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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 23rd March 1999

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1City of Westminster Bill [Lords],—The City of Westminster Bill [Lords] was read the third time, and passed, with Amendments.
2University College London Bill,—The House proceeded to consider the University College London Bill, as amended in the Committee.
 
        Bill to be read the third time.
3Employment Relations Bill,—Mr Peter Atkinson reported from Standing Committee E, That it had gone through the Employment Relations Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.
 
        Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 70].
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 351].
4Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Edward O'Hara reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order 1999.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
5Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Joe Benton reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft International Mobile Satellite Organisation (Immunities and Privileges) Order 1999.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
6Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Joe Benton reported from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (Application to Summary Proceedings) Order 1999.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
7European Standing Committee C,—Mr Bill O'Brien reported from European Standing Committee C the following Resolution:
 
        That the Committee takes note of the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum submitted by the Department of Trade and Industry on 17th April 1998 relating to Reform of the Structural Funds, the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum submitted by the Department of Trade and Industry on 17th April 1998 relating to Agenda 2000, reform of the Cohesion Fund, and European Union Document No. 5480/99, an amended draft Council Regulation on the European Regional Fund; and supports the Government's view that reform of the European Structural and Cohesion Funds is essential in preparation for enlargement and should be concluded by a fair, affordable and durable outcome for all Member States; agrees that the Cohesion Fund is no longer justified where Member States have been admitted to Stage 3 of EMU, and should be phased out as soon as possible, and that the European Development Fund Regulation provides for a suitable basis for the use of that Fund.
 
        Report, together with Resolution, to lie upon the Table.
8Age (Prevention of Discrimination),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to prevent discrimination in employment and in other matters on grounds of age—(Mr Robert Maclennan);
 
        And the Motion being opposed, after a brief explanatory statement from the Member who made the Motion and from a Member who opposed it, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Standing Order No. 23 (Motions for leave to bring in bills and nomination of select committees at commencement of public business):—It was agreed to.
 
        Ordered, That Mr Robert Maclennan, Mr David Atkinson, Dr Roger Berry, Dr Vincent Cable, Mr Don Foster, Mrs Linda Gilroy, Dr Evan Harris, Ms Linda Perham, Mr Andrew Rowe and Angela Smith do prepare and bring in the Bill.
9Age (Prevention of Discrimination) Bill,—Mr Robert Maclennan accordingly presented a Bill to prevent discrimination in employment and in other matters on grounds of age: 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 69].
10Local Government Bill [Money] (No. 2),—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Local Government Bill [Money] (No. 2);
 
        A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Local Government Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State in making grants to the Audit Commission for Local Authorities and the National Health Service in England and Wales—(Jane Kennedy);
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Keith Hill, Mr David Jamieson: 345.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Eric Forth, Mr David Wilshire: 39.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Local Government Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State in making grants to the Audit Commission for Local Authorities and the National Health Service in England and Wales.
11Local Government Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Local Government Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee.
 
        A Clause (Coordination of inspections, &c.)—(Mr Jon Owen Jones)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Requirement for overriding order)—(Mr Bernard Jenkin)—brought up and read the first time.
 
        A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the Clause be read a second time;
 
        And it being Ten o'clock, the Debate stood adjourned.
12Business of the House,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business), That, at this day's sitting, the Local Government Bill may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour—(Mr Mike Hall):—It was agreed to.
13Local Government Bill,—The House again proceeded to consider the Local Government Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee.
 
        Question again proposed, That the Clause (Requirement for overriding order) be read a second time:—The House resumed the adjourned Debate.
 
        Question put.
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Mr Stephen Day: 156.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Greg Pope, Mrs Anne McGuire: 330.
 
        So the Question was negatived.
 
        A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That further consideration of the Bill be now adjourned—(Mr Keith Bradley);
 
        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 proceeded to a Division.
Wednesday 24th March 1999
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mr Clive Betts: 314.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Sir David Madel: 140.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        And the Question being accordingly put;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mr Clive Betts: 314.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Sir David Madel: 132.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        Bill to be further considered this day.
14Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Kevin Hughes.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till seven minutes past One o'clock, adjourned till this day.
[Adjourned at 1.07 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:
1Local Government Finance,—(1) Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 42) on the Promoting Independence: Partnership Grant for 1999-2000,
 
        (2) Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 43) on the Promoting Independence: Prevention Grant for 1999-2000, and
 
        (3) Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 44) on the Promoting Independence: Carers Grant for 1999-2000
 
