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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 15th February 1999

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Bill Olner reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Education (Student Support) Regulations 1999 and the draft Education (Student Loans) (Scotland) Regulations 1999.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
2Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Jimmy Hood reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Development Commission (Transfer of Functions and Miscellaneous Provisions) Order 1999.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
3European Standing Committee A,—Mr John Butterfill reported from European Standing Committee A the following Resolution:
 
        That the Committee takes note of the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum, dated 20th November 1998, from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, relating to reform of the Common Market organisations for beef, cereals and milk and for the development of rural development policy in the European Union; and supports the Government's intention to negotiate an outcome which takes account of the interests of UK producers, consumers and taxpayers alike and of developing countries and to press for a reformed Common Agricultural Policy with substantially reduced overall costs, which is more economically rational, which reduces the bureaucratic burden on farmers, which provides a better framework for targeted environmental and rural development support, which contains fair and common rules to ensure that the UK's farm and food industries can exploit their competitive advantage in European and world markets which facilitates the accession of associated countries and which offers the medium-term prospect of benefits to developing countries.
 
        Report, together with Resolution, to lie upon the Table.
4House of Lords Bill,—The House, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee on the House of Lords Bill.
 
(In the Committee)
 
        Clause No. 1 (Exclusion of hereditary peers).
 
        Amendment (No. 1) proposed, in page 1, line 5, to leave out the words 'a member' and to insert the words 'entitled to vote in a division'.—(Sir Patrick Cormack.)
 
        Question put, That the Amendment be made.
 
        The Committee divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John M. Taylor, Mr Tim Collins: 131.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Jamieson, Mr Jim Dowd: 332.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 2) proposed, in page 1, line 6, at the end to add the words 'except that—
 
          (a) 75 hereditary peers shall be elected as members of the House of Lords in accordance with subsection (2).
 
          (b) 14 hereditary peers shall be elected as members of the House of Lords in accordance with subsection (3).
 
          (c) the Lord Great Chamberlain and the Earl Marshal shall be members of the House of Lords.
 
        (2) The electors for the purposes of subsection (1)(a) shall be the holders of a hereditary peerage.
 
        (3) The electors for the purposes of subsection (1)(b) shall be the members of the House of Lords.
 
        (4) The Secretary of State may by order make such provision about the conduct of the elections under this section as he considers appropriate.
 
        (5) No order under this section shall be made unless a draft of the statutory instrument containing it has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament.'.—(Mrs Eleanor Laing.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made.
 
        And it being Ten o'clock, the Chairman left the Chair to report progress and ask leave to sit again.


 
        The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair; and Mr Kevin Hughes reported, That the Committee had made progress in the Bill, and moved, That the Committee may have leave to sit again.
 
        Committee again to-morrow.
5Accommodation and Works,—Ordered, That Mr Andrew Dismore be discharged from the Accommodation and Works Committee and Mr Colin Burgon be added to the Committee.—(Mr Keith Bradley, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)
6Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Kevin Hughes.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till half-past Ten o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 10.30 p.m.
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker        

Madam Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock.

