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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Thursday 4th March 1999

The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1London Local Authorities Bill [Lords],—The London Local Authorities Bill [Lords] was read a second time and committed.
2Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Bill Olner reported from the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Northern Ireland (Modification of Enactments No. 1) Order 1999.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
3Motor Accident Injury Compensation Bill,—The Order for reading the Motor Accident Injury Compensation Bill a second time on Friday 19th March was read and discharged.
 
        Bill to be read a second time on Friday 26th March.
4House of Lords Bill,—The House, according to Order, again resolved itself into a Committee on the House of Lords Bill.
 
(In the Committee)
 
        A Clause (Senior Salaries Review Board).
 
        Question again proposed, That the Clause be read a second time.
 
        Question put and negatived.
 
        Another Clause (Writ of acceleration)—(Sir Patrick Cormack)—brought up, and read the first time.
 
        Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:—Clause, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Another Clause (Criteria for conferment of life peerage (No. 1))—(Dr Liam Fox)—brought up and read the first time.
 
        Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:—Clause, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Another Clause (Criteria for conferment of life peerage (No. 3))—(Dr Liam Fox)—brought up and read the first time.
 
        Question put, That the Clause be read a second time.
 
        The Committee divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Oliver Heald, Sir David Madel: 104.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr David Hanson: 288.
 
        Schedule agreed to.
 
        Bill to be reported.


 
        The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair; and Mr Keith Hill reported that the Committee had gone through the Bill and directed him to report the same, without Amendment.
 
        Ordered, That the Bill be read the third time to-morrow.
5Local Government Finance,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 41) (House of Commons Paper No. 218), which was laid before this House on 4th February, be approved—(Mr Keith Hill);
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr David Hanson: 281.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Stephen Day, Sir David Madel: 94.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 41) (House of Commons Paper No. 218), which was laid before this House on 4th February, be approved.
6Terms and Conditions of Employment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft National Minimum Wage Act 1998 (Amendment) Regulations 1999, which were laid before this House on 16th February, be approved—(Mr David Jamieson);
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Hanson, Mr Mike Hall: 277.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Oliver Heald, Sir David Madel: 73.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That the draft National Minimum Wage Act 1998 (Amendment) Regulations 1999, which were laid before this House on 16th February, be approved.
7Terms and Conditions of Employment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999, which were laid before this House on 16th February, be approved—(Mr David Jamieson);
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Hanson, Mr Mike Hall: 267.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Oliver Heald, Sir David Madel: 55.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That the draft National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999, which were laid before this House on 16th February, be approved.
8Northern Ireland,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Strategic Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1999, which was laid before this House on 22nd February, be approved—(Mr David Jamieson):—It was agreed to.
9Northern Ireland,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Energy Efficiency (Northern Ireland) Order 1999, which was laid before this House on 22nd February, be approved—(Mr David Jamieson):—It was agreed to.
10Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from Friends of the Earth (South East Office) and others for a conservation body for the South Downs was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
11Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr David Jamieson);
 
        And the Motion having been made after Seven o'clock and the Debate having continue for half an hour, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House, without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, it being then six minutes past Eight o'clock, till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 8.06 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 Affirmative Resolution:
1Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism,—Draft Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1989 (Continuance) Order 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].
2Social Security,—Draft Social Security and Child Support (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
3Betting, Gaming and Lotteries,—Lotteries (Gaming Board Fees) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 436), dated 23rd February 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].
4Education,—Education (School Organisation Plans) (Wales) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 499), dated 1st March 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Michael].
5Health and Safety,—Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 437), dated 20th February 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
6Local Government,—(1) Local Authorities (Capital Finance) (Rate of Discount for 1999-2000) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 453), dated 24th February 1999, and
 
        (2) Local Government Act 1988 (Defined Activities) (Exemptions) (Havering London Borough Council and Scarborough Borough Council) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 452), dated 25th February 1999
 
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
7National Health Service,—The National Health Service (Dental Charges) Amendment Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 544), dated 3rd March 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dobson].
8Social Security,—Jobseeker's Allowance (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 530), dated 3rd March 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
Other Papers:
9Census,—Paper, entitled The 2001 Census of Population [by Command] [Cm. 4253] [Ms Patricia Hewitt].
10Foreign Compensation,—Report of the Foreign Compensation Commission for 1997-98 [by Command] [Cm. 4275] [Mr Secretary Cook].
11Foreign Office,—Foreign Office Minute, dated 4th March 1999, concerning a contingent liability consequent upon indemnification for works of art lent to the British Council for exhibitions to be held in a number of overseas locations during the first half of the financial year 1999-2000 [by Command] [Mr Secretary Cook].
12Housing Associations,—(1) Accounts, and
 
        (2) Report and Summary Financial Statement
 
    of Tai Cymru Housing for Wales for 1st April-31st October 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Michael].
13National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Royal Brompton Hospital—Sale of North Block Site [by Act]; to be printed [No. 252] [Clerk of the House].
14National Health Service,—Statements of Guarantee given by the Secretary of State for Health on 1st March 1999 on loans proposed to be raised by the following National Health Service Trusts
 
        (1) Bassetlaw Hospital and Community Health Services,
 
        (2) Doncaster Healthcare,
 
        (3) Loddon Community,
 
        (4) Nottingham City Hospital,
 
        (5) Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals,
 
        (6) South Devon Healthcare,
 
        (7) Southampton University Hospitals, and
 
        (8) Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare
 
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dobson].
15Pensions,—Pensions Increase (Review) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 522), dated 1st March 1999 [by Act] [Mr Alan Milburn].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
1Company and Business Names (Chamber of Commerce, Etc.) Bill,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Andrew Welsh Chairman of Standing Committee B in respect of the Bill, in place of Mr Bowen Wells.
2Rent Acts (Maximum Fair Rent) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 6),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Graham Allen and Chris McCafferty from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Clive Betts and Mr Lindsay Hoyle.
3Local Authorities (Alteration of Requisite Calculations) (England) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 228),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Dr Phyllis Starkey from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Regulations); and nominated in substitution Helen Jones.
4Special Grant Report (No. 2) (Wales) 1999: Special Grant for Asylum Seekers (HC 250), the Special Grant Report for Scotland Asylum Seeker Assistance (No. 1/1999) (HC 228), and the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 38): Special Grant for Asylum Seekers (HC 230),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Oliver Letwin from the Seventh Standing Commitee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Special Grant Reports); and nominated in substitution Mr Henry McLeish.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Culture, Media and Sport,—(1) Part of the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee on 24th and 25th February [Back to the Dome]; to be printed [Nos. 21-v and -vi]; and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Staging International Sporting Events]; to be printed [No. 124-ii]
 
    [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-v] [Mr Derek Foster].
3Foreign Affairs,—Third Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee [European Union Enlargement], 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. 86] [Mr Donald Anderson].
4Health,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee [The Regulation of Private and Other Independent Healthcare]; to be printed [No. 281-ii] [Mr David Hinchliffe].
5Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee of the Treasury Committee [Inland Revenue]; to be printed [No. 199-iii] [Mr Giles Radice].



 
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