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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 6th July 1998

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Message from the Lords,--A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:
 
        The Lords have agreed to the Registered Establishments (Scotland) Bill, without Amendment.
2Estimates [1st allotted day],--The House proceeded, pursuant to Resolution [1st July], to consider the estimates appointed for consideration under Standing Order No. 54 (Consideration of estimates).
 
        Estimates, 1998-99 (Class IX, Vote I),--A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed; that a further, revised sum not exceeding £6,019,940,000 be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to complete or defray the charges which will come in course of payment during the year ending on 31st March 1999 for expenditure by the Department for Education and Employment on voluntary and special schools; the Assisted Places Scheme; the provision of education for under-fives; city colleges and other specialist schools; grant-maintained schools and schools conducted by education associations; music and ballet schools; the school curriculum and its assessment; the youth service and other educational services and initiatives; careers guidance and services; payments for or in connection with teacher training; higher and further education provision and initiatives; loans to students, student awards and other student grants and their administration; the payment of access funds; reimbursement of fees for qualifying European Union students; compensation payments to teachers and staff of certain institutions; expenditure on other central government grants to local authorities; the provision of training and assessment programmes for young people and adults; initiatives to improve training and qualifications arrangements and access to these; the promotion of enterprise and the encouragement of self employment; payments for education, training and employment projects assisted by the European Community and refunds to the European Community; events associated with the UK presidency of the EU; the UK subscription to the ILO; help for unemployed people; the promotion of equal opportunities, disability rights, childcare provision and co-ordination of certain issues of particular importance to women; the payment of certain fees to the Home Office; the Department's own administration and research and that of Capita; the information and publicity services; expenditure via training and enterprise councils and amounts retained by them as surpluses and spent by them on training and other initiatives within their articles and memoranda of association; expenditure in connection with the sale of the student loans debt; and on expenditure in connection with Welfare to Work Programme and Millennium Volunteers--(Dr Kim Howells);
 
        The Debate was concluded, and the Question necessary to dispose of the proceedings was deferred, pursuant to paragraph (4) of Standing Order No. 54 (Consideration of estimates).
 
        Estimates, 1998-99 (Class XVII, Vote I),--A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That a further sum not exceeding £55,642,000 be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to complete or defray the charges which will come in course of payment during the year ending on 31st March 1999 for expenditure by the Office of the Minister for Public Service on the central management of, and delivery of services to, the civil service including the delivery of cross-departmental IT systems; expenditure resulting from the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster's chairmanship of the Ministerial Committee on Food and Safety; and certain other services--(Dr David Clarke);
 
        The Debate was concluded, and the Question necessary to dispose of the proceedings was deferred, pursuant to paragraph (4) of Standing Order No. 54 (Consideration of estimates).
 
        It being Ten o'clock, the Speaker, pursuant to paragraph (5) of Standing Order No. 54 (Consideration of estimates), put the deferred Questions on estimates.
 
Estimates 1998-99 (Class IX, Vote I)
 
        Resolved, That a further, revised sum not exceeding £6,019,940,000 be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to complete or defray the charges which will come in course of payment during the year ending on 31st March 1999 for expenditure by the Department for Education and Employment on voluntary and special schools; the Assisted Places Scheme; the provision of education for under-fives; city colleges and other specialist schools; grant-maintained schools and schools conducted by education associations; music and ballet schools; the school curriculum and its assessment; the youth service and other educational services and initiatives; careers guidance and services; payments for or in connection with teacher training; higher and further education provision and initiatives; loans to students, student awards and other student grants and their administration; the payment of access funds; reimbursement of fees for qualifying European Union students; compensation payments to teachers and staff of certain institutions; expenditure on other central government grants to local authorities; the provision of training and assessment programmes for young people and adults; initiatives to improve training and qualifications arrangements and access to these; the promotion of enterprise and the encouragement of self employment; payments for education, training and employment projects assisted by the European Community and refunds to the European Community; events associated with the UK presidency of the EU; the UK subscription to the ILO; help for unemployed people; the promotion of equal opportunities, disability rights, childcare provision and co-ordination of certain issues of particular importance to women; the payment of certain fees to the Home Office; the Department's own administration and research and that of Capita; the information and publicity services; expenditure via training and enterprise councils and amounts retained by them as surpluses and spent by them on training and other initiatives within their articles and memoranda of association; expenditure in connection with the sale of the student loans debt; and on expenditure in connection with Welfare to Work Programme and Millennium Volunteers.
 
