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[No. 71.]

Monday 23rd April 2001.

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

PRAYERS.

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

2Finance Bill (Clauses 1 to 3 and 16 to 53 and Schedules 4 to 11) [1st allotted day],—The House, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee on the Finance Bill (Clauses 1 to 3 and 16 to 53 and Schedules 4 to 11).

(In the Committee)

Clause No. 16 (Change to aggregates levy).

Amendment (No. 4) proposed, in page 12, line 25, at the end, to insert the words—

‘(2A) Prior to the commencement date, the Treasury shall publish a scheme of rebates to those persons charged with the levy proportionate to the environmental protection measures employed by that person in the process of commercial exploitation of aggregate, and such a scheme shall have effect on the commencement date.'.—(Mr David Heath.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Sir Robert Smith, Bob Russell: 149.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 268.

Another Amendment (No. 9) proposed, in page 12, line 31, at the end, to insert the words—

‘(4A) The first 250,000 tonnes of taxable output per taxable person in each accounting period shall be exempt from the levy; and for the purposes of this subsection, where a taxable person carries on business in partnership, that partnership shall be the taxable person for the purposes of the exemption.'.—(Mr Richard Ottaway.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Question proposed, That the Clause stand part of the Bill.

And it being Seven o'clock, the Chairman, pursuant to Order [9th April and 7th November 2000] put the Question already proposed from the Chair.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 286.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Stephen Day: 126.

The Chairman then put forthwith the Question necessary to dispose of proceedings on Clauses Nos. 16 to 22.

Question put, That Clauses Nos. 17 to 22 stand part of the Bill.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe: 287.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Stephen Day: 123.

Clauses Nos. 23 and 24 agreed to.

Schedule No. 4 agreed to.

Clauses Nos. 25 to 27 agreed to.

Schedule No. 5 agreed to.

Clause No. 28 agreed to.

Schedule No. 6 agreed to.

Clause No. 29 agreed to.

Schedule No. 7 agreed to.

Clause No. 30 (Credit for aggregates levy).

Question proposed, That the Clause stand part of the Bill.

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And it being Nine o'clock, the Chairman, pursuant to Order [9th April and 7th November 2000] put the Question already proposed from the Chair.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses Nos. 31 and 32 agreed to.

Schedule No. 8 agreed to.

Clauses Nos. 33 to 35 agreed to.

Schedule No. 9 agreed to.

Clauses Nos. 36 to 39 agreed to.

Clause No. 40 (Review of Commissioners' decisions).

Amendment (No. 22) proposed, in page 33, line 33, to leave out the word ‘confirmed', and insert the word ‘revoked'.—(Mr Richard Ottaway.)

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

Clause agreed to.

Clauses Nos. 41 to 46 agreed to.

Schedule No. 10 agreed to.

Clause No. 47 agreed to.

Clause No. 48 (Interpretation of Part).

Amendment (No. 26) proposed, in page 38, line 25, at the end, to insert the words ‘except that, when any tangible moveable property which would not be regarded as aggregate for the purposes of this Part is imported, it shall be aggregate to the extent determined in regulations by the Commissioners.'.—(Mr Richard Ottaway.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee proceeded to a Division.

Tuesday 24th April 2001

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Stephen Day, Mr Owen Paterson: 137.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mrs Anne McGuire: 255.

And it being after midnight, the Chairman, pursuant to Order [9th April and 7th November 2000] put forthwith the questions necessary to dispose of the proceedings to be concluded at that hour.

Clause agreed to.

Clause No. 49 agreed to.

The Chairman left the Chair to report progress and ask leave to sit again.


The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair; and Mr Tony McNulty reported, That the Committee had made progress in the Bill, and moved, That the Committee may have leave to sit again.

Committee again this day.

3Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Tony McNulty.)

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-three minutes to One o'clock on Tuesday morning, adjourned till this day.

[Adjourned at 12.37 a.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

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

Wednesday 11th April 2001

1Treaty Series (No. 20, 2001),—Amending Protocol, done at Darmstadt on 5th June 1991, entitled Amendments to the Convention for the Establishment of a European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) of 24th May 1983 [Cm. 5130] [Mr Secretary Cook].

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2Treaty Series (No. 21, 2001),—Protocol, adopted at Geneva on 3rd May 1996, on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Mines, Booby-Traps and other Devices as amended on 3rd May 1996 (Protocol II as amended on 3rd May 1996) annexed to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects [Cm. 5131] [Mr Secretary Cook].

Thursday 12th April 2001

3Treaty Series (No. 22, 2001),—Document Agreed, agreed at Vienna on 31st May 1996, among the States Parties to the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe of 19th November 1990 [Cm. 5132] [Mr Secretary Cook].

