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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 27th October 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 Keith Vaz);
 
        And it being Two o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order.
2London Local Authorities Bill [Lords],—Ordered, That the Promoters of the London Local Authorities Bill [Lords] shall have leave to suspend proceedings thereon in order to proceed with the Bill, if they think fit, in the next Session of Parliament, provided that the Agents for the Bill give notice to the Clerks in the Private Bill Office of their intention to suspend further proceedings not later than the day before the close of the present Session and that all Fees due on the Bill up to that date be paid;
 
        That, if the Bill is brought from the Lords in the next Session, the Agents for the Bill shall deposit in the Private Bill Office a declaration signed by them, stating that the Bill is the same, in every respect, as the Bill which was brought from the Lords in the present Session;
 
        That, as soon as a certificate by one of the Clerks in the Private Bill Office, that such a declaration has been so deposited, has been laid upon the Table of the House, the Bill shall be read the first and second time and committed (and shall be recorded in the Journal of this House as having been so read and committed);
 
        That all Petitions relating to the Bill presented in the present Session which stand referred to the Committee on the Bill, shall stand referred to the Committee on the Bill in the next Session;
 
        That no Petitioners shall be heard before the Committee on the Bill, unless their Petition has been presented within the time limited, or has been the subject of a Resolution of this House to dispense with Standing Order 171A within the present Session, or has been deposited pursuant to paragraph (b) of Standing Order 126 relating to Private Business;
 
        That, in relation to the Bill, Standing Order 127 relating to Private Business shall have effect as if the words "under Standing Order 126 (Reference to committee of petitions against Bill)" were omitted;
 
        That no further Fees shall be charged in respect of any proceedings on the Bill in respect of which Fees have already been incurred during the present Session;
 
        That these Orders be Standing Orders of the House.—(The Chairman of Ways and Means.)
 
        Message to the Lords to acquaint them therewith.
3Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Frank Cook reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Financial Services Act 1986 (Restriction of Exemptions) Order 1999.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
4European Standing Committee B,—Mr Jim Cunningham reported from European Standing Committee B the following Resolution:
 
        That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 6793/97, a draft Directive restructuring the Community framework for the taxation of energy products; and supports the Government's objective of securing a permanent exemption for the domestic use of energy.
 
        Report, together with Resolution, to lie upon the Table.
5European Standing Committee C,—Dr Michael Clark reported from European Standing Committee C the following Resolution:
 
        That the Committee takes note of European Union Documents Nos. 5562/98, a draft Directive on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the Information Society, and 8723/99, an amended draft of this Directive; and of European Union Documents Nos. 5123/99, a draft Directive on certain legal aspects of electronic commerce in the internal market, and 10644/99, an amended draft of this Directive, and the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum submitted by the Department of Trade and Industry on 18 October 1999; and concerning the draft Directive on the harmonisation of copyright, supports the Government's view that while harmonisation of copyright laws for the digital age is essential, the outcome should be a regime that safeguards a fair balance of rights and interests between the various categories of rights holders and between rights holders, users and intermediaries, and has due regard to subsidiarity; and concerning the draft Directive on electronic commerce in the internal market, welcomes the Government's continued efforts to put in place a light but effective framework for the development of electronic commerce within the internal market; and supports the Government's view that such a framework is necessary to ensure consumer and business confidence in electronic commerce.
 
        Report, together with Resolution, to lie upon the Table.
6Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:
 
        The Lords have agreed to the House of Lords Bill, with amendments; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.
7House of Lords Bill,—Lords Amendments to the House of Lords Bill to be considered to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 156].
8Building Regulation,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to regulate the building industry; and to provide for adjudication in disputes involving domestic building contracts: And that Mr Tony Baldry, Mr Gerald Bermingham, Mrs Helen Brinton, Mr John Butterfill, Sir Sydney Chapman, Mr Christopher Chope, Mr Bill O'Brien and Mr Bill Olner do prepare and bring it in.
9Building Regulation Bill,—Mr Tony Baldry accordingly presented a Bill to regulate the building industry; and to provide for adjudication in disputes involving domestic building contracts: And the same was read the first time and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 5th November and to be printed [Bill 155].
10Adjournment (Report from the Joint Committee on Parliamentary Privilege),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Jim Dowd);
 
        The Motion was, with the leave of the House, withdrawn.
11Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Tony McNulty.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-four minutes to Eight o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 7.36 p.m.
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker        

Madam 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:
1Value Added Tax,—Value Added Tax (Input Tax) (Amendment) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 2930), dated 26th October 1999 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].
Other Papers:
2Air Force (Constitution),—Regulations of the Defence Council amending—
 
        (1) Air Publication 1296A (3rd Edition), relating to Assessment of Medical Fitness, and
 
        (2) Air Publication 3393 (5th Edition), relating to Commissioning of Officers and Terms of Service of Officers and Airmen (Aircrew) in the Royal Air Force
 
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].
3Forestry,—Reports and Accounts for 1998-99 of—
 
