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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 1st June 1998

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Petroleum Bill [Lords],--The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Petroleum Bill [Lords];
 
        And a Motion being made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 58 (Consolidation bills), That the Bill be now read a second time:--It was agreed to.
 
        The Bill was accordingly read a second time.
 
        And a Motion being made, and the Question being put forthwith, That the Bill be not committed--(Mr John McFall):--It was agreed to.
 
        And a Motion being made, and the Question being put forthwith, That the Bill be now read the third time:--It was agreed to.
 
        The Bill was accordingly read the third time, and passed, without Amendment.
2Audit Commission Bill [Lords],--The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Audit Commission Bill [Lords];
 
        And a Motion being made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 58 (Consolidation bills), That the Bill be now read a second time:--It was agreed to.
 
        The Bill was accordingly read a second time.
 
        And a Motion being made, and the Question being put forthwith, That the Bill be not committed--(Mr John McFall):--It was agreed to.
 
        And a Motion being made, and the Question being put forthwith, That the Bill be now read the third time:--It was agreed to.
 
        The Bill was accordingly read the third time, and passed, without Amendment.
3National Lottery Bill [Lords],--The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the National Lottery Bill [Lords], as amended in the Standing Committee.
 
        A Clause (Additionality)--(Mr Richard Spring)--brought up and read the first time.
 
        And the Question being put, That the Clause be read a second time;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John M. Taylor, Mr Stephen Day: 121.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Jane Kennedy: 276.
 
        Another Clause (Winding up of funds allocated under section 22(3)(c))--(Mr Robert Maclennan)--brought up and read the first time.
 
        Question, That the Clause be read a second time, put and negatived.
 
        Amendent (No. 1) proposed to the Bill, in page 7, line 43, at the end, to insert the words--
 
        '(6A) In section 28 of the 1993 Act (power to amend section 22) in subsection (2)(a) for "5 per cent." there shall be substituted "13 per cent"'.--(Mr Peter Ainsworth.)
 
        Question put, That the Amendment be made;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Stephen Day, Mr John M. Taylor: 120.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Jamieson, Mr Jim Dowd: 277.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 5) proposed to the Bill, in page 17, line 36, to leave out from the word 'potential' to the word 'and' in line 40.--(Mr Richard Spring.)
 
        Question, That the Amendment be made, put and negatived.
 
        A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That the Bill be now read the third time;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Jamieson, Mr Jim Dowd: 278.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr John M. Taylor, Mr Stephen Day: 129.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        The Bill was accordingly read the third time, and passed, with Amendments.
4Business 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 Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Bill [Lords] may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour--(Mr Clive Betts):--It was agreed to.
5Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Bill [Lords],--The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Bill [Lords], as amended in the Standing Committee.
 
        Amendment (No. 1) proposed to the Bill, in page 4, line 1, to leave out the words 'made with the consent of the Treasury'.--(Mrs Cheryl Gillan.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:--Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Amendments (Nos. 8 and 9) made to the Bill.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 5) proposed to the Bill, in page 8, line 5, at the beginning, to insert the words 'Subject to subsection (2A) below'.--(Mrs Cheryl Gillan.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:--Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        The Bill was read the third time, and passed, with Amendments.
6Business of the House,--Ordered, That, at the sitting on Thursday 4th June, the Speaker shall put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the Motions in the name of Mrs Ann Taylor relating to Modernisation of the House of Commons not later than Ten o'clock, and such Questions shall include the Questions on any Amendments selected by the Speaker which may then be moved.--(Mr Clive Betts.)
7Fisheries Monitoring,--A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees), That this House takes note of European Community Document No. 6123/98, a Commission Communication on Fisheries monitoring under the Common Fisheries Policy; also notes that the Comunication 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--(Mr Clive Betts):--It was agreed to.
8Human Rights Bill [Lords] (Programme),--Ordered, That the following provisions shall apply to proceedings on the Human Rights Bill [Lords].
 
Committee of the whole House
 
        1. (1) The remaining proceedings in Committee of the whole House shall be completed in four allotted days and shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion six and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Bill on the fourth of those days.
 
          (2) On each such allotted day, paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business) shall apply to proceedings on the Bill for any part of the period of six and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Bill which falls after Ten o'clock.
 
Business Committee
 
        2. Standing Order No. 82 (Business Committee) shall apply to proceedings on the Bill.
 
        3. No Motion shall be made to alter the order in which proceedings on consideration of the Bill are taken, but the resolutions of the Business Committee may include alterations in that order.
 
Conclusion of proceedings
 
        4. For the purpose of concluding any proceedings which are to be brought to a conclusion at a time appointed by or under this Order:--
 
          (1) The Chairman shall forthwith put the following Questions (but no others):--
 
        (a) any Question already proposed from the Chair;
 
        (b) any Question necessary to bring to a decision a Question so proposed;
 
        (c) the Question on any amendment moved or Motion made by a Minister of the Crown;
 
        (d) any other Question necessary for the disposal of the business to be concluded.
 
