. 55 (Questions on voting of estimates, &c.) shall be dispensed with in respect of the Motion relating to Estimates 2001-02;

    (5) At this day's sitting, any Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill ordered to be brought in and read the first time shall be proceeded with as if its Second Reading stood as an Order of the day, and Standing Order No. 56 (Consolidated Fund Bills) shall apply;

    (6) At this day's sitting, Thursday 10th and Friday 11th May, the Speaker shall not adjourn the House until any messages from the Lords shall have been received;

    (7) At the sitting on Friday 11th May, the House shall not adjourn until the Speaker shall have reported the Royal Assent to any Act agreed upon by both Houses; and

    (8) At its rising on Friday 11th May, the House shall adjourn to Tuesday 15th May-(Mr Greg Pope);

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Ian Pearson, Mr Mike Hall: 321.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Wilshire, Mr Eric Forth: 1.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Ordered, That-

    (1) At the sitting on Friday 11th May, notwithstanding the provisions of the Order [23rd January] relating to Business of the House, Government business shall have precedence;

    (2) At the sittings on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th May, Government business may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour;

    (3) At this day's sitting, Thursday 10th and Friday 11th May, Standing Order No. 38 shall apply and the Order [7th November 2000] relating to Deferred divisions shall not apply if, after the time for the interruption of business, the opinion of the Speaker as to the decision on a question is challenged in respect of any question;

    (4) At this day's sitting, the requirements of paragraph (5) of Standing Order No. 55 (Questions on voting of estimates, &c.) shall be dispensed with in respect of the Motion relating to Estimates 2001-02;

    (5) At this day's sitting, any Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill ordered to be brought in and read the first time shall be proceeded with as if its Second Reading stood as an Order of the day, and Standing Order No. 56 (Consolidated Fund Bills) shall apply;

    (6) At this day's sitting, Thursday 10th and Friday 11th May, the Speaker shall not adjourn the House until any messages from the Lords shall have been received;

    (7) At the sitting on Friday 11th May, the House shall not adjourn until the Speaker shall have reported the Royal Assent to any Act agreed upon by both Houses; and

    (8) At its rising on Friday 11th May, the House shall adjourn to Tuesday 15th May.

10     Finance Bill (Programme) (No. 2),-Ordered, That the following provisions shall apply to the Finance Bill for the purpose of supplementing the Order of 9th April:

Consideration and Third Reading

    1. (1) Proceedings on consideration and Third Reading shall be completed at today's sitting and shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion three hours after the commencement of proceedings on the motion for this Order.

    (2) Any stage of the Bill may be proceeded with at the conclusion of the preceding stage, notwithstanding the practice of the House as to the interval between stages of a Bill brought in on Ways and Means resolutions.

Programming Committees

    2. Sessional Order B (Programming Committees) made by the House on 7th November 2000 shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.-(Dawn Primarolo.)

11    Finance Bill,-The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Finance Bill, not amended in the Committee and as amended in the Standing Committee.

    A Clause (Application of definitions of private residences and job-related accommodation)-(Mr Oliver Letwin)-brought up, and read the first time.

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

    Another Clause (Children's tax credit: children under five years of age)-(Mr Richard Ottaway)-brought up, and read the first time.

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

    Another Clause (Exemption from Capital Gains Tax)-(Mr Howard Flight)-brought up, and read the first time.

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

    Another Clause (Environmental protection rebates scheme)-(Mr David Heath)-brought up, and read the first time.

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

    Another Clause (Extension of carry back of trading losses)-(Mr David Heath)-brought up, and read the first time.

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

    And it being three hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion relating to Finance Bill (Programme) (No. 2), the Deputy Speaker put the Question already proposed from the Chair, pursuant to Order [this day].

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Paul Tyler, Mr Edward Davey: 129.

      Tellers for the Noes, Jim Dowd, Mrs Anne McGuire: 259.

    The Deputy Speaker then put forthwith 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 Graham Allen, Jim Dowd: 264.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Peter Luff: 121.

    So the Question was agreed to.

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

12    Rating (Former Agricultural Premises and Rural Shops) Bill (Programme) (No. 2),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the Order of 30th April 2001(Rating (Former Agricultural Premises and Rural Shops) Bill (Programme)) shall be varied as follows:-

Consideration and Third Reading

    1. Paragraphs 4 and 5 of the Order shall be omitted.

    2. Proceedings on consideration and Third Reading shall be completed at today's sitting and shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion two hours after the commencement of proceedings on the motion for this Order-(Mr Robert Ainsworth);

    And it being Ten o'clock, the Speaker interrupted the proceedings.

