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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 30th November 1999

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr George Stevenson reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs)(England and Wales) Regulations 2000.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
2City of London (Ward Elections) Bill,—Ordered, That the City of London (Ward Elections) Bill be considered on Tuesday 7th December.
3City of Stoke-on-Trent Tunstall Northern By-Pass Local Government Act Compulsory Purchase Order 1997,—Ordered, That the Committee appointed to join with the Lords as the Joint Committee to consider the Petitions of General Objection against the City of Stoke-on-Trent Tunstall Northern By-Pass Local Government Act Compulsory Purchase Order 1997 have leave to visit and inspect the site of the proposed by-pass, and other sites named in the order, provided that no evidence shall be taken in the course of such visit and that any party who has made an appearance before the Committee be permitted to attend by their Counsel or Agent or other representative.—(The First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means.)
 
        Message to the Lords to acquaint them therewith.
4New Member sworn,—The Right Honourable Michael Denzil Xavier Portillo, Member for Kensington and Chelsea, was sworn.
5Welsh Grand Committee,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 107 (Welsh Grand Committee (matters relating exclusively to Wales)), That the Matter of the Government's legislative programme as outlined in the Queen's Speech and the Chancellor's Pre-budget Report, as they relate to Wales, be referred to the Welsh Grand Committee for its consideration.—(Mr Robert Ainsworth):—It was agreed to.
6Representation of the People Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Representation of the People Bill;
 
        And a Motion being made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read a second time;
 
        An Amendment was proposed to the Question, to leave out from the word 'That' to the end of the Question and add the words 'this House declines to give a Second Reading to the Representation of the People Bill because the Government has failed to undertake a sufficiently comprehensive public consultation on such important and far-reaching changes to the conduct of elections and the publication of electoral registers, because Members of this House have had no time in which to consult with local authorities and interested parties in their constituencies, because only one month has elapsed since the publication of the report of the Home Office Working Party on Electoral Procedures whose recommendations the Bill is designed to implement, and because more careful consideration of the costs and long-term implications of the measures contained in the Bill is required.', instead thereof.—(Mr John Greenway.)
 
        And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made:
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Mrs Jacqui Lait: 143.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Clelland, Jim Dowd: 332.
 
        So the Question was negatived.
 
        And the Main Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 62 (Amendment on second or third reading):—It was agreed to.
 
        The Bill was accordingly read a second time.
 
        A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 63 (Committal of Bills), That the Bill be committed to a Committee of the whole House—(Mr Mike O'Brien):—It was agreed to.
 
        Committee to-morrow.
7Representation of the People Bill [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Representation of the People Bill [Money];
 
        A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 52 (Money resolutions and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills), That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Representation of the People Bill, it is expedient to authorise—
 
          (1) the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any increase attributable to the Act in the sums which under any other Act are payable out of money so provided;
 
          (2) the payment out of the Consolidated Fund of any increase attributable to the Act in the sums which under any other Act are payable out of that Fund.—(Mr Greg Pope):—It was agreed to.
8Northern Ireland,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That the draft Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Appointed Day) Order 1999, which was laid before this House on 29th November, be approved—(Mr Secretary Mandelson.)
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Jamieson, Mr Clive Betts: 318.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr William Thompson, The Reverend Ian Paisley: 10.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That the draft Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Appointed Day) Order 1999, which was laid before this House on 29th November, be approved.
9Welsh Grand Committee,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 108 (Welsh Grand Committee (sittings)), That the Welsh Grand Committee shall meet on Tuesday 14th December at half past Ten o'clock at Westminster to take questions under Standing Order No. 103, (Welsh Grand Committee (questions for oral answer)), and to consider the matter of the Government's legislative programme as outlined in the Queen's Speech and the Chancellor's Pre-budget Report as they relate to Wales, under Standing Order No. 107 (Welsh Grand Committee (matters relating exclusively to Wales))—(Mr Don Touhig):—It was agreed to.
10Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr David Jamieson.)
Wednesday 1st December 1999
 
        Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-two minutes past Twelve o'clock, adjourned till this day.
[Adjourned at 12.22 a.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 Negative Resolution:
1Consumer Protection,—Dangerous Substances and Preparations (Safety) (Consolidation) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3193), dated 29th November 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
2Designs,—(1) Design Right (Proceedings before Comptroller) (Amendment) Rules 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3195), and
 
        (2) Registered Designs (Amendment) Rules 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3196),
 
    dated 29th November 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
3Food,—Novel Foods and Novel Food Ingredients (Amendment) (England) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3182), dated 30th November 1999 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].
4Health and Safety,—Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3194), dated 29th November 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
5Patents,—Patents (Amendment) (No. 2) Rules 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3197), dated 29th November 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
6Pensions,—Occupational Pensions (Revaluation) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3159), dated 23rd November 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].
Other Papers:
7Education (Scotland),—Accounts of the Scottish Qualifications Authority for 1998-99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 74] [Clerk of the House].
8Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—Government Response to the Fourteenth Report from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee, Session 1998-99, on Aviation Safety [by Command] [Cm. 4539] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
9European Union,—Paper, entitled Developments in the European Union, January to June 1999 [by Command] [Cm. 4531] [Mr Secretary Cook].
10Mental Health (Scotland),—Report and Financial Statement of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland for 1998-99 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].
11Police (Northern Ireland),—Accounts for the Police Authority for Northern Ireland, including Accounts of the Royal Ulster Constabulary Fund and the Police Property Fund, for 1998-99, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 70] [Mr Secretary Mandelson].
12Social Security,—Government Response to the Tenth Report from the Social Security Committee, Session 1998-99, on the 1999 Child Support White Paper [by Command] [Cm. 4536] [Mr Secretary Darling].
APPENDIX II
Reports from Select Committees
1Agriculture,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Agriculture Committee [Segregation of GM Foods]; to be printed [No. 71-i]; and
 
        (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Segregation of GM Foods]
 
    [Mr Peter Luff].
2Culture, Media and Sport,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [Funding of the BBC]; to be printed [No. 25-iv] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].
3Environmental Audit,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee [Pre-Budget Report 1999]; to be printed [No. 76-i] [Mr John Horam].
4Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment Sub-Committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [The Environment Agency]; to be printed [No. 34-i] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].
5Foreign Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [Helsinki European Council]; to be printed [No. 68-i] [Mr Donald Anderson].
6Home Affairs,—(1) First Special Report from the Home Affairs Committee [Government Reply to the Fourth Report from the Committee, Session 1998-99, on Police Training and Recruitment]; to be printed [No. 77]; and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Managing Dangerous People with Severe Personality Disorder]; to be printed [No. 42-ii]
 
    [Mr Robin Corbett].
7International Development,—First Report from the International Development Committee [Export Credits Guarantee Department—Developmental Issues], together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 73] [Mr Bowen Wells].
8Procedure,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Procedure Committee [Delegated Legislation]; to be printed [No. 48-ii] [Mr Nicholas Winterton].
9Public Administration,—(1) First Report from the Public Administration Committee [The Freedom of Information Bill]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 78]; and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 30th November [Public Participation]; to be printed [Nos. 79-i and ii]
 
    [Dr Tony Wright].
10Statutory Instruments,—Second Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 47-ii] [Mr David Tredinnick].
11Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [International Monetary Fund]; to be printed [No. 72-i] [Mr Giles Radice].
  
Supplement to the Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 30th November 1999
Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall
[pursuant to the Order of 24th May 1999]

The Sitting commenced at Ten o'clock.
1Adjournment,—Resolved, That the Sitting be now adjourned.—(Mr Jim Dowd.)
 
        And accordingly the Sitting was adjourned until to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 12.54 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker        



 
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