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[No. 157.]

Monday 13th November 2000.

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

PRAYERS.

1Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

The Lords have agreed to the Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill, with Amendments; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

2Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill,—Lords Amendments to the Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 182].

3Opposition Day [20th 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.

London Underground Public Private Partnership,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House notes the widespread concern about the viability of the Government's public private partnership proposed for London Underground; further notes that the Government has established Transport for London, which is answerable to Londoners, and whose Director, Mr Robert Kiley, has a proven track record of modernising the New York subway system and who will take on responsibility for London Underground in due course; deplores the failure of Ministers to include Mr Kiley and Transport for London in any meaningful consultations about the contracts under negotiation; condemns the Government's lack of openness with Londoners and their representatives about the bidding process; and urges the Government to work with Mr Kiley and Transport for London with an open mind about what is best for London Underground and for Londoners—(Mr Bernard Jenkin);

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 Government's implementation of its manifesto commitment to create a Public Private Partnership for London Underground which will bring in £8 billion of new investment and up to £5 billion worth of maintenance over the next fifteen years—leading to faster, more reliable journeys and a safer, more attractive Underground of the kind Londoners deserve; supports the doubling of the resources available to the Mayor for transport in London over the next three years; condemns the previous Government's record of under-investment in transport and in particular their erratic investment in London Underground, which left it with a £1.2 billion backlog; and deplores the Official Opposition's plans to privatise London Underground, which will fundamentally undermine public accountability', instead thereof.—(Mr Keith Hill.)

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Stephen Day, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 180.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Clelland, Mr Mike Hall: 287.

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 Clelland, Mr Mike Hall: 283.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Stephen Day, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 177.

So the Question was agreed to.

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

Resolved, That this House welcomes the Government's implementation of its manifesto commitment to create a Public Private Partnership for London Underground which will bring in £8 billion of new investment and up to £5 billion worth of maintenance over the next fifteen years—leading to faster, more reliable journeys and a safer, more attractive Underground of the kind Londoners deserve; supports the doubling of the resources available to the Mayor for transport in London over the next three years; condemns the previous Government's record of under-investment in transport and in particular their erratic investment in London Underground, which left it with a £1.2 billion backlog; and deplores the Official Opposition's plans to privatise London Underground, which will fundamentally undermine public accountability.

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Millennium Dome,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House deplores the financial mismanagement of the New Millennium Experience Company; notes with concern that the cost to Lottery funds has exceeded the budget by £229 million; believes that this represents a serious waste of public funds; and regrets that Ministers have neither apologised nor accepted responsibility for the failure of this national project—(Mr Peter Ainsworth);

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 publication of the National Audit Office report, which gives a detailed account of events at the Dome; agrees that politicians of all parties involved in the project share responsibility both for the successes in regenerating this depressed part of South East London and its failings to reach its original visitor estimates; and deplores the decision by Her Majesty's Opposition not to support the original bi-partisan nature of this national project', instead thereof.—(Mr Secretary Smith.)

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Stephen Day, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 182.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Robert Ainsworth, Mr Don Touhig: 304.

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 Robert Ainsworth, Mr Don Touhig: 300.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 174.

So the Question was agreed to.

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

Resolved, That this House welcomes the publication of the National Audit Office report, which gives a detailed account of events at the Dome; agrees that politicians of all parties involved in the project share responsibility both for the successes in regenerating this depressed part of South East London and its failings to reach its original visitor estimates; and deplores the decision by Her Majesty's Opposition not to support the original bi-partisan nature of this national project.

4Control of Fuel and Electricity,—Resolved, That the Energy Act 1976 (Reserve Powers) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2449), dated 11th September 2000, a copy of which was laid before this House on 12th September, be approved.—(Mrs Helen Liddell.)

5Fees and Charges,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Consular Fees Act 1980 (Fees) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 19th June, be approved—(Mrs Anne McGuire):—It was agreed to.

6Education and Employment,—Ordered, That Mr Phil Willis be discharged from the Education and Employment Committee and Mr Richard Allan be added to the Committee.—(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

7Foreign Affairs,—Ordered, That Mr David Wilshire be discharged from the Foreign Affairs Committee and Mr John Maples be added to the Committee.—(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

8Health,—Ordered, That Mr Robert Syms be discharged from the Health Committee and Mrs Marion Roe be added to the Committee.—(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

9Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from cleft lip and/or palate NHS patients and others calling for a quality audit of cleft lip and palate services was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

10Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from residents of the constituency of Warrington North calling for residents to have a greater say in the siting of telecommunications masts was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

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11Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mrs Anne McGuire);

Tuesday 14th November 2000

And the Question being put;

Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till five minutes past Twelve o'clock on Tuesday morning, adjourned till this day.

[Adjourned at 12.05 a.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Constitutional Law,—Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

2Local Government Finance,—Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 69) on Children's Services (Quality Protects) Special Grants for 1999–2000 and 2000–2001 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 968] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

3Immigration,—Asylum Support (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3053), dated 11th November 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

4Medical Profession,—(1) Medical Act 1983 (Approved Medical Practices and Conditions of Residence) and National Health Service (General Medical Services) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3040), and

(2) Medical Act 1983 (Provisional Registration) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3041),

dated 13th November 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

5Social Security,—Social Security (Recovery of Benefits) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3030), dated 8th November 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

Other Papers:

6Environment, Transport and the Regions,—Observations by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions on:—

(1) the Petition [28th July] from Sea"n Woodward and others for changes in the valuation of land purchased for road schemes; and

(2) the Petition [25th October] from the citizens of Earl Shilton calling for progress in constructing the Earl Shilton bypass

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

7Export Credits Guarantee Department,—Return, made under section 7 of the Export and Investments Guarantees Act 1991, of Commitments and Statutory Limits as at 31st March 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

8National Lottery,—Millennium Commission Foreword and Accounts for 1999–2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 937] [Clerk of the House].

Papers withdrawn:

9Constitutional Law,—Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2000 [laid 8th November].

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APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

1Public Accounts,—(1) Forty-fourth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Ministry of Defence: Accepting equipment off-contract and into service]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 978];

(2) Forty-fifth Report from the Committee [Acceptance of the Chinook Mk 2 Helicopter], with Appendices, together with an Appendix to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 975]; and

(3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Overseeing Focus Housing Association]; to be printed [No. 979-i]

[Mr David Davis].

2Science and Technology,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Science and Technology Committee [Corus plc]; to be printed [No. 899-ii] [Dr Michael Clark].


[No. 158.]

Tuesday 14th November 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 21st November.

2Alliance & 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 21st November.

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

The Lords have agreed to the Licensing (Young Persons) Bill, without Amendment.

4Parliamentary Oath (Amendment),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the parliamentary oath; and for connected purposes—(Mr Kevin McNamara);

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John McDonnell, Mr Paul Flynn: 129.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Eric Forth, Mr Gerald Howarth: 148.

So the Question was negatived.

5Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Lords Amendments to the Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill.

Lords Amendments Nos. 1 to 13 were agreed to.

Lords Amendments Nos. 14 and 15 were disagreed to.

Lords Amendments Nos. 16 to 24 were agreed to.

Lords Amendment No. 25.

A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That this House disagrees with the Lords in the said Amendment—(Mr Secretary Straw);

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mr Graham Allen: 344.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr James Gray, Mr John Randall: 166.

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So the Question was agreed to.

The Lords Amendment was accordingly disagreed to.

Lords Amendments Nos. 26 to 38 were agreed to.

Lords Amendment No. 39.

A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That this House disagrees with the Lords in their Amendment—(Mr Secretary Straw);

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Jim Dowd, Mr Greg Pope: 324.

Tellers for the Noes, Sir Robert Smith, Bob Russell: 142.

So the Question was agreed to.

The Lords Amendment was accordingly disagreed to.

Lords Amendment No. 40 was agreed to.

Lords Amendments Nos. 41 to 43 were disagreed to.

Lords Amendment No. 44 was disagreed to.

Amendments ((a) and (b)) were made to the words so restored to the Bill.

Lords Amendments Nos. 45 and 46 were disagreed to.

Lords Amendment No. 47 was agreed to.

Lords Amendments Nos. 48 and 49 were disagreed to.

Lords Amendment No. 50 was disagreed to.

Amendments ((a) to (f)) were made to the words so restored to the Bill.

Lords Amendments Nos. 51 to 75 were agreed to.

Lords Amendment No. 76 was disagreed to.

Amendments ((a) to (c)) were made to the Bill, in lieu of the Lords Amendment disagreed to.

Amendments ((d) and (e)) were made to the words so restored to the Bill.

Lords Amendments Nos. 77 and 78 were agreed to.

Amendments ((a) and (b)) , consequential to Lords Amendment No. 78, were made to the Bill.

Lords Amendment No. 79 was disagreed to.

Amendments ((a) and (b)) were made to the words so restored to the Bill.

Lords Amendment No. 80 was disagreed to.

Amendments ((a) and (b)) were made to the Bill, in lieu of the Lords Amendment disagreed to.

Amendments ((c) and (d)) were made to the words so restored to the Bill.

Lords Amendments Nos. 81 to 99 agreed to.

Lords Amendment No. 100.

An Amendment ((b)) was proposed to the Lords Amendment, in line 4, at the end, to insert the words—

‘(db) the sentence is for any of the following offences—

(i) an offence under section 89 of the Police Act 1996 (assaulting, obstructing or resisting a constable);

(ii) an offence under section 38 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (assault with intent to resist arrest);

(iii) an offence under section 18, section 20, or section 47 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (wounding, causing grievous bodily harm and causing actual bodily harm) committed against a constable in the execution of his duty.'.—(Miss Ann Widdecombe.)

A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the Amendment be made;

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

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6Business of the House,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business), That, at this day's sitting, the Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour—(Mr Mike Hall):—It was agreed to.

7Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill,—The House again proceeded to consider the Lords Amendments to the Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill.

Lords Amendment No. 100.

The House resumed the adjourned Debate on the Question, That the Amendment ((b)) be made.

Question put.

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Keith Simpson, Mr James Gray: 109.

Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 386.

The Lords Amendment was agreed to.

