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[No. 9.]

Monday 18th December 2000.

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

PRAYERS.

1Private Bill Petitions,—The Speaker laid upon the Table a Report from the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills, That, in the case of the Petitions for the following Bills, the Standing Orders have been complied with, viz.:

Barclays Group Reorganisation Bill

National Australia Group Europe Bill.

2First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Eric Illsley reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Mink Keeping (England) Order 2000.

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

3Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Joe Benton reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Child Support (Maintenance Calculations and Special Cases) Regulations 2000, the draft Child Support (Maintenance Calculation Procedures) Regulations 2000, the draft Child Support (Collection and Enforcement and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2000, the draft Child Support (Information, Evidence and Disclosure and Maintenance Arrangements and Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Regulations 2000, and the draft Child Support (Variations) Regulations 2000.

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

4Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Bill Olner reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Government's assessment as set out in the Financial Statement and Budget Report 2000–01, the Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report 2000–01, and the Pre-Budget Report 2000 for the purposes of section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993.

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

5Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Jim Cunningham reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Broadcasting (Limit on the Holding of Licences to Provide Television Multiplex Services) Order 2001.

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

6Estimates,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 145 (Liaison Committee), That this House agrees with the Report [13th December] of the Liaison Committee—(Mr Mike Hall):—It was agreed to.

7Vehicles (Crime) Bill,—The Vehicles (Crime) Bill was, according to Order, read a second time.

8Vehicles (Crime) Bill (Programme),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the following provisions shall apply to the Vehicles (Crime) Bill:

Standing Committee

1. The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

2. Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Tuesday 23rd January 2001.

3. The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it shall meet—(Mr Keith Hill);

And it being three-quarters of an hour after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion, the Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Order [7th November, in the last Session of Parliament].

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Kevin Hughes: 305.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr Peter Atkinson: 147.

So the Question was agreed to.

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9Vehicles (Crime) Bill [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Vehicles (Crime) Bill [Money];

A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 52 (Money resolutions and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills), That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Vehicles (Crime) Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—

(a) any expenditure incurred by a Minister of the Crown in consequence of the Act, and

(b) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of money so provided by virtue of any other Act—(Mr Greg Pope);

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Kevin Hughes: 327.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr Peter Atkinson: 114.

So the Question was agreed to.

10Vehicles (Crime) Bill [Ways and Means],—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 52 (Money resolutions and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills), That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Vehicles (Crime) Bill, it is expedient to authorise—

(1) the charging of fees in connection with a registration scheme for registration plate suppliers;

(2) the payment into the Consolidated Fund of any sums received by a Minister of the Crown in consequence of the Act—(Mr Tony McNulty);

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Don Touhig, Jim Dowd: 326.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 110.

So the Question was agreed to.

11National Lottery,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the draft Millennium Commission (Substitution of a Later Date) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 23rd November, in the last Session of Parliament, be approved—(Mr Secretary Smith);

Tuesday 19th December 2000

And the Question being put;

And the Deputy Speaker's opinion as to the decision of the Question being challenged, the division was deferred till Wednesday next, pursuant to Order [7th November].

12National Lottery,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That the draft Apportionment of Money in the National Lottery Distribution Fund Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 23rd November, in the last Session of Parliament, be approved—(Mr Secretary Smith);

And the Deputy Speaker's opinion as to the decision of the Question being challenged, the division was deferred till Wednesday next, pursuant to Order [7th November].

13Deregulation,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 18 (Consideration of draft deregulation orders), That the draft Deregulation (Sunday Dancing) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 28th November, in the last Session of Parliament, be approved—(Jim Dowd);

And the Deputy Speaker's opinion as to the decision of the Question being challenged, the division was deferred till Wednesday next, pursuant to Order [7th November].

14Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from residents and businesses of West Wirral against introducing a day manning shift system at Heswall and West Kirby fire stations was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

15Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Jim Dowd.)

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till a quarter past Two o'clock on Tuesday morning, adjourned till this day.

[Adjourned at 2.15 a.m.

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APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism,—Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Code of Practice on Audio Recording of Interviews) Order 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2Criminal Law,—Prosecution of Offences (Custody Time Limits) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3284), dated 15th December 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

Other Papers:

3Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration,—Thirtieth Report of the Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration [by Command] [Cm. 4998] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

4Environmental Protection,—Genetically Modified Organisms (Deliberate Release and Marketing) Fees and Charges Scheme 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

5Government Trading Funds,—Treasury Minute, dated 18th December 2000, concerning a further financial objective desirable of achievement by The Buying Agency Trading Fund for the period 1st January 2000 to 31st March 2001 [by Act] [Mr Andrew Smith].

6Industrial Organisation and Development,—Accounts, prepared pursuant to section 9(4) of the Industrial Organisation and Development Act 1947, of the sums recovered by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry under Orders made under section 9 of the Act, and of their disposal, for 1999–2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 76] [Clerk of the House].

7National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on the National Blood Service [by Act]; to be printed [No. 6] [Clerk of the House].

