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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 30th July 1998

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Income Tax,—The Vice Chamberlain of the Household reported to the House, That its Addresses of 13th July relating to Income Tax had been presented to Her Majesty; and Her Majesty had been pleased to receive the same very graciously and give the following Answer:
 
        I have received your Addresses praying that the Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Oman) Order 1998; the Double Taxation Relief (Air Transport) (Hong Kong) Order 1998; and the Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Kazakhstan) Order 1998 be made in the form of the drafts laid before your House.
 
        I will comply with your request.
2Bodmin Moor Commons Bill [Lords],—Ordered, That the Bodmin Moor Commons Bill [Lords], as amended by the Chairman of Ways and Means, be considered on Thursday 22nd October.
3Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) Bill [Lords],—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) Bill [Lords];
 
        Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Thursday 22nd October.
4Pensions (Amendment) Bill [Lords],—The Pensions (Amendment) Bill [Lords] was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 6th November and to be printed [Bill 243].
5Northern Ireland Bill (Consideration and Third Reading) [1st allotted day],—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Northern Ireland Bill, as amended in the Committee.
 
        A Clause (Social security, child support and pensions: consultation and co-ordination)—(Mr Paul Murphy)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Social security, child support and pensions: the Joint Authority)—(Mr Paul Murphy)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        A Clause (Examinations by the Comptroller and Auditor General)—(Mr David Davis)—brought up, and read the first time.
 
        Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:—Clause, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Amendment (No. 10) proposed, in page 2, line 5, at the end, to insert the words—
 
        ' "the Government of Ireland" means the Government of the Republic of Ireland, as defined in section 1 of the Ireland Act 1949.'.—(Mr William Thompson.)
 
        Question put, That the Amendment be made.
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, The Reverend Martin Smyth, Mr Roy Beggs: 10.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Clelland, Mr Keith Hill: 257.
 
        Amendments (Nos. 11 to 26) made to the Bill.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 27) proposed to the Bill, in page 11, line 29, at the end, to insert the word 'or'.—(Mr Paul Murphy.)
 
        Question put, That the Amendment be made.
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Clive Betts, Mr David Hanson: 225.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr William Ross, Mr Peter Robinson: 21.
 
        Other Amendments (Nos. 28 to 49) made to the Bill.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 4) proposed to the Bill, in page 31, line 41, at the end, to insert the words—
 
        '(3) No executive function shall be discharged under this section, by a Minister or Ministers, without the prior approval of the Assembly voting on a cross-community basis in accordance with section 4(5).'.—(Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Other Amendments (Nos. 50 to 69) made to the Bill.
 
        Ordered, That the Bill be read the third time to-morrow.
6Local Government Finance (Scotland),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation) That the Special Grant Report (Scotland): Grant in aid of expenditure on rural public passenger transport for 1998-99 (House of Commons Paper No. 941), which was laid before this House on 9th July, be approved—(Mr Clive Betts):—It was agreed to.
7Highlands and Islands Shipping Services,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft undertaking by the Secretary of State for Scotland with the consent of Her Majesty's Treasury and P & O Scottish Ferries Limited and the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company for the provision of passenger ferry services to Orkney and Shetland, which was laid before this House on 16th July, be approved—(Mr Clive Betts):—It was agreed to.
8Public Petitions,—Public Petitions from—
 
        (1) the Leeds Jewish High School Trust and others for the establishment of a Jewish High School in Leeds;
 
        (2) residents of Spelthorne constituency against the building of a Women's Prison at Woodthorpe Road in Ashford; and
 
        (3) Christopher Leonard Brown and others for the safeguarding of Ladydale II and Ashenhurst Way from development plans
 
    were presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table, and to be printed.
9Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Clive Betts.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till nine minutes to Ten o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 9.51 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 Negative Resolution:
1Broadcasting,—Foreign Satellite Service Proscription Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1865), dated 30th July 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].
2Housing,—Houses in Multiple Occupation (Fees for Registration Schemes) (Amendment) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1813), dated 23rd July 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
3Local Government,—(1) Local Authorities (Direct Labour Organisations) (Competition) (Insolvency) (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 537), dated 23rd July 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Davies];
 
        (2) Local Government Act 1988 (Defined Activities) (Exemption) (Insolvency) (England and Wales) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1806), dated 22nd July 1998, and
 
        (3) Local Government (Direct Labour Organisations) (Competition) (Insolvency) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1805), dated 22nd July 1998
 
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott]
4Prisons,—Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 (Sentence Review Commissioners) Rules 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1859), dated 30th July 1998 [by Act] [Secretary Marjorie Mowlam].
5Road Traffic,—Motor Cycles (Protective Helmets) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1807), dated 22nd July 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
6Social Security,—Social Security (Guardian's Allowances) Amendment Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1811), dated 22nd July 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].
7Sports Grounds and Sporting Events,—Safety of Sports Grounds (Designation) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1845) dated 29th July 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].
8Terms and Conditions of Employment,—Working Time Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1833), dated 30th July 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Mandelson].
9Water Supply (Scotland),—Private Water Supplies (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1856), dated 27th July 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].
Other Papers:
10Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Executive Agencies,—Report and Accounts of the Veterinary Laboratories Agency for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 961] [Mr Nicholas Brown].
11Building Societies,—Report of the Building Societies Commission for 1997-98 [by Act] [Ms Patricia Hewitt].
12Cabinet Office Executive Agencies,—Reports and Accounts of the
 
