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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 24th November 1999

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Sessional Returns,—Ordered, That there be laid before this House Returns for Session 1998-99 of—
 
        (1) Business of the House;
 
        (2) Closure of Debate, Proposal of Question and Allocation of Time (including Programme Motions);
 
        (3) Sittings of the House;
 
        (4) Private Bills and Private Business;
 
        (5) Public Bills;
 
        (6) Delegated Legislation and Deregulation Orders;
 
        (7) European Legislation, &c.;
 
        (8) Grand Committees;
 
        (9) Chairmen's Panel; and
 
        (10) Select Committees.—(The First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means)
2Private Bills (Suspension),—The Speaker laid upon the Table a Certificate by one of the Clerks in the Private Bill Office that, in respect of the following Bill upon which proceedings were suspended in the last Session of Parliament, the Agents for the Bill have deposited in the Private Bill Office a declaration signed by them, stating the Bill is the same, in every respect, as the Bill at the last stage of its proceedings in this House in the last Session of Parliament, viz.:
 
        Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (Amendment of Rules) Bill
3Private Bills,—The Standing Order of 1st November, relating to the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (Amendment of Rules) Bill, suspended in the last session of Parliament, being read;
 
        Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (Amendment of Rules) Bill,—A Bill to enact provisions relating to the amendment of the rules of the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association, and for other purposes, was read the first, second and third time, and passed.
4Queen'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.
 
        An Amendment was proposed to the Question, at the end, to add the words 'but humbly regret that the Gracious Speech contains no proposals to reverse the policies that have given Britain a spiralling burden of taxation and a huge rise in burdens on business, that it contains no proposals to reverse the decline in Britain's productivity growth or the recent fall in Britain's international competitiveness, and that it does nothing to ensure that the public accounts are honest and open, nor to prevent the Government from saying one thing and doing another; and calls on the Government instead to adopt policies which will engineer a return to the golden economic legacy of enterprise, dynamism and flexibility left by the previous Government.'—(Mr Francis Maude.)
 
        And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Keith Simpson, Mrs Eleanor Laing: 149.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Tony McNulty, Mr Don Touhig: 381.
 
        So the Question was negatived.
 
        Another Amendment was proposed to the Question, at the end, to add the words 'but humbly regret that the Gracious Speech fails to address the urgent need to protect the rights of the individual, reinforce communities and promote enterprise through increased liberalisation, decentralisation and deregulation; calls for a reforming agenda including the prevention of discrimination on grounds of age, disability, religion, sex and sexual orientation; urges the introduction of measures to increase the accountability of the police, promote crime prevention and victims' rights, rehabilitate offenders in the community, and establish a Royal Commission to examine the misuse of all drugs; calls for effective Freedom of Information legislation; regrets the continued failure of the Government to provide for referendums on a fair voting system for the House of Commons and the European Single Currency; urges the Government to introduce proportional representation for local elections and to ensure that innovations in local government are transparent and accountable; notes the absence of proposals to promote environmental responsibility and efficiency in government, business and private households; urges the Government to replace the Child Support Agency with a unified system of family courts to deal with cases quickly and fairly; believes that good health policy demands that the Government should abolish charges for eye and dental checks and establish a single healthcare regulator; deplores the Government's continued neglect of rural communities and calls for effective scrutiny of supermarket profiteering, fundamental reform of the Common Agricultural Policy and the establishment of an Agricultural Ombudsman; and regrets that the timidity of the other measures in the Gracious Speech will do little to assist those who are worst off in society.'—(Mr Paul Tyler.)
 
        And the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 33 (Calling of Amendments at end of debate), That the Amendment be made;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Sir Robert Smith, Mr Edward Davey: 44.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Tony McNulty, Mr Don Touhig: 340.
 
        So the Question was negatived
 
        Main Question put.
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Tony McNulty, Mr Don Touhig: 329.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Mr Keith Simpson: 185.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        Resolved, 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.
 
        Address to be presented to Her Majesty by such Members of this House as are of Her Majesty's most honourable Privy Council or of Her Majesty's Household.
5Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr David Jamieson.)
 
        And the Motion having been made after Ten o'clock on Wednesday evening, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House, without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, it being then twelve minutes past Eleven o'clock, till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 11.12 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:
1Constitutional Law,—Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) (No. 2) Order 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
2Medical Profession,—European Specialist Medical Qualifications Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3154), dated 22nd November 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].
Other Papers:
3Explosives,—Report of Her Majesty's Inspectors of Explosives for Northern Ireland for 1998 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 3] [Mr Secretary Mandelson].
4Health Service Commissioner,—First Report of the Health Service Ombudsman, Session 1999-2000: Investigations completed—April to September 1999 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 19] [Clerk of the House].
5Human Fertilisation and Embryology,—Report and Accounts of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority for 1998-99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].
6Public Petitions,—Observations by—
 
        (1) the Secretary of State for Health on the Petition [26th October] from residents of the constituency of Spelthorne against proposals to cut services at Ashford Hospital, Middlesex, and
 
        (2) the Secretary of State for Social Security on the Petition [25th October] from John Blackman and others for legislation relating to the dates on which benefits may be treated as having been paid
 
