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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 27th October 1998

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Adoption (League Tables),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require local authorities to publish annual totals of numbers of children in care, numbers of children adopted and numbers of parents available to undertake adoptions; to require local authorities to provide the Secretary of State annually with a list of children in care, together with the length of time each child has been in care; and to require the Secretary of State to publish league tables of local authorities based on that information—(Mr Julian Brazier);
 
        And the Motion being opposed, after a brief explanatory statement from the Member who made the Motion and from a Member who opposed it, the Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Standing Order No. 23 (Motions for leave to bring in bills and nomination of select committees at commencement of public business):— It was agreed to.
 
        Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require local authorities to publish annual totals of numbers of children in care, numbers of children adopted and numbers of parents available to undertake adoptions; to require local authorites to provide the Secretary of State annually with a list of children in care, together with the length of time each child has been in care; and to require the Secretary of State to publish league tables of local authorities based on that information; and that Mr Julian Brazier, Mrs Llin Golding, Mr David Davis, Mr Bill Olner, Sir Sydney Chapman, Mr Malcolm Wicks, Mr Andrew Rowe, Mr Frank Field, Mr Laurence Robertson, Mr Elfyn Llwyd, Mr John Burnett and Mr Christopher Fraser do prepare and bring it in.
2Adoption (League Tables) Bill,—Mr Julian Brazier accordingly presented a Bill to require local authorities to publish annual totals of numbers of children in care, numbers of children adopted and numbers of parents available to undertake adoptions; to require local authorities to provide the Secretary of State annually with a list of children in care, together with the length of time each child has been in care; and to require the Secretary of State to publish league tables of local authorities based on that information: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 249].
3European Parliamentary Elections Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Lords Amendments to the European Parliamentary Elections Bill.
 
        Lords Amendment No. 1.
 
        A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That this House disagrees with the Lords in the said Amendment—(Mr Secretary Straw);
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Graham Allen, Mr David Jamieson: 338.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Sir David Madel, Mrs Caroline Spelman: 131.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        The Lords Amendment was accordingly disagreed to.
 
        Lords Amendments Nos. 2 to 4 were disagreed to.
 
        Ordered, That a Committee be appointed to draw up a Reason to be assigned to the Lords for disagreeing to their Amendments Nos. 1 to 4;
 
        Ordered, That Mr James Clappison, Mr Mike Hall, Mr George Howarth, Mr Paddy Tipping and Mr Nigel Waterson be members of the Committee;
 
        Ordered, That Mr George Howarth be the Chairman of the Committee;
 
        Ordered, That three be the Quorum of the Committee;
 
        Ordered, That the Committee do withdraw immediately.—(Mr Mike Hall.)
4Terms and Conditions of Employment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Working Time Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1833), dated 30th July 1998, a copy of which was laid before this House on 30th July, be annulled—(Mr John Redwood.);
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Sir David Madel, Mrs Caroline Spelman: 129.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Greg Pope, Mr Keith Hill: 358.
 
        So the Question was negatived.
5European Parliamentary Elections Bill,—Mr George Howarth reported from the Committee appointed to draw up a Reason to be assigned to the Lords for disagreeing to their Amendments Nos. 1 to 4 to the European Parliamentary Elections Bill, That it had drawn up the following Reason, which it had directed him to report to the House:
 
        The Commons disagree to Amendments Nos. 1 to 4 made by the Lords in page 2, line 1; in page 2, line 2; in page 2, line 15; and in page 2, line 18, for the following Reason:
 
        Because they would result in a voting system which is undesirable.
 
        The Reason was agreed to.
 
        Message to the Lords to communicate the said Reason, with the Bill and Amendments.
6Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Kevin Hughes).
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-eight minutes past Nine o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 9.28 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:
1Education,—Education (National Curriculum) (Attainment Targets and Programmes of Study in Welsh) (Amendment) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2576) dated 15th October 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Davies].
2Insurance,—Employers' Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2573), dated 13th October 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
3Mental Health,—Mental Health (Hospital, Guardianship and Consent to Treatment) Amendment Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2624), dated 26th October 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dobson].
4Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors,—Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors (Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2623), dated 26th October 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dobson].
Other Papers:
5Audit (Northern Ireland),—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland on the Industrial Development Board for Northern Ireland: Inward Investment [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [No. 1096] [Secretary Marjorie Mowlam].
6Health and Safety,—Report and Accounts of the Health and Safety Commission, and Accounts of the Health and Safety Executive, for 1997-98, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
7Pensions,—Accounts of the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 1120] [Clerk of the House].
8Royal Fine Art Commission,—Report of the Royal Fine Art Commission for 1997 [by Command] [Cm. 4042] [Mr Secretary Straw].
9Science and Technology,—(1) Accounts of the:
 
          (i) Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, and
 
          (ii) Research Councils' Pension Scheme
 
    for 1997-98, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 1124 and 1119] [Clerk of the House]; and
 
        (2) Report of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council for 1997-98 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Mandelson].
APPENDIX II
Reports from Select Committees
1Agriculture,—(1) Fifth Special Report from the Agriculture Committee [Replies by the Government and the Environment Agency to the Sixth Report from the Agriculture Committee, on Flood and Coastal Defence]; to be printed [No. 1117];
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 27th October [MAFF/Intervention Board Departmental Report 1998 and the Comprehensive Spending Review]; to be printed [No. 721-ii]; and
 
        (3) Memoranda laid before the Committee [MAFF/Intervention Board Departmental Report 1998 and the Comprehensive Spending Review; sea fishing: current issues]
 
    [Mr Peter Luff].
2Education and Employment,—(1) Ninth Report from the Education and Employment Committee [The role of headteachers], 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. 725];
 
        (2) Seventh Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Seventh Report from the Committee, on Pathways into work for lone parents]; to be printed [No. 1122];
 
        (3) Eighth Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Eighth Report from the Committee, on the New Deal Pathfinders]; to be printed [No. 1123]; and
 
        (4) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 27th October [Access for All?]; to be printed [No. 1060-ii]
 
    [Mr Derek Foster].
3Home Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee on 27th October [Police Training and Recruitment]; to be printed [No. 1121-i] [Mr Chris Mullin].
4Public Administration,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration on 27th October [The Accountability of Public Bodies]; to be printed [No. 1118] [Mr Rhodri Morgan].
5Statutory Instruments,—Forty-fifth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 33-xlv] [Mr David Tredinnick].
6Trade and Industry,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee on 27th October [Vehicle Pricing]; to be printed [No. 1125-i] [Mr Martin O'Neill].
7Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee of the Treasury Committee on 27th October [Office for National Statistics]; to be printed [No. 976-ii] [Mr Giles Radice].



 
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