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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 30th April 2001

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

PRAYERS.

1    Crystal Palace Bill,-The Speaker laid upon the Table a Report from the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills, pursuant to the Order [23rd April], That, in the case of the Crystal Palace Bill, the Standing Orders which are applicable thereto have not been complied with.

    Report referred to the Standing Orders Committee.

2    First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mrs Irene Adams reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Representation of the People (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2001, the draft Representation of the People (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 and the draft Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) (Amendment) (No. 3) Order 2001.

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

3     Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Peter L. Pike reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Broadcasting (Subtitling) Order 2001.

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

4    Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Humphrey Malins reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Sex Offenders (Notice Requirements) (Foreign Travel) Regulations 2001.

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

5    Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Roger Gale reported from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Financial Investigations (Northern Ireland) Order 2001.

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

6    Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr John Butterfill reported from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Advisory Centre on WTO Law (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2001.

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

7    Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mrs Ray Michie reported from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2001.

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

8    Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,-Mr Bill O'Brien reported from the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations 2001.

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

9    Message from the Lords,-A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

    The Lords agree without Amendment to the Amendment made by this House to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Bill [Lords].

10    Rating (Former Agricultural Premises and Rural Shops) Bill,-The Rating (Former Agricultural Premises and Rural Shops) Bill was, according to Order, read a second time.

11    Rating (Former Agricultural Premises and Rural Shops) Bill (Programme),-Ordered, That the following provisions shall apply to the Rating (Former Agricultural Premises and Rural Shops) 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 Tuesday 8th May 2001.

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

Consideration and Third Reading

    4. Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at Six o'clock on the day on which those proceedings are commenced or, if that day is a Thursday, at Three o'clock on that day.

    5. Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at Seven o'clock on the day on which those proceedings are commenced or, if that day is a Thursday, at Four o'clock on that day.

    6. Sessional Order B (Programming Committees) made by the House on 7th November 2000 shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.

Lords amendments and further messages from the Lords

    7. Paragraphs (6) and (7) of Sessional Order A (varying and supplementing programme motions) made by the House on 7th November 2000 shall not apply to proceedings on any motion to vary or supplement this order for the purpose of allocating time to proceedings on consideration of any Lords amendments, or on any further messages from the Lords, and the question on any such motion shall be put forthwith.-(Hilary Armstrong.)

12    Rating (Former Agricultural Premises and Rural Shops) Bill [Money],-Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Rating (Former Agricultural Premises and Rural Shops) 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 Rating (Former Agricultural Premises and Rural Shops) Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of money so provided under any other Act-(Jim Dowd):-It was agreed to.

13    Adjournment (May),-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 25 (Periodic Adjournments), That this House, at its rising on Thursday 3rd May, do adjourn till Tuesday 8th May-(Jim Dowd):-It was agreed to.

14    Postal Services Sector,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees), That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 10544/00, and welcomes it as a useful framework for the future liberalisation of the postal services sector in the European Union provided appropriate safeguards are in place to maintain the universal postal service at a uniform tariff-(Jim Dowd):-It was agreed to.

15    Aviation Safety,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees), That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 14329/00, a draft Council Regulation on establishing common rules in the field of civil aviation and creating a European Aviation Safety Agency; considers that the establishment of a high uniform level of aviation safety in the Community can best be achieved by the establishment and implementation of common rules which are developed and monitored centrally; agrees that the operation of the single market would also be improved by the establishment of a Community body for the certification of aeronautical products; supports the Government's position that the model mapped out in the draft Regulation could provide the building blocks to meet these objectives by improving the present European safety regulation system, the key elements being that the Agency is endowed with the necessary powers and sufficient autonomy to exercise its responsibilities, to attract high quality staff and to make certification decisions efficiently and effectively; and supports the Government's intention to press for this approach in the EU-(Jim Dowd):-It was agreed to.

16    Immigration Policy,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees), That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 11529/00, a Commission Communication on a Community immigration policy; and supports the Government's active participation in the debate on the Communication and the Government's intention to ensure that the UK's immigration policies are broadly in line with those of other Member States, whilst retaining domestic control over immigration policy and avoiding measures that could undermine the integrity of the UK's frontier controls-(Jim Dowd):-It was agreed to.

17    Overseas Development and Co-operation,-A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Asian Development Bank (Seventh Replenishment of the Asian Development Fund) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 6th April, be approved-(Jim Dowd):-It was agreed to.

18    Delegated Legislation,-Ordered, That the Community Legal Service (Funding) (Counsel in Family Proceedings) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1077) be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.-(Jim Dowd.)

19    Adjournment,-Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.-(Jim Dowd.)

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

[Adjourned at 9.11 p.m.

Michael J. Martin
Speaker


Mr 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:

    1    Environmental Protection,-Pollution Prevention and Control (Foot-and-Mouth Disease) (Air Curtain Incinerators) (England and Wales) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1623), dated 30th April 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

    2    Northern Ireland,-Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 (Accounts and Audit) Order (No. 2) 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 999), dated 23rd April 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

    3    Police,-RUC (Complaints etc.) Regulations 2001 (S.R.(N.I.), 2001, No. 184), dated 27th April 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

Other Papers:

    4    Bank of England,-Notice given by the Treasury to the Bank of England specifying for the purposes of Section 11 of the Bank of England Act 1998 what price stability is taken to consist of and what the economic policy of Her Majesty's Government is to be taken to be [by Act] [Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer].

    5    Broadcasting,-Report and Financial Statements for the Channel Four Television Corporation for 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

    6    National Audit,-Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Handling clinical negligence claims in England [by Act]; to be printed [No. 403] [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

    1    Draft Broadcasting (Subtitling) Order 2001,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Fiona Mactaggart from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Andrew Reed.

    2    Draft Sex Offenders (Notice Requirements) (Foreign Travel) Regulations 2001,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Gordon Marsden and Dr Nick Palmer from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Paul Flynn and Mr Mike Gapes.

    3    Draft Advisory Centre on WTO Law (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2001,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Lorna Fitzsimons from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Rosemary McKenna.

    4    Draft Scottish Parliament (Elections, etc.) (Amendment) (No.2) Order 2001,-The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Michael Connarty, Mr John McFall and Mr Ernie Ross from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Desmond Browne, Mr Eric Clarke and Mr Eric Joyce.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

    1    Joint Committee on Human Rights,-Third Special Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights [Scrutiny of Bills], together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings relating to the Report [No. 448] [Jean Corston].

    2    Public Accounts,-Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [MoD: The Risk of Fraud in Property Management]; to be printed [No. 447-i] [Mr David Davis].

    3    Science and Technology,-Seventh Report from the Science and Technology Committee [Wave and Tidal Energy], together with the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee and Appendices thereto; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 291] [Dr Michael Clark].



 
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