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[No. 45.]

Monday 14th February 2000.

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

PRAYERS.

1Analysis of Costs and Benefits (NAFTA Membership) Bill,—Mr Michael Fabricant presented a Bill to establish a Parliamentary Commission to investigate and report to Parliament on the potential costs and benefits of membership by the United Kingdom of the North American Free Trade Agreement: 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 67].

2Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill (Clauses 1 to 18 and 95 to 120, Schedules 1, 2 and 11 to 14, and New Clauses and New Schedules relating to Parts I and VII),—The House, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee on the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill (Clauses 1 to 18 and 95 to 120, Schedules 1, 2 and 11 to 14, and New Clauses and New Schedules relating to Parts I and VII).

(In the Committee)

Ordered, That the order in which proceedings in Committee of the whole House on the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill are to be taken shall be: Clause I, Schedule 1, Clause 2, Schedule 2, Clauses 3 to 18, new Clauses and new Schedules relating to Part I, Clauses 95 to 103, Schedule 11, Clause 104, Schedule 12, Clauses 105 to 111, Schedule 13, Clause 112, Schedule 14, Clauses 113 to 120, new Clauses and new Schedules relating to Part VII.—(Mr Mike O'Brien.)

Clause No. 1 agreed to.

Schedule No. 1 (The Electoral Commission).

Amendment (No. 6) made.

Another Amendment (No. 1) proposed, in page 94, line 20, at the end, to insert the words—

‘(4A) An Electoral Commissioner shall cease to hold office if he accepts nomination for office on any elected public body.'.—(Mr Andrew Stunell.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Another Amendment (No. 35) proposed, in page 98, line 14, after ‘17(8)', to insert the words ‘or by the Scottish Parliament in pursuance of section [Transfer to Commission of functions of Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland](8).'.—(Mr Dominic Grieve.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Schedule, as amended, agreed to.

Clause No. 2 (Speaker's Committee).

Amendment (No. 17) proposed, in page 2, to leave out lines 6 to 20 and to insert the words—

‘(2) The Speaker's Committee shall consist of the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Leader of the House of Commons, a nominee of the Leader of the Opposition and three other members appointed by the House of Commons, none of whom shall be a Minister of the Crown.'.—(Sir Patrick Cormack.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made;

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Mr Peter Luff: 144.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Clelland, Mr Mike Hall: 290.

Clause agreed to.

Schedule No. 2 agreed to.

Clause No. 3 (Appointment of Electoral Commissioners and Commission chairman).

Amendment (No. 20) proposed, in page 2, line 36, to leave out the words ‘chairman of the'.—(Sir George Young.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

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Another Amendment (No. 21) proposed, in page 3, line 11, at the end, to add the words—

‘(7) At least three members of the Commission (one of whom shall be the Chairman of the Commission appointed under section 1(5)) shall be drawn from the following categories:

(1) judges or retired judges of the High Court of England and Wales

(2) judges or retired judges of the Court of Session of Scotland

(3) judges or retired judges of the High Court of Northern Ireland

(4) lords of Justices of Appeal of England and Wales

(5) Lords of Appeals in Ordinary

(6) the Comptroller and Auditor General

(7) the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

(8) the Chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life.'.—(Mr Dominic Grieve.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause agreed to.

Clause No. 4 agreed to.

Clause No. 5 (Reviews of electoral and political matters).

Amendment (No. 37) proposed, in page 4, line 6, at the end, to insert the words—

‘( ) Any report submitted to the Secretary of State under subsections (1) and (2) shall be—

(a) placed in the House of Commons Library on the same day as it is presented to the Secretary of State; and

(b) debated in the House of Commons within one month of the day it is presented to the Secretary of State.'.—(Mr David Maclean.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause agreed to.

Clause No. 6 (Commission to be consulted on changes to electoral law).

Amendment (No. 25) proposed, in page 4, line 30, after the word ‘Commission', to insert the words ‘, and secure its approval'.—(Mr Robert Walter.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause agreed to.

Clause No. 7 agreed to.

Clause No. 8 (Giving of advice and assistance).

Amendment (No. 7) made.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause No. 9 (Broadcasters to have regard to Commission's views on party political broadcasts).

Amendment (No. 11) proposed, in page 6, line 42, to leave out from the word ‘broadcasts', to the end of line 2 on page 7.—(Mr Martin Linton.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made;

And it being Ten o'clock, the Chairman left the Chair to report progress and ask leave to sit again.


The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair; and Mr Mike Hall reported, That the Committee had made progress in the Bill, and moved, That the Committee may have leave to sit again.

3Business 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 Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour—(Mr Mike Hall):—It was agreed to.

