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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 18th July 2001

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

PRAYERS.

1    City of London (Ward Elections) Bill,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the promoters of the City of London (Ward Elections) Bill which originated in this House in the last Parliament but had not received the Royal Assent may, notwithstanding anything in the Standing Orders or practice of this House, proceed with the bill in the present session of Parliament; and the petition for the bill shall be deemed to have been deposited and all Standing Orders applicable to it shall be deemed to have been complied with;

    That the bill shall be presented to the House by deposit in the Private Bill Office no later than the fifth day on which the House sits after this day;

    That a declaration signed by the agent shall be annexed to the bill, stating that it is the same in every respect as the bill presented in this House in the last Parliament;

    That on the next sitting day following presentation, the Clerk in the Private Bill Office shall lay the bill on the Table of the House;

    That in the present session of Parliament the bill shall be deemed to have passed through every stage through which it had passed in the last Parliament, and shall be recorded in the Journal of the House as having passed those stages;

    That no further fees shall be charged to such stages-(The First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means);

    And objection being taken to further proceedings, the Debate stood adjourned.

    Ordered, That the Debate be resumed on Wednesday 17th October.

2    European Communities (Finance) Bill (Programming Committee),-The Chairman of Ways and Means reported from the Programming Committee, That it had come to a Resolution in respect of the European Communities (Finance) Bill, which it had directed him to report to the House-

    That, pursuant to the Programme Order of 3rd July 2001 (proceedings in Committee of the whole House, on consideration and on Third Reading of the European Communities (Finance) Bill),-

      (1) proceedings in Committee of the whole House shall, so far as not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at 8.30 pm on the first allotted day (or, if that day is a Thursday, 5.30 pm);

      (2) any proceedings on consideration and proceedings on Third Reading shall be taken on the second allotted day and, so far as not previously concluded, shall be brought to a conclusion at 10 p.m. on that day (or, if that day is a Thursday, 7 pm).

    Report to lie upon the Table.

3    Marine Wildlife Conservation Bill,-Mr John Randall, supported by Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Henry Bellingham, Andrew Bennett, Mr Peter Bottomley, Mr Colin Breed, Mrs Helen Brinton, Mr John Gummer, Mr Elfyn Llwyd, Mr Andrew Robathan, Mr Anthony Steen and Dr Richard Taylor presented a Bill to amend the law relating to nature conservation and the protection of wildlife in respect of the marine environment; to provide enforcement powers for marine wildlife conservation purposes to competent marine authorities; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 26th October and to be printed [Bill 8].

4    Patents Act 1977 (Amendment) Bill,-Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger, supported by Mr Keith Simpson, Mr Oliver Letwin, Hugh Robertson, Mr Michael Jack, Mr Mark Prisk, Mr David Heath, Mr Jonathan Djanogly, Mr Andrew Murrison, Mr Paul Goodman, Mr Hugo Swire, and Mr Andrew Turner, presented a Bill to amend the Patents Act 1977 to enable a court to award exemplary damages in an action for infringement of a patent: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 2nd November and to be printed [Bill 9].

5    Age Equality Commission Bill,-Ms Candy Atherton, supported by Jim Knight, Andrew George, Linda Perham, Mr Roger Berry, Linda Gilroy and Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger presented a Bill to make provision for the establishment of an Age Equality Commission to advise the Government on discrimination issues in relation to older people: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 23rd November and to be printed [Bill 10].

6    Home Energy Conservation Bill,-Dr Desmond Turner, supported by Mr Don Foster, Sir Sydney Chapman, Dr Ian Gibson, Mr Alan Simpson, Mr David Drew, Mr David Chaytor, Matthew Taylor, Joan Ruddock, Mr David Lepper, Mr Martin Salter and Llew Smith, presented a Bill to make further provision about energy conservation in relation to residential housing; to make further provision about the eradication of fuel poverty; to provide for the establishment of registration and licensing schemes for houses in multiple occupation; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 30th November and to be printed [Bill 11].

