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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Friday 19th March 1999

The House met at half-past Nine o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Referendums Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Referendums Bill;
 
        And a Motion being made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read a second time;
 
        And it being Eleven o'clock, the Deputy Speaker interrupted proceedings, pursuant to Standing Order No. 11 (Friday sittings).
 
        And the Question being again proposed;
 
        Mr Andrew Robathan 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 Edward Leigh, Mr Dominic Grieve: 129.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Bridget Prentice, Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West): 5.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        And the Question being accordingly put, That the Bill be now read a second time;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Dominic Grieve, Mr Edward Leigh: 128.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Gerald Howarth, Mr David Maclean: 0.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        The Bill was accordingly read a second time and stood committed to a Standing Committee.
2Cheques (Scotland) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Cheques (Scotland) Bill;
 
        And a Motion being made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read a second time;
 
        And it being half-past Two o'clock, the Debate stood adjourned.
 
        Ordered, That the Debate be resumed on Friday 14th May.
3Fuel Poverty and Energy Conservation Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Fuel Poverty and Energy Conservation Bill;
 
        Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 7th May.
4Transport of Farm Animals Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Transport of Farm Animals Bill;
 
        Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 23rd July.
5Control of Residential Hedgerows Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Control of Residential Hedgerows Bill;
 
        Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 7th May.
6Bus Fuel Duty (Exemptions) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for resuming the adjourned Debate on the Question proposed on 12th March, That the Bus Fuel Duty (Exemptions) Bill be now read a second time;
 
        Ordered, That the Debate be resumed on Friday 16th April.
7Streetworks Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Streetworks Bill;
 
        Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 23rd April.
8Nuclear Safeguards Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Nuclear Safeguards Bill;
 
        Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 26th March.
9Computer Millennium Non-Compliance (Contingency Plans) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Computer Millennium Non-Compliance (Contingency Plans) Bill;
 
        Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 26th March.
10Public House Names Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Public House Names Bill;
 
        Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 26th March.
11Energy Efficiency Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for resuming the adjourned Debate on the Question proposed on 12th March, That the Energy Efficiency Bill be now read a second time;
 
        Ordered, That the Debate be resumed on Friday 26th March.
12Energy Conservation (Housing) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Energy Conservation (Housing) Bill;
 
        Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 26th March.
13Deregulation,—Ordered, That Mr Stephen McCabe be discharged from the Deregulation Committee and Mr John McDonnell be added to the Committee.—(Mrs Anne McGuire.)
14Office Costs Etc. Allowances,—Resolved, That, in the opinion of this House, the following provisions should have effect:
 
        The limit on the office costs allowance in relation to Mrs Betty Williams should be up to 1.25 times that determined in accordance with paragraph (a) of the Resolution of the House of 10th July 1996 for any quarter beginning with 1st April 1998.—(Mrs Anne McGuire.)
15Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mrs Anne McGuire.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till two minutes past Three o'clock, adjourned till Monday 22nd March.
[Adjourned at 3.02 p.m.
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker        

Madam Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock on Monday 22nd March.

APPENDIX I
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
1Education,—Education (Individual Pupil Information) (Prescribed Persons) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 903), dated 18th March 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
Other Papers:
2Czech Republic (No. 1, 1999),—Agreement, done at Copenhagen on 27th May 1998, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Czech Republic on International Road Transport with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 4287] [Mr Secretary Cook].
3Ireland (No. 1, 1999),—Agreement, done at Belfast on 10th April 1998, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Ireland, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 4292] [Mr Secretary Cook].
4Ireland (No. 2, 1999),—Agreement, done at Dublin on 8th March 1999, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Ireland establishing Implementation Bodies, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 4293] [Mr Secretary Cook].
5Ireland (No. 3, 1999),—Agreement, done at Dublin on 8th March 1999, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Ireland establishing a North/South Ministerial Council, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 4294] [Mr Secretary Cook].
6Ireland (No. 4, 1999),—Agreement, done at Dublin on 8th March 1999, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Ireland establishing a British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 4295] [Mr Secretary Cook].
7Ireland (No. 5, 1999),—Agreement, done at Dublin on 8th March 1999, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Ireland establishing a British-Irish Council, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 4296] [Mr Secretary Cook].
8Treaty Series (No. 15, 1999),—Agreement, done at London on 24th June 1998, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the State of Qatar concerning Air Services [by Command] [Cm. 4289] [Mr Secretary Cook].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
1Road Traffic (Vehicle Testing) Bill:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee C; and
 
        (2) The Committee of Selection has appointed sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Harry Barnes, Mr John Bercow, Mr David Crausby, Mr Denzil Davies, Mr Dominic Grieve, Mr Patrick Hall, Mr John Heppell, Mr Andrew Hunter, Dr Brian Iddon, Glenda Jackson, Dr Julian Lewis, Mr Mark Oaten, Mr Bob Russell, Mr Marsha Singh, Angela Smith and Mr Gerry Sutcliffe.



 
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