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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 7th December 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 consideration of the City of London (Ward Elections) Bill, as amended by the Chairman of Ways and Means;
 
        Ordered, That the Bill be considered on Tuesday 14th December.
2Freedom of Information Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Freedom of Information 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 Freedom of Information Bill because it will result in greater secrecy than is the case under the existing Code of Practice, because it fails to promote open government instead of secrecy or transfer from Ministers and officials to Parliament the final decision over the release of information, and because it represents a significant dilution of the proposals in the White Paper, Your Right to Know (Cm 3818), and disregards the recommendations from the Select Committee on Public Administration', instead thereof.—(Miss Ann Widdecombe.)
 
        And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Stephen Day, Mrs Jacqui Lait: 138.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Jamieson, Mr Greg Pope: 377.
 
        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 John Greenway);
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Stephen Day, Mrs Jacqui Lait: 178.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Jamieson, Mr Greg Pope: 327.
 
        So the Question was negatived.
 
        The Deputy Speaker declared that the Bill stood committed to a Standing Committee.
3Freedom of Information Bill [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Freedom of Information 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 Freedom of Information Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—
 
        (a) any increase attributable to the Act in the expenses of the Secretary of State in respect of the Data Protection Commissioner (renamed the Information Commissioner by the Act), the Data Protection Tribunal (renamed the Information Tribunal by the Act) or the members of that Tribunal,
 
        (b) any administrative expenses of the Secretary of State attributable to the Act,
 
        (c) any other expenses incurred in consequence of the Act by a Minister of the Crown or government department or by the House of Commons or the House of Lords, and
 
        (d) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums which under any other Act are payable out of money so provided.—(Mr Don Touhig):—It was agreed to.
4Constitutional law,—A Motion was made,and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) (No. 2) Order 1999, which was laid before this House on 24th November, be approved.—(Mr Don Touhig):—It was agreed to.
5Environmental Protection,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) Regulations 1999, which were laid before this House on 25th November, be approved—(Mr Don Touhig):—It was agreed to.
6Section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993,—Ordered, That, for the purposes of their approval under section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993, the Financial Statement and Budget Report 1999-2000, the Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report 1999-2000 and the Pre-Budget Report 1999 shall be treated as if they were instruments subject to the provisions of Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation).—(Mr Don Touhig)
7Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Don Touhig.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till three minutes to Eleven o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 10.57 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 Negative Resolution:
1Animals,—(1) Breeding of Dogs (Licensing Records) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3192), and
 
        (2) Sale of Dogs (Identification Tag) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3191),
 
    dated 29th November 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].
2Civil Aviation,—Civil Aviation (Navigation Services Charges) (Fourth Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3227), dated 2nd December 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
3Telecommunications,—(1) Public Telecommunication System Designation (AT & T-Unisource Communications Services (UK) Limited) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3238), dated 4th December 1999,
 
        (2) Public Telecommunication System Designation (Drive Memory Limited) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3235), dated 4th December 1999,
 
        (3) Public Telecommunication System Designation (Easynet Group plc) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3234), dated 4th December 1999,
 
        (4) Public Telecommunication System Designation (Flag Telecom Ireland Limited) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3239), dated 4th December 1999,
 
        (5) Public Telecommunication System Designation (iaxis Limited) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3241), dated 4th December 1999,
 
        (6) Public Telecommunication System Designation (Metromedia Fiber Network UK Limited) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3231), dated 4th December 1999,
 
        (7) Public Telecommunication System Designation (Netkonect Communications Limited) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3236), dated 4th December 1999,
 
        (8) Public Telecommunication System Designation (Rateflame Limited) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3233), dated 4th December 1999,
 
        (9) Public Telecommunication System Designation (Sala Limited) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3229), dated 3rd December 1999,
 
        (10) Public Telecommunication System Designation (Thus Limited) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3230), dated 3rd December 1999,
 
        (11) Public Telecommunication System Designation (VIA Net Works UK Ltd) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3240), dated 4th December 1999, and
 
        (12) Public Telecommunication System Designation (World-Link Inc) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3237), dated 4th December 1999,
 
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
Other Papers:
4British Library,—Statement of appointment of Professor Linda Colley to the Board of the British Library [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].
5Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons,—Statement by the Secretary of State for Health on the provision of residential accommodation for disabled persons under the age of 65 in England for 1997-98 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].
6Football Spectators,—Report and Accounts of the Football Licensing Authority for 1998-99 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].
7Registration Service,—Birth Statistics: Review of the Registrar General on births and patterns of family building in England and Wales for 1998 [by Act] [Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer].
8Telecommunications,—Licences granted under section 7 of the Telecommunications Act 1984 by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to—
 
        (1) AT & T-Unisource Communications Services (UK) Limited,
 
        (2) Drive Memory Limited,
 
        (3) Easynet Group plc,
 
        (4) Flag Telecom Ireland Limited,
 
        (5) iaxis Limited,
 
        (6) Metromedia Fiber Network UK Limited,
 
        (7) Netkonect Communications Limited,
 
        (8) Rateflame Limited,
 
        (9) Sala Limited,
 
        (10) Thus Limited,
 
        (11) VIA Net Works UK Ltd, and
 
        (12) World-Link Inc
 
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
1Draft Non-Domestic Rating (Chargeable Amounts) (England) Regulations 1999,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Laura Moffatt from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Ms Dari Taylor.
2Draft Legal Aid (Prescribed Panels) (Amendment) Regulations 1999,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Lorna Fitzsimons from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Ronnie Campbell.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Administration,—First Report from the Administration Committee [Revised Framework for Re-opening the Line of Route during the Summer Adjournment], together with an Appendix, to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 98] [Mrs Marion Roe].
2Agriculture,—(1) First Report from the Agriculture Committee [The Current Crisis in the Livestock Industry]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 94];
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Agriculture Committee [Segregation of GM Foods]; to be printed [No. 71-ii]; and
 
        (3) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Segregation of GM Foods]
 
    [Mr Peter Luff].
3Culture, Media and Sport,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [Funding of the BBC]; to be printed [No. 25-vi] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].
4Education and Employment,—(1) First Report from the Education and Employment Committee [School Meals], 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. 96]; and
 
        (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [School Meals]
 
    [Mr Barry Sheerman].
5Environmental Audit,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee [Pre-Budget Report 1999]; to be printed [No. 76-ii] [Mr John Horam].
6Environment, 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-ii] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].
7European Scrutiny,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the European Scrutiny Committee [Inquiry into The Forthcoming Inter-Governmental Conference]; to be printed [No. 97-i] [Mr Jimmy Hood].
8Home Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [Controls over Firearms]; to be printed [No. 95-i] [Mr Robin Corbett].
9Public Administration,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Public Administration Committee [Innovations in Citizen Participation in Government]; to be printed [No. 79-iii] [Dr Tony Wright].
10Statutory Instruments,—Third Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 47-iii] [Mr David Tredinnick].
11Trade and Industry,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee [The Work of Oftel]; to be printed [No. 93-i] [Mr Martin O'Neill].


Supplement to the Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 8th December 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.
PRAYERS.
1Adjournment,—That the Sitting be now adjourned—(Mr Kevin Hughes);
 
        And accordingly the Sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 12.51 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker        



 
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