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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 30th June 1999

The House met at half-past Nine o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Mike Hall);
 
        And it being Two o'clock, the Motion for the Adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order.
2Eddisbury Writ,—Ordered, That the Speaker do issue her warrant to the Clerk of the Crown, to make out a new Writ for the electing of a Member to serve in this present Parliament for the County Constituency of Eddisbury in the room of the Right honourable Sir Alastair Robertson Goodlad, KCMG, who since his election for the said County Constituency hath accepted the office of Steward or Bailiff of Her Majesty's Three Chiltern Hundreds of Stoke, Desborough and Burnham in the county of Buckingham.—(Mr James Arbuthnot.)
3City of London (Ward Elections) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for consideration of the City of London (Ward Elections) Bill, as amended in the Committee;
 
        Ordered, That the Bill be considered on Tuesday 6th July.
4Royal Assent,—The Deputy Speaker notified the House, in accordance with the Royal Assent Act 1967, That Her Majesty had signified her Royal Assent to the following Acts, agreed upon by both Houses, and to the following Measures passed under the provisions of the Church of England (Assembly Powers) Act 1919:
 
        Health Act 1999
 
        Water Industry Act 1999
 
        Tax Credits Act 1999
 
        Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999
 
        Road Traffic (Vehicle Testing) Act 1999
 
        University College London Act 1999
 
        Imperial College Act 1999
 
        HFC Bank Act 1999


 
        Cathedrals Measure 1999
 
        Care of Places of Worship Measure 1999
5Holocaust Remembrance Day,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to introduce a national day to learn about and remember the Holocaust: And that Mr Andrew Dismore, Ms Karen Buck, Mr Tony McNulty, Mr Fabian Hamilton, Mr Stephen Twigg, Mr Mike Gapes, Mr Peter Bradley, Mrs Louise Ellman, Mr Ivan Lewis, Mr Stephen Hepburn, Mr James Clappison and Dr Evan Harris do prepare and bring it in.
6Holocaust Remembrance Day Bill,—Mr Andrew Dismore accordingly presented a Bill to introduce a national day to learn about and remember the Holocaust: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 23rd July and to be printed [Bill 131].
7Disability Rights Commission Bill [Lords],—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Disability Rights Commission Bill [Lords], as amended in the Standing Committee.
 
        A Clause (Action plans)—(Mr Tim Boswell)—brought up, and read the first time.
 
        Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:—Clause, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Amendments (Nos. 1 to 25) made to the Bill.
 
        The Bill was read the third time, and passed, with Amendments.
8Finance Bill,—Resolved, That, notwithstanding the practice of the House as to the intervals between stages of Bills brought in upon Ways and Means Resolutions, more than one stage of the Finance Bill may be taken at any sitting of the House.—(Jim Dowd.)
9Customs and Excise,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Excise Duties (Personal Reliefs) (Amendment) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1617), dated 10th June 1999, a copy of which was laid before this House on 11th June, be approved—(Jim Dowd):—It was agreed to.
10Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Jim Dowd.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till thirteen minutes to Eight o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 7.47 pm.
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker        

The Deputy 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:
1Northern Ireland,—(1) Draft Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 (Code of Conduct) Order 1999,
 
        (2) draft Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 (Guidelines) Order 1999, and
 
        (3) draft Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 (Procedural Rules) Order 1999
 
    [by Act] [Secretary Marjorie Mowlam].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
2Agriculture,—(1) Feedingstuffs (Zootechnical Products) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1871), and
 
        (2) Feeding Stuffs (Establishments and Intermediaries) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1872),
 
    dated 29th June 1999 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].
3Civil Aviation,—Civil Aviation (Route Charges for Navigation Services) (Third Amendment) (Revocation) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1859), dated 29th June 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
4Education,—(1) Education (Exclusion from School) (Prescribed Periods) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1868), dated 25th June 1999, and
 
        (2) Education (Further Education in Schools) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1867), dated 26th June 1999
 
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett]; and
 
        (3) Education (National Curriculum) (Temporary Exceptions for Individual Pupils) (Wales) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1815), dated 28th June 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Michael].
5Seeds,—(1) Beet Seeds (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1861),
 
        (2) Cereal Seeds (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1860),
 
        (3) Fodder Plant Seeds (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1864),
 
        (4) Oil and Fibre Plant Seeds (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1862),
 
        (5) Seeds (Fees) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1865), and
 
        (6) Vegetable Seeds (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1863),
 
        dated 29th June 1999 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].
Other Papers:
6Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas,—Report of the Ancient Monuments Board for Wales for 1998-99 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Michael].
7Development of Tourism,—Statement by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the appointment of Alan Britten as the Chairman of the English Tourist Board [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].
8Education,—Paper, entitled Learning to Succeed—A New Framework for Post-16 Learning [by Command] [Cm. 4392] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
9European Community Finances,—Statement on the 1999 EC Budget and measures to counter fraud and financial mismanagement [by Command] [Cm. 4382] [Ms Patricia Hewitt].
10Fair Trading,—Report of the Director General of Fair Trading for 1998 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 524] [Mr Secretary Byers].
11Lebanon (No. 1, 1999),—Agreement, done at Beirut on 16th February 1999, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Lebanese Republic for the Promotion and Protection of Investments [by Command] [Cm. 4384] [Mr Secretary Cook].
12Local Government,—Report and Accounts of the Local Government Commission for England for 1998-99 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
13Police (Northern Ireland),—Report of the Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary for 1998-99 [by Act] [Secretary Marjorie Mowlam].
14Public Processions (Northern Ireland),—(1) Draft Parades Commission Code of Conduct under section 3 of the Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 providing guidance to persons organising a public procession or protest meeting and regulating the conduct of persons organising or taking part in a public procession or protest meeting,
 
