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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 8th December 1999

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Queen's Speech (Answer to Address),—The Vice Chamberlain of the Household reported to the House, That Her Majesty, having been attended with its Address of 24th November, was pleased to receive the same very graciously and give the following Answer:
 
        I have received with great satisfaction the loyal and dutiful expression of your thanks for the speech with which I opened the present Session of Parliament.
2Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Frank Cook reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Non-Domestic Rating (Chargeable Amounts) (England) Regulations 1999.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
3Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mrs Ray Michie reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Legal Aid (Prescribed Panels) (Amendment) Regulations 1999.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
4Opposition Day [1st allotted day],—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.
 
        Tube Investment, Ways of Paying for More Tube Investment and the General Transport Budget,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House regrets the Government's failure to raise private investment for the London Underground; condemns the cuts in investment in the Underground since they took office and the way their failure has squeezed other parts of the transport budget; recommends dropping the failed public private partnership, seeking more private money in another way; calls on the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions to take the necessary action now to expand all types of British transport capacity, including the Tube, so people are able to travel more easily and businesses can move their goods around efficiently; condemns the Secretary of State's failure to make crucial decisions to expand the mainline railway; regrets his decision to make the motorist a whipping boy for his own failure; urges him to follow planning policies which lessen the North South divide rather than worsen it, and which will encourage more people to live near town centres and their points of access to trains and buses rather than on greenfield developments; and concludes that the experiment in so-called joined-up Government between environment, transport and the regions has under this Secretary of State comprehensively failed—(Mr John Redwood);
 
        An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 3, to leave out from the word 'House' to the end of the Question and add the words 'welcomes the Government's approach for an Integrated Transport Strategy; deplores the previous Government's record of under-investment in transport, fragmentation of bus and rail services and encouragement of ill-planned out-of-town development; in particular condemns their erratic investment in London Underground, which left a £1.2 billion backlog; welcomes the Government's long-term strategy to secure over £8 billion investment for upgrading London Underground over the next 15 years; deplores the official Opposition's plans to privatise London Underground; and welcomes the Government's commitment to an extra £1.8 billion for public transport and local transport plans, improving road maintenance, reducing pollution, and encouraging the major investment needed to widen transport choice', instead thereof.—(Mr Secretary Prescott.)
 
        And the Question being proposed, That the original words stand part of the Question;
 
        Mr James Arbuthnot rose in his place and claimed to move, That the Question be now put.
 
        And the Question being put, That the Question be now put:—It was agreed to.
 
        And the Question being accordingly put;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Keith Simpson, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 144.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Clive Betts, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 369.
 
        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);
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Clive Betts, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 327.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Keith Simpson, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 176.
 
        So the Question 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 approach for an Integrated Transport Strategy; deplores the previous Government's record of under-investment in transport, fragmentation of bus and rail services and encouragement of ill-planned out-of-town development; in particular condemns their erratic investment in London Underground, which left a £1.2 billion backlog; welcomes the Government's long-term strategy to secure over £8 billion investment for upgrading London Underground over the next 15 years; deplores the official Opposition's plans to privatise London Underground; and welcomes the Government's commitment to an extra £1.8 billion for public transport and local transport plans, improving road maintenance, reducing pollution, and encouraging major investment needed to widen transport choice.
5Post Office,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the Postal Privilege (Suspension) Order 1999 (Revocation) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 2863), dated 19th October 1999, a copy of which was laid before this House on 20th October, in the last session of Parliament, be revoked—(Mr Nick Gibb);
 
        And it being half-past Eleven o'clock, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Order [1st December] and Standing Order No. 17 (Delegated legislation (negative procedure)).
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Keith Simpson, Mrs Eleanor Laing: 126.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Jim Dowd, Mr Robert Ainsworth: 306.
 
        So the Question was negatived.
6Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from residents of Angus and others calling for increased rights of access through traffic for the emergency services was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
7Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr David Jamieson);
Thursday 9th December 1999
 
        And the Question being put;
 
        Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till fourteen minutes past Twelve o'clock on Thursday morning, adjourned till this day.
[Adjourned at 12.14 a.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 Negative Resolution:
1Ecclesiastical Law,—The Payments to the Churches Conservation Trust Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3265), dated 15th November 1999 [by Measure] [Clerk of the House].
2Environmental Protection,—Environmental Protection (Controls on Injurious Substances) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3244), dated 6th December 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
3Health and Safety,—Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3242), dated 3rd December 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
4Merchant Shipping,—Merchant Shipping (Registration of Ships, and Tonnage) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3206), dated 30th November 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
5Taxes,—(1) Distraint by Collectors (Fees, Costs and Charges) (Stamp Duty Penalties) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3263),
 