Estimates 1998-99 (Class XVII, Vote I)
 
        Resolved, That a further sum not exceeding £55,642,000 be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to complete or defray the charges which will come in course of payment during the year ending on 31st March 1999 for expenditure by the Office of the Minister for Public Service on the central management of, and delivery of services to, the civil service including the delivery of cross-departmental IT systems; expenditure resulting from the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster's chairmanship of the Ministerial Committee on Food and Safety; and certain other services.
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 Education (Northern Ireland) Order 1998, which was laid before this House on 8th June, be approved--(Mr Clive Betts):--It was agreed to.
4Export and Investment Guarantees,--A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Export and Investment Guarantees (Limit on Foreign Currency Commitments) Order 1998, which was laid before this House on 11th June, be approved--(Mr Clive Betts):--It was agreed to.
5Northern Ireland,--A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 115 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (Delegated Legislation)), That the draft Appropriation (No. 2) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998, which was laid before this House on 16th June, be approved--(Mr Clive Betts):--It was agreed to.
6Public Petitions,--A Public Petition from residents of Arundel and South Downs against building new homes in the countryside and the green belt was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
7Public Petitions,--A Public Petition from residents of Hitchen and Harpenden against building new homes in the countryside and the green belt was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
8Adjournment,--Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.--(Mr Clive Betts.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-eight minutes to Eleven o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 10.32 p.m.
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker        

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

APPENDIX I
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
1Education,--North Bolton Sixth Form College and South College, Bolton (Dissolution) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1608), dated 1st July 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
2Road Traffic,--Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) (No. 5) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1563), dated 24th June 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
Other Papers:
3Air Force (Constitution),--Amendments to Queen's Regulations for the Royal Air Force [by Act] [Mr Secretary Robertson].
4Appropriation Accounts, 1997-98,--Appropriation Account of the sums granted by Parliament for 1997-98 for Class XVIII, B (National Audit Office) [by Act]; to be printed [No. 833] [Mr Robert Sheldon].
5Atomic Energy,--Account of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 919] [Clerk of the House].
6Child Support,--Paper, entitled Children First: a new approach to child support [by Command] [Cm. 3992] [Secretary Harriet Harman].
7Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission,--Account of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission for 1996-97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 918] [Clerk of the House].
8National Audit,--(1) Ninth Report of the Public Accounts Commission [by Act]; to be printed [No. 921] [Mr Robert Sheldon]; and
 
        (2) Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on BSE: The Cost of a Crisis [by Act]; to be printed [No. 853] [Clerk of the House].
9Public Petitions,--Observations by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions on the Petition [6th May] from employees of firms in the Furness Peninsula in favour of the High-Low Newton by-pass [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].
10Transport Series (No. 19, 1998),--Proposed Amendments to Articles 5, 10 and 18 of the Agreement on the International Carriage of Perishable Foodstuffs and on the Special Equipment to be used for such Carriage (ATP) 1970 [by Command] [Cm. 3998] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
Draft Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Oman), (Air Transport) (Hong Kong), and (Taxes on Income) (Kazakhstan) Orders 1998,--The Committee of Selection has discharged from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, Mr Terry Davis, Mr David Drew, Mr Derek Foster, Mr David Hinchliffe, Gillian Merron, Mr Greg Pope and Mr Barry Sheerman (nominated in respect of the draft Orders); and nominated in substitution Mr Robert Ainsworth, Mr Jim Cunningham, Judy Mallaber, Mr Rhodri Morgan, Mr Peter Temple-Morris, Mr David Taylor and Ms Rosie Winterton.



 
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