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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 20th October 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 European Parliamentary Elections Bill, with Amendments; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.
 
        The Lords have agreed to the Amendments made by this House to the Competition Bill [Lords], without Amendment.
 
        City of Westminster Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill, intituled, An Act to make further provision for the control of street trading in the City of Westminster; and for related purposes; to which they desire the concurrence of this House.
2European Parliamentary Elections Bill,—Lords Amendments to the European Parliamentary Elections Bill to be considered to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 246].
3City of Westminster Bill [Lords],—The City of Westminster Bill [Lords] was read the first time.
 
        Bill referred to the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills.
4Countryside Protection (Landfill and Opencast Mining),—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for a presumption against landfill sites and opencast mines in open countryside; and for related purposes: And that David Taylor, Mr Joe Ashton, Mr Tony Benn, Mrs Liz Blackman, Mr Peter Bradley, Mr Phil Hope, Lynne Jones, Judy Mallaber, Dr Nick Palmer, Mr Alan Simpson, Mr Dennis Skinner and Mr Mark Todd do prepare and bring in it.
5Countryside Protection (Landfill and Opencast Mining) Bill,—David Taylor accordingly presented a Bill to make provision for a presumption against landfill sites and opencast mines in open countryside; and for related purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 13th November and to be printed [Bill 245].
6Government's Strategic Defence Review,—The Order of the day being read, for resuming the adjourned Debate on the Amendment to the Question proposed yesterday, That this House approves the conclusions of the Government's Strategic Defence Review (Cm 3999);
 
        Which Amendment was, in line 2, to leave out from the word 'House' to the end of the Question and add the words 'welcomes those aspects of the Strategic Defence Review which build on Conservative policy and which take forward jointery and rapid reaction capability; but deplores the proposed cuts in money, men, ships and planes; notes that, far from being foreign policy led, there are no clear foreign policy objectives, that defence spending between 1996-97 and 2001-02 will fall by £2,166 million in real terms with inevitable consequences for capability, that the Territorial Army is to be cut by almost one third, that the RAF is to have fewer planes and the Royal Navy fewer submarines and surface ships; seriously doubts that the planned replacements for aircraft carriers will ever be built by a Labour Government; believes that the problems of over-stretch and morale have not been adequately addressed; and deplores the fact the armed forces will be asked to do more in a dangerous world with fewer men and less equipment', instead thereof;
 
        And the Question being again proposed, That the Amendment be made:—The House resumed the adjourned Debate.
 
        And the Question being put;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Sir David Madel, Mrs Caroline Spelman: 134.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Jim Dowd, Mrs Anne McGuire: 366.
 
        So the Question was negatived.
 
        And the Main Question being put:—It was agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That this House approves the conclusions of the Government's Strategic Defence Review (Cm. 3999).
7Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from midwives and others for midwives to be paid in accordance with NHS guidance was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
8Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr David Hanson.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till fourteen minutes to Eleven o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 10.46 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:
1Food,—Spreadable Fats (Marketing Standards) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1988, No. 2538), dated 13th October 1998 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].
Other Papers:
2Broadcasting,—Account of the Radio Authority Additional Payments by Radio Programme Licensees for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1095] [Clerk of the House].
3Criminal Justice,—Account of the Parole Board for England and Wales for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1091] [Clerk of the House].
4Erskine Bridge Tolls,—Accounts of the Scottish Office Development Department: Erskine Bridge for 1996-97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1094] [Clerk of the House].
5Law Reform (Scotland),—Report and Accounts of the Scottish Conveyancing and Executry Services Board for 1997-98 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1084] [Mr Secretary Dewar].
6Museums and Galleries,—(1) Account of the British Museum for 1997-98 and Report of the Trustees for 1996-97 and 1997-98, and
 
        (2) Account of the National Maritime Museum for 1997-98,
 
    with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 1092 and 1103] [Clerk of the House].
7Public Petitions,—Observations by the Secretary for the Environment, Transport and the Regions on the Petition [21st July] from residents of Hastings and Rye for an improved transport infrastructure in their area [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].
8Representation of the People,—European Parliamentary Elections (Day of By-election) (North East Scotland Constituency) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2522), dated 13th October 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].
9Science and Technology,—Accounts of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1102] [Clerk of the House].
10Treasury Executive Agencies,—Report and Accounts of the Paymaster Agency for 1996-97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1002] [Mr Geoffrey Robinson].
11Trade Union and Labour Relations,—Accounts of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service and of the Certification Officer and the Central Arbitration Committee for 1996-97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1093] [Clerk of the House].
APPENDIX II
Reports from Select Committees
1Culture, Media and Sport,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee on 20th October [The Report and Accounts of the BBC for 1997-98]; to be printed [No. 1090-i] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].
2Education and Employment,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Employment Committee on 20th October [Opportunites for Disabled People]; to be printed [No. 1104-i] [Mr Derek Foster].
3Home Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee on 20th October [The Work of the Home Office]; to be printed [No. 1097-i] [Mr Chris Mullin].
4International Development,—(1) Fifth Special Report from the International Development Committee [Government Response to the Sixth Report from the Committee, on Montserrat—Further Developments]; to be printed [No. 1098];
 
        (2) Sixth Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Seventh Report from the Committee, on Sudan]; to be printed [No. 1099];
 
        (3) Seventh Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Eighth Report from the Committee, on The Future of the Commonwealth Development Corporation]; to be printed [No. 1100]; and
 
        (4) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on Tuesday 20th October [Conflict Prevention and Post-Conflict Reconstruction]; to be printed [No. 787-vii]
 
    [Mr Bowen Wells].
5Statutory Instruments,—Forty-Fourth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 33-xliv] [Mr David Tredinnick].
6Welsh Affairs,—Third Special Report from the Welsh Affairs Committee [Government Response to the Third Report from the Committee, on the Welsh Office Departmental Report 1998]; to be printed [No. 1101] [Mr Martyn Jones].


CORRIGENDUM
The following should have appeared in the Votes and Proceedings for Monday 19th October:
APPENDIX II
Reports from Select Committees
1Education and Employment,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Committee on 16th September [The Role of Headteachers]; to be printed [No. 725-x] [ordered to be printed in the adjournment pursuant to S.O. No. 137 (Select Committees (adjournment of the House))] [Clerk of the House].
2Home Affairs,—Fourth Report from the Home Affairs Committee [Electoral Law and Administration], 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. 768] [ordered to be printed in the adjournment pursuant to S.O. No. 137 (Select committees (adjournment of the House)) [Clerk of the House].
3Social Security,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Social Security Committee on 16th September [Pension Sharing on Divorce]; to be printed [No. 869-vii and -viii] [ordered to be printed in the adjourment pursuant to S.O. No. 137 (Select committees (adjournment of the House))] [Clerk of the House].



 
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