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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 22nd November 1999

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1European Standing Committee C,—Mrs Marion Roe reported from European Standing Committee C the following Resolution:
 
        That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 10297/99, a Commission Communication on the European Union approach to the World Trade Organisation Millennium Round; considers that a new comprehensive round of trade negotiations is essential for growth and jobs, for maintaining the momentum of trade liberalisation and counteracting protectionist pressures, for promoting sustainable development and better integrating developing countries into the world trade system; and supports the Government's intention to press for this approach within the EU.
 
        Report, together with Resolution, to lie upon the Table.
2Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:
 
        Baxi Partnership Limited Trusts Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill, intituled, an Act to confirm the validity of and vary the trusts of a settlement created by Baxi Partnership Limited for the benefit of employees of Baxi Partnership Limited; to modify certain provisions of the settlement; to confer powers on the trustees of that settlement; and for other purposes; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.
 
        London Local Authorities Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill, intituled, an Act to confer further powers upon local authorities in London; and for related purposes; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.
 
        United Reformed Church Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill, intituled, an Act to make provision as to property held on behalf of the Congregational Union of Scotland, its member churches and the Scottish Congregational College, and for other purposes incidental to or consequential upon the unification of the Congregational Union of Scotland with the United Reformed Church in the United Kingdom; to amend the United Reformed Church Act 1972 and the United Reformed Church Act 1981; and for connected purposes; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.
3City of Stoke-on-Trent Tunstall Northern By-pass Local Government Act Compulsory Purchase Order 1997 (Petitions of General Objection),—Ordered, That a Message be sent to the Lords to acquaint them that this House has appointed a Committee of three Members to join with a Committee of the Lords as the Joint Committee to which the Petitions of General Objection against the City of Stoke-on-Trent Tunstall Northern By-pass Local Government Act Compulsory Purchase Order 1997 stand referred, pursuant to section 4 of the Statutory Orders (Special Procedure) Act 1945.
4Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill,—Mr Nicholas Brown, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Byers, Mr Secretary Murphy and Mr Elliot Morley, presented a Bill to prohibit the keeping of animals solely or primarily for slaughter for the value of their fur; to provide for the making of payments in respect of the related closure of certain businesses; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 6].
 
        Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill be printed [Bill 6-EN].
5Sea Fishing Grants (Charges) Bill,—Mr Nicholas Brown, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Byers, Mr Secretary Murphy and Mr Elliot Morley, presented a Bill to ensure the validity of charges made in the administration of certain grant schemes relating to sea fishing: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 7].
 
        Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Sea Fishing Grants (Charges) Bill be printed [Bill 7-EN].
6Queen's Speech (Motion for an Address),—The Order of the day being read, for resuming the adjourned Debate on the Question proposed [17th November], That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, as follows:
 
        Most Gracious Sovereign,
 
        We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, in Parliament assembled, beg leave to offer our humble thanks to Your Majesty for the Gracious Speech which Your Majesty has addressed to both Houses of Parliament;
 
        And the Question being again proposed:—The House resumed the adjourned Debate.
 
        Ordered, That the Debate be now adjourned .—(Mr Greg Pope.)
 
        Debate to be resumed to-morrow.
7Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Greg Pope);
 
        And it being Ten o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put.
8Social Security,—Ordered, That Miss Julie Kirkbride be discharged from the Social Security Committee and Mr Laurence Robertson be added to the Committee.—(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)
9Treasury,—Ordered, That Dr Vincent Cable be discharged from the Treasury Committee and Mr Edward Davey be added to the Committee.—(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)
10Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Tony McNulty.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-six minutes past Ten o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 10.26 p.m.
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker        

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

APPENDIX I
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:
1Terms and Conditions of Employment,—Draft Maternity and Parental Leave etc. Regulations 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
2Value Added Tax,—Value Added Tax (Input Tax) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3118), dated 19th November 1999 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
3Council Tax,—Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3123), dated 22nd November 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
4Immigration,—Homelessness (Asylum-Seekers) (Interim Period) (England) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3126), dated 22nd November 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
5Sea Fisheries,—Conservation of Seals (England) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3052), dated 11th November 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].
6Social Security,—(1) Social Security (Claims and Information) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3108), and
 
        (2) Social Security (Incapacity for Work) Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3109)
 
    dated 18th November 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].
7Transport,—(1) Docklands Light Railway (Lewisham Extension) (Exemptions) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3112),
 
        (2) Docklands Light Railway (Miscellaneous Closure Exemptions) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3111), and
 
        (3) Railways (Alternative Closure Procedure) (Amendment) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3113),
 
    dated 19th November 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
8Value Added Tax,—(1) Value Added Tax (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3114), dated 22nd November 1999 [by Act] [Mr Stephen Timms];
 
        (2) Value Added Tax (Importation of Investment Gold) Relief Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3115),
 
        (3) Value Added Tax (Input Tax) (Specified Supplies) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3121),
 
        (4) Value Added Tax (Investment Gold) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3116),
 
        (5) Value Added Tax (Special Provisions) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3120),
 
        (6) Value Added Tax (Terminal Markets) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3117), and
 
        (7) Value Added Tax (Treatment of Transactions) (Amendment) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3119),
 
    dated 19th November 1999 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].
Other Papers:
9National Audit,—Reports by the Comptroller and Auditor General on—
 
        (1) Improving VAT Assurance, and
 
        (2) The Newcastle Estate Development Project
 
    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 15 and 16] [Clerk of the House].
10National Lottery,—(1) Report and Summary Financial Statement of the Arts Council of Wales for 1998-99, together with the Corporate Plan Summary of the Arts Council for Wales for 1999-2002, and
 
        (2) Report and Summary Financial Statements of the Sports Council for Wales and Sports Council for Wales Lottery Distribution (SPORTLOT) for 1998-99, together with the Corporate Plan Summary of the Sports Council for Wales for 2000-01 to 2002-03,
 
    with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Mr Secretary Murphy].
11Regulatory Impact Assessments,—List of Regulatory Impact Assessments for 1st January to 30th June 1999 [by Command] [Cm. 4478] [Marjorie Mowlam].
Papers withdrawn:
12Terms and Conditions of Employment,—Draft Maternity and Parental Leave etc. Regulations 1999 [laid on 4th November, in the last Session of Parliament].
APPENDIX II
Committee of Selection
1City of Stoke-on-Trent Tunstall Northern By-pass Local Government Act Compulsory Purchase Order 1997 (Petitions of General Objection)(Joint Committee),—Mr John McWilliam reported from the Committee of Selection, That it had nominated three Members to serve on a Committee to join with a Committee of the Lords as the Joint Committee to which the Petitions of General Objection against the City of Stoke-on-Trent Tunstall Northern By-pass Local Government Act Complusory Purchase Order 1997 stand referred, pursuant to section 4 of the Statutory Orders (Special Procedure) Act 1945, viz.: Mr Colin Breed, Mr Martin Caton and Miss Anne McIntosh.
Standing Committees
2Draft Dental Auxiliaries (Amendment) Regulations 1999,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Ann Clwyd and Mr Paul Goggins from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Maria Eagle and Joan Walley.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
Welsh Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee [European Structural Funds]; to be printed [No. 861-iii][Mr Martyn Jones].



 
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