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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 23rd June 1998

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Deregulation Committee,--Mr Ivan Lewis reported from the Deregulation Committee the following Resolution:
 
        That the draft Deregulation (Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles) Order 1998, which was laid before this House on 8th June 1998, should be approved.
 
The Committee came to this Resolution without a Division.
2Human Rights Bill [Lords] (Business Committee),--The Chairman of Ways and Means reported from the Business Committee, that it had come to a further Resolution in respect of the Human Rights Bill [Lords], which it had directed him to report to the House:
 
        That the allotted sittings at which under the Order [1st June] as amended [17th June] remaining proceedings in Committee of the whole House are to be completed shall be allotted in the manner shown in the Table set out below.

    Report to lie upon the Table.
3Registration of Political Parties Bill,--Mr Roger Gale reported from Standing Committee A, That it had gone through the Registration of Political Parties Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.
 
        Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 208].
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 851].
4Private Hire Vehicles (London) Bill,--Mr Roger Gale reported from Standing Committee D, That it had gone through the Private Hire Vehicles (London) Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.
 
        Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered on Friday 3rd July; and to be printed [Bill 210].
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 861].
5Finance (No. 2) Bill (except Clauses Nos. 1, 7, 10, 11, 25, 27, 30, 75, 119 and 147),--Mr John Butterfill reported from Standing Committee E, That it had gone through the Finance (No. 2) Bill (except Clauses Nos. 1, 7, 10, 11, 25, 27, 30, 75, 119 and 147), and made Amendments thereunto.
 
        Bill, as amended in Committee and in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 207].
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 862].
6First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,--Mr Barry Jones reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979 Statutory Sum Order 1998.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
7Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,--Mr Jimmy Hood reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Northern Ireland) Order 1998.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
8Temporary Classrooms,--Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to reduce the reliance on temporary classroom accommodation in local authority and grant maintained schools; to place a duty upon the Secretary of State to report to Parliament on the number of temporary classrooms in current use; to require the Secretary of State to lay before Parliament plans for the replacement of such accommodation, other than that necessary for normal fluctuation in pupil numbers, with permanent school buildings; and for connected purposes: And that Mr David Heath, Mr Bob Russell, Dr Peter Brand, Mr Terry Davies, Mr Andrew George, Mr Dafydd Wigley, Dr Ian Gibson, Mr Edward Davey, Mr Andrew Mackinley, Mr Martin Bell, Jackie Ballard and Steve Webb do prepare and bring it in.
9Temporary Classrooms Bill,--Mr David Heath accordingly presented a Bill to reduce the reliance on temporary classroom accommodation in local authority and grant maintained schools; to place a duty upon the Secretary of State to report to Parliament on the number of temporary classrooms in current use; to require the Secretary of State to lay before Parliament plans for the replacement of such accommodation, other than that necessary for normal fluctuation in pupil numbers, with permanent school buildings; and for connected 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 209].
10Crime and Disorder Bill [Lords] (Consideration and Third Reading) [2nd allotted day],--The House, according to Order, proceeded further to consider the Crime and Disorder Bill [Lords], as amended in the Standing Committee.
 
        Another Clause (Interaction with sentences of detention)--(Mr Alun Michael)--brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Football spectators: failure to comply with reporting duty)--(Mr Alun Michael) brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Drug treatment sentence)--(Mr Humfrey Malins)--brought up, and read the first time.
 
        Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:--Clause, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Amendment (No. 74) proposed to the Bill, in page 1, line 12, to leave out '10' and insert '16'--(Mr A. J. Beith.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:--Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Amendment (No. 13) made to the Bill.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 75) proposed to the Bill, in page 5, line 42, after the word 'area' to insert the words 'including the behaviour of those under the age of criminal responsibility'.--(Mr A. J. Beith.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:--Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Other Amendments (Nos. 159, 14 and 15) made to the Bill.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 83) proposed to the Bill, in page 19, line 20, after the word 'tenant' to insert the words ', being a person whom the tenant could reasonably be expected to control,'.--(Sir Robert Smith.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:--Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Other Amendments (Nos. 16, 17 and 160) made to the Bill.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 10) proposed to the Bill, in page 22, line 33, after the word 'race', to insert the word 'religion'.--(Mr James Clappison.)
 
        Question put, That the Amendment be made.
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Sir David Madel, Mrs Caroline Spelman: 146.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Clive Betts, Mr Jon Owen Jones: 268.
 
