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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 20th April 1999

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Imperial College Bill,—A Motion being made, That the Imperial College Bill be now read the third time;
 
        Mr Secretary Cook, by Her Majesty's Command, acquainted the House, That Her Majesty, having been informed of the purport of the Bill, gives her consent, as far as Her Majesty's interest in concerned, That the House may do therein as it shall think fit.
 
        And the Question being put:—It was agreed to.
 
        The Bill was accordingly read the third time, and passed.
2Freedom of Tax Information,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require the Government to issue taxpayers with an annual schedule detailing the taxes they have paid compared with previous years and to require information concerning the taxable component of prices on products sold to be made available: And that Mr Tim Loughton, Mr Francis Maude, Mr David Heathcoat-Amory, Mr John Whittingdale, Mr Nick Gibb, Mr Archie Norman, Mr Howard Flight, Mr Dominic Grieve, Mr Robert Syms, Mr Andrew Tyrie and Mrs Ann Winterton do prepare and bring it in.
3Freedom of Tax Information Bill,—Mr Tim Loughton accordingly presented a Bill to require the Government to issue taxpayers with an annual schedule detailing the taxes they have paid compared with previous years and to require information concerning the taxable component of prices on products sold to be made available: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 21st May and to be printed [Bill 85].
4Finance Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Finance Bill;
 
        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 a Second Reading to the Finance Bill because it imposes further hidden taxes on families, on homeowners, on motorists, on consumers and on business, adding extra costs to business at a time of economic uncertainty and rising unemployment and fails to reverse the damaging measures introduced by the last two Finance Acts which introduced similar damaging and hidden tax increases together with increases in the tax burden on companies and tax rises on savings and on pension funds', instead thereof.—(Mr David Heathcoat-Amory.)
 
        And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Mr Stephen Day: 132.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Clelland, Jim Dowd: 341.
 
        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, Mr David Clelland, Jim Dowd: 304.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Stephen Day, Mrs Eleanor Laing: 164.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        The Bill was accordingly read a second time.
 
        A Motion was made, and the Question being put, pursuant to Standing Order No. 63 (Committal of bills), That—
 
        (1) Clauses Nos. 2, 28 and 99 be committed to a Committee of the whole House;
 
        (2) the remainder of the Bill be committed to a Standing Committee;
 
        (3) when the provisions of the Bill considered, respectively, by the Committee of the whole House and by the Standing Committee have been reported to the House, the Bill be proceeded with as if the Bill had been reported as a whole to the House from the Standing Committee—(Mrs Barbara Roche);
 
        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. 63 (Committal of bills):—It was agreed to.
 
        Committee to-morrow.
5Local 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. 42) on the Promoting Independence: Partnership Grant for 1999-2000 (House of Commons Paper No. 301), which was laid before this House on 23rd March, be approved—(Mr Greg Pope):—It was agreed to.
6Local 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. 43) on the Promoting Independence: Prevention Grant for 1999-2000 (House of Commons Paper No. 302), which was laid before this House on 23rd March, be approved—(Mr Greg Pope):—It was agreed to.
7Local 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. 44) on the Promoting Independence: Carers Grant for 1999-2000 (House of Commons Paper No. 303), which was laid before this House on 23rd March, be approved—(Mr Greg Pope):—It was agreed to.
8Education,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft General Teaching Council for Wales (Constitution) Regulations 1999, which were laid before this House on 22nd March, be approved—(Mr Greg Pope):—It was agreed to.
9Education,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft General Teaching Council for England (Constitution) Regulations 1999, which were laid before this House on 22nd March, be approved—(Mr Greg Pope):—It was agreed to.
10Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Greg Pope.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till one minute to Twelve o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 11.59 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 Negative Resolution:
1Agriculture,—(1) Countryside Access (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1174), dated 15th April 1999,
 
        (2) Environmentally Sensitive Areas (Wales) Designation Orders (Amendment) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1175), dated 16th April 1999, and
 
        (3) Land in Care Scheme (Tir Gofal) (Wales) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1176), dated 15th April 1999
 
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Michael].
Other Papers:
2Ancient Monuments,—Report of the Ancient Monuments Board for Scotland for 1998 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 373] [Mr Secretary Dewar].
3Economic Development (Northern Ireland),—Northern Ireland Office Minute, dated 20th April 1999, concerning a contingent liability consequent upon indemnification for statutory redundancy payments to Action for Community Employment (ACE) core workers [by Command] [Secretary Marjorie Mowlam].
4National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on The PRIME project: The transfer of the Department of Social Security estate to the private sector [by Act]; to be printed [No. 370] [Clerk of the House].
5National Health Service,—Statements of Guarantee given by the Secretary of State for Health on 19th April 1999 on loans proposed to be raised by the following National Health Service Trusts—
 
        (i) Phoenix, and
 
        (ii) Royal Berkshire and Battle Hospitals
 
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dobson].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
Draft Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (Amendment) Order 1999,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Peter L. Pike from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Order); and nominated in substitution Yvette Cooper.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Administration,—First Report from the Administration Committee [Proposal to re-open the Line of Route during the Summer Adjournment]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 394] [Mrs Marion Roe].
2Agriculture,—(1) Fifth Report from the Agriculture Committee [Badgers and Bovine Tuberculosis], 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. 233];
 
        (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Sea Fishing; Badgers and Bovine Tuberculosis]
 
    [Mr Peter Luff].
3Deregulation,—First Special Report from the Deregulation Committee, [The Future of the Deregulation Procedure]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 324] [Mr Peter L. Pike].
4Education and Employment,—(1) Third Report from the Education and Employment Committee [Highly able children], 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. 22]; and
 
        (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Highly able children]
 
    [Malcolm Wicks].
5Environmental Audit,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee [Genetically Modified Organisms and the Environment]; to be printed [No. 384-ii] [Mr John Horam].
6Foreign Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee [Gibraltar]; to be printed [No. 366-ii] [Mr Donald Anderson].
7Home Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [Police Training and Recruitment; Delays at the Immigration and Nationality Department; and Accountability of the Security Service]; to be printed [Nos. 81-vi; 392-i; and 291-ii] [Mr Chris Mullin].
8International Development,—(1) First Special Report from the International Development Committee [Government Response to the First Report from the Committee, on the Future of the EC Development Budget]; to be printed [No. 391]; and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Women and Development]; to be printed [No. 160-vii]
 
    [Mr Bowen Wells].
9Public Administration,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Accountability of Public Bodies]; to be printed [No. 209-v] [Ms Margaret Moran].
10Statutory Instruments,—Fifteenth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 50-xv] [Mr David Tredinnick].
11Trade and Industry,—(1) Sixth Special Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [Government and Oftel Observations on the Fifth Report from the Committee, on Telephone Numbering]; to be printed [No. 395]; and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Work of the Department of Trade and Industry]; to be printed [No. 396]
 
    [Mr Martin O'Neill].
12Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [Public Service Agreements]; to be printed [No. 378-ii] [Mr Giles Radice].
13Welsh Affairs,—Memorandum laid before the Welsh Affairs Committee [Spring Supplementary Estimates] [Mr Martyn Jones].



 
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