The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock.
1 City of London (Ward Elections) Bill,-Ordered, That the promoters of the City of London (Ward Elections) Bill shall have leave to suspend proceedings thereon in order to proceed with it, if they think fit, in the next Session of Parliament, provided that notice of their intention to do so is lodged in the Private Bill Office not later than the day before the close of the present Session and that all fees due up to that date have been paid;
That on the fifth sitting day in the next Session the Bill shall be presented to the House by deposit in the Private Bill Office;
That a declaration signed by the agent shall be annexed to the Bill, stating that it is the same in every respect as the Bill presented in this House in the present Session;
That on the next sitting day following presentation, the Clerk in the Private Bill Office shall lay the Bill on the Table of the House;
That in the next Session the Bill shall be deemed to have passed through every stage through which it has passed in the present Session, and shall be recorded in the Journal of the House as having passed those stages;
That no further fees shall be charged to such stages.-(The Second Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means.)
Message to the Lords to acquaint them therewith.
2 City of London (Ward Elections) Bill, - The Order for further consideration of the City of London (Ward Elections) Bill on Wednesday 8th November was read and discharged.
3 Accommodation and Works,-Ordered, That the Lords Message yesterday be now considered.
Lords Message considered accordingly.
Ordered, That Michael Barram, Esquire, Director of Finance Policy and an Officer of this House, have leave to go to the House of Lords, as requested by their Lordships.
Message to the Lords to acquaint them therewith.
4 First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means,-Ordered, That Mrs Sylvia Heal be First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means.-(Margaret Beckett.)
5 Adjournment (Defence and the Armed Forces),-A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn-(Mr Mike Hall);
And it being Seven o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put.
6 Public Petitions,-A Public Petition from Peter Wright and others for restoration of the link between earnings and the state pension was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
7 Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Mr Clive Betts.)
And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-nine minutes past Seven o'clock, adjourned till Monday 6th November, pursuant to Order [24th October].
[Adjourned at 7.29 p.m.
Michael J. Martin
Mr Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock on Monday next.
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:
1 Constitutional Law,-(1) Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) (No. 2) Order 2000, and
(2) draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) (No. 2) Order 2000
[by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].
2 Income Tax,-(1) Draft Double Taxation Relief (Shipping Transport) (Hong Kong) Order 2000, and
(2) draft Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Norway) Order 2000
[by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].
3 Value Added Tax,-Value Added Tax (Reduced Rate) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2954), dated 2nd November 2000 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
4 Education,-Education (Fees and Awards) (Amendment No. 2) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2945), dated 25th October 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
5 Museums and Galleries,-Museums and Galleries Act 1992 (Amendment) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2955), dated 1st November 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].
6 Competition Commission,-Report by the Competition Commission on the merger situation of Sylvan International Ltd and Locker Group plc [by Command] [Cm. 4883] [Mr Secretary Byers].
7 Education and Employment,-Department of Education and Employment Minutes, dated 2nd November 2000, concerning contingent liabilities consequent upon:-
(1) arrangements to acquire premises for the Learning and Skills Council,
(2) indemnification in relation to the use of software provided by Oracle Corporation to the National College for School Leadership, and
(3) indemnification in relation to the use of the BBC trademark by the National College for School Leadership
[by Command] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
8 Intelligence Services,-Report of the Intelligence and Security Committee for 1999-2000 [by Command] [Cm. 4897] [The Prime Minister].
9 Natural Heritage (Scotland),-Accounts of Scottish Natural Heritage for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 956] [Clerk of the House].
10 Road Traffic Reduction,-Reports prepared for the Secretary of State by each of the eighty-five principal councils of England, containing assessments of levels of local road traffic, forecasts of traffic growth and targets for the reduction in levels of traffic or traffic growth [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
11 Treasury Executive Agencies,-Resource Accounts of National Savings for 1999-2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 830] [Miss Melanie Johnson].
Draft Companies Act 1985 (Electronic Communications) Order 2000,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Michael Fabricant from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Michael Trend.
Reports from Select Committees
1 Education and Employment,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Committee [on 1st November] [The Work of OFSTED]; to be printed [No. 960] [Mr Barry Sheerman].
2 Health,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [Public Expenditure and the National Plan]; to be printed [No. 957-i] [Mr David Hinchliffe].
Supplement to the Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 2nd 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 Two o'clock.
Adjournment (Future of the Export Credits Guarantee Department),-Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.-(Mr Gerry Sutcliffe.)
And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 7th November.
[Adjourned at 4.49 p.m.
Sir Alan Haselhurst