7    Pension Annuities (Amendment) Bill,-Mr David Curry presented a Bill to amend the law relating to the purchase of annuities in respect of private and personal pensions, defined contribution and additional voluntary contribution pension schemes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 11th January and to be printed [Bill 12].

8    Employee Share Schemes Bill,-Mr Mark Lazarowicz, supported by Mr John McFall, Mr Archy Kirkwood, Linda Gilroy, Ms Meg Munn, Mr Mark Hendrick, Jim Dobbin, Mr Ian Davidson, Mr David Milliband, Mr Tony Lloyd, John Barrett and Mr Andrew Love presented a Bill to make provision relating to employee share schemes; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on 18th January and to be printed [Bill 13].

9    Industrial and Provident Societies Bill,-Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West), supported by Mr Andrew Love, Mike Gapes, Dr Doug Naysmith, Gillian Merron, Mr Ken Purchase, Phil Hope, Mr Andy Reed, Mr John McFall, Mr Ian Davidson, Paul Goggins and David Taylor presented a Bill to enable the law relating to societies registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965 to be amended so as to bring it into conformity with certain aspects of the law relating to companies; to amend the procedure whereby such a society may convert itself into, or amalgamate with or transfer its engagements to, a company; to permit a registered society whose business is conducted for the benefit of the community to provide that its assets are dedicated permanently for that purpose; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time 25th January and to be printed [Bill 14].

10    Food Labelling Bill,-Mr Eric Pickles, supported by Mr David Drew, Mr Stephen O'Brien, Mrs Ann Cryer, Mr David Curry, Mr Bill Rammell, Mr Charles Hendry, Mr Ian Davidson, Alistair Burt, Mr Nigel Jones, Mr John Hayes and Mr Owen Paterson presented a Bill to make further provision for relevant information about food, including information about the country of origin and standards of production of that food, to be made available to consumers, by labelling, marking or in other ways; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time Friday 2nd November and to be printed [Bill 15].

11    Legalisation of Cannabis Bill,-Mr Jon Owen Jones supported by Ms Diane Abbott, John Austin, Mr Tony Banks, Jeremy Corbyn, Paul Flynn, Dr Ian Gibson, Mr Mike Hancock, Dr Brian Iddon, Lynne Jones, Mr Austin Mitchell, Dr Jenny Tonge presented a Bill to Bill to legalise and regulate the sale, supply and use of cannabis for recreational and therapeutic purposes; and for connected purposes : And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 26th October and to be printed [Bill 16].

12    Copyright Etc. and Trade Marks (Offences and Enforcement) Bill,-Dr Vincent Cable, supported by Richard Burden, Mr William Cash, Brian Cotter, Mr Edward Davey, Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger, Mr Paul Marsden, Mr Andrew Miller, Mr Austin Mitchell, Mr Lembit Ípik, and Mr Nicholas Winterton presented a Bill to amend the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 in respect of criminal offences, search warrants, powers of seizure and orders for forfeiture; to amend the Trade Marks Act 1994 in respect of search warrants and powers of seizure; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 23rd November and to be printed [Bill 17].

13    Housing (Wales) Bill,-Mr Simon Thomas, supported by Mr Elfyn Llwyd, Adam Price and Hywel Williams, presented a Bill to enable the National Assembly for Wales to make provision about registration and licensing schemes for houses in multiple occupation, about planning regulations, registration schemes and rates of council tax applicable to second homes, about building regulations in relation to older dwellings, and about the exercise by tenants of their right to buy; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 30th November and to be printed [Bill 18].

14    Children with Disabilities (Play Areas) Bill,-Mr Adrian Sanders, supported by Mr Anthony Steen, Mr Robert Syms, Paul Flynn, Nick Harvey, Richard Younger-Ross, Mr Gordon Prentice, Mr Nigel Jones and Mr Colin Pickthall, presented a Bill to require local authorities to provide facilities suitable for use by children with disabilities when they upgrade play areas or construct new play areas: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 11th January and to be printed [Bill 19].

