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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Tuesday 15th June 1999

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.
PRAYERS.
1City of London (Ward Elections) Bill,—Mr Robert Jackson reported from the Committee on the City of London (Ward Elections) Bill, That it had agreed to a Special Report, which it had directed him to make to the House.
 
        Report, and so much of the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee as relates to the Report, to lie upon the Table; and to be printed [No. 534].
2City of London (Ward Elections) Bill,—Mr Robert Jackson reported from the Committee on the City of London (Ward Elections) Bill, That it had examined the allegations contained in the Preamble of the Bill and found the same to be true; and had gone through the Bill and made Amendments thereunto.
 
        Bill to be considered.
3Deregulation,—Mr Peter L. Pike reported from the Deregulation Committee the following Resolutions:
 
        That, in respect of the proposal for the Deregulation (New Year Licensing) Order 1999, which was laid before this House on 13th April, a draft Order in the same terms as the proposal should be laid before the House.
 
        That, in respect of the proposal for the Deregulation (Casinos) Order 1999, which was laid before this House on 19th April, a draft Order in the same terms as the proposal should be laid before the House.
4Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Roger Gale reported from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 1999, the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedules 4 and 5) Order 1999, the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Functions) Order 1999, the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Functions Exercisable in or as Regards Scotland) Order 1999, and the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Consequential Modifications) (No. 2) Order 1999.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
5Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Dr Michael Clark reported from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) Order 1999 and the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Border Rivers) Order 1999.
 
        Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.
6Safety at Sea,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require testing of the competency of users of pleasure and recreational craft; and to require the carrying of minimum safety equipment while at sea—(Mr Mike Hancock);
 
        And the Motion being opposed, after a brief explanatory statement from the Member who made the Motion and a Member who opposed it, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Standing Order No. 23 (Motions for leave to bring in bills and nomination of select committees at commencement of public business):—It was agreed to.
 
        Ordered, That Mr Mike Hancock, Mr Brian Cotter, Dr Rudi Vis, Paul Flynn, Bob Russell, Mr Peter Viggers, Mr Syd Rapson, Mr Richard Allen and Mr Nigel Jones do prepare and bring in the Bill.
7Safety at Sea Bill,—Mr Mike Hancock accordingly presented a Bill to require testing of the competency of users of pleasure and recreational craft; and to require the carrying of minimum safety equipment while at sea: 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 119].
8Health Bill [Lords] and Immigration and Asylum Bill (Allocation of Time),—A Motion was made and the Question being put, That the following provisions shall apply to the remaining proceedings on the Health Bill [Lords] and the Immigration and Asylum Bill—
Timetable
 
        1.—(1) Proceedings on Consideration and on Third Reading of the Health Bill [Lords] shall be completed at the sitting this day and shall be brought to a conclusion, if not previously concluded, five hours after the commencement of proceedings on this Motion.
 
        (2) Proceedings on Consideration and on Third Reading of the Immigration and Asylum Bill shall be completed in two allotted days and, if not previously concluded, shall be brought to a conclusion at midnight on the second allotted day.
Questions to be put
 
        2.—(1) For the purpose of bringing any proceedings on either of the Bills to a conclusion in accordance with paragraph 1 the Speaker shall forthwith put the following Questions (but no others)—
 
          (a) any Question already proposed from the Chair;
 
          (b) any Question necessary to bring to a decision a Question so proposed;
 
          (c) the Question on any Amendment moved or Motion made by a Minister of the Crown;
 
          (d) any other Question necessary for the disposal of the business to be concluded.
 
        (2) On a Motion made for a new Clause or a new Schedule, the Speaker shall put only the Question that the Clause or Schedule be added to the Bill.
 
        (3) If two or more Questions would fall to be put under sub-paragraph (1)(c) on amendments moved or Motions made by a Minister of the Crown, the Speaker shall instead put a single Question in relation to those Amendments or Motions.
Miscellaneous
 
        3 Standing Order No. 15(1) (Exempted business) shall apply to proceedings—
 
          (a) on the Health Bill [Lords];
 
          (b) on the Immigration and Asylum Bill at the sitting this day until midnight;
 
          (c) on the Immigration and Asylum Bill on the second allotted day;
 
    and those proceedings shall not be interrupted under any Standing Order relating to sittings of the House.
 
        4—(1) If at the sitting this day—
 
          (a) a Motion for the Adjournment of the House under Standing Order No. 24 (Adjournment on specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration) stands over to seven o'clock, and
 
          (b) proceedings on this Motion have begun before that time,
 
          the Motion for the Adjournment shall stand over until midnight.
 
