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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Wednesday 14th April 1999

The House met at half-past Nine o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Jim Dowd);
 
        And it being Two o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order.
2Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill,—Mr Joe Benton reported from Standing Committee B, That it had gone through the Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.
 
        Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered on Friday 14th May; and to be printed [Bill 83].
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 381].
3Road Traffic (Vehicle Testing) Bill,—Mr Roger Gale reported from Standing Committee C, That it had gone through the Road Traffic (Vehicle Testing) Bill, and directed him to report the same, without Amendment.
 
        Bill, not amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered on Friday 21st May.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 379].
4Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Peter Atkinson reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft European Parliamentary Elections Regulations 1999.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
5Births and Deaths Registration (Amendment) Bill [Lords],—The Births and Deaths Registration (Amendment) Bill [Lords] was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 14th May and to be printed [Bill 84].
 
        Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Births and Deaths Registration (Amendment) Bill [Lords] be printed [Bill 84-EN].
6Adoption (Intercountry Aspects) Bill,—Ordered, That the Explanatory Notes relating to the Adoption (Intercountry Aspects) Bill be printed [Bill 18-EN].
7Cancer Care,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision about cancer services in the United Kingdom; to make provision for monitoring and improving the quality of cancer treatment and care provided by the National Health Service; to require the Secretary of State to undertake a new review and report on cancer services in the United Kingdom; and to provide for making such information available to the general public: And that Mr Paul Marsden, Dr Evan Harris, Miss Julie Kirkbride, Mrs Helen Brinton, Mr Kevin Barron and Dr Doug Naysmith do prepare and bring it in.
8Cancer Care Bill,—Mr Paul Marsden accordingly presented a Bill to make provision about cancer services in the United Kingdom; to make provision for monitoring and improving the quality of cancer treatment and care provided by the National Health Service; to require the Secretary of State to undertake a new review and report on cancer services in the United Kingdom; and to provide for making such information available to the general public: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 30th April and to be printed [Bill 82].
9Access to Justice Bill [Lords],—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Access to Justice Bill [Lords];
 
        And a Motion being made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read a second time;
 
        An Amendment was proposed to the Question, to leave out from the word 'That' to the end of the Question and add the words 'this House declines to give the Access to Justice Bill [Lords] a Second Reading because it is likely to reduce access to justice as a result of removing legal aid in civil cases and is likely to increase the costs of litigation as a result of the 100 per cent. uplift in fees under conditional fee arrangements, because the Bill contains no detailed costings or description of the proposed functions of the Legal Services Commission and imposes no statutory restrictions on the ambit of the Criminal Defence Service or the extent to which the Crown Prosecution Service can appear in the Crown Courts, because a system of wholly state-employed prosecutors and defenders creates the danger of miscarriages of justice, and because the Bill grants to the Lord Chancellor constitutionally unprecedented powers unilaterally to alter the rules of the independent legal profession', instead thereof.—(Mr Edward Garnier.)
 
        And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Oliver Heald, Mrs Caroline Spelman: 159.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Jane Kennedy, Mr David Jamieson: 338.
 
        So the Question was negatived.
 
        And the Main Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 62 (Amendment on second or third reading);
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Jane Kennedy, Mr David Jamieson: 335.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Caroline Spelman, Mr Oliver Heald: 156.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        The Bill was accordingly read a second time and stood committed to a Standing Committee.
10Access to Justice Bill [Lords] [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Access to Justice Bill [Lords] [Money];
 
        A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 52 (Money resolutions and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills), That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Access to Justice Bill [Lords], it is expedient to authorise—
 
        (1) the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—
 
          (a) any expenditure incurred by a Minister of the Crown under the Act, and
 
          (b) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of such money under any other Act; and
 
        (2) the charging on, and payment out of, the Consolidated Fund of the salaries of District Judges (Magistrates' Courts)—(Mr Keith Hill):—It was agreed to.
11Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill [Money] (No. 2),—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill [Money] (No. 2);
 
        A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill, it is expedient to authorise the remission of amounts recoverable under or by virtue of Part III of the Social Security Administration Act 1992—(Mr Keith Hill);
 
        And it being three-quarters of an hour after the commencement of proceedings, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Standing Order No. 52 (Money resolutions and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills):—It was agreed to.
 
