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[No. 144.]

Monday 23rd October 2000.

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

PRAYERS.

1Sir Edward Heath took the Chair, pursuant to Standing Order No. 1 (Election of the Speaker).

2Queen gives leave to the House to choose new Speaker,—The Prime Minister acquainted the House that Her Majesty, having been informed of the resignation of the Right honourable Miss Betty Boothroyd, lately Speaker of this House, gives leave to the House to proceed forthwith to the choice of a new Speaker.

Mr Peter Snape proposed to the House for its Speaker Mr Michael J. Martin, and moved, That Mr Michael J. Martin do take the Chair of this House as Speaker, which Motion was seconded by Ann Keen.

And the Question being proposed, That Mr Michael J. Martin do take the Chair of this House as Speaker;

Mr Michael J. Martin then stood up in his place, and expressed the sense he had of the honour proposed to be conferred upon him, and submitted himself to the House.

Mr David Winnick proposed an Amendment to the Question, to leave out the words ‘Mr Michael J. Martin' and to insert the words ‘Sir Alan Haselhurst', instead thereof, which Amendment was seconded by Mr Peter Brooke.

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

Sir Alan Haselhurst then stood up in his place, and expressed the sense he had of the honour proposed to be conferred upon him, and submitted himself to the House.

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Sir David Madel, Mr Bill Rammell: 140.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Snape, Ann Keen: 345.

So the Question was negatived.

Mr Dafydd Wigley proposed an Amendment to the Question, to leave out the words ‘Mr Michael J. Martin' and to insert the words ‘Mr A. J. Beith', instead thereof, which Amendment was seconded by Jackie Ballard.

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

Mr A. J. Beith then stood up in his place, and expressed the sense he had of the honour proposed to be conferred upon him, and submitted himself to the House.

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Lembit Opik, Mr Elfyn Llwyd: 83.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Snape, Ann Keen: 409.

So the Question was negatived.

Mr David Davis proposed an Amendment to the Question, to leave out the words ‘Mr Michael J. Martin' and to insert the words ‘Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody', instead thereof, which Amendment was seconded by Marjorie Mowlam.

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

Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody then stood up in her place, and expressed the sense she had of the honour proposed to be conferred upon her, and submitted herself to the House.

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Maclean, Helen Jones: 170.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Snape, Ann Keen: 341.

So the Question was negatived.

Mr John MacGregor proposed an Amendment to the Question, to leave out the words ‘Mr Michael J. Martin' and to insert the words ‘Sir George Young', instead thereof, which Amendment was seconded by Helen Jackson.

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

Sir George Young then stood up in his place, and expressed the sense he had of the honour proposed to be conferred upon him, and submitted himself to the House.

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Richard Ottaway, Mr Martin Salter: 241.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Snape, Ann Keen: 317.

So the Question was negatived.

Mr Martin O'Neill proposed an Amendment to the Question, to leave out the words ‘Mr Michael J. Martin' and to insert the words ‘Mr Menzies Campbell', instead thereof, which Amendment was seconded by Derek Wyatt.

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

Mr Menzies Campbell then stood up in his place, and expressed the sense he had of the honour proposed to be conferred upon him, and submitted himself to the House.

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Paul Keetch, Mr Don Foster: 98.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Snape, Ann Keen: 381.

So the Question was negatived.

Mr John Maxton proposed an Amendment to the Question, to leave out the words ‘Mr Michael J. Martin' and to insert the words ‘Dr David Clark', instead thereof, which Amendment was seconded by Joan Ruddock.

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

Dr David Clark then stood up in his place, and expressed the sense he had of the honour proposed to be conferred upon him, and submitted himself to the House.

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Terry Lewis, Mr Hilton Dawson: 192.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Snape, Ann Keen: 257.*

So the Question was negatived.

Mr John Wilkinson proposed an Amendment to the Question, to leave out the words ‘Mr Michael J. Martin' and to insert the words ‘Mr Nicholas Winterton', instead thereof, which Amendment was seconded by Mr Stephen Pound.

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

Mr Nicholas Winterton then stood up in his place, and expressed the sense he had of the honour proposed to be conferred upon him, and submitted himself to the House.

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John Wilkinson, Mr Stephen Pound: 116.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Snape, Ann Keen: 340.

So the Question was negatived.

Mr Jamie Cann proposed an Amendment to the Question, to leave out the words ‘Mr Michael J. Martin' and to insert the words ‘Mr John McWilliam', instead thereof, which Amendment was seconded by Mrs Helen Brinton.

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

Mr John McWilliam then stood up in his place, and expressed the sense he had of the honour proposed to be conferred upon him, and submitted himself to the House.

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mrs Helen Brinton, Mr Eric Martlew: 30.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Snape, Ann Keen: 309.

So the Question was negatived.

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Mr Tom King proposed an Amendment to the Question, to leave out the words ‘Mr Michael J. Martin' and to insert the words ‘Mr Michael Lord', instead thereof, which Amendment was seconded by Mr Andrew Reed.

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

Mr Michael Lord then stood up in his place, and expressed the sense he had of the honour proposed to be conferred upon him, and submitted himself to the House.

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Tom King, Mr Andrew Reed: 146.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Snape, Ann Keen: 290.

So the Question was negatived.

Mrs Gillian Shephard proposed an Amendment to the Question, to leave out the words ‘Mr Michael J. Martin' and to insert the words ‘Sir Patrick Cormack', instead thereof, which Amendment was seconded by Mr Tam Dalyell.

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

Sir Patrick Cormack then stood up in his place, and expressed the sense he had of the honour proposed to be conferred upon him, and submitted himself to the House.

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Sir Raymond Powell, Mr Gerald Howarth: 130.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Snape, Ann Keen: 287.

So the Question was negatived.

Mr Martin Bell proposed an Amendment to the Question, to leave out the words ‘Mr Michael J. Martin' and to insert the words ‘Mr Richard Shepherd', instead thereof, which Amendment was seconded by Tony Wright.

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

Mr Richard Shepherd then stood up in his place, and expressed the sense he had of the honour proposed to be conferred upon him, and submitted himself to the House.

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Sir Teddy Taylor, Mr Eric Forth: 136.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Snape, Ann Keen: 282.

So the Question was negatived.

*Then Mr Peter Snape and Mr Hilton Dawson, Tellers in the Division this day on the Question, That the Amendment be made, which Amendment was, to leave out the words ‘Mr Michael J. Martin' and to insert the words ‘Dr David Clark', instead thereof, came to the Table and stated that they had erroneously reported the number of the Noes as 296, instead of 257, which was the correct number.

Whereupon Sir Edward Heath directed the Clerk to correct the number in the Journal accordingly, viz.: Ayes, 192, Noes 257.

And the Main Question being put, That Mr Michael J. Martin do take the Chair of this House as Speaker;

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Peter Snape, Ann Keen: 370.

Tellers for the Noes, Dr Julian Lewis, Mr David Maclean: 8.

So the Question was agreed to.

Resolved, That Mr Michael J. Martin do take the Chair of this House as Speaker.

Whereupon Sir Edward Heath left the Chair, and Mr Michael J. Martin was taken out of his place and conducted to the Chair by Mr Peter Snape and Ann Keen, and, standing on the upper step, he expressed his respectful and humble acknowledgement to the House of the great honour the House had been pleased to confer upon him, and sat down in the Chair.

Then the Mace (which before lay under the Table) was placed upon the Table.

Whereupon the Prime Minister, Mr William Hague, Mr Charles Kennedy, Mr Alex Salmond, Sir Alan Haselhurst, Mr Tony Benn, Mr Dennis Canavan, Mr Simon Hughes

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and Caroline Flint congratulated the Speaker Elect; and the Prime Minister signified the pleasure of Her Majesty that the House should present its Speaker this day at a quarter past Eleven o'clock in the House of Peers, for Her Majesty's Royal Approbation.

3Message to attend the Lords Commissioners,—A Message was received from the Lords Commissioners, by the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod:

Mr Speaker Elect,

The Lords, authorised by virtue of Her Majesty's Commission, desire the immediate attendance of this Honourable House in the House of Peers.

4Accordingly the Speaker Elect, with the House, went up to the House of Peers, where he was presented to the said Lords Commissioners for Her Majesty's Royal Approbation.

Then the Lord Chancellor, one of the said Lords Commissioners, signified Her Majesty's Approbation of the Speaker Elect.

5The House having returned;

6The Speaker reported, That the House had been in the House of Peers, where Her Majesty was pleased by Her Majesty's Commissioners to approve the choice the House had made of him to be its Speaker.

And then the Speaker repeated his very respectful acknowledgements and grateful thanks to the House for the great honour it had conferred upon him, and renewed the assurance of his entire devotion to the service of the House.

7Madam Speaker Boothroyd's Retirement,—Resolved, nemine contradicente, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying Her Majesty that she will be most graciously pleased to confer some signal mark of Her Royal favour upon the Right honourable Miss Betty Boothroyd for her eminent services during the important period in which she presided with such distinguished ability and dignity in the Chair of this House; and assuring Her Majesty that whatever expense Her Majesty shall think fit to be incurred upon that account this House will make good the same.—(Margaret Beckett.)

Address to be presented to Her Majesty by such Members of this House as are of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council or of Her Majesty's Household.

8Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Margaret Beckett.)

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

[Adjourned at 11.36 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented by Her Majesty's Command and delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on the undermentioned dates during the adjournment pursuant to Standing Order No. 158 (Presentation of command papers):

Monday 31st July 2000

1Prisons,—Prison Statistics for England and Wales for 1999 [Cm. 4805] [Mr Secretary Straw].

Monday 7th August 2000

2Customs and Excise,—Paper, comprising the Export of Goods (Control) (Amendment No. 4) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2140), dated 4th August 2000 [Mr Secretary Byers].

Tuesday 8th August 2000

3Foreign Affairs,—Government Response to the Fourth Report of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Session 1999–2000, on Kosovo [Cm. 4825] [Mr Secretary Cook].

4Sustainable Development,—Government Response to the Sixth Annual Report from the Government Panel on Sustainable Development [Cm. 4831] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

5Treaty Series (No. 97, 2000),—Euro-Mediterranean Agreement, done at Brussels on 20th November 1995, establishing an Association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the State of Israel, of the other part, including Protocols with Exchange of Letters, Declarations and Final Act [Cm. 4823] [Mr Secretary Cook].

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Wednesday 9th August 2000

6Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—Government Response to the Fifth Report from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee, Session 1999–2000, on UK Climate Change Programme [Cm. 4748] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

7Treaty Series (No. 98, 2000),—Exchange of Notes, done at Ankara on 12th January 2000, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Republic of Turkey concerning the Employment in Turkey and the United Kingdom of the Dependants of Diplomatic and Consular Personnel [Cm. 4826] [Mr Secretary Cook].