          (2) If on the second allotted day a Motion for the Adjournment of the House under Standing Order No. 24 stands over to seven o'clock or from an earlier day, the Motion shall stand over until the conclusion of any proceedings on the Immigration and Asylum Bill.
 
        5 Standing Order No. 82 (Business Committee) shall not apply to proceedings on either of the Bills.
 
        6 No Motion shall be made, except by a Minister of the Crown, to alter the order in which any proceedings on either of the Bills are taken or to recommit either of the Bills; and if a Minister makes any such Motion, the Question on the Motion shall be put forthwith.
 
        7 No dilatory Motion shall be made in relation to either of the Bills except by a Minister of the Crown; and if a Minister makes any such Motion, the Question on the Motion shall be put forthwith.
 
        8 The proceedings on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown for varying or supplementing the provisions of this Order shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion one hour after they have been commenced; and Standing Order No. 15(1) shall apply to those proceedings.
 
        9 If at the sitting this day the House is adjourned, or the sitting is suspended, before the conclusion of proceedings on this Motion or on either of the Bills, no notice shall be required of a Motion made at the next sitting by a Minister of the Crown for varying or supplementing the provisions of this Order.
Interpretation
 
        10 In this Order, 'allotted day' means this day and any other day on which the Immigration and Asylum Bill is put down on the main business as first Government Order of the Day.—(Mr Secretary Dobson.)
 
        The House divided
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Jane Kennedy: 325.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Stephen Day, Mr Tim Collins: 145.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
9Health Bill [Lords] [allotted day],—The Order of the day being read, for resuming the adjourned Debate on the Question proposed yesterday, on consideration of the Health Bill [Lords], as amended in the Standing Committee, that the Clause (Criteria for appraisals by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence) be read a second time.
 
        And the Question being again proposed:—The House resumed the adjourned Debate.
 
        Question put, That the Clause be read a second time.
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Mark Oaten, Sir Robert Smith: 34.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Jamieson, Mr Graham Allen: 322.
 
        Another Clause (Independent review of the incidence of discrimination within the NHS)—(Mr Simon Hughes)—brought, up and read the first time.
 
        Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:—Clause, by leave withdrawn.
 
        Another Clause (Health Care and Energy Efficiency Schemes)—(Sir Robert Smith)—brought up, and read the first time.
 
        Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:—Clause, by leave, withdrawn.
 
        Another Clause (Health and safety of NHS doctors)—(Dr Evan Harris)—brought up, and read the first time.
 
        Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time.
 
        And it being five hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion on Health Bill [Lords] and Immigration and Asylum Bill (Allocation of Time), the Deputy Speaker put the Question already proposed from the Chair, pursuant to Order [this day].
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Sir Robert Smith, Mr Michael Moore: 154.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Jamieson, Mr Graham Allen: 337.
 
        The Deputy Speaker then put forthwith the remaining Questions he was directed to put to bring proceedings on Consideration and Third Reading to a conclusion.
 
        Question, That the Amendments standing in the name of a Minister of the Crown be made to the Bill, put and agreed to.
 
        Amendments (Nos. 7 to 16, 94 to 104, 17 to 39, 105 and 40 to 76) accordingly made to the Bill.
 
        Question put, That the Bill be now read the third time.
 
        The House divided.
 
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Jamieson, Mr Graham Allen: 372.
 
          Tellers for the Noes, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Mr Stephen Day: 112.
 
        So the Question was agreed to.
 
        The Bill was accordingly read the third time, and passed, with Amendments.
10Immigration and Asylum Bill [1st allotted day],—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Immigration and Asylum Bill, as amended in the Special Standing Committee.
 
        A Clause (Treatment of certain overstayers)—(Mr Mike O'Brien)—brought up, read the first and second time, and added to the Bill.
 
        Clause (Removal of asylum claimants under standing arrangements with member States)—(Mr Secretary Straw)—brought up, and read the first time.
 
        Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time.
Wednesday 16th June 1999
 
        And it being midnight, the Debate stood adjourned, pursuant to Order [15th June].
 
