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[No. 61.]

Monday 13th March 2000.

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

PRAYERS.

1First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Greater London Authority Elections (Expenses) Order 2000.

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

2Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Bill O'Brien reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Forestry Commissioners) Order 2000.

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

3Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

Local Government Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed 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; and for connected purposes; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

4Local Government Bill [Lords],—The Local Government Bill [Lords] was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 87].

Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Local Government Bill [Lords] be printed [Bill 87–EN].

5Energy Efficiency Bill,—The Order for resuming the adjourned Debate on Second Reading of the Energy Efficiency Bill on Friday 24th March was read and discharged.

Debate to be resumed on Friday 21st July.

6Energy Conservation (Housing) Bill,—The Order for reading the Energy Conservation (Housing) Bill a second time on Friday 24th March was read and discharged.

Bill to be read a second time on Friday 21st July.

7Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill, as amended in the Committee and in the Standing Committee.

Ordered, That the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill, as amended, be considered in the following order, namely: New Clauses, amendments relating to Clause 1, Schedule 1, Clause 2, Schedule 2, Clauses 3 to 28, Schedule 3, Clauses 29 to 44, Schedule 4, Clauses 45 to 56, Schedule 5, Clauses 57 to 64, Schedule 6, Clause 65, Schedule 7, Clauses 66 to 72, Schedule 8, Clauses 73 to 87, Schedule 9, Clause 88, Schedule 10, Clauses 89 to 103, Schedule 11, Clause 104, Schedule 12, Clauses 105 to 111, Schedule 13, Clause 112, Schedule 14, Clauses 113 to 123, Schedule 15, Clauses 124 to 128, Schedule 16, Clause 129, Schedule 17, Clause 130, Schedule 18, Clauses 131 to 138, Schedule 19, Clauses 139 to 149, Schedules 20 and 21, New Schedules.—(Mr Mike O'Brien.)

A Clause (Involvement of Commission in changes in electoral procedures)—(Mr Mike O'Brien)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.

Another Clause (Payments etc. which are (or are not) to be treated as donations by permissible donors)—(Mr Mike O'Brien)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.

Another Clause (Transfer to Commission of functions of Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland)—(Mr Dominic Grieve)—brought up and read the first time.

Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:—Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

Another Clause (Tax relief for donations to political parties)—(Mr Robert Walter)—brought up and read the first time.

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 150.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Clive Betts, Mr Greg Pope: 272.

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Another Clause (Annual registration of overseas voters)—(Mr Martin Linton)—brought up and read the first time.

Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:—Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

Amendments (Nos. 84, 85, 3, 4, 86 to 89 and 5 to 9) made to the Bill.

Another Amendment (No. 157) proposed to the Bill, in page 8, to leave out line 14.—(Sir George Young.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made;

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Tim Collins, Mr Nick Gibb: 110.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Robert Ainsworth, Mr Don Touhig: 308.

Another Amendment (No. 10) made to the Bill.

Another Amendment (No. 177) proposed to the Bill, in page 13, line 12, after the word ‘must' to insert the words ‘either—(a)'.—(Mr Andrew Stunell.)

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

Other Amendments (Nos. 11 to 14) made to the Bill.

Another Amendment (No. 156) proposed to the Bill, in page 27, to leave out line 13.—(Mr Nigel Evans.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made;

And it being Ten o'clock, the Debate stood adjourned.

8Business 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 Don Touhig):—It was agreed to.

9Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill,—The House again proceeded to consider the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill, as amended in the Committee and in the Standing Committee.

Question again proposed, That the Amendment (No. 156) be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Another Amendment (No. 162) proposed to the Bill, in page 29, line 28, at the end to insert the words—

‘(g) an individual who is by reason only of his age incapable of being included in any register of electors and is ordinarily resident in the UK.'.—(Mr Martin Linton.)

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

Other Amendments (Nos. 15, 16, 90 to 96, 136 and 17 to 23) made to the Bill.

Ordered, That further consideration of the Bill be now adjourned.—(Mr Greg Pope.)

Bill to be further considered to-morrow.

10Industrial 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 Milk Development Council (Amendment) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 14th February, be approved—(Mr Greg Pope):—It was agreed to.

11Northern Ireland,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 115 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (delegated legislation)), That the draft Appropriation (Northern Ireland) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 28th February, be approved—(Mr Greg Pope):—It was agreed to.

12Adjournment,—A Motion was made and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Greg Pope);

And the Motion having been made after Ten 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 eighteen minutes past Eleven o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 11.18 p.m.


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APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Local Government Finance,—Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 60) on 1999/2000 Special Grant for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children [by Act]; to be printed [No. 330] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

2Welfare Reform and Pensions,—Report by the Secretary of State for Social Security under section 82 of the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999, stating the changes in the law which the Secretary of State is proposing in the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill by way of amendments to the Child Support Acts 1991 and 1995, the amount of the expenditure which the Secretary of State proposes to incur and the purposes for which he proposes to incur it [by Act]; to be printed [No. 270] [Mr Secretary Darling].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

3Housing,—(1) Allocation of Housing (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 702), dated 10th March 2000,

(2) Homelessness (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 701), dated 10th March 2000, and

(3) Housing Renewal Grants (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 531), dated 28th February 2000

[by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

4Immigration,—(1) Asylum Support Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 704), dated 6th March 2000,

(2) Council Tax (Liability of Owners) (Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 715), dated 9th March 2000,

(3) Immigration (Eligibility for Assistance) (Scotland and Northern Ireland) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 705), dated 6th March 2000, and

(4) Persons subject to Immigration Control (Housing Authority Accommodation and Homelessness) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 706), dated 7th March 2000

[by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

5London Government,—Greater London Authority (Early Voting) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 725), dated 13th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

6National Health Service,—National Health Service (Pension Scheme and Compensation for Premature Retirement) Amendment Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 605), dated 10th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

7Pensions,—Occupational Pension Schemes (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 679), dated 8th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

8Road Traffic,—(1) Motor Vehicles (Compulsory Insurance) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 726), and

