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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 2nd November 1999

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1City of London (Ward Elections) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for further consideration of the City of London (Ward Elections) Bill, as amended in the Committee;
 
        Ordered, That the Bill be further considered on Tuesday 9th November.
2First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Dr Michael Clark reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Working Time Regulations 1999.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table
3Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:
 
        Baxi Partnership Limited Trusts Bill [Lords],—The Lords communicate that they have considered the Message from the Commons [yesterday] relating to the Baxi Partnership Limited Trusts Bill [Lords]; and that they have come to the following Resolutions in respect of the Bill, viz.:
 
        That the promoters of the Bill have leave to suspend any further proceedings thereon in order to proceed with it, if they think fit, in the next Session of Parliament, provided that notice of their intention to do so is lodged in the Office of the Clerk of the Parliaments not later than 12 noon on Tuesday 9th November;
 
        That the Bill be deposited in the Office of the Clerk of the Parliaments not later than noon on the second sitting day in the next Session with a declaration annexed, signed by the agent, stating that the Bill is the same in every respect as the Bill at the last stage of the proceedings thereon in this House in the present Session;
 
        That the proceedings on the Bill in the next Session of Parliament be pro forma in regard to every stage through which the Bill has passed in the present Session, and that no new fees be charged to such stages;
 
        That the Private Business Standing Orders apply to the Bill in the next Session only in regard to any stage through which the Bill has not passed during the present Session.
4Cyclists' Helmets,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to promote the wearing of protective headgear by cyclists; and for connected purposes: And that Jean Corston, Mrs Anne Campbell, Mr David Drew, Ann Clwyd, Valerie Davey and Fiona Mactaggart do prepare and bring it in.
5Cyclists' Helmets Bill,—Jean Corston accordingly presented a Bill to promote the wearing of protective headgear by cyclists; and for connected purposes: 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 159].
6Opposition Day [14th allotted day—2nd part],—It being an allotted day at the disposal of the Leader of the Opposition in pursuance of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business), the House proceeded to consider Opposition business.
 
        Planning, Greenfields and Brownfields,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House regrets the growing divide between the prosperous and deprived areas of Britain; condemns the run-down of industry and the dereliction of inner city and old industrial areas; urges the Government to put in place better measures to encourage urban and industrial regeneration; vigorously opposes the idea that hundreds of thousands more people will be encouraged to move out of the urban areas into new housing on greenfield sites; further urges the Secretary of State to veto the South East plan for 1.1 million new homes, half on greenfield land, and to warn inspectors not to come to similar conclusions for other parts of the country; reminds the Government that there will be demand for new and better housing in the cities which they should help developers to meet by their planning and renewal policies; and stresses that sustainable development means limiting greenfield housing construction—(Mr John Redwood);
 
        An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word 'House' to the end of the Question and add the words 'welcomes the Government's continued commitment to sustainable growth, safeguarding the countryside and promoting an urban renaissance; welcomes the establishment of Regional Development Agencies and the policies and programmes which have been put in place to improve the prosperity and quality of life of the regions and supports the targeting of regeneration initiatives in areas of greatest need; recognises that the Government's integrated, inclusive and strategic approach is encouraging urban and industrial regeneration; welcomes the Government's inter-linked policies for revitalising the UK's towns and cities and protecting the countyside; supports the Government's target for building 60 per cent. of all new housing on previously developed land and welcomes the new housing planning policy guidance which encourages "in town" brownfield site development first under a phased sequential test; supports this Government's approach to new out-of-town shopping developments; welcomes the Government's move away from the previous "predict and provide" approach to housing provision and the introduction of a "plan, monitor and manage" policy under the new regional planning policy arrangements, including Examination in Public and Independent Panel assessment; recognises the need for a more detailed evaluation of land availability and capacity and welcomes the establishment of a National Land Use Database; supports the Government's policies on protecting the Green Belt; and believes the Government's planning, housing, transport, countryside protection, welfare and economic policies will achieve more sustainable and equitable patterns of both urban and rural development', instead thereof.—(Mr Nick Raynsford.)
 
        And the Question being put, That the original words stand part of the Question;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mrs Jacqui Lait, Mr Stephen Day: 185.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Jamieson, Mr Clive Betts: 346.
 
        So the Question was negatived.
 
        And the Question, That the proposed words be there added, being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments):—It was agreed to.
 