    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 301, 302 and 303] [Mr Secretary Dobson].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
2National Health Service,—(1) Health Authorities (Membership and Procedure) Amendment Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 946), and
 
        (2) National Health Service Trusts (Membership and Procedure) Amendment Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 945),
 
    dated 23rd March 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dobson].
3Telegraphs,—Wireless Telegraphy (Exemption) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 930), dated 22nd March 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
Other Papers:
4Animal Health,—Return of Expenditure Incurred and Prosecutions taken under the Animal Health Act 1981, and Incidences of Disease in Imported Animals for 1998 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].
5Cabinet Office Executive Agencies,—Report and Accounts of the Buying Agency for 1997, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 314] [Clerk of the House].
6Civil Aviation,—Statement of Guarantee given by the Treasury on 23rd March 1999 in respect of temporary borrowing by the Civil Aviation Authority from the National Westminster Bank plc [by Act] [Mrs Barbara Roche].
7Financial Reporting to Parliament,—Departmental Report for 1999: the Government's expenditure plans for 1999-2000 for the Department of Health [by Command] [Cm. 4203] [Mr Secretary Dobson].
8Foreign Affairs,—Government Response to the First Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee, Session 1998-99, on Foreign Policy and Human Rights [by Command] [Cm. 4299] [Mr Secretary Cook].
9Health Service Commissioner,—Second Report of the Health Service Ombudsman, Session 1998-99: Investigation of Complaint About Treatment by Deputising Doctors [by Act]; to be printed [No. 341] [Clerk of the House].
10National Audit,—Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General on:—
 
        (1) Progress on measures to combat Housing Benefit fraud, and
 
        (2) The Sale of Railfreight Distribution
 
    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 319 and 280] [Clerk of the House].
11Social Security,—Report, entitled A new contract for welfare: safeguarding social security [by Command] [Cm. 4276] [Mr Secretary Darling].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
1Draft Limit in Relation to Licences to Provide Radio Multiplex Services Order 1999,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Fiona Mactaggart from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Mr David Lock.
2Draft Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 (Specified Organisations) Order 1999 and the Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1996 Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 525),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Jeremy Corbyn from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order and the Order); and nominated in substitution Dr Howard Stoate.
3Traffic Areas (Reorganisation) (Wales) Order 1999,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Martin Caton and Dr John Marek from the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Order); and nominated in substitution Ms Julie Morgan and Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West).
4Draft Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1996 (Code of Practice) Order 1999,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Tony Colman from the Eleventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Helen Jackson.
5Value Added Tax (Finance) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 594) and the Value Added Tax (Buildings and Land) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 593),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Martyn Jones and Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West) from the Twelfth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Orders); and nominated in substitution Mr Gordon Prentice and Mr Gwyn Prosser.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Education and Employment,—Second Report from the Education and Employment Committee [Part-time Working], 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. 346] [Mr Derek Foster].
2Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment Sub-Committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [International Environmental Agreements]; to be printed [No. 307-i] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].
3Environmental Audit,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee [Energy Efficiency]; to be printed [No. 159-vi] [Mr John Horam].
4Foreign Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [Transcaucasus and Central Asia]; to be printed [No. 349-i] [Mr Donald Anderson].
5Financial Services and Markets,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on Financial Services and Markets; to be printed [No. 328-iii] [Mr Barry Sheerman].
6Home Affairs,—First Report from the Home Affairs Committee [The Work of the Criminal Cases Review Commission], 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. 106] [Mr Chris Mullin].
7International Development,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [Women and Development; The Provisions of the Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill [Lords]]; to be printed [Nos. 160-v and 212-i] [Mr Bowen Wells].
8Public Administration,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Accountability of Public Bodies]; to be printed [No. 209-iv] [Mr Rhodri Morgan].
9Standards and Privileges,—Fourth Report from the Committee on Standards and Privileges [Complaint against Sir Edward Heath], 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. 348] [Mr Robert Sheldon].
10Statutory Instruments,—Thirteenth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 50-xiii] [Mr David Tredinnick].
11Treasury,—(1) Fourth Special Report from the Treasury Committee [Financial Services Regulation: The Government's Response to the Third Report from the Committee, Session 1998-99]; to be printed [No. 347]; and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [The 1999 Budget]; to be printed [No. 325-iii]
 
    [Mr Giles Radice].
12Welsh Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee [Health Issues in Wales]; to be printed [No. 343-i] [Mr Martyn Jones].


THE SPEAKER'S CERTIFICATE
The Speaker certified that the Consolidated Fund (No. 2) Bill is a Money Bill within the meaning of the Parliament Act 1911.



 
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