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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 9th February 1999

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1City of London (Ward Elections) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the City of London (Ward Elections) Bill;
 
        Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Tuesday 16th February.
2Immigration and Asylum Bill,—Mr Secretary Straw, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Cook, Mr Secretary Dewar, Mr Secretary Dobson, Mr Secretary Darling, Mr Geoffrey Hoon and Mr Mike O'Brien presented a Bill to make provision about immigration and asylum; to make provision about procedures in connection with marriage on superintendent registrar's certificate; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 42].
 
        Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Immigration and Asylum Bill be printed [Bill 42—EN].
3Transport of Farm Animals,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision with respect to the welfare of farm animals exported from Great Britain; to require Ministers to lay before Parliament proposals for ending the export of live farm animals and the transport of such animals over long distances; and for connected purposes: And that Mr Gwyn Prosser, Jackie Ballard, Mr Peter Bottomley, Mr Vernon Coaker, Mr Bill Etherington, Jim Fitzpatrick, Mrs Eileen Gordon, Mr Mike Hancock, Mr Nigel Jones, Laura Moffatt, Dr Nick Palmer and Angela Smith do prepare and bring it in.
4Transport of Farm Animals Bill,—Mr Gwyn Prosser accordingly presented a Bill to make provision with respect to the welfare of farm animals exported from Great Britain; to require Ministers to lay before Parliament proposals for ending the export of live farm animals and the transport of such animals over long distances; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 19th March and to be printed [Bill 43].
5Employment Relations Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Employment Relations 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 declines to give a Second Reading to the Employment Relations Bill because it will jeopardise employment, endanger the successful legacy of good industrial relations left by the last Government, impose further damaging costs on British business and risk industrial strikes and disruption, rather than leaving employers and employees free to settle relationships for themselves without outside interference', instead thereof.—(Mr John Redwood.)
 
        And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Nigel Waterson, Mr Stephen Day: 135.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Greg Pope: 395.
 
        So the Question was negatived.
 
        And the main Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 62 (Amendment on second or third reading):—It was agreed to.
 
        The Bill was accordingly read a second time and stood committed to a Standing Committee.
6Employment Relations Bill [Money],—Her Majesy's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Employment Relations 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 Employment Relations 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 expenditure of the Secretary of State under the Act—(Mrs Anne McGuire):—It was agreed to.
7Procedure,—Ordered, That Helen Southworth be discharged from the Procedure Committee and Mr Colin Burgon be added to the Committee.—(Mrs Anne McGuire.)
8Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mrs Anne McGuire.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till a quarter to Eleven o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 10.45 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:
1Construction (Northern Ireland),—(1) Construction Contracts Exclusion Order (Northern Ireland) 1999 (S.R.(N.I.), 1999, No. 33), and
 
        (2) Scheme for Construction Contracts in Northern Ireland Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999 (S.R.(N.I.), 1999, No. 32),
 
    dated 27th January 1999 [by Act] [Secretary Marjorie Mowlam].
Other Papers:
2London Regional Transport,—Report and Accounts of the London Regional Passengers Committee for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
3National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Protecting the Financial Welfare of People with Mental Incapacity [by Act]; to be printed [No. 206] [Clerk of the House].
4Police (Northern Ireland),—Statement of Policing Principles for Northern Ireland, issued by the Secretary of State under section 37 of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 after consultation with the Police Authority for Northern Ireland and the Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary [by Act] [Secretary Marjorie Mowlam].
5Railways,—Report and Accounts of the British Railways Board for 1997-98 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
6School Inspections,—Report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools for 1997-98 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 129] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
Draft Railways (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 1999,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Dr Lynda Clark from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr George Galloway.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Administration,—Memorandum laid before the Administration Committee [The Houses of Parliament Public Opening Summer 1999—Business Plan][Mrs Marion Roe].
2Agriculture,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Agriculture Committee [Badgers and Bovine Tuberculosis]; to be printed [No. 233-i][Mr Peter Luff].
3Environmental Audit,—(1) Second Report from the Environmental Audit Committee [Climate Change; Government Response and Follow-up], with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 88] and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Energy Efficiency]; to be printed [No. 159-ii]
 
    [Mr John Horam].
4Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—(1) 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-ii]; and
 
        (2) Memoranda laid before the Environment Sub-Committee [Regional Development Agencies]; to be printed [No. 232-II]
 
    [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].
5Home Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [Police Training and Recruitment and the Work of the Criminal Cases Review Commission]; to be printed [Nos. 81-iv and 106-ii][Mr Chris Mullin].
6International Development,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [Women and Development]; to be printed [No. 160-iv][Mr Bowen Wells].
7Public Administration,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Report of the Health Service Commissioner for 1997-98]; to be printed [No. 54-v][Mr Rhodri Morgan].
8Statutory Instruments,—Eighth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 50-viii][Mr David Tredinnick].
9Trade and Industry,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee [Ethical Trading]; to be printed [No. 235-i][Mr Martin O'Neill].



 
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