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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 14th January 1999

The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Water Industry Bill,—Mr John McWilliam reported from Standing Committee A, That it had gone through the Water Industry Bill, and directed him to report the same, without Amendment.
 
        Bill, not amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 151].
2Public Accounts,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House takes note of the 1st to 67th reports of the Committee of Public Accounts of Session 1997-98, and of the Treasury Minutes and Northern Ireland Department of Finance and Personnel Memoranda on these Reports (Cm 3880, 3893, 3894, 3936, 3955, 3973, 4004, 4015, 4021, 4041, 4055, 4060, 4069, 4075) with particular reference to the following Reports:
 
        Twenty-seventh, Measures to Combat Housing Benefit Fraud (HC 366);
 
        Thirty-second, Cataract Surgery in Scotland (HC 546);
 
        Thirty-fourth, Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Irregular Payments at the British Embassy in Amman, Jordan (HC 553);
 
        Forty-fourth, Northern Ireland Social Security Agency: The Administration of the Disability Allowance (HC 527);
 
        Forty-sixth, The Contract to Develop and Update the Replacement National Insurance Recording System (HC 472);
 
        Sixty-first, Getting Value for Money in Privatisations (HC 992);
 
        Sixty-seventh, HM Treasury: Resource Accounting and Resource-Based Supply (HC 731)—(Mr David Davis);
3Royal Assent,—The Deputy Speaker notified the House, in accordance with the Royal Assent Act 1967, That Her Majesty had signified her Royal Assent to the following Act, passed under the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949:
 
        European Parliamentary Elections Act 1999.
 
        (The said Bill having been endorsed by Madam Speaker with the following Certificate:—
 
        I certify, in reference to this Bill, that the provisions of section two of the Parliament Act 1911, as amended by section one of the Parliament Act 1949, have been duly complied with.
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker)        
4Public Accounts,—The Question being again proposed, That this House takes note of the 1st to 67th reports of the Committee of Public Accounts of Session 1997-98, and of the Treasury Minutes and Northern Ireland Department of Finance and Personnel Memoranda on these Reports (Cm 3880, 3893, 3894, 3936, 3955, 3973, 4004, 4015, 4021, 4041, 4055, 4060, 4069, 4075) with particular reference to the following Reports:
 
        Twenty-seventh, Measures to Combat Housing Benefit Fraud (HC 366);
 
        Thirty-second, Cataract Surgery in Scotland (HC 546);
 
        Thirty-fourth, Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Irregular Payments at the British Embassy in Amman, Jordan (HC 553);
 
        Forty-fourth, Northern Ireland Social Security Agency: The Administration of the Disability Allowance (HC 527);
 
        Forty-sixth, The Contract to Develop and Update the Replacement National Insurance Recording System (HC 472);
 
        Sixty-first, Getting Value for Money in Privatisations (HC 992);
 
        Sixty-seventh, HM Treasury: Resource Accounting and Resource-Based Supply (HC 731);
 
        Question put and agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That this House takes note of the 1st to 67th reports of the Committee of Public Accounts of Session 1997-98, and of the Treasury Minutes and Northern Ireland Department of Finance and Personnel Memoranda on these Reports (Cm 3880, 3893, 3894, 3936, 3955, 3973, 4004, 4015, 4021, 4041, 4055, 4060, 4069, 4075) with particular reference to the following Reports:
 
        Twenty-seventh, Measures to Combat Housing Benefit Fraud (HC 366);
 
        Thirty-second, Cataract Surgery in Scotland (HC 546);
 
        Thirty-fourth, Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Irregular Payments at the British Embassy in Amman, Jordan (HC 553);
 
        Forty-fourth, Northern Ireland Social Security Agency: The Administration of the Disability Allowance (HC 527);
 
        Forty-sixth, The Contract to Develop and Update the Replacement National Insurance Recording System (HC 472);
 
        Sixty-first, Getting Value for Money in Privatisations (HC 992);
 
        Sixty-seventh, HM Treasury: Resource Accounting and Resource-Based Supply (HC 731).
5Northern Ireland Grand Committee,—Ordered, That—
 
        (1) the Order of the House of 2nd December relating to sittings of the Northern Ireland Grand Committee shall have effect with the substitution of the words '2.30 p.m.' for the words '10.30 a.m.';
 
        (2) the matter of the Discussion Paper entitled "Putting it Right—the case for change in Northern Ireland's hospital service", being a matter relating exclusively to Northern Ireland, be referred to the Northern Ireland Grand Committee for its consideration; and
 
        (3) at the sitting on Thursday 28th January—
 
          (i) the Committee shall consider the matter referred to it under paragraph (2) above;
 
          (ii) the Chairman shall interrupt proceedings at 5 p.m.; and
 
          (iii) at the conclusion of those proceedings, a motion for the adjournment of the Committee may be made by a Minister of the Crown pursuant to Standing Order No. 116(5) (Northern Ireland Grand Committee) (sittings)).—(Mr Jim Dowd.)
6Environmental Audit Committee,—Ordered, That Mr Neil Gerrard be added to the Environmental Audit Committee.—(Mr Jim Dowd.)
7Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Jim Dowd);
 
        And it being Seven o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put, pursuant to the Sessional Order [16th December].
8Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Graham Allen.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till half-past Seven o'clock, adjourned till Monday 18th January.
[Adjourned at 7.30 p.m.
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker        

Madam Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock on Monday 18th January.

APPENDIX I
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
1Education (Scotland),—Cambuslang College (Change of Name) (Scotland) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 16), dated 7th January 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].
Other Papers:
2Agricultural Marketing,—Report on Agricultural Marketing Schemes for 1996-97 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].
3Marshall Aid Commemoration,—Account of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 152] [Clerk of the House].
4Pensions,—Report of the Pensions Compensation Board for the period 1st August 1997 to 31st July 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].
APPENDIX II
Reports from Select Committees
1Environmental Audit,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee [Pre-Budget Report]; to be printed [No. 93-ii] [Mr John Horam].
2Health Committee,—Second Report from the Health Committee [Primary Care Groups]; to be printed with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 153] [Audrey Wise].
3Procedure,—Memorandum laid before the Procedure Committee [Ponsonby Rule] [Mr Nicholas Winterton].



 
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