8Nursing Staff, Midwives, Health Visitors and Professions Allied to Medicine,—Eighteenth Reports of the Review Body for Nursing Staff, Midwives, Health Visitors and Professions Allied to Medicine on—

(1) Nursing Staff, Midwives and Health Visitors, and

(2) Professions Allied to Medicine

[by Command] [Cm. 4991 and 4992] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

9Public Petitions,—Observations by the Secretary of State for Social Security on the Petition [28th November] from citizens of the United Kingdom resident in Andorra for parity of pensions provision for citizens at home and abroad [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

The Government's assessment as set out in the Financial Statement and Budget Report 2000–01, the Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report 2000–01, and the Pre-Budget Report 2000 for the purposes of section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Miss Geraldine Smith from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Reports); and nominated in substitution Mr David Borrow.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

Public Accounts,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Maintaining the Royal Palaces]; to be printed [No. 77-i] [Mr David Davis].


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[No. 10.]

Tuesday 19th December 2000.

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

PRAYERS.

1Queen's Speech (Answer to Address),—The Vice-Chamberlain of the Household reported to the House, That Her Majesty, having been attended with its Address of 13th December, was pleased to receive the same very graciously and give the following Answer:

I have received with great satisfaction the dutiful and loyal expression of your thanks for the speech with which I opened the present session of Parliament.

2Private Bills,—The Chairman of Ways and Means reported, That, in accordance with Standing Order 81 relating to Private Business (Division of bills between this House and the House of Lords), he had conferred with the Chairman of Committees of the House of Lords, for the purpose of determining in which House of Parliament the respective Private Bills should be first considered, and they had determined that the Bills contained in the following list should originate in the House of Lords, viz.:

Barclays Group Reorganisation

National Australia Group Europe.

3Business of the House,—Ordered, That, at this day's sitting, notwithstanding Standing Order No. 16 (Proceedings under an Act or on European Union Documents), the Speaker shall put the Question on the Motion in the name of Mr Secretary Milburn relating to Human Fertilisation and Embryology not later than Seven o'clock.—(Yvette Cooper.)

4Human Fertilisation and Embryology,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the draft Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Research Purposes) Regulations 2000, which were laid before this House on 12th December, be approved—(Yvette Cooper);

And it being Seven o'clock, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Order [this day].

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr David Jamieson: 366.

Tellers for the Noes, The Reverend Martin Smyth, Mr Kevin McNamara: 174.

So the Question was agreed to.

Resolved, That the draft Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Research Purposes) Regulations 2000, which were laid before this House on 12th December, be approved.

5Estimates [1st allotted day, first part],—The House proceeded, pursuant to Resolution [18th December], to consider the Estimate appointed for consideration under Standing Order No. 54 (Consideration of estimates).

Supplementary Estimates, 2000–01 (Class III, Vote 1),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That a supplementary sum, not exceeding £81,746,000 be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund, on account, for or towards defraying the charge for the year ending on 31st March 2001 for expenditure by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions on payments to the Housing Corporation: Housing Revenue Account Subsidy; grants towards and advice on the renewal of private sector housing; the Estates Renewal Challenge Fund; homelessness, including the Rough Sleepers Unit; housing management; rent and leasehold services; support for the UK construction industry; planning and minerals research and other planning programmes; payments to the Ordnance Survey (Trading Fund); the London Development Agency; Regional Development Agencies; the New Deal for Communities and other help for deprived neighbourhoods; Single Regeneration Budget; Urban Regeneration Agency (English Partnerships); Housing Action Trusts; Estate Action; Groundwork; coalfields regeneration; European Union agency payments including those for ports and railways in Wales; European Regional Development Fund projects not funded by or in advance of receipts; Countryside Agency; Nature Conservancy Council for England; National Parks Grant; bulk pensions transfers; and sundry other grants-in-aid, grants and payments in support of housing, construction, regeneration, regional policy and countryside and wildlife initiatives, including related research, publicity and publications—(Mr Graham Allen);

And it being Ten o'clock, the Speaker, pursuant to paragraph (5) of Standing Order No. 54 (Consideration of estimates), put the Question;

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The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Don Touhig, Mr Clive Betts: 301.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Wilshire, Mr Eric Forth: 9.

So the Question was agreed to.

Resolved, That a supplementary sum, not exceeding £81,746,000 be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund, on account, for or towards defraying the charge for the year ending on 31st March 2001 for expenditure by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions on payments to the Housing Corporation: Housing Revenue Account Subsidy; grants towards and advice on the renewal of private sector housing; the Estates Renewal Challenge Fund; homelessness, including the Rough Sleepers Unit; housing management; rent and leasehold services; support for the UK construction industry; planning and minerals research and other planning programmes; payments to the Ordnance Survey (Trading Fund); the London Development Agency; Regional Development Agencies; the New Deal for Communities and other help for deprived neighbourhoods; Single Regeneration Budget; Urban Regeneration Agency (English Partnerships); Housing Action Trusts; Estate Action; Groundwork; coalfields regeneration; European Union agency payments including those for ports and railways in Wales; European Regional Development Fund projects not funded by or in advance of receipts; Countryside Agency; Nature Conservancy Council for England; National Parks Grant; bulk pensions transfers; and sundry other grants-in-aid, grants and payments in support of housing, construction, regeneration, regional policy and countryside and wildlife initiatives, including related research, publicity and publications.