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4Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill (Clauses 1 to 18 and 95 to 120, Schedules 1, 2 and 11 to 14, and New Clauses and New Schedules relating to Parts I and VII),—The House again resolved itself into a Committee on the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill (Clauses 1 to 18 and 95 to 120, Schedules 1, 2 and 11 to 14, and New Clauses and New Schedules relating to Parts I and VII).

(In the Committee)

Clause No. 9 (Broadcasters to have regard to Commission's views on party political broadcasts).

Question again proposed, That the Amendment (No. 11) be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause agreed to.

Clause No. 10 (Policy development grants).

Amendment (No. 4) proposed, in page 7, line 16, to leave out from the word ‘party' to the end of line 20.—(Mr Martin Linton.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Another Amendment (No. 5) proposed, in page 8, line 5, to leave out ‘2' and to insert ‘10'.—(Mr Martin Linton.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause agreed to.

Clause No. 11 (Education about electoral and democratic systems).

Amendment (No. 29) proposed, in page 8, to leave out line 10 and to insert the words—

‘(a) the electoral system in use for the time being in the elections mentioned in section 19(3).'.—(Sir George Young.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Another Amendment (No. 30) proposed, in page 8, line 11, to leave out from the second word ‘government' to the end of line 12.—(Sir George Young.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr Peter Luff: 126.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Robert Ainsworth, Jim Dowd: 309.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses Nos. 12 to 18 agreed to.

To report progress and ask leave to sit again.—(Mr Mike Hall.)


The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair; and Mr Mike Hall reported, That the Committee had made progress in the Bill, and that he was directed to move, That the Committee may have leave to sit again.

Committee again to-morrow.

5Northern Ireland,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the draft Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 1st February, be approved—(Mr Adam Ingram);

Tuesday 15th February 2000

And the Question being put:—It was agreed to.

Resolved, That the draft Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 1st February, be approved.

6Common Strategy on Ukraine,—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. 13523/2/99, the Common Strategy on Ukraine, and the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum dated 31st January 2000 from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the Presidency's work plan on the implementation of the Common Strategy of the European Union on Ukraine; supports the Government's objectives of developing closer, constructive relations with Ukraine;

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  and agrees that the Common Strategy has the potential to make a significant contribution towards strengthening the EU-Ukraine relationship—(Jim Dowd):—It was agreed to.

7State Aid to the Coal Industry 1996–1997,—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. 10948/99, Commission report on the application of the community rules for State Aid to the coal industry in 1996 and 1997; and supports the Government's actions in pressing the European Commission to interpret the Coal State Aid Code strictly—(Jim Dowd):—It was agreed to.

8Education,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Foundation Subject (Amendment) (England) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 24th January, be approved—(Jim Dowd):—It was agreed to.

9Data Protection,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Data Protection (Subject Access Modification) (Social Work) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 24th January, be approved—(Jim Dowd):—It was agreed to.

10Data Protection,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Data Protection (Subject Access Modification) (Health) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 24th January, be approved—(Jim Dowd):—It was agreed to.

11Data Protection,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Data Protection (Subject Access Modification) (Education) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 24th January, be approved—(Jim Dowd):—It was agreed to.

12Data Protection,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Data Protection (Processing of Sensitive Personal Data) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 24th January, be approved—(Jim Dowd):—It was agreed to.

13Data Protection,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Data Protection (Miscellaneous Subject Access Exemptions) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 24th January, be approved—(Jim Dowd):—It was agreed to.

14Data Protection,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Data Protection (Designated Codes of Practice) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 24th January, be approved—(Jim Dowd):—It was agreed to.

15Data Protection,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Data Protection (Crown Appointments) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 24th January, be approved—(Jim Dowd):—It was agreed to.

16Select Committee on Public Administration,—Ordered, That Ms Margaret Moran be discharged from the Select Committee on Public Administration and Dr George Turner be added to the Committee.—(Mr Keith Bradley.)

17Environmental Audit Committee,—Ordered, That Mr Simon Thomas be added to the Environmental Audit Committee.—(Mr Keith Bradley.)

18Procedure Committee,—Ordered, That Mr Edward Davey be discharged from the Procedure Committee and Mr A. J. Beith be added to the Committee.—(Mr Keith Bradley.)

19Information Committee,—Ordered, That Ms Sandra Osborne be discharged from the Information Committee and Mr Gwyn Prosser be added to the Committee.—(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

20Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from residents of Shirley, West Midlands, for aid to be directed to education for child labourers was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

21Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Jim Dowd.)

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-two minutes past One o'clock on Tuesday morning, adjourned till this day.

[Adjourned at 1.22 a.m.


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APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Industrial Organisation and Development,—Draft Milk Development Council (Amendment) Order 2000 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2Local Government,—Local Authorities (Capital Finance) (Rate of Discount for 2000–01) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 259), dated 7th February 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

3Pensions,—Judicial Pensions (Additional Voluntary Contributions) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 342), dated 10th February 2000 [by Act] [Mr David Lock].

