The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock.
1 The Speaker's Absence,-Ordered, That the Speaker have leave of absence to-morrow to attend the funeral of Jennifer Brown, daughter of the Right honourable Member for Dunfermline East.-(Mr Phil Woolas.)
2 Adjournment (House of Lords Reform),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Mr Phil Woolas);
And it being Seven o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put.
3 Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from Bristol and West Region Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament against the use of the Fylingdales and Menwith Hill bases as part of a United States missile defence system was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
4 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 Seven o'clock, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House, without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, it being then twenty-nine minutes to Eight o'clock, till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 7.31 p.m.
Michael J. Martin
Mr Deputy Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Nine o'clock.
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
1 Defence Executive Agencies,-Report and Accounts of the Defence Dental Agency for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 442] [Mr Secretary Hoon].
2 Export Credits Guarantee Department,-(1) Report and Resource Accounts of the Export Credits Guarantee Department for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 399] [Ms Secretary Hewitt]; and
(2) Resource Accounts of the Export Credits Guarantee Department for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 441] [Mr Paul Boateng].
3 Marshall Aid Commemoration,-Account of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission for 2000-01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 502] [Clerk of the House].
1 Tax Credits Bill,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Vera Baird, Mr Hilton Dawson and Mrs Joan Humble from Standing Committee A (nominated in respect of the Bill); and nominated in substitution Chris Mole, Jim Sheridan and Mr Anthony D. Wright.
2 Tax Credits Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),-The Speaker has appointed Ms Karen Buck, Mr Howard Flight, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Chris Pond, Dawn Primarolo, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe and Steve Webb members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee A in respect of the Bill.
3 Home Energy Conservation Bill,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Joe Benton Chairman of Standing Committee C in respect of the Bill.
4 Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Bill [Lords] (Programming Sub-Committee),-The Speaker has appointed Mr William Cash, Ms Sally Keeble, Dr Julian Lewis, Laura Moffat, Mr Adrian Sanders, Mr Graham Stringer and David Wright members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee D in respect of the Bill.
Reports from Select Committees
1 Foreign Affairs,-First Special Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee [Appointment of Parliamentary Representatives to the Convention on the Future of Europe]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 509] [Mr Donald Anderson].
2 Public Administration,-(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [House of Lords Reform]; to be printed [No. 494-i]; and
(2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [House of Lords Reform]
[W.H., No. 42]
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 (Wave and Tidal Energy-Seventh Report from the Science and Technology Committee, Session 2000-01),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned-(Mr Tony McNulty);
And the sitting having continued for three hours, it was adjourned without Question put, till Tuesday 15th January.
[Adjourned at 5.30 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst