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[No. 21.]

Monday 22nd January 2001.

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.

PRAYERS.

1First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr John Maxton reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 2001 and the draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 2001.

Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.

2Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr John Butterfill reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Access to Justice Act 1999 (Bar Practising Certificates) Order 2001.

Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.

3Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

Human Rights (Joint Committee),—The Lords communicate that they have appointed a Committee of six Lords to join with the Committee appointed by the Commons to consider and report on:

matters relating to human rights in the United Kingdom (but excluding consideration of individual cases);

proposals for remedial orders, draft remedial orders and remedial orders made under Section 10 of and laid under Schedule 2 to the Human Rights Act 1998; and

in respect of draft remedial orders and remedial orders, whether the special attention of the House should be drawn to them on any of the grounds specified in Standing Order 73 (Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments);

To report to the House

in relation to any document containing proposals laid before the House under paragraph 3 of the said Schedule 2, its recommendation whether a draft order in the same terms as the proposals should be laid before the House; or

in relation to any draft order laid under paragraph 2 of the said Schedule 2, its recommendation whether the draft Order should be approved;

and to have power to report to the House on any matter arising from its consideration of the said proposals or draft orders; and

To report to the House in respect of any original order laid under paragraph 4 of the said Schedule 2, its recommendation whether:

the order should be approved in the form in which it was originally laid before Parliament; or

that the order should be replaced by a new order modifying the provisions of the original order; or

that the order should not be approved,

and to have power to report to the House on any matter arising from its consideration of the said order or any replacement order;

That the Committee have power to agree with the Commons in the appointment of a Chairman;

That the Committee have power to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom, and to institutions of the Council of Europe outside the United Kingdom no more than four times in any calendar year;

That the Committee have leave to report from time to time;

That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;

That the minutes of evidence taken before the Committee from time to time shall, if the Committee think fit, be printed and delivered out;

And they propose that the Committee do meet with the Committee appointed by the Commons on Wednesday 31st January at half-past five o'clock in Committee Room 4B.

Medway Council Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill to provide for the regulation of dealers in second-hand goods and the regulation of occasional sales and certain other trading in the borough of Medway; and for connected or other purposes; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

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Kent County Council Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill to provide for the regulation of dealers in second-hand goods and the regulation of occasional sales and certain other trading in the County of Kent; and for connected or other purposes; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

4Human Rights (Joint Committee),—Ordered, That so much of the Lords Message [this day] as relates to the Joint Committee on Human Rights be now considered.

So much of the Lords Message considered accordingly.

Ordered, That the Committee appointed by this House do meet the Lords Committee as proposed by their Lordships.

Message to the Lords to acquaint them therewith.

5Analysis of Costs and Benefits (NAFTA Membership) Bill,—Mr Michael Fabricant presented a Bill to establish a Parliamentary Commission to investigate and report to Parliament on the costs and the benefits of membership by the United Kingdom of the North American Free Trade Agreement: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 20th July and to be printed [Bill 32].

6Exorcism of Children (Prohibition) Bill,—Mr Harry Cohen, supported by Alice Mahon, Mr Michael Clapham and Mr Andrew Love, presented a Bill to prohibit the practice of exorcism on young persons under the age of sixteen: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 9th March and to be printed [Bill 33].

7Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill;

And a Motion being made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read a second time;

An Amendment was proposed to the Question, to leave out from the word ‘That' to the end of the Question and add the words ‘this House declines to give a Second Reading to the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill because there is insufficient evidence that its provisions would lead to a quantifiable reduction in tobacco consumption and yet they entail a serious restriction of freedom of expression; it contains no provisions to combat the increase in the prevalence of smoking amongst vulnerable population groups which is due to the growth in importation and sale of illegal tobacco products; nor does it address the difficulties of those sports which stand to lose financial support as a result of its provisions', instead thereof.—(Dr Liam Fox.)

And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Stephen Day: 127.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Clelland, Mr Clive Betts: 316.

So the Question was negatived.

And the Main Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 62 (Amendment on second or third reading);

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Clelland, Mr Clive Betts: 316.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Eric Forth, Mr Christopher Chope: 11.

So the Question was agreed to.

The Bill was accordingly read a second time.

8Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill (Programme),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the following provisions shall apply to the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill—

Standing Committee

1. The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

2. Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 8th February 2001—(Yvette Cooper);

And it being three-quarters of an hour after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Order [7th November].

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mr Graham Allen: 254.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Stephen Day: 79.

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So the Question was agreed to.

Ordered, That the following provisions shall apply to the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill—

Standing Committee

1. The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

2. Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 8th February 2001.

9Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Tobacco Advertising and Promotion 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 Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—

(a) any expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State under the Act, and

(b) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable under any other Act out of money so provided—(Mr Mike Hall);

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Graham Allen, Mr Kevin Hughes: 275.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Edward Leigh, Mr Douglas Hogg: 15.

