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[No. 98.]

Monday 15th May 2000.

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

PRAYERS.

1Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr John Butterfill reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Companies Act 1985 (Audit Exemption) (Amendment) Regulations 2000.

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

2Recycled Content of Newsprint Bill,—The Order for considering the Recycled Content of Newsprint Bill on Friday 19th May was read and discharged.

Bill to be considered on Friday 9th June.

3Control of Hedgerows in Residential Areas Bill,—Ordered, That the Control of Hedgerows in Residential Areas Bill be read a second time on Friday 9th June.

4Fur Farming Prohibition Bill,—The Fur Farming Prohibition Bill was, according to Order, read a second time and stood committed to a Standing Committee.

5Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Fur Farming (Prohibition) 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 Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any expenditure incurred by a Minister of the Crown in consequence of any compensation scheme made under the Act—(Mr Don Touhig):—It was agreed to.

6City of London (Ward Elections) Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded further to consider the City of London (Ward Elections) Bill, as amended by the Chairman of Ways and Means.

Amendment (No. 3) proposed to the Bill, in page 2, line 10, to leave out from the word ‘there' to the end of line 19.—(Mr John McDonnell.)

Question, That the Amendment be made, put and negatived.

And it being Ten o'clock, further consideration of the Bill stood adjourned.

Ordered, That the Bill be further considered on Wednesday.

7Science and Technology Committee,—Ordered, That Mr Nigel Jones be discharged from the Science and Technology Committee and Mr Paddy Ashdown be added to the Committee.—(Mr Patrick McLoughlin, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

8Adjournment,—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 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 half-past Ten o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 10.30 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

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

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2Betting, Gaming and Lotteries,—(1) Gaming Act (Variation of Fees) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1212),

(2) Gaming Act (Variation of Monetary Limits) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1213),

(3) Gaming (Bingo) Act (Fees) (Amendment) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1211), and

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(4) Lotteries (Gaming Board Fees) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1210),

dated 4th May 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

3Constitutional Law,—Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Oil and Chemical Pollution of Fish) (No. 2) Order 1993 (Revocation) (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1314), dated 12th May 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

4Consumer Protection,—In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1315), dated 11th May 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

5London Government,—(1) GLA Side Roads (City of London) Designation Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1262),

(2) GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Barking and Dagenham) Designation Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1256),

(3) GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Barnet) Designation Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1257),

(4) GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Bexley) Designation Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1258),

(5) GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Brent) Designation Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1259),

(6) GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Bromley) Designation Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1260),

(7) GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Camden) Designation Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1261), and

(8) GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Croydon) Designation Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1263),

dated 8th May 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

6Supreme Court of England and Wales,—Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 3) Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1317), dated 12th May 2000 [by Act] [Mr David Lock].

7Water Industry,—Drinking Water (Undertakings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1297), dated 11th May 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Other Papers:

8National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on The Risk of Fraud in Property Management [by Act]; to be printed [No. 469] [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

Draft Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 2000,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr John Spellar from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Geoffrey Hoon.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1European Scrutiny,—Seventeenth Report from the European Scrutiny Committee [The Forthcoming Inter-Governmental Conference]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 23-xvii] [Mr Jimmy Hood].

2Public Accounts,—(1) Seventeenth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Irregularities in Accounting for Visa Fees in Calcutta]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 226];

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Protecting the Consumer from Unfair Trading Practices]; to be printed [No. 501-i]

[Mr David Davis].

3Welsh Affairs,—(1) Fifth Special Report from the Welsh Affairs Committee [Responses of the Government and the National Assembly for Wales to the Second Report of the Committee, Session 1999–2000, on the Transport Bill and its Impact on Wales]; to be printed [No. 497]; and

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(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee [Social Exclusion in Wales]; to be printed [No. 365-v]

[Mr Martyn Jones].


[No. 99.]

Tuesday 16th May 2000.

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

PRAYERS.

1City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [Lords],—The Order of the day being read, for the Third Reading of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [Lords];

Ordered, That the Bill be read the third time on Tuesday 23rd May.

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 23rd May.

3Railtrack (Waverley Station) Order Confirmation Bill,—Mr Secretary Reid presented a Bill to confirm a Provisional Order under section 8 of the Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act 1936, relating to Railtrack (Waverley Station): And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Wednesday 24th May and to be printed [Bill 124].

