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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 25th October 1999

The House met at half-past Two o' clock.
PRAYERS.
1Financial Services and Markets Bill (Suspension),—A Motion was made and the Question being put, That the following provisions shall apply to the Financial Services and Markets Bill:
 
        1. Standing Committee A shall report the Bill to the House, so far as then amended, not later than Thursday 11th November.
 
        2. On the report of the Bill to the House in accordance with paragraph 1, further proceedings on the Bill shall be suspended until the next session of Parliament.
 
        3. If a Bill is presented in the next session in the same terms as the Bill reported to the House in accordance with paragraph 1, it shall be read the first and second time without Question put, shall be ordered to be printed, and shall stand committed, in respect of those clauses and schedules not ordered to stand part of the Bill in this session, to a Standing Committee of the same Members as the Members of the Standing Committee on the Bill in this session—(Paddy Tipping);
 
        The House proceeded to a Division.
 
        Mr Mike Hall and Mr David Jamieson were appointed Tellers for the Ayes, and Mr Eric Forth was appointed Teller for the Noes, but no Member being willing to act as a second Teller for the Noes, the Deputy Speaker declared that the Ayes had it.
 
        Ordered, That the following provisions shall apply to the Financial Services and Markets Bill:
 
        1. Standing Committee A shall report the Bill to the House, so far as then amended, not later than Thursday 11th November.
 
        2. On the report of the Bill to the House in accordance with paragraph 1, further proceedings on the Bill shall be suspended until the next session of Parliament.
 
        3. If a Bill is presented in the next session in the same terms as the Bill reported to the House in accordance with paragraph 1, it shall be read the first and second time without Question put, shall be ordered to be printed, and shall stand committed, in respect of those clauses and schedules not ordered to stand part of the Bill in this session, to a Standing Committee of the same Members as the Members of the Standing Committee on the Bill in this session.
2Thursday Sittings,—Ordered, That, in the next session of Parliament, the Standing Orders and practice of the House shall have effect subject to the modifications set out below:
 
        (1) The House shall meet on Thursdays at half-past Eleven o'clock, and will first proceed with private business, motions for unopposed returns and questions;
 
        (2) proceedings on business on Thursdays shall be interrupted at Seven o'clock; and
 
        (3) in their application to Thursday sittings of the House, reference to a specified time in the Standing Orders shall be interpreted as reference to a time three hours before the time so specified, save that reference to half-past Ten o'clock shall be substituted for reference to Twelve o'clock in Standing Order No. 24 (Adjournment on a specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration).—(Paddy Tipping.)
3Meetings of Standing Committees,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That, in the next session of Parliament, the Standing Orders and practice of the House shall have effect subject to the modifications set out below:
 
        Standing committees shall have leave to sit at any hour and notwithstanding any adjournment of the House, subject to the following provisions:
 
          (a) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays when the House is sitting, no standing committee sitting at Westminster shall sit between the hours of one o'clock and half-past three o'clock, except as provided in paragraph (2) of Standing Order No. 88 (Meetings of standing committees); and
 
          (b) on Thursdays when the House is sitting, no standing committees sitting at Westminster shall sit between the hours of half-past eleven o'clock and half-past twelve o'clock, except as provided in paragraph (2) of Standing Order No. 88 (Meetings of standing committees), with the substitution in that paragraph of "half-past eleven o'clock" for "one o'clock" and "a quarter to twelve o'clock" for "a quarter past one o'clock".—(Paddy Tipping);
 
        The Question was amended, as follows:
 
          In line 11, by leaving out the words 'half-past' and inserting the words 'twenty-five minutes past';
 
          In line 14, by leaving out the words 'half-past' and inserting the words 'twenty-five minutes past'; and
 
          In line 14, by leaving out the words 'a quarter' and inserting the words 'twenty minutes'.—(Mr Nicholas Winterton.)
 
        And the Main Question, as amended, being put:
 
        Ordered, That, in the next Session of Parliament, the Standing Orders and practice of the House shall have effect subject to the modifications set out below:
 
        Standing committees shall have leave to sit at any hour and notwithstanding any adjournment of the House, subject to the following provisions:
 
        (a) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays when the House is sitting, no standing committee sitting at Westminster shall sit between the hours of one o'clock and half-past three o'clock, except as provided in paragraph (2) of Standing Order No. 88 (Meetings of standing committees); and
 
        (b) on Thursdays when the House is sitting, no standing committee sitting at Westminster shall sit between the hours of twenty-five minutes past eleven o'clock and half-past twelve o'clock, except as provided in paragraph (2) of Standing Order No. 88 (Meetings of standing committees) with the substitution in that paragraph of 'twenty-five minutes past eleven o'clock', for 'one o'clock' and 'twenty minutes to twelve o'clock' for 'a quarter past one o'clock'.
4Sittings in Westminster Hall,—Ordered, That there shall be no sittings in Westminster Hall under the terms of the Order [24th May] until Tuesday 30th November.
 