        Resolved, That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill, it is expedient to authorise the remission of amounts recoverable under or by virtue of Part III of the Social Security Administration Act 1992.
12Medicines,—Ordered, That the Medicines (Advertising and Monitoring of Advertising) Amendment Regulations 1999 be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.—(Mr Kevin Hughes.)
13Education,—Ordered, That the draft Code of Practice on School Admissions be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.—(Mr Kevin Hughes.)
14Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from residents of the constituency of Tiverton and Honiton against hunting with dogs was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
15Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Kevin Hughes);
 
        And the Motion having been made after Ten o'clock, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, it being then eighteen minutes to Twelve o'clock, till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 11.42 p.m.
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker        

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

APPENDIX I
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:
1Civil Aviation,—Draft Aeroplane Noise Regulations 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
2Devolution (Wales),—National Assembly for Wales (Oath of Allegiance in Welsh) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1101), dated 6th April 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Michael].
3Merchant Shipping,—Consular Relations (Merchant Shipping) (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) (Revocation) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1124), dated 13th April 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Cook].
4Industrial Development,—Northern Ireland Science Park Foundation Limited (Funding) Order (Northern Ireland) 1999 (S.R.(N.I.), 1999, No. 155), dated 26th March 1999 [by Act] [Secretary Marjorie Mowlam].
5Water Industry,—Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1148), dated 1st April 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
Other Papers:
6European Communities (No. 1, 1999),—Convention, done at Brussels on 28th May 1998, drawn up on the basis of Article K.3 of the Treaty on European Union, on Jurisdiction and the Recognition and Enforcement of Judgements in Matrimonial Matters, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 4187] [Mr Secretary Cook].
7European Communities (No. 2, 1999),—Protocol, done at Brussels on 28th May 1998, drawn up on the basis of Article K.3 of the Treaty on European Union, on the interpretation by the Court of Justice of the European Communities of the Convention on Jurisdiction and the Recognition and Enforcement of Judgements in Matrimonial Matters, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 4186] [Mr Secretary Cook].
8Health,—Government Response to the First Report from the Health Committee, Session 1998-99, on the Relationship between Health and Social Services [by Command] [Cm. 4320] [Mr Secretary Dobson].
9Industrial Organisation and Development,—Report and Accounts of the Apple and Pear Research Council for 1997-98 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].
10National Health Service,—Statement of Guarantee given by the Secretary of State for Health on 12th April 1999 on loans proposed to be raised by the South Buckinghamshire National Health Service Trust [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dobson].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
1Health Bill [Lords]:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee A, and has appointed Mr Roger Gale and Mr Joe Benton Chairmen; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has appointed twenty-four Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr David Amess, Mr Paul Burstow, Mr Martin Caton, Mr David Clelland, Mr Stephen Day, Mr John Denham, Mr Michael Fabricant, Maria Fyfe, Mr Paul Goggins, Mr Philip Hammond, Dr Evan Harris, Mr Stephen Hepburn, Mr Stephen Hesford, Mr John Hutton, Helen Jones, Mrs Helen Liddell, Mr Paul Marsden, Laura Moffatt, Mrs Diana Organ, Mr John Randall, Dr Phyllis Starkey, Sir Robert Smith, Mr Paul Truswell and Miss Ann Widdecombe.
2Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 42) on the Promoting Independence: Partnership Grant for 1999-2000 (HC 301), the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 43) on the Promoting Independence: Prevention Grant for 1999-2000 (HC 302), and the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 44) on the Promoting Independence: Carers Grant for 1999-2000 (HC 303),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Dr Evan Harris from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Special Grant Reports); and nominated in substitution Mr Paul Keetch.
3Draft General Teaching Council for Wales (Constitution) Regulations 1999 and the draft General Teaching Council for England (Constitution) Regulations 1999,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Nick Ainger from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mr Martin Caton.
4Draft Civil Procedure (Modification of Enactments) Order 1999:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Dr Michael Clark Chairman; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has appointed sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Charlotte Atkins, Mr John Bercow, Mr John Burnett, Mr Iain Coleman, Mr Keith Darvill, Mr Edward Garnier, Mr Keith Hill, Mr Geoffrey Hoon, Mr Elfyn Llwyd, Mr David Lock, Siobhain McDonagh, Mr John McDonnell, Miss Anne McIntosh, Ms Linda Perham, Mr John M. Taylor and Audrey Wise.
5Draft Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (Amendment) Order 1999:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Peter Atkinson Chairman; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has appointed sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Graham Allen, Norman Baker, Mr Robin Corbett, Mr Andrew Dismore, Mr Michael Foster (Hastings and Rye), Mr Stephen Hepburn, Glenda Jackson, Mr Bernard Jenkin, Mr Peter L. Pike, Mr Adrian Sanders, Mr John Smith, Helen Southworth, Mrs Caroline Spelman, Mr Andrew Tyrie, Mr Peter Viggers and Mr Anthony D. Wright.
6Draft Local Authority (Stocks and Bonds) (Amendment) Regulations 1999:
 