6Supplementary Estimates, 2000–01,—The Speaker then put the Question which he was directed to put, pursuant to paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 55 (Questions on voting of estimates, &c.).

Supplementary Estimates, 2000–01

Question put, That a further supplementary sum, not exceeding £4,352,561,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to defray the charges for civil services which will come in course of payment during the year ending on 31st March 2001, as set out in House of Commons Paper No. 962 of Session 1999–2000—(Mr Greg Pope);

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Don Touhig, Mr Clive Betts: 297.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Wilshire, Mr Gerald Howarth:10.

So the Question was agreed to.

Resolved, That a further supplementary sum, not exceeding £4,352,561,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to defray the charges for civil services which will come in course of payment during the year ending on 31st March 2001, as set out in House of Commons Paper No. 962 of Session 1999–2000.

Ordered, That a Bill be brought in upon the foregoing Resolutions: And that the Chairman of Ways and Means, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Andrew Smith, Dawn Primarolo, Mr Stephen Timms and Miss Melanie Johnson do prepare and bring it in.

7Consolidated Fund Bill,—Dawn Primarolo accordingly presented a Bill to apply certain sums out of the Consolidated Fund to the service of the year ending on 31st March 2001: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 7].

8Business of the House,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business), That, at this day's sitting, the Motion on Tax Simplification (Joint Committee) and the Business of the House Motion relating to the sitting on 21st December may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour— (Mr Greg Pope);

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Don Touhig, Mr Clive Betts: 253.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Wilshire, Mr Eric Forth: 32.

So the Question was agreed to.

9Tax Simplification (Joint Committee),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That it is expedient that a Joint Committee of both Houses be appointed to consider tax simplification bills, and in particular to consider whether each bill committed to it preserves the effect of the existing law, subject to any minor changes which may be desirable—(Dawn Primarolo);

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And the Deputy Speaker's opinion as to the decision of the Question being challenged, the division was deferred till to-morrow, pursuant to Order [7th November].

10Business of the House,—Ordered, That, at the sitting on Thursday 21st December—

(1) notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Order No. 9 (Sittings of the House) and the Order relating to Thursday sittings and meetings of standing committees [20th November],—

(a) the House shall meet at half-past Nine o'clock, and will first proceed with private business, motions for unopposed returns and questions;

(b) proceedings on business shall be interrupted at Five o'clock;

(c) in their application to that sitting, reference to a specified time in the Standing Orders shall be interpreted as reference to a time five hours before the time so specified, save that reference to half-past Eight o'clock shall be substituted for reference to Twelve o'clock in Standing Order No. 24 (Adjournment on a specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration); and

(d) no standing committees sitting at Westminster shall sit between the hours of twenty-five minutes past Nine o'clock and half-past Ten o'clock, except as provided in paragraph (2) of Standing Order No. 88 (Meetings of standing committees) with the substitution in that paragraph of ‘twenty-five minutes past Nine o'clock' for ‘One o'clock' and ‘twenty minutes to Ten o'clock' for ‘a quarter past One o'clock';

(2) notwithstanding Standing Order No. 16 (Proceedings under an Act or on European Union documents), the Speaker shall put the Questions on the Motions in the name of Mr Secretary Darling relating to the draft Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase (No. 2) Order 2000 and the draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating (No. 2) Order 2000 not later than three hours after the commencement of proceedings on the first such Motion;

(3) proceedings on the Motion for the adjournment of the House in the name of the Prime Minister relating to matters to be considered before the forthcoming adjournment, may continue for up to three hours, and may be proceeded with, though opposed, after Five o'clock; and

(4) in the Order relating to Sittings in Westminster Hall, in paragraph (1)(b), for ‘half-past Two o'clock', there shall be substituted ‘half-past Twelve o'clock'.—(Paddy Tipping.)

11Family Law,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Child Support (Variations) Regulations 2000, which were laid before this House on 6th December, be approved—(Mr Tony McNulty);

And the Deputy Speaker's opinion as to the decision of the Question being challenged, the division was deferred till to-morrow, pursuant to Order [7th November].

12Family Law,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Child Support (Maintenance Calculations and Special Cases) Regulations 2000, which were laid before this House on 6th December, be approved—(Mr Tony McNulty);

And the Deputy Speaker's opinion as to the decision of the Question being challenged, the division was deferred till to-morrow, pursuant to Order [7th November].

13Family Law,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Child Support (Maintenance Calculation Procedure) Regulations 2000, which were laid before this House on 6th December, be approved.—(Mr Tony McNulty);

And the Deputy Speaker's opinion as to the decision of the Question being challenged, the division was deferred till to-morrow, pursuant to Order [7th November].

14Family Law,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Child Support (Information, Evidence and Disclosure and Maintenance Arrangements and Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Regulations 2000, which were laid before this House on 6th December, be approved—(Mr Tony McNulty);

And the Deputy Speaker's opinion as to the decision of the Question being challenged, the division was deferred till to-morrow, pursuant to Order [7th November].

