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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 16th March 1999

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Imperial College Bill,—The First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means reported from the Committee on Unopposed Bills, That it had examined the allegations contained in the Preamble to the Imperial College Bill and found the same to be true; and had gone through the Bill and had directed him to report the same, without Amendment.
 
        Bill to be read the third time.
2University College London Bill,—The First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means reported from the Committee on Unopposed Bills, That it had examined the allegations contained in the Preamble to the University College London Bill and had amended the same so as to make it consistent with the facts as proved by the evidence adduced, and found the same, as amended, to be true; and had gone through the Bill and made Amendments thereunto.
 
        Bill, as amended in the Committee, to lie upon the Table.
3First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mrs Marion Roe reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Railways (Rateable Values) (Amendment) Order 1999.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
4Prevention of Delay in Trials,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide that a person indicted for a serious criminal offence shall be brought to trial within a period of 110 days; and for connected purposes: And that Miss Anne McIntosh, Mr Martin Bell, Mr Dennis Canavan, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Michael Fabricant, Mr James Gray, Mr David Prior, Mr Keith Simpson and Mr Robert Walter do prepare and bring it in.
5Prevention of Delay in Trials Bill,—Miss Anne McIntosh accordingly presented a Bill to provide that a person indicted for a serious criminal offence shall be brought to trial within a period of 110 days; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 23rd April and to be printed [Bill 64].
6House of Lords Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Third Reading of the House of Lords Bill;
 
        And a Motion being made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read the third time;
 
        Mr Keith Bradley rose in his place, and claimed to move, That the Question be now put.
 
        And the Question being put, That the Question be now put;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Clelland, Jane Kennedy: 326.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Stephen Day, Mrs Eleanor Laing: 152.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        And the Question being accordingly put;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Clelland, Jane Kennedy: 340.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Mr Tim Collins: 132.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        The Bill was accordingly read the third time, and passed.
7Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism,—Resolved, That the draft Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1989 (Continuance) Order 1999, which was laid before this House on 4th March, be approved.—(Mr Secretary Straw.)
8Northern Ireland Grand Committee,—Ordered, That—
 
        (1) the matter of the draft Report of the Department of Economic Development's Economic Strategy Review, being a matter relating exclusively to Northern Ireland, be referred to the Northern Ireland Grand Committee; and
 
        (2) at its sitting on Thursday 25th March—
 
          (i) the Committee shall consider the matter referred to it under paragraph (1) above;
 
          (ii) the Chairman shall interrupt proceedings thereon at Five o'clock; and
 
          (iii) at the conclusion of those proceedings a Motion for the adjournment of the Committee may be made by a Minister of the Crown, pursuant to Standing Order No. 116(5).—(Mr David Jamieson.)
9Libraries,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Public Lending Right (Increase of Limit) Order 1999, which was laid before this House on 16th February, be approved—(Mr David Jamieson):—It was agreed to.
10Local Government Finance (Wales),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Special Grant Report (Wales) 1999 (No. 2): Special Grant for Asylum Seekers (House of Commons Paper No. 250), which was laid before this House on 24th February, be approved—(Mr David Jamieson);
 
        The House proceeded to a Division.
 