Thursday 10th August 2000

8Treaty Series (No. 99, 2000),—Convention on Social Security, done at Seoul on 20th April 1999, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Republic of Korea [Cm. 4827] [Mr Secretary Cook].

Tuesday 15th August 2000

9Human Fertilisation and Embryology,—(1) Paper, entitled Stem Cell Research: Medical Progress with Responsibility—Report from the Chief Medical Officer's Expert Group reviewing the potential of developments in stem cell research and cell nuclear replacement to benefit human health, and

(2) Government Response to the Recommendations made in the Chief Medical Officer's Expert Group Report “Stem Cell Research: Medical Progress with Responsibility” [Cm. 4833]

[Mr Secretary Milburn].

Wednesday 16th August 2000

10Miscellaneous (No. 19, 2000),—Agreement, done at Karachi on 14th September 1999, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan concerning Air Services, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Cm. 4821] [Mr Secretary Cook].

11Treaty Series (No. 100, 2000),—Protocol of 1988, done at London on 11th November 1988, relating to the International Convention on Load Lines, 1966 [Cm. 4829] [Mr Secretary Cook].

12Treaty Series (No. 101, 2000),—Exchange of Notes, done at London on 9th December 1998 and 9th March 1999, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands concerning Privileges and Immunities for the Liaison Officers at Europol [Cm. 4830] [Mr Secretary Cook].

Thursday 17th August 2000

13Animals,—Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals in Great Britain for 1999 [Cm. 4841] [Mr Secretary Straw].

Friday 18th August 2000

14Marshall Aid Commemoration,—Report of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission for 1st October 1998 to 30th September 1999 [Cm. 4828] [Mr Secretary Cook].

Monday 21st August 2000

15Commonhold and Leasehold Reform,—Paper, entitled Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Draft Bill and Consultation Paper [Cm. 4843] [Mr David Lock].

Wednesday 23rd August 2000

16Customs and Excise,—Paper, comprising the Export of Goods (Control) (Amendment No. 5) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2264), dated 22nd August 2000 [Mr Secretary Byers].

17Treaty Series (No. 102, 2000),—Exchange of Notes, done at Amman on 26th April and 7th May 2000, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan concerning Certain Commercial Debts (The United Kingdom/Jordan Debt Agreement No. 5 (1999)) [Cm. 4836] [Mr Secretary Cook].

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Thursday 24th August 2000

18Culture, Media and Sport,—Department of Culture, Media and Sport Minute, dated 24th August 2000, concerning a contingent liability consequent upon indemnification for works of art lent to the Wallace Collection for the exhibition “Queen Victoria and Thomas Sully: An American Painter at Buckingham Palace” [Mr Secretary Smith].

19International Criminal Court,—Paper, entitled International Criminal Court: Consultation on Draft Legislation [Cm. 4847] [Mr Secretary Cook].

Wednesday 30th August 2000

20Prisons (Scotland),—(1) Report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland for 1999–2000 [Cm. 4824], and

(2) Report of the Scottish Prisons Complaints Commission for 1999 [Cm. 4848]

[Mr Secretary Reid].

Thursday 31st August 2000

21Competition Commission,—Report by the Competition Commission on the merger situation between Air Canada and Canadian Airlines Corporation [Cm. 4838] [Mr Secretary Byers].

22Croatia (No. 1, 2000),—Agreement, done at Zagreb on 22nd February 1999, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Republic of Croatia on International Road Transport, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Cm. 4834] [Mr Secretary Cook].

23Slovenia (No. 1, 2000),—Agreement, done at Prague on 30th May 2000, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Republic of Slovenia on International Road Transport, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Cm. 4835] [Mr Secretary Cook].

Friday 1st September 2000

24Education and Employment,—Government Response to the Seventh Report from the Education and Employment Committee, Session 1999–2000, on the Role of Private Sector Organisations in Public Education [Cm. 4844] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

Wednesday 6th September 2000

25Treaty Series (No. 103, 2000),—Convention, done at Brussels on 26th July 1995, based on Article K.3 of the Treaty on European Union, on the Establishment of a European Police Office (Europol Convention) with Declarations [Cm. 4837] [Mr Secretary Cook].

Friday 8th September 2000

26Treaty Series (No. 104, 2000),—Amending Protocol, done at London on 16th June 1999, to the Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the French Republic concerning the European Air Group [Cm. 4839] [Mr Secretary Cook].

Wednesday 13th September 2000

27Treaty Series (No. 105, 2000),—Agreement, done at London on 5th May 1998, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Italian Republic concerning the Co-Production of Films [Cm. 4840] [Mr Secretary Cook].

Thursday 14th September 2000

28Miscellaneous (No. 20, 2000),—Amendments, adopted at Strasbourg on 15th June 1999, to the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (ETS No. 108) allowing the European Communities to Accede, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Cm. 4846] [Mr Secretary Cook].

29Treaty Series (No. 106, 2000),—European Charter of Local Self-Government, done at Strasbourg on 15th October 1985 [Cm. 4845] [Mr Secretary Cook].

Tuesday 19th September 2000

30Legal Aid (Northern Ireland),—Paper, entitled The Way Ahead: Legal Aid Reform in Northen Ireland [Cm. 4849] [Mr David Lock].

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31Netherlands (No. 1, 2000),—Agreement, done at London on 10th January 2000, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Kingdom of The Netherlands concerning Air Services between and beyond the United Kingdom Overseas territories of Anguilla, Bermuda, The British Virgin Islands, The Cayman Islands, Montserrat and The Turks and Caicos Islands on the one hand, and The Netherlands Antilles on the other, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Cm. 4850] [Mr Secretary Cook].

Wednesday 20th September 2000

32Immigration,—Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules [Cm. 4851] [Mr Secretary Straw].

33Treaty Series (No. 107, 2000),—Convention, done at Paris on 17th December 1997, on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions [Cm. 4852] [Mr Secretary Cook].

34Treaty Series (No. 108, 2000),—Exchange of Notes, done at London on 9th June 2000, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Russian Federation concerning Certain Commercial Debts (The United Kingdom/Russia Debt Agreement No. 4 (1996)) [Cm. 4854] [Mr Secretary Cook].

Thursday 21st September 2000

35Social Security,—Paper, entitled Opportunity for All: One Year on: making a difference [Cm. 4865] [Mr Secretary Darling].

Friday 22nd September 2000

36Treaty Series (No. 109, 2000),—Food Aid Convention, 1999, adopted at London on 13th April 1999 [Cm. 4856] [Mr Secretary Cook].

Monday 25th September 2000

37Customs and Excise,—Paper, comprising the Export of Goods (Control) (Amendment No. 6) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2618), dated 20th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Byers].

Wednesday 27th September 2000

38Treaty Series (No. 110, 2000),—Exchange of Notes, done at Oslo on 9th August 1999, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Kingdom of Norway amending the Agreement relating to the Exploitation of the Murchison Field Reservoir and the Offtake of Petroleum therefrom, signed at Oslo on 16th October 1979 [Cm. 4857] [Mr Secretary Cook].

39Treaty Series (No. 111, 2000),—Amendments to the Appendix to the Anti-Doping Convention, Strasbourg, 16th November 1989 [Cm. 4858] [Mr Secretary Cook].

Friday 29th September 2000

40Social Security,—(1) Government Response to the Fifth Report from the Social Security Committee, Session 1999–2000, on the Contributory Principle [Cm.. 4867], and

(2) Government Response to the Sixth Report from the Social Security Committee, Session 1999–2000, on Housing Benefit [Cm. 4869]

[Mr Secretary Darling].

Monday 2nd October 2000

41Law Commission,—Report of the Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission on Damages Under the Human Rights Act 1998 [Cm. 4853] [Mr David Lock].

Tuesday 3rd October 2000

42Home Affairs,—Government Response to the Second Report from the Home Affairs Committee, Session 1999–2000, on Controls Over Firearms [Cm. 4864] [Mr Secretary Straw].

43Science and Technology,—Government Response to the Third Report from the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee, Session 1999–2000, on Science and Society [Cm. 4875] [Mr Secretary Byers].

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Wednesday 4th October 2000

44Treaty Series (No. 112, 2000),—Amendment, agreed by the Standing Committee in Helsinki on 25th and 26th May 1998, of Annexes I and II to the Convention on the Control and Marking of Articles of Precious Metals [Cm. 4859] [Mr Secretary Cook].

45Treaty Series (No. 113, 2000),—Amendment to Annex I and Adoption of Annexes VIII and IX to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, done at Kuching on 23–27 February 1998 [Cm. 4860] [Mr Secretary Cook].

Monday 9th October 2000

46Deer (Scotland),—Report of the Deer Commission for Scotland for 1999–2000 [Mr Secretary Reid].

47National Lottery,—Report and Statement of Account of sportscotland Lottery Fund for 1999–2000 [Mr Secretary Reid].

Tuesday 10th October 2000

48Competition Commission,—Report by the Competition Commission on Supermarkets: the supply of groceries from multiple stores in the United Kingdom [Cm. 4842] [Mr Secretary Byers].

Wednesday 11th October 2000

49Miscellaneous (No. 21, 2000),—Protocol, done at Vilnius on 3rd June 1999, for the Modification of the Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail (COTIF) of 9 May 1980 (Protocol 1999), with an Explanatory Memorandum [Cm. 4873] [Mr Secretary Cook].

50Public Accounts,—Treasury Minute on the Twentieth to Twenty-fourth Reports from the Committee of Public Accounts, Session 1999–2000 [Cm. 4863] [Mr Stephen Timms].

51Treaty Series (No. 114, 2000),—Exchange of Letters, done at Ottawa on 11th and 18th October 1994, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Canada concerning Consolidated Agreements on Social Security [Cm. 4861] [Mr Secretary Cook].

52Treaty Series (No. 115, 2000),—Exchange of Notes, done at Beijing on 21st and 29th October 1999, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the People's Republic of China concerning Consular Accreditation in Macao [Cm. 4862] [Mr Secretary Cook].

53Treaty Series (No. 116, 2000),—Exchange of Notes, done at Rabat on 3rd April and Nouakchott on 10th May 2000, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania amending the United Kingdom/Mauritania Debt Agreement No. 6 (1995) (The United Kingdom/Mauritania Debt Agreement No. 6 (1995) Amendment) [Cm. 4866] [Mr Secretary Cook].

54Treaty Series (No. 118, 2000),—Decision concerning Amendments to the Agreement for Co-operation in dealing with Pollution of the North Sea by Oil and other Harmful Substances, 1983, done at Bonn on 22nd September 1999 [Cm. 4868] [Mr Secretary Cook].

Thursday 12th October 2000

55Immigration,—Paper, entitled Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom 1999 [Cm. 4876] [Mr Secretary Straw].

Friday 13th October 2000

56Treaty Series (No. 117, 2000),—Second Supplementary List of Ratifications, Accessions, Withdrawals, etc., for 2000 [Cm. 4870] [Mr Secretary Cook].