Lords Amendments Nos. 101 to 105 were agreed to.

Lords Amendment No. 106 was disagreed to.

Amendments ((a) to (c)) were made to the Bill, in lieu of the Lords Amendment disagreed to.

Lords Amendments Nos. 107 to 120 were agreed to.

Lords Amendments Nos. 121 to 124 were disagreed to.

Lords Amendments Nos. 125 to 129 were agreed to.

Lords Amendment No. 130 was disagreed to.

An Amendment ((a)) was made to the words so restored to the Bill.

Lords Amendments Nos. 131 to 134 were agreed to.

Lords Amendment No. 135 was disagreed to.

Lords Amendment No. 136 was agreed to.

Lords Amendments Nos. 137 and 138 were disagreed to.

Lords Amendments Nos. 139 to 244 were agreed to, the Commons being willing to waive their privileges in respect of Lords Amendment No. 180.

Lords Amendment No. 245.

An Amendment ((a)) was made to the Lords Amendment.

Lords Amendment, as amended, agreed to.

Lords Amendment No. 246 was disagreed to.

Lords Amendment No. 247.

An Amendment ((a)) was made to the Lords Amendment.

Lords Amendment, as amended, agreed to.

Lords Amendment No. 248 was disagreed to.

Lords Amendments Nos. 249 to 329 were agreed to.

Ordered, That a Committee be appointed to draw up Reasons to be assigned to the Lords for disagreeing to their amendments nos. 14, 15, 25, 39, 41 to 43, 45, 46, 48, 49, 121 to 124, 135, 137, 138, 246 and 248;

That Mr Paul Boateng, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Nick Hawkins, Mr Peter Luff and Angela Smith be members of the Committee;

That Mr Paul Boateng be the Chairman of the Committee;

That three be the quorum of the Committee;

That the Committee do withdraw immediately.—(Mr Mike Hall.)

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8Social Security,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Jobseeker's Allowance (Joint Claims: Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2000, which were laid before this House on 28th July, be approved—(Mr Clive Betts)—It was agreed to.

9Social Security,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Social Security (New Deal Pilot) Regulations 2000, which were laid before this House on 30th October, be approved—(Mr Clive Betts)—It was agreed to.

10Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill,—Mr Paul Boateng reported from the Committee appointed to draw up Reasons to be assigned to the Lords for disagreeing to certain of their Amendments to the Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill, That it had drawn up the following Reasons, which it had directed him to report to the House:

The Commons disagree to Lords Amendment No. 14 for the following Reason—

Because the Commons believe that it is necessary to make clear the circumstances in which accommodation may be provided in approved premises under the arrangements in question.

The Commons disagree to Lords Amendment No. 15 for the following Reason—

Because the Commons do not believe that it is appropriate to restrict in the manner proposed the category of person for whom the service in question may be provided under arrangements made by local probation boards.

The Commons disagree to Lords Amendment No. 25 for the following Reason—

Because the Commons believe that it is unnecessary to impose the proposed restriction on the power to give directions.

The Commons disagree to Lords Amendments Nos. 39, 45, 46, 48, 49 and 121 to 124 for the following Reason—

Because the Commons believe that the changes proposed to be made in connection with a chief officer of a local probation board are not appropriate.

The Commons disagree to Lords Amendments No. 41 to 43 for the following Reason—

Because the Commons believe that it is not appropriate for local probation boards to hold land.

The Commons disagree to Lords Amendments Nos. 135 and 138 for the following Reason—

Because the Commons believe that it is not appropriate for local probation boards to hold land and it is not necessary to confer on them the proposed power to manage.

The Commons disagree to Lords Amendment No. 137 for the following Reason—

Because the Commons believe that it is not necessary to confer on local probation boards the proposed power to manage.

The Commons disagree to Lords Amendments Nos. 246 and 248 for the following Reason—

Because the Amendments are not necessary in consequence of the Amendments made by this House to the words restored to the Bill by the disagreement of this House with Lords Amendments Nos. 79 and 80.

The Reasons were agreed to.

Message to the Lords to communicate the said Reasons with the Bill and Amendments.

11Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Clive Betts.)

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

[Adjourned at 11.15 p.m.


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APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Agriculture,—(1) Agricultural Processing and Marketing Grants Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3046), dated 9th November 2000,

(2) Energy Crops Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3042), dated 9th November 2000,

(3) England Rural Development Programme (Enforcement) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3044), dated 9th November 2000,

(4) Environmentally Sensitive Areas (Stage I) Designation Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3049), dated 13th November 2000,

(5) Environmentally Sensitive Areas (Stage II) Designation Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3050), dated 13th November 2000,

(6) Environmentally Sensitive Areas (Stage III) Designation Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3051), dated 13th November 2000,

(7) Environmentally Sensitive Areas (Stage IV) Designation Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3052), dated 13th November 2000,

(8) Rural Enterprise Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3043), dated 9th November 2000, and

(9) Vocational Training Grants (Agriculture and Forestry) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3045), dated 9th November 2000

[by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].

2Countryside,—Countryside Stewardship Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3048), dated 13th November 2000 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].