13    Estimates, 2001-02,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 55 (Questions on voting of estimates, &c.), That further resources, not exceeding 149,381,539,000, be authorised for use for defence and civil services for the year ending on 31st March 2002, and that a further sum, not exceeding 144,305,891,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to meet the costs of defence and civil services for the year ending on 31st March 2002, as set out in House of Commons Papers Nos. 345, 346, 347 and 348-(Mr Stephen Timms):-It was agreed to.

    Resolved, That further resources, not exceeding 149,381,539,000, be authorised for use for defence and civil services for the year ending on 31st March 2002, and that a further sum, not exceeding 144,305,891,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to meet the costs of defence and civil services for the year ending on 31st March 2002, as set out in House of Commons Papers Nos. 345, 346, 347 and 348.

    Ordered, That a Bill be brought in upon the foregoing Resolution: And that the Chairman of Ways and Means, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Andrew Smith, Dawn Primarolo, Mr Stephen Timms and Miss Melanie Johnson do prepare and bring it in.

14    Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill,-Mr Stephen Timms accordingly presented a Bill to appropriate the supply authorised in this Session of Parliament: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time this day and to be printed [Bill 96].

15    Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill be read a second time;

    And the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Order [this day] and Standing Order No. 56 (Consolidated Fund Bills), That the Bill be now read a second time:-It was agreed to.

    And the Question being put forthwith, That the Bill be now read the third time:-It was agreed to.

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

16    Rating (Former Agricultural Premises and Rural Shops) Bill (Programme) (No. 2),-The House resumed the adjourned Debate on the Question, That the Order of 30th April 2001(Rating (Former Agricultural Premises and Rural Shops) Bill (Programme)) shall be varied as follows:-

Consideration and Third Reading

    1. Paragraphs 4 and 5 of the Order shall be omitted.

    2. Proceedings on consideration and Third Reading shall be completed at today's sitting and shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion two hours after the commencement of proceedings on the motion for this Order;

    And the Question being again proposed;

    And it being three-quarters of an hour after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion, the Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Order [7th November]:-It was agreed to.

17    Rating (Former Agricultural Premises and Rural Shops) Bill,-The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Rating (Former Agricultural Premises and Rural Shops) Bill, not amended in the Standing Committee.

    Amendment (No. 2) proposed to the Bill, in page 3, line 3, to leave out the word 'food'.-(Mr Damian Green.)

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

    The Bill was read the third time, and passed.

18    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from residents of West Hertfordshire against the testing of genetically modified crops in farm-scale trials at Wood Farm, Piccotts End, Hemel Hempstead was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

19    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Ian Pearson.)

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

[Adjourned at 11.56 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    Agriculture,-Home-Grown Cereals Authority (Rate of Levy) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1773), dated 8th May 2001 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].

    2    Animals,-Import and Export Restrictions (Foot-and-Mouth Disease) (No. 7) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1772), dated 8th May 2001 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].

    3    Electricity,-Utilities Act 2000 (Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1782), dated 8th May 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

    4    Financial Services and Markets,-Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Compensation Scheme: Electing Participants) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1783), dated 9th May 2001 [by Act] [Miss Melanie Johnson].

    5    Food,-Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Marking of Meat, Meat Products, Minced Meat and Meat Preparations) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1771), dated 8th May 2001 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].

    6    National Health Service,-(1) National Patient Safety Agency (Establishment and Constitution) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1743), and

    (2) National Patient Safety Agency Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1742),

    dated 7th May 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

    7    Representation of the People,-Elections Act 2001 (Supplemental Provisions) (No. 2) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1774), dated 8th May 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    8    Supreme Court of England and Wales,-Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 3) Rules 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1769), dated 3rd May 2001 [by Act] [Mr David Lock].

