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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Monday 29th March 1999

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Newark Writ,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the Speaker do issue her Warrant to the Clerk of the Crown to make out a new Writ for the electing of a Member to serve in this present Parliament for the county constituency of Newark in the room of Fiona Elizabeth Ann Jones—(Mr James Arbuthnot);
 
        And the Motion being opposed, further proceeding stood postponed.
2First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Bowen Wells reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Special Grant Report (Scotland): Grant in aid of expenditure on rural public passenger transport for 1999-2000 (HC 283), the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 45) (Metropolitan Railway Passenger Services Grant 1999/2000) (HC 305) and the Special Grant Report (Scotland): Grant in aid of expenditure on rail services in the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Area (HC 329).
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
3Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Joe Benton reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Carriage by Air Acts (Implementation of Protocol No. 4 of Montreal, 1975) Order 1999 and the draft Carriage by Air Acts (Application of Provisions) (Fifth Amendment) Order 1999.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
4Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:
 
        Health Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill to amend the law about the national health service; make provision in relation to arrangements and payments between health service bodies and local authorities with respect to health and health-related functions; make provision in relation to monitoring and improving the quality of health care in independent hospitals; confer power to regulate any professions concerned (wholly or partly) with the physical or mental health of individuals; and for connected purposes; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.
5Health Bill [Lords],—The Health Bill [Lords] was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 77].
 
        Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes to the Health Bill [Lords] be printed [Bill 77-EN].
6Newark Writ,—The House resumed the postponed proceeding on the Question, That the Speaker do issue her Warrant to the Clerk of the Crown to make out a new Writ for the electing of a Member to serve in this present Parliament for the county consituency of Newark in the room of Fiona Elizabeth Ann Jones.
 
        An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 1, to leave out from the word 'That' to the end of the Question and add the words 'this House do pass to the Orders of the day', instead thereof.—(Margaret Beckett.)
 
        And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Jamieson, Mr Clive Betts: 260.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Sir David Madel, Mr Stephen Day: 97.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        And the Main Question, so amended, being put;
 
        Resolved, That this House do pass to the Orders of the day.
7Adjournment (Stephen Lawrence Inquiry),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Kevin Hughes);
 
        And it being Ten o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order.
8Education and Employment,—Ordered, That Mr Don Foster be discharged from the Education and Employment Committee and Mr Phil Willis be added to the Committee.—(Mr Paul Tyler, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)
9Public Petitions,—Public Petitions from residents of the constituencies of—
 
        (1) Aylesbury,
 
        (2) Daventry, and
 
        (3) Ludlow,
 
    against hunting with dogs were presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
10Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Mike Hall);
 
        And the Motion having been made after Ten o'clock, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, Madam Speaker adjourned the House without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, it being then twenty-nine minutes to Eleven o'clock, till to-morow.
[Adjourned at 10.31 p.m.
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker        

Madam Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock.

APPENDIX I
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
1Constitutional Law,—National Assembly for Wales (First Meeting) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 944), dated 17th March 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Michael].
2Environmental Protection,—United Kingdom Ecolabelling Board (Abolition) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 931), dated 22nd March 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
3Housing,—Social Landlords (Additional Purposes or Objects) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 985), dated 25th March 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
4Merchant Shipping,—Merchant Shipping (Fire Protection) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 992), dated 26th March 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
5National Debt,—Draft Government Stock (Amendment) Regulations 1999 [by Act] [Ms Patricia Hewitt].
6Social Security,—(1) Distraint by Authorised Officers (Fees, Costs and Charges) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 980), and
 
        (2) Social Security Contributions, etc. (Decisions and Appeals—Transitional Modifications) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 978)
 
    dated 25th March 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].
Other Papers:
7Broadcasting,—Report and Accounts of the Independent Television Commission for 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].
8Financial Reporting to Parliament,—Departmental Reports for 1999: the Government's expenditure plans 1999-2000 to 2001-02:—
 
        (1) Chancellor of the Exchequer's Departments: HM Treasury, National Savings, Registry of Friendly Societies, National Investment and Loans Office, Office for National Statistics, Government Actuary's Department and Financial Transactions with European Community Institutions [by Command] [Cm. 4218] [Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer]; and
 
        (2) Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Office of the National Lottery (OFLOT) [by Command] [Cm. 4213] [Mr Secretary Smith].
9Government Annuities,—Account of Government Annuities and Insurances for 1998 [by Act] [Ms Patricia Hewitt].
10Government Trading Funds,—Treasury Minute, dated 29th March 1999, concerning a further financial objective desirable of achievement by the Ordnance Survey Trading Fund for the period 1st April 1999 to 31st March 2004 [by Act] [Mr Alan Milburn].
11Historic Buildings and Ancient Monuments,—Report of the Historic Buildings Council for Wales for 1997-98 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Michael].
12London Regional Transport,—Statement of Guarantee given by the Treasury on 29th March 1999 in respect of temporary borrowing by London Regional Transport from Midland Bank plc [by Act] [Mrs Barbara Roche].
13National Health Service,—(1) Statement of Guarantee given by the Secretary of State for Health on 24th March 1999 on loans proposed to be raised by the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre National Health Service Trust; and
 
        (2) Statements of Guarantees given by the Secretary of State for Health on 25th March 1999 on loans proposed to be raised by the following National Health Service Trusts—
 
          (i) The Epsom and St Helier, and
 
          (ii) Weston Area Health
 
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dobson].
14New Towns,—Statement of Guarantee given by the Treasury on 29th March 1999 under the New Towns Act 1981 in respect of temporary borrowing by the Commission for the New Towns from Barclays Bank plc [by Act] [Mrs Barbara Roche].
15Training and Enterprise Councils,—Accounts of the Training and Enterprise Councils in Wales for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 360] [Mr Secretary Michael].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
Criminal Legal Aid (Fixed Payments) (Scotland) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 491):
 
        (1) The Speaker has appointed Mr Jimmy Hood Chairman of the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Regulations, in place of Mr Frank Cook; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Malcolm Chisholm and Mr Jim Murphy from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Regulations); and nominated in substitution Rosemary McKenna and Rachel Squire.



 
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