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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 5th July 2001

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

PRAYERS.

1    Standing Orders (Private Business),-Ordered, That the Amendments to Standing Orders set out in the Schedule be made:

SCHEDULE

    Standing Order 27, line 66, leave out from 'Office' to 'and' in line 68 and insert-

      'and one copy at the Health and Safety Executive, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department for Transport, Local Government'.

    Standing Order 27A, line 24, leave out from 'be' to first 'and' in line 26 and insert-

      'two in the case of a deposit at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department for Transport, Local Government'.

    Standing Order 29, line 8, leave out 'of the Environment, Transport' and insert 'for Transport, Local Government'.

    Standing Order 30A, line 4, leave out 'of the Environment, Transport and the Regions' and insert 'for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs'.

    Standing Order 31, line 6, leave out 'of the Environment, Transport and the Regions' and insert, 'for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs'.

    Standing Order 32, line 8, leave out 'Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food' and insert 'Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs'.

    Standing Order 34, line 10, leave out 'of the Environment, Transport' and insert-

      'for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and at the Department for Transport, Local Government'.

    Standing Order 37, line 9, leave out from 'Office' to 'and' in line 10, and insert-

      'the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department for Transport, Local Government'.

    Standing Order 37, line 14, leave out 'a copy' and insert 'two copies'.

    Standing Order 37, line 17, leave out from 'the' to 'and' in line 19 and insert-

      'Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and one at the Department for Transport, Local Government'.

    Standing Order 39, line 3, leave out from 'bill,' to 'three' in line 4.

    Standing Order 39, line 4, after 'at' insert 'the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs'.

    Standing Order 39, line 5, after 'Office' insert-

      'and the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions'.

    Standing Order 39, line 6, leave out 'the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food'.

    Standing Order 39, line 9, leave out 'Employment' and insert 'Skills'.

    Standing Order 39, line 10, leave out 'of Social Security' and insert 'for Work and Pensions'.

    Standing Order 39, line 20, leave out 'Employment' and insert 'Skills'.

    Standing Order 39, line 23, leave out 'Employment' and insert 'Skills'.

    Standing Order 39, line 29, leave out 'Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food' and insert 'Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs'.

    Standing Order 45, line 20, leave out from 'Department' to 'and' and insert-

      'for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and at the Department for Transport, Local Government'.

    Standing Order 47, line 10, leave out 'of the Environment, Transport' and insert 'for Transport, Local Government'.

    Standing Order 101, line 4, leave out 'Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food' and insert 'Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs'.

    Standing Order 147, line 7, leave out 'the Environment, Transport' and insert 'Transport, Local Government'.*

    Standing Order 147, line 10, leave out 'of the Environment, Transport' and insert 'for Transport, Local Government'.*

    Standing Order 154, line 12, leave out from 'the Environment, Transport' and insert 'Transport, Local Government'.

    Standing Order 154, line 28, leave out 'the Environment, Transport', and insert 'Transport, Local Government'.

      [* refers to the Standing Order text as amended by the House on 28 February 2001.]

    -(The First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means.)

2    Standing Orders (Private Business),-The Order of 11th May, in the last Session of Parliament, that the Standing Orders relating to Private Business be printed, was read and discharged.

3    Standing Orders (Private Business),-Ordered, That the Standing Orders relating to Private Business be printed [No. 137].

4    Selection (Standing Committees),-Mr John McWilliam reported from the Committee of Selection the following Resolution:

    That, after a Bill has been under consideration in a Standing Committee, no application for changes in the composition of that Committee in respect of that Bill will be entertained by this Committee except where a Member is incapacitated from attendance by illness, or where he has been appointed or ceased to be a Member of the Government or has changed his office for another, or has acquired other duties, or ceased to hold or changed such duties.

    Report to lie upon the Table.

5    Selection (Select Committees),-Mr John McWilliam reported from the Committee of Selection the following Resolution:

    That Motions to alter the membership of select committees may be tabled on behalf of the Committee of Selection only if previously approved at a meeting of the Committee of Selection.

    Report to lie upon the Table.

6    Chairmen's Panel (Parliament Act 1911),-Mr John McWilliam reported from the Committee of Selection, That, in pursuance of section 1(3) of the Parliament Act 1911, it had appointed Mr John McWilliam and Mr Nicholas Winterton to be the two Members whom the Speaker shall consult, if practicable, before certifying a Bill to be a Money Bill.

