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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 30th June 1998

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Future of Lyric Theatre in London (Eyre Review),--Resolved, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, That she will be graciously pleased to give directions that there will be laid before this House a Return of the Report of the inquiry of the future of lyric theatre in London by Sir Richard Eyre.--(Bridget Prentice.)
2Message from the Lords,--A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:
 
        The Lords have agreed to the Public Interest Disclosure Bill, without Amendment.
 
        The Lords have agreed to the Pesticides Bill, with an Amendment, to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.
3Fireworks Bill,--Lords Amendments to the Fireworks Bill to be considered on Friday and to be printed [Bill 216].
4Pesticides Bill,--Lords Amendment to the Pesticides Bill to be considered on Friday and to be printed [Bill 217].
5Unsolicited Facsimile Messages,--Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to prohibit the sending of facsimile messages offering for sale goods or services or seeking answers by questionnaire without prior permission of the recipient: And that Mr Christopher Fraser, Mr David Atkinson, Mrs Angela Browning, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr James Gray, Mr Dominic Grieve, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Dr Julian Lewis, Mr Owen Paterson, Mr David Ruffley, Mr Desmond Swayne and Mr Robert Walter do prepare and bring it in.
6Unsolicited Facsimile Messages Bill,--Mr Christopher Fraser accordingly presented a Bill to prohibit the sending of facsimile messages offering for sale goods or services or seeking answers by questionnaire without prior permission of the recipient: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday and to be printed [Bill 215].
7Ways and Means,--Stamp duty reserve tax (exchange of securities),--Resolved, That provision may be made in the Finance (No. 2) Bill for and in connection with restricting relief under sections 95(3) and 97(4) of the Finance Act 1986.--(Mr Robert Ainsworth.)
8Ways and Means,--Capital Allowances,--Resolved, That provision may be made in the Finance (No. 2) Bill--
 
        (a) amending section 22A of the Capital Allowances Act 1990; and
 
        (b) repealing section 76(3) of that Act.--(Mr Robert Ainsworth.)
9Finance (No. 2) Bill (Consideration),--The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Finance (No. 2) Bill, not amended in the Committee and as amended in the Standing Committee.
 
        A Clause (Depository receipts and clearance services: exchanges of shares)--(Mr Geoffrey Robinson)--brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (First-year allowances for investment in Northern Ireland)-- (Mr Geoffrey Robinson)--brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (First-year allowances: consequential amendments etc.)-- (Mr Geoffrey Robinson)--brought up, read the first and second time and added to the Bill.
 
        A Clause (Repayment of dividend tax credit to non-taxpayers)--(Mr Michael Fallon)--brought up, and read the first time.
 
        Question put, That the Clause be read a second time.
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Sir David Madel, Mr Stephen Day: 171.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Jamieson, Mr Jim Dowd: 284.
 
        Another Clause (Special regard to trading patterns of the retail industry)-- (Mr David Heathcoat-Amory)--brought up, and read the first time.
 
        Question put, That the Clause be read a second time.
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Sir David Madel, Mrs Caroline Spelman: 175.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Jim Dowd, Mr David Jamieson: 276.
 
        Another Clause (Definition of national debt)--(Mr David Heathcoat-Amory)--brought up, and read the first time.
 
        Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:--Clause, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Another Clause--(Stamp duty on transfers of land to dealers in or developers of land)--(Mr John Whittingdale)--brought up, and read the first time.
 
        Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:--Clause, by leave withdrawn.
 
        Another Clause (Amount of inheritance tax charged in heritage chattels which do not meet the amended higher threshold test)--(Mr Shaun Woodward)--brought up, and read the first time.
 
        Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:--Clause, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Another Clause (Tax credit compensation for charities with investments in mixed funds)--(Mr Michael Fallon)--brought up, and read the first time.
 
        Question put, That the Clause be read a second time.
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Sir David Madel, Mrs Caroline Spelman: 171.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Jane Kennedy, Mr Jon Owen Jones: 279.
 
        Another Clause (Capital allowances for sea going vessels)--(Mr John Burnett)--brought up, and read the first time.
 
