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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 8th June 1999

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Dr Michael Clark reported from the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 1999.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
2Tenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Peter Atkinson reported from the Tenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Northern Ireland (Emergency and Prevention of Terrorism Provisions) (Continuance) Order 1999.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
3Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:
 
        The Lords have agreed to the Tax Credits Bill, with Amendments; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.
 
        Obscenity Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill to amend the law relating to obscenity; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.
 
        Consolidation, &c., Bills,—The Lords communicate that they have appointed a Committee of twelve Lords to join with a Committee of this House as the Joint Committee on Consolidation, &c., Bills; that they have ordered that the Committee have power to agree with the Commons in the appointment of a Chairman, and that the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee from time to time shall, if the Committee think fit, be printed and delivered out.
 
        Draft Local Government (Functions and Standards) Bill,—The Lords communicate that they have appointed a Committee of eight Lords to join with the Committee appointed by this House to consider the draft Local Government (Functions and Standards) Bill, published in the Command Paper entitled 'Local Leadership, Local Choice' (Cm. 4298); that they have ordered that the Committee have power to agree with the Commons in the appointment of a Chairman, that the Committee have leave to report from time to time, that the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers, that the Committee have power to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom, that the minutes of evidence taken before the Committee from time to time shall, if the Committee think fit, be printed and delivered out, and that the Committee shall report by 31st July; and they propose that the Committee do meet with the Committee appointed by the Commons on Tuesday 15th June at half-past Three o'clock in Committee Room 4.
4Tax Credits Bill,—Lords Amendments to the Tax Credits Bill to be considered to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 114].
5Digital Television Broadcasting Bill,—The Order for reading the Digital Television Broadcasting Bill a second time on Friday was read and discharged.
 
        Bill to be read a second time on Friday 23rd July.
6Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Bill,—The Order for reading the Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Bill a second time on Friday was read and discharged.
 
        Bill to be read a second time on Friday 23rd July.
7Streetworks Bill,—Ordered, That the Streetworks Bill be read a second time on Friday.
8Animal Welfare (Prohibition of Imports),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make it illegal to import into the United Kingdom any meat or food product originating from any country where animal welfare standards are not certified as being equivalent to animal welfare standards in the United Kingdom—(Mr Tony Baldry);
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr James Gray, Mr Andrew Robathan: 173.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Eric Forth, Mr John Bercow: 0.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        Ordered, That Mr Tony Baldry, Mr Roy Beggs, Mrs Angela Browning, Mr David Curry, Mr David Faber, Mr Douglas Hogg, Mr Lindsay Hoyle, Mr Archy Kirkwood, Mr David Prior, Angela Smith and Mr Tim Yeo do prepare and bring in the Bill.
9Animal Welfare (Prohibition of Imports) Bill,—Mr Tony Baldry accordingly presented a Bill to make it illegal to import into the United Kingdom any meat or food product originating from any country where animal welfare standards are not certified as being equivalent to animal welfare standards in the United Kingdom: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 11th June and to be printed [Bill 113].
10Pollution Prevention and Control Bill [Lords],—The Pollution Prevention and Control Bill [Lords] was, according to Order, read a second time and stood committed to a Standing Committee.
11Pollution Prevention and Control Bill [Lords] [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Pollution Prevention and Control 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 Pollution Prevention and Control Bill [Lords], it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—
 
        (a) any expenditure incurred by any Minister of the Crown in consequence of the Act, and
 
        (b) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable under any other Act out of money so provided—(Mr Greg Pope):—It was agreed to.
12Pollution Prevention and Control Bill [Lords] [Ways and Means],—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 Pollution Prevention and Control Bill [Lords], it is expedient to authorise the imposition of charges under regulations made under the Act—(Mr Greg Pope):—It was agreed to.
13Local 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. 46) on the Private Finance Initiative (House of Commons Paper No. 408), which was laid before this House on 7th May, be approved—(Mr Greg Pope):—It was agreed to.
14Assistance to Newly Independent States and Mongolia,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees), That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 5263/99, a draft Council Regulation on the provision of assistance to economic reform and recovery in the Newly Independent States and Mongolia; and supports the Government's position that the proposed Regulation is broadly acceptable, that the Government will work with Member States to secure a Regulation which will ensure greater emphasis on social and environmental issues, maintain TACIS as a technical assistance instrument, improve procedures and incorporate a dialogue-driven approach to programming—(Mr Greg Pope):—It was agreed to.
15Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from Consumers for Health Choice, the Health Food Manufacturers' Association, the National Association of Health Stores and others against the proposal to give the Medicines Control Agency power to classify natural health products as medicines was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
16Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from the people of Sunderland and others for protection of jobs at the Vaux Brewery site in Sunderland was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
17Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Greg Pope.)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till one minute to Ten o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.
[Adjourned at 9.59 p.m.
Betty Boothroyd
Speaker        