7    Standing Committee C,-Mr John McWilliam reported from the Committee of Selection, That it had designated Standing Committee C as the standing committee in which Government Bills do not have precedence.

8    Business of the House,-Ordered, That, at this day's sitting-

    (1) the Speaker shall put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on any Motions in the name of Mr Robin Cook relating to-

      (a) recommendations of the Senior Salaries Review Body and related issues not later than Four o'clock; and

      (b) Select Committees and European Standing Committees not later than Seven o'clock; and

    proceedings on the Motions referred to in sub-paragraph (b) above may be concluded, though opposed, after Seven o'clock.

    (2) the Questions referred to in paragraph (1) shall include the questions on any Amendments selected by the Speaker which may then be moved.-(Mr Stephen Twigg.)

9    Members' Allowances, Insurance &c.,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That, in the opinion of this House-

    (1) Provision should be made, with effect from 5th July 2001, to implement Chapter 3 of the report of the Review Body on Senior Salaries on parliamentary pay and allowances (Cm 4997-1) a copy of which was laid before this House on 16th March, to establish a General Services Budget under the Members' Vote, and with regard to related matters;

    (2) These provisions should be applied as follows (subject to transitional arrangements under (5) and (6) below, and any directions which may from time to time be given by Mr Speaker with regard to their application):

      (a) the salaries of staff employed by Members to help them in their duties as Members of Parliament, and pensions contributions equivalent to ten per cent. of each employee's salary, should be paid centrally by the Department of Finance and Administration;

      (b) all such staff who become employed by a Member should be employed on pay rates to be linked to job descriptions and standard contracts prepared by the Department of Finance and Administration;

      (c) the total costs of employing such staff, attributable to a particular Member, excluding the pension contribution outlined in (a) above should be limited to 60,000 a year (70,000 a year where a Member represents a London constituency) these figures to be uprated annually to reflect changes in pay levels for equivalent jobs outside the House.

      (d) a new provision called an Incidental Expenses Provision should be established (at a rate of 14,000 per year for each Member, and uprated annually in line with the Retail Prices Index), to meet any other expenditure which Members may incur wholly necessarily and exclusively in discharging their duties as Members.

      (e) specific financial provisions should be made for the supply and maintenance of a standard package of information technology equipment and services for each Member to be used exclusively in discharging their duties as Members; and

      (f) the Office Costs Allowance should be abolished after a transitional period ending on 31st March 2003.

General Services Budget

    (3) Central funding by way of a General Services Budget should provide for:

      (a) relevant training of Members and Members' staff in connection with their parliamentary duties;

      (b) any appropriate insurance provision;

      (c) any additional reimbursement of exceptional expenses incurred by Members who have constituencies with particular problems;

      (d) reasonable adjustments to the working conditions and equipment of Members with particular needs because of disability, and for necessary additional continuing costs;

      (e) any additional payments to Members in respect of safety precautions to safeguard their staff, their office equipment and themselves, where such safety precautions have been recommended by the police; and

      (f) other appropriate expenditure within the ambit of the Vote, under the authority of the Speaker.

Advisory Panel

    (4)-(1) It should be the responsibility of a Panel appointed by Mr Speaker to advise him on:

      (i) directions he may give as to the application of the provisions of this Resolution under paragraphs (2) and (3) above;

      (ii) his authorisation of expenditure not otherwise specified in this Resolution but within the ambit of the Vote, pursuant to paragraph (3)(f) thereof; and

      (iii) the application of the provisions of this Resolution to individual cases of difficulty.

    (2) The Panel should advise Mr Speaker and the Leader of the House on the potential development of the arrangements made by or under the Resolutions in force from time to time regarding Members' allowances &c.

Transitional Provisions

    (5) The following provisions should be made regarding the allowances of Members who, having sat in the previous Parliament, are returned to the present Parliament (subject to directions which may be given from time to time by Mr Speaker with regard to application):

      (a) Members may, whether or not they take advantage of central Information Technology provision, opt to retain their entitlement to the Office Costs Allowance, payable at the level and subject to provisions for uprating in force at 1st April 2001;

      (b) Any reasonable contractual commitments entered into by Members who transfer to the new provisions in respect of staff and IT should be honoured through central funding until they can reasonably be terminated;

    But these provisions should cease to have effect from 1st April 2003.

