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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 21st October 1999

The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock.
1Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:
        United Reformed Church Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill, intituled, An Act to make provision as to property held on behalf of the Congregational Union of Scotland, its member churches and the Scottish Congregational College, and for other purposes incidental to or consequential upon the unification of the Congregational Union of Scotland with the United Reformed Church in the United Kingdom; to amend the United Reformed Church Act 1972 and the United Reformed Church Act 1981; and for connected purposes; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.
2United Reformed Church Bill [Lords],—The United Reformed Church Bill [Lords], was read the first time.
        Bill referred to the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills.
3Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries (Amendment) Bill,—The Order for reading the Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries (Amendment) Bill a second time on Friday 29th October was read and discharged.
        Bill to be read a second time on Friday 5th November.
4Standards and Privileges,—Ordered, That this House—
        (i) approves the Tenth and Eleventh Reports of the Committee on Standards and Privileges (House of Commons Paper No. 747);
        (ii) accordingly suspends Mr Don Touhig, Member for Islwyn, from the service of the House for three sitting days; and
        (iii) accordingly suspends Kali Mountford, Member for Colne Valley, from the service of the House for five sitting days.—(Margaret Beckett.)
5Procedural Consequences of Devolution,—Resolved, That this House takes note of the Fourth Report from the Procedure Committee on The Procedural Consequences of Devolution (House of Commons Paper No. 185), and the First Special Report from the Committee (House of Commons Paper No. 814) containing the Government Response.—(Mr Mike Hall.)
6Business of the House,—Ordered, That, at the sitting on Monday 25th October, the Speaker shall put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on any Motions in the name of Margaret Beckett relating to Financial Services and Markets Bill (Suspension), Thursday Sittings, Meetings of Standing Committees, Sittings in Westminster Hall, Questions to Ministers, Select Committees (Devolution) and Advocate General for Scotland not later than Ten o'clock, and such Questions shall include the Questions on any Amendments selected by the Speaker which may then be moved.—(Mr Tony McNulty).
7Committee of Public Accounts,—Ordered, That Jane Griffiths be discharged from the Committee of Public Accounts.—(Mr Tony McNulty.)
8Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Tony McNulty.)
        And the Motion having been made at Seven 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 half-past Seven o'clock, till Monday 25th October.
[Adjourned at 7.30 p.m.
Betty Boothroyd

Madam Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock on Monday 25th October.

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:
1Social Security,—(1) Draft Jobseeker's Allowance (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1999, and
        (2) Draft Social Security (New Deal Pilot) Regulations 1999
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
2Medicines,—Medicines (Aristolochia) (Temporary Prohibition) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 2889), dated 20th October 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].
3Road Traffic,—Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 2864), dated 19th October 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
Other Papers:
4Foreign Affairs,—Government Response to the Sixth Report of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Session 1998-99, on South Caucasus and Central Asia [by Command] [Cm. 4458] [Mr Secretary Cook].
5Museums and Galleries,—Accounts of the—
        (1) National Gallery, and
        (2) Tate Gallery
    for 1998-99, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 837 and 838] [Clerk of the House].
European Standing Committees
European Union Document No. 8723/99, on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the Information Society, has been referred to European Standing Committee C.
Reports from Select Committees
1Environmental Audit,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee [EU Environmental Policy Integration]; to be printed [No. 842-i];
        (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Government Observations on the Second, Third and Seventh Reports from the Committee, on the Comprehensive Spending Review and Public Service Agreements, the Multilateral Agreement on Investment, and Energy Efficiency].
    [Mr John Horam].
2Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Sub-Committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [Railways Bill]; to be printed [Nos. 827-iii and iv][Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].
3International Development,—(1) Fifth Special Report from the International Development Committee [Government Response to the Fifth Report from the Committee, on The Department for International Development: 1999 Departmental Report]; to be printed [No. 839];
        (2) Sixth Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Sixth Report from the Committee, on Conflict Prevention and Post-Conflict Reconstruction]; to be printed [No. 840]
    [Mr Bowen Wells].

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