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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 4th May 1999

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Sex Education in Schools,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to introduce an entitlement for all children to receive sex and relationships education in schools from key stage one onwards; and for connected purposes—(Dr Evan Harris);
 
        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 Speaker put the Question pursuant to Standing Order No. 23 (Motions for leave to bring in bills and nominations of select committees at commencement of public business);
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Dr Howard Stoate, Dr Jenny Tonge: 89.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Andrew Robathan, Mr Peter Luff: 47.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        Ordered, That Dr Evan Harris, Dr Jenny Tonge, Dr Lynne Jones, Mrs Teresa Gorman, Jackie Ballard, Diana Organ, Dr Vincent Cable, Mr Peter Brand, Dr Howard Stoate, Mrs Audrey Wise and Dr Ian Gibson do prepare and bring in the Bill.
2Sex Education in Schools Bill,—Dr Evan Harris accordingly presented a Bill to introduce an entitlement for all children to receive sex and relationships education in schools from key stage one onwards; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time, on Friday 23rd July and to be printed [Bill 94].
3Greater London Authority Bill (Consideration) [1st allotted day],—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Greater London Authority Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee.
 
        Amendments (Nos. 93 to 98, 136, 137, 102 and 108A) made to the Bill.
 
        Amendment (No. 105A) proposed to the Bill, in page 10, to leave out lines 39 to 41 and to insert the words 'a citizen of the United Kingdom' instead thereof.—(Mr Eric Forth.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 99) made to the Bill.
 
        A Clause (Nomination of candidate for Mayor)—(Mr Richard Ottaway)—brought up, and read the first time.
 
        Question put, That the Clause be read a second time,.
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Sir David Madel, Mr Tim Collins: 128.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Jamieson, Jane Kennedy: 285.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 109A) made to the Bill.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 36) proposed to the Bill, in page 14, line 35, after the word 'of', to insert the words 'health and'.—(Mr Simon Hughes.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Other Amendments (Nos. 110A, 111A, 112A and 113A) made to the Bill.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 64) proposed to the Bill, in page 19, line 22, at the end, to insert the words—
 
          '(i) the strategy for the River Thames prepared and published under section (The River Thames) below.'.—(Mr Simon Hughes.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Other Amendments (Nos. 114A and 115 to 118) made to the Bill.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 119) proposed to the Bill, in page 20, to leave out lines 5 to 9.—(Mr Nick Raynsford.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made;
 
        And it being half-past Seven o'clock the Deputy Speaker, pursuant to Order [30th April], put the Question already proposed from the Chair.
 
        Question, That the Amendment be made, put and agreed to.
 
        The Deputy Speaker then put forthwith the remaining Questions necessary to dispose of the business required to be concluded at that hour.
 
        Other Amendments (Nos. 120 to 122) made to the Bill.
 
        A Clause (The general power of the Authority)—(Jim Dowd)—brought up, read the first time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Limits of the general power)—(Jim Dowd)—brought up, read the first time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Consultation)—(Jim Dowd)—brought up, read the first time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 27) proposed to the Bill, in page 48, line 33, at the end, to insert the words 'but the amount of the grant shall increase by at least the annual rate of the Retail Price Index in each year beginning from the Authority's second financial year.'.—(Mr Tom Brake.)
 
        Question put, That the Amendment be made.
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Paul Tyler, Dr Jenny Tonge: 19.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Jamieson, Jane Kennedy: 285.
 
        Another Clause (Limitation of precepts)—(Mr Simon Hughes)—brought up, and read the first time.
 
        Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time,:—Clause, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Other Amendments (Nos. 123, 124 and 139) made to the Bill.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 34) proposed to the Bill, in page 85, line 36, at the end, to insert the words—
 
          '(6A) The Franchising Director shall consult the Mayor before proposing any changes to rail services which will affect the level of provision of rail services in Greater London.'.—(Mr Tom Brake.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 67) proposed to the Bill, in page 104, line 29, to leave out Clause 199.—(Mr Edward Davey.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Another Clause (Smoking in London taxis and private hire vehicles)—(Mr Tom Brake)—brought up, and read the first time.
 
        Question put, That the Clause be read a second time,.
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Edward Davey, Dr Jenny Tonge: 21.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Greg Pope, Mr Kevin Hughes: 293.
 
        Other Amendments (Nos. 129 to 134) made to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Secretary of State's functions in relation to the strategy)—(Mr Nick Raynsford)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 29) proposed to the Bill, in page 256, line 32, to leave out the word 'appointed' and insert the word 'elected', instead thereof.—(Mr Simon Hughes.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Other Amendments (Nos. 146 to 149) made to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Appointment and removal of commanders)—(Kate Hoey)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Other members of the Metropolitan Police Force)—(Kate Hoey)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 125) made to the Bill.
 
        Another Amendment (No. 135) proposed to the Bill, in page 139, to leave out lines 8 to 24.—(Mr Richard Ottaway.)
 
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Other Amendments (Nos. 4 to 6 and 103 to 108) made to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (The Superannuation Act 1972)—(Jim Dowd)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Transitional and consequential provision)—(Jim Dowd)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Transfers of property, rights or liabilities)—(Jim Dowd)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Transfer schemes)—(Jim Dowd)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Contracts of employment etc)—(Jim Dowd)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Pensions)—(Jim Dowd)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Transfer and pension instruments: common provisions)—(Jim Dowd)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Continuity)—(Jim Dowd)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Another Clause (Accommodation for Authority and functional bodies)—(Jim Dowd)—brought up and read the first time.
 
        Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time.
 
Wednesday 5th May 1999
 
        And it being Midnight, the Deputy Speaker put the Question already proposed from the Chair.
 
        Question, That the Clause be read a second time, put and agreed to.
 
        The Deputy Speaker then put forthwith the remaining Questions necessary to dispose of the business required to be concluded at that hour.
 
        Clause added to the Bill.
 
        A Schedule (Transfer schemes)—(Jim Dowd)— brought up, read the first time, and added to the Bill.
 
        It being after Midnight, further consideration of the Bill stood adjourned.
 
        Bill to be further considered this day.
4Civil Aviation,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Aeroplane Noise Regulations 1999, which were laid before this House on 14th April, be approved—(Jane Kennedy):—It was agreed to.
5Referendums Bill [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Referendums Bill [Money];
 
        Resolved, That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Referendums Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment of money provided by Parliament of any sums so payable under the Act.—(Jane Kennedy.)
6Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from residents of Hinckley and Bosworth for support for the hosiery and knitwear industry was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
7Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from residents of the constituency of West Bromwich East against hunting with dogs was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
8Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Jane Kennedy.)
 
        And, accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-three minutes past Twelve o'clock on Wednesday morning, adjourned till this day.
[Adjourned at 12.23 a.m.
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker        

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

APPENDIX I
Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:
1Social Security,—Draft Social Security and Child Support (Decisions and Appeals) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
2Road Traffic,—Road Traffic (Parking Adjudicators) (London) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1205), dated 22nd April 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
Other Papers:
3Audit (Northern Ireland),—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland on the Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company [by Statutory Instrument]; to be printed [No. 390] [Secretary Marjorie Mowlam].
4National Health Service,—Summarised Accounts of Health Authorities, and NHS Trusts in England, of the Dental Practice Board and Special Health Authorities providing central services in England, and of Funds held on Trust by Health Authorities, NHS Trusts, Special Health Authorities and Special Trustees in England for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 382] [Clerk of the House].
5Public Petitions,—Observations by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions on the Petition [9th March] from Shrewsbury-based and other rural road hauliers relating to the impact of Government environmental policies upon rural road hauliers [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].
APPENDIX II
Reports from Select Committees
1Environmental Audit,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee [The Greening Government Initiative]; to be printed [No. 426-i] [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-iv] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].
3Home Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee [Drugs and Prisons]; to be printed [No. 363-ii] [Mr Chris Mullin].
4International Development,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [Kosovo]; to be printed [No. 422-ii]; and
 
        (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Kosovo]
 
    [Ann Clwyd]
5Statutory Instruments,—Seventeenth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 50-xvii] [Mr William Ross].
6Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [Tax Competition and Co-ordination]; to be printed [425-i] [Mr Giles Radice].



 
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