Wednesday 18th October 2000

57Environment, Transport and the Regions,—Government Response to the Sixth Report of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee, Session 1999–2000, on the Environment Agency [Cm. 4832] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

58Public Accounts,—Treasury Minute on the 25th to 26th and 28th Reports of the Committee of Public Accounts [Cm. 4886] [Mr Stephen Timms].

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59Treasury,—Treasury Minute, dated 18th October 2000, concerning the proposed writing down of public dividend capital lent to British Shipbuilders [Mr Andrew Smith].

60Treaty Series (No. 119, 2000),—Amendments to the Regulations under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), adopted by the Assembly of the International Patent Cooperation Union (PCT Union) at its twenty-fourth session (11th ordinary) on 1st October 1997 [Cm. 4871] [Mr Secretary Cook].

Friday 20th October 2000

61Environment, Transport and the Regions,—Government Response to the Thirteenth Report from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee, Session 1999–2000, on The Planning Inspectorate and Public Inquiries [Cm. 4891] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

62Treaty Series (No. 120, 2000),—Agreement, done at London on 23rd February 1999, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the State of Kuwait for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income and on Capital, with Protocol [Cm. 4878] [Mr Secretary Cook].

Papers delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on the undermentioned dates during the adjournment pursuant to Standing Order No. 159 (Presentation of statutory instruments):

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

Tuesday 12th September 2000

63Control of Fuel and Electricity,—Energy Act 1976 (Reserve Powers) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2449), dated 11th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Byers].

Friday 22nd September 2000

64Investigatory Powers,—Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Notification of Authorisations etc.) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2563), dated 20th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Straw].

Friday 29th September 2000

65Investigatory Powers,—Investigatory Powers Tribunal Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2665), dated 28th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Straw].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

Monday 31st July 2000

66Disabled Persons,—Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Connex South Eastern Class 375 Vehicles) Exemption Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2050), dated 28th July 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

67Ecclesiastical Law,—(1) Ecclesiastical Judges, Legal Officers and Others (Fees) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2045), dated 7th July 2000,

(2) Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2047), dated 10th July 2000,

(3) Faculty Jurisdiction (Care of Places of Worship) Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2048), dated 10th July 2000,

(4) Legal Officers (Annual Fees) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2046), dated 11th July 2000, and

(5) Parochial Fees Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2049), dated 27th July 2000

[Clerk of the House].

68Income Tax,—(1) Charitable Deductions (Approved Schemes) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2083), dated 28th July 2000 [Miss Melanie Johnson],

(2) Donations to Charity by Individuals (Appropriate Declarations) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2074),

(3) Income Tax (Benefits in Kind) (Exemption for Welfare Counselling) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2080),

(4) Individual Learning Accounts (Separate Employers Under the Crown) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2076),

(5) Individual Savings Account (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2079),

dated 28th July 2000 [Dawn Primarolo] and

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(6) Research and Development (Prescribed Activities) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2081),

dated 28th July 2000 [Mr Stephen Timms].

69Social Security,—(1) Social Security Amendment (Personal Allowances for Children) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1993), dated 24th July 2000 [Mr Secretary Darling]; and

(2) Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 7) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2077), dated 28th July 2000 [Dawn Primarolo].

70Social Security (Northern Ireland),—Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 7) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2078), dated 28th July 2000 [Dawn Primarolo].

Tuesday 1st August 2000

71Competition,—Supply of New Cars Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2088), dated 31st July 2000 [Mr Secretary Byers].

72Income Tax,—(1) Individual Savings Account (Insurance Companies) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2075), dated 28th July 2000 [Miss Melanie Johnson]; and

(2) Insurance Companies (Overseas Life Assurance Business) (Excluded Business) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2089), dated 1st August 2000 [Dawn Primarolo].

73Social Security,—(1) Employee Share Ownership Plans (Partnership Shares—Notice of Effects on Benefits, Statutory Sick Pay and Statutory Maternity Pay) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2090), dated 1st August 2000 [Dawn Primarolo]; and

(2) Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 6) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2084), dated 29th July 2000 [Mr Stephen Timms].

74Social Security (Northern Ireland),—Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 6) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2086), dated 28th July 2000 [Dawn Primarolo].

Wednesday 2nd August 2000

75Community Charges,—Community Charges, Council Tax and Non-Domestic Rating (Enforcement) (Magistrates' Courts) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2026), dated 26th July 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

76Criminal Law,—Costs in Criminal Cases (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2094), dated 25th July 2000 [Mr David Lock].

77Income Tax,—Insurance Companies (Overseas Life Assurance Business) (Compliance) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2104), dated 1st August 2000 [Dawn Primarolo].

78Police,—Police (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2013), dated 24th July 2000 [Mr Secretary Straw].

79Supreme Court of England and Wales,—(1) Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 4) Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2092), dated 22nd July 2000, and

(2) Crown Court (Amendment) Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2093), dated 25th July 2000

[Mr David Lock].

Thursday 3rd August 2000

80Agriculture,—Evaluation of Active Substances for Pesticides (Fees) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2119), dated 2nd August 2000 [Mr Nicholas Brown].

81Education,—Education (School Performance Information) (England) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2116), dated 28th July 2000 [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

82Road Traffic,—Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (County of Kent) (Borough of Tonbridge and Malling) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2120), dated 2nd August 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

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Friday 4th August 2000

83Education,—(1) Education (Assisted Places) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2111), dated 1st August 2000,

(2) Education (Assisted Places) (Incidental Expenses) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2112), dated 1st August 2000,

(3) Education (Grants) (Music, Ballet and Choir Schools) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2113), dated 1st August 2000,

(4) Education (Grants) (Wells Cathedral School) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2115), dated 27th July 2000,

(5) Education (Mandatory Awards) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2123), dated 2nd August 2000,

(6) Education (National Curriculum) (Temporary Exceptions for Individual Pupils) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2121), dated 2nd August 2000,

(7) Local Education Authority (Post-Compulsory Education Awards) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2057), dated 26th July 2000, and

(8) Learning and Skills Council for England (Interim Functions) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2117), dated 31st July 2000

[Mr Secretary Blunkett].

84Sea Fisheries,—(1) Sea Fishing (Enforcement of Community Quota and Third Country Fishing Measures) (Amendment) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2008), and

(2) Undersized Edible Crabs Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2029),

dated 24th July 2000 [Mr Nicholas Brown].

85Social Security,—Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit (General) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2085), dated 29th July 2000 [Mr Secretary Darling].

Monday 7th August 2000

86Antarctica,—Antarctic (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2147), dated 26th July 2000 [Mr Secretary Cook].

87Competition,—Foreign Package Holidays (Tour Operators and Travel Agents) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2110), dated 27th July 2000 [Mr Secretary Byers].

88Criminal Law,—Football (Disorder) (Legal Advice and Assistance) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2127), dated 3rd August 2000 [Mr Secretary Straw].

89Education,—(1) Melton Mowbray College (Dissolution) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2124), dated 2nd August 2000, and

(2) Education (Student Support) Regulations 2000 (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2142), dated 4th August 2000

[Mr Secretary Blunkett].

90London Government,—Transport for London (Disposal of Lots Road Power Station) (Consent) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2128), dated 4th August 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

91Sports Grounds and Sporting Events,—Football Spectators (Prescription) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2126), dated 3rd August 2000 [Mr Secretary Straw].

Tuesday 8th August 2000

92Education,—(1) Education (Grants) (Dance and Drama) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2144),

(2) Further Education Funding Council for England (Supplementary Functions) (Amendment) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2143),

(3) Individual Learning Accounts (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2146), and

(4) Wiltshire College (Incorporation) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2145),

dated 4th August 2000 [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

93Insolvency,—Insolvency (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2000 (S.R. (N.I.), 2000, No. 247), dated 27th July 2000 [Mr David Lock].

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94Justices of the Peace,—Code of Conduct (Magistrates' Courts Committees and Selection Panels) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2148), dated 3rd August 2000 [Mr David Lock].

95London Government,—Greater London Authority (Protected Information) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2060), dated 31st July 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

96Magistrates' Courts,—Greater London Magistrates' Courts Authority (Constitution) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2149), dated 3rd August 2000 [Mr David Lock].

Wednesday 9th August 2000

97Education,—Education (Induction Arrangements for School Teachers) (Amendment No. 3) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2171), dated 8th August 2000 [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

98Employment and Training,—Training Programmes (Cessation of Funding) (Prescribed Actions) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2170), dated 7th August 2000 [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

99Highways,—Dartford-Thurrock Crossing (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2151), dated 7th August 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

100Road Traffic,—Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (Metropolitan Borough of Bolton) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2169), dated 8th August 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

101Taxes,—Tonnage Tax (Training Requirement) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2129), dated 3rd August 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Thursday 10th August 2000

102Education,—(1) General Teaching Council for England (Additional Functions) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2175), dated 7th August 2000,

(2) General Teaching Council for England (Registration of Teachers) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2176), dated 7th August 2000,

(3) Kingsway: Camden's College (Dissolution) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2172), dated 8th August 2000,

(4) Teacher Training Agency (Additional Functions) (No. 2) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2174), dated 8th August 2000,

(5) Wiltshire College (Government) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2173), dated 8th August 2000

[Mr Secretary Blunkett].

Friday 11th August 2000

103Education,—(1) Education (Bursaries for School Teacher Training Pilot Scheme) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2193), dated 9th August 2000,

(2) Education (Change of Category of Maintained Schools) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2195), dated 9th August 2000,

(3) Education (Fees and Awards) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2192), dated 9th August 2000,

(4) Education (London Residuary Body) (Property Transfer) (Amendment) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2198), dated 10th August 2000,

(5) Education (School Organisation Proposals) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2198), dated 10th August 2000, and

(6) Education (Student Support) (European Institutions) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2197), dated 10th August 2000

[Mr Secretary Blunkett].

104Income Tax,—Overseas Life Assurance Fund (Amendment) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2188), dated 10th August 2000 [Miss Melanie Johnson].

105Social Security,—(1) Jobseeker's Allowance (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2194), dated 28th July 2000 [Mr Secretary Blunkett]; and

(2) Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 8) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2207), dated 10th August 2000 [Dawn Primarolo].

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106Social Security (Northern Ireland),—(1) Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 8) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2208), and

(2) Tax Credits Schemes (Miscellaneous Amendments No. 3) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2189),

dated 10th August 2000 [Dawn Primarolo].

Tuesday 15th August 2000

107Food,—Meat (Disease Control) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2215), dated 14th August 2000 [Mr Secretary Milburn].

Wednesday 16th August 2000

108Courts-Martial (Appeals),—Courts-Martial Appeal (Amendment) Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2228), dated 9th August 2000 [Mr David Lock].