4Welsh Grand Committee,—Mr Barry Jones reported from the Welsh Grand Committee, That it had considered the matter of the Welsh economy, referred to it on 2nd May, and had directed him to report accordingly to the House.

Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 117].

5Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr John Cummings reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 2000.

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

6Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr John McWilliam reported from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft National Minimum Wage (Increase in Development Rate for Young Workers) Regulations 2000.

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

7Police (Northern Ireland) Bill,—Mr Secretary Mandelson, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Secretary Straw and Mr Secretary Cook, presented a Bill to make provision about policing in Northern Ireland; 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 125].

Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill be printed [Bill 125–EN].

8Juvenile Justice,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide that a young person indicted for a serious criminal offence shall be brought to trial within a period of 110 days; and for connected purposes: And that Miss Anne McIntosh, Mr James Gray, Mr Martin Bell, Mr Paul Keetch, Mr Michael Fabricant, Mr John Bercow, Mr Stephen O'Brien, Mr Graham Brady, Mr Desmond Swayne and Mr Christopher Fraser do prepare and bring it in.

9Juvenile Justice Bill,—Miss Anne McIntosh accordingly presented a Bill to provide that a young person indicted for a serious criminal offence shall be brought to trial within a period of 110 days; and for connected purposes: 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 126].

10Opposition Day [10th 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.

UK Manufacturing and Enterprise,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House condemns the Government for failing to encourage an enterprise economy, for reducing the UK's competitiveness and burdening all sectors of business with extra regulatory costs and taxation and for adding to the pressure on

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manufacturing, resulting in many sectors relocating outside the UK; demands that the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry outlines the Government's strategy for manufacturing as a matter of urgency, so that industry can plan for the future; and calls upon the Government to commit itself to reduce the overall cost of tax and regulation to business without delay, allowing UK firms to compete in the global market place and to retain a UK manufacturing base—(Mrs Angela Browning);

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 ‘recognises that industry does not want a return of the boom and bust policies of the previous Government, with interest rates of 15 per cent., inflation above 10 per cent. and soaring budget deficits; welcomes the Government's decisive action in taking politics out of interest rate decisions; notes that employment is currently 880,000 higher than it was when the Government came into office, and that long-term interest rates over the past year have been at their lowest for 35 years; welcomes the measures that the Government has taken to encourage enterprise, investment and innovation which particularly help manufacturing businesses; welcomes the Government's view that where firms are in difficulty the Government has a role in helping people through change as opposed to the previous Government's laissez-faire approach; and condemns the Opposition for its record in government, when manufacturing employment declined by 2 million', 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 Stephen Day, Mr Peter Atkinson: 173.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Jamieson, Mr Greg Pope: 337.

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 recognises that industry does not want a return of the boom and bust policies of the previous Government, with interest rates of 15 per cent., inflation above 10 per cent. and soaring budget deficits; welcomes the Government's decisive action in taking politics out of interest rate decisions; notes that employment is currently 880,000 higher than it was when the Government came into office, and that long-term interest rates over the past year have been at their lowest for 35 years; welcomes the measures that the Government has taken to encourage enterprise, investment and innovation which particularly help manufacturing businesses; welcomes the Government's view that where firms are in difficulty the Government has a role in helping people through change as opposed to the previous Government's laissez-faire approach; and condemns the Opposition for its record in government, when manufacturing employment declined by 2 million.

Future of the Teaching Profession,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House notes the failure of the Government to meet its target for recruitment into initial teacher training and the failure of Government schemes to encourage maths and science graduates into the teaching profession; views with concern the recent poll which showed that over half the profession expects to leave in the next decade and the fact that more teachers are leaving the profession than joining; deplores the Government's failure to deal with the bureaucratic workload faced by teachers, despite teachers' concerns and evidence that this is one of the key factors causing teachers to leave; recognises that this leads to children suffering in the quality of their education; and calls upon the Government to take urgent action to reduce the bureaucratic workload on teachers, to trust the professionals and to let teachers teach—(Mrs Theresa May);

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 substantial steps taken by the Government to improve teaching and the rewards for teaching, which include the introduction of a General Teaching Council, the development of better pay for good teaching, the introduction of training salaries to improve teacher recruitment, new measures to improve the training of headteachers, the Better Regulation Task Force Report on ‘Red Tape Affecting Headteachers', administrative support for schools, more classroom assistants, lower infant and junior class sizes, reform of induction and teacher training, and significant improvements in funding for school budgets and school modernisation; and notes that these measures have already reversed a legacy of budget cuts, rising class sizes and inadequate training inherited from the previous administration', instead thereof.—(Mr Secretary Blunkett.)