4Treaty Series (No. 23, 2001),—Agreement, done at Bridgetown on 23rd June 1999, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Barbados concerning Air Services [Cm. 5133] [Mr Secretary Cook].

Friday 20th April 2001

5Treaty Series (No. 24, 2001),—Agreement, done at London on 29th October 1997, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Republic of Panama concerning Air Services [Cm. 5134] [Mr Secretary Cook].

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

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

Wednesday 11th April 2001

6Immigration,—Immigration (Restrictions on Employment) (Code of Practice) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1436), dated 7th April 2001 [Mr Secretary Straw].

7Legal Services Commission,—Criminal Defence Service (General) (No. 2) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1437), dated 11th April 2001 [Mr David Lock].

Thursday 12th April 2001

8Employment Tribunals,—(1) Employment Appeal Tribunal (Amendment) Rules 2001 (Amendment) Rules 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1476), dated 11th April 2001 [Mr David Lock]; and

(2) Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1459), dated 11th April 2001 [Mr Secretary Byers].

9Employment Tribunals (Scotland),—Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1460), dated 11th April 2001 [Mr Secretary Byers].

10Environmental Protection,—Waste (Foot-and-Mouth Disease) (England) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1478), dated 12th April 2001 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Tuesday 17th April 2001

11Pensions,—Local Government Pension Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1481), dated 17th April 2001 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Wednesday 18th April 2001

12Local Government,—Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) (England) (Consequential Amendment) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1494), dated 18th April 2001 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Friday 20th April 2001

13Animals,—(1) Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Export of Vehicles) (Disinfection of Tyres) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1499), and

(2) Import and Export Restrictions (Foot-and-Mouth Disease) (No. 6) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1502),

dated 19th April 2001 [Mr Nicholas Brown].

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

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

14Constitutional Law,—(1) Draft Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2001, and

(2) draft Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) (Amendment) (No. 3) Order 2001

[by Act] [Mrs Secretary Liddell].

15Criminal Law,—Draft Sex Offenders (Notice Requirements) (Foreign Travel) Regulations 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

16Northern Ireland,—Draft Financial Investigations (Northern Ireland) Order 2001, together with statements by the Northern Ireland Office and a report of the Northern Ireland Assembly [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].

17Representation of the People,—(1) Draft Representation of the People (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw];

(2) draft Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid]; and

(3) draft Representation of the People (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 [by Act] [Mrs Secretary Liddell].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

18Agriculture,—Artificial Insemination of Cattle (Emergency Licences) (England) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1513), dated 20th April 2001 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].

19Education,—(1) Thurrock and Basildon College (Government) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1507), and

(2) Thurrock and Basildon College (Incorporation) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1497),

dated 17th April 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

20Food,—Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Marking of Meat and Meat Products) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1512), dated 20th April 2001 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].

Other Papers:

21Fair Trading,—Report of the Director General of Fair Trading for 2000 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 419] [Mr Secretary Byers].

22Health,—Department of Health Minute, dated 23rd April 2001, concerning a contingent liability in respect of possible legal action against the Chairman, Counsel, Solicitor, Secretariat and expert professional advisers to the independent statutory inquiry into the circumstances leading to and surrounding the death of Victoria Climbie [by Command] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

23National Audit,—Reports by the Comptroller and Auditor General on—

(1) Financial Management of the European Union,

(2) Purchasing Professional Services, and

(3) The Implementation of the National Probation Service Information Systems Strategy

[by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 402, 400 and 401] [Clerk of the House].

24National Health Service,—Statement of Guarantee given by the Secretary of State for Health on 10th April 2001 on loans proposed to be raised by West Hampshire National Health Service Trust [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

25Public Petitions,—Observations by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the Petition [27th March] from residents of Torridge and West Devon and surrounding areas opposing discrimination by the broadcasting authorities against religious bodies [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

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Papers withdrawn:

26Constitutional Law,—Draft Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2001 [laid 10th April].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

Finance Bill (except Clauses 1 to 3 and 16 to 53 and Schedules 4 to 11) (Programming Sub-Committee),—The Speaker has appointed Mr Graham Allen, Mr Edward Davey, Mr John Healey, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Alun Michael, Mr Richard Ottaway and Dawn Primarolo members of the Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee A in respect of the Bill.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Agriculture,—Seventh Special Report from the Agriculture Committee [Government Response to the Fifth Report from the Committee, on the Work of the Forestry Commission]; to be printed [No. 425]; and

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Foot and Mouth Disease]; to be printed [No. 363-iii]

[Mr David Curry].