        Ordered, That, following the Order [24th May], Mr Nicholas Winterton, Mr John McWilliam, Frank Cook and Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody be appointed to act as additional Deputy Speakers at sittings in Westminster Hall during the next session.—(Paddy Tipping.)
5Questions to Ministers,—Resolved, That, subject always to the discretion of the Chair, and in addition to the established rules of order on the form and content of questions, questions may not be tabled on matters for which responsibility has been devolved by legislation to the Scottish Parliament or the National Assembly for Wales unless the question:
 
          (a) seeks information which the United Kingdom Government is empowered to require of the devolved executive, or
 
          (b) relates to matters which:
 
            (i) are included in legislative proposals introduced or to be introduced in the United Kingdom Parliament,
 
            (ii) are concerned with the operation of a concordat or other instrument of liaison between the Government and the devolved executive, or
 
            (iii) United Kingdom Government ministers have taken an official interest in, or
 
          (c) presses for action by United Kingdom ministers in areas in which they retain administrative powers.—(Paddy Tipping.)
6Select Committees (Devolution),—Ordered, That Standing Order No. 151 (Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)) be amended as follows:
 
        In line 22, to leave out the words "and not required to be laid before or to be subject to proceedings in this House only" and insert the words "and not within paragraph (10) of this order";
 
        In line 23, at the end, to insert the words "any statutory instrument made by a member of the Scottish Executive or by the National Assembly for Wales unless it is required to be laid before Parliament or either House of Parliament and not including".
 
        Ordered, That Standing Order No. 152 (Select committees related to government departments) be amended as follows:
 
        In item 12 of the table, to leave out the words in column 2 and insert the words "Scotland Office (including (i) relations with the Scottish Parliament and (ii) administration and expenditure of the offices of the Advocate General for Scotland (but excluding individual cases and advice given within government by the Advocate General))"; and
 
        In item 16 of the table, in column 2, after "Welsh Office" add the words "(Office of the Secretary of State for Wales (including relations with the National Assembly for Wales))".—(Paddy Tipping.)
7Advocate General for Scotland,—Ordered, That Standing Order No. 87 (Attendance of law officers and ministers in standing committees) be amended as follows:
 
        In line 1, to leave out the words "the Lord Advocate, Mr Solicitor General and Mr Solicitor General for Scotland" and insert the words "the Advocate General and Mr Solicitor General".
 
        Ordered, That Standing Order No. 149 (Committee on Standards and Privileges) be amended as follows:
 
        In line 58, to leave out the words "the Lord Advocate, Mr Solicitor General and Mr Solicitor General for Scotland" and insert the words "the Advocate General and Mr Solicitor General".—(Paddy Tipping.)
8Business of the House,—Ordered, That, at the sitting on Tuesday 26th October, paragraph (2) of Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments) shall apply to proceedings on the Motion in the name of Mr William Hague as if that day were one of the Opposition Days allotted under paragraph (2) of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business).—(Mr Kevin Hughes.)
9Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from John Blackburn and others for legislation relating to the dates on which benefits may be treated as having been paid was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
10Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Kevin Hughes.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till nine minutes past Nine o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 9.09 p.m.
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker        

Madam Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock.

APPENDIX I
Papers delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on Friday 22nd October 1999 (Non-sitting Friday, S.O.No. 12) pursuant to Standing Order No. 158 (Presentation of Command Papers):
1Treaty Series (No. 68, 1999),—Protocol, done at Montreal on 10th May 1984, relating to an Amendment to the Convention on International Civil Aviation [Cm. 4463] [Mr Secretary Cook].
Papers delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on Friday 22nd October 1999 (Non-sitting Friday, S.O. No. 12) pursuant to Standing Order No. 159 (Presentation of Statutory Instruments):
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
2Police,—(1) Royal Ulster Constabulary (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.R.(N.I.), 1999, No. 412), and
 
        (2) Royal Ulster Constabulary Reserve (Full-time) (Appointment and Conditions of Service) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.R.(N.I.), 1999, No. 411),
 
    dated 4th October 1999 [Mr Secretary Mandelson].
Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 25th October 1999:
Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:
3Legal Services,—Draft Chartered Institute of Patent Agents Order 1999 [by Act] [Mr David Lock].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
4Constitutional Law,—National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) (No. 2) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 2787), dated 12th October 1999 [by Act] [Margaret Beckett].
5European Communities,—European Communities (Designation) (No. 3) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 2788), dated 12th October 1999 [by Act] [Margaret Beckett].
6Legal Services,—Legal Services Ombudsman (Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 2905), dated 25th October 1999 [by Act] [Mr David Lock].
7Local Government,—(1) Local Government Residuary Body (England) (Winding Up) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 2890), dated 21st October 1999, and
 
        (2) Major Precepting Authorities (Excessive Budget Requirements—Payments) (England) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 2842), dated 18th October 1999
 
