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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 9th March 1999

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mrs Marion Roe reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Rent Acts (Maximum Fair Rent) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 6).
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
2Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr George Stevenson reported from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Education (Infant Class Sizes) (Grant) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 14).
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
3Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Joe Benton reported from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Special Grant Report (No. 2) (Wales) 1999: Special Grant for Asylum Seekers (House of Commons Paper No. 250), the Special Grant Report for Scotland Asylum Seeker Assistance (No. 1/1999) (House of Commons Paper No. 228), and the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 38): Special Grant for Asylum Seekers (House of Commons Paper No. 230).
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
4European Standing Committee C,—Mrs Ray Michie reported from European Standing Committee C the following Resolution:
 
        That the Committee endorses the Government's view that the draft Directive on end of life vehicles, European Union Document No. 11034/97, rightly seeks to achieve important environmental improvements, and supports the Government's intention to agree a Common Position on this draft Directive at the next Environment Council on 11th March.
 
        Report, together with Resolution, to lie upon the Table.
5Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:
 
        Trustee Delegation Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill to amend the law relating to the delegation of trustee functions by power of attorney and the exercise of such functions by the donee of a power of attorney; and to make provision about the authority of the donee of a power of attorney to act in relation to land; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.
6Trustee Delegation Bill [Lords],—The Trustee Delegation Bill [Lords] was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time and to be printed [Bill 58].
 
        Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Trustee Delegation Bill [Lords] be printed [Bill 58-EN].
 
        The Bill stood referred to a second reading committee, pursuant to Standing Order No. 59 (Law Commission bills).
7Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report and Financial Statement and Budget Report, March 1999,—Ordered, That there be laid before this House a copy of the Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report and Financial Statement and Budget Report, March 1999, as laid before this House by Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when opening the Budget.—(Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer.)
8Ways and Means,—Provisional Collection of Taxes,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 51 (Ways and means motions), That, pursuant to section 5 of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968, provisional statutory effect shall be given to the following motions:—
 
        (a) Sparkling cider (rate of duty) (motion No. 2);
 
        (b) Hydrocarbon oil duties (rates and rebates) (motion No. 3);
 
        (c) Tobacco products duty (rates) (motion No. 5);
 
        (d) Vehicle excise duty (increase in general rate) (motion No. 7);
 
        (e) Vehicle excise duty (rates for goods vehicles etc.) (motion No. 9)—(Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer):—It was agreed to.
9Ways and Means,—Amendment of the Law,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That it is expedient to amend the law with respect to the National Debt and the public revenue and to make further provision in connection with finance; but this Resolution does not extend to the making of any amendment with respect to value added tax so as to provide—
 
        (a) for zero-rating or exempting a supply, acquisition or importation;
 
        (b) for refunding an amount of tax;
 
        (c) for varying any rate at which that tax is at any time chargeable; or
 
        (d) for any relief, other than a relief which—
 
          (i) so far as it is applicable to goods, applies to goods of every description, and
 
          (ii) so far as it is applicable to services, applies to services of every description—(Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer);
 
        And it being Ten o'clock, the Debate stood adjourned.
 
        Ordered, That the Debate be resumed to-morrow.
10Public Petitions,—Public Petitions from—
 
        (1) residents of Northavon constituency and others relating to DNA profiles, and
 
        (2) Shrewsbury-based and other rural road hauliers relating to the impact of Government environmental policies upon rural road hauliers
 
        were presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
11Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Greg Pope.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-nine minutes to Eleven o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 10.31 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:
1Value Added Tax,—(1) Value Added Tax (Buildings and Land) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 593), and
 
        (2) Value Added Tax (Finance) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 594),
 
    dated 9th March 1999 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
2Disabled Persons,—(1) Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Midland Metro T69 Vehicles) Exemption (Amendment) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 586), dated 5th March 1999, and
 
        (2) Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Midland Metro T69 Vehicles) Exemption Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 520), dated 2nd March 1999
 
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
3Education,—(1) Education Act 1996 (Grant-Maintained Schools) (Grants to Governing Bodies in Liquidation) (Modification) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 600), dated 2nd March 1999,
 
        (2) Education (Education Standards Etc. Grants) (England) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 606), dated 6th March 1999,
 
        (3) Education (Fees at Higher Education Institutions) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 603), dated 4th March 1999,
 
        (4) Education (Post 16 Partnership Grant) (England) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 605), dated 8th March 1999,
 
        (5) Education (School Inspection) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 601), dated 2nd March 1999,
 
        (6) Education (Transfer of Functions Concerning School Lunches) (England) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 604), dated 6th March 1999,
 
        (7) Teachers (Compensation for Redundancy and Premature Retirement) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 608), dated 5th March 1999, and
 
