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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 18th April 2000

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [Lords],—The Order of the day being read, for the Third Reading of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [Lords];
 
        Ordered, That the Bill be read the third time on Tuesday 2nd May.
2Greenham and Crookham Commons Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Greenham and Crookham Commons Bill;
 
        Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Tuesday 2nd May.
3Nuclear Safeguards Bill [Lords],—Mrs Marion Roe reported from Standing Committee A, That it had gone through the Nuclear Safeguards Bill [Lords], and directed her 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. 446].
4Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:
 
        Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill to consolidate certain enactments relating to the powers of courts to deal with offenders and defaulters and to the treatment of such persons, with amendments to give effect to recommendations of the Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.
5Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Bill [Lords],—The Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Bill [Lords] was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 115].
6Halogen Lamp Regulation (Motor Vehicles) Bill,—The Order for reading the Halogen Lamp Regulation (Motor Vehicles) Bill a second time on Friday 12th May was read and discharged.
7Marine Wildlife Protection Bill,—Ordered, That the Marine Wildlife Protection Bill be read a second time on Friday 9th June.
8Corporate Homicide,—Ordered, That leave to given to bring in a Bill to create a new offence of corporate killing to replace the offence of manslaughter in certain cases where death is caused without the intention of causing death or serious injury: And that Mr Andrew Dismore, Mr Matin Salter, Ms Karen Buck, Mr Michael Clapham, Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody, Mr Gordon Prentice, Mr Andrew Miller, Mr Lawrie Quinn, Ms Claire Ward, Mr Iain Coleman, Mr Stephen Pound and Siobhain McDonagh do prepare and bring it in.
9Corporate Homicide Bill,—Mr Andrew Dismore accordingly presented a Bill to create a new offence of corporate killing to replace the offence of manslaughter in certain cases where death is caused without the intention of causing death or serious injury: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 5th May and to be printed [Bill 114].
10Postal Services Bill [Money] (No. 2),—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Postal Services Bill [Money] (No. 2);
 
        Resolved, That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Postal Services Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any expenditure incurred in consequence of the Act by the body to be known as the Postal Services Commission.—(Mrs Anne McGuire.)
11Postal Services Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Postal Services Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee.
 
        A Clause (Subsidy for public post offices)—(Mr Secretary Byers)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Recovery of costs of the Council etc.)—(Mr Alan Johnson)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Application of customs and excise enactments to certain postal packets)—(Mr Alan Johnson)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Power to detain postal packets containing contraband)—(Mr Secretary Byers)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Tax)—(Mr Secretary Byers)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Amendment (No. 60) proposed to the Bill, in page 4, line 36, to leave out '£1' and to insert '50p'.—(Mr Richard Page.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Amendments (Nos. 30 to 33, 1 to 9, 34, 10, 11, 35, 12 to 18, 79 to 81, 36 to 38 and 19 to 22) made to the Bill.
 
        And it being Ten o'clock, further consideration of the Bill stood adjourned.
12Business of the House,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business), That, at this day's sitting, the Postal Services Bill may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour—(Mr Clive Betts):—It was agreed to.
13Postal Services Bill,—The House again proceeded to consider the Postal Services Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 75) proposed to the Bill, in page 62, line 16, at the end to insert the words 'and—
 
          (c) make provision for any person to seek and secure any reasonable correction in their details.'—(Mr Richard Page.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Other Amendments (Nos. 39 to 43, 82, and 44 to 47) made to the Bill.
 
        A Schedule (Transfer to the Post Office Company: Tax)—(Mr Clive Betts)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Other Amendments (Nos. 48, 83, 84, 23 to 28, 85, 49, 29, 50 to 53, 86, 87, 54 and 88) made to the Bill.
 
        A Motion being made, That the Bill be now read the third time;
 
        Mr Secretary Byers, by Her Majesty's Command, acquainted the House, That Her Majesty, having been informed of the purport of the Bill, gives her consent, as far as Her Majesty's interest is concerned, That the House may do therein as it shall think fit.
 