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Stephen Day: 170.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 313.

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);

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 309.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Stephen Day: 158.

So the Question was agreed to.

The Deputy Speaker forthwith declared the Main Question, as amended, to be agreed to.

Resolved, That this House welcomes the substantial steps taken by the Government to improve teaching and the rewards for teaching, which include the introduction of a General Teaching Council, the development of better pay for good teaching, the introduction of training salaries to improve teacher recruitment, new measures to improve the training of headteachers, the Better Regulation Task Force Report on ‘Red Tape Affecting Headteachers', administrative support for schools, more classroom assistants, lower infant and junior class sizes, reform of induction and teacher training, and significant improvements in funding for school budgets and school modernisation; and notes that these measures have already reversed a legacy of budget cuts, rising class sizes and inadequate training inherited from the previous administration.

11Northern Ireland,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That the draft Flags (Northern Ireland) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 15th May, be approved—(Mr Secretary Mandelson);

The House proceeded to a Division.

Wednesday 17th May 2000

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 240.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr William Cash, The Reverend Martin Smyth: 8.

So the Question was agreed to.

Resolved, That the draft Flags (Northern Ireland) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 15th May, be approved.

12Northern Ireland,—Resolved, That the draft Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) (No. 2) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 10th May, be approved.—(Mr Adam Ingram.)

13Companies,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Companies Act 1985 (Audit Exemption) (Amendment) Regulations 2000, which were laid before this House on 3rd May, be approved—(Mr Mike Hall):—It was agreed to.

14Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Mike Hall.)

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

[Adjourned at 1.59 a.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Church of England (General Synod) (Measures),—Measure passed by the General Synod of the Church of England, entitled Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure [by Act]; to be printed [No. 499] [Clerk of the House].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2Social Security,—Tax Credits Schemes (Miscellaneous Amendments No. 2) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1324), dated 16th May 2000 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

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3Social Security (Northern Ireland),—Tax Credits Schemes (Miscellaneous Amendments No. 2) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1325), dated 16th May 2000 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

Other Papers:

4Church of England (General Synod) (Measures),—Report by the Ecclesiastical Committee on the Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure [by Act]; to be printed [No. 500] [Clerk of the House].

5Environment, Transport and the Regions,—Response by the Government and the Health and Safety Commission and Executive to the Fourth Report from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee, Session 1999–2000, on the Work of the Health and Safety Executive [by Command] [Cm. 4741] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

6Port of London,—Report and Accounts of the Port of London Authority for 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

Draft National Minimum Wage (Increase in Development Rate for Young Workers) Regulations 2000,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Jim Murphy and Mr Jonathan R. Shaw from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mr Joe Ashton and Ms Dari Taylor.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Deregulation,—Second Special Report from the Deregulation Committee [Pre-Legislative Scrutiny of the draft Regulatory Reform Bill], together with Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 9th May; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Special Report [No. 488] [Mr Peter L. Pike].

2Education and Employment,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Employment Committee [DfEE Funding]; to be printed [No. 502-i] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

3Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment Sub-Committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [UK Biodiversity]; to be printed [No. 441-i] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].

4Foreign Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [Departmental Report: The Government's Expenditure Plans 2000–01 to 2001–02]; to be printed [No. 507-i] [Mr Donald Anderson].

5Home Affairs,—(1) Third Special Report from the Home Affairs Committee [Government Reply to the First Report from the Committee, Session 1999–2000, on Managing Dangerous People with Severe Personality Disorder]; to be printed [No. 505]; and

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Drugs and Prisons]; together with memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 506-i]

[Mr Robin Corbett].

6Standards and Privileges,—(1) Eleventh Report from the Committee on Standards and Privileges [Complaint against Mr Fabian Hamilton], with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 503]; and

(2) Twelfth Report from the Committee [Complaints against Mr John Prescott], with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 504]

[Mr Robert Sheldon].

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

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[No. 99; WH, No. 59.]

Tuesday 16th May 2000.

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

The sitting commenced at Ten o'clock.