(2) Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (County of Kent) (District of Shepway) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 722),

dated 10th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

9Social Security,—(1) Employment Zones Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 721), dated 10th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett]; and

(2) Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 723), dated 11th March 2000, and

(3) Social Security Contributions (Intermediaries) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No.727), dated 13th March 2000

[by Act] [Dawn Primarolo]; and

(4) Social Fund Winter Fuel Payment Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 729), dated 13th March 2000,

(5) Social Security Amendment (Employment Zones) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 724), dated 13th March 2000,

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(6) Social Security (Approved Work) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 678), dated 8th March 2000, and

(7) Social Security (Immigration and Asylum) Consequential Amendments Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 636), dated 7th March 2000

[by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

10Social Security (Northern Ireland),—Social Security Contributions (Intermediaries) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 728), dated 13th March 2000 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

11Telecommunications,—(1) Data Protection Tribunal (National Security Appeals) (Telecommunications) Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 731), and

(2) Radio Equipment and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 730),

dated 9th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

Other Papers:

12Agriculture,—Report and Accounts of the Meat and Livestock Commission for 1998–99 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].

13Education,—Financial Statements of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority for 1998–99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 329] [Clerk of the House].

14National Health Service,—Summarised Accounts of Health Authorities, NHS Trusts in Wales, the Welsh Health Common Services Authority, the Health Promotion Authority for Wales, and of Funds held on Trust by Health Authorities, the Health Promotion Authority for Wales and NHS Trusts in Wales for 1998–99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 301] [Clerk of the House].

15Regulatory Impact Assessments,—List of Regulatory Impact Assessments for 1st July to 31st December 1999 [by Command] [Cm. 4664] [Marjorie Mowlam].

16Statutory Instruments (Notification),—Communication declaring that the undermentioned Statutory Instrument had come into operation before copies were laid before Parliament, and explaining why such copies had not been so laid before the Instrument came into operation:

Education (Budget Statements) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 576)

[by Standing Order] [The Speaker].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Draft Community Legal Service (Cost Protection) Regulations 2000, the draft Community Legal Service (Scope) Regulations 2000, and the Funding Code prepared by the Legal Services Commission,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mrs Anne McGuire from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulation and the Code); and nominated in substitution Mr Don Touhig.

2Draft Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2000,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mrs Anne McGuire from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Don Touhig.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Agriculture,—(1) Fourth Report from the Agriculture Committee [Environmental Regulation and Farming], 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. 212]; and

(2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [The Implication for UK Agriculture and EU Agricultural Policy of Trade Liberalisation and the WTO Round]

[Mr David Curry].

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2Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—Fifth Report from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [The UK Climate Change Programme], 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 [Nos. 194-I and -II] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].

3Public Accounts,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Government on the Web]; to be printed [No. 331-i] [Mr David Davis].

4Science and Technology,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Science and Technology Committee [EQUAL (Extend Quality Life) ]; to be printed [No. 245-iii] [Dr Michael Clark].


[No. 62.]

Tuesday 14th March 2000.

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

PRAYERS.

1City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [Lords],—Ordered, That the City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [Lords] be read the third time on Tuesday 21st March.

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 21st March.

3Deregulation Committee,—Mr Peter L. Pike reported from the Deregulation Committee the following Resolution:

That, in respect of the proposal for the Deregulation (Sunday Dancing and Licensing) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 17th January, the proposal should be amended before a draft Order is laid before the House.

4Armed Forces Discipline Bill [Lords],—Mr Joe Benton reported from Standing Committee D, That it had gone through the Armed Forces Discipline Bill [Lords], and made an Amendment thereunto.

Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 89].

Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 343].

5Sea Fishing Grants (Charges) Bill,—Mr Mike Hancock reported from Standing Committee G, That it had gone through the Sea Fishing Grants (Charges) Bill, and directed him to report the same, without Amendment.

Bill, not amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow.

Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 340].

6Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

Census (Amendment) Bill [Lords]—The Lords have passed a Bill to amend the Census Act 1920 to enable particulars to be required in respect of religion: to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

7Dangerous People with Severe Personality Disorder,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the law with respect to the assessment and detention of dangerous people with severe personality disorder: And that Mr John Heppell, Mr Vernon Coaker, Jane Griffiths, Mr Nigel Griffiths, Mr Stephen McCabe, Siobhain McDonagh, Mr Ian Pearson, Bridget Prentice, Mr Terry Rooney, David Taylor, Mr Dave Watts and Mr Phil Woolas do prepare and bring it in.

8Dangerous People with Severe Personality Disorder Bill,—Mr John Heppell accordingly presented a Bill to amend the law with respect to the assessment and detention of dangerous people with severe personality disorder: 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 88].

9Supplementary Vote on Account 2000–01,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That, at this day's sitting, Standing Order No. 55 (Questions on voting of estimates, &c.) shall apply as if the words ‘(aa) supplementary votes on account for the coming financial year;' were inserted after line 21—(Mr Tony McNulty);

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The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr Kevin Hughes: 320.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Eric Forth, Mr David Wilshire: 16.

So the Question was agreed to.

Ordered, That, at this day's sitting, Standing Order No. 55 (Questions on voting of estimates, &c.) shall apply as if the words ‘(aa) supplementary votes on account for the coming financial year;' were inserted after line 21.

10Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded further to consider the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill, as amended in the Committee and in the Standing Committee.

Another Amendment (No. 152) proposed to the Bill, in page 40, line 15, to leave out Clause 63.—(Mr Robert Walter.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Stephen Day: 177.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Clelland, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 295.

Other Amendments (Nos. 24, 97 to 104 and 137) made to the Bill.

Another Amendment (No. 147) proposed to the Bill, in page 120, line 30, at the end, to add the words—

‘(f) any legal or other professional expenses incurred in respect of, or in connection with, any requirement in this Act.'.—(Mr Dominic Grieve.)

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

Other Amendments (Nos. 25 to 36, 135, 37 to 45, 45A, 46 to 48, 105 to 108, 49 to 63, 109, 64, 110 and 65 to 68) made to the Bill.