Thursday 17th August 2000

109Legal Aid and Advice,—(1) Legal Aid Act 1988 (Modification) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2227), and

(2) Legal Aid in Criminal and Care Proceedings (General) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2226),

dated 10th August 2000 [Mr David Lock].

Friday 18th August 2000

110Education,—Education (Grants) (Dance and Drama) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2240), dated 16th August 2000 [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

111Environmental Protection,—Financial Assistance for Environmental Purposes (No. 2) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2211), dated 11th August 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

112Trade Unions,—Employment Code of Practice (Industrial Action Ballots and Notice to Employers) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2241), dated 17th August 2000 [Mr Secretary Byers].

113Transport and Works,—Transport and Works (Applications and Objections Procedure) (England and Wales) Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2190), dated 10th August 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Monday 21st August 2000

114Landlord and Tenant,—Agricultural Holdings (Units of Production) (England) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1984), dated 24th July 2000 [Mr Nicholas Brown].

Tuesday 22nd August 2000

115Food,—Food Irradiation Provisions (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2254), dated 21st August 2000 [Mr Secretary Milburn].

116Social Security,—Social Fund Winter Fuel Payment and Maternity and Funeral Expenses (General) Amendment Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2229), dated 15th August 2000 [Mr Secretary Darling].

Wednesday 23rd August 2000

117Justices of the Peace,—Commission Areas (North Wales) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2238), dated 13th August 2000 [Mr David Lock].

118London Government,—Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (GLA Side Roads Amendment) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2237), dated 10th August 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Thursday 24th August 2000

119Family Proceedings,—Family Proceedings (Amendment) Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2267), dated 17th August 2000 [Mr David Lock].

120Immigration,—(1) Asylum (Designated Safe Third Countries) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2245),

(2) Immigration and Asylum Appeals (Notices) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2246),

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(3) Immigration and Asylum Appeals (One-Stop Procedure) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2244), and

(4) Immigration (Removal Directions) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2243),

dated 16th August 2000 [Mr Secretary Straw].

121Social Security,—Social Security Amendment (Bereavement Benefits) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2239), dated 17th August 2000 [Mr Secretary Darling].

Friday 25th August 2000

122Animals,—Animals and Animal Products (Import and Export) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2266), dated 25th August 2000 [Mr Nicholas Brown].

123Income Tax,—Tonnage Tax Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2303), dated 24th August 2000 [Dawn Primarolo].

124Local Government,—Audit Commission Act 1998 (Publication of Information as to Standards of Performance) (Variation) (England) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2253), dated 17th August 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Wednesday 30th August 2000

125Education,—Education (School Teachers' Pay and Conditions) (No. 3) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2321), dated 25th August 2000 [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

126Water Industry,—Water Supply and Sewerage Services (Customer Service Standards) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2301), dated 18th August 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Thursday 31st August 2000

127Education,—Education (Grants for Disabled Postgraduate Students) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2330), dated 30th August 2000 [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

128Income Tax,—(1) Personal Pension Schemes (Concurrent Membership) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2318), dated 31st August 2000,

(2) Personal Pension Schemes (Establishment of Schemes) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2317), dated 31st August 2000,

(3) Personal Pension Schemes (Information Powers) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2316), dated 29th August 2000,

(4) Personal Pension Schemes (Relief at Source) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2315), dated 29th August 2000, and

(5) Personal Pension Schemes (Restriction on Discretion to Approve) (Establishment of Schemes under Trusts) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2314), dated 29th August 2000

[Miss Melanie Johnson].

129Legal Aid and Advice,—Legal Aid in Criminal and Care Proceedings (General) (Amendment No. 4) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2328), dated 28th August 2000 [Mr David Lock].

Friday 1st September 2000

130Consumer Protection,—Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2334), dated 31st August 2000 [Mr Secretary Byers].

131Disabled Persons,—Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Gatwick Express Class 460 Vehicles) Exemption (Amendment) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2327), dated 30th August 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

132Education,—Education Standards Fund (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2332), dated 24th August 2000 [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

133Immigration,—(1) Immigration and Asylum Appeals (Procedure) Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2333), dated 24th August 2000 [Mr David Lock]; and

(2) Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2326), dated 30th August 2000 [Mr Secretary Straw].

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Monday 4th September 2000

134National Health Service,—(1) National Health Service (Clinical Negligence Scheme) Amendment Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2341), and

(2) National Health Service (Property Expenses Scheme) Amendment Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2342),

dated 30th August 2000 [Mr Secretary Milburn].

135Social Security,—(1) Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit (General) Amendment (No. 4) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2331), dated 30th August 2000,

(2) Income-related Benefits (Subsidy to Authorities) Amendment (No. 2) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2340), dated 1st September 2000, and

(3) Social Security (Attendance Allowance and Disability Living Allowance) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2313), dated 29th August 2000,

[Mr Secretary Darling]; and

(4) Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 9) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2343), dated 31st August 2000 [Dawn Primarolo].

136Social Security (Northern Ireland),—Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 9) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2344), dated 31st August 2000 [Dawn Primarolo].

Tuesday 5th September 2000

137Medicines,—Medicines (Products for Animal Use—Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2250), dated 10th August 2000 [Mr Nicholas Brown].

138Town and Country Planning,—Town and Country Planning (Costs of Inquiries etc.) (Examination in Public) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2311), dated 25th August 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

139Tribunals and Inquiries,—Fees for Inquiries (Standard Daily Amount) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2307), dated 24th August 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Wednesday 6th September 2000

140Children and Young Persons,—Children (Performances) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2384), dated 3rd September 2000 [Mr Secretary Milburn].

141National Health Service,—(1) National Health Service (General Medical Services) Amendment (No. 4) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2383), and

(2) National Health Service (Liabilities to Third Parties Scheme) Amendment Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2385),

dated 5th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Milburn].

142Road Traffic,—Motor Vehicles (Tests) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2322), dated 28th August 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Thursday 7th September 2000

143Defence,—(1) Administration of Oaths (Summary Appeal Court) (Air Force) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2378),

(2) Administration of Oaths (Summary Appeal Court) (Army) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2377),

(3) Administration of Oaths (Summary Appeal Court) (Navy) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2376),

(4) Air Force Custody Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2369),

(5) Army Custody Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2368),

(6) Courts-Martial (Army) (Amendment) Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2374),

(7) Courts-Martial (Royal Air Force) (Amendment) Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2375),

(8) Courts-Martial (Royal Navy) (Amendment) Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2373),

(9) Naval Custody Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2367),

(10) Reserve Forces Act 1996 (Reserve Association) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2379),

(11) Summary Appeal Court (Army) Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2371),

(12) Summary Appeal Court (Air Force) Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2372), and

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(13) Summary Appeal Court (Navy) Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2370),

dated 4th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Hoon].

144Harbours, Docks, Piers and Ferries,—Harbour Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2391), dated 5th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

145National Health Service,—National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) Amendment Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2393), dated 5th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Milburn].

146Social Security,—Social Security (Payments on account, Overpayments and Recovery) Amendment Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2336), dated 31st August 2000 [Mr Secretary Darling].

147Sports Grounds and Sporting Events,—Football (Offences) (Designation of Football Matches) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2329), dated 30th August 2000 [Mr Secretary Straw].

148Telecommunications,—Telecommunications (Services for Disabled Persons) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2410), dated 6th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Byers].

149Telegraphs,—Wireless Telegraphy (Interception and Disclosure of Messages) (Designation) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2409), dated 6th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Byers].

Friday 8th September 2000

150Customs and Excise,—Gaming Duty (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2408), dated 7th September 2000 [Mr Stephen Timms].

151Disabled Persons,—(1) Rail Vehicle Accessibility (The Chiltern Railway Company Limited Class 168/1 Vehicles) Exemption (No. 2) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2397), and

(2) Rail Vehicle Accessibility (South West Trains Class 458 Vehicles) Exemption (Amendment) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2398),

dated 6th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

152Electricity,—Electricity (Class Exemptions from the Requirement for a Licence) (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2424), dated 6th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Byers].

153Investigatory Powers,—(1) Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Authorisations Extending to Scotland) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2418), and

(2) Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Prescription of Offices, Ranks and Positions) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2417),

dated 7th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Straw].

154Medicines,—Medicines (Data Sheets for Veterinary Drugs) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2386), dated 4th September 2000 [Mr Nicholas Brown].

155Rating and Valuation,—Non-Domestic Rating (Telecommunications Apparatus) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2421), dated 7th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Monday 11th September 2000

156Children and Young Persons,—Protection of Children (Child Care Organisations) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2432), dated 11th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Milburn].

157Education,—(1) Education (Restriction of Employment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2419), dated 5th September 2000, and

(2) Teachers' Pensions (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2431), dated 8th September 2000

[Mr Secretary Blunkett].

158Health and Safety,—(1) Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2381), and

(2) Construction (Design and Management) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2380),

dated 4th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

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159National Health Service,—(1) Ashworth, Broadmoor and Rampton Hospital Authorities (Functions and Membership) Amendment Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2435),

(2) National Health Service Litigation Authority (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2433), and

(3) National Health Service Trusts (Membership and Procedure) Amendment (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2434),

dated 11th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Milburn].

160Road Traffic,—Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (County of Kent) (Borough of Ashford) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2430), dated 11th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

161Prison and Young Offenders Centres,—Prison and Young Offenders Centre (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2000 (S.R.(N.I.), 2000, No. 267), dated 7th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Mandelson].

Tuesday 12th September 2000

162Control of Fuel and Electricity,—Motor Fuel (Designated Filling Stations and Fuel Depots) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2484), dated 12th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Byers].

163National Health Service,—National Health Service (General Dental Services) Amendment Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2459), dated 11th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Milburn].

164Road Traffic,—Community Drivers' Hours (Passenger and Goods Vehicles) (Temporary Exception) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2483), dated 12th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Wednesday 13th September 2000

165Control of Fuel and Electricity,—(1) Liquid and Gaseous Fuel (Designated Filling Stations and Fuel Depots) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2522), and

(2) Liquid and Gaseous Fuel (Designated Filling Stations and Fuel Depots) (No. 2) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2523),

dated 13th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Byers].

166Immigration,—(1) Immigration Appeals (Family Visitor) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2302), dated 23rd August 2000, and

(2) Immigration Appeals (Family Visitor) (No. 2) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2446), dated 11th September 2000

[Mr Secretary Straw].

167London Government,—GLA Roads and Side Roads (Transfer of Property etc.) (Modification) (College Farm, Finchley) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2493), dated 12th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

168Medicines,—Medicines (Sale or Supply) (Miscellaneous Provisions) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2494), dated 13th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Milburn].

169Terms and Conditions of Employment,—Time off for Public Duties (No. 2) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2463), dated 11th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

Thursday 14th September 2000

170Control of Fuel and Electricity,— Liquid and Gaseous Fuel (Designated Filling Stations and Fuel Depots) (No. 3) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2530), dated 14th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Byers].

171Social Security,—Social Security (Students and Income-related Benefits) (No. 2) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2422), dated 6th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Darling].

