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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 27th June 2001

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

PRAYERS.

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

    Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee),-The Lords communicate that they have appointed a Select Committee of seven Lords to join with a Committee appointed by the Commons as the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments.

2    Member takes the Oath,-The following Member took and subscribed the Oath:

    Eleanor Fulton Laing...forEpping Forest.

3    Welsh Grand Committee,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order Nos. 107 (Welsh Grand Committee (matters relating exclusively to Wales)) and 108 (Welsh Grand Committee (sittings)), That-

    1. The matter of the Government's legislative programme, as outlined in the Queen's Speech as it relates to Wales, be referred to the Welsh Grand Committee for its consideration;

    2. The Committee shall meet on Tuesday 3rd July at half past Ten o'clock and between Four o'clock and Six o'clock at Westminster to take questions under Standing Order No. 103 (Welsh Grand Committee (questions for oral answer)) and to consider the matter of the Government's legislative programme as outlined in the Queen's Speech as it relates to Wales, under Standing Order No. 107 (Welsh Grand Committee (matters relating exclusively to Wales))-(Mr Nick Ainger):-It was agreed to.

4     Sittings of the House,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 12 (House not to sit on certain Fridays), That the House will not sit on the following Fridays: 29th June, 6th July, 7th and 14th December 2001, and 15th February, 22nd March, 3rd and 17th May, 14th and 28th June 2002-(Mr Nick Ainger):-It was agreed to.

5    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 does not contain the Bills on victims' rights and reform of the licensing laws promised in the Government's manifesto, nor any measures to make prisons more purposeful, to improve the asylum system to ensure that the United Kingdom fulfils its obligations to genuine refugees, and to introduce honesty in sentencing; note that the Gracious Speech makes no mention of the cuts in police numbers that have occurred since 1997 and the crisis in police morale; further regret that the Government has failed to outline detailed proposals to alter the procedures or composition of either House of Parliament, and failed to guarantee suitable opportunities for the participation of all political parties in any consideration about the future of Parliament; further note that the Gracious Speech contains no plans to increase the democratic accountability of Her Majesty's Government and its servants, and makes no reference to the need to address the problems caused by the increased diminution of the authority of this place since 1997 and of the falling participation rates in national elections; and further regret that the Government intends to introduce ratification of the Nice Treaty without allowing the people an opportunity to express their views in a referendum.'.-(Miss Ann Widdecombe.)

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

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 150.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Tony McNulty, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 403.

    So the Question was negatived.

    Another Amendment was proposed to the Question, at the end, to add the words 'but humbly regret that the Gracious Speech fails to include any measures to address the problems faced by rural communities in the wake of the foot and mouth crisis or remove the bureaucracy stifling British agriculture and rural enterprise; are dismayed by the Government's failure to place environmental concerns at the heart of its legislative programme, to address the crisis in our public transport system and to reform the basis for local government funding; believe that the Government's proposals for education will not adequately address the continuing crisis in teacher recruitment and retention; further believe that tuition fees remain the greatest bar to a university education for many; further believe that while reform of the criminal justice system is necessary, there is no justification for undermining fundamental civil liberties of our citizens, in particular their right to a fair trial; urge the establishment of a standing Royal Commission to report on policies dealing with all drugs; regret the continued failure of the Government to provide for referendums on a fair voting system for the House of Commons and the European Single Currency and to bring forward wide-ranging proposals for modernisation of both Houses of Parliament; regret the lack of provision for personal care for elderly and disabled people, and for preventive healthcare; and call on the Government to take bold steps to tackle the steep inequalities of opportunity and access to essential services which afflict the most disadvantaged members in society.'.-(Mr Simon Hughes.)

    And the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 33 (Calling of amendments at end of debate), That the Amendment be made;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Sir Robert Smith, Mr Andrew Stunell: 57.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Tony McNulty, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 344.

    So the Question was negatived.

    Main Question put.

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Tony McNulty, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 334.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 207.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Resolved, 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.

    Address to be presented to Her Majesty by such Members of this House as are of Her Majesty's most honourable Privy Council or of Her Majesty's Household.

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

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till one minute past Eleven o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 11.01 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    Damages,-Damages (Personal Injury) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 2301), dated 25th June 2001 [by Act] [Mr Michael Wills].

    2    Financial Services and Markets,-Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Transitional Provisions) (Ombudsman Scheme and Complaint Scheme) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 2326), dated 27th June 2001 [by Act] [Ruth Kelly]

    3    Highways,-Trunk Road Charging Schemes (Bridges and Tunnels) (England) Procedure Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 2303), dated 25th June 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

    4    London Government,-Road User Charging (Enforcement and Adjudication) (London) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 2313), dated 26th June 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

    5    Supreme Court (Northern Ireland),-Crown Court (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2001 (S.R. (N.I.), 2001, No. 253), dated 23rd June 2001 [by Act] [Ms Rosie Winterton].

Other Papers:

    6    Broadcasting,-(1) Report, and

    (2) Statement of Accounts

    of S4C for 2000 [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

    7    Employment Relations,-Report of the Central Arbitration Committee for 2000-01 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    8    Industrial Organisation and Development,-Report and Accounts of the Horticultural Development Council for 1999-2000 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

    9    Isle of Man,-Account of Receipts and Payments for 1999-2000 of Commissioners of Customs and Excise in Account with the Government of the Isle of Man, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Mr Paul Boateng].

    10    Parliamentary Commissioner,-(1) First Report of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration, Session 2001-02: Annual Report 2000-01, and

    (2) Second Report of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration, Session 2001-02: Selected Cases and Summaries of Completed Investigations, October 2000 to March 2001

[by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 5 and 6] [Clerk of the House].

    11    Slovenia (No. 1, 2001),-Agreement, done at Ljubljana on 18th December 2000, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Republic of Slovenia on the Establishment and Activities of Cultural Centres, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 5179] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    12    Treaty Series (No. 31, 2001),-International Convention, done at Rio de Janeiro on 14th May 1966, with related Protocol, done at Paris on 10th July 1984, for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas [by Command] [Cm. 5183] [Mr Secretary Straw].

APPENDIX II

Grand Committees

    Welsh Grand Committee,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Win Griffiths Chairman of the Welsh Grand Committee in respect of its meeting on Tuesday 3rd July.

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CHAIRMEN'S PANEL

In pursuance of Standing Order No. 4 (Chairmen's Panel), the Speaker has nominated Mr Derek Conway and Mr Alan Hurst to be members of the Chairmen's Panel during this Session of Parliament.

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CORRIGENDUM

In the Votes and Proceedings of 20th June, item 4 in Appendix I, relating to the Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Canada regarding the Sharing of Forfeited or Confiscated Assets or their Equivalent Funds, should have Command Paper number Cm 5180.



 
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