15    Public Right of Planning Appeal Bill,-Mr Nigel Evans, supported by Mr Laurence Robertson, Mr Lembit Ípik, Mr Lindsay Hoyle, Mr Desmond Swayne, Mr Robert Marshall-Andrews, Miss Anne McIntosh, Mr John Bercow, Mr Bill Wiggin, Mr Robert Syms, Mr David Borrow and Mr Mark Hendrick, presented a Bill to introduce a right of appeal against the grant of consent for planning applications for certain persons and in certain circumstances; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 18th January and to be printed [Bill 20].

16    Football Spectators Bill,-Mr Roger Godsiff presented a Bill to amend the law on the licensing of premises for the admission of spectators to football matches; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 2nd November and to be printed [Bill 21].

17    Animal Sanctuaries (Licensing) Bill,-Mr Ian Cawsey, supported by Mr David Amess, Norman Baker, Mr Tony Banks, Mr Roger Gale, Mr Mike Hancock, Mr Tim Loughton, Mr Eric Martlew, Shona McIsaac, Dr Nick Palmer, Mr Martin Salter and Mr Gerry Steinberg presented a Bill to make provision for the licensing and control of animal sanctuaries: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 11th January and to be printed [Bill 22].

18    Copyright (Visually Impaired Persons) Bill,-Rachel Squire presented a Bill to permit, without infringement of copyright, the transfer of copyright works to formats accessible to visually impaired persons: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 15th March and to be printed [Bill 23].

19    Tobacco Disclosure Bill,-Mr Frank Dobson, supported by Mr Kevin Barron, David Taylor, John Robertson, Miss Anne Begg and Dr Phyllis Starkey, presented a Bill to require the disclosure by companies selling tobacco products in the United Kingdom of full details of all scientific and market research carried out by or for them or associated companies; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 18th January and to be printed [Bill 24].

20    Commonwealth Bill,-Mr David Willetts presented a Bill to amend the law with respect to the Commonwealth Institute; to make provision in connection with the admission of Cameroon and Mozambique to the Commonwealth; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 25th January and to be printed [Bill 25].

21    Firearms (Amendment) Bill,-Mr Jonathan R. Shaw, supported by Mr Vernon Coaker, Mr Robert Marshall-Andrews, Mr Tony Banks, Mr David Amess, Mr Mike Hancock, Norman Baker, and Mr David Hinchliffe, presented a Bill to make provision for the regulation of the purchase of air weapons. And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 30th November and to be printed [Bill 27].

22     European Communities (Amendment) Bill [3rd allotted day],-The House, according to Order, again resolved itself into a Committee on the Bill.

(In the Committee)

    A Clause (Political parties at European level (No. 1))-(Mr Richard Spring)-brought up and read the first time.

    Question put, That the Clause be read a second time.

    The Committee divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Peter Luff, Mr John Randall: 194.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Graham Stringer, Jim Fitzpatrick: 360.

23    Deferred Divisions,-The Chairman announced the results of divisions which had been deferred to this day, pursuant to the Order of the House [28th June]:

    Section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993,-That this House takes note with approval of the Government's assessment as set out in the Financial Statement and Budget Report 2001-02, and the Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report 2001-02 for the purposes of section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993.

      Ayes, 318.

      Noes, 179.

      So the Question was agreed to.

    Social Security,-That the draft Social Security (Literacy Etc. Skills Training Pilot) Regulations 2001, which were laid before this House on 9th July, be approved.

      Ayes, 324.

      Noes, 178.

      So the Question was agreed to.

24    European Communities (Amendment) Bill,-Another Clause (Report on operation of Article 137 TEC, as revised)-(Mr Richard Spring)-brought up and read the first time.

    Question, That the Clause be read a second time, put and negatived.

    Another Clause (Western European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation)-(Mr Richard Spring)-brought up and read the first time.

    Question put, That the Clause be read a second time.

    The Committee divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John Randall, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 141.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr Graham Stringer, Jim Fitzpatrick: 398.

    Another Clause (Referendum (No. 1))-(Mr Richard Spring)-brought up and read the first time.

    Question put, That the Clause be read a second time.