    9    Transport,-Railways (Closure Provisions) (Exemptions) (St. Pancras) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1768), dated 8th May 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Other Papers:

    10    Environment, Transport and the Regions,-Government Response to the Seventh Report from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee, Session 2000-01, on the Transport-Related Executive Agencies of the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions [by Command] [Cm. 5148] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

    11    Human Fertilisation and Embryology,-Fifth Edition of the Code of Practice of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

    12    Public Petitions,-Observations by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on the Petition [24th April] from constituents of Bury St Edmunds calling for St George's Day to be celebrated as a national bank holiday in England [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

    13    Superannuation,-Compensation (HM Prison Service) Scheme 2001, dated 8th May 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    14    Treaty Series (No. 27, 2001),-Amendments to the Regulations under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) adopted by the Assembly of the International Patent Cooperation Union (PCT Union) at its Twenty-eighth (16th Extraordinary) Session on March 17, 2000, with effect March 1, 2001 [by Command] [Cm. 5140] [Mr Secretary Cook].

    15    Water,-Report of the Director General of Water Services for 2000-01 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 441] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Agriculture,-(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Agriculture Committee, and Appendices thereto [Sea Fishing]; to be printed [No. 404]; and

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Regional Restructuring; Sea Fishing]

    [Mr David Curry].

    2    Defence,-(1) Ninth Report from the Defence Committee [Major Procurement Projects], 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. 463];

    (2) Fifth Special Report from the Committee [Government Observations on the Fourth Report from the Committee: The Draft Defence Aviation Repair Agency Trading Fund Order 2001]; to be printed [No. 514];

    (3) Sixth Special Report from the Committee [Government Observations on the Fifth Report from the Committee: The Draft Defence Science and Technology Laboratory Trading Fund Order 2001]; to be printed [No. 515];

    (4) Seventh Special Report from the Committee [Annual Report of the Committee for Session 2000-01 and Future Work of the Committee], together with Appendices; to be printed [No. 516 ]; and

    (5) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Gulf Veterans Illnesses and Depleted Uranium]; to be printed [No 517-i]

    [Mr Bruce George].

    3    Education and Employment,-(1) Seventh Special Report from the Education and Employment Committee [Response from the Government and from the Higher Education Funding Council for England to the Sixth Report from the Committee, on Higher Education: Student Retention]; to be printed [No. 385];

    (2) Eighth Special Report from the Committee [Government's Response to the Seventh Report from the Committee, on Age Discrimination in Employment]; to be printed [No. 518];

    (3) Ninth Special Report from the Committee [Government's Response to the Fifth Report from the Committee, on New Deal: An Evaluation]; to be printed [No. 519];

    (4) Tenth Special Report from the Committee [Work of the Committee in the 2000-01 Session]; to be printed, together with an Appendix [No. 520];

    (5) Memoranda laid before the Committee [DfEE Funding];

    (6) Memoranda laid before the Education Sub-Committee of the Committee [Standards, Disadvantage and Opportunity]; and

    (7) Memorandum laid before the Employment Sub-Committee of the Committee [Unemployment Statistics]

    [Mr Derek Foster].

    4    Northern Ireland Affairs,-(1) Sixth Report from the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [The Parades Commission-Supplementary Report], together with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 521];

    (2) Third Special Report from the Committee [Response of the Northern Ireland Executive to the Fourth and Fifth Reports of Session 1999-2000], together with an Appendix; to be printed [No. 522];

    (3) Fourth Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Committee's First Special Report of Session 2000-01], together with Appendices; to be printed [No. 523];

    (4) Further Appendix to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Parades Commission]; to be printed [No.120]; and

    (5) Papers laid before the Committee [Legal Aid in Northern Ireland; Miscellaneous]

    [Mr Peter Brooke].

    5    Science and Technology,-(1) Fourth Special Report from the Science and Technology Committee [The Work of the Science and Technology Committee in the 1997-2001 Parliament]; to be printed [No. 476]; and

    (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Miscellaneous]

    [Dr Michael Clark].

    6    Trade and Industry,-(1) Twelfth Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [Ilisu Dam]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 512];

    (2) Thirteenth Report from the Committee [Enterprise Policy in the Regions], together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 513]; and

    (3) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Local Loop Unbundling; Matters relating to BNFL; Matters relating to the Spring Supplementary Estimates]

    [Mr Martin O'Neill].

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THE SPEAKER'S CERTIFICATE

    The Speaker certified that the Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill is a Money Bill within the meaning of the Parliament Act 1911.

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CORRIGENDUM

    In the Votes and Proceedings of 8th May, item 21 in Appendix I (Universities of Oxford and Cambridge) should have appeared under the heading Papers subject to Negative Resolution.

[W.H., No. 48]

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 Kevin Hughes.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.57 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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