Adjournment,—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Mr David Jamieson.)

And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 12.58 p.m.


[No. 100.]

Wednesday 17th May 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 24th May.

2First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Edward O'Hara reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Greater London Authority (Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2000.

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

3Newspaper and Magazine Recycling Bill,—The Order for reading the Newspaper and Magazine Recycling Bill a second time on Friday 9th June was read and discharged.

Bill withdrawn.

4Armed Forces (Minimum Age of Recruitment),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to prohibit the recruitment of persons under the age of eighteen into the regular forces, the regular air forces and the Royal Navy; to prohibit the calling up of members of the reserve forces who are under eighteen years of age; and for connected purposes—(Mr Paul Stinchcombe);

And the Motion being opposed, after a brief explanatory statement from the Member who made the Motion and from a Member who opposed it, the Speaker put the Question pursuant to Standing Order No. 23 (Motions for leave to bring in bills and nomination of select committees at commencement of public business).

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Julia Drown, Mr Marsha Singh: 110.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Maclean, Mr Edward Leigh: 69.

So the Question was agreed to.

Ordered, That Mr Paul Stinchcombe, Mr Marsha Singh, Paul Flynn, Mr Kerry Pollard, Mr Michael Jabez Foster (Hastings and Rye), Mr Fraser Kemp, Ms Oona King, Ms Julie Morgan, Lynne Jones, Valerie Davey, Julia Drown and Dr Brian Iddon do prepare and bring in the Bill.

5Armed Forces (Minimum Age of Recruitment) Bill,—Mr Paul Stinchcombe accordingly presented a Bill to prohibit the recruitment of persons under the age of eighteen into the regular forces, the regular air forces and the Royal Navy; to prohibit the calling up of members of the reserve forces who are under eighteen years of age; and for connected purposes: 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 127].

6Royal Parks (Trading) Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Royal Parks (Trading) Bill, not amended in the Standing Committee.

Amendment (No. 17) proposed to the Bill, in page 1, line 13, to leave out the word ‘”level', and to insert the words ‘”for the first offence level 2 on the standard scale, and for any subsequent offence level'.—(Mr Eric Forth.)

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

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Another Amendment (No. 18) proposed to the Bill, in page 1, line 16, after the word ‘the', to insert the word ‘knowledge'.—(Mr Eric Forth.)

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

And it being Seven o'clock, and there being Private Business set down by direction of the Chairman of Ways and Means under Standing Order No. 20 (Time for taking private business), further proceedings stood postponed.

7Kent County Council Bill [Lords],—The Kent County Council Bill [Lords] was, according to Order, read a second time and committed.

8Medway Council Bill [Lords],—The Medway Council Bill [Lords] was, according to Order, read a second time and committed.

9Royal Parks (Trading) Bill,—The House resumed the postponed proceedings on consideration of the Royal Parks (Trading) Bill.

Another Amendment (No. 6) proposed to the Bill, in page 2, line 4, to leave out Clauses 4 and 5.—(Mr David Maclean.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made;

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

Ordered, That the Debate be resumed to-morrow.

10Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Jim Dowd);

And the Motion having been made at 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 half-past Ten o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 10.30 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Children and Young Persons,—Children (Protection at Work) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1333), dated 17th May 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

2Terms and Conditions of Employment,—(1) Employment Tribunals Act 1996 (Application of Conciliation Provisions) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1337), and

(2) Employment Tribunals Act (Application of Conciliation Provisions) Order 2000 (Revocation) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1336),

dated 16th May 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

Other Papers:

3Broadcasting,—Report and Financial Statements of the Channel Four Television Corporation for 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

4Public Accounts,—Treasury Minute on the Eighth and Eleventh Reports from the Committee of Public Accounts, Session 1999–2000 [by Command] [Cm. 4732] [Mr Stephen Timms].

5Treaty Series (No. 56, 2000),—Exchange of Notes, done at Ulaanbaatar on 1st and 30th September 1999, extending the agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Mongolia for the Promotion and Protection of Investments signed at Ulaanbaatar on 4th October 1991 to the Isle of Man and the Bailiwicks of Guernsey and Jersey [by Command] [Cm. 4714] [Mr Secretary Cook].

