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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 13th December 1999

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Nicholas Winterton reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Financial 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.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
2Fisheries,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees), That the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum, submitted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on 5th December 1999, relating to the fixing of fishing opportunities for 2000 and certain conditions under which they may be fished, shall not stand referred to European Standing Committee A—(Mr David Jamieson):—It was agreed to.
3Business of the House,—Ordered, That, at this day's sitting, the provisions of Standing Order No. 16 (Proceedings under an Act or on European Union documents) shall not apply to any proceedings on the Motion in the name of the Prime Minister relating to fisheries, and the Speaker shall put the Questions necessary to dispose of those proceedings not later than Seven o'clock, and such Questions shall include the Questions on any Amendments selected by the Speaker which may then be moved.—(Mr David Jamieson.)
4Fisheries,—A Motion was made and the Question being proposed, That this House takes note of the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum, submitted by the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on 5th December 1999, relating to the fixing of fishing opportunities for 2000 and certain conditions under which they may be fished; recognises that many fish stocks remain in poor shape and need to be rebuilt for the future; and supports the Government's intention to negotiate the best possible fishing opportunities for UK fishermen consistent with the sustainable management of stocks, effective enforcement and the need to ensure that the regional differences of fisheries and their communities are fully recognised—(Mr Elliot Morley);
 
        An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 1, to leave out from the word 'House' to the end of the Question and add the words 'in taking note of the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum, submitted by the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, on 5th December 1999, recalls that the previous Government added to the burden on UK fishing communities and failed to take any decisive action to protect British fishing interests in 18 years; believes that the Government should establish a coherent joined-up vision of where the UK wants the fishing industry to be in the medium and long term; recommends that the Government both itself and in its negotiations with European and other fishing nations seeks: to develop arrangements which significantly improve the cooperative relationship between fishermen and scientists, to avoid the last-minute annual total allowable catch and quota-setting process which does much to damage this relationship and the ability of the industry to plan ahead, to bring forward proposals to regularise and manage the trading of track records and fishing licences, to establish a decentralised system based on regional fisheries management whilst seeking to reduce the need for discards and engage fishermen in management decisions, to ensure quality of monitoring and enforcement across the European Union, to develop a pan-European policy to encourage low-impact fishing methods, and to reinstate a system of fishing safety grants', instead thereof.—(Mr Andrew George.)
 
        And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Sir Robert Smith, Mr Bob Russell: 36.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Greg Pope, Mr David Jamieson: 320.
 
        So the Question was negatived.
 
        And it being after Seven o'clock, the Deputy Speaker put the remaining Questions necessary to dispose of the proceedings, pursuant to Order [this day].
 
        Another Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 6, to leave out from the word 'future' to the end of the Question and add the words 'and believes that this can only be achieved by negotiating a reform of the Common Fisheries Policy that will devolve power to national, regional and local levels', instead thereof.—(Mr Malcolm Moss.)
 
        And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Oliver Heald, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 131.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Greg Pope, Mr David Jamieson: 347.
 
        So the Question was negatived.
 
        The Main Question was put and agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That this House takes note of the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum, submitted by the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on 5th December 1999, relating to the fixing of fishing opportunities for 2000 and certain conditions under which they may be fished; recognises that many fish stocks remain in poor shape and need to be rebuilt for the future; and supports the Government's intention to negotiate the best possible fishing opportunities for UK fishermen consistent with the sustainable management of stocks, effective enforcement and the need to ensure that the regional differences of fisheries and their communities are fully recognised.
5Welsh Grand Committee,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 108 (Welsh Grand Committee (sittings)), That the Order of the House of 30th November relating to the meeting of the Welsh Grand Committee on Tuesday 14th December shall have effect with the substitution of the words 'half-past Ten o'clock and between Four o'clock and Six o'clock' for the words 'half-past Ten o'clock'—(Mrs Anne McGuire):—It was agreed to.
6Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mrs Anne McGuire);
 
        And it being Ten o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put.
7Education and Employment,—Ordered, That Caroline Flint and Mr Bill Rammell be discharged from the Education and Employment Committee and Helen Jones and Mr Stephen Twigg be added to the Committee.—(Mr Keith Bradley, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)
8Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—Ordered, That Mr Graham Stringer be discharged from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee and Dr Stephen Ladyman be added to the Committee.—(Mr Keith Bradley, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)
9Health,—Ordered, That Mr Ivan Lewis be discharged from the Health Committee and Mr Stephen Hesford be added to the Committee.—(Mr Keith Bradley, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)
10Northern Ireland Affairs,—Ordered, That Mr Martin Salter be discharged from the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee and Dr Nick Palmer be added to the Committee.—(Mr Keith Bradley, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)
11Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from residents of Mid-Bedfordshire against the sale of Long Meadow Farm in Chalton, Bedfordshire, to the Exodus Collective was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
12Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr David Jamieson.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-nine minutes to Eleven o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 10.31 p.m.
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker        

