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Minutes and Order Paper - Minutes of Proceedings




Die Lunae 27° Novembris 2000

The House met at half-past two o’clock.

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Lichfield.

Judicial Business

1.  Butt (a child by her father and litigation friend Shaheen Butt) (AP) (Appellant) v. Secretary of State for Social Security (Respondent)—The petition of the appellant praying that the time for lodging the statement and appendix and setting down the cause for hearing might be extended to 8th January next (the agents for the respondent consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.


2.  Command Paper—The following paper was presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:

    Health—Government Response to the 3rd Report of the House of Commons Health Committee on Consultants’ Contracts.      (4930)

3.  Affirmative Instruments—The following instruments were laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1.      Draft Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Research Purposes) Regulations 2000;

    2.      Animals and Animal Products (Import and Export) (England and Wales) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2000.      (3128)

4.  Negative Instruments—The following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1.      Town and Country Planning (Costs of Inquiries etc.) (Standard Daily Amount) (England) Regulations 2000, laid under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990;      (3089)

    2.      Statutes made by St Edmund Hall, Oxford on 2nd June, laid under the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act 1923;      (—)

    3.      Education (Inspectors of Schools in England) Order 2000, laid under the School Inspections Act 1996;      (3058)

    4.      European Communities (Designation) (No. 4) Order 2000, laid under the European Communities Act 1972;      (3057)

    5.      Tax Credits (New Deal Pilot Consequential Amendments) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2000, laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992.      (3133)

5.  Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedings—The following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1.      Account for 1999-2000 of the British Museum, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Museums and Galleries Act 1992;

    2.      Account for 1998-99 of New Addington Education Action Zone, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998;

    3.      Report for 1999-2000 of the Sports Council for Wales, laid under the National Lottery Act 1993.

Public Business

6.  Business of the House—It was moved by the Baroness Jay of Paddington that Standing Order 40 (Arrangement of the Order Paper) be suspended on Wednesday 29th November so far as is necessary to give the Government power to arrange the order of business; the motion was agreed to.

7.  Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill—The bill was read a third time; amendments were agreed to; amendments were disagreed to (see division lists 1, 3 and 4); an amendment was agreed to (see division list 2); amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; then, after debate, the bill was passed and returned to the Commons with amendments.

8.  Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [HL]—The Commons amendments were considered; certain Commons amendments were agreed to; an amendment to a Commons amendment was (by leave of the House) withdrawn; the remaining Commons amendments were agreed to.

9.  Transport Bill—The Commons reasons were considered; a Lords amendment was insisted on (see division list 5); further amendments were insisted on; a Committee was appointed to propose a reason for such insistence.

    The Lords following were named of the Committee:

    Brabazon of Tara, L.

    Dixon-Smith, L.

    Whitty, L.

    The Committee reported that they had proposed the following reason:

    “Because the public-private partnership should be delayed until such time as it has a mandate from the electorate at a general election.”

    The report was agreed to; the remaining amendment was not insisted on and amendments in lieu were agreed to; then the bill was returned to the Commons with amendments and the reason.

The House was adjourned at seven minutes past ten o’clock

till tomorrow, half-past two o’clock.


Cler: Parliamentor:


In division No. 2 on 23rd November, the total voting Not Content should have been recorded as 185 and not 184.

In division No. 6 on 23rd November, in the first line, “Schedule 6” should read “Schedule 2”.

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