        The Deputy Speaker forthwith declared the Main Question, as amended, to be agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That this House welcomes the Government's continued commitment to sustainable growth, safeguarding the countryside and promoting an urban renaissance; welcomes the establishment of Regional Development Agencies and the policies and programmes which have been put in place to improve the prosperity and quality of life of the regions and supports the targeting of regeneration initiatives in areas of greatest need; recognises that the Government's integrated, inclusive and strategic approach is encouraging urban and industrial regeneration; welcomes the Government's inter-linked policies for revitalising the UK's towns and cities and protecting the countryside; supports the Government's target for building 60 per cent. of all new housing on previously developed land and welcomes the new housing planning policy guidance which encourages "in town" brownfield site development first under a phased sequential test; supports this Government's approach to new out-of-town shopping developments; welcomes the Government's move away from the previous "predict and provide" approach to housing provision and the introduction of a "plan, monitor and manage" policy under the new regional planning policy arrangements, including Examination in Public and Independent Panel assessment; recognises the need for a more detailed evaluation of land availability and capacity and welcomes the establishment of a National Land Use Database; supports the Government's policies on protecting the Green Belt; and believes the Government's planning, housing, transport, countryside protection, welfare and economic policies will achieve more sustainable and equitable patterns of both urban and rural development.
7City of London (Ward Elections) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for resuming the adjourned Debate on the Question proposed on 28th October, That the Promoters of the City of London (Ward Elections) Bill shall have leave to suspend proceedings thereon in order to proceed with the Bill in the next Session of Parliament provided that the Agents for the Bill give notice to the Clerks in the Private Bill Office not later than the day before the close of the present Session of their intention to suspend further proceedings and that all Fees due on the Bill up to that date be paid.
 
        That on the fifth day on which the House sits in the next Session the Bill shall be presented to the House;
 
        That there shall be deposited with the Bill a declaration signed by the Agents for the Bill, stating that the Bill is the same, in every respect, as the Bill presented in the House 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) and shall be committed to the Chairman of Ways and Means;
 
        That the Chairman of Ways and Means shall make such Amendments thereto as have been made by the committee in the present Session, and shall report the Bill as amended to the House forthwith, and the Bill, so amended, shall be ordered to be considered;
 
        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;
 
        And the Question being again proposed;—The House resumed the adjourned Debate.
 
        And the Question being put;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Crispin Blunt, Mr Tony Baldry: 215.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Kelvin Hopkins, Mr Harry Cohen: 81.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        Message to the Lords to acquaint them therewith.
8Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Kevin Hughes.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till fourteen minutes to Ten o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 9.46 p.m.
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker        

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

APPENDIX I
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Paper subject to Affirmative Resolution:
1Dentists,—Draft Dental Auxiliaries (Amendment) Regulations 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
2Income Tax,—Corporation Tax (Simplified Arrangements for Group Relief) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 2975), dated 1st November 1999 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].
3Road Traffic,—Motor Cycles Etc. (EC Type Approval) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 2920), dated 25th October 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
Other Papers:
4Administration of Justice,—Accounts of Funds in Court in England and Wales for—
 
        (1) the year ended 28th February 1997, and
 
        (2) the year ended 28th February 1998,
 
    with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 874 and 875] [Clerk of the House].
5Defence Executive Agencies,—Report and Accounts of Defence Estates for 1998-99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 810] [Mr Secretary Hoon].
6Miscellaneous Financial Provisions,—Accounts of Yorkshire and Humberside Development Agency for 1998-99 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
Paper withdrawn:
7Dentists,—Draft Dental Auxiliaries (Amendment) Regulations 1999 [laid 26th October].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
1Draft Tax Credit (New Category of Child Care Provider) Regulations 1999,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Jean Corston and Kali Mountford from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mr Jeff Ennis and Mr Paul Stinchcombe.
2Fire Precautions (Workplace) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1877),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Judy Mallaber from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mr Mark Todd.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Agriculture,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Agriculture Committee [Marketing of Milk]; to be printed [No. 830-iii] [Mr Peter Luff].
2Broadcasting,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Broadcasting Committee [The Development of Parliamentary Broadcasting]; to be printed [No. 618-iii] [Mr Roger Gale].
3Education and Employment,—(1) Eighth Report from the Education and Employment Committee [Access for All?: a survey of Post-16 participation], together with the Appendices 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. 57]; and
 
        (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Access for All?: a survey of Post-16 participation]
 
    [Mr Derek Foster].
4Environmental Audit,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee [A sustainable Millennium Round (WTO)]; to be printed [No. 883-i]; and
 
        (2) Memorandum laid before the Committee [Government Observations on the Eighth Report from the Committee, on the Budget 1999: Environmental Considerations]
 
    [Mr John Horam].
5Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment Sub-Committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [The Work of the Health and Safety Executive]; to be printed [No. 828-ii] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].
6Foreign Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [Relations with the Russian Federation]; to be printed [No. 815-iii] [Mr Donald Anderson].
7Home Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [Work of the Lord Chancellor's Department]; to be printed [No. 882-i] [Mr Robin Corbett].
8Statutory Instruments,—Twenty-Ninth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 50-xxix] [Mr David Tredinnick].
9Treasury,—(1) Ninth Special Report from the Treasury Committee [Government Response to the Ninth Report from the Committee, on Demutualisation]; to be printed [No. 880]; and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Financial Services Authority]; to be printed [No. 881-i]
 
    [Mr Giles Radice].
10Welsh Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee [European Structural Funds]; to be printed [No. 861-ii] [Mr Martyn Jones].



 
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