2Human Rights,—First Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights [Criminal Justice and Police Bill]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings relating to the Report [No. 427] [Jean Corston].

3Public Accounts,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Tackling Obesity in England]; to be printed [No. 426-i] [Mr David Davis].


[No. 72.]

Tuesday 24th April 2001.

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

PRAYERS.

1Protection from Smoking (Employees and Young Persons),—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require employers to reduce or eliminate the exposure of their employees to passive smoking in the workplace; to protect children and young persons from such exposure in public places; and for connected purposes: and that David Taylor, Mr Kevin Barron, Mrs Liz Blackman, Mr Ian Davidson, Mrs Janet Dean, Dr Ian Gibson, Dr Brian Iddon, Mr Gordon Prentice, Mr Andrew Reed, John Robertson, Dr Phyllis Starkey and Dr Howard Stoate do prepare and bring it in.

2Protection from Smoking (Employees and Young Persons),—David Taylor accordingly presented a Bill to require employers to reduce or eliminate the exposure of their employees to passive smoking in the workplace; to protect children and young persons from such exposure in public places; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 8th June and to be printed [Bill 86].

3Finance Bill (Clauses 1 to 3 and 16 to 53 and Schedules 4 to 11) [2nd allotted day],—The House, according to Order, again resolved itself into a Committee on the Finance Bill (Clauses 1 to 3 and 16 to 53 and Schedules 4 to 11).

(In the Committee)

Clause No. 1 (Rates of duty on hydrocarbon oil).

Amendment (No. 27) proposed, in page 1, line 18, to leave out ‘£0.4582.' and insert ‘£0.4392'.—(Mr Alex Salmond.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Dafydd Wigley, Mr Simon Thomas: 129.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Greg Pope, Mr David Jamieson: 287.

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Another Amendment (No. 6) proposed, in page 1, line 21, to leave out ‘14th June 2001' and insert ‘5th April 2002'.—(Mr James Clappison.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr James Gray, Mr Keith Simpson: 126.

Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr Ian Pearson: 324 .

Another Amendment (No. 5) proposed, in page 2, line 3, at the end, to insert the words—

‘(3A) The rate of excise duty for biodiesel and bioethanol when used as road transport fuels, shall be 33p per litre below the rate fixed for ultra low sulphur diesel as defined by the Hydrocarbon Oil Duties Act 1979'.—(Mr A. J. Beith.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Andrew Stunell, Bob Russell: 162.

Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr Ian Pearson: 286.

And it being after Seven o'clock, the Chairman, pursuant to Order [9th April and 7th November 2000], put forthwith the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on Clauses Nos. 1 to 3.

Clauses Nos. 1 to 3 agreed to.

Clause No. 50 (Charge and rates for 2001–02).

Amendment (No. 2) proposed, in page 41, line 15, to leave out ‘10%' and insert ‘0%'.—(Mr Matthew Taylor.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Steve Webb, David Heath: 41.

Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr Ian Pearson: 281.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses Nos. 51 to 53 agreed to.

Schedule No. 11 agreed to.

Bill (Clauses 1 to 3 and 16 to 53 and Schedules 4 to 11) to be reported.


The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair; and Mr Graham Allen reported, That the Committee had gone through the Bill (Clauses 1 to 3 and 16 to 53 and Schedules 4 to 11), and directed him to report the same, without Amendment.

Ordered, That the Bill (Clauses 1 to 3 and 16 to 53 and Schedules 4 to 11) do lie upon the Table.

4Road Traffic (S.I., 2001, No. 561),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the Road Vehicles (Display of Registration Marks) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 561), dated 26th February 2001, a copy of which was laid before the House on 28th February, be revoked—(Mr Robert Syms);

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

5Business 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 relating to the Road Vehicles (Display of Registration Marks) Regulations may be proceeded with, though opposed, until half-past Eleven o'clock—(Mr Ian Pearson ):—It was agreed to.

6Road Traffic (S.I., 2001, No. 561),—The Question being again proposed, That the Road Vehicles (Display of Registration Marks) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 561), dated 26th February 2001, a copy of which was laid before the House on 28th February, be revoked;

And the Question being put;

And the Speaker's opinion as to the decision of the Question being challenged, the division was deferred till to-morrow, pursuant to Order [7th November 2000].

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7Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from constituents of Bury St Edmunds calling for St George's Day to be celebrated as a national bank holiday in England was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

8Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Don Touhig.)

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

[Adjourned at 11.51 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Defence,—(1) Royal Marines Terms of Service (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1520), and

(2) Royal Navy Terms of Service (Ratings) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1521),

dated 19th April 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Hoon].

2Financial Services and Markets,—Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Transitional Provisions and Savings) (Rules) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1534), dated 23rd April 2001 [by Act] [Miss Melanie Johnson].

3Income Tax,—Income Tax (Sub-contractors in the Construction Industry) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1531), dated 23rd April 2001 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

Other Papers:

4Public Petitions,—Observations by the Secretary of State for Environment, Transport and the Regions on—

(1) the Petition [28th March] from people of Shrewsbury and others in support of a planning application for Shrewsbury Town Football Club; and

(2) the Petition [4th April] from the National Federation for the Blind and others for measures to protect blind and partially-sighted pedestrians from cyclists

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

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

Finance Bill (except Clauses 1 to 3 and 16 to 53 and Schedules 4 to 11),—The Speaker has appointed Mr Jimmy Hood an additional Chairman of Standing Committee A in respect of the Bill.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Adoption and Children Bill,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on the Adoption and Children Bill; to be printed [No 431-i][Mr David Hinchliffe].

2Foreign Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [Foreign and Commonwealth Office Annual Report 2001]; to be printed [Nos. 428-i -ii and -iii] [Mr Donald Anderson].

3Scottish Affairs,—First Report from the Scottish Affairs Committee [The Drinks Industry in Scotland: Issues and Concerns]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 114] [Mr David Marshall].

4Statutory Instruments,—(1) Fourteenth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 46-xiv]; and

(2) Second Report from the Select Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 288-ii]

[Mr David Tredinnick].

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[No. 72; WH, No. 41.]

Tuesday 24th April 2001.

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

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

Adjournment,—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Mr Mike Hall.)

And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.59 p.m.


[No. 73.]

Wednesday 25th April 2001.

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

PRAYERS.

1National Lottery (Amendment) Bill,—Mr Bowen Wells reported from Standing Committee C, That it had gone through the National Lottery (Amendment) Bill, and directed him to report the same, without Amendment.

Bill, not amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered on Friday 11th May.

Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 436].

2Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Deceased Fathers) Bill,—Mr Jonathan Sayeed reported from Standing Committee G, That it had gone through the Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Deceased Fathers) Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.

Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered on Friday 27th April, and to be printed [Bill 89].

Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 440].

3European Standing Committee A,—Sir David Madel reported from European Standing Committee A the following Resolution:

That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 14329/00, a draft Council Regulation on establishing common rules in the field of civil aviation and creating a European Aviation Safety Agency; considers that the establishment of a high uniform level of aviation safety in the Community can best be achieved by the establishment and implementation of common rules which are developed and monitored centrally; agrees that the operation of the single market would also be improved by the establishment of a Community body for the certification of aeronautical products; supports the Government's position that the model mapped out in the draft Regulation could provide the building blocks to meet these objectives by improving the present European safety regulation system, the key elements being that the Agency is endowed with the necessary powers and sufficient autonomy to exercise its responsibilities, to attract high quality staff and to make certification decisions efficiently and effectively; and supports the Government's intention to press for this approach in the EU.

Report, together with Resolution, to lie upon the Table.

4European Standing Committee B,—Mr Roger Gale reported from European Standing Committee B the following Resolution:

That the Committee takes note of European Union Document No. 11529/00, a Commission Communication on a Community immigration policy; and supports the Government's active participation in the debate on the Communication and the Government's intention to ensure that the UK's immigration policies are broadly in line with those of other Member States, whilst retaining domestic control over immigration policy and avoiding measures that could undermine the integrity of the UK's frontier controls.

Report, together with Resolution, to lie upon the Table.

5Extension of Summer Time Bill,—Mr Nigel Beard, supported by Mr Adrian Bailey, Mrs Liz Blackman, Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas, Mr Howard Flight, Dr Brian Iddon, Mr David Kidney, Mr Giles Radice, Mr Syd Rapson, Sir Michael Spicer and Mr Andrew Tyrie presented a Bill to amend the Summer Time Act 1972 so as to provide for the maintenance of British Summer Time throughout the year: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 11th May and to be printed [Bill 87].

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6Age Equality Commission,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for the establishment of an Age Equality Commission to advise the Government on discrimination issues in relation to older people: And that Mr Lawrie Quinn, Mr Austin Mitchell, Ann Keen, Mr Jim Dobbin, Ms Dari Taylor, Mr Alan Campbell, Angela Smith, Mr Richard Allan, Ms Rosie Winterton, Mr Paul Burstow and Mr Bob Blizzard do prepare and bring it in.

