The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
1 City 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 Wednesday 8th November.
2 European Standing Committee C,-Mr Jonathan Sayeed reported from European Standing Committee C the following Resolution:
That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 9964/00, a European Commission Communication on a European Social Policy Agenda for the next five years; supports the Government's welcome for the Commission's analysis of the challenges facing employment and social policy in the next five years and for the emphasis placed on increasing employability, on combating social exclusion, on promoting entrepreneurship, whilst opposing proposals that impose unnecessary burdensome new legislation particularly upon business, and remaining convinced of the need for proposals to codify, adapt or improve existing legislation or for new legislation to be made clear and workable; and notes the Government's intention to negotiate to this end, and to ensure that the proposals take proper account of the legitimate concerns of employers and the need to raise employment rates across the Community.
Report, together with Resolution, to lie upon the Table.
3 Message from the Lords,-A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:
Administration and Works,-The Lords request that the Commons will be please to give leave to Mr Michael Barram, Director of Finance Policy and an Officer of this House, to attend and to be examined before the Administration and Works Sub-Committee of the Select Committee appointed by the Lords on House of Lords' Offices.
4 Companies Act (Amendment),-Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the law to require directors of public companies, in cases where there is a takeover, to have regard to the interests of employees as well as shareholders: And that Mr Dafydd Wigley, Mr Kevin Barron, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Paul Flynn, Mr Ieuan Wyn Jones, Mr Richard Livsey, Mr Elfyn Llwyd, Mr Andrew Mackinlay, Mr Lembit Ípik, Mr Andrew Rowe, The Reverend Martin Smyth and Mr Simon Thomas do prepare and bring it in.
5 Companies Act (Amendment) Bill, -Mr Dafydd Wigley accordingly presented a Bill to amend the law to require directors of public companies, in cases where there is a takeover, to have regard to the interests of employees as well as shareholders: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 10th November and to be printed [Bill 177].
6 Adjournment (Defence and the Armed Forces),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Mr Gerry Sutcliffe);
And it being Ten o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put.
7 Public Petitions,-Public Petitions from-
(1) residents of Formby, Hightown and Ainsdale against changes in night time staffing arrangements at Formby fire station; and
(2) The Reverend Robert Leslie Short, pupils and other members of staff of Repton School, Repton, Derbyshire for aid to be directed to education for child labourers
were presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
8 Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mrs Anne McGuire.)
And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till fourteen minutes past Ten o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 10.14 p.m.
Michael J. Martin
Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Eleven o'clock.
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:
1 Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism,-Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Video recording of interviews) Order 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Mandelson].
2 Broadcasting,-Draft Broadcasting (Limit on the Holding of Licences to Provide Television Multiplex Services) Order 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
3 Banks and Banking,-Banking Consolidation Directive (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2000 (S.I, 2000, No. 2952), dated 1st November 2000 [by Act] [Miss Melanie Johnson].
4 Environmental Protection,-Highways Noise Payments and Movable Homes (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2887), dated 23rd October 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
5 Competition Commission,-Report by the Competition Commission on the proposed transfers of newspaper titles and related assets of Regional Independent Media Limited to Gannett UK Limited, Johnston Press plc and Guardian Media Group plc [by Command] [Cm. 4887] [Mr Secretary Byers].
6 Home Office,-Home Office Minute, dated 30th October 2000, concerning a contingent liability in respect of a contract to supply information technology systems and applications to the proposed Electoral Commission [by Command] [Mr Secretary Straw].
7 Justices of the Peace,-Report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of the Magistrates' Courts Service for 1999-2000 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 886] [Mr David Lock].
8 Miscellaneous (No. 22, 2000),-Framework Agreement, done at Farnborough on 27th July 2000, between the French Republic, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Italian Republic, the Kingdom of Spain, the Kingdom of Sweden, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, concerning Measures to Facilitate the Restructuring and Operation of the European Defence Industry, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 4895] [Mr Secretary Cook].
1 Draft Consular Fees Act 1980 (Fees) Order 2000,-The Speaker has appointed Mr Eric Illsley Chairman of the third Standing Committee on delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.
