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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 2nd February 1999

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1City of London (Ward Elections) Bill,—Ordered, That the City of London (Ward Elections) Bill be read a second time to-morrow.
2HFC Bank Bill,—The HFC Bank Bill was read a second time and referred to the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills.
3Imperial College Bill,—The Imperial College Bill was read a second time and committed.
4Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (Amendment of Rules) etc Bill,—The Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (Amendment of Rules) etc Bill was read a second time and referred to the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills.
5University College London Bill,—The University College London Bill was read a second time and referred to the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills.
6Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mrs Irene Adams reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission) Order 1999 and the draft European Communities (Immunities and Privileges of the North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission) Order 1999.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
7Welsh Grand Committee,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 107 (Welsh Grand Committee (matters relating exclusively to Wales)), That the matter of transport policy in Wales, being a matter relating exclusively to Wales, be referred to the Welsh Grand Committee for its consideration—(Mr Robert Ainsworth):—It was agreed to.
8Computer Millennium Non-Compliance (Contingency Plans),—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require organisations responsible for the provision of essential public services and critical infrastructure to draw up contingency plans in the event of their computer systems failing to deal with calendar dates after 31st December 1999; to require such plans and the names of those responsible for them to be notified to an appropriate authority; to require the plans to be made available on demand; and for connected purposes: And that Mr David Atkinson, Mr David Amess, Frank Cook, Mr Tam Dalyell, Lynne Jones, Mr Nigel Jones, Mr Charles Kennedy, Mr Robert Sheldon, The Reverend Martin Smyth, Dr Rudi Vis, Mr John Townend and Mr Dafydd Wigley do prepare and bring it in.
9Computer Millennium Non-Compliance (Contingency Plans) Bill,—Mr David Atkinson accordingly presented a Bill to require organisations responsible for the provision of essential public services and critical infrastructure to draw up contingency plans in the event of their computer systems failing to deal with calendar dates after 31st December 1999; to require such plans and the names of those responsible for them to be notified to an appropriate authority; to require the plans to be made available on demand; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 26th February and to be printed [Bill 39].
10House of Lords Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for resuming the adjourned Debate on the Amendment proposed to be made to the Question proposed yesterday, That the House of Lords Bill now be read a second time;
 
        Which Amendment was to leave out from the word 'That' to the end of the Question and to add the words 'this House declines to give a Second Reading to the House of Lords Bill as it fails to address the role of the Second Chamber, its relationship to this House and its long term composition and hence, rather than improving the governance of the United Kingdom by establishing a sustainable, balanced and effective constitution, it merely adds to the incoherence of Her Majesty's Government's piecemeal constitutional changes', instead thereof.
 
        And the Question being again proposed, That the Amendment be made:—The House resumed the adjourned Debate;
 
        And the Question being put;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Stephen Day, Mr Nigel Waterson: 137.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr David Jamieson: 383.
 
        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, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr David Jamieson: 381.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Stephen Day, Mr Nigel Waterson: 135.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        The Bill was accordingly read a second time.
 
        A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 61 (Committal of bills), That the Bill be committed to a Committee of the whole House—(Mr Paddy Tipping):—It was agreed to.
 
        Committee to-morrow.
11Welsh Grand Committee,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 108 (Welsh Grand Committee (sittings)), That the Welsh Grand Committee shall meet at the County Hall, Aberaeron, on Monday 22nd February at Eleven o'clock to take questions under Standing Order No. 103 (Welsh Grand Committee (questions for oral answer)), and to consider the matter of transport policy in Wales under Standing Order No. 107 (Welsh Grand Committee (matters relating exclusively to Wales)), proceedings being interrupted at Four o'clock—(Mr David Hanson):—It was agreed to.
12Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr David Hanson.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till eight minutes to Eleven o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 10.52 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:
1County Courts,—Civil Courts (Amendment) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 216), dated 2nd February 1999 [by Act] [Mr Geoffrey Hoon].
2Sheriff Court (Scotland),—Act of Sederunt (Fees of Witnesses in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 188), dated 27th January 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].
Other Papers:
3Culture, Media and Sport,—Government Response to the Eighth Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Session 1997-98, on the Report and Accounts of the BBC for 1997-98 [by Command] [Cm. 4258] [Mr Secretary Smith].
4Public Petitions,—Observations by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions on:
 
        (1) the Petition [1st December] from residents of Wheatfield Lane relating to bus services in Haxby and Wiggington,
 
        (2) the Petition [15th December] from residents of Moreton and others relating to the proposed creation of a permanent showman's site in Moreton, and
 
        (3) the Petition [15th December] from users and supporters of the Forum of Derbyshire Community Transports relating to community transport services
 
    [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
Draft Departments (Northern Ireland) Order 1999,—The Committee of Selection has nominated a further member to serve on the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order), viz.: Mr William Ross.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment Sub-Committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [The Operation of the Landfill Tax]; to be printed [No. 150-i] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].
2International Development,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [Women and Development]; to be printed [No. 160-iii]; and
 
        (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Provisions of the Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill]; to be printed [No. 212]
 
    [Mr Bowen Wells]
3Public Administration,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Accountability of Public Bodies]; to be printed [No. 209-i] [Mr Rhodri Morgan].
4Statutory Instruments,—Seventh Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 50-vii] [Mr David Tredinnick].
5Trade and Industry,—(1) Second Special Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [Government Observations on the Twelfth Report from the Trade and Industry Committee, Session 1997-98, on Industrial and Trade Relations with central Europe]; to be printed [No. 211]; and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Electronic Commerce]; to be printed [No. 187-ii]
 
    [Mr Martin O'Neill].
6Treasury,—(1) Third Report from the Treasury Committee [Financial Services Regulation], 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. 73]; and
 
        (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Financial Services Regulation]
 
    [Mr Giles Radice].



 
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