4Social Security (Northern Ireland),—Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 2) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 346), dated 11th February 2000 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

Other Papers

4London Regional Transport,—Statement of Guarantee given by the Treasury on 14th February 2000 in respect of temporary borrowing by London Regional Transport from HSBC Bank plc [by Act] [Mr Stephen Timms].

5Merchant Shipping,—Report by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions of exemptions granted under section 294 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 during 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

6National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on the Management and Control of Hospital Acquired Infection in Acute NHS Trusts in England [by Act]; to be printed [No. 230] [Clerk of the House].

7Thames Safety,—Paper, entitled Thames Safety Inquiry: Final Report by Lord Justice Clarke [by Command] [Cm. 4558] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

1Agriculture,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Agriculture Committee [Environmental Regulation and Farming]; to be printed [No. 212-ii]; and

(2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Environmental Regulation and Farming; Rural Development Regulation; Implications for UK Agriculture and EU Agricultural Policy on Trade Liberalisation and the WTO Round; Badgers and Bovine Tuberculosis] [Mr Austin Mitchell].

2Environmental Audit,—Fourth Report from the Environmental Audit Committee [The Pre-Budget Report 1999] with an Appendix, 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. 76] [Mr John Horam].

3Public Accounts,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [MAFF: Progress made on Committee Recommendations]; to be printed [No. 257-i] [Mr David Davis].


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[No. 46.]

Tuesday 15th February 2000.

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

PRAYERS.

1Greenham 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 22nd February.

2Child Care Procedures and Practice in North Wales,—Ordered, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, That she will be graciously pleased to give directions that there shall be laid before this House a Return of the Report and Summary (including a Welsh translation of the summary) of the Report of the Tribunal of Inquiry into the abuse of children in care in the former county council areas of Gwynedd and Clwyd since 1974, entitled Lost in Care.—(Mr Tony McNulty.)

3Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill (except Clauses 1 to 18 and 95 to 120, Schedules 1, 2 and 11 to 14, and New Clauses and New Schedules relating to Parts I and VII),—Mr John Maxton reported from Standing Committee G, That it had gone through the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill (except Clauses 1 to 18 and 95 to 120, Schedules 1, 2 and 11 to 14, and New Clauses and New Schedules relating to Parts I and VII), and made Amendments thereunto.

Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to lie upon the Table.

Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 262].

4Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

Parliamentary Commissioner (Amendment) Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill to amend the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967 so as to enable the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration to investigate complaints received directly from members of the public; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

5Genetically Modified Food and Producer Liability Bill,—Mr Alan Simpson, supported by Mr Tony Benn, Audrey Wise, Norman Baker, Mr John McDonnell, Alice Mahon, Mr Llew Smith, Mr Robert Marshall-Andrews, Mr David Chaytor, Mr Jeremy Corbyn, Maria Fyfe and Dr Ian Gibson, presented a Bill to make further provision with respect to the safety of and liability for the deliberate release or marketing of genetically modified organisms and genetically modified food; to establish a genetically modified organism compensation fund; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 10th March and to be printed [Bill 68].

6Marine Wildlife Protection,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to enable local authorities to prohibit the use of motorised marine leisure vessels in coastal areas for the purposes of protecting marine wildlife and promoting safety; and to make it an offence recklessly or intentionally to disturb marine wildlife: And that Mrs Helen Brinton, supported by Mr Peter Bottomley, Mr David Drew, Mr Lindsay Hoyle, Jane Griffiths, Mr Ieuan Wyn Jones, Mr Paul Keetch, Mr David Lepper, Mr Tim Loughton, Mr Alan Simpson, Mr Andrew Stunell and Joan Walley, do prepare and bring it in.

7Marine Wildlife Protection Bill,—Mrs Helen Brinton accordingly presented a Bill to enable local authorities to prohibit the use of motorised marine leisure vessels in coastal areas for the purposes of protecting marine wildlife and promoting safety; and to make it an offence recklessly or intentionally to disturb marine wildlife: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 7th April and to be printed [Bill 69].

8Postal Services Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Postal Services Bill;

And a Motion being made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read a second time;

An Amendment was proposed to the Question, to leave out from the word ‘That' to the end of the Question and add the words ‘this House declines to give a Second Reading to the Postal Services Bill because it introduces an unsatisfactory structure of ownership which falls short of granting full commercial freedom, introduces uncompetitive borrowing criteria and does not include provision for transparent accounting practices, imposes new burdens of regulation on private companies rather than encouraging competition and fails to introduce clear access criteria to protect the network of sub Post Offices', instead thereof.—(Mrs Angela Browning.)

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And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Stephen Day: 115.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Don Touhig, Mr Clive Betts: 374.

So the Question was negatived.

And the Main Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 62 (Amendment on second or third reading);

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Clive Betts, Mr Don Touhig: 331.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Stephen Day, Mr Peter Atkinson: 155.