        (8) Teachers' Pensions (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 607), dated 5th March 1999
 
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
4Housing (Scotland),—Housing (Right to Buy) (Cost Floor) (Scotland) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 611), dated 1st March 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].
5Income Tax,—(1) Friendly Societies (Gilt-edged Securities) (Periodic Accounting for Tax on Interest) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 624),
 
        (2) Friendly Societies (Provisional Repayments for Exempt Business) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 622),
 
        (3) Gilt-edged Securities (Periodic Accounting for Tax on Interest) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 620),
 
        (4) Income Tax (Cash Equivalents of Car Fuel Benefits) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 684),
 
        (5) Insurance Companies (Gilt-edged Securities) (Periodic Accounting for Tax on Interest) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 623), and
 
        (6) Manufactured Dividends (Tax) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 621),
 
    dated 9th March 1999 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].
6National Health Service,—(1) National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) Amendment Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 609), and
 
        (2) The Health Authorities (England) Establishment Order 1996 Amendment and the Cambridgeshire and Norfolk Health Authorities (Establishment etc.) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 616),
 
    dated 8th March 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dobson].
7Road Traffic,—(1) Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 617), dated 5th March 1999, and
 
        (2) Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (County of Kent) (Borough of Maidstone) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 639), dated 8th March 1999
 
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott]; and
 
        (3) Local Authorities' Traffic Orders (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 614), dated 1st March 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].
8Sheriff Court (Scotland),—Act of Sederunt (Fees of Shorthand Writers in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 613), dated 2nd March 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].
9Social Security,—Social Security (Contributions) Amendment Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 561), dated 5th March 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].
10Sugar,—Sugar Beet (Research and Education) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 415), dated 18th February 1999 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].
11Value Added Tax,—(1) Value Added Tax (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 599), dated 9th March 1999 [by Act] [Mrs Barbara Roche]; and
 
        (2) Value Added Tax (Increase of Registration Limits) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 595), dated 9th March 1999 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].
Other Papers:
12Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report and Financial Statement and Budget Report, March 1999,—Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report and Financial Statement and Budget Report, March 1999 [pursuant to Order this day]; to be printed [No. 298] [Mrs Barbara Roche].
13National Audit,—Reports by the Comptroller and Auditor General on—
 
        (1) Audit of the Unemployment Assumption for the March 1999 Budget Projections, and
 
        (2) Financial Management and Governance at Gwent Tertiary College
 
    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 294 and 253] [Clerk of the House].
14Social Security,—Report by the Social Security Advisory Committee preceded by a statement by the Secretary of State for Social Security on the Social Security (Contributions) Amendment Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 561) [by Command] [Cm. 4281] [Mr Secretary Darling].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
1Rent Acts (Maximum Fair Rent) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 6),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Simon Burns from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Order); and nominated in substitution Mr Nigel Waterson.
2Local Authorities (Alteration of Requisite Calculations) (England) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 228),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Andrew Miller and Mr Paul Stinchcombe from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas and Mr Lawrie Quinn.
3School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (Proposals under section 211 of the Education Act 1996) (Transitional Provisions) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 3172),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Peter Bradley from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mr Ben Bradshaw.
4Education (Relevant Areas for Consultation of Admission Arrangements) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 124), the Education (Objections to Admission Arrangements) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 125), the Education (Determination of Admission Arrangements) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 126), the Education (School Information) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 251), and the Education (Aptitude for Particular Subjects) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 258),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Ben Bradshaw from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mr Peter Bradley.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Environment, 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 [No. 232-viii] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].
2Environmental Audit,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee [Energy Efficiency]; to be printed [No. 159-v] [Mr John Horam].
3Food Standards,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Food Standards Committee [Draft Food Standards Bill]; to be printed [No. 276-v] [Mr Kevin Barron].
4Scottish Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Scottish Affairs Committee [Inward/outward Investment in Scotland]; to be printed [84-ix] [Mr David Marshall].
5Standards and Privileges,—Third Report from the Committee on Standards and Privileges [Complaints against Mr Francis Maude], together with an Appendix (Memorandum by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards); to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 308] [Mr Robert Sheldon].
6Trade and Industry,—(1) Sixth Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [Ethical Trading], 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. 235];
 
        (2) Fifth Special Report from the Committee [Government Observations on the Third Report from the Trade and Industry Committee, Session 1998-99, on Multilateral Agreement on Investment]; to be printed [No. 309]; and
 
        (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Electronic Commerce]; to be printed [No. 187-v]
 
    [Mr Martin O'Neill].
7Welsh Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee [Childcare in Wales]; to be printed [No. 156-v] [Mr Martyn Jones].



 
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