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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 21st May 1998

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Lloyds TSB Bill [Lords],--The Order of the day being read, for the third reading of the Lloyds TSB Bill [Lords];
 
        Ordered, That the Bill be read the third time upon Thursday 4th June.
2Message from the Lords,--A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:
 
        The Lords have agreed to the Tax Credits (Initial Expenditure) Bill, without Amendment.
 
        The Lords have agreed to the Amendments made by this House to the Magistrates' Courts (Procedure) Bill [Lords], without Amendment.
 
        The Lords have agreed to the European Communities (Amendment) Bill, with an Amendment; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.
3European Communities (Amendment) Bill,--Lords Amendment to the European Communities (Amendment) Bill to be considered on Monday 1st June; and to be printed [Bill 193].
4Royal 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:
 
        Animal Health (Amendment) Act 1998
 
        Social Security Act 1998
 
        Magistrates' Court (Procedure) Act 1998
 
        Tax Credits (Initial Expenditure) Act 1998.
5Common Agricultural Policy,--A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House takes note of European Community Document No. 7073/98 relating to reform of the Common Market Organisations for beef, cereals and milk and for the development of rural development policy in the European Union, and the Second Report from the Agriculture Committee, Session 1997-98. 'CAP Reform: Agenda 2000' (House of Commons Paper No. 311) and the Government response thereto (House of Commons Paper No. 719); and supports the Government's intention to negotiate an outcome which takes account of the interests of UK producers, consumers and taxpayers alike and of developing countries and to press for a reformed Common Agricultural Policy with substantially reduced overall costs, which is more economically rational, which reduces the bureaucratic burden on farmers, which provides a better framework for targeted environmental and rural development support, which contains fair and common rules to ensure that the UK's farm and food industries can exploit their competitive advantage in European and world markets, which facilitates the accession of associated countries and which offers the medium-term prospect of benefits to developing countries--(Dr John Cunningham);
 
        An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 6, to leave out from '(House of Commons Paper No. 719)' to the end of the Question and add the words 'albeit against the background of the Government's failed stewardship of British agriculture which has seen farm incomes plummet by 45 per cent., a rise in rural job losses, and a failure to utilise fully all the resources available to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for the benefit of farmers; urges the Government to negotiate an outcome that works to the advantage of Britain's efficient farming industry as well as to the interests of United Kingdom producers, consumers and taxpayers, and of developing countries and to press for a reformed Common Agricultural Policy with substantially reduced overall costs, which does not act against farms larger than the European average, which is more economically rational, which reduces the bureaucratic burden on farmers, which provides a better framework for targeted environmental and rural development support, which contains fair and common rules to ensure that the United Kingdom's farm and food industries can exploit their competitive advantage in European and world markets, which facilitates the accession of associated countries and which offers the medium term prospect of benefits to developing countries; but regrets the fact that, so far in the discussions on Agenda 2000, the United Kingdom Government has not advanced proposals designed to allow Britain's farming industry to realise its full potential under the revised arrangements,' instead thereof.--(Mr Michael Jack.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made.
 
        And it being three hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Order [18th May].
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Oliver Heald, Mr John M. Taylor: 151.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Janet Anderson, Mr David Jamieson: 230.
 
        So the Question was negatived.
 
        And the Main Question being put:--It was agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That this House takes note of European Community Document No. 7073/98 relating to reform of the Common Market Organisations for beef, cereals and milk and for the development of rural development policy in the European Union, and the Second Report from the Agriculture Committee, Session 1997-98, 'CAP Reform: Agenda 2000' (House of Commons Paper No. 311) and the Government response thereto (House of Commons Paper No. 719); and supports the Government's intention to negotiate an outcome which takes account of the interests of UK producers, consumers and taxpayers alike and of developing countries and to press for a reformed Common Agricultural Policy with substantially reduced overall costs, which is more economically rational, which reduces the bureaucratic burden on farmers, which provides a better framework for targeted environmental and rural development support, which contains fair and common rules to ensure that the UK's farm and food industries can exploit their competitive advantage in European and world markets, which facilitates the accession of associated countries and which offers the medium-term prospect of benefits to developing countries.
6Deregulation,--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 (Deduction from Pay of Union Subscriptions) Order 1998 be approved--(Mr Greg Pope);
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Jamieson, Janet Anderson: 221.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr John M. Taylor, Mr Oliver Heald: 100.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That the draft Deregulation (Deduction from Pay of Union Subscriptions) Order 1998 be approved.
7Adjournment,--Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.--(Mr Greg Pope.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till three minutes to Nine o'clock, adjourned till Monday 1st June, pursuant to Resolution [8th May].
[Adjourned at 8.57 p.m.
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker        

Madam Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock on Monday 1st June.

