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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 7th December 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 propose, pursuant to their Message of 3rd December, that the Joint Committee on Parliamentary Privilege meet to-morrow at Ten o'clock in Committee Room 4.
2Parliamentary Privilege,—Ordered, That the Lords Message this day relating to the Joint Committee on Parliamentary Privilege be now considered.
 
        Lords Message considered accordingly.
 
        Ordered, That the Committee appointed by this House meet the Lords Committee as proposed by their Lordships.
 
        Message to the Lords to acquaint them therewith.
3Water Industry Bill,—The Water Industry Bill was, according to Order, read a second time and stood committed to a Standing Committee.
4Water Industry Bill [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Water Industry Bill [Money];
 
        A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 52 (Money resolutions and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills), That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Water Industry Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any increase attributable to the Act in the sums so payable under any other Act—(Mr Graham Allen):—It was agreed to.
5Government Trading Funds,—A Motion was made, and the Question being forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Forensic Science Service Trading Fund Order 1998, which was laid before this House on 5th November, in the last Session of Parliament, be approved—(Mr Graham Allen):—It was agreed to.
6Police,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Functions of Traffic Wardens (Scotland) Order 1998, which was laid before this House on 5th November, in the last Session of Parliament, be approved—(Mr Graham Allen):—It was agreed to.
7Income Tax,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Ireland) Order 1998 be made in the form of the draft laid before this House on 9th November, in the last Session of Parliament—(Mr Graham Allen):—It was agreed to.
 
        Address to be presented to Her Majesty by such Members of this House as are of Her Majesty's most honourable Privy Council or of Her Majesty's Household.
8Broadcasting,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Broadcasting (Restrictions on the Holding of Licences) (Amendment) Order 1998, which was laid before this House on 11th November, in the last Session of Parliament, be approved—(Mr Graham Allen):—It was agreed to.
9Northern 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 Rates (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998, which was laid before this House on 12th November, in the last Session of Parliament, be approved—(Mr Graham Allen):—It was agreed to.
10Value Added Tax,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Value Added Tax (Input Tax) (Amendment) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2767), dated 12th November 1998, a copy of which was laid before this House on 12th November, in the last Session of Parliament, be approved—(Mr Graham Allen):—It was agreed to.
11Northern Ireland Grand Committee,—Resolved, That—
 
        i. the matter of the Comprehensive Spending Review in Northern Ireland, being a matter relating exclusively to Northern Ireland, be referred to the Northern Ireland Grand Committee for its consideration; and
 
        ii. at the sitting on Thursday 10th December:
 
          (a) the Committee shall consider the matter referred to it in paragraph (i) above; and
 
          (b) a Motion for the adjournment of the Committee may be made by a Minister of the Crown pursuant to Standing Order No. 116(5).—(Mr Graham Allen.)
12Accommodation and Works,—Ordered, That Janet Anderson and Mr George Mudie be discharged from the Accommodation and Works Committee and Mr Keith Bradley and Mr David Jamieson be added to the Committee.—(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)
13Catering,—Ordered, That Jackie Ballard be discharged from the Catering Committee and Mr Paul Keetch be added to the Committee.—(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)
14Education and Employment,—Ordered, That Mrs Theresa May be discharged from the Education and Employment Committee and Mr John Hayes be added to the Committee.—(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)
15Public Petitions,—Public Petitions from
 
        (1) citizens of Slough against cuts in the community health services in Berkshire; and
 
        (2) residents of the Vale of York constituency for research into the health effects of emissions from overhead power lines
 
    were presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
16Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Keith Hill.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-six minutes past Ten o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 10.26 p.m.
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker        

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

APPENDIX I
Papers delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on Friday 4th December 1998 (Non-sitting Friday, S.O. No. 12) pursuant to Standing Order No. 158 (Presentation of command papers):
1Treasury,—Treasury Minute, dated 4th December 1998, concerning government indemnity to cover the personal civil liability of board members of non-departmental public bodies [Dawn Primarolo].
Papers delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on Friday 4th December 1998 (Non-sitting Friday, S.O. No. 12) pursuant to Standing Order No. 159 (Presentation of statutory instruments):
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
2Hallmark,—(1) Hallmarking (Hallmarking Act Amendment) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2979), and
 
          (2) Hallmarking (Hallmarking Act Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2978)
 
       dated 3rd December 1998 [Mr Secretary Mandelson].
3Weights and Measures,—Non-automatic Weighing Instruments (EEC Requirements) (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2994), dated 3rd December 1998 [Mr Secretary Mandelson].
Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 7th December 1998:
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
4Pensions,—Superannuation (Admission to Schedule 1 to the Superannuation Act 1972) (No. 3) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 3030), dated 7th December 1998 [by Act] [Dr John Cunningham].
5Rating and Valuation,—(1) Non-Domestic Rating Contributions (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2962), and
 
          (2) Non-Domestic Rating (Rural Settlements) (Wales) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2963)
 
    dated 25th November 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Michael].
Other Papers:
6Development of Tourism,—Statement of appointment and salary of a new member of the Scottish Tourist Board [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].
7Home Affairs,—Government Response to the Third Report from the Home Affairs Committee, Session 1997-98, on Alternatives to Prison Sentences [by Command] [Cm. 4174] [Mr Secretary Straw].
8Local Government,—Report and Accounts of the Local Government Residuary Body (England) for 1997-98 [by Statutory Instrument] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
9Museums and Galleries,—Accounts of the National Library of Wales for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 75] [Clerk of the House].
10National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Modifying Defence Equipment [by Act]; to be printed [No. 24] [Clerk of the House].
11Police and Criminal Evidence,—Draft Code of Practice for the exercise by police officers of statutory powers of stop and search [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].
12Sports Councils,—Report and Summary Accounts of the Scottish Sports Council for 1997-98 [by Command] [Mr Secretary Dewar].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
Draft Police Act 1997 (Notification of Authorities etc.) Order 1998 and draft Police Act 1997 (Authorisation of Action in Respect of Property) (Code of Practice) Order 1998,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Mike Hall, Mr Jim Marshall and Ms Claire Ward from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Christine Butler, Mr Keith Hill and Siobhain McDonagh.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Information,—First Report from the Information Committee [The Supply of Members' Information Technology, Equipment, Software and Associated Services], 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. 76] [Mr Richard Allan].
2Public Accounts,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [Special Compliance Office: Prevention of Corruption]; to be printed [No. 77-i] [Mr David Davis].
3Science and Technology,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Science and Technology Committee [Engineering and Physical Sciences Based Innovation]; to be printed [No. 17-iii] [Dr Michael Clark].
4Scottish Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Scottish Affairs Committee [Inward/Outward Investment in Scotland and Tourism in Scotland]; to be printed [Nos. 698-vi and 826-iii] [Mr David Marshall].
5Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [The Financial Services Authority]; to be printed [No. 73-ii] [Mr Giles Radice].
6Welsh Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee [Broadcasting in Wales and the National Assembly]; to be printed [No. 48-ii] [Mr Martyn Jones].


MEMORANDUM
Wednesday sittings,—In pursuance of Standing Order No. 10 (Wednesday sittings), the Speaker has appointed Wednesday 17th February, Wednesday 17th March and Wednesday 19th May as days when the subject or subjects for debates on the motion for the adjournment until half-past Twelve o'clock shall be Select Committee Reports chosen by the Liaison Committee.



 
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