So the Question was agreed to.

The Bill was accordingly read a second time and stood committed to a Standing Committee.

9Postal Services Bill [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Postal Services 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 Postal Services Bill, it is expedient to authorise—

(1) the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—

(a) any expenditure incurred by a Minister of the Crown or government department in consequence of the Act; and

(b) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of money so provided under any other enactment;

(2) the payment out of the National Loans Fund of sums required by the Secretary of State for making loans to the Post Office company or any of its subsidiaries;

(3) the extinguishment of liabilities of the Post Office company or any of its subsidiaries by order of the Secretary of State;

(4) the payment out of the National Loans Fund or the Consolidated Fund of any increase attributable to the Act in the sums so payable under any other enactment—(Mr David Clelland):—It was agreed to.

10Postal Services Bill [Ways and Means],—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 Postal Services Bill, it is expedient to authorise—

(1) the inclusion in licences granted under the Act of provisions requiring payments to be made;

(2) payments into the Consolidated Fund or the National Loans Fund—(Mr David Clelland):—It was agreed to.

11London Government (S.I., 2000, No. 208),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Greater London Authority Elections Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 208), dated 1st February 2000, a copy of which was laid before this House on 8th February, be annulled—(Mr Bernard Jenkin);

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Peter Atkinson, Sir Robert Smith: 102.

Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 296.

So the Question was negatived.

12London Government,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That the draft Greater London Authority (Election Expenses) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 3rd February, be approved—(Mr Keith Hill);

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The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Kevin Hughes: 262.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Atkinson, Sir Robert Smith: 168.

So the Question was agreed to.

Resolved, That the draft Greater London Authority (Election Expenses) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 3rd February, be approved.

13Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from residents of Devizes, Wiltshire, for aid to be directed to education for child labourers was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

14Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Graham Allen.)

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty minutes to Two o'clock on Wednesday morning, adjourned till this day.

[Adjourned at 1.40 a.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1London Government,—(1) Greater London Authority (Allocation of Grants for Precept Calculations) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 343), dated 14th February 2000, and

(2) Greater London Authority (Elections and Acceptance of Office) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 308), dated 9th February 2000

[by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

2Pensions,—Personal Injuries (Civilians) Amendment Scheme 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 301), dated 3rd February 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

Other Papers:

3Armed Forces Pay,—Twenty-ninth Report of the Armed Forces' Pay Review Body [by Command] [Cm. 4565] [The Prime Minister].

4Chelsea Hospital,—Accounts of the Royal Hospital Chelsea: Army Prize Money and Legacy Fund, &c. for 1998–99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 256] [Clerk of the House].

5Child Care in North Wales,—Return to an Address to Her Majesty this day for a Return of the Report and Summary (including a Welsh translation of the Summary) of the Report of the Tribunal of Inquiry into the abuse of children in care in the former county council areas of Gwynedd and Clwyd since 1974, entitled Lost in Care; to be printed and published [No. 201] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

6Environment, Transport and the Regions Executive Agencies,—Report and Accounts of the Highways Agency for 1998–99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 135] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

7Intergovernmental Conference,—Paper, entitled IGC: Reform for Enlargement—The British Approach to the European Union Intergovernmental Conference 2000 [by Command] [Cm. 4595] [Mr Secretary Cook].

8Local Government (Scotland),—Accounts of the Accounts Commission for Scotland for the year ended 31st October 1999, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 248] [Clerk of the House].

9Low Pay Commission,—Second Report of the Low Pay Commission, entitled The National Minimum Wage: The Story So Far [by Command] [Cm. 4571] [Mr Secretary Byers].

10National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Thames House and Vauxhall Cross [by Act]; to be printed [No. 236] [Clerk of the House].

11School Standards and Framework,—Account of the Plymouth Education Action Zone for 1998–99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 258] [Clerk of the House].

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12Science and Technology,—Accounts of the Research Councils' Pension Schemes for 1998–99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 259] [Clerk of the House].

13Senior Salaries,—Twenty-second Report of the Review Body on Senior Salaries [by Command] [Cm. 4567] [The Prime Minister].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

Draft African Development Fund (Eighth Replenishment) Order 1999,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Gary Streeter from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mrs Cheryl Gillan.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Defence,—Fourth Report from the Defence Committee [Armed Forces Discipline Bill [Lords]], with an Appendix 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. 253] [Mr Bruce George].

2Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment Sub-Committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [The Audit Commission]; to be printed [No. 174-iii] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].

3Environmental Audit,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee [The Sustainable Development Strategy]; to be printed [No. 175-i] [Mr John Horam].

4Foreign Affairs,—(1) Third Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee [Relations with the Russian Federation], 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. 101]; and

(2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Relations with the Russian Federation]

[Mr Donald Anderson].