        (1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Edward O'Hara Chairman; and
 
        (2) the Committee of Selection has appointed sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Robert Ainsworth, Ms Hazel Blears, Mr Bob Blizzard, Mr John Cummings, Mr Edward Davey, Mr David Drew, Mr Nick Gibb, Mr Oliver Heald, Ms Patricia Hewitt, Mr David Kidney, Mr Tom Levitt, Miss Geraldine Smith, Sir Michael Spicer, Mr William Thompson, Mr David Tredinnick and Mr Stephen Twigg.
European Standing Committees
7The Speaker has appointed Mr Bowen Wells Chairman of European Standing Committee A in respect of European Union Document No. 8582/97, relating to Air Transport Competition Rules.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—(1) Second Special Report from the Committee [Government Response to the Second Report from the Committee, Millennium Compliance in the Transport Industry]; to be printed [No. 383];
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [UK Climate Change Programme]; to be printed [No. 171-v] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett]; and
 
        (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Sub-Committee [Aviation Safety]; to be printed [No. 275-iv]
 
    [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].
2Foreign Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [Kosovo]; to be printed [No. 188-ii] [Mr Donald Anderson].
3Northern Ireland Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee [Illegal Sale of Fuel Oils in Northern Ireland]; to be printed [No. 334-iii] [Mr Peter Brooke].
4Public Accounts,—(1) Eleventh Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Northern Ireland Health and Personal Social Services: Controls to Prevent and Detect Fraud in Family Practitioner Service Payments]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 123];
 
        (2) Twelfth Report from the Committee [OFFER: Improving Energy Efficiency Financed by a Charge on Customers]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 174];
 
        (3) Thirteenth Report from the Committee [The Final Accounts of Chessington Computer Centre, Recruitment and Assessment Services and the Occupational Health and Safety Agency]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 231]; and
 
        (4) Fourteenth Report from the Committee [Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions: Grants to Voluntary Bodies]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 158]
 
    [Mr David Davis].
5Science and Technology,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Science and Technology Committee [The Scientific Advisory System: Genetically Modified Foods]; to be printed [No. 286-v] [Dr Michael Clark].
6Social Security,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Social Security Committee [War Pensions Agency]; to be printed [No. 377-i] [Mr Archy Kirkwood].
7Trade and Industry,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee [Trading, Trade Marks and Competition]; to be printed [No. 380-i] [Mr Martin O'Neill].
8Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [Public Service Agreements]; to be printed [No. 378-i] [Mr Giles Radice].



 
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