    (6) Transitional provisions for all Members transferring to the new arrangements in 2001-02 should be determined by Mr Speaker, having taken advice where appropriate from the Panel set up under paragraph (4) of this Resolution.

Winding Up Allowance

    (7) In relation to the Winding Up Allowance, Subsection (3) of Part E of the Resolution of 13th July 1994 shall apply to Members who benefit from the provisions of paragraphs 2(a) to 2(d) of this Resolution as if for the words 'office costs allowance' there were substituted the words 'sum of the incidental Expenses Provision and the relevant staff employment cost limit in force at the time they ceased to be a Member'.

Members with disabilities

    (8) When provision is made in respect of any Members in accordance with the provisions of paragraph (3)(d) of this Resolution, any Resolution of this House entitling that Member to claim a multiple of the Office Costs Allowance shall cease to have effect-(Mr Robin Cook);

    And it being Four o'clock, the Speaker, pursuant to Order [this day], put forthwith the Questions he was required to put at that hour.

    An Amendment ((o)) was made to the Question, in line 18, by leaving out from the word 'above' to the word 'these' in line 20, and inserting the words 'should not in any financial year exceed-

    (i) 70,000 in the case of a Member representing a London constituency; and

    (ii) 60,000 in the case of any other Member, plus 3,500 in respect of each full-time (or full-time equivalent) staff person employed by that Member whose duties are wholly or mainly required to be performed within Greater London, provided that the aggregate sum payable in respect of any Member shall not exceed 70,000,', instead thereof.-(Mr Clive Soley.)

    Another Amendment ((d)) was made to the Question, in line 23, by leaving out '14,000' and inserting '18,000', instead thereof.-(Mr Clive Soley.)

    Another Amendment ((l)) was proposed to the Question, in line 32, at the end, to insert the words-

    '(h) that Members should be consulted on their IT needs and requirements before any contracts are let centrally; that the central purchase of any IT equipment should be subject to public procurement requirements; that a wide range of provision is offered and updated as required by each Member and that Members should have access to more than one IT support service of their own choosing.'.-(Mrs Jacqui Lait.)

    Question, That the Amendment be made, put and negatived.

    Another Amendment ((e)) proposed to the Question, in line 32, at the end, to insert the words-

    '(2A) The House of Commons Additional Costs Allowance should be increased by the same proportion as that proposed for the House of Lords Overnight Allowance under Recommendation 16 of the Review Body on Senior Salaries Report No. 48.'.-(Mr Clive Betts.)

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

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Andrew Miller, Mr Kevin Barron: 229.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr John Heppell, Mr Graham Stringer: 117.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Main Question, as amended, put and agreed to.

    Resolved, That, in the opinion of this House-

    (1) Provision should be made, with effect from 5th July 2001, to implement Chapter 3 of the report of the Review Body on Senior Salaries on parliamentary pay and allowances (Cm 4997-1) a copy of which was laid before this House on 16th March, to establish a General Services Budget under the Members' Vote, and with regard to related matters;

    (2) These provisions should be applied as follows (subject to transitional arrangements under (6) and (7) below, and any directions which may from time to time be given by Mr Speaker with regard to their application):

      (a) the salaries of staff employed by Members to help them in their duties as Members of Parliament, and pensions contributions equivalent to ten per cent. of each employee's salary, should be paid centrally by the Department of Finance and Administration;

      (b) all such staff who become employed by a Member should be employed on pay rates to be linked to job descriptions and standard contracts prepared by the Department of Finance and Administration;

      (c) the total costs of employing such staff, attributable to a particular Member, excluding the pension contribution outlined in (a) above should not in any financial year exceed-

      (i) 70,000 in the case of a Member representing a London constituency; and

      (ii) 60,000 in the case of any other Member, plus 3,500 in respect of each full-time (or full-time equivalent) staff person employed by that Member whose duties are wholly or mainly required to be performed within Greater London, provided that the aggregate sum payable in respect of any Member shall not exceed 70,000,

      these figures to be uprated annually to reflect changes in pay levels for equivalent jobs outside the House.

      (d) a new provision called an Incidental Expenses Provision should be established (at a rate of 18,000 per year for each Member, and uprated annually in line with the Retail Prices Index), to meet any other expenditure which Members may incur wholly necessarily and exclusively in discharging their duties as Members.