So the Question was agreed to.

10Legal 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 2001, which were laid before this House on 11th December, be approved—(Mr Don Touhig);

And the Deputy Speaker's opinion as to the decision of the Question being challenged, the division was deferred till Wednesday next, pursuant to Order [7th November].

11Local Government,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Local Government Best Value (Exclusion of Non-commercial Considerations) Order, which was laid before this House on 12th December, be approved—(Mr Don Touhig);

And the Deputy Speaker's opinion as to the decision of the Question being challenged, the division was deferred till Wednesday next, pursuant to Order [7th November].

12Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Proscribed Organisations Appeal Commission (Procedure) Rules 2001, which were laid before this House on 13th December, be approved—(Mr Don Touhig);

And the Deputy Speaker's opinion as to the decision of the Question being challenged, the division was deferred till Wednesday next, pursuant to Order [7th November].

13European Communities,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (The Convention on Mutual Assistance and Co-operation between Customs Administrations (Naples II)) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 14th December, be approved—(Mr Don Touhig);

And the Deputy Speaker's opinion as to the decision of the Question being challenged, the division was deferred till Wednesday next, pursuant to Order [7th November].

14Delegated Legislation,—Ordered, That the Prescription Only Medicines (Human Use) Amendment (No. 3) Order 2000 be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.—(Mr Don Touhig.)

15Delegated Legislation,—Ordered, That the Non-automatic Weighing Instruments Regulations 2000 be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.—(Mr Don Touhig.)

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16Science and Technology Committee,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas be discharged from the Science and Technology Committee and Mr Tony McWalter be added to the Committee—(Mr Keith Bradley, on behalf of the Committee of Selection);

The Motion was opposed.

17Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Don Touhig);

Tuesday 23rd January 2001

Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till four minutes past Twelve o'clock, adjourned till this day.

[Adjourned at 12.04 a.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on Friday 19th January 2001 (Non-sitting Friday, S.O., No. 12) pursuant to Standing Order No. 158 (Presentation of command papers):

1Treaty Series (No. 1, 2001),—Protocol, done at Brussels on 15th May 1997, to the Partnership and Co-operation Agreement, establishing a Partnership between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Moldova, of the other part [Cm. 5030] [Mr Secretary Cook].

Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 22nd January 2001:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2Education,—Education (Induction Arrangements for School Teachers) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 103), dated 19th January 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

Other Papers:

3Appropriation Accounts, 1999–2000,—Appropriation Accounts of the sums granted by Parliament for Classes:—

(1) IV (Home Office),

(2) VI (Ministry of Defence)

for 1999–2000 [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 25-IV and VI] [Mr Stephen Timms].

4Defence Executive Agencies,—Report and Accounts of the Defence Procurement Agency for 1999–2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 19] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

5Science and Technology,—Accounts of the Medical Research Council for 1999–2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 160] [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 2001, and the draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 2001,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Frank Field and Dr Alan Whitehead from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Orders); and nominated in substitution Mr Iain Coleman and Mr Jeff Ennis.

2Draft Access to Justice Act 1999 (Bar Practising Certificates) Order 2001,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Harold Best, Mrs Anne McGuire and Dr Phyllis Starkey from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Graham Allen, Mr Denzil Davies and Mr Fraser Kemp.

3Prescription Only Medicines (Human Use) Amendment (No. 3) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3231),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Nick Harvey from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Order); and nominated in substitution Dr Jenny Tonge.


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[No. 22.]

Tuesday 23rd January 2001.

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.

PRAYERS.

1Private Bills [Lords],—The Speaker laid upon the Table a certificate by the Clerk in the Private Bill Office that, in respect of the following Bills brought from the House of Lords, the Agents have deposited in the Private Bill Office declarations signed by them, stating that the Bills are the same, in every respect, as the Bills which were brought from the House of Lords in the last Session, viz.:

Kent County Council Bill [Lords]

Medway Council Bill [Lords].

2Kent County Council Bill [Lords],—The Order [9th January] relating to the Kent County Council Bill [Lords] being read;

The Bill was read the first and second time and committed to the Chairman of Ways and Means.

3Medway Council Bill [Lords],—The Order [9th January] relating to the Medway Council Bill [Lords] being read;

The Bill was read the first and second time and committed to the Chairman of Ways and Means.

4Vehicles (Crime) Bill [Lords],—Mr Bill O'Brien reported from Standing Committee A, That it had gone through the Vehicles (Crime) Bill [Lords], and directed him to report the same, without Amendment.

Bill, not amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow.

Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 169].

5Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Eric Illsley reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Social Security (Contributions) (Re-Rating and National Insurance Funds Payments) Order 2001.

Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.

6Standing Orders,—Ordered, That the Standing Orders relating to Public Business, as amended, be printed [No. 15].

