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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 20th June 2000

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1City of Newcastle upon Tyne [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 27th June.
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 27th June.
3Consolidation, &c., Bills,—Mr James Plaskitt reported from the Select Committee appointed to join with a Committee of the House of Lords on Consolidation, &c., Bills, to which the European Parliamentary Elections Bill [Lords], now pending in the House of Lords, was referred, That it had gone through the Bill, and had made an Amendment thereunto; and had agreed to a Report which it had directed him to make to the House; and had directed him to report the Minutes of Evidence taken before it on 20th June.
 
        Report to lie upon the Table; and to be printed [No. 604-I].
 
        Minutes of Evidence to lie upon the Table; and to be printed [No. 604-II].
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 604-II].
4Local Government Bill [Lords],—Mrs Ray Michie reported from Standing Committee A, That it had gone through the Local Government Bill [Lords], and made Amendments thereunto, and had amended the Title as follows: A Bill to make provision with respect to the functions and procedures of local authorities and provision with respect to local authority elections; to make provision with respect to grants and housing benefit in respect of certain welfare services; to amend section 29 of the Children Act 1989; and for connected purposes.
 
        Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 145].
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 599].
5Welsh Grand Committee,—Mr Barry Jones reported from the Welsh Grand Committee, That it had considered the matter of Social Exclusion in Wales, referred to it on 6th June, and had directed him to report accordingly to the House.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 117].
6First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Jimmy Hood reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 4) Order 2000.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
7Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:
 
        Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer) Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill to provide for the transfer to Alliance & Leicester plc of the undertaking of Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc; and for related purposes; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.
8Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer) Bill [Lords],—The Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer) Bill [Lords] was read the first time.
 
        Bill referred to the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills.
9Subscription Television (Prevention of Monopoly Sports Broadcasts),—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to prevent providers of subscription broadcast services from acquiring sole rights to live broadcast of sporting events: And that Mr Crispin Blunt, Mr David Amess, Mr Joe Ashton, Mr Martin Bell, Mr Bruce George, Mr Nick Hawkins, Sir Geoffrey Johnson Smith, Mr Eric Illsley, Mr Andrew Reed, Mr Desmond Swayne, Mr Nicholas Winterton and Tony Wright do prepare and bring it in.
10Subscription Television (Prevention of Monopoly Sports Broadcasts) Bill,—Mr Crispin Blunt accordingly presented a Bill to prevent providers of subscription broadcast services from acquiring sole rights to live broadcast of sporting events: and the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 21st July and to be printed [Bill 144].
11Opposition Day [14th 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.
 
        Football Hooliganism,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House condemns unreservedly the actions of hooligans purporting to support the England football team at the Euro 2000 championships; hopes that there will be no repetition of these actions and that UEFA's threat to expel the England team from the tournament will not be acted upon; notes that UEFA and others have criticised the Government's lack of action to tackle football hooliganism; further notes that proposals to stop unconvicted hooligans from travelling to international matches were brought forward by Opposition honourable Members during proceedings on the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and the Football (Offences and Disorder) Act 1999 but were not taken up by the Government, despite the Minister for Sport's statement that such powers were necessary; calls on the Home Secretary to explain the inaction and delay that has characterised the Government's approach, despite the undertakings given by Ministers to bring forward their own proposals; and calls on the Government urgently to take the action it has promised for two years to tackle the problem of the thugs who are a disgrace to this country's proud footballing tradition—(Miss Ann Widdecombe);
 
        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 'wholly deplores the violence in Belgium during the Euro 2000 competition perpetrated by United Kingdom citizens, and condemns the irresponsibility and criminality of those involved; welcomes the good co-operation between the British police and National Criminal Intelligence Service with the law enforcement agencies in Belgium, the Netherlands and France by which a large number of individuals with banning orders from football-related convictions against them have been prevented from travelling to Belgium and the Netherlands; strongly supports the many measures already taken by Her Majesty's Government, the police and other agencies; and endorses the further measures announced by the Secretary of State for the Home Department yesterday', instead thereof.—(Mr Secretary Straw.)
 
        And the Question being put, That the original words stand part of the Question;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Stephen Day, Mr Peter Atkinson: 132.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Clelland, Mr Clive Betts: 363.
 