5Public Administration,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Public Administration Committee [Public Participation]; to be printed [No. 79-vii] [Dr Tony Wright].

6Statutory Instruments,—Tenth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 47-x] [Mr David Tredinnick].

7Trade and Industry,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee [The Work of the Department of Trade and Industry; Application for Support from ECGD for UK Participation in the Ilisu Dam Project]; to be printed [Nos. 261-i and 200-ii] [Mr Martin O'Neill].

8Treasury,—(1) Third Report from the Treasury Committee [The International Monetary Fund], 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. 72]; and

(2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [The International Monetary Fund]

[Mr Giles Radice].


[No. 46; WH, No. 26]

Tuesday 15th February 2000.

The House sitting in Westminster Hall [pursuant to Order of 24th May 1999].

The sitting commenced at Ten o'clock.

1Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned—(Mr Robert Ainsworth);

And it being One o'clock, the sitting was adjourned without Question being put, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.00 p.m.


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[No. 47.]

Wednesday 16th February 2000.

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

PRAYERS.

1City of London (Ward Elections) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for further consideration of the City of London (Ward Elections) Bill, as amended by the Chairman of Ways and Means;

Ordered, That the Bill be further considered on Wednesday 1st March.

2European Standing Committee,—Mr John Butterfill reported from European Standing Committee C the following Resolution:

That the Committee takes note of European Union Documents Nos. 12838/99, the Commission's Fifth Report on the Implementation of the Telecommunications Regulatory Package, 12839/99, Commission Communication: Towards a new framework for Electronic Communications infrastructure and associated services: The 1999 Communications Review, 14320/98, Commission Green Paper on radio spectrum policy in the context of European Community policies such as telecommunications, broadcasting, transport and research and development, and 12840/99, Commission Communication, The Next Steps in Radio Spectrum Policy—Results of the Public Consultation on the Green Paper, welcomes these Communications and supports the Government's proposed response to them.

Report, together with Resolution, to lie upon the Table.

3Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Mike Hancock reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Greater London Authority (Disqualification) Order 2000.

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

4Welfare of Racing Greyhounds,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for the welfare of racing greyhounds at all tracks in the United Kingdom; and for connected purposes: And that Jim Fitzpatrick, Mr Nigel Griffiths, Mr Ian Cawsey, Mr Tony Banks, Angela Smith, Mr Keith Darvill and Dr Nick Palmer do prepare and bring it in.

5Welfare of Racing Greyhounds Bill,—Jim Fitzpatrick accordingly presented a Bill to make provision for the welfare of racing greyhounds at all tracks in the United Kingdom; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 7th April and to be printed [Bill 70].

6Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill (Clauses 1 to 18 and 95 to 120, Schedules 1, 2 and 11 to 14, New Clauses and New Schedules relating to Parts I and VII),—The House, according to Order, again resolved itself into a Committee on the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill (Clauses 1 to 18 and 95 to 120, Schedules 1, 2 and 11 to 14, New Clauses and New Schedules relating to Parts I and VII).

(In the Committee)

Clause No. 95 (Referendums to which this Part applies).

Amendment (No. 36) proposed, in page 60, line 37, to leave out from the word ‘Ireland' to the end of line 39.—(Mr Robert Walter.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Another Amendment (No. 45) proposed, in page 61, line 13, at the end, to add the words—

‘(6) The exact number, nature and wording of

(a) the question or questions, and

(b) the possible answers to each question

in a referendum or other poll to which this Part applies shall be determined after consultation with the Commission; and any views expressed by the Commission shall be published.'.—(Sir Patrick Cormack.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause agreed to.

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Clause No. 96 agreed to.

Clause No. 97 (Date of poll).

Amendment (No. 46) proposed, in page 61, line 33, to leave out from the beginning to the word ‘the' in line 34 and to insert the words ‘The date of the poll in the case of any referendum to which this Part applies shall be fixed by the Commission, and'.—(Sir Patrick Cormack.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Mr Stephen Day: 176.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Clelland, Mr Graham Allen: 323.

Clause agreed to.

Clause No. 98 (Permitted participants).

Amendment (No. 47) proposed, in page 62, line 1, after the word ‘individual', to insert the words ‘registered in an electoral register'.—(Mr Robert Walter.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Question put, That the Clause stand part of the Bill.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Greg Pope: 334.

Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Mr Peter Luff: 146.

Clauses Nos. 99 to 101 agreed to.

Clause No. 102 (Applications for designation under section 101).

Amendment (No. 13) proposed, in page 64, line 28, at the end, to insert the words—

‘(5A) In making any designation of a permitted participant under section 101(2) or (4) the Commission shall have regard to

(i) the separate levels of support for each of the permitted participants which have given notice under section 99(1)(b) or section 99(3)(b) that they propose to campaign for the same outcome, and

(ii) evidence submitted to it by any permitted participants relating to their principal reasons for campaigning for that outcome.