15Family Law,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Child Support (Collection and Enforcement and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2000, which were laid before this House on 6th December, be approved.—(Mr Tony McNulty);

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And the Deputy Speaker's opinion as to the decision of the Question being challenged, the division was deferred till to-morrow, pursuant to Order [7th November].

16Section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation) and Order [12th December], That this House takes note with approval of the Government's assessment as set out in the Financial Statement and Budget Report 2000–01, the Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report 2000–01, and the Pre-Budget Report 2000 for the purposes of section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993—(Mr Tony McNulty);

And the Deputy Speaker's opinion as to the decision of the Question being challenged, the division was deferred till to-morrow, pursuant to Order [7th November].

17Animals,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Mink Keeping Order 2000, dated 22nd November 2000, a copy of which was laid before this House on 23rd November, in the last Session of Parliament, be approved—(Mr Tony McNulty);

And the Deputy Speaker's opinion as to the decision of the Question being challenged, the division was deferred till to-morrow, pursuant to Order [7th November].

18Broadcasting,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Broadcasting (Limit on the Holding of Licences to Provide Television Multiplex Services) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 11th December, be approved—(Mr Tony McNulty);

And the Deputy Speaker's opinion as to the decision of the Question being challenged, the division was deferred till to-morrow, pursuant to Order [7th November].

19Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Tony McNulty.)

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

[Adjourned at 11.53 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Companies,—(1) Companies (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3325), and

(2) Open-Ended Investment Companies (Investment Companies with Variable Capital) (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3324),

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

2Partnerships,—Draft Limited Liability Partnerships Regulations 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

3Criminal Law,—Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (Service of Prosecution Evidence) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3305), dated 18th December 2000 [by Act] [Mr Solicitor General].

4Customs and Excise,—Dual-Use Items (Export Control) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3304), dated 18th December 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

5Food,—Coffee Extracts and Chicory Extracts (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3323), dated 17th December 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

6Highways,—Street Works (Sharing of Costs of Works) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3314), dated 18th December 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

7Income Tax,—Exchange Gains and Losses (Miscellaneous Modifications) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3315), dated 18th December 2000 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

8Libraries,—Public Lending Right Scheme 1982 (Commencement of Variations) (No. 2) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3319), dated 15th December 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

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9Local Government,—Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3272), dated 13th December 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

10National Lottery,—Sport and Arts Joint Scheme (Authorisation) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3320), dated 18th December 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

11Road Traffic,—Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (Metropolitan Borough of Trafford) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3317), dated 18th December 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Other Papers:

12Covent Garden Market,—Report and Accounts of the Covent Garden Market Authority for 1999–2000 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].

13Health,—Department of Health Minute concerning the proposed gifting of part of the value of the Devonshire Royal Hospital, Buxton, to the University of Derby [by Command] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

14National Lottery,—Account of the Sports Council for Northern Ireland Lottery Distribution for 1999–2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 84] [Clerk of the House].

15Northern Ireland,—Proposal for a Life Sentences (Northern Ireland) Order 2001, with an Explanatory Document [by Act] [Mr Secretary Mandelson].

16Registration Service,—Mortality Statistics: Review of the Registrar General on deaths by cause, sex and age in England and Wales for 1999 [by Act] [Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer].

17School Standards and Framework,—Account of the South Tyneside Education Action Zone for 1998–99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 83] [Clerk of the House].

18Tribunals and Inquiries,—Report of the Council on Tribunals for 1999–2000 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 23] [Mr David Lock].

APPENDIX II

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. 56-ii] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].

2Foreign Affairs,—(1) First Special Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee [Work of the Committee during the present Parliament: A Progress Report], together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Special Report [No. 78];

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Annual Report on Human Rights]; to be printed [No. 79-i]; and

(3) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Iran]; to be printed [No. 80]

[Mr Donald Anderson].

3International Development,—First Special Report from the International Development Committee [The Work of the International Development Committee 1997–2000]; to be printed , with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Special Report [No. 82] [Mr Bowen Wells].

4Statutory Instruments,—Second Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 46-ii] [Mr David Tredinnick].

5Trade and Industry,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee [OFTEL: Local Loop Unbundling]; to be printed [Nos. 90-i and -ii] [Mr Martin O'Neill].

6Welsh Affairs,—First Special Report from the Welsh Affairs Committee [The work of the Committee since Devolution]; to be printed [No. 81] [Mr Martyn Jones].

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WESTMINSTER HALL

 Pursuant to the Order of 20th November, the Speaker has appointed the following Thursdays as days on which the business to be taken in Westminster Hall shall be debates on select committee reports chosen by the Liaison Committee:—

18th January

1st and 15th February

1st, 15th and 29th March.


[No. 10; WH, No. 2.]

Tuesday 19th December 2000.

The House sitting in Westminster Hall [pursuant to the Order of 20th November 2000].

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

Adjournment,—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Miss Melanie Johnson.)

And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.57 p.m.


[No. 11.]

Wednesday 20th December 2000.

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

PRAYERS.