        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):—It was agreed to.
 
        The Deputy Speaker forthwith declared the Main Question, as amended, to be agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That this House wholly deplores the violence in Belgium during the Euro 2000 competition perpetrated by United Kingdom citizens, and condemns the irresponsibility and criminality of those involved; welcomes the good co-operation between the British police and National Criminal Intelligence Service with the law enforcement agencies in Belgium, the Netherlands and France by which a large number of individuals with banning orders from football-related convictions against them have been prevented from travelling to Belgium and the Netherlands; strongly supports the many measures already taken by Her Majesty's Government, the police and other agencies; and endorses the further measures announced by the Secretary of State for the Home Department yesterday.
 
        The Government's Policy on Planning, House Building, Development of Greenfield Sites and the Decline of the Cities,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House condemns the apparent intention of Ministers to ignore the recent vote by members of SERPLAN to limit the number of new houses built in the South East and to 'punish' members of SERPLAN for taking that decision; calls on Ministers to abandon their attempts to impose overall figures for new housebuilding on regions of the country; deplores the Government's failure even to meet its own targets for new development on brownfield sites; regrets the continuing decline of town and cities and, on almost the first anniversary of the Rogers Report, the Government's failure to address the vital issues of urban regeneration, or growing internal migration and the drift from towns and cities to the countryside, or homelessness; and calls upon the Government to halt the decline of the cities, bring forward measures to protect greenfield sites and the Green Belt, and take steps to return more power to local communities to decide planning and housebuilding priorities—(Mr Archie Norman);
 
        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 Government's move away from the previous "predict and provide" approach to housing provision and the introduction of a "plan, monitor and manage" policy under the new regional planning policy arrangements, including a target for building 60 per cent. of all new housing on previously developed land and the tightening of planning controls on out of town shopping and ending the profligate use of land; supports the Government's policies on protecting the Green Belt and improving the use of all land and preventing piecemeal greenfield development; believes the Government's planning, housing, transport, countryside protection, welfare and economic policies will achieve more sustainable and equitable patterns of both urban and rural development; welcomes the Government's continued commitment to sustainable growth, safeguarding the countryside and promoting an urban renaissance; supports the targeting of regeneration initiatives in areas of greatest need and the Government's inter-linked policies for revitalising towns and cities and protecting the countryside; and applauds the Government's aim of giving everyone the opportunity of a decent home and recognises that the doubling of housing investment and other social housing reforms introduced by this Government are creating stronger, safer and more sustainable communities', instead thereof.—(Mr Nick Raynsford.)
 
        And the Question being proposed, That the original words stand part of the Question;
 
        Mr James Arbuthnot 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 Stephen Day, Mr Peter Atkinson: 175.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Robert Ainsworth, Mr David Jamieson: 326.
 
        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 David Jamieson, Mr Robert Ainsworth: 323.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Stephen Day, Mr Peter Atkinson: 167.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        The Deputy Speaker forthwith declared the Main Question, as amended, to be agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That the House welcomes the Government's move away from the previous 'predict and provide' approach to housing provision and the introduction of a 'plan, monitor and manage' policy under the new regional planning policy arrangments, including a target for building 60 per cent. of all new housing on previously developed land and the tightening of planning controls on out of town shopping and ending the profligate use of land; supports the Government's policies on protecting the Green Belt and improving the use of all land and preventing piecemeal greenfield development; believes the Government's planning, housing, transport, countryside protection, welfare and economic policies will achieve more sustainable and equitable patterns of both urban and rural development; welcomes the Government's continued commitment to sustainable growth, safeguading the countryside and promoting an urban renaissance; supports the targeting of regeneration initiatives in areas of greatest need and the Government's inter-linked policies for revitalising towns and cities and protecting the countryside; and applauds the Government's aim of giving everyone the opportunity of a decent home and recognises that the doubling of housing investment and other social housing reforms introduced by this Government are creating stronger, safer and more sustainable communities.
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 Census (Amendment) Bill [Lords] may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour—(Mr Tony McNulty):—It was agreed to.
13Industrial Organisation and Development,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Horticultural Development Council (Amendment) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 18th May, be approved—(Mr Tony McNulty):—It was agreed to.
14Census (Amendment) Bill [Lords],—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Census (Amendment) Bill [Lords];
 