Friday 15th September 2000

172Animals,—Animals and Animal Products (Import and Export) (England and Wales) (Amendment) (No. 1) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2524), dated 14th September 2000 [Mr Nicholas Brown].

173Control of Fuel and Electricity,— Liquid and Gaseous Fuel (Designated Filling Stations and Fuel Depots) (No. 4) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2533), dated 14th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Byers].

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174Road Traffic,—Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (District of York) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2534), dated 14th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Monday 18th September 2000

175Children and Young Persons,—Protection of Children (Access to Lists) (Prescribed Individuals) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2537), dated 15th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Milburn].

176Control of Fuel and Electricity,—Liquid and Gaseous Fuel (Designated Filling Stations and Fuel Depots) (No. 5) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2535), dated 15th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Byers].

Tuesday 19th September 2000

177Health and Safety,—Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2482), dated 11th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Wednesday 20th September 2000

178Children and Young Persons,—Children (Protection at Work) (No. 2) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2548), dated 19th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Milburn].

179Income Tax,—Income Tax (Definition of Unit Trust Scheme) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2551), dated 20th September 2000 [Miss Melanie Johnson].

180Taxes,—(1) Capital Gains Tax (Definition of Unit Trust Scheme) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2550), and

(2) Stamp Duty and Stamp Duty Reserve Tax (Definitions of Unit Trust Scheme) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2549),

dated 20th September 2000 [Miss Melanie Johnson].

Friday 22nd September 2000

181Agriculture,—(1) Feeding Stuffs Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2481), dated 10th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Milburn]; and

(2) Integrated Administration and Control System (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2573), dated 21st September 2000 [Mr Nicholas Brown].

182Building and Buildings,—(1) Building (Approved Inspectors etc.) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2532), and

(2) Building Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2531),

dated 13th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

183Competition,—Merger Reference (Interbrew SA and Bass PLC) (Interim Provision) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2566), dated 21st September 2000 [Mr Secretary Byers].

184Merchant Shipping,—Merchant Shipping (Life-Saving Appliances for Ships Other Than Ships of Classes III to VI(A)) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2558), dated 20th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Monday 25th September 2000

185Children and Young Persons,—Protection of Children Act Tribunal Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2619), dated 25th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Milburn].

186Criminal Procedure,—Road Traffic (Owner Liability) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2546), dated 16th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Straw].

187Customs and Excise,—Dual-Use Items (Export Control) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2620), dated 20th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Byers].

188Social Security,—Social Security Amendment (Capital Limits and Earnings Disregards) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2545), dated 18th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Darling].

Tuesday 26th September 2000

189London Government,—GLA Roads (Continuity of Orders etc.) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2615), dated 23rd September 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

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190Pensions,—Local Government Pension Scheme (Management and Investment of Funds) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2552), dated 19th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Thursday 28th September 2000

191Road Traffic,—Community Drivers' Hours (Passenger and Goods Vehicles) (Temporary Exception) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2658), dated 27th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Friday 29th September 2000

192Food,—Specified Risk Material (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2672), dated 28th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Milburn].

193Justices of the Peace,—Commission Areas (Devon and Cornwall) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2671), dated 23rd September 2000 [Mr David Lock].

194Medicines,—Medicines (Exemptions for Merchants in Veterinary Drugs) (Amendment) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2686), dated 29th September 2000 [Mr Nicholas Brown].

195Social Security,—Social Security Amendment (Enhanced Disability Premium) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2629), dated 22nd September 2000 [Mr Secretary Darling].

Monday 2nd October 2000

196Control of Fuel and Electricity,—Liquid and Gaseous Fuel (Designated Filling Stations and Fuel Depots) (No. 5) (Revocation) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2676), dated 29th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Byers].

197Family Law,—Children (Allocation of Proceedings) (Amendment) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2670), dated 26th September 2000 [Mr David Lock].

198Health and Safety,—Railways (Safety Case) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2688), dated 2nd October 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

199Merchant Shipping,—Merchant Shipping (Passenger Ships on Domestic Voyages) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2687), dated 29th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Tuesday 3rd October 2000

200Investigatory Powers,—Telecommunications (Lawful Business Practice) (Interception of Communications) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2699), dated 2nd October 2000 [Mr Secretary Byers].

201Prisons,—Prison (Amendment) (No. 2) Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2641), dated 23rd September 2000 [Mr Secretary Straw].

202Young Offender Institutions,—Young Offender Institution (Amendment) (No. 3) Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2642), dated 23rd September 2000 [Mr Secretary Straw].

Wednesday 4th October 2000

203Animals,—Specified Risk Material (Amendment) (England) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2726), dated 4th October 2000 [Mr Nicholas Brown].

204Education,—Education (Teachers' Qualifications and Health Standards) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2704), dated 1st October 2000 [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

205Income Tax,—Friendly Societies (Modification of the Corporation Tax Acts) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2710), dated 3rd October 2000 [Miss Melanie Johnson].

206Pensions,—(1) Pension Sharing (Consequential and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2691), dated 30th September 2000, and

(2) Sharing of State Scheme Rights (Provision of Information and Valuation) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2693), dated 28th September 2000

[Mr Secretary Darling].

207Road Traffic,—The M65 Motorway (Junction 1A) (Speed Limit) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2705), dated 29th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

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Thursday 5th October 2000

208Electricity,—Electricity from Non-Fossil Fuel Sources Saving Arrangements Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2727), dated 4th October 2000 [Mr Secretary Byers].

Friday 6th October 2000

209Education,—(1) Chippenham, Lackham and Trowbridge Colleges (Dissolution) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2728), and

(2) Education Transfer Council (Winding up) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2729),

dated 3rd October 2000 [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

210Pensions,—Personal Pension Schemes (Payments by Employers) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2692), dated 30th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Darling].

211Social Security,—Social Fund Cold Weather Payments (General) Amendment Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2690), dated 1st October 2000 [Mr Secretary Darling].

Monday 9th October 2000

212Immigration,—Immigration Services Commissioner (Registration Fee) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2735), dated 5th October 2000 [Mr Secretary Straw].

213Immigration and Asylum,—Immigration Services Tribunal Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2739), dated 4th October 2000 [Mr David Lock].

214Income Tax,—Income Tax (Sub-contractors in the Construction Industry and Employments) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2742), dated 9th October 2000 [Mr Stephen Timms].

215Social Security,—Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 10) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2744), dated 9th October 2000 [Mr Stephen Timms].

216Social Security (Northern Ireland),—Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 10) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2743), dated 9th October 2000 [Mr Stephen Timms].

Tuesday 10th October 2000

217Children and Young Persons,—Children's Homes Amendment Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2764), dated 10th October 2000 [Mr Secretary Milburn].

218Consumer Protection,—Cosmetic Products (Safety) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2765), dated 9th October 2000 [Mr Secretary Byers].

219Investigatory Powers,—Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Source Records) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2725), dated 4th October 2000 [Mr Secretary Straw].

220Road Traffic,—Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2766), dated 10th October 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Wednesday 11th October 2000

221Criminal Law,—Fixed Penalty Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2792), dated 10th October 2000 [Mr Secretary Straw].

222Landlord and Tenant,—Assured and Protected Tenancies (Lettings to Students) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2706), dated 3rd October 2000 [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

223Pensions,—Social Security (Contracting-out and Qualifying Earnings Factor and Revision of Relevant Pensions) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2736), dated 5th October 2000 [Mr Secretary Darling].

Thursday 12th October 2000

224Education,—Education (Funding for Teacher Training) Designation (No. 3) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2801), dated 12th October 2000 [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

Friday 13th October 2000

225Magistrates' Courts,—Greater London Magistrates' Courts Authority (Financial Administration) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2810), dated 12th October 2000 [Mr David Lock].

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Monday 16th October 2000

226Investigatory Powers,—(1) Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Cancellation of Authorisations) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2794), and

(2) Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Juveniles) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2793),

dated 10th October 2000 [Mr Secretary Straw].

227Road Traffic,—Motor Vehicles (EC Type Approval) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2730), dated 4th October 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Tuesday 17th October 2000

228Education,—Education (Mandatory Awards) Regulations 2000 (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2825), dated 16th October 2000 [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

229Legal Aid and Advice,—Legal Aid in Criminal Proceedings (General) (Amendment) (No. 5) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2824), dated 16th October 2000 [Mr David Lock].

Wednesday 18th October 2000

230Education,—Education (School Performance Information) (England) (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2832), dated 17th October 2000 [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

Thursday 19th October 2000

231Betting, Gaming and Lotteries,—(1) Gaming Act (Variation of Monetary Limits) (No. 2) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2803), and

(2) Gaming (Small Charges) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2802),

dated 11th October 2000 [Mr Secretary Straw].

232Social Security,—Social Security Commissioners (Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2854), dated 17th October 2000 [Mr David Lock].

Friday 20th October 2000

233Pensions,—Local Government Pension Scheme (Merseyside Transport Limited) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2826), dated 16th October 2000 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Other Papers:

Monday 14th August 2000

234Land Registration,—(1) Land Registration (Hearings Procedure) Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2213), and

(2) Land Registration (No. 2) Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2214),

dated 3rd August 2000 [Mr David Lock].

Tuesday 29th August 2000

235County Courts,—County Court Fees (Amendment No. 4) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2310), dated 24th August 2000 [Mr David Lock].

Tuesday 5th September 2000

236Supreme Court of England and Wales,—Supreme Court Fees (Amendment No. 4) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2382), dated 4th September 2000 [Mr David Lock].

Thursday 7th September 2000

237Defence,—Armed Forces Discipline Act 2000 (Commencement and Transitional Provisions) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2366), dated 4th September 2000 [Mr Secretary Hoon].

Monday 9th October 2000

238Immigration,—Immigration (Designation of Travel Bans) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2724), dated 3rd October 2000 [Mr Secretary Straw].

239Supreme Court of England and Wales,—Civil Courts (Amendment No. 2) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2738), dated 5th October 2000 [Mr David Lock].

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Monday 16th October 2000

240Animals (Wales),—Specified Risk Material (Amendment) (Wales) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2811), dated 12th October 2000 [Mr Nicholas Brown].

Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 23rd October:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

241Companies,—Draft Companies Act 1985 (Electronic Communications) Order 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

242Flags,—Draft Flags Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000 [by Statutory Instrument] [Mr Secretary Mandelson].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

243European Communities,—European Communities (Designation) (No. 3) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2812), dated 11th October 2000 [by Act] [Margaret Beckett].

244Income Tax,—Orders for the Delivery of Documents (Procedure) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2875), dated 23rd October 2000 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

245Judicial Committee Procedure,—Judicial Committee (Chiropractors Rules) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2822), dated 11th October 2000 [by Act] [Margaret Beckett].

