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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 12th January 1999

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Deregulation Committee,—Mr Peter L. Pike reported from the Deregulation Committee the following Resolution:
 
        That the draft Deregulation (Weights and Measures) Order 1999, which was laid before this House on 14th December 1998, should be approved.
The Committee came to this Resolution without a Division.
2Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Bill,—Mr Roger Gale reported from Standing Committee B, That it had gone through the Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.
 
        Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 11].
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 138].
3Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Bill Olner reported from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 1999 and the draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 1999.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
4Local Government Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Local Government Bill;
 
        And a Motion being made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read a second time;
 
        An Amendment was proposed to the Question, to leave out from the word 'That' to the end of the Question and add the words 'this House, while welcoming the repeal of Part I of the Local Government Act 1988 concerning compulsory competitive tendering, declines to give the Local Government Bill a Second Reading because, instead of creating a system of local government that is powerful and free, it grants comprehensive powers to the Secretary of State over local government, amounting to the nationalisation of local government, it creates a culture whereby local government is more concerned with the requirements of Whitehall than the needs of local residents, it retains and incrementally increases capping, thus blurring accountability for Council Tax and service levels, it fails to grant a power of general competence to local authorities, and it alters the way in which Council Tax Benefit subsidy is paid in such a way that poor Council Tax payers will pay for the benefits of the poorest Council Tax payers', instead thereof.—(Mr Paul Burstow.)
 
        And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Adrian Sanders, Mr Donald Gorrie: 35.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Keith Hill, Mr David Jamieson: 341.
 
        So the Question was negatived.
 
        And the main Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 62 (Amendment on second or third reading);
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Keith Hill, Mr David Jamieson: 334.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Stephen Day, Mr Nigel Waterson: 170.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        The Bill was accordingly read a second time and stood committed to a Standing Committee.
5Local Government Bill [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Local Government 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 Local Government Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—
 
        (a) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums so payable under any other enactment;
 
        (b) any expenses of the Secretary of State under the Act—(Mr Graham Allen):—It was agreed to.
6Scottish Grand Committee,—Ordered, That—
 
        (i) at its sitting on Monday 1st February, the Scottish Grand Committee shall take questions for oral answer; and
 
        (ii) in respect of that sitting, paragraph (5) of Standing Order No. 94 (Scottish Grand Committee (questions for oral answer)) shall have effect with the substitution of the word "nine" for the word "ten".—(Mr Graham Allen.)
7Committee of Public Accounts,—Ordered, That Dawn Primarolo be discharged from the Committee of Public Accounts and Mrs Barbara Roche be added to the Committee.—(Mr Graham Allen.)
8Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Graham Allen);
 
        And the Motion having been made after Ten o'clock, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, it being then four minutes to Eleven o'clock, till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 10.56 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 (Infant Class Sizes) (Grant) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 14), dated 7th January 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
Other Papers:
2Ashworth Special Hospital,—(1) Executive Summary of the Report, and
 
        (2) Report (Volume 1)
 
    of the Committee of Inquiry into the Personality Disorder Unit, Ashworth Special Hospital [by Command] [Cm. 4194-I and II] [Mr Secretary Dobson].
3Oil and Pipelines,—Report and Accounts of the Oil and Pipelines Agency for 1997-98 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Robertson].
APPENDIX II
Reports from Select Committees
1Agriculture,—(1) Second Report from the Agriculture Committee [CAP Reform: Rural Development], 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. 61];
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Sea Fishing]; to be printed [No. 141-i]; and
 
        (3) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Sea Fishing; UK Pig Industry; Badgers and Bovine Tuberculosis]
 
    [Mr Peter Luff].
2Deregulation,—Second Report from the Deregulation Committee [The draft Deregulation (Weights and Measures) Order 1999]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 135] [Mr Peter L. Pike].
3Home Affairs,—(1) Second Special Report from the Home Affairs Committee [Government Response to the Fourth Report from the Committee, Session 1997-98, on Electoral Law and Administration]; to be printed [No. 137]; and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Police Training and Recruitment]; to be printed [No. 81-ii]
 
    [Mr Chris Mullin].
4Public Administration,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Public Administration Committee [Annual Report of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration for 1997-98]; to be printed [No. 136] [Mr Rhodri Morgan].
5Statutory Instruments,—Fourth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 50-iv] [Mr David Tredinnick].
6Trade and Industry,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee [Telephone Numbering and the Work of Oftel]; to be printed [No. 139-i] [Mr Martin O'Neill].
7Treasury,—(1) Second Report from the Treasury Committee [The World Economy and the Pre-Budget Report], 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. 91]; and
 
        (2) First Special Report from the Committee [The Mis-selling of Personal Pensions: Responses by the Government and the Financial Services Authority to the Ninth Report from the Committee, Session 1997-98]; to be printed [No. 140]
 
    [Mr Giles Radice].



 
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