    The Committee divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr James Gray, Mr John Randall: 129.

      Tellers for the Noes, Dan Norris, Mr John Heppell: 377.

    Another Clause (Effects of Nice Treaty)-(Mr William Cash)-brought up and read the first time.

    Question put, That the Clause be read a second time.

    The Committee divided.

      Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr Peter Atkinson: 181.

      Tellers for the Noes, Mr John Heppell, Dan Norris: 334.

    It being after Ten o'clock, the Chairman left the Chair to report the Bill pursuant to Order.

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    The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair, and Mr Phil Woolas reported That the Committee had gone through the Bill and directed him to report the same without Amendment.

    Bill to be read the third time to-morrow.

25    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.

26    Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from residents of Liverpool for improvements in the living conditions of asylum seekers in Everton was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

27    Adjournment,-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Jim Fitzpatrick);

    And the Motion having been made after Ten o'clock, and the Debate having lasted for half an hour, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, it being then thirteen minutes to Eleven o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 10.47 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 Affirmative Resolution:

    1    Northern Ireland,-Police (Northern Ireland) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 2513), dated 18th July 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

    2    Competition,-Foreign Package Holidays (Tour Operators and Travel Agents) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 2581), dated 12th July 2001 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    3    Financial Services and Markets,-Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Communications by Auditors) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 2587), dated 17th July 2001 [by Act] [Ruth Kelly].

    4    Telecommunications,-(1) Public Telecommunication System Designation (FirstMark Carrier Services (UK) Limited) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 2582),

    (2) Public Telecommunication System Designation (GTS Network (Ireland) Ltd) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 2584), and

    (3) Public Telecommunication System Designation (Nextlink UK Limited) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 2583),

    dated 12th July 2001 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

Other Papers:

    5    Appropriation Accounts, 2000-01,-Appropriation Account of the sums granted by Parliament for 2000-01 for Class XVIII, B (National Audit Office) [by Act]; to be printed [No. 91] [Mr Alan Williams].

    6    Bristol Royal Infirmary,-Paper, entitled Learning for Bristol: The Report of the Public Inquiry into children's heart surgery at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, 1984-1995 (Report and Summary and Recommendations) [by Command] [Cm. 5207-I and II] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

    7    Coroners,-Kent (Coroners' Districts) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 2570), dated 16th July 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    8    Culture, Media and Sport,-Department for Culture, Media and Sport Minute, dated 18th July 2001, concerning a contingent liability consequent upon indemnification for works of art lent by the National Maritime Museum to the Sea of Faces Exhibition and the loan of three clocks by John Harrison [by Command] [Secretary Tessa Jowell].

    9    Defence Executive Agencies,-Reports and Accounts of the-

    (1) Defence Storage and Distribution Agency,

    (2) Defence Vetting Agency,

    (3) Disposal Services Agency, and

    (4) Duke of York's Royal Military School

    for 2000-01, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 50, 108, 54 and 60] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

    10    Education,-Accounts of the Teacher Training Agency for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 194] [Clerk of the House].

    11    Environmental Protection,-Report and Summary Financial Statement of English Nature for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

    12    European Communities (No. 3, 2001),-Partnership Agreement, done at Cotonou on 23rd June 2000, between the Members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 5192] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    13    European Communities (No. 4, 2001),-Internal Agreement, done at Brussels on 18th September 2000, between the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States, meeting within the Council, on Measures to be taken and Procedures to be followed for the Implementation of the ACP-EC Partnership Agreement, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 5193] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    14    European Communities (No. 5, 2001),-Internal Agreement, done at Brussels on 18th September 2000, between Representatives of the Governments of the Member States, meeting within the Council, on the Financing and Administration of Community Aid under the Financial Protocol to the Partnership Agreement between the African, Caribbean and Pacific States and the European Community and its Member States signed in Cotonou (Benin) on 23rd June 2000 and the Allocation of Financial Assistance for the Overseas Countries and Territories to which Part Four of the EC Treaty applies, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 5194] [Mr Secretary Straw].