246National Health Service,—National Health Service (Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2870), dated 20th October 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

247Road Traffic,—Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (County of Bedfordshire) (Borough of Bedford) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2871), dated 23rd October 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

248Social Security,—Social Fund Winter Fuel Payment (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2864), dated 19th October 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

249Telecommunications,—(1) Public Telecommunications System Designation (Comms Tec Limited) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2863),

(2) Public Telecommunications System Designation (Formus Communications-UK Ltd) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2860),

(3) Public Telecommunications System Designation (Louis Dreyfus Communications S.A.) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2862), and

(4) Public Telecommunications System Designation (Redstone Network Services Limited) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2861),

dated 18th October 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

250Universities of Oxford and Cambridge,—Statute, dated 13th April 2000, made by the Governing Body of Exeter College, Oxford, amending the Statutes of the College [by Act] [Margaret Beckett].

Other Papers:

251Aircraft and Shipbuilding,—Report and Accounts of the British Shipbuilders for 1999–2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

252Air Force (Constitution),—(1) Amendment (No. 1) to Queen's Regulations for the Royal Air Force (Fifth Edition),

(2) Amendment 10 to the Royal Air Force Manual of Assessment of Medical Fitness: Air Publication 1269A (Third Edition), and

(3) Pre-charge Custody and Summary Dealing (Royal Air Force) Regulations 2000

[by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

253Culture, Media and Sport,—(1) Department of Culture, Media and Sport Minute concerning the proposed gifting of the Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green, to the Board of Trustees of the Victoria and Albert Museum [by Command], and

(2) Government Response to the Eighth Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Session 1999–2000, on Marking the Millennium in the United Kingdom [by Command] [Cm. 4899]

[Mr Secretary Smith].

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254Development of Tourism,—(1) Report of the British Tourist Authority for 1999–2000, and

(2) Statement of appointment and salary of Peter Cardnell as a member of the English Tourism Council

[by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

255Fisheries,—Report and Accounts of the Sea Fish Industry Authority for 1999–2000 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].

256Flags,—Report by the Ad Hoc Committee established by the Northern Ireland Assembly on Draft Regulations proposed under Article 3 of the Flags (Northern Ireland) Order 2000 [by Statutory Instrument] [Mr Secretary Mandelson].

257Foreign and Commonwealth Office,—Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minute, dated 23rd October 2000, concerning the gifting of Funds to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government for the Vietnamese Refugee Programme [by Command] [Mr Secretary Cook].

258Housing (Scotland),—Report and Summary of Accounts of Scottish Homes for 1999–2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

259Industrial Organisation and Development,—Report and Accounts of the Horticultural Development Council for 1998–99 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].

260Local Government (Scotland),—Reports and Accounts of—

(1) North of Scotland Water Authority, and

(2) West of Scotland Water

for 1999–2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

261National Health Service,—Statement of Guarantee given by the Secretary of State for Health on 31st August 2000 on loans proposed to be raised by the East Anglian Ambulance National Health Service Trust [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

262New Towns,— Statement of Guarantee given by the Treasury on 10th August 2000 under the New Towns Act 1981 in respect of temporary borrowing by the Commission for the New Towns from Barclays Bank plc [by Act] [Mr Stephen Timms].

263Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors,—(1) Report and Financial Statement of the National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting for Scotland for 1999–2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid], and

(2) Report of the National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting for Wales for 1998–99 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

264Opticians,—Accounts of the General Optical Council for 1999–2000 [by Act] [Margaret Beckett].

265Police (Scotland),—Report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland for 1999–2000 [Cm. 4881] [Mr Secretary Reid].

266Public Petitions,—(1) Observations by the Secretary of State for Environment, Transport and the Regions on the Petition [20th July] from residents of Berkeley Vale Park against the Council Tax banding system for park or mobile homes, and

(2) Observations by the Secretary of State for Social Security on the Petition [12th April] from Mrs Thelma Budd and other members of Teignmouth Townswomen's Guild against the Government's plans for automated credit transfer at village post offices

[by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

267Railways,—Report of the Rail Passengers Council for 1999–2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

268Reserve Forces,—(1) Change 6 to the Regulations for the Naval and Marine Reserve (BR 64), and

(2)The Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Associations (Amendment) Regulations 2000

[by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

269School Teachers,—Report of the School Teachers' Review Body on Special review of the threshold standards for classroom teachers and related matters [by Command] [Cm. 4898] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

270Severn Bridges,—Financial Statements of Severn River Crossing Plc for the year ended 31st December 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

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271Sports Councils,—Accounts of the English Sports Council and English Sports Council Group for 1999–2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Command] [Mr Secretary Smith].

272Statutory Instruments (Notification),—Communications declaring that the undermentioned Statutory Instruments had come into operation before copies were laid before Parliament, and explaining why such copies had not been so laid before the Instruments came into operation:

Energy Act 1976 (Reserve Powers) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2449),

Liquid and Gaseous Fuel (Designated Filling Stations and Fuel Depots) (No. 4) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2533),

Liquid and Gaseous Fuel (Designated Filling Stations and Fuel Depots) (No. 5) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2535), and

Liquid and Gaseous Fuel (Designated Filling Stations and Fuel Depots) (No. 5) (Revocation) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2676)

[by Standing Order] [The Speaker].

273Telecommunications,—Licences granted under section 7 of the Telecommunications Act 1984 by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to—

(1) CommsTec Limited,

(2) Formus Communications-UK Limited,

(3) Louis Dreyfus Communications S.A., and

(4) Redstone Network Services Limited

[by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

274Transport (Scotland),—Reports and Accounts of—

(1) Caledonian MacBrayne, and

(2) David MacBrayne Limited

for 1999–2000 [by Act] Mr Secretary Reid].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

Trustee Bill [Lords],—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Nick Hawkins from Standing Committee A (nominated in respect of the Bill); and nominated in substitution Mr Stephen O'Brien.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Defence,—(1) Fourteenth Report from the Defence Committee [Lessons of Kosovo], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 10th October; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 347];

(2) Twelfth Special Report from the Committee [Government Observations on the Ninth Report from the Committee, on the Future of DERA]; to be printed [No. 901]; and

(3) Thirteenth Special Report from the Committee [Government Observations on the Tenth Report from the Committee, on Major Procurement Projects]; to be printed [No. 902]

[ordered to be printed in the adjournment pursuant to S.O. No. 137 (Select committees (adjournment of the House))] [Clerk of the House].

2Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—Memoranda laid before the Environment Sub-Committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [Delivering Sustainable Waste Management]; to be printed [No. 903-II] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].

3Health,—Memoranda laid before the Health Committee [Public Expenditure on Health and Personal Social Services 2000]; to be printed [No. 882] [ordered to be printed in the adjournment pursuant to S.O. No. 137 (Select committees (adjournment of the House))] [Clerk of the House].

4Home Affairs,—(1) Part of the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee on 17th October; to be printed [No. 904-i];

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(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 18th October; to be printed [No. 904-ii]; and

(3) Part of the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 17th October; to be printed [No. 904-iii]

[ordered to be printed in the adjournment pursuant to S.O. No. 137 (Select committees (adjournment of the House))] [Clerk of the House].

5Treasury,—(1) Ninth Report from the Treasury Committee [Spending Review 2000]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 485]; and

(2) Seventh Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Seventh Report from the Committee, on the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England: Confirmation Hearings]; to be printed with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 859];

[ordered to be printed in the adjournment pursuant to S.O. No. 137 (Select committees (adjournment of the House))] [Clerk of the House].


[No. 145.]

Tuesday 24th October 2000.

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

PRAYERS.

1Madam Speaker Boothroyd's Retirement (Answer to an Address),—The Vice-Chamberlain of the Household acquainted the House, on behalf of the Prime Minister, that the Address yesterday to Her Majesty, praying Her Majesty that she will be most graciously pleased to confer some signal mark of Her Royal Favour upon the Right honourable Miss Betty Boothroyd for her eminent services during the important period in which she presided with such distinguished ability and dignity in the Chair of this House; and assuring Her Majesty that whatever expense Her Majesty shall think fit to be incurred upon that account this House will make good the same, had been presented to Her Majesty, and Her Majesty had been pleased to receive the same very graciously, and had commanded him to acquaint this House that Her Majesty is desirous, in compliance with the request of her faithful Commons, to confer upon the Right honourable Miss Betty Boothroyd some signal mark of Her Royal Favour.

2Deaths of Members,—The Speaker made the following communication to the House:

I regret to have to report to the House the deaths of Audrey Wise, Member for Preston, and the Right honourable Donald Dewar, Member for Glasgow, Anniesland. I am sure that Members in all parts of the House will join me in mourning the loss of our two colleagues during the recess and extending our sympathy to the Members' families and friends.

3Writs issued during the Adjournment,—The Speaker acquainted the House that, during the Adjournment, pursuant to the Recess Elections Act 1975, the Speaker had issued her warrant to the Clerk of the Crown for Northern Ireland to make out a new Writ for the electing of a Member to serve in this present Parliament for the County Constituency of South Antrim, in the room of Mr Clifford Forsythe, deceased.

4Disqualification of a Member,—The Speaker laid upon the Table a notification, That Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer had on 23rd October appointed the Right honourable Miss Betty Boothroyd, Member for West Bromwich West, to the office of Steward or Bailiff of Her Majesty's Three Chiltern Hundreds of Stoke, Desborough and Burnham in the county of Buckingham.

5Trustee Bill [Lords],—Mrs Irene Adams reported from Standing Committee A, That it had gone through the Trustee Bill [Lords], and directed her 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. 914].

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

Wireless Telegraphy (Television Licence Fees) Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill to make provision about fees for television licences in residential care accommodation: to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

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7Mersey Tunnels Bill,—The Order for Second Reading of the Mersey Tunnels Bill on Thursday was read and discharged.

8Standing Orders (Private Business),—Ordered, that the Standing Orders relating to Private Business be printed [No. 897].

9New Member makes Affirmation,—The Reverend Robert Thomas William McCrea, Member for South Antrim, made the affirmation required by law.

10Employment (Religious Beliefs),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to allow certain employers to have regard to the religious beliefs of those whom they employ; to make provision with respect to the application of European Community law to those employers; and for connected purposes—(Mr Edward Leigh);

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 Deputy 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)—It was agreed to.

Ordered, That Mr Edward Leigh, Mr Peter Lilley, Mr Donald Anderson, Mr Simon Hughes, Mr Bowen Wells, Mr Stephen Pound, Mr Colin Breed, The Reverend Martin Smyth, Mr Andrew Rowe, Mr Gerald Howarth, Mr Christopher Chope and Mr Nigel Waterson do prepare and bring in the Bill.

11Employment (Religious Beliefs) Bill,—Mr Edward Leigh accordingly presented a Bill to allow certain employers to have regard to the religious beliefs of those whom they employ; to make provision with respect to the application of European Community law to those employers; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 3rd November and to be printed [Bill 175].