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

APPENDIX I
Papers presented by Her Majesty's Command and delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office during the adjournment pursuant to Standing Order No. 158 (Presentation of command papers):
1Culture, Media and Sport,—Government Response to the Third Report of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Session 1998-99, Back to the Dome [Cm. 4360] [Mr Secretary Smith].
Papers delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on the undermentioned dates during the adjournment pursuant to Standing Order No. 159 (Presentation of statutory instruments):
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
Thursday 27th May 1999
2Horse Racing and Betting (Northern Ireland),—Horse Racing (Charges on Bookmakers) Order (Northern Ireland) 1999 (S.R.(N.I.), 1999, No. 231), dated 14th May 1999 [Secretary Marjorie Mowlam].
3International Immunities and Privileges,—Northern Ireland (Location of Victims' Remains) Act 1999 (Immunities and Privileges) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1437), dated 27th May 1999 [Mr Secretary Cook].
4Local Government,—Local Government Act 1988 (Defined Activities) (Exemption) (Tower Hamlets London Borough Council) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1405), dated 18th May 1999 [Mr Secretary Prescott].
Friday 28th May 1999
5Education,—(1) Education (Mandatory Awards) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1494), dated 26th May 1999, and
 
        (2) Foundation Body Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1502), dated 28th May 1999
 
    [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
6Water Industry,—Water Supply (Water Fittings) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1506), dated 28th May 1999 [Mr Secretary Prescott].
Wednesday 2nd June 1999
7European Communities,—Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Supply, Sale and Export of Petroleum and Petroleum Products) (No. 2) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1516), dated 2nd June 1999 [Mr Secretary Cook].
Thursday 3rd June 1999
8Education,—(1) Education (Assisted Places) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1504), dated 27th May 1999,
 
        (2) Education (Assisted Places) (Incidental Expenses) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1505), dated 27th May 1999, and
 
        (3) Education (Grants) (Music, Ballet and Choir Schools) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1503), dated 25th May 1999
 
    [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
9Food,—Olive Oil (Designations of Origin) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1513), dated 27th May 1999 [Mr Nicholas Brown].
10Road Traffic,—Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1521), dated 1st June 1999 [Mr Secretary Prescott].
Friday 4th June 1999
11Education,—Education (Individual Pupils' Achievements) (Information) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1497), dated 26th May 1999 [Mr Secretary Michael].
12Food,—Food Labelling (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1483), dated 25th May 1999 [Mr Nicholas Brown].
13Social Security,—Social Security Amendment (Non-Cash Vouchers) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1509), dated 27th May 1999 [Mr Secretary Darling].
Monday 7th June 1999
14Clean Air,—Smoke Control Areas (Exempted Fireplaces) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1515), dated 28th May 1999 [Mr Secretary Prescott].
15Consumer Protection,—Cosmetic Products (Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1552), dated 7th June 1999 [Mr Secretary Byers].
16Education,—Education (Schedule 32 to the School Standards and Framework Act 1998) (Wales) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1469), dated 26th May 1999 [Mr Secretary Michael].
17Food,—(1) Animal Feedingstuffs from Belgium (Control) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1543), dated 4th June 1999,
 
        (2) Food (Animals and Animal Products from Belgium) (Emergency Control) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1542), dated 4th June 1999, and
 
        (3) Natural Mineral Water, Spring Water and Bottled Drinking Water Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1540), dated 3rd June 1999
 