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
8Ministers of the Crown,—(1) Transfer of Functions (Nuclear Installations) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 2786), and
 
        (2) Transfer of Functions (Scientific Research) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No 2785),
 
    dated 12th October 1999 [by Act] [Margaret Beckett].
9National Health Service,—(1) Community Health Councils (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 2906), dated 23rd October 1999, and
 
        (2) Cornwall Healthcare National Health Service Trust (Transfer of Trust Property) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 2909), dated 22nd October 1999
 
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].
10Telecommunications,—(1) Public Telecommunication System Designation (Carrier One Ltd) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 2872),
 
        (2) Public Telecommunication System Designation (Farland Services UK Limited) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 2866)
 
        (3) Public Telecommunication System Designation (GC Pan European Crossing UK Limited) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 2865),
 
        (4) Public Telecommunication System Designation (ICO Services Limited) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 2871),
 
        (5) Public Telecommunication System Designation (IFC Global (UK) Ltd) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 2876),
 
        (6) Public Telecommunication System Designation (Kingston Communications (Hull) PLC) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 2868),
 
        (7) Public Telecommunication System Designation (MTU Inform Europe Limited) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 2867),
 
        (8) Public Telecommunication System Designation (PLDncompass Limited) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 2875),
 
        (9) Public Telecommunication System Designation (Swisscom (UK) Limited) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 2873),
 
        (10) Public Telecommunication System Designation (Tele2 Communications Services Limited) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 2869),
 
        (11) Public Telecommunication System Designation (Telia UK Ltd) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 2874), and
 
        (12) Public Telecommunication System Designation (USA Global Link (UK) Limited) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 2870),
 
    dated 18th October 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
Other Papers:
11Development of Tourism,—Statement of appointment of a member of the English Tourist Board (known as the English Tourism Council) and notification of the salaries payable to the members of that body [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].
12Exchequer,—Treasury Bills (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 2907), dated 25th October 1999 [by Act] [Miss Melanie Johnson].
13Health and Safety,—Report and Accounts of the Health and Safety Commission for 1998-99, and Accounts of the Health and Safety Executive for 1998-99, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 803] [Clerk of the House].
14Legal Aid, Advice and Assistance,—Account of the Legal Aid Fund (Northern Ireland) for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [No. 848] [Clerk of the House].
15Museums and Galleries,—Accounts of the—
 
        (1) Imperial War Museum, and
 
        (2) Natural History Museum
 
    for 1998-99, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 846 and 845] [Clerk of the House].
16National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on the Passport Delays of Summer 1999 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 812] [Clerk of the House].
17National Lottery,—Report of Sport England and Summary Financial Statements of the English Sports Council Group for 1998-99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon, and Report of Sport England Lottery Fund Awards for 1998-99 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].
18Northern Ireland,—Account of the Public Income and Expenditure of Northern Ireland for 1998-99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland thereon [by Command] [Cm. 4467] [Mr Secretary Mandelson].
19Police (Northern Ireland),—Statement of Accounts of the Independent Commission for Police Complaints for Northern Ireland for 1998-99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [No. 847] [Clerk of the House].
20Public Petitions,—Observations by the Minister for School Standards in the Department for Education and Employment on the Petition [22nd July] from residents of Cambridge and elsewhere against the closure of Coleridge Community College [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].
21Science and Technology,—Report and Summary Financial Statements of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) for 1998-99 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
22Severn Bridges,—Report and Financial Statements of Severn River Crossing plc for 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
23Social Services (Training),—Acocunt of the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 844] [Clerk of the House].
24Telecommunications,—Licences granted under section 7 of the Telecommunications Act 1984 by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to—
 
        (1) Carrier One Ltd,
 
        (2) Farland Services UK Limited,
 
        (3) GC Pan European Crossing UK Limited,
 
        (4) ICO Services Limited,
 
        (5) IFC Global (UK) Ltd,
 
        (6) Kingston Communications (Hull) PLC,
 
        (7) MTU Inform Europe Limited,
 
        (8) PLDncompass Limited,
 
        (9) Swisscom (UK) Limited,
 
        (10) Tele2 Communications Services Limited,
 
        (11) Telia UK Ltd, and
 
        (12) USA Global Link (UK) Limited
 
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
1Draft Value Added Tax (Sport, Sports Competitions and Physical Education) Order 1999,—The Committee of Selection has discharged from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation Helen Southworth, Mr Anthony D. Wright, Mr Bob Blizzard and Mr Lawrie Quinn (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and appointed in substitution Mr Paul Truswell, Mr David Crausby, Mr Neil Turner and Mr Ivan Henderson.
2Draft Insurance Brokers (Registration) Act 1977 Order 1999,—The Committee of Selection has discharged from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation Mr Paul Truswell, Kali Mountford and Judy Mallaber (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and appointed in substitution Mr Neil Gerrard, Mr David Borrow and Mr Kerry Pollard.



 
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