7Age Equality Commission Bill,—Mr Lawrie Quinn accordingly presented a Bill to make provision for the establishment of an Age Equality Commission to advise the Government on discrimination issues in relation to older people: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 11th May and to be printed [Bill 88].

8Opposition Day [8th allotted day],—It being an allotted day at the disposal of the Leader of the second largest opposition party in pursuance of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business), the House proceeded to consider Opposition business.

The Rural Economy,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House notes that the current foot and mouth crisis has impacted upon a wide range of rural businesses and services, affecting almost every aspect of rural life; further notes that foot and mouth has hit a countryside already in decline as a result of years of neglect under successive Governments; urges Her Majesty's Government to provide realistic emergency support to the whole range of businesses affected to enable them to withstand this crisis; and calls on the Government to put in place long-term policies to regenerate British agriculture and to revitalise the rural economy as a whole—(Mr Colin Breed);

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 ‘notes that the current foot and mouth crisis has impacted upon a wide range of rural businesses and services, affecting many aspects of rural life; further notes that foot and mouth has hit a countryside that has suffered from lack of investment under previous governments; agrees that the first priority must be the isolation, control and eradication of foot and mouth disease; endorses the Government's commitment to rural communities as set out in the Rural White Paper and the England Rural Development Programme; welcomes the extra financial help the Government has made available to farmers and rural businesses affected by foot and mouth, including agrimonetary compensation for livestock farmers and the Livestock Welfare (Disposal) Scheme; welcomes the work of the Rural Task Force including its work to open up the countryside and business relief, deferral of tax and national insurance contributions, extension of the small firms loan guarantee scheme and new grants to Regional Development Agencies and tourism authorities; and calls on the Government to continue putting in place the long-term policies needed to regenerate British agriculture and revitalise the rural economy as a whole', instead thereof.—(Ms Joyce Quin.)

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Bob Russell, Sir Robert Smith: 43.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Don Touhig, Mr Mike Hall: 305.

So the Question was negatived.

And the Question, That the proposed words be there added, being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments)—It was agreed to.

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

Resolved, That this House notes that the current foot and mouth crisis has impacted upon a wide range of rural businesses and services, affecting many aspects of rural life; further notes that foot and mouth has hit a countryside that has suffered from lack of investment under previous governments; agrees that the first priority must be the isolation, control and eradication of foot and mouth disease; endorses the Government's commitment to rural communities as set out in the Rural White Paper and the England Rural Development Programme; welcomes the extra financial help the Government has made available to farmers and rural businesses affected by foot and mouth, including agrimonetary compensation for livestock farmers and the Livestock Welfare (Disposal) Scheme; welcomes the work of the Rural Task Force including its work to open up the countryside and business relief, deferral of tax and national insurance contributions, extension of the small firms loan guarantee scheme and new grants to Regional Development Agencies and tourism authorities; and calls on the Government to continue putting in place the long-term policies needed to regenerate British agriculture and revitalise the rural economy as a whole.

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Multilateralism in Foreign and Security Policy,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House believes that in environmental, foreign affairs and security policies only a collective and multilateral approach will now suceed; regrets the unilateral decision of the United States to refuse to adopt the Kyoto Protocol and calls upon Her Majesty's Government to use every effort to persuade the United States government to reverse that decision; asserts the universality of human rights and calls upon Her Majesty's Government to recognise that respect for human rights should be at the centre of a foreign policy with an ethical dimension; and reaffirms its support for a reformed, fully-funded United Nations equipped to respond swiftly to oppression and the systematic abuse of human rights—(Paddy Ashdown);

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 ‘believes that the United Kingdom's national interests are best served by addressing the challenges of the modern world in constructive partnership with other countries and international organisations; further believes that human rights and protection of the environment are important global issues which are central to Her Majesty's Government's foreign policy; and welcomes the Government's full support for the work of the United Nations and initiatives to improve UN peacekeeping and the effectiveness of the Security Council', instead thereof.—(Mr Brian Wilson.)

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Andrew Stunell, Sir Robert Smith: 40.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Ian Pearson, Mr Graham Allen: 291.

So the Question was negatived.

And the Question, That the proposed words be there added, being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments)—It was agreed to.

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

Resolved, That this House believes that the United Kingdom's national interests are best served by addressing the challenges of the modern world in constructive partnership with other countries and international organisations; further believes that human rights and protection of the environment are important global issues which are central to Her Majesty's Government's foreign policy; and welcomes the Government's full support for the work of the United Nations and initiatives to improve UN peacekeeping and the effectiveness of the Security Council.