        And the Question being put:—It was agreed to.
 
        The Bill was accordingly read the third time, and passed.
14Criminal Law,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Youth Justice Board for England and Wales Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 3rd April, be approved—(Mr Clive Betts):—It was agreed to.
15Local Government Finance,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 61) on Special Grants for School Standards, Support of School Budgets and Costs of Transitional Funding (House of Commons Paper No. 399), which was laid before this House on 6th April, be approved—(Mr Clive Betts):—It was agreed to.
16Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Clive Betts);
 
        And the Motion having been made after Ten o'clock, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House, without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, it being then six minutes to Twelve o'clock, till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 11.54 p.m.
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker        

Madam Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock.

APPENDIX 1
Papers presented or laid upon the Table.
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
1Clean Air,—Smoke Control Areas (Authorised Fuels) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I. 2000, No. 1077), dated 17th April 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
2Education,—(1) Education (School Performance Information) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1089), and
 
        (2) Financing of Maintained Schools (England) (No. 2) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1090),
 
    dated 17th April 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
Other Papers
3Audit (Northern Ireland,—Reports by the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland on Grants Paid to Irish Sport Horse Genetic Testing Unit Ltd; Road Service: Bridge Assessment and Strengthening Programme—A Progress Report; and Health and Personal Social Services: Executive Directors' and Senior Managers' Pay [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [No. 396] [Mr Secretary Mandelson].
4Competition Commission,—Report by the Competition Commission on the merger situation of Vivendi SA and British Sky Broadcasting Group plc [by Command] [Cm. 4691] [Mr Secretary Byers].
5Development of Tourism,—Statement of the salaries payable to the Chairman and members of the Board of the British Tourist Authority [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].
6Government Trading Funds,—Report and Accounts of the Buying Agency for 1999, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 405] [Clerk of the House].
7Modernising Government,—Paper, entitled Modernising Government in Action: Realising the Benefits of Y2K [by Command] [Cm. 4703] [Margaret Beckett].
8Public Petitions,—Observations by the Secretary of State for Health on the Petition [10th January] from Simon Dolby of the East Kent Gazette and Irene Stock calling for greater protection for the elderly from untrained or unsuitable care workers [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].
9Regulatory Reform,—Paper, entitled Publication of the draft Regulatory Reform Bill, with the Government's response to the consultation exercise on proposed amendments to section 5 of the Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994 [by Command] [Cm. 4713] [Marjorie Mowlam].
10Treasury Executive Agencies,—National Savings Product Accounts for 1998-99, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 418] [Miss Melanie Johnson].
APPENDIX II
Reports from Select Committees
1Culture, Media and Sport,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [Cultural Property: Return and Illicit Trade]; to be printed [No. 371-iii] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].
2Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment Sub-Committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [Travelling Fairs; The Planning Inspectorate and Public Inquiries]; to be printed [Nos. 284-iii and 364-iv]; and
 
        (2) Memoranda laid before the Environment Sub-Committee of the Committee [UK Biodiversity]; to be printed [No. 441-II]
 
    [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].
3Environmental Audit,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee [Environmental Audit and Accountability]; to be printed [No. 444-i] [Mr John Horam].
4Foreign Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [Zimbabwe]; to be printed [No. 447-i] [Mr Donald Anderson].
5Home Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [The Future of the Public Trust Office], together with memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 445-i] [Mr Robin Corbett].
6Statutory Instruments,—Seventeenth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 47-xvii] [Mr David Tredinnick].
7Treasury,—(1) Second Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Second Report from the Committee, on HM Customs and Excise]; to be printed [No. 442]; and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Banking]; to be printed [No. 443-i]
 
    [Mr Giles Radice].


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

The House met at Ten o'clock.
Adjournment,—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Mr Robert Ainsworth.)
 
        And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 12.59 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker        



 
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