6Treaty Series (No. 57, 2000),—Exchange of Notes, done at The Hague on 16th December 1999, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands extending the duration of the Agreement of 18th September 1998 concerning a Scottish Trial in the Netherlands [by Command] [Cm. 4717] [Mr Secretary Cook].

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APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee E, and has appointed Mr Jimmy Hood Chairman; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Norman Baker, Mr Bob Blizzard, Mr Colin Breed, Mr Tony Clarke, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Maria Eagle, Mr Ivan Henderson, Mr Lindsay Hoyle, Mr Andrew Hunter, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr Elliot Morley, Mr Malcolm Moss, Mrs Diana Organ, Mr Owen Paterson, Angela Smith, Mr Mike Wood and Mr Anthony D. Wright.

2Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Functions) Order 2000, and the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2000:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the First 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 Douglas Alexander, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Russell Brown, Mr Simon Burns, Mr Christopher Chope, Mr George Galloway, Mr Dominic Grieve, Mr Calum Macdonald, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr Michael Moore, Ms Sandra Osborne, Mr Ernie Ross, Mr Malcolm Savidge, Sir Robert Smith, Mr Brian Wilson and Mr Tony Worthington.

3Draft Code of Practice: Access to Workers during Recognition and Derecognition Ballots:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Code to the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr John Cummings Chairman; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Dr Vincent Cable, Mr Ben Chapman, Mr Brian Cotter, Mr Hilton Dawson, Mr Eric Forth, Mr Christopher Fraser, Mr Stephen Hesford, Mr Alan Johnson, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Mr Richard Page, Mr Greg Pope, Mr Dennis Skinner, Miss Geraldine Smith, Joan Walley, Mr David Winnick and Derek Wyatt.

4The Government's assessment as set out in the Financial Statement and Budget Report 2000–01, and the Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report 2000–01, for the purposes of section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the Reports to the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Sir David Madel Chairman; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Graham Allen, Mr Roger Berry, Mr Peter Bradley, Mr Tom Clarke, Mr Vernon Coaker, Mr Jim Cousins, Mr Edward Davey, Mr Howard Flight, Mrs Teresa Gorman, Miss Melanie Johnson, Mr John Owen Jones, Mr Michael Mates, Mr Keith Simpson, Mr Matthew Taylor, Mr Paul Truswell and Mrs Betty Williams.

5Draft Social Security and Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2000:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Richard Burden, Angela Eagle, Mr Andrew George, Mr Kevin Hughes, Dr Stephen Ladyman, Laura Moffatt, Mrs Diana Organ, Mr Tom Pendry, Mr Eric Pickles, Mr John Randall, Mr Richard Shepherd, Helen Southworth, Mr Ian Taylor, Mr Jon Trickett, Steve Webb and Mr Shaun Woodward.

6Draft Local Authority (Stocks and Bonds) (Amendment) Regulations 2000, and the draft Uncertified Securities (Amendment) Regulations 2000:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Graham Allen, Mr Harry Cohen, Mr Edward Davey, Mr Mark Fisher, Mr Howard Flight, Mr Gerald Howarth, Miss Melanie Johnson, Mr Chris Pond, Mr John Redwood, Mr Ted Rowlands, Christine Russell, Mr Jonathan R. Shaw, Mr Keith Simpson, Mr Llew Smith, Mr Peter Snape and Mr Matthew Taylor.

7Education (Student Support) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1120), and the Education (Student Support) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1121):

(1) The Speaker has allocated the Regulations to the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

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(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Clive Betts, Mr Ben Bradshaw, Mr Colin Burgon, Mr James Clappison, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr Geraint Davies, Mr John Grogan, Dr Evan Harris, Mr Andrew Love, Mr David Maclean, Mr Jim Murphy, Mr Patrick Nicholls, Dan Norris, Dr Alan Whitehead, Mr Malcolm Wicks and Mr Phil Willis.

8Learning and Skills Bill [Lords],—The Speaker has appointed Mr John Butterfill and Mr John Maxton additional Chairmen of Standing Committee F in respect of the Bill.

9Draft Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Colin Burgon from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mr Tony Clarke.

