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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 21st June 2001

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

PRAYERS.

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

    The Lords communicate that they have come to the following Resolutions in respect of the Barclays Group Reorganisation Bill [Lords] and the National Australia Group Europe Bill [Lords], to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House, viz:

    That the promoters of the Bills which originated in the House of Lords in the last Parliament but had not received the Royal Assent shall, notwithstanding anything in the Standing Orders or practice of the House of Lords, have leave to introduce the said Bills in the present Session of Parliament, and the petitions for the Bills shall be deemed to have been deposited and all Standing Orders applicable thereto shall be deemed to have been complied with;

    That every such Bill shall be deposited in the office of the Clerk of the Parliaments not later than Three o'clock on Tuesday 26th June with a declaration annexed thereto signed by the agent concerned, stating that the Bill is the same in every respect as the Bill at the last stage of the proceedings thereon in the House of Lords in the last Parliament;

    That the proceedings on such Bills shall in the present Session of Parliament be pro forma only, in regard to every stage through which the same shall have passed in the last Parliament, and that no new fees be charged to such stages.

2    European Communities (Finance) Bill,-Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, supported by Mr Secretary Straw, Mr Secretary Blunkett, Secretary Margaret Beckett, Secretary Clare Short, Mr Secretary Byers, Mr Andrew Smith, Ms Secretary Hewitt, Secretary Estelle Morris, Dawn Primarolo, Mr Paul Boateng and Ruth Kelly, presented (under Standing Order No. 50 (Procedure upon bills whose main object is to create a charge upon the public revenue)) a Bill to amend the definition of "the Treaties" and "the Community Treaties" in section 1(2) of the European Communities Act 1972 so as to include the decision of 29th September 2000 of the Council on the Communities' system of own resources: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 1].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the European Communities (Finance) Bill be printed [Bill 1-EN].

3    Homelessness Bill,-Mr Secretary Byers, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Milburn, Mr Secretary Murphy, Ms Rosie Winterton and Ms Sally Keeble, presented a Bill to make further provision about the functions of local housing authorities relating to homelessness and the allocation of housing accommodation; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 2].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Homelessness Bill be printed [Bill 2-EN].

4    European Communities (Amendment) Bill,-Mr Secretary Straw, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Robin Cook, Mr Secretary Blunkett, Secretary Margaret Beckett, Secretary Clare Short, Mr Secretary Hoon, Ms Secretary Hewitt, the Solicitor General and Peter Hain, presented a Bill to make provision consequential on the Treaty signed at Nice on 26th February 2001 amending the Treaty on European Union, the Treaties establishing the European Communities and certain related Acts: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 3].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the European Communities (Amendment) Bill be printed [Bill 3-EN].

5    Civil Defence (Grant) Bill,-Mr Secretary Blunkett, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Straw, Mr Secretary Hoon and Mr John Denham, presented (under Standing Order No. 50 (Procedure upon bills whose main object is to create a charge upon the public revenue)) a Bill to replace section 3 of the Civil Defence Act 1948 in so far as it applies to authorities in England or Wales: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 4].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Civil Defence (Grant) Bill be printed [Bill 4-EN].

6    Queen's Speech (Motion for an Address),-The Order of the day being read, for resuming the adjourned Debate on the Question proposed yesterday, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, as follows:

    Most Gracious Sovereign,

    We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, in Parliament assembled, beg leave to offer our humble thanks to Your Majesty for the Gracious Speech which Your Majesty has addressed to both Houses of Parliament;

    And the Question being again proposed:-The House resumed the adjourned Debate.

    And it being Seven o'clock, the Debate stood adjourned.

    Ordered, That the Debate be resumed to-morrow.

7     The Speaker's Absence,-Resolved, That the Speaker have leave of absence on Monday 25th June to attend the funeral of His Eminence Cardinal Thomas J. Winning, DCL, STL, DD, late Archbishop of Glasgow.-(Mr Fraser Kemp.)

8    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Fraser Kemp.)

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till half-past Seven o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 7.30 p.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Nine o'clock.


APPENDIX

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    1    Magistrates' Courts,-Justices' Clerks (Qualifications of Assistants) (Amendment) Rules 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 2269), dated 21st June 2001 [by Act] [Mr Michael Wills].

    2    Police,-Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Modification) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 2254), dated 20th June 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    3    Taxes,-Stamp Duty Reserve Tax (Tradepoint) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 2267), dated 21st June 2001 [by Act] [Ruth Kelly].

    4    Telegraphs,-Wireless Telegraphy (Licence Charges) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 2265), dated 19th June 2001 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    5    Transport,-Railway Pensions (Designation, Substitution and Miscellaneous Provisions) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 2264), dated 20th June 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

Other Papers:

    6    Education (Scotland),-Accounts of the Scottish Qualifications Authority for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 38] [Clerk of the House].

    7    Government Trading Funds,-Report and Accounts of the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 9] [Clerk of the House].

    8    Industrial Training,-(1) Report and Accounts, and

    (2) Report and Financial Statements

    of the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board for 2000 [by Act] [Secretary Estelle Morris].

    9    Low Pay Commission,-Third Report of the Low Pay Commission, entitled The National Minimum Wage-Making a Difference: The Next Steps [by Command] [Cm. 5175] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    10    Transport, Local Government and the Regions,-Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions Minute, dated 1st June 2001, concerning a contingent liability entered into by the Chief Executive of the Housing Corporation by an undertaking to guarantee an increased overdraft in favour of West Hampstead Housing Association [by Command] [Mr Secretary Byers].



 
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