        (2) Stamp Duty and Stamp Duty Reserve Tax (Investment Exchanges and Clearing Houses) (OM London Exchange Limited) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3262),
 
        (3) Stamp Duty and Stamp Duty Reserve Tax (Open-ended Investment Companies) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3261), and
 
        (4) Stamp Duty Reserve Tax (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3264),
 
    dated 7th December 1999 [by Act] [Miss Melanie Johnson].
Other Papers:
6Defence,—Ministry of Defence Minute, dated 8th December 1999, concerning the proposed long-term loan of historic furniture to the Greenwich Foundation for the Royal Naval College [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hoon].
7Parliamentary Commissioner,—Second Report of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration, Session 1999-2000: Investigations Completed—April to October 1999 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 21] [Clerk of the House].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
1Government Resources and Accounting Bill:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee A, and has appointed Mr John Butterfill Chairman; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has appointed nineteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz: Mr Graham Allen, Mr Colin Burgon, Mr Tony Clarke, Mr Edward Davey, Mr David Davis, Mr Howard Flight, Mr Michael Foster, Jane Griffiths, Mr John Healey, Mr Kelvin Hopkins, Miss Melanie Johnson, Mr Alan Keen, Mr Oliver Letwin, Mr Chris Pond, Mr David Rendel, Mr David Ruffley, Joan Ryan, Mr Keith Simpson and Mr Stephen Twigg.
2Financial Statement and Budget Report 1999-2000, the Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report 1999-2000 and the Pre-Budget Report 1999 for the purposes of Section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the Reports to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Nicholas Winterton Chairman; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has appointed sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Graham Allen, Charlotte Atkins, Mr Graham Brady, Mr Brian Cotter, Mr Edward Davey, Mr Michael Fabricant, Mr Mark Fisher, Lorna Fitzsimons, Mr David Heathcoat-Amory, Miss Melanie Johnson, Ms Oona King, Ms Linda Perham, Mr Chris Pond, Mr Geoffrey Robinson, Joan Ruddock and Mr Keith Simpson.
3Draft Legal Advice and Assistance (Scope) (Amendment) Regulations 1999:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations 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 Peter Atkinson, Mr Crispin Blunt, Mr John Burnett, Mr Paul Clark, Mr Andrew George, Mr Nick Hawkins, Mr Stephen Hepburn, Mr Kelvin Hopkins, Mr David Lock, Chris McCafferty, Mrs Anne McGuire, Laura Moffatt, Mr Peter Snape, Mr Brian White, Mr David Wilshire and Mr David Winnick.
European Standing Committees
4Unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum submitted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on 5th December 1999, relating to Fisheries: Total Allowable Catches and Quotas for 2000, has been referred to European Standing Committee A.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Defence,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence Committee [The Defence Geographic and Imagery Agency]; to be printed [No. 100-i] [Mr Bruce George].
2Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Sub-Committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [Public-Private Partnership for National Air Traffic Services]; to be printed [No. 35-ii] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].
3European Scrutiny,—(1) Third Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 23-iii]; and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Forthcoming Inter-Governmental Conference]; to be printed [Nos. 97-ii and iii]
 
    [Mr Jimmy Hood].
4Foreign Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [Relations with the Russian Federation]; to be printed [No. 101-i] [Mr Donald Anderson].
5Northern 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-ii] [Mr Peter Brooke].
6Public Accounts,—(1) Second Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Financial Management and Governance at Gwent Tertiary College], together with an Appendix 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. 102];
 
        (2) Third Report from the Committee [Appropriation Accounts 1997-98: Class XII, Vote 1 (Central Government Administered Social Security Benefits & Other Payments) & Benefits Agency: Performance Measurement]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 103]; and
 
        (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Contributions Agency: The Newcastle Estate Development Project (Private Finance Initiative)]; to be printed [No. 104-i]
 
    [Mr David Davis].
7Science and Technology,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Science and Technology Committee [The Director General of the Research Councils]; to be printed [No. 81-i] [Dr Michael Clark].
8Scottish Affairs,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Scottish Affairs Committee [Poverty in Scotland]; to be printed [No. 59-iii] [Mr David Marshall].

Supplement to the Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 1st December 1999
Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall
[pursuant to the Order of 24th May 1999]

The Sitting commenced at half-past Nine o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the Sitting be now adjourned—(Mr Don Touhig);
 
        And it being Two o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment of the Sitting lapsed, and the Sitting was accordingly adjourned without Question put, til to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 2 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker        



 
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