3Justices of the Peace,—Commission Areas (Avon and Somerset) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3054), dated 7th November 2000 [by Act] [Mr David Lock].

Other Papers:

4Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Executive Agencies,—Report and Accounts of the Farming and Rural Conservation Agency for 1999–2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 932] [Mr Nicholas Brown].

5Air Force (Constitution),—Regulations of the Defence Council, dated 26th October 2000, amending Air Publication 3376, Trade Structure of the Royal Air Force [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

6Broadcasting,—Account of the Radio Authority Additional Payments by Radio Programme Licensees for 1999–2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 985] [Clerk of the House].

7Natural Heritage (Scotland),—(1) Report and Summary Financial Statements of Scottish Natural Heritage for 1999–2000, and

(2) Scottish Natural Heritage Facts and Figures for 1999–2000

[by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

8Pensions,—Account of the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund for 1999–2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 984] [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Draft Broadcasting (Limit on the Holding of Licences to Provide Television Multiplex Services) Order 2000,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Terry Davis from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Ms Hazel Blears.

2Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Video Recording of Interviews) Order 2000,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Geraint Davies, Jim Dowd and Dr Gavin Strang from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr David Clelland, Mr Doug Henderson and Ms Tess Kingham.

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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-iv] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].

2International Development,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [Corruption]; to be printed [No. 950-ii] [Mr Bowen Wells].

3Statutory Instruments,—Thirty-first Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 47-xxxi] [Mr David Tredinnick].

4Trade and Industry,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee [The Office of Telecommunications]; to be printed [No. 982-i] [Mr Martin O'Neill].

5Treasury,—(1) Tenth Special Report from the Treasury Committee [Government Response to the Eighth Report from the Committee on Economic and Monetary Union]; to be printed [No. 983];

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The London Stock Exchange]; to be printed [No. 508-ii]

[Mr Giles Radice].

6Welsh Affairs,—Third Report from the Welsh Affairs Committee [Social Exclusion in Wales], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 365][Mr Martyn Jones].


[No. 158; WH, No. 97.]

Tuesday 14th November 2000.

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

The sitting commenced at Ten o'clock.

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

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

[Adjourned at 1.00 p.m.


[No. 159.]

Wednesday 15th November 2000.

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

PRAYERS.

1City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [Lords],—Ordered, That the promoters of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [Lords] shall have leave to suspend proceedings thereon in order to proceed with it, if they think fit, in the next Session of Parliament, provided that notice of their intention to do so is lodged in the Private Bill Office not later than the day before the close of the present Session and that all fees due up to that date have been paid;

That, if the Bill is brought from the Lords in the next Session, a declaration signed by the agent shall be deposited in the Private Bill Office, stating that the Bill is the same in every respect as the Bill brought from the Lords in the present Session;

That the Clerk in the Private Bill Office shall lay upon the Table of the House a certificate, that such a declaration has been deposited;

That in the next Session the Bill shall be deemed to have passed through every stage through which it has passed in the present Session, and shall be recorded in the Journal of the House as having passed those stages;

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That no further fees shall be charged to such stages.—(The First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means.)

Message to the Lords to acquaint them therewith.

2Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Roger Gale reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Broadcasting (Limit on the Holding of Licences to Provide Television Multiplex Services) Order 2000.

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

3Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Sir David Madel reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Video recording of interviews) Order 2000.

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

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

The Lords have agreed to the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill, with Amendments, to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

5Police (Northern Ireland) Bill,—Lords Amendments to the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill to be considered to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 183].

6City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [Lords],—The Order for Third Reading of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [Lords] on Tuesday 21st November was read and discharged.

7Genetically Modified Food and Producer Liability (No. 2),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make further provision with respect to the safety of and liability for the deliberate release or marketing of genetically modified organisms and genetically modified food; to establish a genetically modified organism compensation fund; and for connected purposes—(Mr Alan Simpson);

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Huw Edwards, Miss Anne McIntosh: 97.

Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Anne Campbell, Mr Nigel Beard: 30.

So the Question was agreed to.

Ordered, That Mr Alan Simpson, Alice Mahon, Norman Baker, Miss Anne McIntosh, Mr Tony Benn, Mr David Drew, Mrs Ann Cryer, Mr Llew Smith, Maria Fyfe, Mr John McDonnell, Mr David Chaytor and Mr Robert Marshall-Andrews do prepare and bring in the Bill.

8Genetically Modified Food and Producer Liability (No. 2) Bill,—Mr Alan Simpson accordingly presented a Bill to make further provision with respect to the safety of and liability for the deliberate release or marketing of genetically modified organisms and genetically modified food; to establish a genetically modified organism compensation fund; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 24th November and to be printed [Bill 184].

9Transport Bill [Ways and Means] (No. 3),—Resolved, That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Transport Bill, it is expedient to authorise:

(1) the imposition of charges in respect of the execution of works in a highway, and

(2) the charging of fees in connection with driver training courses.—(Mr Keith Hill.)

10Transport Bill (Supplemental Programme),—Ordered, That the Order of the House [9th May] be supplemented as follows—

Lords Amendments

1.—(1) Proceedings on Consideration of Lords Amendments to the Bill shall be completed at today's sitting.