          (2) Proceedings under sub-paragraph (1) shall not be interrupted under any Standing Order relating to sittings of the House and may be decided though opposed, at any hour.
 
          (3) If two or more Questions would fall to be put under sub-paragraph (1)(c) on amendments moved on Motions made by a Minister of the Crown, or under sub-paragraph (1)(d) in relation to successive provisions of the Bill, the Chairman shall instead put a single question in relation to those amendments, Motions or provisions.
 
          (4) On a Motion made for a new Clause or a new Schedule, the Chairman shall put only the Question that the Clause or Schedule be added to the Bill.
 
          (5) If on an allotted day a Motion for the adjournment of the House under Standing Order No. 24 (Adjournment on specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration) stands over from an earlier day or to Seven o'clock--
 
        (a) the bringing to a conclusion of any proceedings on the Bill which under this Order are to be brought to a conclusion after that time shall be postponed for a period equal to the duration of the proceedings on the Motion, and
 
        (b) paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business) shall apply to proceedings on the Bill for the period after Ten o'clock for which sub-paragraph (a) permits them to continue.
 
Supplementary
 
        5. If a Motion is made by a Minister of the Crown to amend this Order and if an effect of the Motion would be to provide a greater amount of time for proceedings on the Bill, the Question on that Motion shall be put forthwith and may be decided, though opposed, at any hour.
 
        6. If a Motion is made by a Minister of the Crown to supplement the provisions of this Order in respect of further proceedings on the Bill, the Motion may be proceeded with, though opposed, at any hour and proceedings on the Motion, if not previously concluded, shall be brought to a conclusion three-quarters of an hour after they have been commenced.
 
Interpretation
 
        7. In this Order 'allotted day' means any day on which the Bill is put down on the main business as first Government Order of the Day.--(Mr Clive Betts.)
9Adjournment,--A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn--(Mr Clive Betts);
 
Tuesday 2nd June 1998
 
        And the Question being put;
 
        Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty minutes past Twelve o'clock on Tuesday morning, adjourned till this day.
[Adjourned at 12.20 a.m.
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker        

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

APPENDIX I
Papers presented by Her Majesty's Command and delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office during the adjournment pursuant to Standing Order No. 158 (Presentation of command papers):
1Police,--Metropolitan Police Fund Estimates for 1997-98 and 1998-99 [Cm. 3956] [Mr Secretary Straw].
2Treaty Series (No. 82, 1997),--Index to Treaty Series 1997 [Cm. 3941] [Mr Secretary Cook].
3Treaty Series (No. 23, 1998),--Agreement, done at Brussels on 15th December 1993, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Government of the Kingdom of Belgium and the Government of the French Republic concerning Rail Traffic between Belgium and the United Kingdom using the Channel Fixed Link with Protocol [Cm. 3954] [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:
 
Friday 22nd May 1998
4Local Government,--Local Government Act 1988 (Defined Activities) (Exemptions) (Northumberland County Council and Suffolk Coastal District Council) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1237), dated 15th May 1998 [Mr Secretary Prescott].
5Magistrates' Courts,--Magistrates' Courts Committees (Merseyside) Amalgamation (Amendment) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1293), dated 22nd May 1998 [Mr Geoffrey Hoon].
6Pensions,--Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations 1997 (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1238), dated 15th May 1998 [Mr Secretary Prescott].
7Value Added Tax,--Value Added Tax (Osteopaths) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1294), dated 21st May 1998 [Dawn Primarolo].
 
Wednesday 27th May 1998
8Agriculture,--(1) Environmentally Sensitive Areas (England) Designation Orders (Revocation of Specified Provisions) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1295), dated 18th May 1998; and
 
        (2) Environmentally Sensitive Areas (Avon Valley) Designation (Amendment) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1307),
 
        (3) Environmentally Sensitive Areas (Breckland) Designation (Amendment) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1306),
 
        (4) Environmentally Sensitive Areas (Clun) Designation (Amendment) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1311),
 
        (5) Environmentally Sensitive Areas (Exmoor) Designation (Amendment) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1302),
 
        (6) Environmentally Sensitive Areas (Lake District) Designation (Amendment) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1301),
 
        (7) Environmentally Sensitive Areas (North Kent Marshes) Designation (Amendment) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1304),
 
        (8) Environmentally Sensitive Areas (North Peak) Designation (Amendment) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1303),
 
        (9) Environmentally Sensitive Areas (Pennine Dales) Designation (Amendment) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1300),
 
        (10) Environmentally Sensitive Areas (Somerset Levels and Moors) Designation (Amendment) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1298),
 