Wednesday 17th March 1999
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Clive Betts, Mr Robert Ainsworth: 281.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Andrew Lansley, Mr Dominic Grieve: 24.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That the Special Grant Report (Wales) 1999 (No. 2): Special Grant for Asylum Seekers (House of Commons Paper No. 250), which was laid before this House on 24th February, be approved.
11Local Government Finance (Scotland),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Special Grant Report for Scotland (No. 1, 1999): Special Grant for Asylum Seeker Assistance (House of Commons Paper No. 228), which was laid before this House on 24th February, be approved—(Mr Kevin Hughes);
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Robert Ainsworth, Mr Clive Betts: 275.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Andrew Lansley, Mr Dominic Grieve: 24.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That the Special Grant Report (Scotland) (No. 1 1999): Special Grant for Asylum Seeker Assistance (House of Commons Paper No. 228), which was laid before this House on 24th February, be approved.
12Local 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. 38): Special Grant for Asylum Seekers (House of Commons Paper No. 230), which was laid before this House on 24th February, be approved—(Mr Kevin Hughes);
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Robert Ainsworth, Mr Clive Betts: 278.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Andrew Lansley, Mr Dominic Grieve: 9.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 38): Special Grant for Asylum Seekers (House of Commons Paper No. 230), which was laid before this House on 24th February, be approved.
13Transport Infrastructure Charging,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees), That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 10778/98, the Commission White Paper: Fair Payment for Infrastructure Use: A phased approach to a common transport infrastructure charging framework in the EU; and endorses the Government's approach to discussions on the document—(Mr Kevin Hughes);
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Robert Ainsworth, Mr Clive Betts: 274.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Andrew Lansley, Mr Dominic Grieve: 12.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 10778/98, the Commission White Paper: Fair Payment for Infrastructure Use: A phased approach to a common transport infrastructure charging framework in the EU; and endorses the Government's approach to discussions on the document.
14Legal Aid and Advice (Scotland),—Ordered, That the Criminal Legal Aid (Fixed Payments) (Scotland) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 491) be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.—(Mr David Clelland.)
15Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr David Clelland.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till three minutes to One o'clock, adjourned till this day.
[Adjourned at 12.57 a.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 Negative Resolution:
1Legal Aid and Advice,—(1) Civil Legal Aid (Assessment of Resources) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 813),
 
        (2) Legal Advice and Assistance (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 814),
 
        (3) Legal Aid in Criminal and Care Proceedings (General) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 815), and
 
        (4) Legal Aid (Mediation in Family Matters) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 816),
 
    dated 12th March 1999 [by Act] [Mr Geoffrey Hoon].
2Income Tax,—(1) Income Tax (Employments) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 824), dated 16th March 1999,
 
        (2) Income Tax (Paying and Collecting Agents) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 823), dated 15th March 1999,
 
        (3) Income Tax (Sub-contractors in the Construction Industry) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 825), dated 16th March 1999, and
 
        (4) Venture Capital Trust (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 819), dated 16th March 1999
 
    [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].
3Social Security,—Social Security (Contributions) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 827), dated 15th March 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].
Other Papers:
4Social Services (Scotland),—Paper, entitled Aiming for Excellence: Modernising social work services in Scotland [by Command] [Cm.4288] [Mr Secretary Dewar].
5Trade Union and Labour Relations,—Report of the Certification Officer for 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill,—The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee B (transferred from Standing Committee C).
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Agriculture,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Agriculture Committee [Badgers and Bovine Tuberculosis]; to be printed [No. 233-v]; and
 
        (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Sea Fishing; Badgers and Bovine Tuberculosis]
 
    [Mr Peter Luff].
2Deregulation,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Deregulation Committee [Proposed Amendments to the Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994]; to be printed [No. 324-i]; [Mr Peter L. Pike].
3Education and Employment,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Employment Committee [Opportunities for Disabled People]; to be printed [No. 111-ii] [Mr Derek Foster].
4Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment Sub-Committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [The Operation of the Landfill Tax]; to be printed [No. 150-iii] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].
5Environmental Audit,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee [The Budget 1999]; to be printed [No. 326-i] [Mr John Horam].
6Financial Services and Markets,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on Financial Services and Markets; to be printed [No. 328-i] [Mr Barry Sheerman].
7Public Administration,—(1) First Report from the Select Committee on Public Administration [Annual Report of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration for 1997-98]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 136]; and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Accountability of Public Bodies]; to be printed [No. 209-iii]
 
    [Mr Rhodri Morgan].
8Statutory Instruments,—Twelfth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 50-xii] [Mr David Tredinnick].
9Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [The 1999 Budget]; to be printed [No. 325-i] [Mr Giles Radice].
10Welsh Affairs,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee [European Structural Funds]; to be printed [No. 327-i]; and
 
        (2) Memorandum laid before the Committee [Winter Supplementary Estimates] [Mr Martyn Jones].



 
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