        Debate to be resumed this day.
11Constitutional Law,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Scottish Parliament (Assistance for Registered Political Parties) Order 1999, which was laid before this House on 26th May, be approved—(Mr Mike Hall):—It was agreed to.
12Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from residents of the constituency of Galloway and Upper Nithsdale against hunting with dogs was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
13Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Mike Hall)
 
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-nine minutes past Twelve o'clock, adjourned till this day.
[Adjourned at 12.29 a.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:
1Gas,—Public Gas Transporter Pipe-line Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1672), dated 12th June 1999 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Byers].
Other Papers:
2Crofters (Scotland),—Report and Abstract of Accounts of the Crofters Commission for 1998-99 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Reid].
3Denmark (No. 1, 1999),—Agreement, done at To«rshavn on 18th May 1999, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, on the one hand, and the Government of the Kingdom of Denmark together with the Home Government of the Faroe Islands, on the other hand, relating to the Maritime Delimitation in the area between the United Kingdom and the Faroe Islands, with an Explanatory Memorandum [by Command] [Cm. 4373] [Mr Secretary Cook].
4Food Standards,—Government Response to the Report from the Food Standards Committee, Session 1998-99, on the Food Standards Draft Bill [by Command] [Cm. 4377] [Mr Nicholas Brown].
5Law Commission,—(1) Report by the Law Commission on the Seventh Programme of Law Reform, and
 
        (2) Report of the Law Commission for 1998: Modern Law for Modern Needs
 
    [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 435 and 434] [Mr Keith Vaz].
6Public Petitions,—Observations by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions on the Petition [19th May] from residents of Broxtowe and others calling for legislation to require bells to be fitted to bicycles [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].
7Railways,—Report of the Rail Regulator for 1998-99 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
APPENDIX II
Standing Committees
Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill [Lords],—The Committee of Selection has discharged Jim Fitzpatrick, Ms Tess Kingham and Chris McCafferty from Standing Committee D (nominated in respect of the Bill); and nominated in substitution Mr Stephen Hepburn, Mr Brian White and Mr Tony Worthington.
APPENDIX III
Reports from Select Committees
1Administration,—Second Report from the Administration Committee [Record copies of Acts], together with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 539] [Mrs Marion Roe].
2Defence,—Fifth Special Report from the Defence Committee [Committees' Inquiry into the 1997 and 1998 Annual Reports on Strategic Export Controls], together with the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development and Trade and Industry Committees, meeting concurrently pursuant to paragraph (4) of Standing Order No. 152 (Select Committees related to government departments), and Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings relating to the Special Report [No. 540] [Mr Bruce George].
3Deregulation,—Third Report from the Deregulation Committee [Proposal for the Deregulation (New Year Licensing) Order 1999; Proposal for the Deregulation (Casinos) Order 1999]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 532] [Mr Peter L. Pike].
4Education and Employment,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education and Employment Committee [Opportunities for Disabled People]; to be printed [No. 111-iv] [Mr Derek Foster].
5Environment, 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-ii] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].
6Foreign Affairs,—Third Special Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee [Committees' Inquiry into the 1997 and 1998 Annual Reports on Strategic Export Controls], together with the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development and Trade and Industry Committees, meeting concurrently pursuant to paragraph (4) of Standing Order No. 152 (Select Committees related to government departments), and Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings relating to the Special Report [No. 540] [Mr Donald Anderson].
7International Development,—Second Special Report from the International Development Committee [Committees' Inquiry into the 1997 and 1998 Annual Reports on Strategic Export Controls], together with the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development and Trade and Industry Committees, meeting concurrently pursuant to paragraph (4) of Standing Order No. 152 (Select Committees related to government departments), and Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings relating to the Special Report [No. 540] [Ann Clwyd].
8Public Administration,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration [Accountability of Public Bodies]; to be printed [No. 209-vii] [Dr Tony Wright].
9Social Security and Education and Employment,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Social Security Committee and the Employment Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Committee, meeting concurrently pursuant to paragraph (4) of Standing Order No. 152 (Select committees related to government departments), [Single Work-focused Gateway Pilots]; to be printed [No. 412-v] [Mr Derek Foster].
10Statutory Instruments,—Twenty-First Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 50-xxi] [Mr David Tredinnick].
11Trade and Industry,—Ninth Special Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [Committees' Inquiry into the 1997 and 1998 Annual Reports on Strategic Export Controls], together with the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development and Trade and Industry Committees, meeting concurrently pursuant to paragraph (4) of Standing Order No. 152 (Select Committees related to government departments), and Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings relating to the Special Report [No. 540] [Mr Martin O'Neill].
12Treasury,—(1) Fifth Special Report from the Treasury Committee [The 1999 Budget: Government Reponse to the Fourth Report from the Committee in Session 1998-99]; to be printed [No. 536]; and
 
        (2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee [The Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee—Two Years On]; to be printed [No. 505-ii]
 
    [Mr Giles Radice].



 
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