European Standing Committees

10The following documents have been referred to European Standing Committee B:

No. COM(00) 34, European Commission's Opinion on Adapting the Institutions to make a success of Enlargement;

No. COM(00) 109, Additional Commission contribution to the Inter-Governmental Conference on institutional reform: reform of the Community Courts; and

No. COM (00) 114, Supplementary contribution of the Commission to the Inter-Governmental Conference on institutional reform: Qualified majority voting for single market aspects in the taxation and social security fields.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Agriculture,—(1) Fifth Report from the Agriculture Committee [The Government's Proposals for Organophosphate Sheep Dips], 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. 425];

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Regional Service Centres]; to be printed [No. 509-i]; and

(3) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Regional Service Centres]

[Mr David Curry].

2Culture, Media and Sport,—(1) Sixth Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [Public Libraries], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceeedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 241]; and

(2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Public Libraries]

[Mr Gerald Kaufman].

3Education and Employment,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Employment Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Committee [New Deal: Two Years On]; to be printed [No. 510-i] [Mr Derek Foster].

4European Scrutiny,—Eighteenth Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 23-xviii] [Mr Jim Marshall].

5Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Sub-Committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [The Departmental Annual Report 2000 and Expenditure Plans 2000–01 to 2001–02]; to be printed [No. 471-ii] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

6Home Affairs,—(1) Third Report from the Home Affairs Committee [The Double Jeopardy Rule], 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. 190]; and

(2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [The Double Jeopardy Rule]

[Mr Robin Corbett].

7Northern Ireland Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [Northern Ireland Railways]; to be printed [No. 512-i] [Mr Peter Brooke].

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8Public Accounts,—(1) Eighteenth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Industrial Development Board for Northern Ireland: Inward Investment]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 66];

(2) Nineteenth Report from the Committee [The Newcastle Estate Development Project]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 104]; and

(3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Hip Replacements: Getting It Right First Time]; to be printed [No. 513-i]

[Mr David Davis].

9Public Administration,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [The Government Information and Communication Service]; to be printed [No. 511-i] [Dr Tony Wright].

10Science and Technology,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Science and Technology Committee [Cancer Research—A Fresh Look]; to be printed [No. 332-vi] [Dr Michael Clark].

11Social Security,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Social Security Committee [Housing Benefit]; to be printed [No. 385-iv] [Mr Archy Kirkwood].

12Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [The London Stock Exchange]; to be printed [No. 508-i] [Mr Giles Radice].


[No. 100; WH, No. 60.]

Wednesday 17th May 2000.

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

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

Adjournment,—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Mr Greg Pope.)

And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.59 p.m.


[No. 101.]

Thursday 18th May 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 25th May.

2Mersey 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 25th May.

3Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Dr Ashok Kumar reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000.

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

4Police Bill,—Mr Andrew Mackinlay presented a Bill to make provision to regulate the use of the term ‘police' and related terms; to amend the law relating to the powers of certain constables; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 9th June and to be printed [Bill 128].

5Pardon for Soldiers of the Great War Bill,—Mr Andrew Mackinlay, supported by Mr Syd Rapson, Mr Lindsay Hoyle, Dr Norman A. Godman, Mr Phil Sawford, Mr Tony Benn, Mr Kelvin Hopkins, Mr Dennis Skinner, Mr Ronnie Campbell, Mr John Cryer and Mrs Llin Golding, presented a Bill to provide for the granting of pardons to soldiers of the British Empire Forces executed during the Great War of 1914 to 1919 following

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  conviction for offences of cowardice, desertion or attempted desertion, disobedience, quitting post, violence, sleeping at post, throwing away arms or striking a superior officer; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 9th June and to be printed [Bill 129].

6Care Standards Bill [Lords],—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Care Standards 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, whilst supporting the principles of improved quality of delivery of social care, and in particular greater protection to the most vulnerable, declines to give a Second Reading to the Care Standards Bill [Lords] because its approach is unnecessarily bureaucratic and intrusive, it fails to extend proper regulatory protection to all patients in acute hospitals, it makes insufficient progress towards improving adoption procedures, it will impose substantial additional cost burdens on social care providers at a time when the quality of care provision is being eroded by inadequate funding, without putting in place mechanisms to balance the obligations of higher quality with a guarantee of proper levels of payment, and it depends excessively on regulations which renders proper scrutiny of the Bill impossible', instead thereof.—(Dr Liam Fox.)

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John Randall, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 120.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Tony McNulty, Mr David Jamieson: 274.

So the Question was negatived.

And the Main Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 62 (Amendment on second or third reading):—It was agreed to.

