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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 11th February 1999

The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Private Bills (Standing Orders not previously inquired into complied with),—The Speaker laid upon the Table a Report from one of the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills, That in the case of the following Bill, referred after the Second Reading thereof, the Standing Orders not previously inquired into, which are applicable thereto, have been complied with, viz.:
 
        HFC Bank Bill.
 
        Bill committed.
2Tax Credits Bill,—Mrs Marion Roe reported from Standing Committee D, That it had gone through the Tax Credits Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.
 
        Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered on Monday 15th February, and to be printed [Bill 46].
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 244].
3Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill (except Clause No.1),—Mr Frank Cook reported from Standing Committee E, That it had gone through the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill (except Clause No. 1), and made Amendments thereunto.
 
        Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered on Monday 15th February; and to be printed [Bill 47].
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 246].
4Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr George Stevenson reported from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Railways (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 1999.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
5Local Government Finance (Wales),—Resolved, That the Local Government Finance Report (Wales) 1999-2000 (House of Commons Paper No. 203), which was laid before this House on 3rd February, be approved.—(Mr Secretary Michael.)
6Local Government Finance (Wales),—Resolved, That the Local Government Finance (Amendment) Report (Wales) 1998-1999 (House of Commons Paper No. 204), which was laid before this House on 3rd February, be approved.—(Mr Secretary Michael.)
7Local Government Finance (Wales),—Resolved, That the Special Grant Report (Wales) 1999 (House of Commons Paper No. 177), which was laid before this House on 28th January, be approved.—(Mr Secretary Michael.)
8Local Government Finance (Scotland),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 1999, dated 28th January 1999, a copy of which was laid before this House on 1st February, be approved.—(Mr Calum Macdonald.)
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Jane Kennedy, Mr David Jamieson: 291.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Donald Gorrie, Mr Phil Willis: 19.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 1999, dated 28th January 1999, a copy of which was laid before this House on 1st February, be approved.
9Housing (Scotland),—Resolved, That the draft Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 1999, which was laid before this House on 28th January, be approved.—(Mr Henry McLeish.)
10Constitutional Law,—Resolved, That the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transitory and Transitional Provisions) (Finance) Order 1999, which was laid before this House on 4th February, be approved.—(Mr Henry McLeish.)
11Constitutional Law,—Resolved, That the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transitory and Transitional Provisions) (Appropriations) Order 1999, which was laid before this House on 4th February, be approved.—(Mr Henry McLeish.)
12Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) Bill [Lords],—Ordered, That during the proceedings on the Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) Bill [Lords], the Standing Committee on the Bill shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it shall meet.—(Mr Keith Hill.)
13Food Standards,—Ordered, That the quorum of the Committee appointed by Order [8th February] to report on the draft bill on the Food Standards Agency (Cm. 4249) shall be five.—(Mr Keith Hill.)
14Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Keith Hill.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till two minutes past Eight o'clock, adjourned till Monday 15th February.
[Adjourned at 8.02 p.m.
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker        

Madam Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock on Monday 15th February.

APPENDIX I
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
1Health and Safety,—Carriage of Dangerous Goods (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 303), dated 11th February 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
2Local Government,—Local Government Act 1988 (Defined Activities) (Exemptions) (Broxtowe Borough Council, South Somerset District Council and Thurrock Borough Council) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 219), dated 1st February 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
3Pensions,—Personal Injuries (Civilians) Amendment Scheme 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 262). dated 4th February 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].
4Rating and Valuation,—Non-Domestic Rates (Levying) (Scotland) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 276), dated 4th February 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].
5Sheriff Court (Scotland),—Confirmation to Small Estates (Scotland) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 290), dated 4th February 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].
6Water Industry,—Water (Compulsory Works Powers) (Notice) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 221), dated 2nd February 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
Other Papers:
7Insolvency,—Accounts prepared pursuant to section 409 of the Insolvency Act 1986 of the sums received and paid by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry under section 403, and of the sums credited and debited to the Investment Account by the National Debt Commissioners for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 247] [Clerk of the House].
8Law Commission (Scotland),—Report by the Scottish Law Commission on the Abolition of the Feudal System [by Act]; to be printed [No. 183] [Mr Secretary Dewar].
9Local Government (Scotland),—Accounts of the Accounts Commission for Scotland for the year ended 31st October 1998, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 249] [Clerk of the House].
10Merchant Shipping,—Report by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions of exemptions granted under section 294 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 during 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
11United Nations,—(1) Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (United Nations Sanctions) (Amendment) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 280).
 
        (2) Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (United Nations Sanctions) (Channel Islands) (Amendment) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 284).
 
        (3) Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (United Nations Sanctions) (Dependent Territories) (Amendment) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 281), and
 
        (4) Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (United Nations Sanctions) (Isle of Man) (Amendment) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 285).
 
    dated 10th February 1999 [by Act] [Margaret Beckett].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
1Draft Diplomatic Privileges (British Nationals) Order 1999,—The Speaker has appointed Mr George Stevenson Chairman of the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Diplomatic Privileges (British Nationals) Order 1999, in place of Mr Humfrey Malins.
2Draft Development Commission (Transfer of Functions and Miscellaneous Provisions) Order 1999,—The Committee of Selection has nominated a further Member to serve on the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order), viz.: Lynne Jones.
3Draft Diplomatic Privileges (British Nationals) Order 1999,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Ms Judith Church from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Lawrence Cunliffe.
European Standing Committees
4The Speaker has appointed Mr John Butterfill Chairman of European Standing Committee A in respect of the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum submitted by MAFF on 20th November 1998, relating to Agenda 2000: Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Culture, Media and Sport,—(1) Third Special Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [BBC Response to the Eighth Report from the Committee, Session 1997-98, on Report and Accounts of the BBC for 1997-98]; to be printed [No. 245]; and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Back to the Dome]; to be printed [No. 21-iv]
 
    [Mr Gerald Kaufman].
2Education and Employment,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Employment Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Committee [The Performance and Future Role of the Employment Service]; to be printed [No. 197-iii] [Mr Derek Foster].
3Environmental Audit,—Third Report from the Environmental Audit Committee [The Comprehensive Spending Review and Public Service Agreements], together with Appendices; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 92] [Mr John Horam].
4Health,—Third Report from the Health Committee [Future NHS Staffing Requirements], 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. 38] [Mr David Hinchliffe].



 
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