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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 20th May 1998

The House met at half-past Nine o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Adjournment,--A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn--(Mr Kevin Hughes);
 
        And it being Two o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order.
2Lloyds TSB Bill [Lords],--Ordered, That the Lloyds TSB Bill [Lords] be read the third time to-morrow.
3European Standing Committee A,--Mrs Marion Roe reported from European Standing Committee A the following Resolution:
 
        That the Committee takes note of European Community Document No. 6123/98, a Commission Communication on Fisheries monitoring under the Common Fisheries Policy; also notes that the Communication builds on an undertaking given by the Commission to the Prime Minister at the Amsterdam European Council in June 1997; and endorses action being taken by the Government to secure more effective and consistent standards of enforcement across the Community.
 
        Report, together with Resolution, to lie upon the Table.
4Ports of Entry (Special Status) (No. 2),--Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for special status for ports of entry to the United Kingdom so far as the law affecting local government and policing is concerned; and for related purposes: And that Mr Gwyn Prosser, Mr Andrew Mackinlay, Mr Ivan Henderson, Laura Moffatt, Derek Wyatt, Ms Jackie Lawrence, Dr Stephen Ladyman, Mr Nick Ainger, Mr Robert Syms, Mrs Louise Ellman, Dr Alan Whitehead and Norman Baker do prepare and bring it in.
5Ports of Entry (Special Status) (No. 2) Bill,--Mr Gwyn Prosser accordingly presented a Bill to make provision for special status for ports of entry to the United Kingdom so far as the law affecting local government and policing is concerned; and for related purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 3rd July and to be printed [Bill 192].
6Human Rights Bill [Lords],--The House, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee on the Human Rights Bill [Lords].
 
(In the Committee)
 
        Clause No. 1 (The Convention and the First Protocol).
 
        Amendment (No. 1) proposed, in page 1, line 8 to leave out '12 and'.--(Sir Nicholas Lyell.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:--Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 111) proposed, in page 1, line 9, at the end, to insert the words 'and--
 
        (c) Articles 1 and 2 of the Sixth Protocol.'--(Mr Kevin McNamara.)
 
        Question put, That the Amendment be made.
 
        The Committee divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Maria Fyfe, Ms Jenny Jones: 294.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr James Cran, Mr Oliver Heald: 136.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 137A) proposed, in page 1, line 12, to leave out from the beginning to the word 'any'.--(Mr Secretary Straw.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made;
 
        And it being Ten o'clock, the Chairman left the Chair to report progress and ask leave to sit again.


 
        The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair, and Jane Kennedy reported, That the Committee had made progress in the Bill, and moved, That the Committee may have leave to sit again.
7Business 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 Human Rights Bill [Lords] may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour--(Jane Kennedy):--It was agreed to.
8Human Rights Bill [Lords],--The House again resolved itself into a Committee on the Human Rights Bill [Lords].
 
(In the Committee)
 
        Clause No. 1 (The Convention and the First Protocol).
 
        Question again proposed, That the Amendment (No. 137A) be made.
 
        Question put;
 
        The Committee divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mr Robert Ainsworth: 308.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr John M. Taylor, Mr John Whittingdale: 128.
 
        Amendment (No. 118) made.
 
        Question put, That the Clause, as amended, stand part of the Bill.
 
        The Committee divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mr Robert Ainsworth: 303.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr John M. Taylor, Mr John Whittingdale: 128.
 
        Ordered, That the Chairman do report progress and ask leave to sit again.--(Jane Kennedy.)


 
        The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair; and Jane Kennedy reported, That the Committee had made progress in the Bill, and that she was directed to move, That the Committee may have leave to sit again.
 
        Committee again to-morrow.
9Northern Ireland Grand Committee,--Ordered, That--
 
        (1) the Matter of a regional strategic framework for Northern Ireland as set out in the discussion paper 'Shaping our Future', being a matter relating exclusively to Northern Ireland, be referred to the Northern Ireland Grand Committee for its consideration; and
 
        (2) at the sitting on Thursday 4th June--
 
          (i) after any statement which may be made by a Minister of the Crown pursuant to Standing Order No. 112(1) (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (ministerial statements)), the Committee shall consider the matter referred to it under paragraph (1) above; and
 
          (ii) at the completion of these proceedings, a motion for the adjournment of the Committee may be made by a Minister of the Crown pursuant to Standing Order No. 116(5) (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (sittings))--(Jane Kennedy.)
10Adjournment,--Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.--(Jane Kennedy.)
 