        (11) Environmentally Sensitive Areas (South Downs) Designation (Amendment) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1297),
 
        (12) Environmentally Sensitive Areas (South Wessex Downs) Designation (Amendment) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1309),
 
        (13) Environmentally Sensitive Areas (South West Peak) Designation (Amendment) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1305),
 
        (14) Environmentally Sensitive Areas (Suffolk River Valleys) Designation (Amendment) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1310),
 
        (15) Environmentally Sensitive Areas (Test Valley) Designation (Amendment) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1308),
 
        (16) Environmentally Sensitive Areas (The Broads) Designation (Amendment) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1299), and
 
        (17) Environmentally Sensitive Areas (West Penwith) Designation (Amendment) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1296),
 
        dated 19th May 1998 [Dr John Cunningham].
9Countryside,--Countryside Stewardship Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1327), dated 21st May 1998 [Dr John Cunningham].
10Lands Tribunal,--Lands Tribunal (Superannuation) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 1998 (S.R.(N.I), 1998, No. 180), dated 11th May 1998 [Secretary Marjorie Mowlam].
11Road Traffic,--Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1229), dated 14th May 1998 [Mr Secretary Prescott].
 
Thursday 28th May 1998
12Opticians,--General Optical Council (Disciplinary Committee (Constitution) Rules) Order of Council 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1338), dated 27th May 1998 [Mrs Ann Taylor].
 
Friday 29th May 1998
13Education,--(1) The Bolton Sixth Form College (Government) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1332), and
 
        (2) The Bolton Sixth Form College (Incorporation) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1331),
 
    dated 28th May 1998 [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
14Income Tax,--Retirement Benefits Schemes (Restriction on Discretion to Approve) (Small Self-administered Schemes) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1315), dated 27th May 1998 [Mrs Helen Liddell].
Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 1st June 1998:
Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:
15Northern Ireland,--(1) Draft Criminal Justice (Children) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998,
 
        (2) draft Northern Ireland Act 1974 (Interim Period Extension) Order 1998, and
 
        (3) draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Northern Ireland) Order 1998
 
    [by Act] [Secretary Marjorie Mowlam].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
16European Communities,--European Communities (Enforcement of Community Judgments) (Amendment) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1259), dated 19th May 1998 [by Act] [Mrs Ann Taylor].
17National Health Service,--National Health Service (Pilot Schemes: Financial Assistance for Preparatory Work) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1330), dated 27th May 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dobson].
18Northern Ireland,--Employment Rights (Dispute Resolution) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1265), dated 19th May 1998 [by Act] [Mrs Ann Taylor].
19Pilotage,--Yorkshire Ouse (Pilotage Powers) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1272), dated 18th May 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
Other Papers:
20Broadcasting,--Report and Financial Statements of Channel Four Television Corporation for 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].
21Deregulation,--Proposal under the Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994 by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for the Deregulation (Weights and Measures) Order 1998, with an explanatory memorandum [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].
22Glidewell Report,--Papers, entitled--
 
        (1) Review of the Crown Prosecution Service: a Report, and
 
        (2) Review of the Crown Prosecution Service: Summary of Report, with Conclusions and Recommendations
 
    [by Command] [Cm. 3960 and 3972] [Mr Attorney General].
23National Audit,--Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Sales of the Royal Dockyards [by Act]; to be printed [No. 748] [Clerk of the House].
24National Health Service,--Statement of Guarantee given by the Secretary of State for Health on 22nd May 1998 on loans proposed to be raised by the North West Anglia Healthcare National Health Service Trust [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dobson].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
1Draft Merchant Shipping (Control of Pollution) (SOLAS) Order 1998,--The Committee of Selection has discharged from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, Mr Hilton Dawson, Mr Bernie Grant and Dr Doug Naysmith (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Bob Blizzard, Mr Jamie Cann and Mr David Lepper.
2Draft Contracting Out (Functions relating to National Savings) Order 1998,--The Committee of Selection has discharged from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, Angela Smith (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Nigel Beard.
3Draft Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 1998,--The Committee of Selection has discharged from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas and Dr John Marek (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Tony McWalter and Dr George Turner.
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 1st June [Part-time Working]; to be printed [No. 610-vi] [Mr Derek Foster].
2International Development,--Memoranda laid before the International Development Committee [Commonwealth Development Corporation]; to be printed [No. 766] [Mr Bowen Wells].


MEMORANDUM
Business Committee (Human Rights Bill [Lords])
In pursuance of Standing Order No. 82 (Business Committee) the Speaker nominated Mr James Clappison, Mr James Cran, Jane Kennedy, Mr Robert Maclennan, Mr Mike O'Brien, Mr Paul Stinchcombe, Mr Paddy Tipping and Mr Stephen Twigg to be members of the Business Committee in respect of the Human Rights Bill [Lords].



 
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