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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 11th June 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 on Thursday 18th June.
2Crime and Disorder Bill [Lords],--Mr Edward O'Hara reported from Standing Committee B, That it had gone through the Crime and Disorder Bill [Lords], and made Amendments thereunto.
 
        Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 203].
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 797].
3First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,--Mr Bowen Wells reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Criminal Justice (Children) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
4Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,--Mr Joe Benton reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Northern Ireland Act 1974 (Interim Period Extension) Order 1998.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
5Message from the Lords,--A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:
 
        The Lords do not insist on their Amendment to the European Communities (Amendment) Bill to which this House has disagreed.
6Royal Assent,--The Deputy 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:
 
        Petroleum Act 1998
 
        Audit Commission Act 1998
 
        Community Care (Residential Accommodation) Act 1998
 
        Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998
 
        European Communities (Amendment) Act 1998.
7Adjournment (Cardiff European Council),--A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn--(Mr Kevin Hughes);
 
        The Motion was, with the leave of the House, withdrawn.
8Northern Ireland (Sentences) Bill (Programme),--Ordered, That the following provisions shall apply to the proceedings on the Northern Ireland (Sentences) Bill:--
 
Committee of the whole House
 
        1.--(1) Proceedings in Committee of the whole House shall be completed at two sittings.
 
         (2) The following proceedings shall be brought to a conclusion, unless previously concluded, in accordance with the following table:
 
    Proceedings
Time, after commencement of proceedings in Committee at the first sitting, at which proceedings to be concluded.
 
    Amendments up to page 2, line 22.
2 hours
 
    Amendments up to page 2, line 47, other than amendments inserting words at the end of line 47.
4 hours
 
    Amendments inserting words at end of line 47.
5 hours
 
    Remaining proceedings on Clause 3 and proceedings on Clauses 4 to 7.
6½ hours
 
         (3) Proceedings in Committee shall be brought to a conclusion, unless previously concluded, 3 hours after the commencement of proceedings in Committee at the second sitting.
 
         (4) Standing Order No. 15(1) (Exempted business) shall apply to proceedings in Committee for any part of the periods of--
 
          (a) 6½ hours, at the first sitting, and
 
          (b) 3 hours, at the second sitting,
 
        which fall after Ten o'clock.
 
Report and Third Reading
 
        2.--(1) Proceedings on Consideration and Third Reading shall be completed at one sitting and shall, unless previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion three hours after commencement.
 
         (2) Standing Order No. 15(1) (Exempted business) shall apply to those proceedings for any part of the period of three hours after commencement which falls after Ten o'clock.
 
Conclusion of proceedings
 
        3.--(1) For the purpose of concluding any proceedings which are to be brought to a conclusion at a time appointed by this Order, the Chairman or Speaker 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) On a Motion made for a new Clause or a new Schedule, the Chairman or Speaker shall put only the Question that the Clause or Schedule be added to the Bill.
 
         (4) If two or more Questions would fall to be put under sub-paragraph (1)(c) on Amendments moved or Motions made by a Minister of the Crown, or under sub-paragraph (1)(d) in relation to successive provisions of the Bill, the Chairman or Speaker shall instead put a single question in relation to those Amendments, Motions or provisions.
 
Miscellaneous
 
        4. Standing Order No. 82 (Business Committee) shall not apply to proceedings on the Bill.
 
        5. No Motion shall be made, except by a Minister of the Crown, to alter the order in which proceedings on the Bill are taken.
 
        6. 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 or by virtue of 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) Standing Order No. 15(1) (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.
 
        7.--(1) If a Motion is made by a Minister of the Crown to amend this Order and an effect of the Motion would be to provide a greater amount of time for proceedings on the Bill, the Question on the Motion shall be put forthwith and may be decided, though opposed, at any hour.
 