7Social Security Contributions (Share Options) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Social Security Contributions (Share Options) Bill;

And a Motion being made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read a second time;

An Amendment was proposed to the Question, to leave out from the word ‘That' to the end of the Question and add the words ‘this House declines to give a Second Reading to the Social Security Contributions (Share Options) Bill because, while it contains provisions which improve upon the existing unreasonable situation, it would be unreasonable to require companies to gamble on their tax liabilities where share options may never be exercised and possibly contrary to the provisions of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000', instead thereof.—(Mr Howard Flight.)

And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Stephen Day, Mr James Gray: 117.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 280.

So the Question was negatived.

And the Main Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 62 (Amendment on second or third reading);

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe, Mr Kevin Hughes: 302.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Eric Forth, Mr Douglas Hogg: 3.

So the Question was agreed to.

The Bill was accordingly read a second time.

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8Social Security Contributions (Share Options) Bill (Programme),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the following provisions shall apply to the Social Security Contributions (Share Options) Bill—

Standing Committee

1. The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

2. Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 1st February 2001.

3. The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it shall meet—(Mr Stephen Timms);

And it being three-quarters of an hour after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Order [7th November].

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 270.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr James Gray, Mr Stephen Day: 152.

So the Question was agreed to.

Ordered, That the following provisions shall apply to the Social Security Contributions (Share Options) Bill—

Standing Committee

1. The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

2. Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 1st February 2001.

3. The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it shall meet.

9Business of the House,—Ordered, That Private Members' Bills shall have precedence over Government business on 2nd and 9th February, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th March, 6th and 27th April, 11th and 18th May, 8th and 15th June and 20th July.—(Paddy Tipping.)

10Tribunals of Inquiry (Evidence) Act 1921,—Resolved, That it is expedient that a Tribunal be established under the Tribunals of Inquiry (Evidence) Act 1921, for inquiring into a matter of definite public importance, that is to say, the matters arising from the deaths of patients of Harold Shipman, with the following terms of reference—

(a) after receiving the existing evidence and hearing such further evidence as necessary, to consider the extent of Harold Shipman's unlawful activities;

(b) to enquire into the actions of the statutory bodies, authorities, other organisations and responsible individuals concerned in the procedures and investigations which followed the deaths of those of Harold Shipman's patients who died in unlawful or suspicious circumstances;

(c) by reference to the case of Harold Shipman to enquire into the performance of the functions of those statutory bodies, authorities, other organisations and individuals with responsibility for monitoring primary care provision and the use of controlled drugs; and

(d) following those enquiries, to recommend what steps, if any, should be taken to protect patients in the future, and to report its findings to the Secretary of State for the Home Department and to the Secretary of State for Health.—(Mr John Hutton.)

11Local Government (S.I., 2000, No. 3272),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3272), dated 13th December 2000, a copy of which was laid before this House on 19th December, be annulled—(Mr Nigel Waterson);

And it being an hour and a half after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Standing Order No. 16 (Proceedings under an Act or on European Union documents).

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Keith Simpson, Mr Peter Atkinson: 141.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Graham Allen, Mr Mike Hall: 266.

So the Question was negatived.

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12Employment and Training,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 21st December, be approved—(Mr David Jamieson);

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Graham Allen: 296.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Eric Forth, Mr Douglas Hogg: 4.

So the Question was agreed to.

Resolved, That the draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 21st December, be approved.

13Employment and Training,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 21st December, be approved—(Mr David Jamieson):—It was agreed to.

Resolved, That the draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 21st December, be approved.

14Legal Services,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Access to Justice Act 1999 (Bar Practising Certificates) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 15th January, be approved—(Mr David Jamieson):—It was agreed to.

Resolved, That the draft Access to Justice Act 1999 (Bar Practising Certificates) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 15th January, be approved.

15Sittings in Westminster Hall,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That, following the Order [20th November], Mr Nicholas Winterton, Mr John McWilliam, Mr Barry Jones and Frank Cook be appointed to act as additional Deputy Speakers at sittings in Westminster Hall during this Session—(Paddy Tipping);

And it being Ten o'clock, the Debate stood adjourned.

Ordered, That the Debate be resumed to-morrow.

16Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Graham Allen.)

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-eight minutes past Ten o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 10.28 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Pensions,—Stakeholder Pension Schemes (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 104), dated 18th January 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

2Road Traffic,—Alterations in the provisions of the Highway Code proposed to be made by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions pursuant to section 38 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Other Papers:

3Appropriation Accounts, 1999–2000,—Appropriation Accounts of the sums granted by Parliament for Class VII (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) for 1999–2000 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 25-VII] [Mr Stephen Timms].

4National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Education Action Zones: Meeting the Challenge—the lessons identified from auditing the first 25 zones [by Act]; to be printed [No. 130] [Clerk of the House].