        (2) draft Parades Commission Guidelines under section 5 of the Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 relating to the exercise of the Commission's powers to impose conditions on public processions, and
 
        (3) draft Parades Commission Procedural Rules under section 4 of the Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 relating to the practice and procedure to be followed by the Commission and by other persons or bodies in their dealings with the Commission in the exercise of certain functions
 
    [by Act] [Secretary Marjorie Mowlam].
15Treaty Series (No. 37, 1999),—Agreement, done at Mauritius on 4th November 1995, amending the Fourth ACP-EC Convention of LomeĢ with Final Act [by Command] [Cm. 4383] [Mr Secretary Cook].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
1Financial Services and Markets Bill:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee A; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has appointed twenty-five Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Robert Ainsworth, Mr Nigel Beard, Mrs Liz Blackman, Ms Hazel Blears, Mr Colin Breed, Mrs Helen Brinton, Dr Vincent Cable, Mr Brian Cotter, Mrs Louise Ellman, Mr Howard Flight, Mr Barry Gardiner, Mr Patrick Hall, Mr David Heathcoat-Amory, Ms Patricia Hewitt, Miss Melanie Johnson, Ms Sally Keeble, Mr David Kidney, Mr Tim Loughton, Sir Nicholas Lyell, Mr Alan Milburn, Ms Sandra Osborne, Mr James Plaskitt, Mrs Barbara Roche, Mr Keith Simpson and Mr Andrew Tyrie.
2Draft Stansted Airport Aircraft Movement Limit (Amendment) Order 1999:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has appointed sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Tom Brake, Mr Tony Clarke, Mr Robin Corbett, Mr Stephen Hesford, Mr Keith Hill, Glenda Jackson, Helen Jones, Mrs Jacqui Lait, Miss Anne McIntosh, Mr Jim Marshall, Bob Russell, Mr Mohammad Sarwar, Mr Derek Twigg, Mr Dave Watts, Mr David Wilshire and Mr Shaun Woodward.
European Standing Committees
3European Union Document No. 7698/99, relating to Agenda 2000: Inter-Institutional Agreement, together with European Union Document No. COM(99)200, relating to the 2000 Preliminary Draft Budget, has been referred to European Standing Committee B, together with European Union Document No. SEC(99)600, referred to the Committee on 26th May 1999.
4European Union Document No. 13526/99, together with the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum submitted by the Department of Trade and Industry on 18th May 1999 and the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum submitted by the Department of Trade and Industry on 21st June 1999, all relating to Sectors and Activities excluded from the Working Time Directive, has been referred to European Standing Committee C.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Agriculture,—(1) Fifth Special Report from the Agriculture Committee [Government Response to the Fifth Report from the Committee, on Badgers and Bovine Tuberculosis]; to be printed [No. 612];
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [MAFF/Intervention Board Departmental Report 1999]; to be printed [No. 613-i]; and
 
        (3) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Sea Fishing; MAFF/Intervention Board Departmental Report 1999]
 
    [Mr Peter Luff].
2Broadcasting,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Broadcasting Committee [The Development of Parliamentary Broadcasting]; to be printed [No. 618-i] [Mr Roger Gale].
3Culture, Media and Sport,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [The Department for Culture, Media and Sport and its Quangos]; to be printed [No. 506-iv] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].
4Defence,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence Committee [Defence Research Expenditure]; to be printed [No. 616-i] [Mr Bruce George].
5Education and Employment,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Employment Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Committee [The Employment Consequences of European Economic and Monetary Union]; to be printed [No. 547-ii] [Mr Derek Foster].
6Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [Revision of PPG3: Housing]; to be printed [No. 490-ii] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].
7European Scrutiny,—Twenty-fourth Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 34-xxiv] [Mr Jim Marshall].
8Health,—Memorandum laid before the Health Committee [Public Expenditure on Health and Personal Social Services 1999]; to be printed [No. 629] [Mr David Hinchliffe].
9Public Accounts,—(1) Twenty-fourth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [DETR: The Flotation of Railtrack]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 256]; and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [NHS (England) Summarised Accounts 1997-98]; to be printed [No. 619-i]
 
    [Mr David Davis].
10Social Security,—(1) Part of the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Social Security Committee on 29th July 1998, in the last Session of Parliament [DSS Departmental Report 1998]; to be printed [No. 614]; and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Contributory Principle]; to be printed [No. 485-ii]
 
    [Mr Archy Kirkwood].
11Standards and Privileges,—Ninth Report from the Committee on Standards and Privileges [Complaints against Mr Peter Mandelson], together with Appendices and part of the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 18th May; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 611] [Mr Robert Sheldon].



 
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