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(2) If not previously concluded, the proceedings shall be brought to a conclusion at midnight.

(3) The Lords Amendments shall be considered in the following order—

Nos. 27 to 29, 31, 1 to 26, 30 and 32 to 235.

(4) Each part of the proceedings shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at the time specified in relation to that part of the proceedings in this Table.

TABLE


ProceedingsTime for conclusion of proceedings
Lords Amendments Nos. 27 to 29Three and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion in the name of Mr Stephen Timms relating to the Transport Bill [Ways and Means] (No. 3)
Lords Amendment No. 31Four and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on that Motion
Remaining Lords AmendmentsSix and a quarter hours after the commencement of proceedings on that Motion.

2.—(1) This paragraph applies for the purpose of bringing proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with paragraph 1.

(2) The Speaker shall first put forthwith any question which has been proposed from the chair and not yet decided.

(3) If that question is for the amendment of a Lords Amendment, the Speaker shall then put forthwith—

(a) a single question on any further amendments of the Lords Amendment moved by a Minister of the Crown, and

(b) the question on any motion made by a Minister of the Crown that this House agrees or disagrees with the Lords in their Amendment or (as the case may be) in their Amendment as amended.

(4) The Speaker shall put forthwith—

(a) a single question on any amendment moved by a Minister of the Crown to a Lords Amendment, and

(b) the question on any motion made by a Minister of the Crown that this House agrees or disagrees with the Lords in the Amendment or (as the case may be) in their Amendment as amended.

(5) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the question on any motion made by a Minister of the Crown that this House disagrees with the Lords in a Lords Amendment.

(6) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the question that this House agrees with the Lords in all the remaining Lords Amendments.

(7) As soon as the House has—

(a) agreed or disagreed with the Lords in any of their Amendments, or

(b) disposed of an Amendment relevant to a Lords Amendment which has been disagreed to,

the Speaker shall put forthwith a single question on any amendments moved by a Minister of the Crown relevant to the Lords Amendment.

Subsequent stages

3.—(1) The Speaker shall put forthwith the question on any motion made by a Minister of the Crown for the consideration forthwith of any further message from the Lords on the Bill.

(2) The proceedings on any further message from the Lords shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement.

4.—(1) This paragraph applies for the purpose of bringing proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with paragraph 3.

(2) The Speaker shall first put forthwith any question which has been proposed from the chair and not yet decided.

(3) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the question on any motion made by a Minister of the Crown which is related to the question already proposed from the chair.

(4) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the question on any motion made by a Minister of the Crown on or relevant to any of the remaining items in the Lords message.

(5) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the question that this House agrees with the Lords in all the remaining Lords proposals.

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Reasons Committee

5. The Speaker shall put forthwith the question on any motion made by a Minister of the Crown for the appointment, nomination and quorum of a Committee to draw up Reasons and the appointment of its chairman.

6.—(1) The Committee shall report before the conclusion of the sitting at which it is appointed.

(2) Proceedings in the Committee shall, if not previously brought to a conclusion, be brought to a conclusion 30 minutes after their commencement.

(3) For the purpose of bringing any proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with sub-paragraph (2), the chairman shall—

(a) first put forthwith any question which has been proposed from the chair and not yet decided, and

(b) then put forthwith successively questions on motions which may be made by a Minister of the Crown for assigning a Reason for disagreeing with the Lords in any of their Amendments.

(4) The proceedings of the Committee shall be reported without any further questions being put.

Miscellaneous

7. The following paragraphs apply to—

(a) proceedings on Consideration of Lords Amendments to the Bill.

(b) proceedings on any further message from the Lords on the Bill, and

(c) proceedings on the appointment, nomination and quorum of a Committee to draw up Reasons (and the appointment of its chairman) and the report of the Committee.

8. Standing Order No. 15(1) (Exempted business) shall apply to the proceedings.

9. The proceedings shall not be interrupted under any Standing Order relating to the sittings of the House.

10.—(1) If on a day on which any of the proceedings take place a motion for the adjournment of the House under Standing Order No. 24 (emergency debates) would stand over to Seven o'clock—

(a) that motion stands over until the conclusion of any of the proceedings which are to be brought to a conclusion at or before that time, and

(b) the bringing to a conclusion of any of the proceedings which are to be brought to a conclusion after that time is postponed for a period of time equal to the duration of the proceedings on that motion.

(2) If a motion for the adjournment of the House under Standing Order No. 24 stands over from an earlier day to such a day, the bringing to a conclusion of any of the proceedings on that day is postponed for a period of time equal to the duration of the proceedings on that motion.

11. No dilatory motion with respect to, or in the course of, the proceedings shall be made except by a Minister of the Crown; and the question on any such motion made by a Minister of the Crown shall be put forthwith.

12. If the House is adjourned, or the sitting is suspended, before the expiry of the period at the end of which any of the proceedings are to be brought to a conclusion, no notice is required of a motion made at the next sitting by a Minister of the Crown for varying or supplementing the provisions of this order.—(Mr Keith Hill.)

