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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 14th 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 21st December.
2Private Bills,—The Chairman of Ways and Means reported, That, in accordance with Standing Order 81 relating to Private Business (Division of bills between this House and the House of Lords), he had conferred with the Chairman of Committees of the House of Lords, for the purpose of determining in which House of Parliament the respective Private Bills should be first considered, and they had determined that the Bills contained in the following list should originate in the House of Lords, viz.:
 
        Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer)
 
        Colchester Borough Council
 
    and that the Bills contained in the following list should originate in the House of Commons, viz.:
 
        Greenham and Crookham Commons
 
        Mersey Tunnels.
3Welsh Grand Committee,—Mr Barry Jones reported from the Welsh Grand Committee, That it had considered 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, referred to it on 30th November, and had directed him to report accordingly to the House.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 117].
4Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:
 
        City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill, intituled, An Act to confer powers on the Council of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne for the better control of street trading in the city of Newcastle; for the registration of door supervisors and second-hand goods dealers in the city; for controlling the distribution of free literature in the city; and for other purposes, to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.
5City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [Lords],—The City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [Lords] was read the first time.
 
        Bill referred to the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills.
6Terrorism Bill,—The Terrorism Bill was, according to Order, 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 Special Standing Committee—(Mr Simon Hughes);
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Sir Robert Smith, Mr Andrew Stunnell: 47.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Robert Ainsworth, Mr Don Touhig: 262.
 
        So the Question was negatived.
 
        The Deputy Speaker declared that the Bill was committed to a Standing Committee.
7Terrorism Bill [Money], Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Terrorism 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 Terrorism Bill, it is expedient to authorise—
 
        (1) the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any expenditure of a Minister of the Crown under or by virtue of the Act,
 
        (2) any increase attributable to the Act in sums payable out of money provided by Parliament under any other enactment, and
 
        (3) the payment of sums into the Consolidated Fund—(Mr Mike Hall):—It was agreed to.
6Value Added Tax,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Value Added Tax (Input Tax) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3118), dated 19th November 1999, a copy of which was laid before this House on 22nd November, be approved—(Mr Robert Ainsworth):—It was agreed to.
7Rating and Valuation,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Non-Domestic Rating (Chargeable Amounts) (England) Regulations 1999, which were laid before this House on 25th November, be approved.—(Mr Robert Ainsworth):—It was agreed to.
8Section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Order [7th December] and Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That this House takes note with approval of the Government's assessment as set out in 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.—(Mr Robert Ainsworth):—It was agreed to.
9Business of the House,—Ordered, That the Sessional Orders [25th October 1999] relating to Thursday sittings and Meetings of standing committees and the Sessional Order [24th May 1999] relating to Sittings in Westminster Hall shall apply to times of sitting on Tuesday 21st December as if that day were a Thursday.—(Mr Robert Ainsworth.)
10Consolidated Fund Bill,—Ordered, That, at the sitting on Thursday 16th December, any Consolidated Fund Bill ordered to be brought in and read the first time shall be proceeded with as if the Second Reading thereof stood as an Order of the day, and Standing Order No. 56 (Consolidated Fund Bills) shall apply.—(Mr Robert Ainsworth.)
11Business of the House,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That, at the sitting on Thursday 16th December, the Speaker shall not adjourn the House until any messages from the Lords shall have been received—(Mr Mike Hall);
 
        And it being Ten o'clock, the Debate stood adjourned.
 
        Ordered, That the Debate be resumed to-morrow.
12European Scrutiny Committee,—Ordered, That Rosemary McKenna be discharged from the European Scrutiny Committee and Mr Patrick Hall be added to the Committee.—(Mr Mike Hall.)
13Environmental Audit Committee,—Ordered, That Mr. Paul Truswell be discharged from the Environmental Audit Committee and Christine Russell be added to the Committee.—(Mr Mike Hall.)
14Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from residents of Bromley for aid to be directed to education for child labourers was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
15Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Mike Hall.)
 
