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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 26th June 2001

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


1    Private Bills [Lords] (Revival),-Ordered, That so much of the Lords Message [21st June] as relates to the Barclays Group Reorganisation Bill [Lords] and the National Australia Group Europe Bill [Lords] be now considered.

    The House accordingly proceeded to consider so much of the said Message.

    Resolved, That this House concurs with the Lords in their Resolution.-(The Chairman of Ways and Means.)

    Message to the Lords to acquaint them therewith.

2     Sessional Returns,-Ordered, That there be laid before this House Returns for Session 2000-01 of information and statistics relating to-

    (1) Business of the House;

    (2) Closure of Debate, Proposal of Question and Allocation of Time (including Programme Motions);

    (3) Sittings of the House;

    (4) Private Bills and Private Business;

    (5) Public Bills;

    (6) Delegated Legislation and Deregulation Orders;

    (7) European Legislation, &c.;

    (8) Grand Committees;

    (9) Chairmen's Panel; and

    (10) Select Committees.-(The Chairman of Ways and Means.)

3    Export Control Bill,-Ms Secretary Hewitt, supported by The Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Straw, Secretary Clare Short, Mr Secretary Hoon, Secretary Tessa Jowell and Nigel Griffiths presented a Bill to make provision enabling controls to be imposed on the exportation of goods, the transfer of technology, the provision of technical assistance overseas and activities connected with trade in controlled goods; 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 5].

    Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Bill be printed [Bill 5-EN]

4    Queen's Speech (Motion for an Address),-The Order of the day being read, for resuming the adjourned Debate on the Question proposed [20th June], 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.

    An Amendment was proposed to the Question, at the end, to add the words 'but humbly regret that the Gracious Speech makes no reference to agriculture and the countryside, contains no proposals to assist farming, tourism and the rest of the rural economy to recover from foot and mouth disease, does not include any commitment to establish an independent public inquiry into the origins and handling of the epidemic, and does not explain how the new Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, from whose title agriculture is regrettably excluded, will protect the countryside and the environment without changes in planning policy to prevent excessive development on greenfield sites, to the detriment of balanced development of the inner cities; regret that specific measures to improve transport are notable by their absence from the Gracious Speech; and have no confidence that the Government will achieve the world-class public services that they promised prior to the general election.'.-(Mr Tim Yeo.)

    And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Peter Luff, Mr John Randall: 198.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr Ian Pearson: 331.

    So the Question was negatived.

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

    Ordered, That the Debate be resumed to-morrow.

5    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Angela Smith.)

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

[Adjourned at 10.46 p.m.

Michael J. Martin

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


Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

    1    Northern Ireland,-Draft Life Sentences (Northern Ireland Consequential Amendments) Order 2001, and

    (2) draft Life Sentences (Northern Ireland) Order 2001

    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    2    Education,-Education (Grants for Disabled Postgraduate Students) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 2300), dated 25th June 2001 [by Act] [Secretary Estelle Morris].

    3    Legal Aid, Advice and Assistance,-Legal Aid in Criminal Proceedings (Costs) (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2001 (S.R. (N.I.), 2001, No. 251), dated 25th June 2001 [by Act] [Ms Rosie Winterton].

    4    Value Added Tax,-Value Added Tax (Conversion of Buildings) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 2305), dated 26th June 2001 [by Act] [Mr Paul Boateng].

Other Papers:

    5    Duchies of Lancaster and Cornwall,-Financial Statements of the Duchy of Cornwall for 2000-01 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 10] [Mr Paul Boateng].

    6    School Teachers,-Paper, entitled School Teachers' Review Body: Special Review of the Welcome Back Bonus for Returners to Teaching in England [by Command] [Cm. 5174] [The Prime Minister].

    7    Statutory Instruments (Notification),-Communications declaring that the undermentioned Statutory Instrument had come into operation before copies were laid before Parliament, and explaining why such copies had not been so laid before the Instrument came into operation:

    Prison and Young Offenders Centre (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2001 (S.R. (N.I.), 2001, No. 221)

    [by Standing Order] [The Speaker].

    8    Wildlife and Countryside,-Report and Accounts of the Countryside Agency for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 26] [Clerk of the House].


In pursuance of Standing Order No. 4 (Chairmen's Panel), the Speaker nominated Mrs Irene Adams, Mr David Amess, Mr Joe Benton, Mr John Butterfill, Mr Frank Cook, Mr John Cummings, Mr Roger Gale, Mr Win Griffiths, Mr Mike Hancock, Mr Jimmy Hood, Mr Eric Illsley, Mr John McWilliam, Mr Humfrey Malins, Mr Bill O'Brien, Mr Edward O'Hara, Mr Bill Olner, Mr Peter Pike, Mrs Marion Roe, Mr Jonathan Sayeed, Mr George Stevenson and Mr Nicholas Winterton to be members of the Chairmen's Panel during this Session.

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