12Insolvency Bill [Lords],—The Insolvency Bill [Lords] was, according to Order, read a second time and stood committed to a Standing Committee.

13Non-sitting Fridays,—Ordered, That the House shall not sit on Friday 27th October and Friday 3rd November, and the provisions of paragraphs (3) and (4) of Standing Order No. 12 (House not to sit on certain Fridays) shall apply to those days.—(Mr Greg Pope.)

14Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Greg Pope.)

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till a quarter past Eight o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 8.15 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Agriculture,—Farm Waste Grant (Nitrate Vulnerable Zones) (England) Scheme 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2890), dated 23rd October 2000 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].

Other Papers:

2Disability Rights Commission,—Account of the Disability Rights Commission for 1999–2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 921] [Clerk of the House].

3Education Reform,—Account of the Education Transfer Council for 1999–2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 922] [Clerk of the House].

4Foreign Affairs,—Government Response to the Eighth Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee, Session 1999–2000, on Weapons of Mass Destruction [by Command] [Cm. 4884] [Mr Secretary Cook].

5Historic Buildings and Ancient Monuments,—Report of the Historic Buildings Council for Scotland for 1998–99 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 890] [Mr Secretary Reid].

6Museums and Galleries,—Accounts of the—

(1) Imperial War Museum,

(2) National Gallery,

(3) Natural History Museum, and

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(4) Tate Gallery

for 1999–2000, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; and

(5) Accounts of the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside for 1999–2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Statutory Instrument];

to be printed [Nos. 909, 913, 911, 912 and 910][Clerk of the House].

7National Lottery,—Accounts of the—

(1) Arts Council of England Lottery Distribution,

(2) English Sports Council Lottery Distribution,

(3) National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts, and

(4) National Lottery Charities Board

for 1999–2000, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 917, 920, 918 and 919] [Clerk of the House]; and

(5) Report and Accounts of the New Opportunities Fund for 1999–2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 892] [Clerk of the House].

8Police,—Revised Code of Practice on Financial Management for police authorities [by Act]; to be printed [No. 883] [Mr Secretary Straw].

9Trade Union and Labour Relations,—Report of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) for 1999–2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

Trustee Bill [Lords],—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mrs Liz Blackman from Standing Committee A (nominated in respect of the Bill); and nominated in substitution Mrs Linda Gilroy.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment Sub-Committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [Delivering Sustainable Waste Management]; to be printed [No. 903-i] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].

2International Development,—(1) Seventh Special Report from the International Development Committee [Government Response to the Sixth Report from the Committee, on ECGD, Developmental Issues and the Ilisu Dam]; to be printed [No. 923]; and

(2) Eighth Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Eighth Report from the Committee, on the Department for International Development: 2000 Departmental Report]; to be printed [No. 924]

[Mr Bowen Wells].

3Standards and Privileges,—(1) Sixteenth Report from the Committee on Standards and Privileges [Complaint against Mr Michael Portillo], together with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 915]; and

(2) Seventeenth Report from the Committee [Complaint against Mr Robert Sheldon], together with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 916]

[Mr Alan Williams].

4Statutory Instruments,—Twenty-eighth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 47-xxviii] [Mr David Tredinnick].

5Trade and Industry,—(1) Eleventh Special Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [Government Observations on the Twelfth Report from the Committee, Session 1999–2000, on Industrial and Trade Relations with the Baltic States]; to be printed [No. 907];

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(2) Twelfth Special Report from the Committee [Government Observations on the Tenth Report from the Trade and Industry Committee, Session 1999–2000, on UK Space Policy]; to be printed [No. 908]; and

(3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Vehicle Manufacturing in the UK]; to printed [No. 534-iii]

[Mr Martin O'Neill].

6Welsh Affairs,—Seventh Special Report from the Welsh Affairs Committee [Response of the National Assembly For Wales to the Third Report of the Committee, Session 1998–99, on Childcare in Wales]; to be printed [No. 900] [Mr Martyn Jones].


[No. 145; WH, No. 88.]

Tuesday 24th October 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 Tony McNulty.)

And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 12.59 p.m.


[No. 146.]

Wednesday 25th October 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 31st October.

2City of London (Ward Elections) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for further consideration of the City of London (Ward Elections) Bill, as amended by the Chairman of Ways and Means;

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

3Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer) Bill [Lords],—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer) Bill [Lords];

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Tuesday 31st October.

4First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mrs Ray Michie reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Dangerous Substances and Preparations (Nickel) (Safety) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1668).

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

5Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Eric Illsley reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Education (National Curriculum) (Attainment Target and Programmes of Study in Citizenship) (England) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1603), and the Education (National Curriculum) (Attainment Targets of Programmes of Study in History) (England) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1606).

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

6Sex Discrimination (Amendment) Bill,—Ordered, That the Sex Discrimination (Amendment) Bill be read a second time on Friday 10th November.

7Rogue Traders,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the Fair Trading Act 1973 to introduce further powers to regulate rogue traders: And that Ms Margaret Moran, Norman Baker, Mr David Davis, Mr Kerry Pollard, Helen Jackson, Helen Jones, Mr Jim Dobbin, Rosemary McKenna, Jim Fitzpatrick, Dr Alan Whitehead, Mr Alan Keen and Judy Mallaber do prepare and bring it in.

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8Rogue Traders Bill,—Ms Margaret Moran accordingly presented a Bill to amend the Fair Trading Act 1973 to introduce further powers to regulate rogue traders: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 10th November and to be printed [Bill 176].

9Opposition Day [18th 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.

Fuel Protests,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House notes that, despite warnings from Her Majesty's Official Opposition, the Government refused to listen to the grievances brought to them by business and commerce, most particularly by hauliers, farmers, pensioners, the disabled and by those on low incomes or living in rural areas, thereby provoking the fuel protests in September; condemns the Government's initial complacency about the protests which later turned to panic; deplores the Government's repeated increases in taxation, despite having no mandate to do so and notes that the increases in the tax on petrol and diesel have become the symbol of the Government's betrayal of their tax promises; urges the Government to address the problems their tax increases have caused, by reducing tax on hard-working families, pensioners and businesses, including an immediate reduction in road fuel duty; and laments the fact that, despite the increases in tax on the travelling public, the Government has allowed the road system to deteriorate and has failed to deliver the improvements in the transport system which it promised and which the public expected—(Mr Archie Norman);

An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 1, to leave out from the word ‘House' to the end of the Question and add the words ‘applauds the tough, long-term economic decisions taken by the Government to create a platform of stability on which to invest in education, health, transport and law and order, building a Britain where there is opportunity and security for all; recognises the difficulty that has been caused to some sectors of the economy due to the rapid increase in world oil prices over the past 18 months; welcomes the Government's determination to set its economic and fiscal policy within the context of the normal budget and democratic processes; deplores the previous Government's record of boom and bust and under-investment in the nation's vital public services; notes that the proportion of the cost of petrol accounted for by VAT and duty is lower than when this Government took office in May 1997; welcomes the Government's environmental record which has seen Britain lead the world in the fight against global warming; and welcomes the Government's 10-year plan to modernise the nation's transport system, cut congestion, deliver real choice and see a 42 per cent. real terms increase in spending', instead thereof.—(Mr Michael Meacher.)

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 144.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Jamieson, Mr Mike Hall: 378.

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 David Jamieson, Mr Mike Hall: 322.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 159.

So the Question was agreed to.

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

Resolved, That this House applauds the tough, long-term economic decisions taken by the Government to create a platform of stability on which to invest in education, health, transport and law and order, building a Britain where there is opportunity and security for all; recognises the difficulty that has been caused to some sectors of the economy due to the rapid increase in world oil prices over the past 18 months; welcomes the Government's determination to set its economic and fiscal policy within the context of the normal budget and democratic processes; deplores the previous Government's record of boom and bust and under-investment in the nation's vital public services; notes that the proportion of the cost of petrol accounted for by VAT and duty is lower than when this Government took office in May 1997; welcomes the Government's environmental record which has seen Britain lead the world in the fight against global warming; and welcomes the Government's 10-year plan to modernise the nation's transport system, cut congestion, deliver real choice and see a 42 per cent. real terms increase in spending.

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Supply and Recruitment of Teachers,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House views with concern the growing crisis of teacher supply and recruitment which is affecting the quality of education in the country's schools; notes that there has been a net outflow of teachers from the profession since 1997; deplores the Government's complacency and failure to deal with the underlying problems leading to the decline of the teaching profession; recognises that, unless action is taken, education standards will fall in the future; and calls on the Government to set the schools free, give heads the power to exercise discipline policy in their schools, rid teachers of the excessive bureaucratic burdens they face and 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 successful new measures introduced by the Government to support teacher recruitment, including training salaries, incentives for shortage subjects and an expanded graduate teacher programme; welcomes the fact that there has been a significant increase in applications and acceptances for teacher training as a result; further welcomes the support given by the School Teachers Review Body for the Government's plans to better reward good teaching; notes that there are nearly 7,000 more teachers in post now than in 1998; further notes that primary and infant class sizes have fallen after rising annually under the previous administration; recognises that headteachers have got both the resources and the powers to deal effectively with discipline for the first time; and commends the work of the Government in addressing specific recruitment difficulties in London and the positive and pro-active approach of this administration towards recruiting and rewarding teachers more generally', instead thereof.—(Mr Secretary Blunkett.)

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 143.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe, Mrs Anne McGuire: 353.

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, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 306.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr Peter Luff: 176.

So the Question was agreed to.

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

Resolved, That this House welcomes the successful new measures introduced by the Government to support teacher recruitment, including training salaries, incentives for shortage subjects and an expanded graduate teacher programme; welcomes the fact that there has been a significant increase in applications and acceptances for teacher training as a result; further welcomes the support given by the School Teachers Review Body for the Government's plans to better reward good teaching; notes that there are nearly 7,000 more teachers in post now than in 1998; further notes that primary and infant class sizes have fallen after rising annually under the previous administration; recognises that headteachers have got both the resources and the powers to deal effectively with discipline for the first time; and commends the work of the Government in addressing specific recruitment difficulties in London and the positive and pro-active approach of this administration towards recruiting and rewarding teachers more generally.

10Flags,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the draft Flags Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000, which were laid before this House on 23rd October, be approved—(Mr Secretary Mandelson);

And it being one and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Standing Order No. 16 (Proceedings under an Act or on European Union documents)—It was agreed to.

Resolved, That the draft Flags Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000, which were laid before this House on 23rd October, be approved.

11Modernisation of the House of Commons,—Ordered, That Sir George Young be discharged from the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons and Mrs Angela Browning be added to the Committee.—(Mr Robert Ainsworth.)

12Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from the Earl Shilton Bypass Action Group calling for progress in constructing the Earl Shilton bypass was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

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

Thursday 26th October 2000

And the Question being put;

Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-seven minutes past Twelve o'clock on Thursday morning, adjourned till this day.