      (e) specific financial provisions should be made for the supply and maintenance of a standard package of information technology equipment and services for each Member to be used exclusively in discharging their duties as Members; and

      (f) the Office Costs Allowance should be abolished after a transitional period ending on 31st March 2003.

    (3) The House of Commons Additional Costs Allowance should be increased by the same proportion as that proposed for the House of Lords Overnight Allowance under Recommendation 16 of the Review Body on Senior Salaries Report No. 48.

General Services Budget

    (4) Central funding by way of a General Services Budget should provide for:

      (a) relevant training of Members and Members' staff in connection with their parliamentary duties;

      (b) any appropriate insurance provision;

      (c) any additional reimbursement of exceptional expenses incurred by Members who have constituencies with particular problems;

      (d) reasonable adjustments to the working conditions and equipment of Members with particular needs because of disability, and for necessary additional continuing costs;

      (e) any additional payments to Members in respect of safety precautions to safeguard their staff, their office equipment and themselves, where such safety precautions have been recommended by the police; and

      (f) other appropriate expenditure within the ambit of the Vote, under the authority of the Speaker.

Advisory Panel

    (5)-(1) It should be the responsibility of a Panel appointed by Mr Speaker to advise him on:

      (i) directions he may give as to the application of the provisions of this Resolution under paragraphs (2) and (4) above;

      (ii) his authorisation of expenditure not otherwise specified in this Resolution but within the ambit of the Vote, pursuant to paragraph (4)(f) thereof; and

      (iii) the application of the provisions of this Resolution to individual cases of difficulty.

    (2) The Panel should advise Mr Speaker and the Leader of the House on the potential development of the arrangements made by or under the Resolutions in force from time to time regarding Members' allowances &c.

Transitional Provisions

    (6) The following provisions should be made regarding the allowances of Members who, having sat in the previous Parliament, are returned to the present Parliament (subject to directions which may be given from time to time by Mr Speaker with regard to application):

      (a) Members may, whether or not they take advantage of central Information Technology provision, opt to retain their entitlement to the Office Costs Allowance, payable at the level and subject to provisions for uprating in force at 1st April 2001;

      (b) Any reasonable contractual commitments entered into by Members who transfer to the new provisions in respect of staff and IT should be honoured through central funding until they can reasonably be terminated;

    But these provisions should cease to have effect from 1st April 2003.

    (7) Transitional provisions for all Members transferring to the new arrangements in 2001-02 should be determined by Mr Speaker, having taken advice where appropriate from the Panel set up under paragraph (5) of this Resolution.

Winding Up Allowance

    (8) In relation to the Winding Up Allowance, Subsection (3) of Part E of the Resolution of 13th July 1994 shall apply to Members who benefit from the provisions of paragraphs 2(a) to 2(d) of this Resolution as if for the words 'office costs allowance' there were substituted the words 'sum of the incidental Expenses Provision and the relevant staff employment cost limit in force at the time they ceased to be a Member'.

Members with disabilities

    (9) When provision is made in respect of any Members in accordance with the provisions of paragraph (4)(d) of this Resolution, any Resolution of this House entitling that Member to claim a multiple of the Office Costs Allowance shall cease to have effect.

10    Members' Pay (Expression of Opinion),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That, in the opinion of this House, the following provision should be made with respect to the salaries of Members of this House-

    (1) In respect of service in the period starting with 20th June 2001 and ending with 31st March 2002 the salary of a Member shall be increased by 2,000 per annum.

    (2) That salary shall be increased by a further 2,000 per annum from 1st April 2002.

    (3) The increases referred to above shall be additional to any increase resulting from the operation of paragraph (2) of the Resolution of this House of 10th July 1996-(Mr Robin Cook);

    An Amendment ((a)) was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word 'House' to the end of the Question, and to insert the words-

    '(1) the Resolution of this House of 10th July 1996 relating to Members' salaries be rescinded; and

    (2) for each year starting with 1st April, from 2002 onwards, the salary of a Member shall be increased by the average of the percentage increase recommended in that year by the Nurses', School Teachers', and Doctors' and Dentists' Pay Review Bodies.', instead thereof.-(Mr Chris Mullin.)