        (1) Civil Service College, and
 
        (2) Government Car and Despatch Agency
 
    for 1997-98, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 1043 and 1011] [Dr John Cunningham].
13Defence Executive Agencies,—Report and Accounts of the Service Children's Education Agency for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 907] [Mr Secretary Robertson].
14Development of Tourism,—Statement of re-appointment of a member of the British Tourist Authority [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].
15Education,—Accounts of the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1080] [Clerk of the House].
16Employment Protection,—Report of the Central Arbitration Committee for 1997-98 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Mandelson].
17Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—Government Response to the Second Report from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee, Session 1997-98, on Sewage Treatment and Disposal [by Command] [Cm. 4023] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
18Environment, Transport and the Regions Executive Agencies,—Report and Accounts of the Vehicle Certification Agency for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 920] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
19Export Credits Guarantee Department,—Return, made under section 7 of the Export and Investments Guarantees Act 1991, of Commitments and Statutory Limits as at 31st March 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Mandelson].
20Friendly Societies,—Account of the Friendly Societies Commission for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1082] [Clerk of the House].
21Government Report,—Paper, entitled the Government's Annual Report 1997-98 [by Command] [Cm. 3969] [The Prime Minister].
22Home Office Executive Agencies,—Report and Accounts of HM Prison Service for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 998] [Mr Secretary Straw].
23House of Commons Commission,—(1)Accounts of the House of Commons Refreshment Department for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon, and
 
        (2) Report of the House of Commons Commission for 1997-98
 
    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 1051 and 1052] [The Speaker].
24Industrial Development,—Report by the Secretaries of State for Trade and Industry, Scotland and Wales under the Industrial Development Act 1982 for 1997-98 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1069] [Mr Secretary Mandelson].
25Italy (No. 1, 1998),—Agreement, done at London on 5th May 1998, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Italian Republic concerning the Co-Production of Films, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 4029] [Mr Secretary Cook].
26Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development,—Report and Financial Statements of English Partnerships for 1997-98 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
27Local Government,—Paper, entitled Modern Local Government: In Touch with the People [by Command] [Cm. 4014] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
28Miscellaneous Financial Provisions,—Report and Accounts of the West of England Development Agency for 1997-98 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Mandelson].
29Museums and Galleries,—Account of the National Portrait Gallery for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1081] [Clerk of the House].
30Northern Ireland Executive Agencies,—Report and Accounts of the Rate Collection Agency for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1067] [Secretary Marjorie Mowlam].
31Pensions,—Accounts of the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund for 1996-97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 927] [Clerk of the House].
32Prisons,—Prison statistics for England and Wales for 1997 [by Command] [Cm. 4017] [Mr Secretary Straw].
33Public Libraries and Museums,—Report by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on Library and Information Matters during 1997 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1010] [Mr Secretary Smith].
34Scottish Office,—Departmental Minute concerning a contingent liability consequent upon a commercial partnership between the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) and the Taiwanese Company Yung Shin Pharmaceuticals [by Command] [Mr Secretary Dewar].
35Scottish Office Executive Agencies,—Reports and Accounts of the—
 
        (1) Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency, and
 
        (2) Student Awards Agency for Scotland
 
    for 1997-98, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 860 and 928] [Mr Secretary Dewar].
36Superannuation,—(1) Civil Service Compensation Scheme (Amendment) Scheme 1998 (No. 2), and
 
        (2) Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme (Amendment) Scheme 1998 (No. 2)
 
    [by Act] [Dr John Cunningham].
37Treasury Executive Agencies,—Reports and Accounts of—
 
        (1) the Office for National Statistics for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1019] [Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer]; and
 
        (2) National Savings for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1023] [Ms Patricia Hewitt].
38Welsh Office Executive Agencies,—Report and Accounts of Cadw Welsh Historic Monuments for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1044] [Mr Secretary Davies].
APPENDIX II
Reports from Select Committees
1Agriculture,—(1) Sixth Report from the Agriculture Committee [Flood and Coastal Defence], 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. 707]; and
 
        (2) Seventh Report from the Committee [Vitamin B6: The Government's Decision], together with an Appendix [Government Observations on the Fifth Report from the Committee, on Vitamin B6]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 1083]
 
    [Mr Peter Luff].
2Culture, Media and Sport,—(1) Seventh Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [The Eyre Review and the Royal Opera House]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 994]; and
 
        (2) Fourth Special Report from the Committee [Objectives and Performance of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Government Response to the Fifth Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee]; to be printed [No. 1079]
 
    [Mr Gerald Kaufman].
3Education and Employment,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Employment Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Committee on 30th July [Part-time Working]; to be printed [No. 610-viii] [Mr Derek Foster].
4Foreign Affairs,—(1) Third Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee [Hong Kong], 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. 710];
 
        (2) Fourth Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee [Entry Clearance Operations, with particular reference to Islamabad and New Delhi], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Entry Clearance Sub-Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 515]; and
 
        (3) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Hong Kong and Entry Clearance Operations]
 
    [Mr Donald Anderson].
5International Development,—Eighth Report from the International Development Committee [The Future of the Commonwealth Development Corporation], 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. 936] [Mr Bowen Wells].


CORRIGENDUM
In the Votes and Proceedings for Wednesday 29th July, Appendix III should have contained the following entry:
Environmental Audit,—Fourth Report from the Environmental Audit Committee [Climate Change: UK Emission Reduction Targets and Audit Arrangements], together with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 899] [Mr John Horam].



 
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