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

7Care Standards Bill [Lords] [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Care Standards Bill [Lords] [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 Care Standards Bill [Lords], it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—

(a) any expenditure incurred by a Minister of the Crown under the Act; and

(b) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of money so provided under any other enactment—(Mr Clive Betts):—It was agreed to.

8Business of the House,—Ordered, That, at the sitting on 23rd May, the Speaker shall put the Questions necessary to dispose of the proceedings on the Motions in the name of Margaret Beckett relating to insurance for Members and payment of legal expenses to the honourable Member for Mid-Worcestershire not later than one and a half hours after the commencement of the proceedings on the first such Motion, and such Questions shall include the Questions on any amendments selected by the Speaker which may then be moved.—(Mr Clive Betts.)

9Scottish Grand Committee,—Ordered, That the Scottish Grand Committee shall meet at Westminster on Monday 12th June at half-past Four o'clock to consider a substantive Motion for the adjournment of the Committee, the proceedings to be interrupted at Seven o'clock.—(Mr Clive Betts.)

10Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Clive Betts.)

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

[Adjourned at 7.38 p.m.


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APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

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

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2Census,—Census Order (Northern Ireland) 2000 (S.R. (N.I.), 2000, No. 168), dated 15th May 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Mandelson].

3Land Registration,—Land Registry (Fees) Order (Northern Ireland) 2000 (S.R. (N.I.), 2000, No. 167), dated 12th May 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Mandelson].

4Local Government,—Local Government (General Grant) Order (Northern Ireland) 2000 (S.R. (N.I.), 2000, No. 160), dated 9th May 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Mandelson].

5London Government,—(1) GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Ealing) Designation Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1286),

(2) GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Enfield) Designation Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1287),

(3) GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Greenwich) Designation Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1288),

(4) GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Hackney) Designation Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1289),

(5) GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham) Designation Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1290),

(6) GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Haringey) Designation Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1291),

(7) GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Havering) Designation Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1292),

(8) GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Hillingdon) Designation Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1293),

dated 11th May 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

6Merchant Shipping,—(1) Merchant Shipping (Load Line) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1335), and

(2) The Merchant Shipping (Survey and Certification) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1334),

dated 16th May 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Other Papers:

7Broadcasting,—Report and Financial Statements of the Radio Authority for 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

8Education (Northern Ireland),—Department of Education (Northern Ireland) Minute, dated 15th May 2000, concerning a contingent liability consequent upon indemnification of the trustees of St. Genevieve's High School, Belfast, for potential cost commitments arising from a private finance initiative contract [by Command] [Mr Secretary Mandelson].

9Liaison,—Government Response to the First Report from the Liaison Committee, Session 1999–2000, on Shifting the Balance: Select Committees and the Executive [by Command] [Cm. 4737] [Margaret Beckett].

10Public Processions (Northern Ireland),—Accounts of the Parades Commission for Northern Ireland for 1998–99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 515] [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Functions) Order 2000, and the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2000,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Tony Worthington from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Maria Fyfe.

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2Draft Code of Practice: Access to Workers during Recognition and Derecognition Ballots,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Richard Page from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Code); and nominated in substitution Mr Nick Gibb.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Culture, Media and Sport,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [Cultural Property: Return and Illicit Trade]; to be printed [No. 371-v] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].

2Defence,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence Committee on 17th May [Lessons of Kosovo]; to be printed [No. 347-vii] [Mr Bruce George].

3Health,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [Provision of NHS Mental Health Services]; to be printed [No. 373-vi] [Mr David Hinchliffe].

4International Development,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [After Seattle—The World Trade Organisation and Developing Countries]; to be printed [No. 227-vi] [Mr Bowen Wells].

5Trade and Industry,—(1) Ninth Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [Proposed Public Private Partnership for BNFL], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 307]; and

(2) Seventh Special Report from the Committee [Government Observations on the Seventh Report from the Trade and Industry Committee, Session 1999–2000, on Business, Enterprise and the Budget]; to be printed [No. 514] [Mr Martin O'Neill].


[No. 101; WH, No. 61.]

Thursday 18th May 2000.

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

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

Adjournment (Future of the construction industry),—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 23rd May.

[Adjourned at 5.30 p.m.


[No. 102.]

Friday 19th May 2000.

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

PRAYERS.

1Police Bill,—Ordered, That the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills do examine the Police Bill with respect to the applicability thereto of the Standing Orders relating to Private Business.

2Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

The Lords have agreed to the Financial Services and Markets Bill, with Amendments; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

3Financial Services and Markets Bill,—Lords Amendments to the Financial Services and Markets Bill to be considered on Monday 22nd May and to be printed [Bill 130].

4School Crossing Patrols (Amendment) Bill,—The Order for reading the School Crossing Patrols (Amendment) Bill a second time on Friday 9th June was read and discharged.

Bill withdrawn.

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5Health Service Commissioners (Amendment) Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Health Service Commissioners (Amendment) Bill, not amended in the Standing Committee.

A Clause (Time limit on making of complaints (No. 2))—(Mr Eric Forth)—brought up, and read the first time.

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

A Clause (Requirements to be complied with)—(Ms Gisela Stuart)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.

Another Clause (Transitional provision)—(Ms Gisela Stuart)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.

An Amendment (No. 12) proposed to the Bill, in page 1, line 20, at the end to insert the words—

‘(4) In section 3 (general remit of Commissioners)—

(a) at the end of subsection (1) insert “or, in the event that the person the subject of the complaint has retired or resigned from the National Health Service, refer the complaint to the professional body of the registered medical practitioner, dentist or nurse who is the subject of the complaint;”

(b) at the end of subsection (1A) insert “or, in the event that the person the subject of the complaint has retired or resigned from the National Health Service, refer the complaint to the professional body of the registered medical practitioner, dentist or nurse who is the subject of the complaint;”

(c) at the end of subsection (1C) insert “or, in the event that the person the subject of the complaint has retired or resigned from the National Health Service, refer the complaint to the professional body of the registered medical practitioner, dentist or nurse who is the subject of the complaint”.'.—(Mr Andrew Dismore.)

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

Amendment (No. 11) made to the Bill.

Another Amendment (No. 17) proposed to the Bill, in the Title, at the end to add the words ‘to extend the provisions of the Act to persons who have retired or resigned from the National Health Service; and for related purposes.'.—(Mr Andrew Dismore.)

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

The Bill was read the third time, and passed.

6Protection of Animals (Amendment) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for resuming the adjourned Debate on the Question proposed on 28th January, That the Protection of Animals (Amendment) Bill be now read a second time.

Question put and agreed to.

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

7Building Societies (Transfer Resolutions) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Building Societies (Transfer Resolutions) Bill;

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

And it being half-past Two o'clock, the Debate stood adjourned.

Ordered, That the Debate be resumed on Friday 21st July.

8Urban Regeneration and Countryside Protection Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for resuming the adjourned Debate on the Question proposed on 24th March, That the Urban Regeneration and Countryside Protection Bill be now read a second time;

Ordered, That the Debate be resumed on Friday 9th June.

9Census (Amendment) Bill [Lords],—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Census (Amendment) Bill [Lords];

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 9th June.

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10Corporate Homicide Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Corporate Homicide Bill;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 9th June.

11Zoo Licensing (Amendment) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Zoo Licensing (Amendment) Bill;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 9th June.

12Road Traffic Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Road Traffic Bill;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 9th June.

13Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Tony McNulty.)

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till Three o'clock, adjourned till Monday 22nd May.

[Adjourned at 3 p.m.


APPENDIX

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Local Government Finance,—Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 62) on Private Finance Initiative [by Act]; to be printed [No. 458] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2Criminal Law,—Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Freezing of Funds and Prohibition on Investment) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1367), dated 19th May 2000 [by Act] [Miss Melanie Johnson].

3Disabled Persons,—Rail Vehicle Accessibility (The Chiltern Railway Company Limited Class 168/1 Vehicles) Exemption Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1349), dated 18th May 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

4London Government,—(1) GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Hounslow) Designation Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1307),

(2) GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Lambeth) Designation Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1312),

(3) GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Lewisham) Designation Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1310),

(4) GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Merton) Designation Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1313),

(5) GLA Side Roads (London Borough of Newham) Designation Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1311),

(6) GLA Side Roads (Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames) Designation Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1309), and

(7) GLA Side Roads (Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea) Designation Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1308),

dated 12th May 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

5Medicines,—Medicines (Aristolochia and Mu Tong etc.) (Temporary Prohibition) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1368), dated 18th May 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

6Road Traffic (Northern Ireland),—Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1369), dated 18th May 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].



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