5Treasure,—Report on the Operation of the Treasure Act from 24th September 1998 to 31st December 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

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APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

Companies (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3325) and the Open-Ended Investment Companies (Investment Companies with Variable Capital) (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3324),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Derek Twigg from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mrs Anne Campbell.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Armed Forces Bill,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill; to be printed [No. 154-ii] [Rachel Squire].

2Education and Employment,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Committee [Higher Education]; to be printed [No. 124-iv] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

3Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment Sub-Committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [Cemeteries]; to be printed [No. 91-iii] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].

4Foreign Affairs,—First Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee [Human Rights Annual Report 2000], 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. 79] [Mr Donald Anderson].

5Home Affairs,—(1) First Report from the Home Affairs Committee [Border Controls], 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. 163];

(2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Border Controls]; and

(3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Work of the Lord Chancellor's Department]; to be printed [No. 164-i]

[Mr David Winnick].

6International Development,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [Corruption]; to be printed [No. 39-iv] [Mr Bowen Wells].

7Procedure,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Procedure Committee [Rules Governing the Election of a Speaker]; to be printed [No. 40-ii] [Mr Nicholas Winterton].

8Statutory Instruments,—Fourth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 46-iv] [Mr David Tredinnick].

9Trade and Industry,—(1) Second Special Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [Government Observations on the Fourteenth Report of the Trade and Industry Committee, Session 1999–2000, on What would the Euro cost UK business?]; to be printed [No. 170]; and

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [UK Aerospace Industry]; to be printed [No. 171-i]

[Mr Martin O'Neill].

10Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken the Treasury Committee [International Monetary Fund]; to be printed [No. 162-i] [Mr Giles Radice].

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[No. 22; WH, No. 11.]

Tuesday 23rd January 2001.

The House sitting in Westminster Hall [pursuant to Order of 20th November 2000].

The sitting commenced at half-past Nine o'clock.

Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned—(Mr Chris Mullin);

And it being Two o'clock, the sitting was adjourned without Question put, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 2 p.m.


[No. 23.]

Wednesday 24th January 2001.

The House met at at half-past Two o'clock.

PRAYERS.

1Kent County Council Bill [Lords],—The Chairman of Ways and Means reported, pursuant to Order [9th January], That he had gone through the Kent County Council Bill [Lords] and made Amendments thereunto.

Ordered, That the Bill, as amended by the Chairman of Ways and Means, do lie upon the Table.

2Medway Council Bill [Lords],—The Chairman of Ways and Means reported, pursuant to Order [9th January], That he had gone through the Medway Council Bill [Lords] and made Amendments thereunto.

Ordered, That the Bill, as amended by the Chairman of Ways and Means, do lie upon the Table.

3Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Joe Benton reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Companies (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3325), and the Open-ended Investment Companies (Investment Companies with Variable Capital) (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3324).

Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.

4Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mrs Irene Adams reported from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Prescription Only Medicines (Human Use) Amendment (No. 3) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3231).

Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.

5Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

Colchester Borough Council Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill to make provision for the closure of certain commercial harbour facilities and to enable the Colchester Borough Council to cease to be a harbour authority for the harbour of Colchester; and for connected purposes; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

6Colchester Borough Council Bill [Lords],—The Colchester Borough Council Bill [Lords] was read the first time.

Bill referred to the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills.

7Opposition Day [2nd 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.

Job Losses in Manufacturing Industry,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House is alarmed at the continuing job losses in manufacturing industry, which now total over 300,000 since the 1997 election; condemns the Government for having abandoned this sector of the economy while burdening it with additional taxes and regulations; and demands that the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry brings forward a strategy for restoring the competitiveness of British manufacturing industry in world markets—(Mr David Heathcoat-Amory);

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An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word ‘House' to the end of the Question and add the words ‘welcomes the low inflation and low interest rates that this Government has brought and which bring the economic stability needed by the manufacturing sector; welcomes the measures that this Government has taken to encourage investment, innovation and productivity which will particularly help manufacturing businesses; welcomes the Government's approach in helping businesses and people through structural change as opposed to the previous Government's laissez-faire approach; and condemns the Opposition's record on manufacturing, where employment declined by 2 million during its period in office', instead thereof.—(Mr Secretary Byers.)

And the Question being put, That the original words stand part of the Question;

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr James Gray, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 171.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Robert Ainsworth: 286.

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 Mike Hall, Mr Robert Ainsworth: 313.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr James Gray, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 132.

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 low inflation and low interest rates that this Government has brought and which bring the economic stability needed by the manufacturing sector; welcomes the measures that this Government has taken to encourage investment, innovation and productivity which will particularly help manufacturing businesses; welcomes the Government's approach in helping businesses and people through structural change as opposed to the previous Government's laissez-faire approach; and condemns the Opposition's record on manufacturing, where employment declined by 2 million during its period in office.