APPENDIX I
Papers delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on Friday 12th February 1999 (Non-sitting Friday, S.O. No. 12) pursuant to Standing Order No. 158 (Presentation of command papers):
1Miscellaneous (No. 1, 1999),—Notes exchanged at Washington on 18th September and 7th October 1997 between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and INTELSAT amending the Headquarters Agreement, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Cm. 4198] [Mr Secretary Cook].
2Miscellaneous (No. 2, 1999),—Notes exchanged at London on 11th and 18th July 1997 between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and CAB International (previously known as the Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux) amending the Headquarters Agreement, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Cm. 4222] [Mr Secretary Cook].
3Miscellaneous (No. 3, 1999),—Notes exchanged at London on 10th July and 5th August 1997 between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Commonwealth Foundation amending the Headquarters Agreement, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Cm. 4223] [Mr Secretary Cook].
4Miscellaneous (No. 4, 1999),—Notes exchanged at London on 7th and 12th November 1997 between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation amending the Headquarters Agreement, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Cm. 4224] [Mr Secretary Cook].
5Miscellaneous (No. 5, 1999),—Notes exchanged at London on 11th and 28th July 1997 between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts amending the Headquarters Agreement, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Cm. 4225] [Mr Secretary Cook].
6Miscellaneous (No. 6, 1999),—Notes exchanged at London on 10th and 21st July 1997 between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the International Cocoa Organization amending the Headquarters Agreement, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Cm. 4226] [Mr Secretary Cook].
7Miscellaneous (No. 7, 1999),—Notes exchanged at London on 10th and 28th July 1997 between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the International Coffee Organization amending the Headquarters Agreement, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Cm. 4227] [Mr Secretary Cook].
8Miscellaneous (No. 8, 1999),—Notes exchanged at London on 22nd October and 10th November 1997 between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the International Grains Council (previously known as the International Wheat Council) amending the Headquarters Agreement, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Cm. 4228] [Mr Secretary Cook].
9Miscellaneous (No. 9, 1999),—Notes exchanged at London on 10th and 28th July 1997 between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the International Lead and Zinc Study Group amending the Headquarters Agreement, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Cm. 4229] [Mr Secretary Cook].
10Miscellaneous (No. 10, 1999),—Notes exchanged at London on 19th August and 23rd October 1997 between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the International Maritime Organization (previously known as the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization) amending the Agreement regarding the Headquarters of the Organization, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Cm. 4230] [Mr Secretary Cook].
11Miscellaneous (No. 11, 1999),—Notes exchanged at London on 27th June and 7th July 1997 between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the International Mobile Satellite Organization (Inmarsat) (previously known as the International Maritime Satellite Organization) amending the Headquarters Agreement, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Cm. 4231] [Mr Secretary Cook].
12Miscellaneous (No. 12, 1999),—Notes exchanged at London on 24th July and 13th August 1997 between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the International Rubber Study Group amending the Headquarters Agreement, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Cm. 4232] [Mr Secretary Cook].
13Miscellaneous (No. 13, 1999),—Notes exchanged at London on 10th July and 15th August 1997 between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the International Sugar Organization amending the Headquarters Agreement, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Cm. 4233] [Mr Secretary Cook].
14Miscellaneous (No. 14, 1999),—Notes exchanged at London on 10th July and 19th August 1997 between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the International Whaling Commission amending the Headquarters Agreement, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Cm.4234] [Mr Secretary Cook].
15Miscellaneous (No. 15, 1999),—Notes exchanged at London on 10th July and 28th October 1997 amending the Agreement relating to the Commissions established by the Convention for the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping from Ships and Aircraft 1972 and the Convention for the Prevention of Marine Pollution from Land-based Sources 1974, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Cm. 4235] [Mr Secretary Cook].
16Miscellaneous (No. 16, 1999),—Notes exchanged at London on 1st and 8th December 1997 between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund amending the Headquarters Agreement, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Cm. 4236] [Mr Secretary Cook].
17Miscellaneous (No. 17, 1999),—Notes exchanged at London on 1st and 8th December 1997 between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund 1992 amending the Headquarters Agreement, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Cm. 4237] [Mr Secretary Cook].
Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 15th February 1998:
Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:
18Constitutional Law,—Draft National Assembly for Wales (Representation of the People) Order 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Michael].
19Northern Ireland,—Draft Appropriation (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 [by Act] [Secretary Marjorie Mowlam].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
20Education (Scotland),—Self-Governing Schools (Publication of Proposals for Discontinuance) (Scotland) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 337), dated 8th February 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].
21Legal Aid and Advice,—(1) Legal Aid in Criminal and Care Proceedings (Costs) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 345), and
 
        (2) Legal Aid in Criminal and Care Proceedings (General) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 346)
 
    dated 10th February 1999 [by Act] [Mr Geoffrey Hoon].
22Local Government,—Local Authorities (Alteration of Requisite Calculations) (Wales) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 296), dated 12th February 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Michael].
23National Health Service,—National Health Service (General Medical Services) Amendment Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 326), dated 10th February 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dobson].
24Savings Banks,—Draft National Savings Bank (Investment Deposits) (Limits) (Amendment) Order 1999 [by Act] [Ms Patricia Hewitt].
25Social Security,—Employer's Contributions Re-imbursement Amendment Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 286), dated 9th February 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].
Other Papers:
26Government Trading Funds,—Report by the Secretary of State for Health on consultation undertaken concerning the proposal to establish the NHS Estate Management and Health Building Agency as a Trading Fund [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dobson].
27Marine and Aviation Insurance (War Risks),—Accounts of the Marine and Aviation Insurance (War Risks) Fund for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 254] [Clerk of the House].
28National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on How the Utility Regulators are addressing the Year 2000 Problem in the Utilities [by Act]; to be printed [No. 222] [Clerk of the House].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
Draft Diplomatic Privileges (British Nationals) Order 1999,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Alan Campbell, Tom Cox and Mr Denis McShane from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mrs Janet Dean, Mr Bill Etherington and Mr Brian Jenkins.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Public Accounts,—(1) Sixth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Excess Votes]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 255]; and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions: The Flotation of Railtrack]; to be printed [No. 256-i]
 
    [Mr David Davis].
2Scottish Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Scottish Affairs Committee [Inward/ Outward Investment and Tourism in Scotland]; to be printed [Nos. 84-vi and 85-ii] [Mr David Marshall].



 
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