        And a Motion being made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read a Second time;
Wednesday 21st June
 
        Question put.
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Jim Dowd, Mr Don Touhig: 194.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Eric Forth, Mr Edward Leigh: 10.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        The Bill was accordinglly read a Second Time and stood committed to a Standing Committee.
15Select Committee on Broadcasting,—Ordered, That Mr George Galloway be discharged from the Select Committee on Broadcasting and Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown be added to the Committee.—(Mr Keith Bradley.)
16European Scrutiny Committee,—Ordered, That Mr Allan Rogers be discharged from the European Scrutiny Committee and Mr Bill Rammell be added to the Committee.—(Mr Keith Bradley.)
17Public Petitions,—Public Petitions from—
 
        (1) Members and supporters of Glossop, Hadfield and District Pensioners' Association for restoration of the link between earnings and the state pension; and
 
        (2) residents of the Burscough area in West Lancashire against the proposed BSE incinerator at Burscough
 
    were presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
18Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mrs Anne McGuire.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till six minutes to Two o'clock, adjourned till this day.
[Adjourned at 1.54 a.m.
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker        

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

APPENDIX I
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
1Education,—Education (School Teacher Appraisal) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1620), dated 19th June 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
2Road Traffic,—M62 and M1 Motorways (Lofthouse Link Roads) (Speed Limit) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1565), dated 10th June 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
Other Papers:
3Broadcasting,—Report and Accounts of the British Broadcasting Corporation for 1999-2000 [by Command] [Mr Secretary Smith].
4Competition,—Accounts of the Competition Commission for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 601] [Clerk of the House].
5Corruption,—Paper, entitled Raising Standards and Upholding Integrity: The Prevention of Corruption—The Government's Proposals for the Reform of the Criminal Law of Corruption in England and Wales [by Command] [Cm. 4759] [Mr Secretary Straw].
6Explosives,—Report of Her Majesty's Inspectors of Explosives for Northern Ireland for 1999 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 531] [Mr Secretary Mandelson].
7Pensions,—Accounts of the—
 
        (1) Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority, and
 
        (2) Pensions Compensation Board
 
    for 1999-2000, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 602 and 600] [Clerk of the House].
APPENDIX II
Reports from Standing Committees
1Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Restoration of Devolved Government) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1445), and the Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Modification) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1446),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Ms Fiona Jones and Mr Paul Stinchcombe from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Orders); and nominated in substitution Mr Chris Ruane and Paul Flynn.
2Draft London Local Authorities (Charges for Stopping Up Orders) Regulations 2000,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Bernard Jenkin from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mr Tim Loughton.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Defence,—Part of the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence Committee [Lessons of Kosovo]; to be printed [No. 347-viii] [Mr Bruce George].
2Education and Employment,—(1) Seventh Report from the Education and Employment Committee [The Role of Private Sector Organisations in Public Education], 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. 118];
 
        (2) Fifth Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Fourth Report from the Committee, Session 1999-2000, on Employability and Jobs: Is There a Jobs Gap?]; to be printed [No. 603];
 
        (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education Sub-Committee [Higher Education]; to be printed [No. 400-v]; and
 
        (4) Memoranda laid before the Committee [The Role of Private Sector Organisations in Public Education]
 
    [Mr Barry Sheerman].
3Environmental Audit,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee [Costing the Environment: Setting Water Prices for 2000-2005]; to be printed [No. 597-i] [Mr John Horam].
4Home Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [Physical Controls at UK Ports of Entry]; to be printed [No. 570-ii] [Mr Robin Corbett].
5International Development,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [HIV/AIDS and Social and Economic Development]; to be printed [No. 558-ii] [Mr Bowen Wells].
6Statutory Instruments,—Twenty-second Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 47-xxii] [Mr David Tredinnick].
7Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [Economic and Monetary Union]; to be printed [No. 573-iii] [Mr Giles Radice].


Supplement to the Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 20th June 2000
Minutes of Proceedings of the Sitting in Westminster Hall
[pursuant to the Order of 24th May 1999]

The House met at Ten o'clock.
PRAYERS.
Adjournment,—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Miss Melanie Johnson);
 
        And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 12.58 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst
Deputy Speaker        



 
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