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

APPENDIX
Papers delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on Friday 10th December 1999 (Non-sitting Friday. S.O. No. 12) pursuant to Standing Order No. 159 (Presentation of statutory instruments):
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
1Constitutional Law,—Scotland Act 1998 (Transitory and Transitional Provisions) (Finance) Amendment Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3273), dated 8th December 1999 [Mr Secretary Reid].
2Education,—(1) Education (Transition to New Framework) (New Schools, Groups and Miscellaneous) Regulations 1999 (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3297), and
 
        (2) Kirkley Hall College, Ponteland, Northumberland (Dissolution) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3300),
 
    dated 8th December 1999 [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
3Income Tax,—(1) General Commissioners (Jurisdiction and Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3293),
 
        (2) Special Commissioners (Amendment of the Taxes Management Act 1970) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3294), and
 
        (3) Special Commissioners (Jurisdiction and Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I. No. 3292),
 
    dated 9th December 1999 [Mr David Lock]; and
 
        (4) Lloyd's Underwriters (Special Reserve Funds) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3308), dated 9th December 1999 [Miss Melanie Johnson].
4Legal Aid and Advice,—Legal Advice and Assistance at Police Stations (Remuneration) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3299), dated 9th December 1999 [Mr David Lock].
5Libraries,—Public Lending Right Scheme 1982 (Commencement of Variation) (No. 2) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3304), dated 9th December 1999 [Mr Secretary Smith].
6Local Government (Scotland),—Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994 (Exemption from Repeal) (Scotland) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3274), dated 7th December 1999 [Mr Secretary Reid].
7London Government,—Greater London Authority Act 1999 (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) (Police) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3272), dated 8th December 1999 [Mr Secretary Straw].
8Merchant Shipping,—Merchant Shipping (Seamen's Documents) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I. 1999, No. 3281), dated 7th December 1999 [Mr Secretary Prescott].
9Rating and Valuation,—Non-Domestic Rating Contributions (England) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3275), dated 9th December 1999 [Mr Secretary Prescott].
Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 13th December 1999:
Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:
10Local Government,—Draft Local Government Best Value (Exemption) (England) Order 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
11Income Tax,—Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Foreign Interests and Dividends) Regulations 1999 (S.I. 1999, No. 3330), dated 13th December 1999 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].
12Local Government,—Passenger Transport Executives (Captial Finance) (Amendment) (England) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3310), dated 9th December 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
13National Debt,—Premium Savings Bonds (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3305), dated 9th December 1999 [by Act] [Miss Melanie Johnson].
14Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages, etc.,—Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Fees) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3311), dated 7th December 1999 [by Act] [Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer].
15Road Traffic,—(1) Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (Borough of Medway) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3313), and
 
        (2) Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (County of Kent) (Borough of Gravesham) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3314),
 
    dated 13th December 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
Other Papers:
16Air Force (Constitution),—Regulations of the Defence Council amending Air Publication 400B-0001: Regulations for the Royal Air Force Reserve and the Royal Auxiliary Air Force (First Edition) (Amendment List No. 5) [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].
17National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Government on the Web [by Act]; to be printed [No. 87] [Clerk to the House].
18National Health Service,—Statement of Guarantee given by the Secretary of State for Health on 8th December 1999 on loans proposed to be raised by the Somerset Partnership National Health Service and Social Care Trust [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].
19United Reformed Church Bill,—Report by the Attorney General on the United Reformed Church Bill [by Standing Order] [Mr Attorney General].


WEDNESDAY SITTINGS
In pursuance of Standing Order No. 10 (Wednesday sittings) and the Sessional Order of 24th May relating to Sittings in Westminster Hall, the Speaker has appointed Wednesday 15th March, Wednesday 17th May and Wednesday 21st June as days when the subject or subjects for debates on the Motion for the Adjournment until half-past Twelve o'clock in Westminster Hall shall be Select Committee Reports chosen by the Liaison Committee.
CHAIRMEN'S PANEL
In pursuance of Standing Order No. 4 (Chairmen's Panel), the Speaker nominated Mr Mike Hancock, Mr Eric Illsley and Mr Jonathan Sayeed to be additional members of the Chairmen's Panel during this Session.



 
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