        (1) Forest Enterprise,
 
        (2) Forest Research, and
 
        (3) Forestry Commission
 
    with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 800, 801 and 799] [Mr Nicholas Brown].
4Mental Health,—Paper, entitled Making Decisions: The Government's proposals for making decisions on behalf of mentally incapacitated adults [by Command] [Cm. 4465] [Mr David Lock].
5National Heritage (Scotland),—Accounts of the National Library of Scotland for 1998-99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 863] [Clerk of the House].
6National Lottery,—Accounts of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts for 1998-99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 864] [Clerk of the House].
7Post Office,—Report of the Post Office Users' National Council for 1998-99 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
8Public Accounts,—Treasury Minute on the Twenty-third and the Twenty-fifth to Twenty-seventh and Thirtieth Reports from the Committee of Public Accounts, 1998-99 [by Command] [Cm. 4469] [Mr Stephen Timms].
9Transport (Scotland),—Reports and Accounts for 1998-99 of—
 
        (1) Caledonian MacBrayne Limited,
 
        (2) Caledonian MacBrayne Holdings Limited, and
 
        (3) David MacBrayne Limited
 
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
1Draft Working Time Regulations:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Dr Michael Clark Chairman; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has appointed sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Ben Bradshaw, Dr Vincent Cable, Mr Ben Chapman, Mr Brian Cotter, Mr Nick Gibb, Mr Fabian Hamilton, Mr Alan Hurst, Mr Alan Johnson, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Ms Margaret Moran, Mr Stephen O'Brien, Mr Greg Pope, Mr Lawrie Quinn, Mr Bill Tynan, Mr David Wilshire and Ms Rosie Winterton.
2Draft Jobseeker's Allowance Amendment (New Deal) Regulations 1999:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Humfrey Malins Chairman; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has appointed sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr John Bercow, Mr Clive Betts, Mr Bob Blizzard, Christine Butler, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr Jeff Ennis, Mr David Faber, Mr Clifford Forsythe, Dr Ian Gibson, Mrs Linda Gilroy, Tessa Jowell, Ms Jackie Lawrence, Shona McIsaac, Mr John Randall, Bob Russell and Mr Peter Temple-Morris.
3Draft Tax Credits (New Category of Child Care Provider) Regulations 1999:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Barry Jones Chairman; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has appointed sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Jackie Ballard, Mr Kevin Barron, Mr Clive Betts, Mr Simon Burns, Mr James Clappison, Dr David Clark, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Jean Corston, Mr Clive Efford, Ms Margaret Hodge, Mr Ken Livingstone, Kali Mountford, Mr Tom Pendry, Mr Jonathan R. Shaw, Mr Richard Shepherd and Steve Webb.
4Draft Licensing and Registered Clubs (Northern Ireland) Order 1999:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Humfrey Malins Chairman; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has appointed sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Tony Colman, Mr James Cran, Mr Hilton Dawson, Jim Dowd, Mr Mark Fisher, Mr Roger Godsiff, Mrs Eileen Gordon, Mr Win Griffiths, Mr George Howarth, Mr Malcolm Moss, Mr Lembit Öpik, Mr Andrew Robathan, The Reverend Martin Smyth, Mr Desmond Swayne, Mr Jimmy Wray and Mr Anthony D. Wright.
5Draft Chartered Institute of Patent Agents Order 1999:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Frank Cook Chairman; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has appointed sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Norman Baker, Mr John Burnett, Mr Bill Etherington, Ms Harriet Harman, Mr Nick Hawkins, Mr Andy King, Mr David Lock, Mrs Anne McGuire, Bridget Prentice, Mr Gwyn Prosser, Mr Allan Rogers, Mr Mohammad Sarwar, Mr Robert Syms, Mr John M. Taylor, Sir Raymond Whitney and Derek Wyatt.
6Fire Precautions (Workplace) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1877):
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the Regulations to the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Roger Gale Chairman; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has appointed sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Ms Diane Abbott, Mr Richard Allan, Mr Graham Brady, Mr Jamie Cann, Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Nigel Jones, Mr Bob Laxton, Mr David Lidington, Judy Mallaber, Mr Bill Michie, Mr Mike O'Brien, Mr Nick St. Aubyn, Mr Keith Simpson, Angela Smith and Helen Southworth.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Culture, Media and Sport,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [The Millennium Dome]; to be printed [No. 826-ii] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].
2Education and Employment,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Committee [The role of private companies in the supply of state education services]; to be printed [No. 763-ii] [Valerie Davey].
3Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—(1) Nineteenth Report from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [Young and Newly Qualified Drivers: Standards and Training]; together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Sub-Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 515];
 
        (2) Twentieth Report from the Committee [Town and Country Parks]; together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment Sub-Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 477-I and III];
 
        (3) Fifth Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Tenth Report from the Committee, on Regional Development Agencies; to be printed [No. 867]; and
 
        (4) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Environmental Impact of Supermarket Competition]; to be printed [No. 841-i]
 
    [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].
4European Scrutiny,—Twenty-ninth Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 34-xxix] [Mr Bill Rammell].
5Modernisation of the House of Commons,—First Special Report from the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons [Work of the Committee: Second Progress Report]; to be printed [No. 865] [Margaret Beckett].
6Northern Ireland Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [Northern Ireland Prison Service]; to be printed [No. 866-i] [Mr Peter Brooke].
7Science and Technology,—(1) Fourth Report from the Science and Technology Committee [The Regulation of the Biotechnology Industry]; together with an Appendix to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 535];
 
        (2) Second Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Second Report from the Committee, on The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts]; to be printed [No. 822]; and
 
        (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Scientific Advisory System: Diabetes and Driving Licences]; to be printed [No. 823-i]
 
    [Dr Michael Clark].



 
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