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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 15th June 1998

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Northern Ireland (Sentences) Bill (Committee) [1st allotted day],--The House, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee on the Northern Ireland (Sentences) Bill.
 
(In the Committee)
 
        Clause No. 1 (Sentence Review Commissioners).
 
        Amendment (No. 45) proposed, in page 1, line 7, to leave out the words 'and one of them shall be appointed chairman' and insert the words 'and shall appoint one of the legally qualified Commissioners as the Chairman', instead thereof.--(Mr William Ross.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:--Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Amendment (No. 18) made.
 
        Clause, as amended, agreed to.
 
        Clause (No. 2) agreed to.
 
        Clause (No. 3) (Applications).
 
        Amendment (No. 50) proposed, in page 1, line 24, to leave out the word 'shall' and insert the word 'may', instead thereof.--(Mr William Ross.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:--Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 34) proposed, in page 1, line 26, to leave out the words 'the first three of the following four' and insert the words 'all of the following five', instead thereof.--(The Reverend Ian Paisley.)
 
        Question put, That the Amendment be made.
 
        The Committee divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr William Ross, Mr Peter Robinson: 7.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Jamieson, Janet Anderson: 257.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 1) proposed, in page 2, to leave out lines 23 to 40 and insert the words--
 
         '(8) A terrorist organisation is an organisation which--
 
          (a) has been concerned in terrorism, or in promoting it, and
 
          (b) has not established or is not maintaining a complete and unequivocal ceasefire.
 
        (9) The Secretary of State may specify by order that an organisation is not a terrorist organisation if on application by that organisation he believes that it--
 
          (a) is committed to the use now and in the future of only democratic and peaceful means to achieve its objectives;
 
          (b) is not involved in any acts of violence or of preparation for violence;
 
          (c) is not directing, assisting or promoting acts of violence committed or planned by other people;
 
          (d) is committed to the total disarmament of all paramilitary organisations and the achievement of the decommissioning of all paramilitary arms, including any of its own, by 22nd May 2000, and
 
          (e) is co-operating fully with any Commission of the kind referred to in section 7 of the Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 in the Implementation of the Belfast Agreement of 10th April 1998 published as Cm 3883,', instead thereof.--(Mr Andrew MacKay.)
 
        Question put, That the Amendment be made.
 
        The Committee divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John M. Taylor, Mr Tim Collins: 125.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Janet Anderson, Mr David Jamieson: 274.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 5) proposed, in page 2, line 47, at the end, to insert the words--
 
        '(11) The Secretary of State shall in particular review the list of organisations specified under this section after 22nd May 2000 in the light of the reports of any Commission of the kind referred to in section 7 of the Northern Ireland Decommissioning Act 1997.'.--(Mr Andrew MacKay.)
 
        Question put, That the Amendment be made.
 
        The Committee divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Tim Collins, Mr Nigel Waterson: 125.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mr Robert Ainsworth: 278.
 
        Question put, That the Clause stand part of the Bill.
 
        The Committee divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mr Robert Ainsworth: 221
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr William Ross, The Reverend Martin Smyth: 10.
 
        Clauses Nos. 4 to 7 agreed to.
 
        Ordered, That the Chairman do report progress and ask leave to sit again.--(Jim Dowd.)


 
        The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair; and Mr Jim Dowd reported, That the Committee had made progress in the Bill, and that he was directed to move, That the Committee may have leave to sit again.
 
        Committee again to-morrow.
2Northern Ireland,--A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Criminal Justice (Children) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998, which was laid before this House on 1st June, be approved--(Mr Jim Dowd):--it was agreed to.
3Northern Ireland,--A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to »Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Northern Ireland Act 1974 (Interim Period Extension) Order 1998, which was laid before this House on 1st June, be approved--(Mr Jim Dowd):--It was agreed to.
4Agriculture,--Ordered, That Mr Tim Collins be discharged from the Agriculture Committee and Mr David Curry be added to the Committee.--(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)
5Catering,--Ordered, That Mr Keith Simpson be discharged from the Catering Committee and Miss Julie Kirkbride be added to the Committee.--(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)
6Trade and Industry,--Ordered, That Mr David Prior be discharged from the Trade and Industry Committee and Mr John Bercow be added to the Committee.--(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)
7Treasury,--Ordered That Mr Quentin Davies be discharged from the Treasury Committee and Mr Nick Gibb be added to the Committee.--(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)
8Public Petitions,--A Public Petition from residents of Somerset against cuts in expenditure on schools in the county was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table.
9Ajournment,--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.--(Mr Greg Pope.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-seven minutes past Ten o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 10.27 p.m.
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker        

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

APPENDIX I
Papers delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on Friday 12th June 1998 (Non-sitting Friday, S.O. No. 12) pursuant to Standing Order No. 159 (Presentation of statutory instruments):
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
1Exchequer,--Treasury Bills (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1450), dated 11th June 1998 [Mrs Helen Liddell].
Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 15th June 1998.
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
2Customs and Excise,--Air Passenger Duty and Other Indirect Taxes (Interest Rate) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1461), dated 15th June 1998 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].
3Mental Health,--Mental Health Review Tribunals (Regions) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1460), dated 12th June 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dobson].
4National Health Service (Scotland),--(1) Health Boards (Membership and Procedure) (No. 2) Amendment Regulations 1998 (S.I. 1998, No. 1459), and
 
        (2) National Health Service Trusts (Membership and Procedure) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1458),
 
    dated 9th June 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].
Other Papers:
5Deregulation,--Proposal under the Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994 by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for the Deregulation (Pipe-lines) Order 1998, with an explanatory memorandum [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].
6Industrial Training,--Report and Accounts of the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board for 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
7National Audit,--Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Ministry of Defence: Identifying and Selling Surplus Property [by Act]; to be printed [No. 776] [Clerk of the House].
8Public Petitions,--Observations by--
 
        (1) the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the Petition [11th November] from citizens of the United Kingdom for controls on media exploitation of sex and violence, and
 
        (2) the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions on the Petition [8th May] from residents of Walton-on-the-Hill for measures to reduce noise levels on part of the M25 motorway
 
    [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].
APPENDIX II
Reports from Select Committees
1Agriculture,--(1) Fifth Report from the Agriculture Committee [Vitamin B6], together with 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. 753]; and
 
        (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Flood and coastal defence; vitamin B6]
 
    [Mr Peter Luff].
2Public Accounts,--(1) Forty-Eighth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Sale of the Married Quarters Estate]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report; [No. 518];
 
        (2) Forty-Ninth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [The Sale of the Stationery Office]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report; [No. 599]; and
 
        (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts on 15th June [Managing the Millennium Threat II]; to be printed [No. 816-i]
 
    [Mr David Davis].
3Trade and Industry,--Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee on 15th June [Georgian Nuclear Material at Dounreay]; to be printed [No. 815--i] [Mr Martin O'Neill].



 
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