(5B) Where the Commission is satisfied that more than one permitted participant had demonstrated

(a) substantial support, and

(b) a distinct “principal reason” for campaigning for the same outcome, and

(c) that it would be unreasonable to refuse designation under section 101(1),

it may designate 2 or more permitted participants for assistance under section 103.

(5C) Where the Commission makes any designation under subsection (5C) above, they shall make such an apportionment of eligibility for assistance between the designated permitted participants as they think fit.'.—(Mr Andrew Stunell.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Another Amendment (No. 49) proposed, in page 64, line 32, to leave out the words ‘shorter or'.—(Mr Dominic Grieve.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause agreed to.

Clause No. 103 agreed to.

Schedule No 11 agreed to.

Clause No. 104 agreed to.

Schedule No. 12 agreed to.

Clause No. 105 (Notional referendum expenses).

Amendment (No. 50) made.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

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Clauses Nos. 106 and 107 agreed to.

Clause No. 108 (Restriction on making claims in respect of referendum expenses).

Amendment (No. 8) made.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses Nos. 109 and 110 agreed to.

Clause No. 111 (Special restrictions on referendum expenses by permitted participants).

Question proposed, That the Clause stand part of the Bill.

And it being Ten o'clock, the Chairman left the Chair to report progress and ask leave to sit again.


The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair; and Mr Kevin Hughes reported, That the Committee had made progress in the Bill, and moved, That the Committee may have leave to sit again.

7Business 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 Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour—(Mr Kevin Hughes):—It was agreed to.

8Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill (Clauses 1 to 18 and 95 to 120, Schedules 1, 2 and 11 to 14, and New Clauses and New Schedules relating to Parts I and VII),—The House again resolved itself into a Committee on the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill (Clauses 1 to 18 and 95 to 120, Schedules 1, 2 and 11 to 14, and New Clauses and New Schedules relating to Parts I and VII).

(In the Committee)

Clause No. 111 (Special restrictions on referendum expenses by permitted participants).

Question again proposed, That the Clause stand part of the Bill.

Question put.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 334.

Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Mr Peter Luff: 137.

Schedule No. 13 agreed to.

Clause No. 112 agreed to.

Schedule No. 14 agreed to.

Clauses Nos. 113 to 117 agreed to.

Clause No. 118 (Restriction on publication etc. of promotional material by central and local government etc.).

Amendment (No. 54) proposed, in page 72, line 41, to leave out the world ‘relevant', and to insert the word ‘referendum'.—(Mr Dominic Grieve.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses Nos. 119 and 120 agreed to.

A Clause (Chief counting officers, and counting officers, for referendums)—(Mr Mike O'Brien)—brought up, and read the first time.

Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time.

Thursday 17th February 2000

And the Question being put:—It was agreed to.

Clause added.

Another Clause (Orders regulating conduct of referendums)—(Mr Mike O'Brien)—brought up and read the first time.

Question put, That the Clause be read a second time.

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The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Tony McNulty, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 266.

Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Mr Peter Luff: 135.

Clause added.

Title amended as follows: A Bill to establish an Electoral Commission; to make provision about the registration and finances of political parties; to make provision about donations and expenditure for political purposes; to make provision about election and referendum campaigns and the conduct of referendums; to make provision about election petitions and other legal proceedings in connection with elections; to reduce the qualifying periods set out in sections 1 and 3 of the Representation of the People Act 1985; and for connected purposes.

Bill (Clauses 1 to 18 and 95 to 120, Schedules 1, 2 and 11 to 14, and New Clauses and New Schedules relating to Parts I and VII), as amended, to be reported.


The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair; and Mr Mike Hall reported, That the Committee had gone through the Bill (Clauses 1 to 18 and 95 to 120, Schedules 1, 2 and 11 to 14, and New Clauses and New Schedules relating to Parts I and VII) and made amendments thereunto, and had amended the title.

Ordered, That the Bill, as amended in the Committee and in the Standing Committee, be considered this day, and be printed [Bill 71].

9Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Mike Hall.)

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till four minutes to One o'clock on Thursday morning, adjourned till this day.

[Adjourned at 12.56 a.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Criminal Law,—Crime and Disorder Strategies (Prescribed Descriptions) (Amendment) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 300), dated 9th February 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

2Education,—(1) North Riding College Higher Education Corporation (Dissolution) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 355), and

(2) Phoenix College (Dissolution) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 354)

dated 14th February 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

3Judicial Committee,—Judicial Committee (Osteopaths Rules) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 251), dated 8th February 2000 [by Act] [Margaret Beckett].

4Ministers of the Crown,—Transfer of Functions (Minister for the Civil Service and Treasury) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 250), dated 8th February 2000 [by Act] [Margaret Beckett].