Another Amendment (No. 182) proposed to the Bill, in page 69, line 11, to leave out Clause 111.—(Sir George Young.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Stephen Day: 139.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Jamieson, Jim Dowd: 315.

Other Amendments (Nos. 111 to 113, 69 and 70) made to the Bill.

Another Amendment (No. 154) proposed to the Bill, in page 72, line 41, to leave out the word ‘relevant' and to insert the word ‘referendum'.—(Mr Nigel Evans.)

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

Another Amendment (No. 146) proposed to the Bill, in page 75, line 17, to leave out Clause 122.—(Sir Patrick Cormack.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Stephen Day, Mr Peter Atkinson: 164.

Tellers for the Noes, Jim Dowd, Mr David Jamieson: 290.

Other Amendments (Nos. 114 to 117, 71, and 118 to 123) made to the Bill.

Another Amendment (No. 1) proposed to the Bill, in page 160, line 30, at the end, to insert the words—

‘7A.—(1) Section 106 (false statements as to candidates) shall be amended as follows.

(2) In subsection (1) after the words “character or conduct” there shall be inserted the words “or fails to take reasonable steps to withdraw from circulation and public availability a false statement previously made or published”.

(3) After subsection (1) there shall be inserted—

”(1A) For the avoidance of doubt, a person who makes or publishes a statement on the Internet or by other electronic means, or who causes a statement to be so made or published, makes or publishes a statement for purposes of this subsection; and a person who fails to remove or cause the removal of a statement from the Internet shall be regarded as having failed, for the purposes of this subsection, to take

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reasonable steps to withdraw that statement from circulation and public availability.”.'—(Dr Julian Lewis.)

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

Another Amendment (No. 145) proposed to the Bill, in page 82, line 5, at the end, to insert the words ‘and in the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1986'.—(Mr Robert Walter.)

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

Other Amendments (Nos. 72 to 79, 124, 80 to 83, and 125 to 134) made to the Bill.

The Bill was read the third time, and passed.

11Estimates,—It being Ten o'clock, the Deputy Speaker put the Questions required to be put by Standing Order No. 55 (Questions on voting of estimates, &c.) and Order [this day].

Estimates, 2000–01 (Navy) Vote A

Resolved, That during the year ending on 31st March 2001 a number not exceeding 47,345 all ranks be maintained for Naval Service, a number not exceeding 17,148 for Service in the Reserve Naval and Marine Forces, and a number not exceeding 200 for Service as Special Members of the Reserve Naval Forces under Part V of the Reserve Forces Act 1996.

Estimates, 2000–01 (Army) Vote A

Resolved, That during the year ending on 31st March 2001 a number not exceeding 128,235 all ranks be maintained for Army Service, a number not exceeding 84,295 for Service in the Reserve Land Forces, and a number not exceeding 6,000 for Service as Special Members of the Reserve Land Forces under Part V of the Reserve Forces Act 1996.

Estimates, 2000–01 (Air) Vote A

Resolved, That during the year ending on 31st March 2001 a number not exceeding 57,450 all ranks be maintained for the Air Force Service, a number not exceeding 26,000 for Service in the Reserve Air Forces, and a number not exceeding 430 for Service as Special Members of the Reserve Air Forces under Part V of the Reserve Forces Act 1996.

Estimates, Excesses, 1998–99

Resolved, That a sum not exceeding £37,847,584.45 be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to make good excesses of certain grants for Defence and Civil Services for the year ended on 31st March 1999, as set out in House of Commons Paper No. 276.

Supplementary Estimates, 1999–2000

Resolved, That a further supplementary sum not exceeding £2,510,712,000 be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to complete or defray the charges for Defence and Civil Services for the year ending on 31st March 2000, as set out in House of Commons Papers Nos. 242, 243 and 275.

Estimates, 2000–01 (Vote on Account)

Resolved, That a further sum, not exceeding £1,000 be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund, on account, for or towards defraying the charges for Civil and Defence Services for the year ending on 31st March 2001, as set out in House of Commons Paper No. 244.

Ordered, That a Bill be brought in upon the foregoing Resolutions relating to Estimates, Excesses, Supplementary Estimates and Estimates (Vote on Account): And that the Chairman of Ways and Means, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Andrew Smith, Dawn Primarolo, Mr Stephen Timms and Miss Melanie Johnson do prepare and bring it in.

12Consolidated Fund (No. 2) Bill,—Mr Stephen Timms accordingly presented a Bill to apply certain sums out of the Consolidated Fund to the service of the years ending on 31st March 1999, 2000 and 2001.

And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 86].

13London 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 Elections (Expenses) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 28th February, be approved—(Mr Don Touhig):—It was agreed to.

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14Constitutional Law,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Forestry Commissioners) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 22nd February, be approved—(Mr Don Touhig):—It was agreed to.

15Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from residents of Shropshire against the closure of the Lloyds TSB bank in Pontesbury was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

16Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Greg Pope.)

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-eight minutes past Ten o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 10.28 pm.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Legal Aid and Advice,—(1) Legal Advice and Assistance (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000 (S.R. (N.I.), 2000, No. 81),

(2) Legal Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000 (S.R. (N.I.), 2000, No. 80), and

(3) Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000 (S.R. (N.I.), 2000, No. 79),

dated 14th March 2000 [by Statutory Instrument] [Mr David Lock].

2Social Security,—Social Security Contributions (Notional Payment of Primary Class 1 Contribution) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 747), dated 13th March 2000 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

3Social Security (Northern Ireland),—Social Security Contributions (Notional Payment of Primary Class 1 Contribution) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 748), dated 14th March 2000 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

Other Papers:

4Audit (Northern Ireland),—Reports by the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland on University of Ulster: Senior Officers' Expenses; Energy Efficiency in the Education Sector; and Management of Richmond Chambers [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [No. 288] [Mr Secretary Mandelson].

5Defence,—Ministry of Defence Minute, dated 14th March 2000, concerning a contingent liability consequent upon the proposed granting of indemnities to AWE Management Limited [by Command] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

6Industrial Organisation and Development,—Report and Accounts of the Apple and Pear Research Council for 1998–99 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].