11Transport Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Lords Amendments to the Transport Bill.

Lords Amendment No. 27.

A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House disagrees with the Lords in their Amendment—(Mr Nick Raynsford);

And it being three and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion relating to Transport Bill [Ways and Means] (No. 3), the Speaker, pursuant to Order [this day], put the Question already proposed from the Chair.

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Clive Betts, Mr Mike Hall: 321.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 228.

So the Question was agreed to.

The Lords Amendment was accordingly disagreed to.

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The Speaker then put the Questions necessary to dispose of the business to be concluded at that hour.

Lords Amendments Nos. 28 and 29 were disagreed to.

Lords Amendment No. 31.

A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That this House disagrees with the Lords in their Amendment—(Mr Nick Raynsford);

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mrs Anne McGuire, Jim Dowd: 337.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr John Randall, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 203.

So the Question was agreed to.

The Lords Amendment was accordingly disagreed to.

Lords Amendments Nos. 1 to 26, 30, and 32 to 235 were agreed to, the Commons being willing to waive their privileges in respect of Lords Amendments Nos. 81, 86, 112 to 114, 120, 125, 170 to 183 and 194.

Ordered, That a Committee be appointed to draw up Reasons to be assigned to the Lords for disagreeing to their Amendments Nos. 27, 28, 29 and 31;

That Mr Robert Ainsworth, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr Phil Hope, Mr Nick Raynsford and Mr Robert Syms be members of the Committee;

That Mr Nick Raynsford be the Chairman of the Committee;

That three be the quorum of the Committee;

That the Committee do withdraw immediately.—(Mr Robert Ainsworth.)

12Transport Bill,—Mr Nick Raynsford reported from the Committee appointed to draw up Reasons to be assigned to the Lords for disagreeing to certain of their Amendments to the Transport Bill, That it had drawn up the following Reasons, which it had directed him to report to the House:

The Commons disagree to Lords Amendment Nos. 27, 28 and 29 for the following Reason—

Because the effect of the Amendments would be to delay unjustifiably the setting up of a public-private partnership in respect of air traffic services.

The Commons disagree to Lords Amendment No. 31 for the following Reason—

Because all necessary protections in respect of pensions arising by virtue of employment with National Air Traffic Services Limited, or any subsidiary of that company, can be put in place without this Amendment.

The Reasons were agreed to.

Message to the Lords to communicate the said Reasons, with the Bill.

13Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Robert Ainsworth.)

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

[Adjourned at 10.30 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

1Local Government Finance,—Statement of Guarantee given by the Treasury on 13th November 2000 in respect of temporary borrowing by the Audit Commission from Lloyds Bank plc [by Act] [Mr Stephen Timms].

2Public Accounts,—Treasury Minute on the Twenty-seventh and the Twenty-ninth to the Thirty-seventh Reports from the Committee of Public Accounts, Session 1999–2000 [by Command] [Cm. 4901] [Mr Stephen Timms].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Draft EUTELSAT (Immunities and Privileges) (Amendment) Order 2000:

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

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(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr John Battle, Sir Paul Beresford, Mr Peter Bradley, Mr Iain Coleman, Mr Tony Colman, Mr Stephen Day, Mr Mike Gapes, Mr Neil Gerrard, Mr Paul Keetch, Rosemary McKenna, Mr Tony McNulty, Mr Mark Oaten, Mr Kerry Pollard, Mr Richard Spring, Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West) and Mr Andrew Tyrie.

2Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaption of Functions etc.) (No. 2) Order 2000, the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) (No. 2) Order 2000 and the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2000:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Orders to the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Eric Illsley Chairman; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Crispin Blunt, Mr Tom Clarke, Mr Tam Dalyell, Mr Ian Davidson, Mr Brian H. Donohoe, Mr Christopher Fraser, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr Michael Moore, Mr Jim Murphy, Ms Sandra Osborne, Sir Robert Smith, Dr Gavin Strang, Mr Brian Wilson and Mr Tony Worthington.

3Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 69) on Children's Services (Quality Protects) Special Grants for 1999–2000 and 2000–2001 (House of Commons Paper No. 968):

(1) The Speaker has allocated the Report to the Third 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.: Dr Peter Brand, Mr John Cryer, Dr Jack Cunningham, Maria Eagle, Barbara Follett, Mr Fabian Hamilton, Mr Philip Hammond, Mr John Hutton, Mr Robert Jackson, Mr David Jamieson, Mr Edward Leigh, Mr Tony Lloyd, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Geoffrey Robinson, Mr Adrian Sanders and Mr Gerry Steinberg.

4Draft Double Taxation Relief (Shipping Transport) (Hong Kong) Order 2000 and the draft Double Taxation Relief (Taxation on Income) (Norway) Order 2000,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Mike Hancock Chairman of the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (in respect of the draft Orders).

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Agriculture,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Agriculture Committee [Badgers and Bovine Tuberculosis: Follow-up]; to be printed [No. 986-i]; and

(2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Badgers and Bovine Tuberculosis: Follow-up; Forestry Commission]

[Mr David Curry].

2Defence,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence Committee [Armed Forces Personnel Issues]; to be printed [No. 689-v] [Mr Bruce George].

3Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [Inland Waterways]; to be printed [No. 947-ii]; and

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Sub-Committee of the Committee [Rail Investment: Renewal, Maintenance and Development of the National Rail Network]; to be printed [No. 671-iii]

[Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

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

5Northern Ireland Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [The Parades Commission]; to be printed [No. 463-ii] [Mr Peter Brooke].

6Procedure,—(1) Second Special Report from the Procedure Committee [Government Response to the Second Report from the Committee, on Parliamentary Scrutiny of Treaties]; to be printed [No. 990];

(2) Third Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Fourth Report from the Committee, on Letters Sent by Ministers following Undertakings in Debate]; to be printed [No. 991]; and

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(3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Section 82 of the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999]; to be printed [No. 987-i]

[Mr Nicholas Winterton].

7Public Accounts,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [The Millennium Domes]; to be printed [No. 989-i] [Mr David Davis].

8Public Administration,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Public Administration Committee [Making Government Work]; to be printed [No. 238-viii] [Tony Wright].

9Science and Technology,—(1) Second Special Report from the Science and Technology Committee [Joint Working with the Lords Science and Technology Committee]; to be printed [No. 980]; and

(2) Third Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Seventh Report from the Committee, on The Government's Expenditure on Research and Development: The Forward Look—The Government's Reply]; to be printed [No. 981]

[Dr Michael Clark].

10Scottish Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Scottish Affairs Committee [The Drinks Industry in Scotland]; to be printed [No. 973-ii] [Mr David Marshall].

11Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [2000 Pre-Budget Report]; to be printed [No. 988-i] [Mr Giles Radice].


[No. 159; WH, No. 98.]

Wednesday 15th November 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 Anne McGuire.)

And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.48 p.m.


[No. 160.]

Thursday 16th November 2000.

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

PRAYERS.

1Alliance & Leicester plc Group Treasury (Transfer) Bill [Lords],—Ordered, That the promoters of the Alliance & Leicester plc Group Treasury (Transfer) Bill [Lords] shall have leave to suspend proceedings thereon in order to proceed with it, if they think fit, in the next Session of Parliament, provided that notice of their intention to do so is lodged in the Private Bill Office not later than the day before the close of the present Session and that all fees due up to that date have been paid;

That, if the Bill is brought from the Lords in the next Session, a declaration signed by the agent shall be deposited in the Private Bill Office, stating that the Bill is the same in every respect as the Bill brought from the Lords in the present Session;

That the Clerk in the Private Bill Office shall lay upon the Table of the House a certificate, that such a declaration has been deposited;

That in the next Session the Bill shall be deemed to have passed through every stage through which it has passed in the present Session, and shall be recorded in the Journal of the House as having passed those stages;

That no further fees shall be charged to such stages;

That no petitions against the Bill having been presented within the time provided for petitioning, no petitioners shall be heard before any committee on the Bill save those who complain of any amendment as proposed in the filled-up Bill or of any matter which arises during the progress of the Bill before the committee.—(The Second Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means.)

Message to the Lords to acquaint them therewith.

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2First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr John Cummings reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft EUTELSAT (Immunities and Privileges) (Amendment) Order 2000.

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

3Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Dr Ashok Kumar reported from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Social Security (Incapacity Benefit) Miscellaneous Amendment Regulations 2000.

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

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

The Lords have agreed to the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Bill without Amendment.

City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [Lords],—The Lords communicate that they have considered the Message from the Commons [yesterday] relating to the City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [Lords]; and that they have come to the following Resolution in respect of the Bill, viz.:

That the promoters of the Bill have leave to suspend any further proceedings thereon in order to proceed with it, if they think fit, in the next Session of Parliament, provided that notice of their intention to do so is lodged in the Office of the Clerk of the Parliaments not later than 12 noon on Monday 27th November;

That the Bill be deposited in the Office of the Clerk of the Parliaments not later than noon on the second sitting day in the next Session with a declaration annexed, signed by the agent, stating that the Bill is the same in every respect as the Bill at the last stage of the proceedings thereon in this House in the present Session;

That the proceedings on the Bill in the next Session of Parliament be pro forma in regard to every stage through which the Bill has passed in the present Session, and that no new fees be charged to such stages; and

That the Private Business Standing Orders apply to the Bill in the next Session only in regard to any stage through which the Bill has not passed in the present Session.

5Insolvency Bill [Lords],—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Insolvency Bill [Lords], as amended in the Standing Committee.

A Clause (Prohibition during period of disqualification)—(Mr Christopher Chope)—brought up and read the first time.

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

Another Clause (Disqualification orders: unfitness of director)—(Mr Christopher Chope)—brought up and read the first time.

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Eric Forth, Mr Christopher Chope: 46.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Graham Allen, Mr Robert Ainsworth: 221.

Another Clause (Section 309(1) of the Insolvency Act 1986 to apply to nominees)—(Mr Austin Mitchell)—brought up and read the first time.

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John Butterfill, Mr Brian Cotter: 42.

Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 218.

Amendment (No. 26) proposed to the Bill, in page 6, line 7, at the end, to insert the words ‘and occupied by'.—(Mr Richard Page.)