        Other Amendments (Nos. 102 and 103) made to the Bill.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 63) proposed to the Bill, in page 26, to leave out lines 16 to 20.--(Mr James Clappison.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:--Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Other Amendments (Nos. 18 and 19) made to the Bill
 
        Another Amendment (No. 64) proposed to the Bill, in page 43, to leave out lines 10 to 16.--(Mr John Greenway.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:--Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Other Amendments (Nos. 20, 47 to 50, 21, 22, 51, 23 to 25, 88 and 26 to 28) made to the Bill.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 149) proposed to the Bill, in page 65, line 44, to leave out from the beginning to the end of line 1 on page 66.--(Ms Roseanna Cunningham.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:--Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Other Amendments (Nos. 104 to 108) made to the Bill.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 72) proposed to the Bill, in page 81, line 7, to leave out from the beginning to the end of line 19 on page 82.--(Mr John Greenway.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:--Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Other Amendments (Nos. 161, 109 to 112, 29, 113, 1, 114 to 116, 162, 2, 3, 163 to 165, 30, 52 to 57, 31, 32, 89, 58, 59, 33, 4, 34 to 36, 60, 90 to 95, 38 to 41, 117, 96, 97, 118 to 120, 42 to 44, 122, 121, 123 to 142, 166, 45, 46, 143 to 146 and 5) made to the Bill.
 
        Title accordingly amended, as follows:
 
        An Act to make provision for preventing crime and disorder; to create certain racially-aggravated offences; to abolish the rebuttable presumption that a child is doli incapax and to make provision as to the effect of a child's failure to give evidence at his trial; to reduce the age at which certain sexual acts are lawful; to abolish the death penalty for treason and piracy; to make changes to the criminal justice system; to make further provision for dealing with offenders; to make further provision with respect to remands and committals for trial and the release and recall of prisoners; to amend Chapter I of Part II of the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997 and to repeal Chapter I of Part III of the Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Act 1997; to make amendments designed to facilitate, or otherwise desirable in connection with, the consolidation of certain enactments; and for connected purposes.
 
        A Motion was made and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read the third time;
 
        And it being six and a half hours after commencement of proceedings on the Bill, the Deputy Speaker, pursuant to Order [22nd June], put the Question already proposed from the Chair:--It was agreed to.
 
        The Bill was accordingly read the third time, and passed, with Amendments.
11Adjournment,--A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn.--(Jane Kennedy.)
 
        And the Motion having been made after Ten o'clock, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, it being then nineteen minutes to Eleven o'clock, till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 10.41 p.m.
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker        

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

APPENDIX I
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:
1Civil Aviation,--Draft Air Carrier Liability Order 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
2Pensions,--Occupational Pension Schemes (Modification of the Pension Schemes Act 1993) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1466) dated 16th June 1998 [by Act] [Secretary Harriet Harman].
3Transport,--Railways (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I. 1998, No. 1519), dated 22nd June 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
Other Papers:
4Defence,--List of exceptions to--
 
        (1) the Air Force Regulations,
 
        (2) the Army Regulations, and
 
        (3) the Navy Regulations
as to pensions for 1997-98 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Robertson].
5Duchy of Cornwall,--Financial Statements of the Duchy of Cornwall for 1997-98 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 803] [Dawn Primarolo].
6Prisons,--Report of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales for the period April 1996 to November 1997 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 763] [Mr Secretary Straw].
7Police and Criminal Evidence,--Account of the Police Complaints Authority for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 849] [Clerk of the House].
 
Papers withdrawn:
8Civil Aviation,--Draft Air Carrier Liability Order 1998 [laid 21st May].
APPENDIX II
Reports from Select Committees
1Deregulation,--Seventh Report from the Deregulation Committee, [The draft Deregulation (Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles) Order 1998]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 847] [Mr Ivan Lewis].
2Education and Employment,--Sixth Special Report from the Education and Employment Committee [Government Response to the Fifth Report from the Committee, on Disaffected Children]; to be printed [No. 859] [Ms Margaret Hodge].
3Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,--(1) Third Special Report from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [Government Response to the Fourth Report of the Committee, on Air Traffic Control]; to be printed [No. 843] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody]; and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment Sub-Committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee on 23rd June [DETR Annual Report 1998 and Expenditure Plans 1998-99]; to be printed [No. 844-i] [Mr Bill Olner].
4Foreign Affairs,--(1) Second Special Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee [Sierra Leone: Further Exchanges of Correspondence with the Foreign Secretary], to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings relating to the Report [No. 852];
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 23rd June [Public Expenditure Plans of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1998-99] [No. 745-iii];
 
        [Mr Donald Anderson].
5Home Affairs,--Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Afairs Committee on 23rd June [Electoral law and administration]; to be printed [No. 768-iv] [Mr Chris Mullin].
6International Development Committee,--Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee on 23rd June [Conflict Prevention and Post-Conflict Reconstruction]; to be printed [No. 787-iii] [Mr Bowen Wells].
7Procedure,--Minutes of Evidence taken before the Procedure Committee on 23rd June [Financial Procedure]; to be printed [No. 848-i] [Mr Nicholas Winterton].
8Public Administration,--Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration on 23rd June [The Government Information and Communication Service]; to be printed [No. 770-iii] [Mr Rhodri Morgan].
9Social Security,--Minutes of Evidence taken before the Social Security Committee on 23rd June [Tax and Benefits]; to be printed [No. 827-ii] [Mr Archy Kirkwood].
10Statutory Instruments,--Thirty-Eighth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 33-xxxviii] [Mr David Tredinnick].



 
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