7National Health Service,—(1) Statements of Guarantee given by the Secretary of State for Health on 3rd March 2000 on loans proposed to be raised by—

(i) Addenbrokes National Health Service Trust,

(ii) Bassetlaw Hospital and Community Services National Health Service Trust,

(iii) Central Nottinghamshire Healthcare National Health Service Trust,

(iv) Dorset Healthcare National Health Service Trust,

(v) East Gloucestershire National Health Service Trust,

(vi) Epsom and St. Helier National Health Service Trust,

(vii) Hastings and Rother National Health Service Trust,

(viii) Leeds Community and Mental Health Services National Health Service Trust,

(ix) Loddon National Health Service Trust,

(x) Portsmouth Healthcare National Health Service Trust,

(xi) Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals National Health Service Trust,

(xii) Southampton Community Health Services National Health Service Trust, and

(xiii) Weston Area National Health Service Trust

[by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn];

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(2) Statements of Guarantee given by the Secretary of State for Health on 6th March 2000 on loans proposed to be raised by—

(i) Community Health Care Services North Derbyshire National Health Service Trust,

(ii) Harrogate Healthcare National Health Service Trust,

(iii) Leicestershire & Rutland Healthcare National Health Service Trust,

(iv) Northern General Hospital National Health Service Trust, and

(v) Tees and North East Yorkshire National Health Service Trust

[by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn]; and

(3) Statements of Guarantee given by the Secretary of State for Health on 7th March 2000 on loans proposed to be raised by—

(i) Plymouth Hospitals National Health Service Trust,

(ii) Poole Hospital National Health Service Trust,

(iii) Southampton University Hospitals National Health Service Trust,

(iv) South Buckinghamshire National Health Service Trust, and

(v) South Devon Healthcare National Health Service Trust

[by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

8Reserve Forces,—Report under section 56(7) of the Reserve Forces Act 1996 on the making of a call-out order under section 56(1) of that Act [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Draft Community Legal Service (Cost Protection) Regulations 2000, the draft Community Legal Service (Scope) Regulations 2000 and the Funding Code prepared by the Legal Services Commission in accordance with section 8 of the Access to Justice Act 1999 and as first approved by the Lord Chancellor in accordance with section 9(4) of that Act,—The Speaker has appointed Mr George Stevenson an additional Chairman of the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Regulations and Code.

2Draft Official Listing of Securities (Change of Competent Authority) Regulations 2000,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Robert N. Wareing from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution of Mr Barry Gardiner.

3Draft Contracting Out (Functions relating to Social Security) Order 2000, and the draft Social Security (Work-focused Interviews) Regulations 2000,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Tony Banks and Mr Barry Gardiner from the Ninth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order and draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Tessa Jowell and Mr Robert N. Wareing.

4Draft Water Undertakers (Rateable Value) (England) Order 2000, the draft Railways (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000, the draft Non-Domestic Rating (Chargeable Amounts) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2000, the draft Gas Industry (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000, the draft Energy from Waste Plants (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000, the draft Docks and Harbours (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000, and the draft Electricity Supply Industry (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Ms Sally Keeble and Mr Gerry Sutcliffe from the Tenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Orders and draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Jim Dowd and Mr Terry Rooney.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Culture, Media and Sport,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [Libraries]; to be printed [No. 241-iii] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].

2Deregulation,—First Report from the Deregulation Committee [Proposal for the Deregulation (Sunday Dancing and Licensing) Order 2000]; to be printed with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 334] [Mr Peter L. Pike].

3Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment Sub-committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [Town and Country Parks]; to be printed [No. 333-i] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].

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4Environmental Audit,—Fifth Report from the Environmental Audit Committee [The Greening Government Initiative: First Annual Report from the Green Ministers' Committee], together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 341] [Mr John Horam].

5International Development,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [Mozambique]; to be printed [No. 326-i] [Mr Bowen Wells].

6Standards and Privileges,—Seventh Report from the Committee on Standards and Privileges [Complaint against Mr Ken Livingstone], with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 342] [Mr Alan Williams].

7Statutory Instruments,—Thirteenth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 47-xiii] [Mr David Tredinnick].

8Trade and Industry,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee [UK Space Policy]; to be printed [No. 335-i] [Mr Martin O'Neill].

9Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [The Financial Services Authority]; to be printed [No. 336-i] [Mr Giles Radice].


[No. 62; WH, No. 36.]

Tuesday 14th March 2000.

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

The sitting commenced at Ten o'clock.

Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned—(Jim Dowd);

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

[Adjourned at 1.00 p.m.


[No. 63.]

Wednesday 15th March 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 22nd March.

2Carers and Disabled Children Bill,—Mr George Stevenson reported from Standing Committee C, That it had gone through the Carers and Disabled Children Bill, and directed him to report the same, without Amendment.

Bill, not amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered on Friday 5th May.

Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 349].

3Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Barry Jones reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) Order 2000.

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

4Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Andrew Welsh reported from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Tax Credits Up-Rating Order 2000.

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

5Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill,—Mr Secretary Straw, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Secretary Cook, Mr Secretary Blunkett, Jane Kennedy and Mr Paul Boateng, presented a Bill to establish a National Probation Service for England and Wales and a Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service; to make further provision for the protection of children; to make further provision about

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  dealing with persons suspected of, charged with or convicted of offences; to amend the law relating to access to information held under Part III of the Road Traffic Act 1988; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 91].

Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill be printed [Bill 91–EN].

6Broadcasting of Recorded Music in Public Places,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to prohibit the broadcasting of recorded music in certain public places: And that Mr Robert Key, Mr Michael Fabricant, Mr Gerald Kaufman, Mr Paul Keetch, Miss Anne McIntosh, Mr Michael Mates, Mrs Gillian Shephard and Dr Jenny Tonge do prepare and bring it in.

7Broadcasting of Recorded Music in Public Places Bill,—Mr Robert Key accordingly presented a Bill to prohibit the broadcasting of recorded music in certain public places: 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 90].

8Consolidated Fund (No. 2) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Consolidated Fund (No. 2) Bill;

A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 56 (Consolidated Fund Bills), That the Bill be now read a second time:—It was agreed to.

