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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 30th November 1998

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Private Bills [Lords] (Suspension),—The Speaker laid upon the Table a certificate by one of the Clerks in the Private Bill Office that, in respect of the following Bill brought from the House of Lords, and upon which the proceedings were suspended in this House, the Agents have deposited in the Private Bill Office a declaration signed by them, stating that the Bill is the same, in every respect, as the Bill which was brought from the House of Lords in the last Session, viz.:
 
        Alliance and Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) Bill [Lords].
2Private Bills [Lords],—The Standing Orders of 11th November, relating to the Alliance and Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) Bill [Lords], being read;
 
        The Alliance and Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) Bill [Lords] was read the first time and ordered to be read a second time.
3Local Government Bill,—Mr Secretary Prescott, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Michael, Mr Stephen Byers, Hilary Armstrong, Mr Nick Raynsford and Mr Jon Owen Jones, presented a Bill to make provision imposing on local and certain other authorities requirements relating to economy, efficiency and effectiveness; and to make provision for the regulation of council tax and precepts: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 5].
 
        Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Local Government Bill be printed [Bill 5—EN].
4Queen's Speech (Motion for an Address),—The Order of the day being read, for resuming the adjourned Debate on the Question proposed on 24th November, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, as follows:
 
        Most Gracious Sovereign,
 
        We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, in Parliament assembled, beg leave to offer our humble thanks to Your Majesty for the Gracious Speech which Your Majesty has addressed to both Houses of Parliament;
 
        And the Question being again proposed:—The House resumed the adjourned Debate.
 
        An Amendment was proposed to the Question, at the end, to add the words 'but humbly regret that the Gracious Speech makes no mention of the Government's determination to remove the right of electors to vote for the candidate of their choice in European Parliamentary Elections; deplore both the Government's plans to turn the House of Lords into an enormous quango and also its intention to legislate prior to the conclusions of its own Royal Commission; and further urge the Government to accept the recommendations of the Neill Committee to introduce new rules for the fair conduct of referendums'.—(Sir Norman Fowler.)
 
        And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John M. Taylor, Mr Tim Collins: 133.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Hanson, Mr Clive Betts: 350.
 
        So the Question was negatived.
 
        And it being after Ten o'clock, the Debate stood adjourned.
 
        Ordered, That the Debate be resumed to-morrow.
5Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee,—Ordered, That Mr Eric Pickles be discharged from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee and Mrs Teresa Gorman be added to the Committee.—(Charlotte Atkins, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)
6Science and Technology Committee,—Ordered, That Mr David Atkinson be discharged from the Science and Technology Committee and Mr Ian Taylor be added to the Committee.—(Charlotte Atkins, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)
7Treasury Committee,—Ordered, That Mr Nick Gibb be discharged from the Treasury Committee and Mr David Ruffley be added to the Committee.—(Charlotte Atkins, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)
8Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Greg Pope.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty minutes to Eleven o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 10.40 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 Affirmative Resolution:
1Deregulation,—Draft Deregulation (Pipe-lines) Order 1999, together with a statement from the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry [by Act] [Mr Secretary Mandelson].
2Northern Ireland,—Draft Fair Employment and Treatment (Northern Ireland) Order 1998 [by Act] [Secretary Marjorie Mowlam].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
3Registration of Political Parties,—Registration of Political Parties (Access to the Register) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2875), dated 21st November 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].
4Tribunals and Inquiries,—Fees for Inquiries (Standard Daily Amount) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2864), dated 16th November 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
Other Papers:
5Defence,—Ministry of Defence Performance Report for 1997-98 [by Command] [Cm. 4170] [Mr Secretary Robertson].
6Police (Northern Ireland),—Statement of Accounts of the Police Authority for Northern Ireland, including Accounts of the Royal Ulster Constabulary Fund and the Police Property Fund, for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 16] [Secretary Marjorie Mowlam].
7Public Petitions,—Observations by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions on the Petition [28th October] from the Wyre Forest Committee against cuts for a re-examination of the provision for social services in Worcestershire [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].
8Science and Technology,—Report and Accounts of the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Mr Secretary Mandelson].
9Social Services,—Paper, entitled Modernising Social Services: promoting independence, improving protection, raising standards [by Command] [Cm. 4169] [Mr Secretary Dobson].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
1Draft Broadcasting (Restrictions on the Holding of Licences) (Amendment) Order 1998,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Ann Clwyd from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Charlotte Atkins.
2Draft Functions of Traffic Wardens (Scotland) Order 1998,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mrs Marion Roe from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Robert Jackson.
3Draft Forensic Science Service Trading Fund Order 1998,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Roger Gale from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr William Cash.
4Draft Rates (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr John Butterfill from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Jonathan Sayeed.
APPENDIX III
Select Committees
1Public Accounts,—Part of the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [BSE: The Cost of a Crisis]; to be printed [No. 49-i] [Mr David Davis].
2Welsh Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee [Broadcasting in Wales and the National Assembly]; to be printed [No. 48-i] [Mr Martyn Jones].



 
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