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

Another Amendment (No. 28) proposed to the Bill, in page 7, line 32, at the end, to insert the words ‘who has died after the commencement of this section'.—(Mr Richard Page.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

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The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Christopher Chope, Mr David Heath: 34.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Graham Allen, Mr Kevin Hughes: 210.

Amendments (Nos. 51, 52, and 5 to 9) made to the Bill.

Another Amendment (No. 15) proposed to the Bill, in page 13, to leave out lines 6 and 7 and to insert the words—

‘(a) such information as is necessary for a nominee to be able to judge if there is a reasonable prospect of drawing up a workable voluntary arrangement which warrants being submitted to creditors,'.—(Mr Christopher Chope.)

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

Another Amendment (No. 18) proposed to the Bill, in page 16, line 33, after the word ‘enforced', to insert the words ‘against a liquidator representing interests including interests of creditors of the company at the time of the moratorium'.—(Mr Richard Page.)

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

Other Amendments (Nos. 10 to 13) made to the Bill.

Another Amendment (No. 30) proposed to the Bill, in page 28, line 33, to leave out the words ‘to the value of ,500 or more'.—(Mr Richard Page.)

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

Another Amendment (No. 53) made to the Bill.

The Bill was read the third time, and passed, with Amendments.

6Delegated Legislation,—Ordered, That the Social Security Amendment (Capital Limits and Earnings Disregards) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2545) be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.—(Mr Greg Pope.)

7Delegated Legislation,—Ordered, That the Railways (Safety Case) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2688) be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.—(Mr Greg Pope.)

8Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from the Bourton-on-the-Water and Lechlade branches of the Women's Institute against the compulsory payment of benefits through banks was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

9Adjournment,—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.

10Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Greg Pope.)

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till eighteen minutes past Seven o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 7.18 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Clerk of the Crown in Chancery,—Crown Office (Forms and Proclamations Rules) (Amendment) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3064), dated 15th November 2000 [by Act] [Mr David Lock].

Other Papers:

2Appropriations in Aid,—Treasury Minute, dated 16th November 2000, directing the application of certain receipts as appropriations in aid of the Votes specified in the Winter Supplementary Estimates for 2000–2001 [by Act] [Mr Stephen Timms].

3Defence Executive Agencies,—Report and Accounts of the Defence Transport and Movements Agency for 1999–2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 961] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

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4Environment, Transport and the Regions,—(1) Paper, entitled Our Towns and Cities: The Future: Delivering an Urban Renaissance, and

(2) Government Response to the Eleventh Report from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee, Session 1999–2000, on the Proposed Urban White Paper

[by Command] [Cm. 4911 and 4912] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

5National Lottery,—National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) Strategy for 2000–2003 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

6Pensions,—Report of the Pensions Compensation Board for 1st August 1999 to 31st July 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

7Standards in Public Life,—Seventh Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life: Standards of Conduct in the House of Lords, Volumes I and II [by Command] [Cm. 4903-I and -II] [The Prime Minister].

8Supply Estimates, 2000–2001,—Winter Supplementary Estimates and New Estimates for 2000–2001 [by Command]; to be printed [No. 962] [Mr Stephen Timms].

9Turkey (No. 1, 2000),—Convention on Social Security, done at London on 20th December 1999, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Republic of Turkey with Protocol concerning Health Care, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 4919] [Mr Secretary Cook].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

Draft Social Security (Incapacity Benefit) Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 2000,— The Committee of Selection has discharged Glenda Jackson and Dr Desmond Turner from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Regulations); and nominated in substitution Charlotte Atkins and Kali Mountford.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Culture, Media and Sport,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [The Operation of the National Lottery]; to be printed [No. 958-ii] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].

2Health,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [Public Health]; to be printed [No. 786-ii] [Mr David Hinchliffe].

3Treasury,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee of the Treasury Committee [Office for National Statistics: Progress Report]; to be printed [No. 293-ii];

(2) Memoranda laid before the Sub-Committee [HM Customs and Excise and the Inland Revenue: Progress Reports]

[Mr Giles Radice].


[No. 160; WH, No. 99.]

Thursday 16th November 2000.

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

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

Adjournment (Fishing Safety),—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Mr David Clelland.)

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

[Adjourned at 4.54 p.m.


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[No. 161.]

Friday 17th November 2000.

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

PRAYERS.

1Adjournment (Embryology),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Tony McNulty);

The Motion was, with the leave of the House, withdrawn.

2Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Tony McNulty.)

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till seven minutes past Two o'clock, adjourned till Monday 20th November.

[Adjourned at 2.07 p.m.


APPENDIX

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Local Government,—Local Government and Housing Act 1989 (Electronic Communications) (England) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3056), dated 10th November 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Other Papers:

2Environment, Transport and the Regions,—Paper, entitled Climate Change: The UK Programme [by Command] [Cm. 4913] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

3Science and Technology,—Government Response to the Sixth Report of the Science and Technology Committee, Session 1999–2000, on Cancer Research—A Fresh Look [by Command] [Cm. 4928] [Mr Secretary Milburn].



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