The Bill was accordingly read a second time.

And the Question being put forthwith, That the Bill be now read the third time:—It was agreed to.

The Bill was accordingly read the third time, and passed.

9Terrorism Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Terrorism Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee.

A Clause (Financial information)—(Mr Charles Clarke)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.

Another Clause (Detention of terrorists)—(Mr Andrew MacKay)—brought up and read the first time.

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Mr Keith Simpson: 140.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mr Mike Hall: 330.

Another Clause (Expiry of Part VII)—(Mr Kevin McNamara)—brought up and read the first time.

Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:—Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

Another Clause (Right to consult solicitor)—(Mr Kevin McNamara)—brought up and read the first time.

Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:—Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

Another Clause (Expiry and revival (No. 2))—(Mr Simon Hughes)—brought up and read the first time.

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Tom Brake, Bob Russell: 47.

Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr Graham Allen: 281.

Amendment (No. 122) proposed to the Bill, in page 1, line 7, to leave out from the word ‘means' to the end of line 8 and to insert the words ‘the commission of, or the threat to commit, any criminal act with the intention of—

(a) putting the public or any section of the public in fear, or

(b) coercing the institutions of democratic government,

provided that the act,', instead thereof.—(Mr Kevin McNamara.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made;

And it being Ten o'clock, the Debate stood adjourned.

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10Business 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 Terrorism Bill may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour—(Mrs Anne McGuire);

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Jamieson, Mr Clive Betts: 279.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Tom Brake, Norman Baker: 40.

So the Question was agreed to.

11Terrorism Bill,—The House again proceeded to consider the Terrorism Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee.

Question again proposed, That the Amendment (No. 122) be made;

Question put.

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John McDonnell, Mr Jeremy Corbyn: 15.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr David Jamieson: 235.

Another Amendment (No. 193) proposed to the Bill, in page 1, line 9, to leave out the words ‘or property'.—(Mr Simon Hughes.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Adrian Sanders, Mr Tom Brake: 41.

Tellers for the Noes, Jim Dowd, Mr David Jamieson: 249.

Another Amendment (No. 186) proposed to the Bill, in page 2, line 19, at the end to insert the words—

‘(ii) he has satisfied a judicial authority that there are reasonable grounds for believing that it is concerned in terrorism; and

(iii) that the judicial authority has issued a declaration that there are reasonable grounds for the exercise of the Secretary of State's power'.—(Mr Simon Hughes.)

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

Thursday 16th March 2000

Amendments (Nos. 1 to 25) made to the Bill.

Another Amendment (No. 182) proposed to the Bill, in page 25, to leave out lines 4 to 11.—(Mr Simon Hughes.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Tom Brake, Sir Robert Smith: 35.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe, Mr Clive Betts: 239.

Other Amendments (Nos. 26 to 42) made to the Bill.

A Schedule (Financial information)—(Mrs Anne McGuire)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.

Other Amendments (Nos. 43 to 121) made to the Bill.

A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That the Bill be now read the third time;

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Clive Betts, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 210.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr John McDonnell, Mr Jeremy Corbyn: 1.

So the Question was agreed to.

The Bill was accordingly read the third time, and passed.

12Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism,—Resolved, That the draft Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1989 (Continuance) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 3rd March, be approved.—(Mr Secretary Straw.)

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13Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Mike Hall);

And the Motion having been made after Ten o'clock on Wednesday evening, 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 ten minutes to Three o'clock on Thursday morning, till this day.

[Adjourned at 2.50 a.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Social Security,—Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 736), dated 13th March 2000 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

2Social Security (Northern Ireland),—Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 3) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 737), dated 13th March 2000 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

Other Papers:

3Civil Service,—Paper, entitled Civil Service Statistics 1999 [by Command] [Marjorie Mowlam].

4Dartford-Thurrock Crossing,—Report and Accounts of Dartford River Crossing Limited for the period 1st October 1998 to 30th September 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

5Health,—Government Response to the First Report from the Health Committee, Session 1999–2000, on The Cost and Availability of Generic Drugs to the NHS [by Command] [Cm. 4673] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

6National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on State Earnings-Related Pension Scheme: The failure to inform the public of reduced pension rights for widows and widowers [by Act]; to be printed [No. 320] [Clerk of the House].

7National Health Service,—(1) Statements of Guarantee given by the Secretary of State for Health on 13th March 2000 on loans proposed to be raised by—

(i) Community Health Services Southern Derbyshire National Health Service Trust,

(ii) County Durham and Darlington Priority Services National Health Service Trust,

(iii) Gateshead Health National Health Service Trust,

(iv) Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals National Health Service Trust,

(v) Huddersfield Healthcare National Health Service Trust,

(vi) Northampton General Hospital National Health Service Trust,

(vii) Oxfordshire Mental Health National Health Service Trust,

(viii) Rockingham Forest National Health Service Trust, and

(ix) Rotherham General Hospitals National Health Service Trust

[by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn]; and

(2) Treasury Minute, dated 15th March 2000, concerning the remission of outstanding public dividend capital consequent on dissolution and reconfiguration of certain Welsh National Health Service Trusts [by Command] [Mr Andrew Smith].

8Parliamentary Commissioner,—Third Report of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration, Session 1999–2000: State earnings-related pension scheme (SERPS) inheritance provisions [by Act]; to be printed [No. 305] [Clerk of the House].

9Public Accounts,—Treasury Minute on the First to Third Reports from the Committee of Public Accounts, Session 1999–2000 [Cm. 4656] [Mr Stephen Timms].

10Treaty Series (No. 12, 2000),—Partnership and Co-operation Agreement, done at Brussels on 9th February 1999, between the European Communities and their Member States of the one part, and the Kyrgyz Republic of the other part with Protocol including Declarations and Final Act [by Command] [Cm. 4625] [Mr Secretary Cook].

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APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Utilities Bill,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Humfrey Malins an additional Chairman of Standing Committee A in respect of the Bill.

2Licensing (Young Persons) Bill,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Joe Benton Chairman of Standing Committee C in respect of the Bill.

