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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 12th July 2001

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

PRAYERS.

1    Homelessness Bill,-Mr Roger Gale reported from Standing Committee A, That it had gone through the Homelessness Bill, and directed him to report the same, without Amendment.

    Bill, not amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow.

    Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 173].

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

    The Lords concur with the Commons in their message [10th July] relating to the Greenham and Crookham Commons Bill.

3     Opposition Day [1st allotted day],-It being an allotted day at the disposal of the Leader of the Opposition in pursuance of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business), the House proceeded to consider Opposition business.

    Post-16 Education,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House recognises the importance of post-16 education in schools and colleges, in offering new opportunities to young people and in improving the nation's skills base and international competitiveness; regrets the hasty introduction of the new AS levels, which has resulted in organisational chaos for schools, a reduction in extra-curricular activities and had a severe effect on the lives of young people; considers that the interim response of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and the Government on this issue is inadequate; recognises the important role played by further education colleges in providing opportunities for young people and widening participation; deplores the current low pay, status and morale of further education lecturers; condemns the Government's failure to meet its targets for expansion of further education student numbers; and urges the Government to retain the financing of school sixth forms in the schools sector, address urgently the problems in the further education sector and reconsider the spectrum of qualifications post-14-(Mrs Theresa May);

    An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word 'House' to the end of the Question and add the words 'welcomes the Government's achievements in post-16 education which will drive up the nation's skills and extend opportunity for all; applauds the substantial extra resources secured for further education and the reforms through the Learning and Skills Council and rigorous inspection arrangements, which will radically improve standards and the guarantee to all sixth forms that their funding will be maintained in real terms if their pupil numbers do not fall; commends the broadening of the 16-19 curriculum which is widely supported and the timely and measured response of the Government to improve delivery in schools and colleges; welcomes the early success of the Connexions Service and of Education Maintenance Allowance pilots in encouraging more young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to stay in full-time education after the age of 16, the extra resources secured for the university system and the expansion in the numbers of students in higher education; and endorses the strategy to reduce the number of adults lacking basic literacy and numeracy skills which will tackle a problem which has been neglected for far too long.', instead thereof.-(Secretary Estelle Morris.)

    And the Question being put, That the original words stand part of the Question;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John Randall, Mr James Gray: 187.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr John Heppell, Mr Graham Stringer: 302.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Question, That the proposed words be there added, being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments):-It was agreed to.

    The Deputy Speaker forthwith declared the Main Question, as amended, to be agreed to.

    Resolved, That this House welcomes the Government's achievements in post-16 education which will drive up the nation's skills and extend opportunity for all; applauds the substantial extra resources secured for further education and the reforms through the Learning and Skills Council and rigorous inspection arrangements, which will radically improve standards and the guarantee to all sixth forms that their funding will be maintained in real terms if their pupil numbers do not fall; commends the broadening of the 16-19 curriculum which is widely supported and the timely and measured response of the Government to improve delivery in schools and colleges; welcomes the early success of the Connexions Service and of Education Maintenance Allowance pilots in encouraging more young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to stay in full-time education after the age of 16, the extra resources secured for the university system and the expansion in the numbers of students in higher education; and endorses the strategy to reduce the number of adults lacking basic literacy and numeracy skills which will tackle a problem which has been neglected for far too long.

    The Countryside in Crisis,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House deplores the Government's neglect of the continuing crisis in the countryside; condemns its failure to produce any programme for the recovery of agriculture and its refusal to accept the need for a full independent public inquiry into the foot and mouth epidemic; further deplores the absence of policies to maintain adequate services in rural areas, including post office and shops, and its failure to address public concern about rural crime; and regrets the pursuit of tax policies which are especially damaging to rural communities and the unsustainable planning policies which continue to threaten greenfield sites-(Mr Tim Yeo);

    An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word 'House' to the end of the Question and add the words 'supports the Government's key priority to eradicate foot and mouth disease as quickly as possible; regrets that the Opposition has failed to notice the Government's recent announcement of an enhanced Farm Business Advisory Service which encourages farmers to develop new income opportunities and an extension of the rate relief scheme to ensure further financial support to businesses in rural areas suffering most from the impact of FMD which will help councils to grant 100 per cent. rate relief to eligible small businesses up to the end of the year, as well as continuing other measures to help the rural economy to recover from the crisis; endorses the Government's commitment to rural communities as set out in the Rural White Paper and the England Rural Development Programme; applauds the Government's wider record on public service delivery in rural areas; and calls upon the Government to continue pursuing a strategy based on long term policies to regenerate British agriculture, improve rural services and revitalise the rural economy as a whole', instead thereof.-(Secretary Margaret Beckett.)

    And the Question being put, That the original words stand part of the Question;

    The House divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John Randall, Mr Peter Atkinson: 188.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Tony McNulty, Jim Fitzpatrick: 277.

    So the Question was negatived.

    And the Question, That the proposed words be there added, being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments):-It was agreed to.