    15    Explosives,-Report of Her Majesty's Inspector of Explosives for Northern Ireland for 2000 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 86] [Mr Secretary Reid].

    16    Food Standards Agency Executive Agencies,-Report and Accounts of the Meat Hygiene Service for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 143] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

    17    Home Office Executive Agencies,-Report and Accounts of United Kingdom Passport Service for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 39] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

    18    Housing,-(1)Reports and Accounts of-

      (i) Castle Vale Housing Action Trust, and

      (ii) Liverpool Housing Action Trust for 2000-01; and

    (2) Review and Accounts of The Housing Corporation for 2000-01

    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

    19    Human Fertilisation and Embryology,-Account of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 195] [Clerk of the House].

    20    National Heritage,-(1) Report and Accounts of English Heritage for 2000-01 [by Act] [Secretary Tessa Jowell]; and

    (2) Report and Accounts of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 68] [Clerk of the House].

    21    National Lottery,-(1) Accounts of the Scottish Arts Council National Lottery Distribution Fund [by Act] [Mrs Secretary Liddell]; and

    (2) Accounts of the United Kingdom Sports Council Lottery Distribution for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 186] [Clerk of the House].

    22    National Statistics,-Annual Report of the Statistics Commission for 2000-01 [by Command] [Ruth Kelly].

    23    Northern Ireland (Sentences),-Report of the Sentence Review Commissioners for 2000-01 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 96] [Mr Secretary Reid].

    24    Parliamentary Commissioner,-Third Report of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration, Session 2001-02: Access to Official Information: Investigations Completed, January to June 2001 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 160] [Clerk of the House].

    25    Police,-Report and Accounts of Police Information Technology Organisation for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 176] [Clerk of the House].

    26    Public Accounts,-Treasury Minute on the Sixth, the Eighth to Tenth and the Twelfth Reports from the Committee of Public Accounts, Session 2000-01 [by Command] [Cm. 5201] [Mr Paul Boateng].

    27    School Standards and Framework,-Accounts of the South Bradford East Education Action Zone for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 177] [Clerk of the House].

    28    Science and Technology,-(1) Accounts of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 207] [Clerk of the House];

    (2) Accounts of the Economic and Social Research Council for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 193] [Clerk of the House];

    (3) Accounts of the Research Councils' Pension Schemes for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 192] [Clerk of the House];

    (4) Report and Summary Financial Statements of the Economic and Social Research Council for 2000-01 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt]; and

    (5) Report of the Medical Research Council for 2000-01 [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    29    Telecommunications,-Licences granted under section 7 of the Telecommunications Act 1984 by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to-

    (1) FirstMark Carrier Services (UK) Limited,

    (2) GTS Network (Ireland) Limited, and

    (3) Nextlink UK Limited

    [by Act] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    30    Trade and Industry Executive Agencies,-Report and Accounts of the National Weights and Measures Laboratory for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 110] [Ms Secretary Hewitt].

    31    Treasury Executive Agencies,-Reports and Accounts of-

    (1) the Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency, and

    (2) the Property Advisers to the Civil Estate

    for 2000-01, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 136 and 134] [Mr Andrew Smith], and

    (3) the Debt Management Office for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 24] [Ruth Kelly].

Papers withdrawn:

    32    Special Educational Needs,-Draft Code of Practice on Special Educational Needs [laid 20th June].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    33    Draft Contracting Out of Functions (Tribunal Staff) Order 2001:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Frank Cook Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Richard Bacon, Mr Gregory Barker, Mr John Burnett, Andy Burnham, Harry Cohen, Mr Parmjit Dhanda, Mr Huw Edwards, Mr Doug Henderson, Norman Lamb, Mr David Lepper, Mr Gordon Marsden, Mr Eric Pickles, Syd Rapson, Angela Smith and Ms Rosie Winterton.

    34    Draft Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) (Payment Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2001:

    (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr John Cummings Chairman; and

    (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr John Baron, Mr Kevin Barron, Mr Henry Bellingham, Mr Graham Brady, David Cairns, Mr Bill Etherington, Mrs Linda Gilroy, Paul Holmes, John Mann, Mr Mark Oaten, Mr John Smith, Mr Jon Trickett, Mr Tom Watson, Mr Alan Whitehead and Mr Phil Woolas.