3Royal Parks (Trading) Bill:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee G, and has appointed Mr Jonathan Sayeed Chairman, and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated eighteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Peter Brooke, Ms Karen Buck, Mr Iain Coleman, Jim Dowd, Mr Clive Efford, Mr David Faber, Mr Neil Gerrard, Mr John Greenway, Mr Alan Howarth, Glenda Jackson, Mr Andrew Love, Mr John McDonnell, Mr Robert Maclennan, Fiona Mactaggart, Mr Stephen Pound, Mr John Randall, Dr Jenny Tonge and Mr Stephen Twigg.

4Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 53) on rural bus subsidy grants for 2000-2001 (House of Commons Paper No. 302), and the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 54) on Rural Bus Challenge 1999 (House of Commons Paper No. 303):

(1) The Speaker has allocated the Reports to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Barry Jones Chairman, and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Robert Ainsworth, Ms Candy Atherton, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Colin Breed, Mrs Janet Dean, Mr David Heath, Mr Keith Hill, Dr Stephen Ladyman, Judy Mallaber, Kali Mountford, Mr Gordon Prentice, Mr Paul Stinchcombe, Mr Nigel Waterson, Sir Raymond Whitney, Mr John Wilkinson and Mr Phil Woolas.

5Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 55) on 1999-2000 Special Grant Report for Asylum Seekers' Support (Adults and Families of Asylum Seekers) (House of Commons Paper No. 304):

(1) The Speaker has allocated the Report to the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Jim Cunningham Chairman, and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Richard Allan, Mr Tony Banks, Mr Roger Casale, Mr Mike Gapes, Mr Mike Hall, Dr Evan Harris, Mr David Lidington, Mr Peter Luff, Siobhain McDonagh, Mr Andrew Reed, Mrs Barbara Roche, Christine Russell, Angela Smith, Sir Teddy Taylor, Mr David Tredinnick and Mr Jon Trickett.

6Draft Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2000:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Nicholas Winterton Chairman; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr John Battle, Mr Menzies Campbell, Mr Martin Caton, Mrs Ann Cryer, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Ms Jenny Jones, Mr Paul Keetch, Mr Tony McNulty, Mr Alan Meale, Mr Austin Mitchell, Joan Ruddock, Mr Marsha Singh, Mr Michael Trend, Mr Charles Wardle, Mr Bowen Wells and Mr Alan W. Williams (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr).

7Code of Audit Practice for Local Authorities and the National Health Service in England and Wales:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the Code to the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Andrew Welsh Chairman; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Peter Atkinson, Dr Peter Brand, Dr David Clark, Ann Clwyd, Mr Andrew Dismore, Jim Dowd, Ms Beverley Hughes, Ms Sally Keeble, Mr Andy King, Mr Richard Livsey, Sir Peter Lloyd, Laura Moffatt, Mr Patrick Nicholls, Mr Ted Rowlands, Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West) and Mr Nigel Waterson.

8Draft Air Quality (England) Regulations:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Bowen Wells Chairman; and

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(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Robert Ainsworth, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Tom Brake, Mr Damian Green, Ms Harriet Harman, Mr Stephen Hesford, Mr Keith Hill, Mrs Joan Humble, Dr Brian Iddon, Mr Mark Oaten, Mr Brian Sedgemore, Dr Howard Stoate, Mr Desmond Swayne, Mr Robert N. Wareing, Mr David Wilshire and Mr Phil Woolas.

9Local Government Finance Special Grant Report on 1999–2000 Special Grant for Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the Report to the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Humfrey Malins Chairman; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Jackie Ballard, Mr Tim Collins, Mr John Cummings, Maria Eagle, Mr Roger Godsiff, Mr Stephen Hepburn, Mr John Hutton, Mr David Jamieson, Mr Jon Owen Jones, Mr David Lepper, Mr Kerry Pollard, Mr Nick St. Aubyn, Mr Adrian Sanders, Ms Debra Shipley, Mrs Caroline Spelman and Mr Anthony Steen.

10Draft Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000 (Transfer of NAO Staff etc.) Order 2000:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Frank Cook Chairman; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Tom Clarke, Mr Tam Dalyell, Maria Fyfe, Mr George Galloway, Mr Dominic Grieve, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr Michael Moore, Ms Sandra Osborne, Mr Andrew Robathan, Mr Mohammad Sarwar, Sir Robert Smith, Mr Nicholas Soames, Mr David Stewart, Mr Brian Wilson and Mr Jimmy Wray.

11Draft Official Listings of Securities (Change of Competent Authority) Regulations 2000,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Gordon Prentice from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mr Jim Cousins.

12Draft Water Undertakers (Rateable Values) England 2000, the draft Railways (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000, the draft Non-Domestic Rating (Chargeable Amounts) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2000, the draft Gas Industry (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000, the draft Energy From Waste Plants (Rateable Values) Order 2000, the draft Docks and Harbours (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000, and the draft Electricity Supply Industry (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Paul Stinchcombe from the Tenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Orders and Regulations); and nominated in substitution Christine Russell.

European Standing Committees

13European Union Document No. 5761/00, relating to the White Paper on Food Safety in the European Union, originally referred to European Standing Committee A on 1st March, has now been referred to European Standing Committee C.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Defence,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence Committee [Lessons of Kosovo]; to be printed [No 347-i] [Mr Bruce George].

2Education and Employment,—Minutes of Evidence and Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Committee [HM Chief Inspector of Schools' Annual Report]; to be printed [No. 345] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

3Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [Proposed Urban White Paper]; to be printed [No. 185-iii] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett]; and

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Sub-Committee of the Committee [The Road Haulage Industry]; to be printed [No. 296-ii] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

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

5Northern Ireland Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 14th March [Public Expenditure—Inward Investment in Northern Ireland]; to be printed [No. 198-iii] [Mr Peter Brooke].

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6Public Accounts,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [National Insurance Fund Account 1998–99]; to be printed [No. 350-i] [Mr David Davis].

7Public Administration,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Public Participation]; to be printed [No. 79-viii] [Dr Tony Wright].

