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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 25th January 1999

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1City of London (Ward Elections) Bill,—A Bill to make further provision with respect to the qualification of voters at ward elections in the city of London; and for connected purposes, was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time.
2HFC Bank Bill,—A Bill to provide for the transfer to HFC Bank plc and Household International (U.K.) Limited of the business of Beneficial Bank plc; and for connected purposes, was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time.
3Imperial College Bill,—A Bill to unite Wye College with the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine; to transfer all rights, properties, assets and liabilities from Wye College to the said Imperial College; and for connected purposes, was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time.
4Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (Amendment of Rules) etc. Bill,—A Bill to enact provisions relating to the amendment of the rules of the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association, and for other purposes, was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time.
5University College London Bill,—A Bill to unite the Eastman Dental Institute with University College London; to transfer all rights, properties and liabilities from the Institute to the College; and for connected and other purposes, was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time.
6Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill;
 
        And a Motion being made, and the Question being put, That the Bill be now read a second time;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Ann Keen, Mr Shaun Woodward: 313.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Edward Leigh, Dr Julian Lewis: 130.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        The Bill was accordingly read a second time.
 
        Ordered, That—
 
          (1) Clause 1 of the Bill be committed to a Committee of the whole House;
 
          (2) the remainder of the Bill be committed to a Standing Committee;
 
          (3) when the provisions of the Bill considered, respectively, by the Committee of the whole House and by the Standing Committee have been reported to the House, the Bill shall be proceeded with as if the Bill had been reported as a whole to the House from the Standing Committee.—(Mr Secretary Straw.)
 
          Committee to-morrow.
7Business of the House,—Ordered, That, at the sitting on Thursday 28th January, notwithstanding Standing Order No. 16 (Proceedings under an Act or on European Union documents), the Speaker shall put the Questions on the Motions in the name of Mr Secretary Darling relating to Social Security and Pensions not later than Seven o'clock.—(Mrs Anne McGuire.)
8Deregulation,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 18 (Consideration of draft deregulation orders), That the draft Deregulation (Weights and Measures) Order 1999, which was laid before this House on 14th December 1998, be approved—(Mrs Anne McGuire):—It was agreed to.
9Foreign Affairs,—Ordered, That Mrs Virginia Bottomley be discharged from the Foreign Affairs Committee and Mr Shaun Woodward be added to the Committee.—(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)
10Social Security,—Ordered, That Mr Michael Foster (Hastings and Rye) be discharged from the Social Security Committee and Dr Doug Naysmith be added to the Committee.—(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)
11Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mrs Anne McGuire.)
 
        And the Motion having been made after Ten o'clock, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, the Speaker adjourned the House without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, it being then fifteen minutes to Eleven o'clock, till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 10.45 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 Negative Resolution:
1Education,—School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (School Attendance Targets) (Modification) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 129), dated 21st January 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
2Land Registration,—Land Registration Rules 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 128), dated 17th January 1999 [by Act] [Mr Geoffrey Hoon].
Other Papers:
3Environment, Transport and the Regions,—Government Response to the Thirteenth Report from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee, Session 1997-98, on the Protection of Field Boundaries [by Command] [Cm. 4200] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
4National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on the Final Accounts of Chessington Computer Centre, Recruitment and Assessment Services and the Occupational Health and Safety Agency [by Act]; to be printed [No. 154] [Clerk of the House].
5Sessional Returns, 1997-98,—Returns to Orders [1st December] for Returns relating to—
 
        (1) Business of the House;
 
        (2) Closure of Debate, Proposal of Question and Allocation of Time (including Programme Motions);
 
        (3) Sittings of the House;
 
        (4) Private Bills and Private Business;
 
        (5) Public Bills;
 
        (6) Delegated Legislation and Deregulation Orders;
 
        (7) European Legislation, &c.;
 
        (8) Grand Committees;
 
        (9) Chairmen's Panel; and
 
        (10) Select Committees
 
    in Session 1997-98 [by Order]; to be printed [No. 142] [Clerk of the House].
APPENDIX II
Reports from Select Committees
1Public Accounts,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [National Insurance Recording System]; to be printed [No. 182-i] [Mr David Davis].
2Social Security,—Second Special Report from the Social Security Committee [Government Response to the First Report from the Committee, on Tax and Benefits: Implementation of Tax Credits]; to be printed [No. 176] [Mr Chris Pond].



 
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