    And the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Order [this day], That the Amendment be made;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Harry Barnes, Mrs Anne Campbell: 66.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr John Heppell, Mr Graham Stringer: 260.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Main Question being put;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John Heppell, Mr Graham Stringer: 276.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Harry Barnes, Mr Mark Todd: 42.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Resolved, That, in the opinion of this House, the following provision should be made with respect to the salaries of Members of this House-

    (1) In respect of service in the period starting with 20th June 2001 and ending with 31st March 2002 the salary of a Member shall be increased by 2,000 per annum.

    (2) That salary shall be increased by a further 2,000 per annum from 1st April 2002.

    (3) The increases referred to above shall be additional to any increase resulting from the operation of paragraph (2) of the Resolution of this House of 10th July 1996.

11    Parliamentary Pensions,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House endorses the proposals for changes to the Parliamentary Pensions Scheme to give effect to recommendations 1, 3, 5, and 7 contained in the SSRB Report on the Scheme laid on 16th March 2001 and calls on the Trustees of the Scheme to consider how best to implement recommendation 2 but at no additional cost to the Exchequer and to consider recommendations 4, 6 and 8.

    And that this House further endorses the proposals for changes in this scheme and the avc scheme pursuant to the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999 in relation to pension sharing on divorce-(Mr Robin Cook);

    An Amendment ((a)) was proposed to the Question, in line 8, at the end, to add the words-

    'And that this House further endorses the recommendation of the Trustees of the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund that the accrual rate be increased to 1/40th and that the additional cost be borne by the Exchequer.'.-(Mr John Butterfill.)

    And the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Order [this day], That the Amendment be made;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Eric Forth, Mr George Mudie: 215.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Graham Stringer, Mr John Heppell: 172.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Another Amendment ((b)) was proposed to the Question, after the words last added, to add the words-

    'And that this House believes that survivors' benefits could apply to unmarried partners as well as spouses.'.-(Dr Evan Harris.)

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

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John Heppell, Mr Graham Stringer: 289.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Desmond Swayne, Mr Gerald Howarth: 33.

    So the Question was agreed to.

    Main Question, as amended, put and agreed to.

    Resolved, That this House endorses the proposals for changes to the Parliamentary Pensions Scheme to give effect to recommendations 1, 3, 5, and 7 contained in the SSRB Report on the Scheme laid on 16th March 2001 and calls on the Trustees of the Scheme to consider how best to implement recommendation 2 but at no additional cost to the Exchequer and to consider recommendations 4, 6 and 8.

    And that this House further endorses the proposals for changes in this scheme and the avc scheme pursuant to the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999 in relation to pension sharing on divorce.

    And that this House further endorses the recommendation of the Trustees of the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund that the accrual rate be increased to 1/40th and that the additional cost be borne by the Exchequer.

    And that this House believes that survivors' benefits could apply to unmarried partners as well as spouses.

12    Members' Insurance: Reimbursement of Costs Incurred by the Right Honourable Member for Blackburn,-Resolved, That, in the opinion of this House, provision should be made to reimburse the Right honourable Member for Blackburn for reasonable legal expenditure including damages arising in consequence of an action brought against him alleging vicarious liability for an act of negligence committed in the course of his duties as a Member of this House.-(Mr Robin Cook.)

13    Members' Pay (Money Resolution),-Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Members' Pay (Money Resolution);

    Resolved, That the following provision shall be made with respect to the salaries of Members of this House-

    (1) In respect of service in the period starting with 20th June 2001 and ending with 31st March 2002 the salary of a Member shall be increased by 2,000 per annum.

    (2) That salary shall be increased by a further 2,000 per annum from 1st April 2002.

    (3) The increases referred to above shall be additional to any increase resulting from the operation of paragraph (2) of the Resolution of this House of 10th July 1996.-(Mr Robin Cook.)

14    Select Committees,-Ordered, That the following Amendments be made to Standing Orders:

    A. SELECT COMMITTEE QUORUMS

    S.O. No. 124 (Quorum of Select Committees):

      in line 1, at the begining, insert-

      '(A) Except as otherwise provided, the quorum of a select committee shall be three or a quarter of the number of its members, whichever is the greater; and in calculating the quorum fractions shall be counted as one.

      (B) Where more than two select committees or sub-committees thereof meet concurrently for the purpose of deliberating or taking evidence, pursuant to Standing Order (Select Committees: power to work with other committees), the quorum of each shall be two.'.

    S.O. No. 139 (Select Committee on Broadcasting):

      in line 5, leave out from 'Members' to end of line 6.