1City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [Lords],—The City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [Lords] was read the third time and passed, without Amendment.

2Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer) Bill [Lords],—The Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer) Bill [Lords] was read a second time and committed.

3Social Security Contributions (Share Options) Bill,—Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, supported by Mr Secretary Darling, Mr Secretary Byers, Mr Andrew Smith, Dawn Primarolo, Mr Stephen Timms and Miss Melanie Johnson, presented a Bill to make provision about the payment of National Insurance Contributions in respect of share options and similar rights obtained by persons as directors or employees during the period beginning with 6th April 1999 and ending with 19th May 2000: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 8].

Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Social Security Contributions (Share Options) Bill be printed [Bill 8–EN].

4Health and Social Care Bill,—Mr Secretary Milburn, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Darling, Mr Secretary Murphy, Hilary Armstrong and Mr John Denham, presented a Bill to amend the law about the National Health Service; to provide for the exercise of functions by care trusts under partnership arrangements under the Health Act 1999 and to make further provision in relation to such arrangements; to make further provision in relation to social care services; to make provision in relation to the supply or other processing of patient information; to extend the categories of appropriate practitioners in relation to prescription-only medicinal products; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 9].

Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Health and Social Care Bill be printed [Bill 9–EN].

5Consolidated Fund Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Consolidated Fund Bill;

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

The Bill was accordingly read a second time.

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

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

6Hunting Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Hunting Bill;

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Jamieson, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 373.

Tellers for the Noes, Dr Julian Lewis, Mr Gerald Howarth: 158.

So the Question was agreed to.

The Bill was accordingly read a second time.

7Deferred Divisions,—The Speaker announced the results of divisions which had been deferred to this day, pursuant to the Order of the House [7th November]:

National Lottery,—That the draft Millennium Commission (Substitution of a Later Date) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 23rd November, in the last Session of Parliament, be approved.

Ayes: 391.

Noes: 16.

So the Question was agreed to.

National Lottery,—That the draft Apportionment of Money in the National Lottery Distribution Fund Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 23rd November, in the last Session of Parliament, be approved.

Ayes: 347.

Noes: 182.

So the Question was agreed to.

Deregulation,—That the draft Deregulation (Sunday Dancing) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 28th November, be approved.

Ayes: 460.

Noes: 43.

So the Question was agreed to.

Tax Simplification (Joint Committee),—That it is expedient that a Joint Committee of both Houses be appointed to consider tax simplification bills, and in particular to consider whether each bill committed to it preserves the effect of the existing law, subject to any minor changes which may be desirable.

Ayes: 520.

Noes: 4.

So the Question was agreed to.

Message to the Lords to acquaint them therewith.

Family Law,—That the draft Child Support (Variations) Regulations 2000, which were laid before this House on 6th December, be approved.

Ayes: 483.

Noes: 44.

So the Question was agreed to.

Family Law,—That the draft Child Support (Maintenance Calculations and Special Cases) Regulations 2000, which were laid before this House on 6th December, be approved.

Ayes: 522.

Noes: 5.

So the Question was agreed to.

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Family Law,—That the draft Child Support (Maintenance Calculation Procedure) Regulations 2000, which were laid before this House on 6th December, be approved.

Ayes: 522.

Noes: 5.

So the Question was agreed to.

Family Law,—That the draft Child Support (Information, Evidence and Disclosure and Maintenance Arrangements and Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Regulations 2000.

Ayes: 522.

Noes: 5.

So the Question was agreed to.

Family Law,—That the draft Child Support (Collection and Enforcement and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2000, which were laid before this House on 6th December, be approved.

Ayes: 484.

Noes: 44.

So the Question was agreed to.

Section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993,—That this House takes note with approval of the Government's assessment as set out in the Financial Statement and Budget Report 2000–01, the Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report 2000–01, and the Pre-Budget Report 2000 for the purposes of section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993.

Ayes: 348.

Noes: 169.

So the Question was agreed to.

Animals,—That the Mink Keeping Order 2000, dated 22nd November 2000, a copy of which was laid before this House on 23rd November, in the last Session of Parliament, be approved.

Ayes: 516.

Noes: 6.

So the Question was agreed to.

Broadcasting,—That the draft Broadcasting (Limit on the Holding of Licences to Provide Television Multiplex Services) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 11th December, be approved.

Ayes: 523.

Noes: 4.

So the Question was agreed to.

8Hunting Bill (Programme),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the following provisions shall apply to the Hunting Bill—

Committee

1. Clauses 1 to 4 and any New Clauses shall be committed to a Committee of the whole House.

2. The remainder of the Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

3.—(1) Proceedings in Committee of the whole House shall be completed in one allotted day.

(2) An allotted day is one on which the Bill is put down as first Government Order of the day.

4. Sessional Order B (Programming Committees) made by the House on 7th November shall not apply to the Bill.

5. Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (unless previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 8th February 2001—(Mr Mike O'Brien);

An Amendment ((a)) was proposed to the Question, in line 6, to leave out the words ‘one allotted day', and to insert the words ‘two allotted days', instead thereof.—(Mr David Maclean.)

