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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 16th December 1999

The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Baxi Partnership Limited Trusts Bill [Lords],—The First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means reported from the Committee on Unopposed Bills, That it had examined the allegations contained in the Preamble to the Baxi Partnership Limited Trusts Bill [Lords] and found the same to be true; and had gone through the Bill and made amendments thereunto.
 
        Bill, as amended in the Committee, to lie upon the Table.
2United Reformed Church Bill [Lords],—The First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means reported from the Committee on Unopposed Bills, That it had examined the allegations contained in the Preamble to the United Reformed Church Bill [Lords] and found the same to be true; and had gone through the Bill and had directed him to report the same without Amendment.
 
        Bill to be read the third time.
3Electronic Communications Bill,—Mr John Maxton reported from Standing Committee B, That it had gone through the Electronic Communications Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.
 
        Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 33].
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 134].
4Estimates [1st allotted day],—The House proceeded, pursuant to Resolution [29th November] to consider the Estimates appointed for consideration under Standing Order No. 145 (Liaison Committee).
 
        Vote on Account, 2000-01 (Class III, Vote 6),— A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That a sum, not exceeding £511,039,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund, on account, for or towards defraying the charge for the year ending on 31st March 2001 for expenditure by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions on support to nationalised industries; grants to Railtrack, British Rail, London Transport, Docklands Light Railway, DoA Ltd; MRPS grant; payments in respect of expenditure relating to the Channel Tunnel Rail Link; expenditure connected with the privatisation of British Rail Business; other consultancies; expenditure relating to Commission for Integrated Transport; capital expenditure by transport industries funded by EC grants; railway industry and National Freight Company pensions funds; National Freight Company travel concessions; rebate of fuel duty to bus operators; ports and shipping services; Royal Travel; miscellaneous services; civil aviation services; international aviation services; transport security; freight grants, and expenditure associated with the non rail privatisation programme—(Mr Tony McNulty);
 
        The Debate was concluded, and the Question necessary to dispose of the proceedings was deferred, pursuant to paragraph (4) of Standing Order No. 54 (Consideration of Estimates) and the Sessional Order [25th October, in the last Session of Parliament].
 
        Vote on Account, 2000-01 (Class XIII, Vote 1),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That a sum, not exceeding £5,810,419,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund, on account, for or towards defraying the charge for the year ending on 31st March 2001 for expenditure by the Scotland Office on administrative costs and operational costs; electoral publicity; the Parliamentary Boundary Commission for Scotland; other devolution costs, including the panel to oversee the cross-party electoral expenditure agreement and on a grant to the Scottish Consolidated Fund—(Mrs Anne McGuire);
 
        And it being Seven o'clock, the Deputy Speaker interrupted the proceedings, and the Question necessary to dispose of proceedings was deferred, pursuant to paragraph (4) of Standing Order No. 54 (Consideration of estimates) and the Sessional Order [25th October, in the last Session of Parliament].
 
        The Deputy Speaker, pursuant to paragraphs (4) and (5) of Standing Order No. 54 (Consideration of estimates), and the Sessional Order [25th October, in the last Session of Parliament] put the deferred Questions on estimates and the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the other estimates appointed for consideration this day.
 
        Resolved, That a sum, not exceeding £511,039,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund, on account, for or towards defraying the charge for the year ending on 31st March 2001 for expenditure by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions on support to nationalised industries; grants to Railtrack, British Rail, London Transport, Docklands Light Railway, DoA Ltd; MRPS grant; payments in respect of expenditure relating to the Channel Tunnel Rail Link; expenditure connected with the privatisation of British Rail Business; other consultancies; expenditure relating to Commission for Integrated Transport; capital expenditure by transport industries funded by EC grants; railway industry and National Freight Company pensions funds; National Freight Company travel concessions; rebate of fuel duty to bus operators; ports and shipping services; Royal Travel; miscellaneous services; civil aviation services; international aviation services; transport security; freight grants, and expenditure associated with the non rail privatisation programme.
 
        Resolved, That a sum, not exceeding £5,810,419,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund, on account, for or towards defraying the charge for the year ending on 31st March 2001 for expenditure by the Scotland Office on administrative costs and operational costs; electoral publicity; the Parliamentary Boundary Commission for Scotland; other devolution costs, including the panel to oversee the cross-party electoral expenditure agreement and on a grant to the Scottish Consolidated Fund.
5Estimates,—The Deputy Speaker then put the Questions required to be put, pursuant to Standing Order No. 55 (Questions on voting of estimates,&c.) and the Sessional Order [25th October, in the last Session of Parliament].
 
Estimates, 1999-2000 (Army) Vote A
 
        Resolved, That during the year ending on 31st March 2000 an additional number not exceeding 10,620 all ranks to be maintained for Service in the Reserve Land Forces.
 
Supplementary Estimates, 1999-2000
 
        Resolved, That a supplementary sum, not exceeding £3,773,575,000 be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to defray the charges for civil services which will come in course of payment during the year ending on 31st March 2000, as set out in HC 4 of Session 1999-2000.
 