5Osteopaths,—General Osteopathic Council (Health Committee) (Appeals) Rules Order of Council 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 243), dated 9th February 2000 [by Act] [Margaret Beckett].

Other Papers:

6Pensions,—Naval, Military and Air Forces Etc. (Disablement and Death) Service Pensions Amendment Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 252), dated 8th February 2000 [by Act] [Margaret Beckett].

7Treaty Series (No. 1, 2000),—Exchange of Notes, done at London on 18th June and 21st July 1999, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the United States of America concerning the construction of a Monitoring Facility on Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory (British Indian Ocean Territory Agreement 1999) [by Command] [Cm. 4582] [Mr Secretary Cook].

8Treaty Series (No. 2, 2000),—Interregional Framework Cooperation Agreement, done at Madrid on 15th December 1995, between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the Southern Common Market and its Party States, of the other part, with Exchange of Letters [by Command] [Cm. 4583] [Mr Secretary Cook].

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APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Draft Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating and National Insurance Funds Payments) Order 2000,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Alan Hurst and Mr Oliver Letwin from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Richard Ottaway and Mr Shaun Woodward.

European Standing Committees

2European Union Document No. 12992/99 relating to Aid System for Flax and Hemp has been referred to European Standing Committee A.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Defence,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence Committee [The European Security and Defence Identity]; to be printed [No. 264] [Mr Bruce George].

2Education and Employment,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Employment Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Committee [Work Permits for Overseas Footballers]; to be printed [No. 218-iii] [Mr Derek Foster].

3Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [Proposed Urban White Paper]; to be printed [No. 185-i] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].

4European Scrutiny,—Ninth Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 23-ix] [Mr Jimmy Hood].

5Health,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [The Tobacco Industry and the Health Risks of Smoking]; to be printed [No. 27-ix] [Mr David Hinchliffe].

6Northern Ireland Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [Public Expenditure—Inward Investment in Northern Ireland]; to be printed [No. 198-ii] [Mr Peter Brooke].

7Public Accounts,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Ministry of Defence Appropriation Accounts 1998–99]; to be printed [No. 265-i] [Mr David Davis].

8Science and Technology,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Science and Technology Committee [The Government's Expenditure on Research and Development: Forward Look 1999]; to be printed [No. 196-ii] [Dr Michael Clark].

9Scottish Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Scottish Affairs Committee [Poverty in Scotland]; to be printed [No. 59-vi] [Mr David Marshall].

10Social Security,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Social Security Committee [Social Security and Child Support Commissioners]; to be printed [No. 263-i] [Mr Archy Kirkwood].

11Standards and Privileges,—Fifth Report from the Committee on Standards and Privileges [Complaints against Mrs Teresa Gorman], together with Appendices to the Report, Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 30th November and 18th January, and Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 260] [Mr Robert Sheldon].

12Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee of the Treasury Committee [Government's Cash and Debt Management]; to be printed [No. 154-iii] [Mr Giles Radice].


[No. 47; WH, No. 27]

Wednesday 16th February 2000.

The House sitting in Westminster Hall [pursuant to Order of 24th May 1999].

The sitting commenced at half-past Nine o'clock.

1 Adjournment,—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Mrs Anne McGuire.)

And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.59 p.m.


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[No. 48.]

Thursday 17th February 2000.

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

PRAYERS.

1Kent County Council Bill [Lords],—The Order of the day being read, for Second Reading of the Kent County Council Bill [Lords];

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Thursday 2nd March.

2Medway Council Bill [Lords],—The Order of the day being read, for Second Reading of the Medway Council Bill [Lords];

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Thursday 2nd March.

3Mersey Tunnels Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for Second Reading of the Mersey Tunnels Bill;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Thursday 2nd March.

4Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Eric Illsley reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating and National Insurance Funds Payments) Order 2000.

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

5Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Mike Hancock reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft African Development Fund (Eighth Replenishment) Order 1999.

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

6Armed Forces Discipline Bill [Lords],—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Armed Forces Discipline Bill [Lords];

And a Motion being made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read a second time;

An Amendment was proposed to the Question, to leave out from the word ‘That' to the end of the Question and add the words ‘this House declines to give a Second Reading to the Armed Forces Discipline Bill [Lords] because it adds unnecessary administrative burdens and costs to Her Majesty's Forces, proposes hasty and impractical solutions to the administration of military law for forces on active service, transfers to civilians powers which rightly lie with the chain of military command, and, furthermore, because it fails to address urgent issues affecting the fundamental human rights of military personnel and their dependants, including deficiencies in the provision of legal aid and delays in the processes of military law, such as redress of grievance procedures, and because it has the effect of postponing yet again both consolidation of the Army, Navy and Air Force Discipline Acts and consideration of a single tri-service Discipline Act', instead thereof.—(Mr Robert Key.)

And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John Randall, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 134.

Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr Don Touhig: 298.

So the Question was negatived.