[Adjourned at 12.27 a.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Census,—Draft Census (Amendment) Order 2000 [by Act] [Miss Melanie Johnson].

2Charities,—Charities (Accounts and Reports) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2868), dated 19th October 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

3Consumer Protection,—Dangerous Substances and Preparations (Safety) (Consolidation) and Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2897), dated 20th October 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

4Education,—Education (Foundation Body) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2872), dated 20th October 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

5Health and Safety,—Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2831), dated 17th October 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

6Police,—(1) Police and Criminal Evidence (Application to Police Ombudsman) Order (Northern Ireland) 2000 (S.R. (N.I.), 2000, No. 314),

(2) Royal Ulster Constabulary (Appeals) Regulations 2000 (S.R. (N.I.), 2000, No. 317),

(3) Royal Ulster Constabulary (Complaints etc.) Regulations 2000 (S.R. (N.I.), 2000, No. 318),

(4) Royal Ulster Constabulary (Complaints) (Informal Resolution) Regulations 2000 (S.R. (N.I.), 2000, No. 319),

(5) Royal Ulster Constabulary (Conduct) Regulations 2000 (S.R. (N.I.), 2000, No. 315),

(6) Royal Ulster Constabulary (Conduct) (Senior Officers) Regulations 2000 (S.R. (N.I.), 2000, No. 320), and

(7) Royal Ulster Constabulary (Unsatisfactory Performance) Regulations 2000 (S.R. (N.I.), 2000, No. 316),

dated 23rd October 2000 [by Statutory Instrument] [Mr Secretary Mandelson].

7Telecommunications,—(1) Public Telecommunication System Designation (Alpha Telecom (UK) Ltd) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2857),

(2) Public Telecommunication System Designation (i-21 Limited) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2855),

(3) Public Telecommunication System Designation (M3COM (UK) Limited) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2859),

(4) Public Telecommunication System Designation (Pacific Gateway Exchange (UK) Limited) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2856), and

(5) Public Telecommunication System Designation (Sonera UK Ltd) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2858),

dated 18th October 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

8Town and Country Planning,—Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2867), dated 18th October 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

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Other Papers:

9Development of Tourism,—Statement of reappointment and salaries of Jennifer Robson OBE and David Lunn as members of the English Tourism Council [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

10Further and Higher Education (Scotland),—Report by the Scottish Ministers on Further Education in Scotland for l999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

11Health and Safety,—Report and Accounts of the Health and Safety Commission for l999–2000, and Accounts of the Health and Safety Executive for l999–2000, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 889] [Clerk of the House].

12Health Service Commissioner,—Fourth Report of the Health Service Ombudsman, Session 1999–2000: Investigations completed—April to July 2000 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 896-I & -II] [Clerk of the House].

13Museums and Galleries,—Account of the National Portrait Gallery for 1999–2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 925] [Clerk of the House].

14National Lottery,—(1) Report of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts for 1999–2000, and

(2) Report and Summary Financial Statement of the National Lottery Charities Board for 1999–2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon

[by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

15Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors,—Account of the Welsh National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting for 1998–99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 888] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

16Police,—Report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary for 1999–2000 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 895] [Mr Secretary Straw].

17Royal Patriotic Fund Corporation,—Report and Financial Statements of the Royal Patriotic Fund Corporation for 1999 [by Command] [Mr Secretary Straw].

18Telecommunications,—Licences granted under section 7 of the Telecommunications Act 1984 by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to—

(1) Alpha Telecom (UK) Limited,

(2) i-21 Limited,

(3) M3COM (UK) Limited,

(4) Pacific Gateway Exchange (UK) Limited, and

(5) Sonera UK Limited

[by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

19Treaty Series (No. 121, 2000),—Agreement, done at London on 13th December 1995, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Ukraine on International Road Transport [by Command] [Cm. 4879] [Mr Secretary Cook].

20Treaty Series (No. 122, 2000),—Exchange of Letters, done at London on 29th May 1998, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Australia constituting an Agreement to amend the Agreement on Health Services [by Command] [Cm. 4880] [Mr Secretary Cook].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Insolvency Bill [Lords]:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee B, and has appointed Mr Roger Gale and Mrs Ray Michie Chairmen; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Graham Brady, Mr John Burnett, Sir Sydney Chapman, Mr Christopher Chope, Mr Brian Cotter, Mr David Crausby, Barbara Follett, Dr Kim Howells, Mr Lindsay Hoyle, Helen Jones, Mr Austin Mitchell, Mr Richard Page, Mr Greg Pope, Mr Alan Simpson, Mr Derek Twigg and Mr Brian White.

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2Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Notification of Authorisations etc.) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2563), and the Investigatory Powers Tribunal Rules 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2665):

(1) The Speaker has allocated the Order and Rules to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Bowen Wells Chairman; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Jackie Ballard, Mr John Burnett, Mr Charles Clarke, Mr Hilton Dawson, Mr Frank Dobson, Mrs Louise Ellman, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Oliver Heald, Mr Michael Jack, Ms Oona King, Mr Tony Lloyd, Mr Keith Simpson, Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West), Dr George Turner, Mr Andrew Tyrie and Ms Claire Ward.

3Dangerous Substances and Preparations (Nickel) (Safety) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1668):

(1) The Speaker has appointed Mrs Ray Michie Chairman of the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (in respect of the Regulations) in place of Sir David Madel; and

(2) The Committee of Selection has discharged Mrs Eleanor Laing from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mr Graham Brady.

4Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 (Amendment of Section 10) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2024):

(1) The Speaker has allocated the Order 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 Crispin Blunt, Mr Desmond Browne, Mr Colin Burgon, Mr Ian Cawsey, Mr James Cran, Jim Dowd, Paul Flynn, Mr Christopher Fraser, Mrs Eileen Gordon, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Peter Kilfoyle, Mr Andrew Mackinlay, Mr Gordon Marsden, Mr Lembit Opik, Mr William Ross and Mr John M. Taylor.

5Education (National Curriculum) (Attainment Target and Programmes of Study in Citizenship) (England) Order (S.I., 2000, No. 1603), and the Education (National Curriculum) (Attainment Targets and Programmes of Study in History) (England) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, 1606),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Orders); and nominated in substitution Mr John Randall.

6Draft Consular Fees Act 1980 (Fees) Order 2000:

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

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mrs Liz Blackman, Mr Peter Bradley, Mr Jim Cousins, Dr Jack Cunningham, Mr Stephen Day, Mr Huw Edwards, Caroline Flint, Mr Peter Hain, Mr Paul Keetch, Mr Tony McNulty, Mr Mark Oaten, Mr Andrew Robathan, Mr Chris Ruane, Mr Richard Spring, Mr Desmond Swayne and Mr Robert N. Wareing.

European Standing Committees

7European Union Document No. 9712/00, relating to the Statute for Members of the European Parliament; together with European Union Document No. 9560/00, relating to the Audit of Expenditure by EP Political Groups, have been referred to European Standing Committee B.

8The Speaker has appointed Mr Jonathan Sayeed Chairman of European Standing Committee C in respect of European Union Document No. 9964/00, relating to the Social Policy Agenda.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Agriculture,—(1) Seventh Special Report from the Agriculture Committee [Government Response to the Sixth Report from the Committee, on the Implications for UK Agriculture and EU Agricultural Policy of Trade Liberalisation and the WTO]; to be printed [No. 926];

(2) Eighth Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Seventh Report from the Committee, on Horticulture Research International]; to be printed [No. 927];

(3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Organic Farming]; to be printed [No. 681-iii]; and

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(4) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Horticulture Research International; Organic Farming; Regional Service Centres]

[Mr David Curry].

2Defence,—(1) Fourteenth Special Report from the Defence Committee [Further Evidence relating to the Defence Geographic and Imagery Intelligence Agency]; to be printed [No. 928];

(2) Fifteenth Special Report from the Committee [Government Observations on the Twelfth Report from the Committee, the Adaption of the Treaty on Conventional Forces in Europe]; to be printed [No. 929];

(3) Sixteenth Special Report from the Committee [Government Observations on the Thirteenth Report from the Committee, Iraqi No-Fly Zones]; to be printed [No. 930]; and

(4) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Armed Forces Personnel Issues]; to be printed [No. 689-iii]

[Mr Bruce George].

3European Scrutiny,—Twenty-Seventh Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 23-xxvii] [Mr Jim Dobbin].

4Foreign Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [China]; to be printed [No. 574-iv] [Mr Donald Anderson].

5Northern Ireland Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [Prison Service in Northern Ireland]; to be printed [No. 931-i] [Mr Peter Brooke].

6Public Administration,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Inherited SERPS and the Report of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration]; to be printed [No. 433-iv] [Tony Wright].

7Science and Technology,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Science and Technology Committee [The Science Budget]; to be printed [No. 898-i] [Dr Michael Clark].


[No. 146; WH, No. 89.]

Wednesday 25th October 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 David Clelland.)

And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 12.57 p.m.


[No. 147.]

Thursday 26th October 2000.

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

PRAYERS.

1Report of Inquiry into Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy,—Ordered, That there shall be laid before this House a Return of the Report, evidence and supporting papers of the Inquiry into the emergence and identification of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) in the United Kingdom, and the action taken in response to it up to 20th March 1996, by Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers.—(Mr Elliot Morley.)

2Adjournment (Defence Procurement),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Greg Pope);

And it being Seven o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put, pursuant to Order [25th October, in the last Session of Parliament].

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3Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Jim Dowd.)

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-nine minutes past Seven o'clock, adjourned till Monday 30th October, pursuant to Order [24th October].

[Adjourned at 7.29 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Local Government,—(1) Local Authorities (Arrangements for the Discharge of Functions) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2851),

(2) Local Authorities (Functions and Responsibilities) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2853),

(3) Local Authorities (Proposals for Alternative Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2850), and

(4) Local Authorities (Referendums) (Petitions and Directions) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2852),

dated 19th October 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

2Medicines,—Prescription Only Medicines (Human Use) Amendment (No. 2) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2899), dated 26th October 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

Other Papers:

3Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy,—Report, evidence and supporting papers of the Inquiry into the emergence and identification of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) in the United Kingdom, and the action taken in response to it up to 20th March 1996 (16 volumes) [pursuant to Order this day]; to be published; Report to be printed [No. 887 I-XVI] [Mr Nicholas Brown].

4Development of Tourism,—Statement of appointment and salary of Ian Burke as a member of the British Tourist Authority [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

5Museums and Galleries,—Accounts of the—

(1) National Maritime Museum, and

(2) National Museum of Science and Industry

for 1999–2000, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 934 and 933] [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

Foreign Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [Development in Israel and the Occupied Territories]; to be printed [No. 935-i] [Mr Donald Anderson].


[No. 147; WH, No. 90.]

Thursday 26th October 2000.

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

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

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

And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 31st October.

[Adjourned at 5.12 p.m.



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