         (2) 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 the proceedings, if not previously concluded, shall be brought to a conclusion three-quarters of an hour after they have been commenced.--(Bridget Prentice.)
9Adjournment,--A Motion was made and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn--(Bridget Prentice);
 
        And it being Ten o'clock, the Motion for the Adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put.
10Adjournment,--Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.--(Bridget Prentice.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till one minute past Ten o'clock, adjourned till Monday 15th June.
[Adjourned at 10.01 p.m.
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker        

Madam Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock on Monday 15th June

APPENDIX I
Papers presented or laid upon the Table
Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution
1Export and Investment Guarantees,--Draft Export and Investment Guarantees (Limit on Foreign Currency Commitments) Order 1998 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution
2Local Government,--Local Government Act 1988 (Defined Activities) (Exemptions) (Combined Fire Authorities Etc.) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1380), dated 2nd June 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
3National Debt,--National Savings Stock Register (Closure of Register to Gilts) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1446), dated 11th June 1998 [by Act] [Mrs Helen Liddell].
4Pensions,--Occupational Pension Schemes (Contracting-out) (Amount Required for Restoring State Scheme Rights and Miscellaneous Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1397), dated 4th June 1998 [by Act] [Secretary Harriet Harman].
Other Papers:
5Economic and Fiscal Strategy,--Paper, entitled Stability and Investment for the long term: Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report 1998 [by Command] [Cm. 3978] [Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer].
6Industrial Organisation and Development,--Report and Accounts of the Horticultural Development Council for 1996-97 [by Act] [Dr John Cunningham].
7London Underground,--Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions Minute concerning contingent liability in respect of a contract to give financial advice to London Regional Transport and the Government on a public-private partnership for London Underground [by Command] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
1Registration of Political Parties Bill,--The Speaker has appointed Mr Roger Gale Chairman of Standing Committee A in respect of the Bill.
2Competition Bill [Lords],--The Speaker has appointed Mrs Marion Roe an additional Chairman of Standing Committee G in respect of the Bill.
3Draft Homelessness (Decisions on Referrals) Order 1998 and draft Homelessness (Decisions on Referrals) (Scotland) Order 1998,--The Speaker has appointed Mr Andrew Welsh Chairman of the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Orders.
4Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1342),--The Speaker has appointed Mr Nicholas Winterton Chairman of the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Order.
5Special Grant Report (No. 35) (House of Commons Paper No. 758),--The Speaker has appointed Mr John McWilliam Chairman of the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Special Grant Report.
6Scottish Grand Committee,--The Speaker has appointed Mr John Maxton Chairman of the Scottish Grand Committee in respect of its meeting in Westminster on Tuesday 16th June.
7Draft Council Tax Limitation (Derbyshire County Council) (Maximum Amount) Order 1998,--The Committee of Selection has discharged from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation Mr Graham Allen, Hilary Armstrong, Charlotte Atkins, Jackie Ballard, Mr Russell Brown, Mr Ian Davidson, Mr John Gunnell, Mr Keith Hill, Mr Fraser Kemp, Mr David Lepper, Mr Alan Meale, Ms Margaret Moran, Mr Terry Rooney, Mr Adrian Sanders, Mr Malcolm Savidge and Ms Rosie Winterton (nominated in respect of the draft Order).
8Draft Welfare of Livestock (Amendment) Regulations 1998,--The Committee of Selection has discharged from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation Mr Joe Benton (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Dr Lewis Moonie.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,--(1) Fifth Report from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [The Future for Allotments], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment Sub-Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 560-I]; and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee on 11th June [Housing]; to be printed [No. 495-x].
 
        [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].
2Health,--Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee on 11th June [Welfare of former British child migrants]; to be printed [No. 755-iii] [Mr David Hinchliffe].


CORRIGENDUM
In the Votes and Proceedings for Wednesday 10th June, Appendix III, Item 4(6) should have read as follows:
 
        '(6) Forty-sixth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [The Contract to Develop and Operate the Replacement National Insurance Recording System]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report, and Memorandum laid before the Committee [No. 472];'



 
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