        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.
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 Negative Resolution:
1Monopolies and Mergers,--Restriction on Agreements and Conduct (Specified Domestic Electrical Goods) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1271), dated 19th May 1998 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].
2Sports Grounds and Sporting Events,--Football Spectators (Corresponding Offences in France) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1266), dated 19th May 1998 [by Act] [Mrs Ann Taylor].
Other Papers:
3Bank of England,--(1) Report and Accounts of the Bank of England for the year ending 28th February 1998 [by Command]; and
 
        (2) Report by the Bank of England on the exercise of its functions under the Banking Act 1987 for the year ending 28th February 1998 [by Act]
 
    [Mr Alistair Darling].
4Commonwealth Scholarship,--Report of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom for the year ending 30th September 1997 [by Act] [Secretary Clare Short].
5Gas,--Report of the Director General for Gas Supply: Office of Gas Supply (Ofgas) for 1997 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 739] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].
6National Health Service,--Statements of Guarantee given by the Secretary of State for Health on 18th May 1998 on loans proposed to be raised by the following National Health Service Trusts--
 
        (1) Royal Berkshire & Battle Hospitals,
 
        (2) Scunthorpe Community Health Care, and
 
        (3) United Bristol Healthcare
 
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dobson].
7Public Accounts,--Treasury Minute on the Twenty-first, Twenty-fourth, Twenty-fifth and Twenty-seventh Reports from the Committee of Public Accounts, Session 1997-98 [by Command] [Cm. 3955] [Dawn Primarolo].
8Treaty Series (No. 22, 1998),--Notes, exchanged at Addis Ababa on 19th July and 8th October 1997, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia concerning certain commercial debts (United Kingdom/Ethiopia Debt Agreement No. 2 (1997) ) [by Command] [Cm. 3952] [Mr Secretary Cook].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
1Draft Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline (Continuation) Order 1998:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz: Charlotte Atkins, Mr Crispin Blunt, Mr Julian Brazier, Mr Charles Clarke, Mr David Clelland, Tom Cox, Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas, Mr Mike Hancock, Mr David Heath, Mr Robert Key, Dr John Marek, Laura Moffatt, Dr John Reid, Mr Keith Simpson, Mr John Smith and Mr Anthony D. Wright.
2Draft Merchant Shipping (Control of Pollution) (SOLAS) Order 1998:
 
        (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 Tom Brake, Mr Jim Cousins, Mr Hilton Dawson, Mr Bill Etherington, Mr Bernie Grant, Mr Damian Green, Mr John Horam, Glenda Jackson, Sir Geoffrey Johnson Smith, Mr Austin Mitchell, Ms Margaret Moran, Mr Doug Naysmith, Mr Richard Ottaway, Sir Robert Smith and Dr Alan Whitehead.
3Motor Vehicles (Approval) (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1008):
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the Regulations to the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz: Ms Candy Atherton, Mr Peter Bottomley, Mr Tom Brake, Mr Christopher Chope, Ann Clwyd, Mr Tim Collins, Mr Jim Dowd, Mr John Hayes, Mr Kelvin Hopkins, Ms Beverley Hughes, Ms Margaret Moran, Mr Nick Raynsford, Miss Geraldine Smith, Mr Andrew Stunell, Mr Michael Wills and Mr Phil Woolas.
4Draft Fire Services (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft 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: Ms Diane Abbott, Mr Jamie Cann, Mr David Chaytor, Mr Paul Clark, Mr James Cran, Mr Jim Dowd, Mr Mike Gapes, Mr Andrew Hunter, Mr Robert Jackson, Mr David Lepper, Alice Mahon, Mr Malcolm Moss, Mr Paul Truswell, Mr Cecil Walker, Mr Phil Willis and Mr Tony Worthington.
5Draft Contracting Out (Functions relating to National Savings) Order 1998,--The Committee of Selection has discharged from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, Mr Roger Berry, Mr Dennis Canavan, Mr Iain Coleman, Mr Jim Cunningham, Mr Hilton Dawson, Mr Austin Mitchell and Mr Lawrie Quinn (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Andrew Dismore, Mrs Linda Gilroy, Mr John Grogan, Mr Christopher Leslie, Angela Smith, Mr Bill O'Brien and Ms Claire Ward.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Culture, Media and Sport,--Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee on 20th May [Objectives and Performance of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport]; to be printed [No. 742-ii] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].
2Education and Employment,--Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Committee on 20th May [The Role of Headteachers]; to be printed [No. 725-iii] [Ms Margaret Hodge].
3Health,--Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee on 20th May [Welfare of former British child migrants]; to be printed [No. 755-i] [Mr David Hinchliffe].
4Public Accounts,--Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts on 20th May [The Performance of the NHS Cervical Screening Programme in England]; to be printed [No. 757-i] [Mr David Davis].
5Science and Technology,--Minutes of Evidence taken before the Science and Technology Committee on 20th May [Engineering and Physical Sciences Based Innovation]; to be printed [No. 626-v] [Dr Lynne Jones].
6Scottish Affairs,--Minutes of Evidence taken before the Scottish Affairs Committee on 20th May [The Work of Scottish Natural Heritage]; to be printed [No. 754] [Mr David Marshall].



 
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