    The Deputy Speaker forthwith declared the Main Question, as amended, to be agreed to.

    Resolved, That this House supports the Government's key priority to eradicate foot and mouth disease as quickly as possible; regrets that the Opposition has failed to notice the Government's recent announcement of an enhanced Farm Business Advisory Service which encourages farmers to develop new income opportunities and an extension of the rate relief scheme to ensure further financial support to businesses in rural areas suffering most from the impact of FMD which will help councils to grant 100 per cent. rate relief to eligible small businesses up to the end of the year, as well as continuing other measures to help the rural economy to recover from the crisis; endorses the Government's commitment to rural communities as set out in the Rural White Paper and the England Rural Development Programme; applauds the Government's wider record on public service delivery in rural areas; and calls upon the Government to continue pursuing a strategy based on long term policies to regenerate British agriculture, improve rural services and revitalise the rural economy as a whole.

4    Immigration,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Immigration (Leave to Enter) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 20th June, be approved-(Mr Ivor Caplin):-It was agreed to.

5    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;

    Ordered, That the Debate be resumed to-morrow.

6    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Ivor Caplin.)

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

[Adjourned at 7.42 p.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


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


    APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    1    Agriculture,-Beef Special Premium Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 2503), dated 11th July 2001 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

    2    Animals,-Import and Export Restrictions (Foot-and-Mouth Disease) (No. 9) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 2502), dated 11th July 2001 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

    3    Constitutional Law,-Scotland Act 1998 (Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 2478), dated 9th July 2001 [by Act] [Mrs Secretary Liddell].

    4    International Criminal Court,-International Criminal Court Act 2001 (Elements of Crimes) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 2505), dated 10th July 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    5    National Lottery,-National Lottery (Licence Fees) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 2506), dated 11th July 2001 [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

    6    Telecommunications,-Telecommunications (Licence Modifications) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 2495), dated 11th July 2001 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

Other Papers:

    7    Access to Justice,-Report and Financial Statements of the Legal Services Commission for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 97] [Mr Michael Wills].

    8    Appropriation Accounts, 2000-01,-Appropriation Account of the sums granted by Parliament for 2000-01 for Class III, Vote 11 (Passenger Rail Services) [by Act]; to be printed [No. 159] [Mr Paul Boateng].

    9    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,-Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Minute, dated 12th July 2001, concerning a contingent liability relating to indemnities established for officers and Board members of the Residuary Milk Marketing Board [by Command] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

    10    Defence Executive Agencies,-Report and Accounts of the Pay and Personnel Agency for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 12] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

    11    Foreign Affairs,-(1) Government Response to the Eighth Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee, Session 2000-01, on Human Rights Annual Report 2000: Follow-up to Government Response, and

    (2) Government Response to the Ninth Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee, Session 2000-01, on Foreign and Commonwealth Office Annual Report for 2001

    [by Command] [Cm. 5216 and 5212] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    12    Government Trading Funds,-Reports and Accounts of the-

(1) Buying Agency for 1st January 2000 to 31st March 2001,

    (2) Forensic Science Service for 2000-01, and

    (3) HM Land Registry for 2000-01

    with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 47, 13 and 113] [Clerk of the House].

    13    Immigration and Asylum,-Report and Accounts of the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner for 22nd May 2000 to 31st March 2001, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 67] [Clerk of the House].

    14    National Lottery,-Report and Accounts of the National Lottery Commission for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 48] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

    15    Radiological Protection,-Accounts of the National Radiological Protection Board for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 157] [Clerk of the House].

    16    School Standards and Framework,-Account of the Kingston upon Hull Education Action Zone for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 150] [Clerk of the House].

    17    Trade and Industry Executive Agencies,-Reports and Accounts of the-

    (1) Insolvency Service, and

    (2) Radiocommunications Agency

    for 2000-01, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 112 and 76] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

Papers withdrawn:

    18    Terms and Conditions of Employment-Draft National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2001 [laid 3rd July].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Electoral Fraud (Northern Ireland) Bill ( Programming Sub-committee),-The Speaker has appointed Mr Desmond Browne, Mr James Cran, Shona McIsaac, Lembit Ípik, Mr Martin Salter, Mr Graham Stringer and Mr John Taylor members of the Programming Sub-committee of Standing Committee D in respect of the Bill.

    2    Export Control Bill (Programming Sub-committee),-The Speaker has appointed Dr Vincent Cable, Mr James Gray, Nigel Griffiths, Mr Bob Laxton, Rob Marris, Mr Richard Page and Mr Ian Pearson members of the Programming Sub-committee of Standing Committee B in respect of the Bill.

CHAIRMEN'S PANEL

    In pursuance of Standing Order No. 4 (Chairmen's Panel) The Speaker nominated Mr Nigel Beard to be a member of the Chairmen's Panel during this Session.

[W.H., No. 7]

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 (Organic Farming),-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Angela Smith.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 17th July.

[Adjourned at 5 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker



 
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