8Science and Technology,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Science and Technology Committee [Scientific Advisory System: Scientific Advice on Climate Change]; to be printed [No. 285-i] [Dr Michael Clark].

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


[No. 63; WH, No. 37.]

Wednesday 15th March 2000.

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

The sitting commenced at Nine o'clock.

Adjournment,—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Mr Gerry Sutcliffe.)

And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.59 p.m.


[No. 64.]

Thursday 16th March 2000.

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

PRAYERS.

1London Local Authorities Bill [Lords],—The Order of the day being read, for consideration of the London Local Authorities Bill [Lords], as amended in the Committee;

Ordered, That the Bill be considered on Thursday 23rd March.

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

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Thursday 23rd March.

3Medway Council Bill [Lords],—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Medway Council Bill [Lords];

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Thursday 23rd March.

4Mersey Tunnels Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Mersey Tunnels Bill;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Thursday 23rd March.

5Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Mike Hancock reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Community Legal Service (Cost Protection) Regulations 2000, the draft Community Legal Service (Scope) Regulations 2000, and the Funding Code prepared by the Legal Services Commission in accordance with section 8 of the Access to Justice Act 1999 and as first approved by the Lord Chancellor in accordance with Section 9(4) of that Act.

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

6Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Eric Illsley reported from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Conditional Fee Arrangements Order 2000.

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

7Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Barry Jones reported from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Official Listing of Securities (Change of Competent Authority) Regulations 2000.

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

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8Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Bill O'Brien reported from the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Financial Assistance for Industry (Increase of Limit) Order 2000.

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

9Ninth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Nicholas Winterton reported from the Ninth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Contracting Out (Functions Relating to Social Security) Order 2000 and the draft Social Security (Work-Focused Interviews) Regulations 2000.

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

10Tenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Bill Olner reported from the Tenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Water Undertakers (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000, the draft Railways (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000, the draft Non-Domestic Rating (Chargeable Amounts) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2000, the draft Gas Industry (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000, the draft Energy from Waste Plants (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000, the draft Docks and Harbours (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000 and the draft Electricity Supply Industry (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000.

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

11Welsh Grand Committee,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 107 (Welsh Grand Committee (matters relating exclusively to Wales)), That the matter of the Budget Statement and its implications for Wales be referred to the Welsh Grand Committee for its consideration—(Mr Don Touhig):—It was agreed to.

12Opposition Day [8th 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.

The Government's handling of the Mozambique Crisis,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House notes with concern that the Government's response to the humanitarian crisis in Mozambique was hampered by indecision and delay, and that infighting between Ministers in the Department for International Development and the Ministry of Defence contributed to the delay in sending helicopters and boats to assist in the rescue of the people of Mozambique; deeply regrets that lives were lost as a result; deplores the absence of ‘joined up government' and the failure by the Prime Minister to intervene until Her Majesty's Opposition and the media exposed the Government's failings; calls upon Ministers to accept responsibility for such delays; and seeks assurance that the response to any future disasters will be more immediate and co-ordinated—(Mr Gary Streeter);

An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from ‘House' to the end of the Question and to add the words ‘commends the Government for its speedy and effective response to the humanitarian crisis in Mozambique', instead thereof.—(Secretary Clare Short.)

And the Question being put, That the original words stand part of the Question;

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John Randall, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 125.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Graham Allen: 310.

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 commends the Government for its speedy and effective response to the humanitarian crisis in Mozambique.

Future of Rover,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House calls upon the Government to report to the House the terms under which they brokered a rescue package for BMW/Rover in June 1999; further calls upon the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to confirm that the application for Regional Selective Assistance will be sanctioned as a matter of urgency and that he will respond to the Competition Commission Report on Car Pricing as a priority; regrets that the future of Rover has been undermined by recent announcements by BMW; and urges the Government to clarify its future strategy in respect of Rover—(Mrs Angela Browning);

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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 actions of the Government that support the car industry, including delivering stable inflation and low interest rates, boosting support for supply chain activities and acting on the Foresight Vehicle Programme; welcomes the Government support for the Longbridge plant given through the offer of Regional Selective Assistance; understands that the major losses that BMW have suffered on Rover have put great pressure on BMW with respect to Rover; and congratulates the Government for playing its role in working closely with the company and the workforce to try to ensure there is a future for Rover', instead thereof.—(Mr Secretary Byers.)

And the Question being put, That the original words stand part of the Question;

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John Randall, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 149.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Jim Dowd: 275.

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 welcomes the actions of the Government that support the car industry, including delivering stable inflation and low interest rates, boosting support for supply chain activities and acting on the Foresight Vehicle Programme; welcomes the Government support for the Longbridge plant given through the offer of Regional Selective Assistance; understands that the major losses that BMW have suffered on Rover have put great pressure on BMW with respect to Rover; and congratulates the Government for playing its role in working closely with the company and the workforce to try to ensure there is a future for Rover.

13Welsh Grand Committee,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 108 (Welsh Grand Committee (sittings)), That the Welsh Grand Committee shall meet on Tuesday 4th April at half-past ten o'clock and between four o'clock and six o'clock at Westminster to take questions under Standing Order No. 103 (Welsh Grand Committee (questions for oral answer)), and to consider the matter of the Budget Statement and its implications for Wales, under Standing Order No. 107 (Welsh Grand Committee (matters relating exclusively to Wales))—(Mr David Clelland):—It was agreed to.

14Public Petitions,—Public Petitions—

(1) from residents of Halifax calling for a review of disciplinary proceedings against Inspector Gareth Perrett and PC Richard Perrett, and

(2) from residents of the Skipton and Ripon Constituency calling for a review of proposals to pay benefits directly into bank accounts instead of via post offices

were presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

15Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Kevin Hughes.)

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-one minutes to Eight o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 7.39 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Northern Ireland,—Draft Equality (Disability, etc.) (Northern Ireland) Order 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Mandelson].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2Civil Aviation,—Airports (Designation) (Removal and Disposal of Vehicles) (Amendment) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 707), dated 9th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

3European Communities,—European Communities (Designation) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 738), dated 15th March 2000 [by Act] [Margaret Beckett].