    [Mr Nicholas Brown].
18Social Security,—Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit (General) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1539), dated 3rd June 1999 [Mr Secretary Darling].
Other Papers:
Thursday 27th May 1999
19Police,—Police (Secretary of State's Objectives) (No. 2) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1415), dated 19th May 1999 [Mr Secretary Straw].
Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Tuesday 8th June 1999:
Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:
20Church of England (General Synod) (Measures),—Measure passed by the General Synod of the Church of England, entitled Care of Places of Worship Measure [by Act]; to be printed [No. 487] [Clerk of the House].
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
21Agriculture,—Bovines and Bovine Products (Trade) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1554), dated 7th June 1999 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].
22Council Tax,—Council Tax (Exempt Dwellings) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1522), dated 27th May 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
23Financial Services,—Financial Services Act 1986 (Overseas Investment Exchanges and Overseas Clearing Houses) (Periodical Fees) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1576), dated 8th June 1999 [by Act] [Ms Patricia Hewitt].
24Food,—Contaminants in Food (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1603), dated 7th June 1999 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].
25Legal Aid, Advice and Assistance,—Legal Aid in Criminal Proceedings (Costs) (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) 1999 (S.R.(N.I.), 1999, No. 260), dated 3rd June 1999 [by Statutory Instrument] [Mr Keith Vaz].
26School Standards and Framework,—Draft Code of Practice on School Admission Appeals [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
27Seeds,—Seeds (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1553), dated 3rd June 1999 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].
28Terms and Conditions of Employment,—(1) Public Interest Disclosure (Compensation) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1548), and
 
        (2) Public Interest Disclosure (Prescribed Persons) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1549),
 
    dated 5th June 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
29Universities of Oxford and Cambridge,—Statute, dated 21st December 1998, made by the University of Cambridge amending the Statutes of the University [by Act] [Margaret Beckett].
30Value Added Tax,—Value Added Tax (Chiropractors) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1575), dated 8th June 1999 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].
Other Papers:
31Church of England (General Synod) (Measures),—Report by the Ecclesiastical Committee on the Care of Places of Worship Measure [by Act]; to be printed [No. 488] [Clerk of the House].
32Dentists,—Accounts of the General Dental Council for 1998 [by Act] [Margaret Beckett].
33Government Trading Funds,—Treasury Minute, dated 8th June 1999, concerning a further financial objective desirable of achievement by the Vehicle Inspectorate Trading Fund for the period 1st April 1998 to 31st March 2003 [by Act] [Mr Alan Milburn].
34Law Reform (Scotland),—Report of the Scottish Legal Services Ombudsman for 1998 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 443] [Mr Secretary Reid].
35Local Government (Scotland),—Report and Accounts of the Scottish Children's Reporter Administration for 1997-98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].
36National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on The Management of Medical Equipment in NHS Acute Trusts in England [by Act]; to be printed [No. 475] [Clerk of the House].
37National Health Service,—Statements of Guarantee given by the Secretary of State for Health on 7th June 1999 on loans proposed to be raised by the following National Health Service Trusts—
 
        (1) Kent Ambulance, and
 
        (2) Kent & Sussex Weald
 
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dobson].
38Public Petitions,—Observations by the Secretary of State for Social Security on the Petition [27th April] from Mrs Jane Ellison, members of the Twins and Multiple Births Association and others for extending the rate of child benefit for the eldest child to all children of a multiple birth [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].
39Welsh Language,—Accounts of the Welsh Language Board for 1998-99, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 508] [Clerk of the House].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
Draft Professions Supplementary to Medicine (Clinical Scientists Board) Order of Council 1999, the draft Professions Supplementary to Medicine (Speech and Language Therapists Board) Order of Council 1999 and the draft Professions Supplementary to Medicine (Paramedics Board) Order of Council 1999,—The Committee of Selection has discharged Mr Patrick Hall and Mr Ivan Henderson from the Eleventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (nominated in respect of the draft Orders of Council); and nominated in substitution Mr David Stewart and Mr Huw Edwards.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Education and Employment,—(1) Fourth Report from the Education and Employment Committee [The work of OFSTED], 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. 62]; and
 
        (2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [The work of OFSTED]
 
    [Mr Malcolm Wicks].
2Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment Sub-Committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [Town and Country Parks]; to be printed [No. 477-i][Mr Andrew F. Bennett].
3Financial Services and Markets,—Second 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 [No. 465] [ordered to be printed in the adjournment pursuant to S.O. No. 137 (Select Committees (adjournment of the House))][Clerk of the House].
4Foreign Affairs,—Fourth Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee [Gibraltar], 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. 366][Mr Donald Anderson].
5International Development,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the International Development Committee [The Future of Sanctions]; to be printed [No. 454-iii][Ann Clwyd].
6Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee [The Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee—Two Years On]; to be printed [No. 505-i][Mr Giles Radice].



 
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