And the Main Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 62 (Amendment on second or third reading);

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr Don Touhig: 276.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr John Randall, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 131.

So the Question was agreed to.

The Bill was accordingly read a second time and stood committed to a Standing Committee.

7Armed Forces Discipline Bill [Lords] [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Armed Forces Discipline Bill [Lords] [Money];

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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 Armed Forces Discipline Bill [Lords], it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—

(a) any expenditure incurred in consequence of the establishment by the Act of summary appeal courts; and

(b) any additional expenditure on the armed forces which is attributable to the Act—(Mr Tony McNulty):—It was agreed to.

8London Government,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Greater London Authority (Disqualification) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 3rd February, be approved—(Mr Tony McNulty):—It was agreed to.

9The 1999 Review of Telecommunications Legislation and Radio Spectrum 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 Documents Nos. 12838/99, the Commission's Fifth Report on the implementation of the telecommunications regulatory package, 12839/99, Commission Communication: Towards a new framework for electronic communications infrastructure and associated services: the 1999 Communications Review, 14320/98, Commission Green Paper on radio spectrum policy in the context of European Community policies such as telecommunications, broadcasting, transport and research and development, and 12840/99, Commission Communication, The next steps in radio spectrum policy—Results of the public consultation on the Green Paper; welcomes these Communications; and supports the Government's proposed response to them— (Mr Tony McNulty):—It was agreed to.

10Business of the House,—Ordered, That the Sessional Orders [25th October 1999] relating to Thursday sittings and Meetings of standing committees and the Sessional Order [24th May 1999] relating to sittings in Westminster Hall shall apply to times of sitting on Tuesday 22nd February as if that day were a Thursday.—(Mr Tony McNulty.)

11Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Tony McNulty.)

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till ten minutes to Eight o'clock, adjourned till Monday 21st February.

[Adjourned at 7.50 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Education,—Draft Education (Student Loans) (Repayment) Regulations 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

2Local Government Finance,—Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 51), on 1999–2000 Special Grant for Asylum Seekers' Support (Adults and Families of Asylum Seekers) [by Act]; to be printed [No. 255] [Mr Secretary Straw].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

3Weights and Measures,—(1) Weighing Equipment (Automatic Gravimetric Filling Instruments) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 388), and

(2) Weighing Equipment (Filling and Discontinuous Totalising Automatic Weighing Machines) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 387),

dated 15th February 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

Other Papers:

4Air Force (Constitution),—Regulations of the Defence Council amending Air Publication 1269A: Royal Air Force Manual of Assessment of Medical Fitness (3rd Edition) [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

5Biological Standards,—Report and Accounts of the National Biological Standards Board for 1998–99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

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6Food,—Accounts of the Home Grown Sugar Beet (Research and Education) Fund for 1998–99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 267] [Clerk of the House].

7Security Commission,—Report of the Security Commission on the case of Steven John Hayden [by Command] [Cm. 4578] [The Prime Minister].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Postal Services Bill,—(1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee B, and has appointed Mr John Maxton and Mr John Butterfill Chairmen; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated eighteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Tony Baldry, Mr Clive Betts, Mr David Borrow, Mr Colin Breed, Mr Russell Brown, Mr Ben Chapman, Mr David Chidgey, Mr Tony Colman, Mr David Drew, Mr Alan Duncan, Mr Lindsay Hoyle, Mr Alan Johnson, Mr Bob Laxton, Mrs Diana Organ, Mr Richard Page, Mr John Randall, Miss Geraldine Smith and Dr George Turner.

Grand Committees

2Scottish Grand Committee,—The Speaker has appointed Mr John Maxton and Mr Jimmy Hood Chairmen of the Scottish Grand Committee in respect of its meeting on Tuesday 29th February.

European Standing Committees

3European Standing Committee B,—The Speaker has appointed Mrs Ray Michie Chairman of European Standing Committee B in respect of European Union Documents Nos. 10705/99, 10497/99 and 11203/99, relating to European Community Humanitarian and Development Aid, and the Unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum submitted by the Department for International Development on 5th November 1999.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Culture, Media and Sport,—(1) First Special Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [Government Response to the Second Report from the Committee, on The Future of Professional Rugby]; to be printed [No. 268]; and

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Libraries]; to be printed [No. 241-ii]

[Mr Gerald Kaufman].

2Health,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [Winter Pressures in the NHS]; to be printed [No. 266-i] [Mr David Hinchliffe].


[No. 48; WH, No. 28]

Thursday 17th February 2000.

The House sitting in Westminster Hall [pursuant to Order of 24th May 1999].

The sitting commenced at half-past Two o'clock.

1Adjournment (Africa),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned—(Mr David Clelland.)

And the sitting having continued for three hours, it was adjourned without Question put, till Tuesday 22nd February.

[Adjourned at 5.30 p.m.



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