9Deferred Divisions,—The Deputy Speaker announced the results of the Division which had been deferred to this day, pursuant to the Order of the House [7th November 2000]:

Road Traffic (S.I., 2001, No. 561),—That the Road Vehicles (Display of Registration Marks) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 561), dated 26th February 2001, a copy of which was laid before the House on 28th February, be revoked.

Ayes: 176.

Noes: 282.

So the Question was negatived.

10Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Mike Hall.)

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

[Adjourned at 10.38 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Civil Aviation,—Civil Aviation Act 1982 (Overseas Territories) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1452), dated 11th April 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Cook].

2Education,—(1) Rowley Regis College (Dissolution) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1532), and

(2) St Austell College (Dissolution) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1533),

dated 23rd April [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

3Education (Wales),—Education (Inspectors of Education and Training in Wales) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1455), dated 11th April 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Murphy].

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4Extradition,—European Convention on Extradition (Fiscal Offences) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1453), dated 11th April 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

5Food,—Gelatine (Intra-Community Trade) (England) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1553), dated 23rd April 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Milburn].

Other Papers:

6Culture, Media and Sport,—Departmental Minute, dated 25th April 2001, concerning a contingent liability consequent upon indemnities for loans to the exhibitions “Karen Knorr: Sanctuary”, “Marquetry in French Furniture” and “French Drawings from the Ashmolean Museum” at the Wallace Collection [by Command] [Mr Secretary Smith].

7Industrial Organisation and Development,—Report and Accounts of the Apple and Pear Research Council for 1999–2000 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].

8Public Accounts,—Treasury Minute on the First to the Fifth Reports from the Committee of Public Accounts, Session 2000–01 [by Command] [Cm. 5127] [Mr Stephen Timms].

9Public Petitions,—Observations by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions on the Petition [15th March] from the Electors of the Group of Thirteen Parishes of South Oxfordshire, against demands for the calling-in of Oxfordshire County Council's decision to develop the town of Didcot to the west [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

10Science and Technology,—Accounts of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council for 1999–2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 429] [Clerk of the House].

11Treaty Series (No. 25, 2001),—Additional Protocol, adopted at New York on 13th October 1995, to the Convention on Prohibitions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects [by Command] [Cm. 5135] [Mr Secretary Cook].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Draft Representation of the People (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2001, the draft Representation of the People (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations 2001, and the draft Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) (Amendment) (No. 3) Order 2001:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations and draft Order to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mrs Irene Adams Chairman; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Simon Burns, Mr Roger Casale, Mr David Curry, Dr Norman A. Godman, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Nick Hawkins, Mr Richard Livsey, Mr Bill Michie, Mr Jim Murphy, Mr Mike O'Brien, Mr Keith Simpson, Angela Smith, Dr Gavin Strang, Mr Andrew Stunell, Mr Peter Temple-Morris and Ms Claire Ward.

2Draft Asian Development Bank (Seventh Replenishment of the Asian Development Fund) Order 2001,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mrs Cheryl Gillan from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Bowen Wells.

3Draft Sex Offenders (Notice Requirements) (Foreign Travel) Regulations 2001:

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

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Jackie Ballard, Mr Charles Clarke, Mr David Clelland, Mr Jeremy Corbyn, Mr Bill Etherington, Mr Eric Forth, Mrs Joan Humble, Dr Julian Lewis, Mr David Lidington, Mr Andrew Mackinlay, Mr Gordon Marsden, Dr Nick Palmer, Bob Russell, Mr Keith Simpson, Mr Gareth R. Thomas and Dr Rudi Vis.

4Draft Financial Investigations (Northern Ireland) Order 2001:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Roger Gale Chairman; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: John Austin, Ms Hazel Blears, Mr Peter Bradley, Mr James Cran, Mr Stephen Hepburn, Mr Adam Ingram, Dr Stephen Ladyman, Miss Anne McIntosh, Shona McIsaac, Mr Paul Marsden, Mr Jim Marshall, Mr Lembit Opik, Mr William Ross, Mr John M. Taylor, Sir Teddy Taylor and Mr Don Touhig.

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5Draft Advisory Centre on WTO Law (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2001:

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

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr John Battle, Christine Butler, Dr Vincent Cable, Dr David Clark, Mr Harry Cohen, Mr Terry Davis, Mr Stephen Day, Lorna Fitzsimons, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Ms Jenny Jones, Mr Tony McNulty, Mr Mark Oaten, Mr John Townend, Mr David Tredinnick, Mr Jon Trickett and Mr Derek Twigg.

6Draft Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2001:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mrs Ray Michie Chairman; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr Michael Connarty, Mr George Foulkes, Maria Fyfe, Mr Donald Gorrie, Mr Dominic Grieve, Mr John McFall, Mr Robert Maclennan, Ms Sandra Osborne, Mr Ian Pearson, Mr John Robertson, Mr Ernie Ross, Mr David Stewart, Mr Michael Trend, Mr Bill Tynan and Mr Peter Viggers.

7Draft Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations 2001:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Bill O'Brien Chairman; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mrs Helen Brinton, Mr James Cran, Mr George Howarth, Mr Simon Hughes, Mr Andrew Hunter, Helen Jackson, Helen Jones, Mr David Lepper, Mr Stephen McCabe, Laura Moffatt, Mr Andrew Robathan, Mr Martin Salter, Mr Alan Simpson, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe, Mr William Thompson and Mr David Wilshire.

8Financial Services Act 1986 (Extension of Scope of Act and Meaning of Collective Investment Scheme) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1421):

(1) The Speaker has allocated the Order to the Ninth 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.: Mr Graham Allen, Mr Hilary Benn, Sir Paul Beresford, Mr Ian Bruce, Dr Vincent Cable, Mr Brian Cotter, Mr Howard Flight, Mr Barry Gardiner, Mr John Healey, Miss Melanie Johnson, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Tony McWalter, Mr George Mudie, Mr Chris Ruane, Mr Marsha Singh and Mr Gerry Steinberg.

European Standing Committees

9European Union Document No. 6671/01, relating to a strategy for future chemicals policy, has been referred to European Standing Committee A.

Standing Committee on Regional Affairs

10Standing Committee on Regional Affairs,—The Committee of Selection has nominated Mr Christopher Fraser as an additional Member of the Standing Committee on Regional Affairs.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Agriculture,—(1) Eighth Special Report from the Agriculture Committee [Government Response to the Third Report from the Committee, on Flood and Coastal Defence: Follow-up]; to be printed [No. 437]; and

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Foot and Mouth Disease]; to be printed [No. 363-iv]

[Mr David Curry].

2Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development and Trade and Industry Committees,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development and Trade and Industry Committees [The Export Controls and Non-Proliferation Bill, Cm 5091]; to be printed [Nos. 445-i and -ii] [Mr Bruce George; Mr Ted Rowlands; Mr Tony Worthington; Mr Martin O'Neill].

3Education and Employment,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Committee [Early Years: Follow-up]; to be printed [No. 438-i] [Mr Barry Sheerman].

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4Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [Walking in Towns and Cities]; to be printed [No. 167-vi]; and

(2) Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment Sub-Committee of the Committee on 6th, 13th and 20th March [Local Authority Governance]; to be printed [No. 225-I]

[Mr Andrew F. Bennett].

5European Scrutiny,—Twelfth Report from the European Scrutiny Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 28-xii] [Mr Jimmy Hood].

6Northern Ireland Affairs,—(1) Second Special Report from the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [The Northern Ireland Prison Service]; to be printed, together with Appendices [No. 443]; and

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Legal Aid in Northern Ireland]; to be printed [No. 444-i]

[Mr Peter Brooke].

7Public Accounts,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Report on Inland Revenue Appropriation Account 1999–2000]; to be printed [No. 442-i] [Mr David Davis].

8Public Administration,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Developments in Freedom of Information]; to be printed [No. 439] [Tony Wright].

9Science and Technology,—Second Special Report from the Science and Technology Committee [Government Response to the First Report from the Committee, on EQUAL (Extend Quality Life)]; to be printed [No. 386] [Dr Michael Clark].

10Social Security,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Social Security Committee [Social Security Appeals]; to be printed [No. 435-i] [Mr Archy Kirkwood].


[No. 73; WH, No. 42.]

Wednesday 25th April 2001.

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

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

Adjournment,—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Mrs Anne McGuire.)

And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 1.59 p.m.


[No. 74.]

Thursday 26th April 2001.

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

PRAYERS.

1City of London (Ward Elections) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for further consideration of the City of London (Ward Elections) Bill, as amended by the Chairman of Ways and Means;

Ordered, That the Bill be further considered on Wednesday 2nd May at Seven o'clock.

2First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Jim Cummings reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Asian Development Bank (Seventh Replenishment of the Asian Development Fund) Order 2001.

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

3Street Works Bill,—The Order for reading of the Street Works Bill a second time to-morrow was read and discharged.

Bill to be read a second time on Friday 11th May.

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4Regulation of Debt Management and Credit Repair Services Bill,—The Order for reading the Regulation of Debt Management and Credit Repair Services Bill a second time to-morrow was read and discharged.

Bill to be read a second time on Friday 11th May.

5Special Educational Needs and Disability Bill [Lords],—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Special Educational Needs and Disability Bill [Lords], as amended in the Standing Committee.

A Clause (Provision of mobility and independence education)—(Mr Win Griffiths)—brought up, and read the first time.

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

Another Clause (Needs of the Individual Child)—(Mrs Theresa May)—brought up, and read the first time.

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Peter Atkinson, Mr John Randall, 102.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Clive Betts, Mrs Anne McGuire, 236.

So the Question was negatived.

Another Clause (Inspection of special needs provision)—(Mr Tim Boswell)—brought up, and read the first time.

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

Another Clause (Specification of provision)—(Mr John Hayes)—brought up, and read the first time.

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

And it being Six o'clock, the Deputy Speaker put the Question necessary to bring proceedings on consideration to a conclusion, pursuant to Order [20th March and 7th November 2000].

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

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

6Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Ian Pearson);

And it being Seven o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put.

7Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Mike Hall.)

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

[Adjourned at 7.27 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Pensions,—Superannuation (Admission to Schedule 1 to the Superannuation Act 1972) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1587), dated 26th April 2001 [by Act] [Marjorie Mowlam].

Other Papers:

2Local Government Finance,—Accounts of the Scottish Executive Development Department Non-Domestic Rating for 1999–2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 432] [Clerk of the House].

3Local Government (Scotland),—Accounts of the Scottish Children's Reporter Administration for 1999–2000, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 433] [Clerk of the House].

4Police,—Code of Practice for Registered Persons and other recipients of Disclosure Information under Part V of the Police Act 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

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APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

Culture, Media and Sport,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [Tourism Information and Promotion: the Current Situation]; to be printed [No. 430-i] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].


[No. 74; WH, No. 43.]

Thursday 26th April 2001.

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

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

Adjournment (Tackling the illegal trade in African conflict diamonds),—Resolved, That the sitting be now adjourned.—(Mr Brian Wilson.)

And accordingly the sitting was adjourned till Tuesday 1st May.

[Adjourned at 3.47 p.m.


[No. 75.]

Friday 27th April 2001.

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

PRAYERS.

1High Hedges Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the High Hedges Bill, not amended in the Standing Committee.

A Clause (Established hedges)—(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 Jim Cunningham, Mr Andrew Dismore: 1.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr John M. Taylor, Mr Christopher Gill: 35.

Another Clause (Complaint where relevant authority is owner or occupier of land)—(Mr Christopher Chope)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.

Another Clause (Offences committed by bodies corporate)—(Mr Eric Forth)—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: 1.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr John M. Taylor, Mr Jim Cunningham: 26.

And it appearing on the report of the Division that fewer that forty Members had taken part in the Division, the Deputy Speaker declared that the question was not decided, and the business under consideration stood over until the next Sitting of the House.

2Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Deceased Fathers) Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Deceased Fathers) Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee;

Amendment (No. 18) proposed to the Bill, in page 1, line 28, at the end, to insert the words ‘, and provided that the obtaining of the sperm was lawful, and that the storage, if any, and treatment were lawful under this Act'.—(Dr Evan Harris.)

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

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

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

Ordered, That the Debate be resumed on Friday 11th May.

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3European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) (No. 2) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) (No. 2) Bill;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 11th May.

4Register of Drug Trafficking Offenders Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for resuming the adjourned Debate on the Question proposed on 23rd March, That the Register of Drug Trafficking Offenders Bill be now read a second time;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 11th May.

5Adoption of Sewers Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Adoption of Sewers Bill;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 18th May.

6Siting of Telecommunications Masts Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the second reading of the Siting of Telecommunications Masts Bill;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 11th May.

7Divorce (Religious Marriages) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for resuming the adjourned Debate on the Question proposed on 2nd February, That the Divorce (Religious Marriages) Bill be now read a second time;

Ordered, That the Debate be resumed on Friday 11th May.

8Rail Passenger Services Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Rail Passenger Services Bill;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 11th May.

9Climate Change Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Climate Change Bill;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 11th May.

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

And the Motion having been made after half-past Two o'clock, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, it being then two minutes past Three o'clock, till Monday 30th April.

[Adjourned at 3.02 p.m.


APPENDIX

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Housing,—Housing (Right to Acquire) (Discount) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1501), dated 19th April 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

2Local Government,—Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Modification of Enactments and Further Provisions) (England) Order 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 1517), dated 23rd April 2001 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Other Papers:

3Treaty Series (No. 26, 2001),—Convention, done at London on 12th October 2000, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Kingdom of Norway for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income and Capital [by Command] [Cm. 5136] [Mr Secretary Cook].



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