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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 21st December 1999

The House met at half-past Eleven 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 11th January.
2Disqualifications Bill,—Mr Secretary Straw, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Secretary Mandelson and Mr Mike O'Brien, presented a Bill to remove the disqualification for membership of the House of Commons and the Northern Ireland Assembly of persons who are members of the legislature of Ireland (the Oireachtas); and to disqualify for Ministerial office in Northern Ireland persons who are or become Ministers of the Government of Ireland: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Monday 10th January and to be printed [Bill 41].
 
        Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Disqualifications Bill be printed [Bill 41-EN].
3Public Expenditure,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House welcomes the action taken by this Government to build a platform of stability for the British economy, in contrast to the boom and bust of the past; welcomes the new monetary policy framework put in place by this Government, which is delivering stability and steady growth; notes that the Conservative Party opposes Bank of England independence; welcomes the new public spending framework which is delivering an additional £40 billion for health and education; notes that the Conservative Party is opposed to this extra investment; welcomes the fact that this Government is doubling public sector net investment after so many years of neglect; welcomes this Government's programme of reform in the public services and thanks public and voluntary sector workers for their contribution to delivering strong public services for all—(Mr Andrew Smith);
 
        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 'notes that, according to Government figures, the burden of taxation has risen from 35.3 per cent. of GDP (1996-97) to 37.4 per cent. by April 1999; condemns this increase in the burden of taxation since the Government took office and the increase in business regulations which has accompanied it; condemns the Government's failure to achieve the promised improvements in public services while at the same time waste in the public sector has increased; and, while welcoming the Government's health and education spending increases, regrets that these have not been accompanied by the promised reform of social security expenditure which is set to rise by more than £30 billion over the next three years' instead thereof.—(Mr David Heathcoat Amory.)
 
        And the Question being proposed, That the Amendment be made;
 
        Mr Patrick McLoughlin 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 Geoffrey Clifton Brown, Mrs Jacqui Lait, 125.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Clive Betts, Mr Kevin Hughes, 306.
 
        So the Question was negatived.
 
        And the Main Question being accordingly put;—It was agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That this House welcomes the action taken by this Government to build a platform of stability for the British economy, in contrast to the boom and bust of the past; welcomes the new monetary policy framework put in place by this Government, which is delivering stability and steady growth; notes that the Conservative Party opposes Bank of England independence; welcomes the new public spending framework which is delivering an additional £40 billion for health and education; notes that the Conservative Party is opposed to this extra investment; welcomes the fact that this Government is doubling public sector net investment after so many years of neglect; welcomes this Government's programme of reform in the public services and thanks public and voluntary sector workers for their contribution to delivering strong public services for all.
4Public Petitions,—Public Petitions from
 
        (1) Kenneth Beastall, residents of the constituency of Penrith and The Border and others for re-establishment of British sovereignty ceded to the European Commission, and
 
        (2) Russell Lynch and other residents of Codicote, Hertfordshire, for the continued provision of Post Office facilities in Codicote,
 
    were presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
5Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Robert Ainsworth.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till Twenty-two minutes to Eight o'clock, adjourned till Monday 10th January, pursuant to Order [29th November].
[Adjourned at 7.38 p.m.
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker        

Madam Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock on Monday 10th January.

APPENDIX I
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
1Agriculture,—Animal Feedingstuffs from Belgium (Control) (England and Wales) (No. 4) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3422), dated 20th December 1999 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].
2Building and Buildings,—Building Regulations (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3410), dated 17th December 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
3Food,—Food (Animal Products from Belgium) (Emergency Control) (England and Wales) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3421), dated 20th December 1999 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].
4Monopolies and Mergers,—Merger Reference (Universal Foods Corporation and Pointing Holdings Limited) (Interim Provision) (Revocation) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3415), dated 20th December 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
5Representation of the People,—Holders of Hereditary Peerages (Extension of the Franchise) (Transitional Provisions) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3322), dated 14th December 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].
Other Papers:
6Aircraft and Shipbuilding Industries,—Report and Accounts of British Shipbuilders for 1998-99 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
7Competition Commission,—Report by the Competition Commission on the merger situation of Universal Foods Corporation and Pointing Holdings Limited [by Command] [Cm. 4544] [Mr Secretary Byers].
8Customs and Excise,—Export of Goods (Control) (Amendment No. 6) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3411), dated 21st December 1999 [by Command] [Mr Secretary Byers].
9Fire Services,—Report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Fire Services for 1998-99 [by Command] [Cm. 4535] [Mr Secretary Straw].
10Friendly Societies,—Report of the Chief Registrar of the Friendly Societies for 1st October 1998 to 30th September 1999 [by Act] [Miss Melanie Johnson].
11Registration Service,—Mortality Statistics: Review of the Registrar General on deaths by cause, sex and age in England and Wales for 1998 [by Act] [Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer].
12Statutory Instruments (Notification),—Communication declaring that the undermentioned Statutory Instruments had come into operation before copies were laid before Parliament, and explaining why such copies had not been so laid before the Instruments came into operation:
 
        Merger Reference (Universal Foods Corporation and Pointing Holdings Limited) (Interim Provision) (Revocation) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 3415)
 
    [by Standing Order] [The Speaker].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
Draft Local Government Best Value (Exemption) (England) Order 2000,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Bill Olner Chairman of the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Local Government Best Value (Exemption) (England) Order 2000.


Supplement to the Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 21st 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,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the Sitting be now adjourned.—(Mr Don Touhig.)
 
        And it being half-past Five o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment of the Sitting lapsed, and the Sitting was accordingly adjourned without Question put, till Tuesday 11th January.
[Adjourned at 5.30 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker        



 
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