    [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].
7United Kingdom Ecolabelling Board,—Report and Accounts of the UK Ecolabelling Board for 1997-98 [by Statutory Instrument] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
1Financial Services and Markets Bill,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Humfrey Malins an additional Chairman of Standing Committee A in respect of the Financial Services and Markets Bill.
2Draft Dental Auxiliaries (Amendment) Regulations 1999,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Denis Murphy from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mr Marsha Singh.
3Draft Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (England and Wales) Regulations 2000:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr George Stevenson Chairman; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has appointed sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Peter Atkinson, Barbara Follett, Jane Griffiths, Mr David Heath, Mr Brian Jenkins, Mr Richard Livsey, Judy Mallaber, Dan Norris, Mr James Paice, Ms Joyce Quin, Mr Bill Rammell, Mr Laurence Robertson, Mr Andrew Rowe, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe, Mr Gareth Thomas and Dr Desmond Turner.
4Draft Number of Stipendiary Magistrates Order 1999,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Dan Norris from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Gordon Prentice.
5Air Navigation (Fifth Amendment) Order 1999 (S.I. 1999, No. 2059):
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the Order to the Second 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.: Mr Robert Ainsworth, Mr Tom Brake, Mr Andrew Dismore, Mr Gerald Howarth, Mrs Jacqui Lait, Mr Andrew Love, Mr Michael Moore, Mr Chris Mullin, Mr Jim Murphy, Mr Peter Snape, Mr Ian Stewart, Mr Jon Trickett, Ms Claire Ward, Mr John Wilkinson, Mr Shaun Woodward and Phil Woolas.
6Draft Local Elections (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Order 1999:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Jim Cunningham Chairman; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has appointed sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Julian Brazier, Mr Alan Campbell, Mr Jim Cousins, Mr James Cran, Jim Dowd, Lorna Fitzsimmons, Mr George Howarth, Mr Michael Jack, Helen Jackson, Mr Lembit Öpik, Mr Phil Sawford, Mr Llew Smith, Mr Gerry Steinberg, Mr John M. Taylor, Mr William Thompson and Mr David Winnick.
7National Institute for Clinical Excellence (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I. 1999, No. 2218) and National Institute for Clinical Excellence (Establishment and Constitution) Amendment Order 1999 (S.I. 1999, No. 2219):
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the Orders to the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation and has appointed Mrs Ray Michie Chairman; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has appointed sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: John Austin, Dr Peter Brand, Mr Ian Cawsey, Ann Clwyd, Mr Jeremy Corbyn, Mr John Denham, Mr Paul Goggins, Mr Nick Harvey, Mr Stephen Hesford, Mr David Jamieson, Mr Peter Luff, Mr David Maclean, Mr Robert Marshall-Andrews, Mr Keith Simpson, Mrs Caroline Spelman and Ms Dari Taylor.
8Draft Maternity and Parental Leave etc. Regulations 1999:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the Regulations to the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation and has appointed Mr Bowen Wells Chairman; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has appointed sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Richard Allan, Ms Candy Atherton, Mrs Angela Browning, Mr Ronnie Campbell, Mr Ben Chapman, Mr David Chaytor, Dr Evan Harris, Mr Alan Johnson, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Mr Edward Leigh, Mr Terry Lewis, Mr Martin Linton, Mr Paul Marsden, Dr Nick Palmer, Mr Greg Pope and Sir Teddy Taylor.
Grand Committee
9Northern Ireland Grand Committee,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Tony McNulty from the Committee and appointed Mrs Louise Ellman and Mr John McWilliam.
Select Committees
10Standing Orders Committee,—The Committee of Selection has nominated two additional Members to serve on the Standing Orders Committee, viz.: Mr Clive Efford and Helen Jones.
11Committee on Unopposed Bills (Panel),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Gerry Sutcliffe from the Committee and appointed in substitution Helen Jones.
Joint Committee
12City of Stoke-on-Trent Tunstall Northern By-pass Local Government Act Compulsory Purchase Order 1997 (Petitions of General Objection) (Joint Committee),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Colin Breed from the Committee and appointed in substitution Mr Bob Russell.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Education and Employment,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Employment Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Committee [Employability and Jobs: Is there a Jobs Gap?]; to be printed [No. 60-i] [Mr Derek Foster].
2Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—(1) First Special Report from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [Government Response to the Second Report of the Environment Committee in Session 1996-97, Contaminated Land]; to be printed [No. 61];
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Rural White Paper]; to be printed [No. 32-i] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett]; and
 
        (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Sub-Committee [Millennium Compliance of the Transport Industry]; to be printed [No. 33-i] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].
3European Scrutiny,—First Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 23-i] [Mr Jim Marshall].
4Northern Ireland Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [Current problems relating to the livestock industry in Northern Ireland]; to be printed [No. 62-i] [Mr Peter Brooke].
5Public Accounts,—(1) First Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Improving the delivery of Government IT projects], together with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 65]; and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Industrial Development Board for Northern Ireland: Inward Investment]; to be printed [No. 66-i]
 
    [Mr David Davis].
6Scottish Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Scottish Affairs Committee on 3rd November, in the last session of Parliament, and on 24th November [Poverty in Scotland]; to be printed [No. 59-i and ii] [Mr David Marshall].
7Social Security,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Social Security Committee [The Contributory Principle]; to be printed [No. 56-i] [Mr Archy Kirkwood].
8Standards and Privileges,—(1) First Report from the Committee on Standards and Privileges [Complaint against Mr Bruce George], together with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 38]; and
 
        (2) Second Report from the Committee [Complaints against Mr Bowen Wells], together with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 39]
 
    [Mr Robert Sheldon].
9Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee of the Treasury Committee [Customs and Excise]; to be printed [No. 53-i] [Mr Giles Radice].



 
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