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

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And it being three-quarters of an hour after the commencement of proceedings, the Deputy Speaker put the Questions necessary to dispose of those proceedings, pursuant to Order [7th November].

Question put, That the Amendment be made;

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Dr Julian Lewis: 135.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe, Mr Don Touhig: 319.

So the Question was negatived.

And the Main Question being put;

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe, Mr Don Touhig: 315.

Tellers for the Noes, Dr Julian Lewis, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 122.

So the Question was agreed to.

Ordered, That the following provisions shall apply to the Hunting Bill—

Committee

1. Clauses 1 to 4 and any New Clauses shall be committed to a Committee of the whole House.

2. The remainder of the Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

3.—(1) Proceedings in Committee of the whole House shall be completed in one allotted day.

(2) An allotted day is one on which the Bill is put down as first Government Order of the day.

4. Sessional Order B (Programming Committees) made by the House on 7th November shall not apply to the Bill.

5. Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (unless previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 8th February 2001.

9Hunting Bill [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Hunting Bill [Money];

A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 52 (Money resolutions and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills), That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Hunting Bill, it is expedient to authorise—

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

(a) grants and loans made by the Secretary of State to the Hunting Authority or to ISAH Limited,

(b) any other expenses of the Secretary of State incurred in consequence of the Act, and

(c) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of money so provided under any other enactment, and

(2) the payment into the Consolidated Fund of sums received by a Minister of the Crown by virtue of the Act—(Mr David Jamieson);

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe, Mr Don Touhig: 329.

Tellers for the Noes, Dr Julian Lewis, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: 92.

So the Question was agreed to.

Resolved, That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Hunting Bill, it is expedient to authorise—

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

(a) grants and loans made by the Secretary of State to the Hunting Authority or to ISAH Limited,

(b) any other expenses of the Secretary of State incurred in consequence of the Act, and

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(c) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of money so provided under any other enactment, and

(2) the payment into the Consolidated Fund of sums received by a Minister of the Crown by virtue of the Act.

10Public Petitions,—Public Petitions from—

(1) shopworkers of the United Kingdom and others of like disposition for statutory protection of Christmas Day; and

(2) people of the Falmouth and Camborne constituency against hunting of wild mammals with dogs

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

11Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr David Jamieson);

Thursday 21st December 2000

And the Motion having been made after Ten o'clock on Wednesday evening, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, it being then seventeen minutes past Twelve o'clock on Thursday morning, till this day.

[Adjourned at 12.17 a.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Derelict Land,—Derelict Land Clearance Area (Reading) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3270), dated 11th December 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

2Education,—(1) East Manchester Education Action Zone (Variation) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3326),

(2) Education Standards Fund (England) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3329),

(3) Newham Education Action Zone (Variation) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3337), and

(4) Withernsea and Southern Holderness Rural Achievement Education Action Zone (Amendment) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3328),

dated 16th December 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

3Immigration,—Immigration (Designation of Travel Bans) (Amendment) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3338), dated 19th December 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

4Sports Grounds and Sporting Events,—Football Spectators (Designation of Football Matches in England and Wales) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3331), dated 18th December 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

Other Papers:

5Appropriation Accounts, 1999–2000,—Appropriation Account of the sums granted by Parliament for 1999–2000 for Class XI, Culture, Media and Sport [by Act]; to be printed [No. 25–XI] [Mr Stephen Timms].

6Atomic Energy,—Resource Accounts of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority Superannuation Schemes for 1999–2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 10] [Mr Stephen Timms].

7Culture, Media and Sport,—Report of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art for 1999–2000 [by Command] [Cm. 5019] [Mr Secretary Smith].

8Defence,—Performance Report of the Ministry of Defence for 1999–2000 [by Command] [Cm. 5000] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

9European Communities (No. 2, 2000),—Convention, done at Brussels on 18th December 1997, drawn up on the basis of Article K.3 of the Treaty on European Union, on Mutual Assistance and Cooperation between Customs Administrations, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 5020] [Mr Secretary Cook].

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10Export Credits Guarantee Department,—(1) Report and Resource Accounts of the Export Credits Guarantee Department for l999–2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 2] [Mr Secretary Byers], and

(2) Resource Accounts of the Export Credits Guarantee Department for 1999–2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 51] [Mr Stephen Timms].

11France (No. 2, 2000),—Additional Protocol to the Sangatte Protocol, done at Brussels on 29th May 2000, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the French Republic on the Establishment of Bureaux responsible for Controls on Persons travelling by train between the United Kingdom and France, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 5015] [Mr Secretary Cook].

12Friendly Societies,—Report of the Chief Registrar of Friendly Societies for 1999–2000 [by Act] [Miss Melanie Johnson].

13Gas and Electricity,—Resource Accounts of the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets for 1999–2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 24] [Mr Stephen Timms].

14Government Trading Funds,—Report and Accounts of the Fire Service College for 1999–2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 9] [Clerk of the House].