8Deferred Divisions,—The Deputy Speaker announced the results of divisions which had been deferred to this day, pursuant to the Order of the House [7th November]:

Sport,—That this House takes note of European Union Document No. COM(99)643, a Commission Communication entitled ‘Community Support Plan to Combat Doping in Sport', European Union Document No. COM(99)644, the Helsinki Report on Sport and the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum dated 23rd November 2000, submitted by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport relating to the Declaration on Sport; considers that the special nature and role of sport should be recognised in applying Community rules to sporting activity; and supports the Government's intention to ensure that Europe is effectively represented in the deliberations of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Ayes: 318.

Noes: 5.

So the Question was agreed to.

Legal Aid and Advice,—That the draft Legal Advice and Assistance (Scope) (Amendment) Regulations 2001, which were laid before this House on 11th December, be approved.

Ayes: 427.

Noes: 4.

So the Question was agreed to.

Local Government,—That the draft Local Government Best Value (Exclusion of Non-commercial Considerations) Order, which was laid before this House on 12th December, be approved.

Ayes: 426.

Noes: 7.

So the Question was agreed to.

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Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism,—That the draft Proscribed Organisations Appeal Commission (Procedure) Rules 2001, which were laid before this House on 13th December, be approved.

Ayes: 433.

Noes: 1.

So the Question was agreed to.

European Communities,—That the draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (The Convention on Mutual Assistance and Co-operation between Customs Administrations (Naples II)) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 14th December, be approved.

Ayes: 425.

Noes: 8.

So the Question was agreed to.

9Government's Public Health Agenda,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House notes with concern the failures of Her Majesty's Government's public health policy, particularly relating to immunisation and communicable diseases; and calls on the Government to consider urgent measures to reduce the risks to public safety and to take urgent action to allay public concerns—(Dr Liam Fox);

An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word ‘House' to the end of the Question and add the words ‘condemns the widening health inequalities between 1979 and 1997 and the failure of Conservative governments to acknowledge health inequality or address the growing health gap between rich and poor; and supports initiatives to improve public health and tackle health inequalities, including new vaccination programmes for influenza and Meningitis C, the allocation of an extra £450 million to improve cancer and coronary heart disease services in England, the extension of the breast screening programme to women aged between 65 and 70, the strategy to reduce teenage pregnancies, the largest-ever investment in smoking cessation services and the proposed ban on tobacco advertising and sponsorship', instead thereof.—(Mr Secretary Milburn.)

Question put, That the original words stand part of the Question;

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr James Gray, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 135.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Don Touhig, Mr Clive Betts: 317.

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 Don Touhig: 315.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr James Gray, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 133.

So the Question was agreed to.

The Speaker forthwith declared the Main Question, as amended, to be agreed to.

Resolved, That this House condemns the widening health inequalities between 1979 and 1997 and the failure of Conservative governments to acknowledge health inequality or address the growing health gap between rich and poor; and supports initiatives to improve public health and tackle health inequalities, including new vaccination programmes for influenza and Meningitis C, the allocation of an extra £450 million to improve cancer and coronary heart disease services in England, the extension of the breast screening programme to women aged between 65 and 70, the strategy to reduce teenage pregnancies, the largest-ever investment in smoking cessation services and the proposed ban on tobacco advertising and sponsorship.

10Social Security,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating and National Insurance Funds Payments) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 30th November, in the last Session of Parliament, be approved—(Mr Robert Ainsworth);

And the Speaker's opinion as to the decision of the Question being challenged, the division was deferred till Wednesday next, pursuant to Order [7th November].

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11Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Robert Ainsworth.)

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till one minute past Eleven o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 11.01 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Income Tax,—(1) Personal Pension Schemes (Conversion of Retirement Benefits Schemes) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 118),

(2) Personal Pension Schemes (Restriction on Discretion to Approve) (Permitted Investments) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 117), and

(3) Personal Pension Schemes (Transfer Payments) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 119),

dated 23rd January 2001 [by Act] [Miss Melanie Johnson].

2Road Traffic,—Graduated Vehicle Excise Duty (Prescribed Types of Fuel) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 93), dated 18th January 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Other Papers:

3Environment, Transport and the Regions,—Government Response to the Seventeenth Report of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee, Session 1999–2000, on DETR's Departmental Annual Report 2000 and Expenditure Plans 2000–02 [Cm. 5035] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

4Inland Revenue,—Consolidated Resource Accounts of the Department of Inland Revenue for 1999–2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 129] [Mr Stephen Timms].

5Parliamentary Commissioner,—First Report of the Parliamentary Ombudsman, Session 2000–01: Investigations Completed, April–December 2000, Volume 1—Access to Official Information [by Act]; to be printed [No. 126] [Clerk of the House].