        And accordingly the House having continued to sit till twenty-nine minutes past Ten o'clock, adjourned till tomorrow.
[Adjourned at 10.29 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
1Criminal Procedure (Northern Ireland),—Criminal Appeal (Devolution Issues) Rules (Northern Ireland) 1999 (S.R.(N.I.), 1999, No. 492), dated 10th December 1999 [by Act] [Mr David Lock].
2Fees and Charges,—Travel Documents (Fees) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3339), dated 13th December 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].
3Local Government,—Local Government (Best Value) Performance Plans and Reviews Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3251), dated 7th December 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
4Pensions,—Local Government Pension Scheme (Management and Investment of Funds) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3259), dated 7th December 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
5Social Security,—Social Fund Maternity and Funeral Expenses (General) Amendment Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3266), dated 8th December 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].
6Supreme Court (Northern Ireland),—(1) Crown Court (Amendment No. 2) Rules (Northern Ireland) 1999 (S.R.(N.I.), 1999, No. 491), and
 
        (2) Rules of the Supreme Court (Northern Ireland) (Amendment No. 3) 1999 (S.R.(N.I.), 1999, No. 493),
 
    dated 10th December 1999 [by Act] [Mr David Lock].
7Terms and Conditions of Employment,—Transnational Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3323), dated 12th December 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
8Town and Country Planning,—Town and Country Planning (Development Plan) (England) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3280), dated 8th December 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
Other Papers:
9Courts and Legal Services,—Final Report and Financial Statements of the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct for 1998-99 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 64] [Mr David Lock].
10International Monetary Fund,—Report on UK Operations at the International Monetary Fund for 1st October 1998 to 30th September 1999 [by Command] [Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer].
11Tribunals and Inquiries,—Report of the Council on Tribunals for 1998-99 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 30] [Mr David Lock].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
Draft Legal Advice and Assistance (Scope) (Amendment) Regulations 1999,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Stephen Hepburn from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mr Robert N. Wareing.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Agriculture,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Agriculture Committee [Segregation of GM Foods]; to be printed [No. 71-iii]; and
 
        (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Implications for UK Agriculture and EU Agricultural Policy of Trade Liberalisation and the WTO Round; Marketing of Milk; Segregation of GM Foods]
 
    [Mr Peter Luff].
2Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—(1) First Report from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [Potential Risk of Fire Spread in Buildings via External Cladding Systems]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 109]; and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment Sub-Committee [The Environment Agency]; to be printed [No. 34-iii]
 
    [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].
3Home Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [Controls over Firearms]; to be printed [No. 95-ii] [Mr Robin Corbett].
4Procedure,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Procedure Committee [Delegated Legislation]; to be printed [No. 48-iii] [Mr Nicholas Winterton].
5Standards and Privileges,—(1) Third Report from the Committee on Standards and Privileges [Complaint against Mr Iain Duncan Smith], together with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 110]; and
 
        (2) Fourth Report from the Committee [Complaint against Mr William Hague], together with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 111]
 
    [Mr Robert Sheldon].
6Trade and Industry,—(1) Second Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [Draft Insolvency Bil], together with 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. 112];
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Pre-Budget Scrutiny: Financing of High Technology Businesses]; to be printed [Nos. 51-ii and iii]; and
 
        (3) Memorandum laid before the Committee [Department of Trade and Industry Memorandum on Outcome of Structural Funds Negotiations, the UK's Proposed Objective 2 areas]
 
    [Mr Martin O'Neill].
7Statutory Instruments,—Fourth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments together with Memoranda laid before the Committee: to be printed [No. 47-iv] [Mr David Tredinnick].
8Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [Pre-Budget Report and International Monetary Fund]; to be printed [No. 72-iii] [Mr Giles Radice].
9Welsh Affairs,—First Special Report from the Welsh Affairs Committee [Government and National Assembly for Wales Responses to the Fourth and Fifth Reports from the Committee, Session 1998-99, on Health Issues in Wales and Paediatric Cardiac Services in Wales]; to be printed [No. 116] [Mr Martyn Jones].


Supplement to the Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 14th 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,—Resolved, That the Sitting be now adjourned.—(Mr Gerry Sutcliffe.)
 
        And accordingly the Sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 12.59 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker        



 
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