15Mental Health,—Papers, entitled—

(1) Reforming the Mental Health Act—Part I: The new legal framework, and

(2) Reforming the Mental Health Act—Part II: High risk patients

[by Command] [Cm. 5016-I and -II] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

16Public Lending Right,—Report by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the Public Lending Right Scheme for 1999–2000, incorporating the Registrar's Annual Review and Summary Financial Statement of the Public Lending Right Central Fund for 1999–2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

17Public Petitions,—Observations by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the Petitions [11th, 26th and 27th July, in the last Session of Parliament, and 12th December] from—

(1) residents of Lagan Valley,

(2) residents of Aylesbury and surrounding areas,

(3) residents of Blackburn and others, and

(4) residents of Romsey

opposing discrimination by the broadcasting authorities against religious bodies [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

18Trade and Industry,—Resource Accounts of the Department of Trade and Industry for 1999–2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 11] [Mr Stephen Timms].

19Treaty Series (No. 134, 2000),—Convention, done at Montreal on 1st March 1991, on the Marking of Plastic Explosives for the Purpose of Detection [by Command] [Cm. 5018] [Mr Secretary Cook].

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APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Vehicles (Crime) Bill:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee A, and has appointed Mr Bill O'Brien and Mr Jonathan Sayeed Chairmen; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr John Bercow, Mr David Chidgey, Mr Charles Clarke, Mr Michael Fabricant, Mrs Linda Gilroy, Mr Keith Hill, Helen Jones, Mr David Kidney, Mr Stephen McCabe, Miss Anne McIntosh, Mr Andrew Miller, Mr Greg Pope, Bob Russell, Mr Jonathan R. Shaw, Mr Keith Simpson and Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West).

2Vehicles (Crime) Bill (Programming Sub-Committee),—The Speaker has appointed Mr John Bercow, Mr Charles Clarke, Helen Jones, Mr Greg Pope, Bob Russell, Mr Keith Simpson and Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West) members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee A in respect of the Bill.

3Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Code of Practice on Audio Recording of Interviews) Order 2001:

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

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Joe Ashton, Mr Adrian Bailey, Mr Charles Clarke, Mr Geraint Davies, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Simon Hughes, Mr David Lidington, Mr Ken Maginnis, Mr Allan Rogers, Ms Debra Shipley, Mr Keith Simpson, Mr John Smith, Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West), Mr Bill Tynan, Mr Andrew Tyrie and Mr Peter Viggers.

4Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (The Convention on Mutual Assistance and Co-operation between Customs Administrations (Naples II)) Order 2001:

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

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Graham Allen, Mr Nigel Beard, Mr James Clappison, Mr Edward Davey, Mr Terry Davis, Mr Peter Luff, Mr George Mudie, Mr Colin Pickthall, Mr Chris Pond, Sir Raymond Powell, Dawn Primarolo, Mr Nick St Aubyn, Miss Geraldine Smith, Mr Matthew Taylor, Mr Michael Trend and Mr James Wray.

5Draft Local Government Best Value (Exclusion of Non-commercial Considerations) 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.: Mr Robert Ainsworth, Mr Tony Baldry, Mr Harry Barnes, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr Harry Cohen, Mr Don Foster, Mr Gerald Howarth, Ms Beverley Hughes, Ms Sally Keeble, Mr Alan Meale, Joan Ruddock, Mr Adrian Sanders, Mr Alan Simpson, Mr Ian Stewart, Mr Neil Turner and Mr Nigel Waterson.

6Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating and National Insurance Funds Payments) Order 2001:

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

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Graham Allen, Mr Roger Berry, Ms Hazel Blears, Mr James Clappison, Mr Edward Davey, Mr Barry Gardiner, Mr Patrick Hall, Mr Michael Jack, Mr Jon Owen Jones, Mr Peter Luff, Mr John Maples, Mr Chris Pond, Dawn Primarolo, Mr Mark Todd, Mr Paul Truswell and Steve Webb.

European Standing Committees

7The Speaker has appointed Mr Roger Gale Chairman of European Standing Committee C in respect of European Union Document No. COM (99) 643, a Commission Communication entitled ‘Community Support Plan to Combat Doping in Sport', European Union Document No. COM (99) 644, the Helsinki Report on Sport, and the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum dated 23rd November 2000, submitted by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, relating to the Declaration on Sport.

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APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Agriculture,—(1) First Report from the Agriculture Committee [Badgers and Bovine Tuberculosis: Follow-up], 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. 92]; and

(2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Flood and Coastal Defence: Follow-up; UK Pig Industry; Work of the Forestry Commission]

[Mr David Curry].

2Education and Employment,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Employment Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Committee [New Deal: An Evaluation]; to be printed [No. 58-ii] [Mr Derek Foster].

3European Scrutiny, Agriculture and International Development,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the European Scrutiny, Agriculture and International Development Committees meeting concurrently pursuant to paragraph (12) of Standing Order No. 143 (European Scrutiny Committee) and paragraph (4) (e) of Standing Order No. 152 (Select committees related to Government departments) [Market access for least-developed countries and the sugar regime], together with Appendices thereto; to be printed [No. 93] [Mr Jimmy Hood].

4Northern Ireland Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [Relocation following paramilitary intimidation]; to be printed [No. 59-ii] [Mr Peter Brooke].