European Standing Committees

    35    European Union Document No. 13735/99, relating to a Single European Sky, has been referred to European Standing Committee A.

    36    European Union Documents Nos. 7262/01, 7263/01, 7377/01 and 7378/01, all relating to the Commission Green Paper on the future of the Common Fisheries Policy, have been referred to European Standing Committee A.

    37    European Union Document No. 6671/01, relating to a strategy for a future chemicals policy, has been referred to European Standing Committee A.

    38    European Union Document No. 5771/01, relating to the Sixth Environmental Action Programme of the European Community, has been referred to European Standing Committee A.

    39    European Union Document No. 11381/00, relating to Reinvigorating the Barcelona Process, together with European Union Document No. 14778/00 relating to assistance to Palestinian Society, have been referred to European Standing Committee B.

    40    European Union Document No. 14174/00, relating to general principles and requirements of food law, together with European Union Document No. 10427/00, relating to food hygiene, have been referred to European Standing Committee C.

    41    European Union Document No. 5619/01, relating to a strategy for energy supply, has been referred to European Standing Committee C.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    42    Select Committees (Election of Chairmen),-The following Members reported from their respective Committees, That they had been elected Chairmen of those Committees:

    CommitteeChairman

    DefenceMr Bruce George

    Environmental AuditMr John Horam

    European ScrutinyMr Jimmy Hood

    HealthMr David Hinchliffe

    Home AffairsMr Chris Mullin

    ModernisationMr Robin Cook

    Public AccountsMr David Davis

    Public AdministrationTony Wright

    Standards and PrivilegesSir George Young

    TreasuryMr John McFall

    Work and PensionsMr Archy Kirkwood

    Valerie Davey reported from the Education and Skills Committee, that Mr Barry Sheerman had been elected Chairman.

    43    Defence,-(1) First Special Report from the Defence Committee [Government Observations on the Sixth Report from the Committee, Session 2000-01 on the Strategic Defence Review: The Reserve Forces]; to be printed [No. 213]; and

    (2) Second Special Report from the Committee [Government Observations on the Eighth Report from the Committee, Session 2000-01 on the MOD's Annual Reporting Cycle 2000-01]; to be printed [No. 214]

    [Mr Bruce George].

    44    Education and Skills,-First Special Report from the Education and Skills Committee [Response from the Government and fron OFSTED to the Eighth Report from the Education and Employment Committee, Session 2000-01 on Standards and Quality in Education: The Annual Report of her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools for 1999-2000]; to be printed [No. 215] [Valerie Davey].

    45    Environmental Audit,-First Special Report from the Environmental Audit Committee [Government Response to the Second Report from the Committee in the last Parliament, Session 2000-01 on The Pre-Budget Report 2000: fuelling the debate]; to be printed [No. 216] [Mr John Horam].

    46    European Scrutiny,-First Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 152-i] [Mr Jimmy Hood].

    47    Treasury,-(1) First Special Report from the Treasury Committee [Government Response to the Fifth Report from the Committee, Session 2000-01 on Banking and the Consumer]; to be printed [No. 198]; and

    (2) Second Special Report from the Committee [Responses by the Government and the Bank of England to the Ninth Report from the Committee, Session 2000-01 on The Monetary Policy Committee-An End of Term Report]; to be printed [No. 199]

    [Mr John McFall].

    48    Work and Pensions,-Memorandum laid before the Work and Pensions Committee [Social Security Appeals] [Mr Archy Kirkwood].

CORRIGENDUM

In the Votes and Proceedings of 16th July, the following item should have appeared in Appendix I:

Railways,-Report and Accounts of the Strategic Rail Authority for 2000-01 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

[W.H., No. 9]

Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall

[pursuant to the Order of 20th November 2000]

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

    Adjournment,-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Dan Norris.)

    And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.58 p.m.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Deputy Speaker



 
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