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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 22nd February 1999

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) Bill [Lords],—Mr John McWilliam reported from Standing Committee D, That it had gone through the Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) Bill [Lords], and made an Amendment thereunto.
 
        Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 264].
2Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows—
 
        London Local Authorities Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill to confer further powers upon the local authorities in London; and for related purposes; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.
3London Local Authorities Bill [Lords],—The London Local Authorities Bill [Lords] was read the first time.
 
        Bill referred to the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills.
4Protection of Children Bill,—Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Protection of Children Bill be printed [Bill 12-EN].
5Immigration and Asylum Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Immigration and Asylum 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, whilst underlining Britain's commitment to genuine refugees but recognising the need to prevent fraudulent claims for political asylum and the widespread public concern on this issue, declines to give the Immigration and Asylum Bill a second reading because, before introducing it, the Government failed to establish an independent inquiry to consider what measures should be taken to combat such illegal immigration and because the Bill fails to create a situation whereby only genuine asylum applicants will be given permission to settle in this country', instead thereof.—(Sir Norman Fowler.)
 
        And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John M. Taylor, Mr Tim Collins: 135.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Clelland, Mr Keith Hill: 346.
 
        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, Mr David Clelland, Mr Keith Hill: 304.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Adrian Sanders, Sir Robert Smith: 38.
 
        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. 63 (Committal of bills), that the Bill be committed to a Special Standing Committee—(Mr Mike O'Brien):—It was agreed to.
6Immigration and Asylum Bill [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Immigration and Asylum 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 Immigration and Asylum Bill, it is expedient to authorise—
 
        (1) the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—
 
          (a) any expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State or the Lord Chancellor in consequence of the Act; and
 
          (b) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable by virtue of any other Act; and
 
        (2) the payment of sums into the Consolidated Fund—(Mr Kevin Hughes):—It was agreed to.
7Immigration and Asylum Bill,—Ordered, That Standing Order No. 91 (Special standing committees) shall have effect in relation to the Immigration and Asylum Bill, with the following modifications:
 
        1. in line 6, leave out the words 'four morning' and insert the word 'five'.
 
        2. in line 7, leave out the second word 'three' and insert the word 'four'.—(Mr Kevin Hughes.)
8Northern Ireland,—Resolved, That the draft Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) Order 1999, which was laid before this House on 1st February, be approved.—(Secretary Marjorie Mowlam.)
9International Immunities and Privileges,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Diplomatic Privileges (British Nationals) Order 1999, which was laid before this House on 28th January, be approved—(Mr Clive Betts):—It was agreed to.
10Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Clive Betts);
Tuesday 23rd February 1999
 
        And the Question being put;
 
        Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-one minutes past Twelve o'clock on Tuesday morning, adjourned till this day.
[Adjourned at 12.21 a.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 during the adjournment pursuant to Standing Order No. 158 (Presentation of command papers):
1Education (Scotland),—Report of the Scottish Qualifications Authority for 1997-98 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].
2Health (Scotland),—Paper, entitled Towards a Healthier Scotland: A White Paper on Health [Cm. 4269] [Mr Secretary Dewar].
3Housing (Northern Ireland),—Accounts of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland thereon [Cm. 4268] [Secretary Marjorie Mowlam].
4Treaty Series (No. 9, 1999),—Headquarters Agreement, done at London on 18th February 1999, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission [Cm. 4265] [Mr Secretary Cook].
5Treaty Series (No. 10, 1999),—Agreement, done at London on 6th July 1998, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the French Republic concerning the European Air Group [Cm. 4270] [Mr Secretary Cook].
Papers delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on the undermentioned dates during the adjournment pursuant to Standing Order No. 159 (Presentation of statutory instruments):
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
17th February 1999
6Council Tax,—(1) Council Tax (Demand Notices) (Wales) (Transitional Provisions) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 348), and
 
        (2) Council Tax Reduction Scheme (Wales) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 347)
 
    dated 15th February 1999 [Mr Secretary Michael].
7Education,—Education (Transition to New Framework) (New Schools, Groups and Miscellaneous) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 362), dated 16th February 1999 [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
8Insolvency,—Insolvency (Amendment) Rules 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 359), dated 16th February 1999 [Mr Secretary Byers].
9Local Government,—(1) Local Government Act 1988 (Defined Activities) (Exemption) (Stoke on Trent City Council) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 315), dated 10th February 1999 [Mr Secretary Prescott]; and
 