Estimates, 2000-01 (Vote on Account)
 
        Resolved, That a sum, not exceeding £101,653,019,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund , on account, for or towards defraying the charges for civil and defence services in Classes I and II; Class III Votes 1 to 5 and Votes 7 to 12; Classes IV to XII; Classes XIV to XVIII; and Classes XVIII, A and XVIII, B for the year ending on 31st March 2001, as set out in HC 5, 6 and 7 of Session 1999-2000.
 
        Ordered, That a Bill be brought in upon the foregoing Resolutions relating to Supplementary Estimates and Vote on Account; And that the Chairman of Ways and Means, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Andrew Smith, Dawn Primarolo, Mr Stephen Timms and Miss Melanie Johnson do prepare and bring it in.
6Consolidated Fund Bill,—Mr Stephen Timms accordingly presented a Bill to apply certain sums out of the Consolidated Fund to the service of the years ending on 31st March 2000 and 2001.
 
        And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time this day and to be printed [Bill 32].
7Consolidated Fund Bill,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 56 (Consolidated Fund Bills) and Order [14th December], That the Consolidated Fund Bill be now read a second time:—it was agreed to
 
        And the Bill was accordingly read a third time and passed.
8Legal Aid and Advice,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Legal Advice and Assistance (Scope) (Amendment) Regulations 1999, which were laid before this House on 1st December, be approved—(Mrs Anne McGuire):—It was agreed to.
9Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:
 
        The Lords have agreed to the Consolidated Fund Bill, without Amendment.
10Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mrs Anne McGuire)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till half-past Seven o'clock, adjourned till Monday 20th December.
[Adjourned at 7.30 p.m.
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker        

Madam Speaker will take the Chair at at half-past Two o'clock on Monday 20th December.

APPENDIX I
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution.
1Contracting Out,—Draft Contracting Out (Functions in Relation to Petroleum Royalty Payments) Order 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
2Employment and Training,—(1) Draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 2000, and
 
        (2) Draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 2000
 
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
3Food,—Beef Bones (Amendment) (England) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3371), dated 15th December 1999 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].
4Merchant Shipping,—Merchant Shipping (Seamen's Wages and Accounts) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3360), dated 14th December 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
Other Papers:
5Electoral Law (Northern Ireland),—Report of the Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland for 1998-99 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 92] [Mr Secretary Mandelson].
6Environment, Transport and the Regions,—Government Response to the Twenty-First Report from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee, Session 1998-99, on the Railways Bill [by Command] [Cm 4538] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
7International Labour Conference,—Paper, entitled International Labour Conference: Presentation of, and the proposed action by Her Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on, a Recommendation (No. 189, on General Conditions to stimulate Job Creation in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises) adopted at the 86th Session of the International Labour Conference (1998) [by Command] [Cm. 4537] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
8National Loans,—(1) Accounts of the Consolidated Fund and National Loans Fund for 1998-99, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 133] [Clerk of the House]; and
 
        (2) Supplementary Statements of Accounts of the Consolidated Fund and National Loans Fund for 1998-99 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 55] [Mr Stephen Timms].
9Public Petitions,—Observations by the Secretary of State for Social Security on the Petition [10th November, in the last Session of Parliament] from the Senior Citizens' Forum for Better Pensions, seeking restoration of the link between pensions and wages [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].
10Sessional Returns 1998-99,—Returns to Orders [24th November] for Returns relating to—
 
        (1) Business of the House;
 
        (2) Closure of Debate, Proposal of Question and Allocation of Time (including Programme Motions);
 
        (3) Sittings of the House;
 
        (4) Private Bills and Private Business;
 
        (5) Public Bills;
 
        (6) Delegated Legislation and Deregulation Orders;
 
        (7) European Legislation, &c.;
 
        (8) Grand Committees;
 
        (9) Chairmen's Panel; and
 
        (10) Select Committees
 
    in Session 1998-99 [by Order]; to be printed [No. 1] [Clerk of the House].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
1Government Resources and Accounts Bill,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Jimmy Hood an additional Chairman of Standing Committee A in respect of the Government Resources and Accounts Bill.
2Freedom of Information Bill,—The Speaker has appointed Dr Michael Clark and Mr Edward O'Hara Chairmen of Standing Committee B in respect of the Freedom of Information Bill.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
Northern Ireland Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee on 15th December [Current problems relating to the livestock industry in Northern Ireland]; to be printed [No. 62-iii] [Mr Peter Brooke].


THE SPEAKER'S CERTIFICATE
 
        The Speaker certified the Consolidated Fund Bill as a Money Bill within the meaning of the Parliament Act 1911.


Supplement to the Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 16th December 1999
Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall
[pursuant to the Order of 24th May 1999]

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Adjournment,—Resolved, That the Sitting be now adjourned.—(Mr Tony McNulty.)
 
        And accordingly the Sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 21st December.
[Adjourned at 5.02 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker        



 
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