        Question put, That the Clause be read a second time.
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Andrew Stunell, Mr Donald Gorrie: 37.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Jane Kennedy, Mr Jon Owen Jones: 272.
 
        Ordered, That further consideration of the Bill be now adjourned.--(Mr Robert Ainsworth.)
 
        Bill to be further considered to-morrow.
10Adjournment,--A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn.--(Mr Robert Ainsworth.)
 
        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 seven minutes to Twelve o'clock, till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 11.53 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:
1Roads and Bridges (Scotland),--Draft Security for Private Road Works (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
2Local Government,--Local Authorities (Goods and Services) (Public Bodies) (No. 4) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1574), dated 25th June 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
3National Health Service,--(1) Special Health Authorities (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1576), and
 
        (2) Special Health Authorities (Establishment and Constitution Orders) Amendment Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1577),
 
    dated 29th June 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dobson].
4Social Security,--Social Security Amendment (Personal Allowances for Children) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1541), dated 24th June 1998 [by Act] [Secretary Harriet Harman].
5Telecommunications,--Telecommunications (Open Network Provision) (Voice Telephony) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1580), dated 28th June 1998 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].
Other Papers:
6Financial Services,--Report and Accounts of the Financial Services Authority for 1997-98 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].
7Future of lyric theatre in London (Eyre Review),--Return to an Address to Her Majesty this day for a Return of the Report of an inquiry by Sir Richard Eyre CBE on the future of lyric theatre in London; to be printed [No. 858] [Mr Secretary Smith].
8Government Trading Funds,--Report and Accounts of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 883] [Clerk of the House].
9Trade Union and Labour Relations,--Reports of the Commissioner for the Rights of Trade Union Members and for Protection against Unlawful Industrial Action for 1997-98 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].
APPENDIX II
Reports from Select Committees
1Agriculture,--(1) Fourth Special Report from the Agriculture Committee [Government Observations on the Fourth Report from the Committee, on Food Safety]; to be printed [No. 889];
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 30th June [CAP reform: rural development]; to be printed [No. 890-i]; and
 
        (3) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Flood and coastal defence; CAP reform; rural development]
 
    [Mr Peter Luff].
2Deregulation,--Minutes of Evidence taken before the Deregulation Committee on 30th June [The Deregulation Order-Making Process]; to be printed [No. 709-ii] [Mr Peter L. Pike].
3Education and Employment,--Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Employment Committee on 30th June [DfEE's expenditure plans 1998-99]; to be printed [No. 897-i] [Ms Margaret Hodge].
4Environmental Audit,--(1) Second Report from the Environmental Audit Committee [The Greening Government Initiative], 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. 517]; and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 30th June [Climate Change]; to be printed [No. 899]
 
    [Mr John Horam].
5Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,--(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment Sub-Committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee on 30th June [DETR Annual Report 1998 and Expenditure Plans 1998-99]; to be printed [No. 844-ii]; and
 
        (2) Memoranda laid before the Environment Sub-Committee [Implentation of the Best Value Framework]; to be printed [No. 705-II]
 
    [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].
6Foreign Affairs,--Part of the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee on 30th June [The Public Expenditure Plans of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1998-99]; to be printed [No. 745-iv] [Mr Donald Anderson].
7Home Affairs,--Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee on 30th June [Confidentiality of Police Settlements of Civil Claims]; to be printed [No. 894-i] [Mr Chris Mullin].
8International Development,--Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee on 30th June [Conflict Prevention and Post-Conflict Reconstruction]; to be printed [No. 787-iv] [Mr Bowen Wells].
9Statutory Instruments,--Thirty-ninth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 33-xxxix] [Mr David Tredinnick].
10Trade and Industry,--Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee on 30th June [Industrial and Trade Relations with Central Europe]; to be printed [No. 893-i] [Mr Martin O'Neill].
11Welsh Affairs,--Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee on 30th June [Investment in Industry in Wales]; to be printed [No. 821-iii] [Mr Martyn Jones].


CORRIGENDUM
In the Votes and Proceedings for Wednesday 24th June 1998, item, 2, paragraph 2 should have read as follows:
 
        Report to lie upon the Table; and to be printed [No. 865-I].



 
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