        (2) Local Authorities (Requisite Calculations) (Wales) (Prescribed Amounts) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 297), dated 16th February 1999 [Mr Secretary Michael].
10National Health Service (Scotland),—National Health Service (Fund-Holding Practices) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 365), dated 15th February 1999 [Mr Secretary Dewar].
18th February 1999
11Agriculture,—Hill Livestock (Compensatory Allowances) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 375), dated 18th February 1999 [Mr Nicholas Brown].
12Family Proceedings,—Family Homes and Domestic Violence (Allocation of Proceedings) Order (Northern Ireland) 1999 (S.R. (N.I.), 1999, No. 61), dated 14th February 1999 [Mr Geoffrey Hoon].
13Food,—Processed Cereal-based Foods and Baby Foods for Infants and Young Children (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 275), dated 8th February 1999 [Mr Nicholas Brown].
14Highways,—Highways (Assessment of Environmental Effects) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 369), dated 17th February 1999 [Mr Secretary Prescott].
15Housing,—Housing (Right to Buy) (Limits on Discount) (Wales) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 292), dated 5th February 1999 [Mr Secretary Michael].
16Petroleum,—Offshore Petroleum Production and Pipe-lines (Assessment of Environmental Effects) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 360), dated 17th February 1999 [Mr Secretary Byers].
17Town and Country Planning,—Town and Country Planning (Costs of Inquiries etc.) (Standard Daily Amount) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 327), dated 10th February 1999 [Mr Secretary Prescott].
19th February 1999
18Fish Farming,—Environmental Impact Assessment (Fish Farming in Marine Waters) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 367), dated 15th February 1999 [Mr Secretary Dewar].
19Merchant Shipping,—Merchant Shipping (Carriage of Cargoes) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 336), dated 9th February 1999 [Mr Secretary Prescott].
20Town and Country Planning,—Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (England and Wales) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 293), dated 10th February 1999 [Mr Secretary Prescott].
Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 22nd February 1999:
Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:
21Constitutional Law,—(1) Draft National Assembly for Wales (Representation of the People) Order 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Michael]; and
 
        (2) draft Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) Order 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].
22Legal Aid and Advice (Scotland),—(1) Draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 1999, and
 
        (2) draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 1999
 
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].
23Northern Ireland,—(1) Draft Energy Efficiency (Northern Ireland) Order 1999,
 
        (2) draft Northern Ireland (Modifications of Enactments—No. 1) Order 1999,
 
        (3) draft Strategic Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1999,
 
        (4) draft Trade Union Subscription Deductions (Northern Ireland) Order 1999, and
 
        (5) draft Water (Northern Ireland) Order 1999
 
    [by Act] [Secretary Marjorie Mowlam].
24Social Security,—Draft Social Security (New Deal Pilot) Amendment Regulations 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
25Animals,—Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 400), dated 18th February 1999 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].
26Criminal Law,—Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Designated Countries and Territories) (Amendment) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 282), dated 10th February 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].
27Education,—(1) Education (School Attendance Targets) (England) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 397), dated 16th February 1999, and
 
        (2) Education (School Organisation Committees) (Initial Financial Arrangements) (England) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 398), dated 17th February 1999
 
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
28Food,—Food Safety (Fishery Products and Live Shellfish) (Hygiene) Amendment Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 399), dated 15th February 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dobson].
29Parliamentary Commissioner,—Parliamentary Commissioner Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 277), dated 10th February 1999 [by Act] [Margaret Beckett].
30Prisons,—Prisons and Young Offenders Institutions (Scotland) Amendment Rules 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 374), dated 13th February 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].
31Representation of the People,—Scottish Local Elections Amendment Rules 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 406), dated 18th February 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].
Other Papers:
32Disabled Persons,—Report of the Secretary of State for Health on Development of Services for People with Learning Disabilities (Mental Handicap) or Mental Illness in England for 1998 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 229] [Mr Secretary Dobson].
33Environmental Protection,—Local Enforcing Authorities Air Pollution Fees and Charges Scheme (England and Wales) 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
34Housing (Scotland),—Paper, entitled Investing in Modernisation—An Agenda for Scotland's Housing: A Green Paper [by Command] [Cm. 4272] [Mr Secretary Dewar].
35Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors,—Account of the Welsh National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 240] [Mr Secretary Michael].
36Pensions,—Naval, Military and Air Forces Etc. (Disablement and Death) Service Pensions Amendment Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 294), dated 10th February 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].
37Public Petitions,—Observations by the Secretary of State for Health on the Petition [16th December] from Patricia Revell and Kate Coull, mothers of autistic children, for research into the safety of the MMR vaccine, for research into autism and for a register of autistic children [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].
38Sex Discrimination,—Accounts of the Equal Opportunities Commission for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 262] [Clerk of the House].
Papers withdrawn:
39Constitutional Law,—(1) Draft National Assembly for Wales (Representation of the People) Order 1999 [laid 15th February]; and
 
        (2) draft Scottish Parliament (Elections etc) Order 1999 [laid 16th February].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
1Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 40) (HC 205),—The Speaker has appointed Mr Frank Cook Chairman of the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Special Grant Report, in place of Mr Jimmy Hood; and the Committee of Selection has discharged Ms Jenny Jones, Alice Mahon and Mr Dennis Turner from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Special Grant Report); and nominated in substitution Mr Michael Foster (Worcester), Laura Moffatt and Mr Desmond Turner.
2Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant report (No. 39) (HC 213),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Tom Cox, Ms Fiona Jones and Mr Richard Ottaway from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Special Grant Report); and nominated in substitution Mr Chris Pond, Angela Smith and Mr Nigel Waterson.
3Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an Association between the European Communities and their Member States and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan) Order 1999,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Yvette Cooper from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Ms Dari Taylor.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Education and Employment,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Committee on 17th February [The work of OFSTED]; to be printed [No. 62-viii] [Clerk of the House].
2Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment Sub-Committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [Regional Development Agencies]; to be printed [Nos. 232-ii and -iii] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].
3Public Accounts,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts [MoD: Major Equipment Storage]; to be printed [No. 266-i] [Mr David Davis].



 
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