4Income Tax,—Charitable Deductions (Approved Schemes) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 759), dated 15th March 2000 [by Act] [Miss Melanie Johnson].

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5Pensions,—(1) Occupational Pension Schemes (Contracting-out) (Payment and Recovery of Remaining Balances) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 750), and

(2) Personal and Occupational Pension Schemes (Incentive Payments) Amendment Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 749),

dated 14th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

6Social Security,—(1) Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 4) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 761), and

(2) Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating) Consequential Amendment Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 760),

dated 15th March 2000 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo]; and

(3) Workmen's Compensation (Supplementation) (Amendment) Scheme 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 697), dated 7th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

7Social Security (Northern Ireland),—(1) Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 4) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 758), and

(2) Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating) Consequential Amendment (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 757),

dated 15th March 2000 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

Other Papers:

8Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions,—Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions (Pensions Increase) Order 2000, dated 15th March 2000 [by Act] [Margaret Beckett].

9School Standards and Framework,—Account of the North East Lincolnshire Education Action Zone for 1998–99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 355] [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No. 2) Bill,—The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee D.

2Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [Lords],—The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee G.

3Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 53) on rural bus subsidy grants for 2000-2001 (House of Commons Paper No. 302), and the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 54) on Rural Bus Challenge 1999 (House of Commons Paper No. 303),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Judy Mallaber from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Special Grant Reports) and nominated in substitution Mr David Chaytor.

4Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 55) on 1999-2000 Special Grant Report for Asylum Seekers' Support (Adults and Families of Asylum Seekers) (House of Commons Paper No. 304),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Christine Russell from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Special Grant Report) and nominated in substitution Mr Mark Todd.

5Draft Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2000,—the Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Bowen Wells from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order) and nominated in substitution Sir Sydney Chapman.

6Local Government Finance Special Grant Report on 1999-2000 Special for Unaccompanied Asylum-seeking Children,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mrs Caroline Spelman from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Special Grant Report) and nominated in substitution Mr Philip Hammond.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Agriculture and Health,—Minutes of Evidence taken jointly before the Agriculture and Health Committees [The Food Standards Agency]; to be printed [No. 354] [Mr David Curry].

2Culture, Media and Sport,—(1) Fifth Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [Whatever Happened to News at Ten?], 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. 289]; and

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

[Mr Gerald Kaufman].

3Foreign Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [Kosovo]; to be printed [No. 28-v] [Mr Donald Anderson].


THE SPEAKER'S CERTIFICATE

The Speaker certified the Consolidated Fund (No. 2) Bill as a Money Bill within the meaning of the Parliament Act 1911.


[No. 64; WH, No. 38.]

Thursday 16th March 2000.

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

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

Adjournment (Quangoes),—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Mr Kevin Hughes.)

And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 21st March.

[Adjourned at 5.14 p.m.


[No. 65.]

Friday 17th March 2000.

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

PRAYERS.

1Adjournment (Safeguards for Children),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Robert Ainsworth);

And it being half-past Two o'clock, the Motion for the Adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put.

2Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr David Clelland);

And the Motion having been made at half-past Two 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 Three o'clock, till Monday 20th March.

[Adjourned at 3.00 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Disabled Persons,—Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Gatwick Express Class 460 Vehicles) Exemption Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 770), dated 16th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

2Food,—Genetically Modified and Novel Foods (Labelling) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 768), dated 16th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].

3National Health Service,—Avon and Western Wiltshire Mental Health Care National Health Service Trust (Transfer of Trust Property) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 658), dated 16th March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

4Rates,—Rates (Regional Rates) Order (Northern Ireland) 2000 (S.R. (N.I.), 2000, No. 41), dated 29th February 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Mandelson].

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Other Papers:

5Public Petitions,—Observations by the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on the Petition [13th January] from farmers in the constituency of Brentwood and Ongar and from East Anglia against the removal of slaughter facilities in the Over Thirty Month scheme at Cheale Meats Limited at Brentwood [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

6Treaty Series (No. 15, 2000),—Exchange of Notes, done at London on 7th and 12th November 1997, amending the Headquarters Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation [by Command] [Cm. 4632] [Mr Secretary Cook].

7Treaty Series (No. 16, 2000),—Exchange of Notes, done at London on 22nd October and 10th November 1997, amending the Headquarters Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the International Grains Council (previously known as the International Wheat Council) [by Command] [Cm. 4633] [Mr Secretary Cook].

8Treaty Series (No. 17, 2000),—Exchange of Notes, done at London on 19th August and 23rd October 1997, amending the Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the International Maritime Organization (previously known as the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization) regarding the Headquarters of the Organization [by Command] [Cm. 4634] [Mr Secretary Cook].

9Treaty Series (No. 18, 2000),—Exchange of Notes, done at London on 24th July and 13th August 1997, amending the Headquarters Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the International Rubber Study Group [by Command] [Cm. 4635] [Mr Secretary Cook].

10Treaty Series (No. 19, 2000),—Exchange of Notes, done at London on 10th July and 15th August 1997, amending the Headquarters Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the International Sugar Organization [by Command] [Cm. 4636] [Mr Secretary Cook].

11Treaty Series (No. 20, 2000),—Exchange of Notes, done at London on 10th July and 19th August 1997, amending the Headquarters Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the International Whaling Commission [by Command] [Cm. 4637] [Mr Secretary Cook].

12Treaty Series (No. 21, 2000),—Exchange of Notes, done at London on 10th July and 28th October 1997, amending the Agreement relating to the Commissions established by the Convention for the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping from Ships and Aircraft 1972 and the Convention for the Prevention of Marine Pollution from Land-based Sources 1974 [by Command] [Cm. 4638] [Mr Secretary Cook].

13Treaty Series (No. 22, 2000),—Exchange of Notes, done at London on 1st and 8th December 1997, amending the Headquarters Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund 1992 [by Command] [Cm. 4639] [Mr Secretary Cook].

APPENDIX II

Draft Air Quality (England) Regulations 2000,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr David Wilshire from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mr Simon Burns.



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