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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 27th April 1999

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1HFC Bank Bill,—The HFC Bank Bill was read the third time, and passed.
2Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill,—Mr Humfrey Malins reported from Standing Committee D, That it had gone through the Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.
 
        Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 91].
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 416].
3Fuel Poverty and Energy Conservation Bill,—The Order for reading the Fuel Poverty and Energy Conservation Bill a second time on Friday 7th May was read and discharged.
 
        Bill to be read a second time on Friday 14th May.
4Recycling of Household Waste Bill,—Mr Jim Cunningham, supported by Christine Butler, Mr Alan Hurst, Dr Ian Gibson, Mr Piara S. Khabra, Dr Ashok Kumar and David Taylor presented a Bill to amend the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to require waste collection authorities to provide receptacles for recyclable and non-recyclable household waste on demand: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 7th May and to be printed [Bill 90].
5Regulations on Small Businesses (Reduction),—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to reduce the quantity of regulations on businesses below a certain size: And that Mr John Bercow, Mr Graham Brady, Mrs Angela Browning, Mr Christopher Chope, Mr Nick Hawkins, Miss Julie Kirkbride, Mr Andrew Lansley, Mr Richard Page, Mr Owen Paterson, Mr David Prior, Mr David Ruffley and Mr Richard Spring do prepare and bring it in.
6Regulations on Small Businesses (Reduction) Bill,—Mr John Bercow accordingly presented a Bill to reduce the quantity of regulations on businesses below a certain size: 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 89].
7Finance Bill (Clauses Nos. 2, 28 and 99),—The House, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee on the Finance Bill (Clauses Nos. 2, 28 and 99).
 
(In the Committee)
 
        Clause No. 2 (Rates of duty and rebate on hydrocarbon oil).
 
        Question put, That the Clause stand part of the Bill.
 
        The Committee divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Clive Betts, Mr Keith Hill: 305.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Sir David Madel: 177.
 
        To report progress and ask leave to sit again.—(Mr Robert Ainsworth.)


 
        The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair and Mr Robert Ainsworth reported, That the Committee had made progress in the Bill, and that he was directed to move, That the Committee may have leave to sit again.
 
        Committee again to-morrow.
8Financial Services and Markets,—Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Joint Committee on Financial Services and Markets that it report by 27th May 1999 on Parts V (employment in regulated activities), VI (civil fines for market abuse) and XII (disciplinary measures) of the draft bill in relation to the European Convention on Human Rights.—(Mr Robert Ainsworth.)
 
        To be communicated to the Lords, and their concurrence desired thereto.
9Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from Mrs Jane Ellison, members of the Twins and Multiple Births Association and others for extending the rate of child benefit paid for the eldest child to all children of a multiple birth was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
10Public Petitions,—Public Petitions from residents of the constituencies of—
 
        (1) New Forest West, and
 
        (2) Dorset South
 
    against hunting with dogs were presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
11Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Robert Ainsworth.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till seventeen minutes to Eleven o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 10.43 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,—Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 47) on rural bus subsidy grants for 1999-2000 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 407] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
2Countryside,—Countryside Stewardship (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1177), dated 13th April 1999 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].
3County Courts,—Lay Representatives (Rights of Audience) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1225), dated 27th April 1999 [by Act] [Mr Geoffrey Hoon].
4Disability Discrimination,—Draft Codes of Practice on—
 
        (1) Duties of Trade Organisations to their disabled members and applicants, and
 
        (2) Rights of Access: Goods, Facilities, Services and Premises
 
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
5Disabled Persons,—Disability Discrimination (Services and Premises) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1191), dated 27th April 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
Other Papers:
6Museums and Galleries,—Report and Financial Summary of the Wallace Collection for 1995-98 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].
7National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Managing Sickness Absence in the Prison Service [by Act]; to be printed [No. 372] [Clerk of the House].
8Parliamentary Commissioner,—Fourth Report of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration, Session 1998-99: The Ostrich Farming Corporation Ltd [by Act]; to be printed [No. 409] [Clerk of the House].
9Public Petitions,—Observations by the Secretary of State for Wales on the Petition [31st March] from residents of or living near to Trecwn in the constituency of Preseli Pembrokeshire against the storage of nuclear waste at the former RNAD Trecwn site [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
1Draft European Parliamentary Elections (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations 1999,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mrs Louise Ellman from the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Regulations); and nominated in substitution Mr Huw Edwards.
2Medicines (Advertising and Monitoring of Advertising) Amendment Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 267),—The Committee of Selection has discharged Ms Tess Kingham and Dr Stephen Ladyman from the Ninth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the Regulations); and nominated in substitution John Austin and Joan Ruddock.
3Draft Code of Practice on School Admissions,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Ivan Henderson from the Tenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Code); and nominated in substitution Mr Jon Trickett.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Environmental Audit,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee [Genetically Modified Organisms]; to be printed [No. 384-iii] [Mr John Horam].
2Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment Sub-Committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [Multilateral Environmental Agreements]; to be printed [No. 307-iii] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].
3Financial Services and Markets,—First Report from the Joint Committee on Financial Services and Markets; together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Joint Committee [Nos. 328-I and -II] [Mr Barry Sheerman].
4Public Administration,—(1) Second Report from the Select Committee on Public Administration [Annual Report of the Health Service Ombudsman for 1997-98]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 54]; and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Accountability of Public Bodies]; to be printed [No. 209-vi]
 
    [Mr Rhodri Morgan].
5Statutory Instruments,—(1) Sixteenth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 50-xvi]; and
 
        (2) First Special Report from the Committee, together with Appendices; to be printed [No. 415]
 
    [Mr David Tredinnick].
6Trade and Industry,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee [Trading, Trade Marks and Competition]; to be printed [No. 380-ii] [Mr Martin O'Neill].
7Welsh Affairs,—Second Report from the Welsh Affairs Committee [Broadcasting in Wales and the National Assembly], 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. 48] [Mr Martyn Jones].


CORRIGENDUM
 
    In the Votes and Proceedings of 15th March 1999, Item 3 (3) of Appendix III (Reports from Select Committees), relating to the Public Accounts Committee, should have read as follows:
 
        (3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils Accounts 1997-98]; to be printed [No. 322-i].



 
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