5Public Accounts,—Memorandum laid before the Committee of Public Accounts [The Refinancing of the Fazakerley PFI Prison Contract] [Mr David Davis].

6Public Administration,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Making Government Work]; to be printed [No. 94-i] [Tony Wright].

7Science and Technology,—(1) First Report from the Science and Technology Committee [EQUAL (Extended Quality Life)], with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed, with the Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 43];

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Scientific Advisory System: Scientific Advice on Climate Change]; to be printed [No. 14-ii]; and

(3) Memoranda laid before the Committee [EQUAL (Extended Quality Life)]

[Dr Michael Clark].


THE SPEAKER'S CERTIFICATE

 The Speaker certified that the Consolidated Fund Bill is a Money Bill within the meaning of the Parliament Act 1911.


[No. 11; WH, No. 3.]

Wednesday 20th December 2000.

The House sitting in Westminster Hall [pursuant to Order of 20th November 2000].

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

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

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

[Adjourned at 2 p.m.


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[No. 12.]

Thursday 21st December 2000.

The House met at half-past Nine o'clock, pursuant to Order [19th December].

PRAYERS.

1City of London (Ward Elections) Bill,—Ordered, That the City of London (Ward Elections) Bill be considered on Thursday 11th January at Four o'clock.

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

The Lords have agreed to the Consolidated Fund Bill, without Amendment.

3Royal Assent,—The Speaker notified the House, in accordance with the Royal Assent Act 1967, That Her Majesty had signified her Royal Assent to the following Acts, agreed upon by both Houses:

Consolidated Fund (No. 2) Act 2000

City of Newcastle upon Tyne Act 2000.

4Social Security,—Resolved, That the draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating (No. 2) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 13th December, be approved.—(Mr Secretary Darling).

5Pensions,—Resolved, That the draft Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase (No. 2) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 30th November, in the last Session of Parliament, be approved.—(Mr Secretary Darling.)

6Adjournment (Matters to be considered before the forthcoming adjournment),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Clive Betts);

And it being three hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion, the Motion for the adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put, pursuant to Order [19th December].

7Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from shopworkers of the United Kingdom and others for statutory protection of Christmas Day was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

8Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Tony McNulty.)

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till Six o'clock, adjourned till Monday 8th January, pursuant to Order [13th December].

[Adjourned at 6 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Employment and Training,—(1) Draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 2001, and

(2) draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 2001

[by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2Animals,—Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3352), dated 21st December 2000 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].

3Census,—Census (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3351), dated 20th December 2000 [by Act] [Miss Melanie Johnson].

4Disabled Persons,—Public Service Vehicles Accessibility (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3318), dated 18th December 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

5Environmental Protection,—Environmental Protection (Disposal of Polychlorinated Biphenyls and other Dangerous Substances) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3359), dated 21st December 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

6Telecommunications,—(1) Public Telecommunication System Designation (Atlas Communications (UK) Ltd) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3346),

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(2) Public Telecommunication System Designation (Cable and Wireless HKT Pacific (UK) Ltd) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3347),

(3) Public Telecommunication System Designation (Central North Sea Fibre Telecommunications Company Limited) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3348),

(4) Public Telecommunication System Designation (FPL Telecom Limited) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3345), and

(5) Public Telecommunication System Designation (TyCom Networks (UK) Limited) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3344),

dated 20th December 2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

Other Papers:

7Adoption,—Paper, entitled Adoption: A New Approach [by Command] [Cm. 5017] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

8Education (Scotland),—Report of the Scottish Qualifications Authority for 1999–2000 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

9Government Trading Funds,—Report and Accounts of Ordnance Survey for 1999–2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 26] [Clerk of the House].

10National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Office of Gas and Electricity Markets: Giving Domestic Customers a Choice of Electricity Supplier [by Act]; to be printed [No. 85] [Clerk of the House].

11National Lottery,—Report and Accounts of The Millennium Commission for 1999–2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 95] [Mr Secretary Smith].

12Telecommunications,—Licences granted under section 7 of the Telecommunications Act 1984 by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to—

(1) Atlas Communications (UK) Ltd,

(2) Cable and Wireless HKT Pacific (UK) Ltd,

(3) Central North Sea Fibre Telecommunications Company Limited,

(4) FPL Telecom Limited, and

(5) TyCom Networks (UK) Limited

[by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].

Papers withdrawn:

13Northern Ireland,—Proposal for a Life Sentences (Northern Ireland) Order 2001, with an Explanatory Document [laid 19th December].

APPENDIX II
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. 36-ii] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].

2Standards and Privileges,—Second Report from the Committee on Standards and Privileges [Complaint against Mr John Maxton and Dr John Reid], with an Appendix, part of the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 7th November, in the last Session of Parliament, and Appendices thereto; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 89] [Mr Robert Sheldon].


[No. 12; WH, No. 4.]

Thursday 21st December 2000.

The House sitting in Westminster Hall [pursuant to Order of 20th November 2000].

The sitting commenced twenty-six minutes to One o'clock [pursuant to Order, 19th December].

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

And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 9th January.

[Adjourned at 1.39 p.m.


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