APPENDIX I
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:
1Animals,--Draft Welfare of Livestock (Amendment) Regulations 1998 [by Act] [Dr John Cunningham].
2Civil Aviation,--Draft Air Carrier Liability Order 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
3Local Government Finance,--Special Grant Report (No. 35) [by Act]; to be printed [No. 758] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
4Food,--Food (Cheese) (Emergency Control) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1277), dated 20th May 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dobson].
5Food,--Food (Cheese) (Emergency Control) (Amendment) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1284), dated 21st May 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dobson].
6Housing (Scotland),--Right to Purchase (Prescribed Persons) (Scotland) Amendment Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1275), dated 11th May 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].
7Road Traffic,--Vehicle Excise Duty (Immobilisation, Removal and Disposal of Vehicles) (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1217), dated 14th May 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
8Sea Fisheries,--Razor Shells, Trough Shells and Carpet Shells (Specified Sea Area) (Prohibition of Fishing) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1276), dated 20th May 1998 [by Act] [Dr John Cunningham].
Other Papers
9Broadcasting,--Report and Financial Statements of the Radio Authority for 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].
10Employment,--Paper, entitled Fairness at Work [by Command] [Cm. 3968] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].
11Metropolitan Police,--Account of the Metropolitan Police Fund for 1995-96, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Command] [Cm. 3949] [Mr Secretary Straw].
12Statutory Instruments (Notification),--Communication declaring that the undermentioned Statutory Instrument had come into operation before copies were laid before Parliament, and explaining why such copies had not been so laid before the Instrument came into operation:
 
        Food (Cheese) (Emergency Control) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1277)
 
    [by Standing Order] [The Speaker].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
1Draft Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 1998,--The Speaker has appointed Mr Roger Gale Chairman of the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order, and
 
        The Committee of Selection has discharged from the Committee Mr Crispin Blunt and Mr Robert Key (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Gerald Howarth and Mr John Wilkinson.
2Draft Merchant Shipping (Control of Pollution) (SOLAS) Order 1998,--The Speaker has appointed Mr Frank Cook Chairman of the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.
3Motor Vehicles (Approval) (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1008),--The Speaker has appointed Mr Nicholas Winterton Chairman of the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Regulations.
4Draft Fire Services (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998,--The Speaker has appointed Miss Ann Widdecombe Chairman of the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.
5Draft Contracting Out (Functions relating to National Savings) Order 1998,--The Speaker has appointed Mr Donald Anderson Chairman of the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.
6Northern Ireland Grand Committee,--The Speaker has appointed Mr Roger Gale Chairman of the Northern Ireland Grand Committee in respect of its meeting on Thursday 4th June.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Education and Employment,--Minutes of Evidence taken before the Employment Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Committee on 21st May [Part-time Working]; to be printed [No. 610-v] [Mr Derek Foster].
2Foreign Affairs,--(1) First Special Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee [Sierra Leone: Exchange of Correspondence with the Foreign Secretary]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 760]; and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee on 21st May [Foreign Policy and Human Rights]; to be printed [No. 369-ix]
 
    [Mr Donald Anderson].
3International Development,--(1) Fourth Report from the International Development Committee [Renegotiation of the LomeĢ Convention], with the 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. 365]; and
 
        (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Commonwealth Development Corporation]
 
    [Mr Bowen Wells].
4Social Security,--(1) First Special Report from the Social Security Committee [Tax and Benefits; Pre-Budget Report--The Government's Response to the Committee's Third Report of Session 1997-98]; to be printed [No. 756]; and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Social Security Committee on 21st May [Active Modern Service]; to be printed [No. 587-iii]
 
    [Mr Archy Kirkwood].
5Treasury,--Minutes of evidence taken before the Treasury Committee on 21st May [Bank of England May Inflation Report]; to be printed [No. 759-i] [Mr Giles Radice].


MEMORANDUM
Business Committee (Teaching and Higher Education Bill [Lords])
In pursuance of Standing Order No. 82 (Business Committee) the Speaker nominated Mr Stephen Byers, Valerie Davey, Mr Don Foster, Mr David Jamieson, Sir David Madel, Mr Andrew Reed, Rachel Squire and Mr David Willetts to be members of the Business Committee in respect of the Teaching and Higher Education Bill [Lords].



 
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