2 Farm Waste Grant (Nitrate Vulnerable Zones) (England) (No. 2) Scheme 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2911):
(1) The Speaker has allocated the Scheme to the Fourth 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.: Ms Candy Atherton, Mr Bob Blizzard, Mr Ben Bradshaw, Mr Tom Brake, Mr Alan Campbell, Mr Ronnie Campbell, Mr David Curry, Mr David Drew, Mr Christopher Fraser, Dr Ian Gibson, Mr David Heath, Ms Oona King, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr Elliot Morley, Mr James Paice and Mr Owen Paterson.
3 Draft Jobseekers' Allowance (Joint Claims: Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2000, and the draft Social Security (New Deal Pilot) Regulations 2000:
(1) The Speaker has allocated the Regulations to the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mrs Irene Adams Chairman; and
(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Richard Allan, Sir Paul Beresford, Mr Harold Best, Mr Clive Betts, Mr Ian Cawsey, Mr Frank Dobson, Mr Jeff Ennis, Mr Andrew George, Mr John Hayes, Mr Gerald Howarth, Ms Fiona Jones, Tessa Jowell, Mrs Jackie Lawrence, Mr James Plaskitt, Mr John Randall and Ms Rosie Winterton.
3 Draft Companies Act 1985 (Electronic Communications) Order 2000:
(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Sir David Madel Chairman; and
(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Dr Vincent Cable, Mrs Anne Campbell, Mr William Cash, Mr Brian Cotter, Mr Alan Duncan, Mrs Louise Ellman, Mr Michael Fabricant, Lorna Fitzsimons, Mr James Gray, Ms Patricia Hewitt, Mr Tony Lloyd, Mr Kerry Pollard, Mr Greg Pope, Mr Lawrie Quinn, Mr Geoffrey Robinson and Mr Mike Wood.
European Standing Committees
4 European Union Document No. 9431/00, relating to the support scheme for olive oil, has been referred to European Standing Committee A.
Reports from Select Committees
1 Agriculture,-(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Agriculture Committee [Organic Farming]; to be printed [No. 681-iv]; and
(2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Organic Farming]
2 Defence,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence Committee [Armed Forces Personnel Issues]; to be printed [No. 689-iv] [Mr Bruce George].
3 Environmental Audit,-(1) Seventh Report from the Environmental Audit Committee [Water Prices and the Environment], 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. 597]; and
(2) Memorandum laid before the Committee [Government Observations on the Sixth Report from the Committee-Budget 2000 and the Environment]
4 Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,-(1) Nineteenth Report from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [The Work of the Commission for Integrated Transport]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 725];
(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Inland Waterways]; to be printed [No. 947-i]; and
(3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Sub-Committee [Recent Events on the Railway]; to be printed [No. 948-i]
5 European Scrutiny,-Twenty-eighth Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 23-xxviii] [Mr Jimmy Hood].
6 Modernisation of the House of Commons,-Third Report from the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons [Thursday Sittings]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the report [No. 954] [Margaret Beckett].
7 Northern Ireland Affairs,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [Prison Service in Northern Ireland]; to be printed [No. 931-ii] [Mr Peter Brooke].
8 Public Accounts Committee,-(1) Thirty-ninth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Revenue from Gambling Duties]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 423];
(2) Fortieth Report [National Savings: Public-Private Partnership with Siemens Business Services]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 566];
(3) Forty-first Report from the Committee [The Gaming Board: Better Regulation]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 611]; and
(4) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Refinancing of the Fazakerley Prison PFI Contract]; to be printed [No. 955-i]
9 Public Administration,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Public Administration Committee [Making Government Work]; to be printed [No. 238-vi] [Tony Wright].
10 Science and Technology,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Science and Technology Committee [Corus plc]; to be printed [No. 899-i] [Dr Lynne Jones].
11 Social Security,-(1) Fifth Special Report from the Social Security Committee [Government Response to the Seventh Report from the Committee, on Pensioner Poverty]; to be printed [No. 952]; and
(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Integrated Child Credit]; to be printed [No. 951-i]
12 Trade and Industry,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee [Impact on Trade and Industry of Motor Fuel Taxation]; to be printed [Nos. 946-ii and 946-iii] [Mr Martin O'Neill].
13 Treasury,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-committee of the Treasury Committee [HM Customs and Excise and the Inland Revenue: Progress Reports]; to be printed [No. 953-i] [Mr Giles Radice].
Supplement to the Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 1st November 2000
Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall
[pursuant to the Order of 24th May 1999]
The sitting commenced at half-past Nine o'clock.
Adjournment,-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Mr Robert Ainsworth.)
And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 1.56 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst