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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 11th May 1998

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Scotland Bill (Business Committee),--The Chairman of Ways and Means reported from the Business Committee, That it had come to a further Resolution in respect of the Scotland Bill, which it had directed him to report to the House:
 
        That the Resolution of the Committee reported to the House on 5th May be varied so that--
 
        (a) the second and third days allotted under the Order (13th January) to proceedings on Consideration and Third Reading shall be allotted in the manner shown in the Table set out below, and
 
        (b) each part of the proceedings shall, if not previously brought to a conclusion, be brought to a conclusion (in accordance with the Order, as amended on 30th April) on the expiry of the allotted period (calculated from the commencement of proceedings on the Bill) specified in the third column of the Table.
TABLE
Allotted day
Proceedings
Allotted period
Second dayNew Clause 2 and New Clause 4
45 minutes
 New Clause 12 and New Clause 15
1 hour 30 minutes
 New Clause 17
2 hours
 New Clause 18
2 hours 30 minutes
 Amendments to Clause 1, Schedule 1 and Clauses 2 to 19
3 hours 30 minutes
 Amendments to Clause 20, Schedule 2, Clause 21, Schedule 3 and Clause 22
4 hours 30 minutes
 Amendments to Clauses 23 to 28, Schedule 4 and Clauses 29 to 32
5 hours 30 minutes
 Amendments to Clause 33
6 hours 30 minutes
Third dayAmendments to Clauses 34 to 45
30 minutes
 Amendments to Clauses 46 to 75
1 hour 15 minutes
 Amendments to Clauses 76 to 85
1 hour 30 minutes
 Amendments to Clauses 86 to 91, Schedule 6 and Clauses 92 to 109
2 hours 15 minutes
 Amendments to Schedule 5 up to and including line 14 on page 59 of the Bill
3 hours 15 minutes
 Amendments to Schedule 5 from line 15 on page 59 of the Bill up to and including line 13 on page 76
4 hours
 Remaining amendments to Schedule 5, remaining New Clauses and New Schedules, amendments to Clause 110, Schedules 7 and 8 and Clauses 111 up to and including line 28 on page 50 of the Bill
4 hours 15 minutes
 Remaining amendments
4 hours 30 minutes
 Third Reading
6 hours 30 minutes
 
        Report to lie upon the Table.
2Competition Bill [Lords],--The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Competition Bill [Lords];
 
        And a Motion being made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read a second time;
 
        An Amendment was proposed to the Question, to leave out from the word 'That' to the end of the Question and add the words 'this House declines to give a Second Reading to the Competition Bill [Lords] because the Government has failed to spell out the consequences for a whole range of business that will result from this legislation, and specifically has failed to tackle the problem of independent community pharmacies; expresses its concern at the decision of the Office of Fair Trading to commence legal proceedings to end retail price maintenance on over-the-counter medicines at a time when the Government is already seeking to review this agreement in the Bill; notes that the loss of retail price maintenance on over-the-counter medicines could lead to the closure of many independent community pharmacies, an outcome which would seriously undermine the Government's health strategy and increase the burden on GPs; and calls on the Government to ensure that a nationwide network of community pharmacies remains in place to serve the needs of the community, in particular the elderly, the infirm and mothers of young children, before proceeding with the Bill', instead thereof.--(Mr John Redwood.)
 
        And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Sir David Madel, Mr Stephen Day: 169.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Clelland, Janet Anderson: 314.
 
        So the Question was negatived.
 
        And the Main Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 62 (Amendment on second or third reading);
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Clelland, Janet Anderson: 345.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Sir David Madel, Mr Stephen Day: 134.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        The Bill was accordingly read a second time and stood committed to a Standing Committee.
3Competition Bill [Lords] [Money],--Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Competition Bill [Lords] [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 Competition Bill [Lords], it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any--
 
        (a) expenses incurred by a Minister of the Crown under or in consequence of that Act, or
 
        (b) increase attributable to that Act in the sums so payable under any other enactment--(Mr Clive Betts):--It was agreed to.
4Competition Bill [Lords] [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 Competition Bill [Lords], it is expedient to authorise--
 
        (a) the setting by the Director General of Fair Trading of fees in respect of the exercise of certain functions under the Act and the charging of such fees;
 
        (b) the payment of sums into the Consolidated Fund--(Mr Clive Betts):--It was agreed to.
5Broadcasting,--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 (Percentage of Digital Capacity for Radio Multiplex Licence) Order 1998, which was laid before this House on 7th April, be approved--(Mr Clive Betts):--It was agreed to.
6Adjournment,--Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.--(Mr Clive Betts.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till five minutes to Eleven o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 10.55 p.m.
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker        

Madam Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock.

APPENDIX I
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:
1Defence,--Draft Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Robertson].
2Northern Ireland,--Draft New Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections) Order 1998 [by Act] [Secretary Marjorie Mowlam].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
3Civil Aviation,--Aviation Security (Air Cargo Agents) (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1152), dated 30th April 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
4Education,--Teacher Training Agency (Additional Functions) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1194), dated 5th May 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
5Income Tax,--Insurance Companies (Loan Relationships) (Election for Accruals Basis) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1200), dated 8th May 1998 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].
6Legal Aid and Advice,--Legal Aid in Criminal and Care Proceedings (Costs) (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1191), dated 7th May 1998 [by Act] [Mr Geoffrey Hoon].
7Medicines,--Prescription Only Medicines (Human Use) Amendment (No. 2) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1178), dated 6th May 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dobson].
8National Health Service,--Special Trustees for the Royal Hospital of St. Bartholomew (Transfer of Trust Property) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1186), dated 7th May 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dobson].
9Road Traffic,--Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1188), dated 7th May 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
10Sea Fisheries,--Cod (Specified Sea Areas) (Prohibition of Fishing) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1195) dated 8th May 1998 [by Act] [Dr John Cunningham].
11Social Security,--(1) Social Security (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No. 3) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1173), dated 6th May 1998, and
 
        (2) Social Security (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No. 4) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1174), dated 7th May 1998
 
    [by Act] [Secretary Harriet Harman].
Other papers:
12National Audit,--Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Ministry of Defence Major Projects 1997 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 695] [Clerk of the House].
13Social Exclusion,--Report by the Social Exclusion Unit on Truancy and School Exclusion [by Command] [Cm. 3957] [The Prime Minister].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Bill [Lords],--The Speaker has appointed Miss Ann Widdecombe an additional Chairman of Standing Committee F in respect of the Bill.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
Public Accounts,--(1) Thirty-fifth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [The Annual Report of the European Court of Auditors for 1996]; to be printed [No. 729];
 
        (2) Thirty-sixth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Regulating and Monitoring the Quality of Service Provided to Customers by the Water Industry in England and Wales]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 483];
 
        (3) Thirty-seventh Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Contingent Liabilities in the Dependent Territories]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 435];
 
        (4) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts on 11th May [Treasury Controls]; to be printed [No. 730-i]; and
 
        (5) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts on 11th May [Resource Accounting and Budgeting]; to be printed [No. 731-i]
 
    [Mr David Davis].


CORRIGENDUM
In the Votes and Proceedings for Friday 8th May 1998, in Appendix I, item 7 (Immigration,--Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules [Cm. 3953]) should have appeared under the heading 'Papers Subject to Negative Resolution'.



 
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