    S.O. No. 141 (Deregulation and Regulatory Reform Committee):

      leave out paragraph (10).

    S.O. No. 142 (Domestic Committees):

      in line 9, leave out from 'Members' to end of the line.

    S.O. No. 144 (Finance and Services Committee):

      in line 19, leave out from 'Members' to end of the line.

    S.O. No. 145 (Liaison Committee):

      leave out paragraph (5).

    S.O. No. 146 (Select Committee on Public Administration):

      in line 10, leave out from 'Members' to end of line 11.

    S.O. No. 147 (Procedure Committee):

      leave out paragraph (3).

    S.O. No. 148 (Committee of Public Accounts):

      in line 7, leave out from 'Members' to 'The' in line 8.

    S.O. No. 152 (Select Committees related to government departments):

      in line 7, after 'concerned', insert 'and'.

      in line 8, leave out from 'committee' to 'shall'.

      in the table in paragraph (2), leave out the fourth column ('Quorum').

      leave out paragraph (5).

    S.O. No. 152A (Environmental Audit Committee):

      in line 9, leave out from 'Members' to end of line 10.

    B. SELECT COMMITTEES (POWER TO WORK WITH OTHER COMMITTEES)

    That-

    (1) The following Standing Order (Select Committees: power to work with other committees) be made:

    '(1) Any select committee or sub-committee with power to send for persons, papers and records shall have power-

      (a) to communicate its evidence to any other select committee or sub-committee of either House of Parliament; provided that evidence from the National Audit Office shall first have been agreed between that Office and the government department or departments concerned;

      (b) to meet concurrently with any such committee or sub-committee for the purpose of deliberating or taking evidence; and

      (c) to meet concurrently with any other select committee of this House for the purpose of considering a draft report.

    (2) Where two or more select committees have agreed reports to the House in identical terms, those reports may be published as a joint report.'; and

    (2) That the following amendments be made to Standing Orders:

    S.O. No. 139 (Select Committee on Broadcasting):

      in line 16, leave out from 'communicate' to end of line 33, and insert 'its evidence to the House of Commons Commission'.

    S.O. No. 141 (Deregulation and Regulatory Reform Committee):

      leave out lines 116 to 126.

    S.O. No. 142 (Domestic Committees):

      in line 23, leave out from 'communicate' to end of line 40, and insert 'its evidence to the House of Commons Commission'.

    S.O. No. 143 (European Scrutiny Committee):

      leave out paragraphs (12) and (13).

    S.O. No. 144 (Finance and Services Committee):

      in line 28, leave out from 'communicate' to end of line 45, and insert 'its evidence to the House of Commons Commission'.

    S.O. No. 146 (Select Committee on Public Administration):

      leave out lines 21 to 26.

    S.O. No. 148 (Committee of Public Accounts):

      leave out paragraphs (3) and (4).

    S.O. No. 152 (Select Committees related to government departments):

      leave out lines 29 to 42.

      in line 47, leave out from 'proceedings' to 'and' in line 52.

    S.O. No. 152A (Environmental Audit Committee):

      leave out lines 23 to 34.

    C. SELECT COMMITTEES RELATED TO GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS

    That Standing Order No. 152 (Select Committees related to government departments) be amended, by leaving out items 1, 4, 5 and 13 in the Table in paragraph (2) and inserting the following items at the appropriate places:

      'Education and Skills/Department for Education and Skills/11';

      'Environment, Food and Rural Affairs/Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs/17';

      'Transport, Local Government and the Regions/Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions/17'; and

      'Work and Pensions/Department for Work and Pensions/11'.

    D. SELECT COMMITTEES (POWER TO APPOINT SUB-COMMITTEES)

    That the following amendments to Standing Orders be made:

    S.O. No. 146 (Select Committee on Public Administration):

      in line 29, at end add the following words:

      '(5) The committee shall have power to appoint a sub-committee, which shall have power to send for persons, papers and records, to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House, to adjourn from place to place, and to report to the committee from time to time.

      (6) The committee shall have power to report from time to time the minutes of evidence taken before the sub-committee.

      (7) The quorum of the sub-committee shall be three.'.

    S.O. No. 152 (Select Committees related to government departments):

      leave out lines 9 to 14, and insert the following words:

      '(3) Each select committee appointed under this order shall have the power to appoint a sub-committee, and the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee and the Transport, Local Government and the Regions Committee shall have power to appoint two sub-committees.'.