6Wales,—Resource Accounts of the Wales Office (Office of the Secretary of State for Wales) for 1999–2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 96] [Mr Stephen Timms].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee A, and has appointed Mr Humfrey Malins and Mrs Irene Adams Chairmen; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Kevin Barron, Mr Ian Bruce, Yvette Cooper, Maria Eagle, Sandra Gidley, Mr Nick Harvey, Mr Peter Luff, Mr John McFall, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr John Robertson, Mr Laurence Robertson, Mr Ernie Ross, Joan Ruddock, Mrs Caroline Spelman, Ms Gisela Stuart and David Taylor.

2Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),—The Speaker has appointed Yvette Cooper, Maria Eagle, Mr Nick Harvey, Mr Peter Luff, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr John Robertson and Mrs Caroline Spelman members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee A in respect of the Bill.

3Health and Social Care Bill,—The Speaker has appointed Sir David Madel an additional Chairman of Standing Committee E in respect of the Bill.

4Social Security Contributions (Share Options) Bill:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee G, and has appointed Mr Joe Benton Chairman; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Graham Allen, Mr John Burnett, Mr Tony Colman, Mr Bill Etherington, Mr Howard Flight, Mr John Healey, Mr Mark Hendrick, Mr Peter Kilfoyle, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Jim Marshall, Mr Allan Rogers, Mr David Ruffley, Mr Nick St. Aubyn, Mr Matthew Taylor, Mr Stephen Timms and Mr Alan W. Williams.

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5Social Security Contributions (Share Options) Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),—The Speaker has appointed Mr Graham Allen, Mr Tony Colman, Mr Howard Flight, Mr John Healey, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Matthew Taylor and Mr Stephen Timms members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee G in respect of the Bill.

6Draft Local Elections (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Order 2001:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Dr Michael Clark Chairman; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Roger Berry, Mr James Cran, Jim Dowd, Mr Frank Field, Mr George Howarth, Mr Andrew Hunter, Mr Alan Hurst, Ms Jenny Jones, Mr Stephen McCabe, Shona McIsaac, Mr Stephen O'Brien, Mr Lembit Opik, Dr Nick Palmer, Mr John M. Taylor, Mr William Thompson and Derek Wyatt.

7Draft Companies (EU Political Expenditure) Exemption Order 2001:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Dr Michael Clark Chairman; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr David Atkinson, Mr Tony Baldry, Dr Vincent Cable, Mr Brian Cotter, Maria Fyfe, Mr Nick Gibb, Mrs Linda Gilroy, Mr James Gray, Dr Kim Howells, Lynne Jones, Mr David Kidney, Mr Andrew Miller, Mr Denis Murphy, Mr Greg Pope, Mr Phil Sawford and Mr Derek Twigg.

8Draft Representation of the People (England and Wales) Regulations 2001, and the draft Representation of the People (Scotland) Regulations 2001:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the Regulations to the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Eric Illsley Chairman; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Jackie Ballard, Mr Harold Best, Mr Peter Bottomley, Mr Julian Brazier, Mr Jim Cousins, Dr Norman A. Godman, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Nick Hawkins, Mr Stephen Hepburn, Chris McCafferty, Mr Alasdair Morgan, Mr Mike O'Brien, Mr Keith Simpson, Angela Smith, Mr Llew Smith and Mr Brian Wilson.

9Draft Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2001:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mrs Ray Michie Chairman; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Ian Bruce, Mr Alan Campbell, Sir Sydney Chapman, Mr Michael Clapham, Mr James Cran, Mr Tam Dalyell, Jim Dowd, Mr George Howarth, Shona McIsaac, Mr Lembit Opik, Mr William Ross, Mr Marsha Singh, Mr Gerry Steinberg, Mr David Stewart, Mr John M. Taylor and Mr Stephen Twigg.

10Non-automatic Weighing Instruments Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3236):

(1) The Speaker has allocated the Regulations to the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation and has appointed Mr Jimmy Hood Chairman; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Dr Vincent Cable, Mr Brian Cotter, Mr John Cryer, Paul Flynn, Mr Eric Forth, Mr James Gray, Mr Nigel Griffiths, Dr Kim Howells, Dr Julian Lewis, Mr Tony Lloyd, Mr Richard Page, Mr Greg Pope, Christine Russell, Dr Gavin Strang, Mr Derek Twigg and Mr David Winnick.

11Draft Maximum Number of Judges (Northern Ireland) Order 2001,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Bill Olner Chairman of the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (in respect of the draft Order).

12Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Code of Practice on Video Recording of Interviews) (Northern Ireland) Order 2001, and the draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Code of Practice on the Exercise of Police Powers) (Northern Ireland) Order 2001:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Orders to the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Nicholas Winterton Chairman; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Ms Candy Atherton, Mr James Cran, Jim Dowd, Mrs Louise Ellman, Mr Mike Gapes, Mr Simon Hughes, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Andy King, Mr Andrew Love, Shona McIsaac, Mr David Maclean, Mr Ken Maginnis, Mr Michael Mates, Mr John Smith, Mr John M. Taylor and Mr Robert N. Wareing.

13Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Code of Practice for Examining Officers) Order 2001, the draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Code of Practice for Authorised Officers) Order 2001 and the draft Terrorism Interviews (Scotland) Order 2001:

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(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Orders to the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Jim Cunningham Chairman; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Jackie Ballard, Mr Charles Clarke, Dr Jack Cunningham, Mrs Llin Golding, Mrs Eileen Gordon, Mrs Teresa Gorman, Mr Mike Hall, Mr David Lidington, Mr Ken Maginnis, Kali Mountford, Mr Patrick Nicholls, Mr James Plaskitt, Mr Gordon Prentice, Mr Chris Ruane, Mr Keith Simpson and Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West).

European Standing Committees

14European Document No. 10544/00, relating to Community postal services, has been referred to European Standing Committee C.

15Two unnumbered Explanatory Memoranda dated 22nd January 2001 and one unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum dated 23rd January 2001, submitted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, all relating to the establishment of permanent CESDP bodies, have been referred to European Standing Committee B together with the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum dated 27th November 2000 already referred to the Committee on 29th November 2000.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Agriculture,—(1) Third Report from the Agriculture Committee [Flood and Coastal Defence: Follow-up], 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. 172];

(2) Fourth Report from the Committee [Horticulture Research International], 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. 53];

(3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [New Covent Garden Market]; to be printed [No. 173-i]; and

(4) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Implementation of IACS in the European Union; New Covent Garden Market; UK Pig Industry]

[Mr David Curry].

2Defence,—(1) First Special Report from the Defence Committee [Annual Report of the Defence Committee 1999–2000]; to be printed [No. 177]; and

(2) Second Special Report from the Committee [Government Observations on the Fourteenth Report of Session 1999–2000: Lessons of Kosovo]; to be printed [No. 178]

[Mr Bruce George].

3Education and Employment,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Committee [Higher Education]; to be printed [No. 124-v] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

4Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Sub-Committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [Transport-related Executive Agencies of the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions]; to be printed [No. 122-iii] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody];

(2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Walking in Towns and Cities]; to be printed [No. 167-II]; and

(3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Urban White Paper]; to be printed [No. 166-i]

[Mr Andrew F. Bennett].

5European Scrutiny,—Fourth Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 28-iv] [Mr Jimmy Hood].

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6Public Accounts,—(1) Third Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Emergency Aid: the Kosovo crisis], 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. 143]; and

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Supporting Innovation: Managing Risk in Government Departments]; to be printed [No. 180-i]

[Mr David Davis].

7Public Administration,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Public Administration Committee [Making Government Work]; to be printed [No. 94-iv] [Tony Wright].

8Science and Technology,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Science and Technology Committee [Genetics and Insurance]; to be printed [No. 174-i] [Dr Michael Clark].

9Tax Simplification Bills Joint Committee,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on Tax Simplification Bills; to be printed [No. 175-i] [Mr Kenneth Clarke].


POLITICAL PARTIES, ELECTIONS AND REFERENDUMS ACT 2000

 The Speaker has appointed the following Members to serve for the duration of the present Parliament on the committee, known as the Speaker's Committee, established under section 2 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 to oversee the functioning of the Electoral Commission: Mr A. J. Beith, Mrs Angela Browning, Mr Barry Jones, Mr Humfrey Malins and Mr Peter Viggers.


[No. 23; WH, No. 12.]

Wednesday 24th January 2001.

The House sitting in Westminster Hall [pursuant to Order of 20th November 2000].

The sitting commenced at half-past Nine o'clock.

Adjournment,—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Mr Kevin Hughes.)

And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.55 p.m.


[No. 24.]

Thursday 25th January 2001.

The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock.

PRAYERS.

1City of London (Ward Elections) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for further consideration of the City of London (Ward Elections) Bill, as amended by the Chairman of Ways and Means;

Ordered, That the Bill be further considered on Thursday 1st February.

2House of Commons (Removal of Clergy Disqualification) Bill,—Mr Secretary Straw, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Secretary Byers, Mr Secretary Reid, Mr Secretary Murphy and Mr Mike O'Brien, presented a Bill to remove any disqualification from membership of the House of Commons that arises by reason of a person having been ordained or being a minister of a religious denomination and to continue the disqualification of Lords Spiritual from such membership: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 34].

Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the House of Commons (Removal of Clergy Disqualification) Bill be printed [Bill 34–EN].

3Adjournment (Fisheries),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Don Touhig);

And it being Seven o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put.

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4Procedure,—Ordered, That Mr Barry Gardiner be discharged from the Procedure Committee and Mr David Lammy be added to the Committee.—(Mr Don Touhig.)

5European Scrutiny,—Ordered, That Dr Nick Palmer be discharged from the European Scrutiny Committee and Mr Mark Hendrick be added to the Committee.—(Mr Don Touhig.)

6Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Don Touhig.)

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-four minutes past Seven o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 7.24 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Political Parties,—Draft Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (Disapplication of Part IV for Northern Ireland Parties, etc.) Order 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2Family Law,—Child Support (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 158), dated 24th January 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

3Registration of Political Parties,—(1) Registration of Political Parties (Fees) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 83), and

(2) Registration of Political Parties (Prohibited Words and Expressions) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 82),

dated 15th January 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

4Representation of the People,—(1) Holders of Hereditary Peerages (Overseas Electors) (Transitional Provisions) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 84),

(2) Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (Amendment) Rules 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 80), and

(3) Local Elections (Principal Areas) (Amendment) Rules 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 81),

dated 15th January 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

Other Papers:

5Appropriation Accounts, 1999–2000,—Appropriation Accounts of the sums granted by Parliament for Classes:—

(1) II (Department of Health), and

(2) VIII (International Development)

for 1999–2000 [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 25-II and -VIII] [Mr Stephen Timms].

6Defence Executive Agencies,—Reports and Accounts of—

(1) Army Personnel Centre, and

(2) Naval Manning Agency

for 1999–2000, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 132 and 125] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

7Environment, Transport and the Regions,—Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions Minute, dated 25th January 2001, concerning a government guarantee in respect of contingent liabilities transferred from the British Railways Board to the Strategic Rail Authority [by Command] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

8Lord Chancellor's Department Executive Agencies,—Resource Accounts of the Public Record Office for 1999–2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 134] [Mr Stephen Timms].

9School Inspections,—Resource Accounts of the Office of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector Of Schools in England for 1999–2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 155] [Mr Stephen Timms].

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APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

1Armed Forces Bill,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill; to be printed [No. 154-iii] [Rachel Squire].

2Culture, Media and Sport,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [The Communications White Paper]; to be printed [No. 161-i] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].

3International Development,—Part of the Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [Corruption]; to be printed [No. 39-v] [Mr Bowen Wells].


[No. 24; WH, No. 13.]

Thursday 25th January 2001.

The House sitting in Westminster Hall [pursuant to Order of 20th November 2000].

The sitting commenced at half-past Two o'clock.

Adjournment (Meeting the basic skills challenge),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned—(Mr Greg Pope);

And the sitting having continued for three hours, it was adjourned without Question put, till Tuesday 30th January.

[Adjourned at 5.30 p.m.


[No. 25.]

Friday 26th January 2001.

The House met at half-past Nine o'clock.

PRAYERS.

1Outworking Bill,—Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Outworking Bill be printed [Bill 11–EN].

2Adjournment (Rural and Urban White Papers (Cm. 4909 and 4911)),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr David Clelland);

And it being half-past Two o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put.

3Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Don Touhig.)

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till one minute to Three o'clock, adjourned till Monday 29th January.

[Adjourned at 2.59 p.m.


APPENDIX

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Magistrates' Courts,—(1) Magistrates' Courts (Amendment) Rules 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 167),

(2) Magistrates' Courts (Children and Young Persons) (Amendment) Rules 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 165),

(3) Magistrates' Courts (Civilian Enforcement Officers) Rules 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 164), and

(4) Magistrates' Courts (Forms) (Amendment) Rules 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 166),

dated 24th January 2001 [by Act] [Mr David Lock].

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2Merchant Shipping,—Merchant Shipping (Mandatory Surveys for Ro-Ro Ferry and High Speed Passenger Craft) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 152), dated 24th January 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

3National Health Service,—(1) Special Trustees for King's College Hospital (Transfer of Trust Property) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 170),

(2) Special Trustees for Newcastle University Hospitals (Transfer of Trust Property) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 173),

(3) Special Trustees for St George's Hospital (Transfer of Trust Property) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 171),

(4) Trustees for the Central Sheffield University Hospitals National Health Service Trust (Transfer of Trust Property) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 169), and

(5) Trustees for the Northern General Hospital National Health Service Trust (Transfer of Trust Property) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 172),

dated 24th January 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

4Road Traffic,—Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (County of Somerset) (District of Taunton Deane) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 180), dated 25th January [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Other Papers:

5Inland Revenue,—Report and Consolidated Resource Accounts of the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Inland Revenue for 1999–2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Command] [Cm. 5029] [Dawn Primarolo].

6Treaty Series (No. 2, 2001),—Agreement, done at Washington on 13th July 1998, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the United States of America concerning Maritime and Aerial Operations to Suppress Illicit Trafficking by Sea in Waters of the Caribbean and Bermuda [by Command] [Cm. 5031] [Mr Secretary Cook].

7Treaty Series (No. 3, 2001),—Protocol, done at Brussels on 10th April 1997, to the Partnership and Co-operation Agreement, Establishing a Partnership between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and Ukraine, of the other part [by Command] [Cm. 5032] [Mr Secretary Cook].


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