    S.O. No. 152A (Environmental Audit Committee):

      in line 34, at end, add the following words:

      '(5) The committee shall have power to appoint a sub-committee, which shall have power to send for persons, papers and records, to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House, to adjourn from place to place, and to report to the committee from time to time.

      (6) The committee shall have power to report from time to time the minutes of evidence taken before the sub-committee.

      (7) The quorum of the sub-committee shall be three.'-(Mr Robin Cook.)

15    European Standing Committees,-Ordered, That the following amendments be made to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees):

    In the Table, in the column 'Principal subject matter', leave out 'Agriculture, Fisheries and Food', and insert 'Environment, Food and Rural Affairs'.

    In the Table, in the column 'Principal subject matter', leave out 'Environment, Transport and the Regions', and insert 'Transport, Local Government and the Regions'.

    In the Table, in the column 'Principal subject matter', leave out 'Scottish, Welsh', and insert 'Scotland, Wales'.

    In the Table, in the column 'Principal subject matter', leave out 'Social Security', and insert 'Work and Pensions'.

    In the Table, in the column 'Principal subject matter', leave out 'Education and Employment', and insert 'Education and Skills'.-(Angela Smith.)

16    Business of the House,-The Order of the day being read, for resuming the adjourned Debate on the Question proposed on 28th June, That Private Members' Bills shall have precedence over Government business on 26th October, 2nd, 23rd and 30th November 2001, 11th, 18th and 25th January, 15th March, 12th and 19th April, 10th May, 21st June and 19th July 2002;

    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 on Monday 9th July.

17    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr John Heppell.)

    And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till half-past Seven o'clock, adjourned till Monday 9th July.

[Adjourned at 7.30 p.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


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


    APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

    1    Local Government Finance,-(1) Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 84) on 2001-02 Special Grant for Rate Relief in Respect of Hardship caused by Foot and Mouth Disease; and

    (2) Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 85) on Invest to Save Budget Round 3 projects

    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 129 and 130] [Mr Secretary Byers].

    2    Representation of the People,-(1) Draft Representation of the People (Form of Canvass) (England and Wales) Regulations 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers]; and

    (2) draft Representation of the People (Form of Canvass) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 [by Act] [Mrs Secretary Liddell].

    3    Terms and Conditions of Employment,-Draft National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2001 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    4    Animals,-Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Control of Vaccination) (England) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 2375), dated 4th July 2001 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

    5    Housing,-Housing Renewal Grants (Amendment No. 2) (England) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 2384), dated 3rd July 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

    6    Legal Aid and Advice,-Legal Aid in Family Proceedings (Remuneration) (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 2417), dated 5th July 2001 [by Act] [Mr Michael Wills].

    7    Public Procurement,-Utilities Contracts (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 2418), dated 4th July 2001 [by Act] [Mr Andrew Smith].

    8    Social Security,-Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 5) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 2412), dated 4th July 2001 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

Other Papers:

    9    Broadcasting,-Review, Report and Financial Statement of the Broadcasting Standards Commission for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

    10    Competition Commission,-Report by the Competition Commission on the proposed merger between Reed Elsevier plc and Harcourt General, Inc [by Command] [Cm. 5186] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    11    Government Trading Funds,-Report and Accounts of the Ordnance Survey for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 27] [Clerk of the House].

    12    Prisons,-Report of the Prisons Ombudsman for 2000-01 [by Command] [Cm. 5170] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    European Communities (Amendment) Bill (Programming Committee),-Pursuant to Sessional Order B (Programming Committees) [28th June], the Speaker has appointed Mr Menzies Campbell, Mr Ivor Caplin, Caroline Flint, Mr Peter Hain, Mr Mark Hendrick, Mr Peter Luff, Ms Bridget Prentice and Mr Richard Spring members of the Programming Committee in respect of the European Communities (Amendment) Bill.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    Statutory Instruments,-First Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 135-i] [Mr David Tredinnick].

[W.H., No. 4]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall
[pursuant to the Order of 20th November 2000]

The sitting commenced at half-past Two o'clock.

    Adjournment (The Role of the Department for Work and Pensions),-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Dan Norris.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 10th July.

[Adjourned at 6.33 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker



 
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