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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Friday 19th June 1998

The House met at half-past Nine o'clock.
1Message from the Lords,--A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:
        Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) Bill [Lords],--The Lords have passed a Bill, intituled, An Act to provide for the transfer to Alliance & Leicester plc of the undertakings of Girobank plc and Alliance & Leicester Personal Finance Limited; and for related purposes; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.
2Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) Bill [Lords],--The Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) Bill [Lords] was read the first time.
        Bill referred to the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills.
3Public Petitions,--A Public Petition from friends and users of the Harlow Music Schools for action to protect and promote music education was presented and read, and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
4Adjournment (The small business sector),--A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn--(Mr Clive Betts);
        And it being half-past Two o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put.
5Deregulation,--Ordered, That Mr Stephen Hesford be discharged from the Deregulation Committee and Dr Doug Naysmith be added to the Committee.--(Janet Anderson.)
6Private Hire Vehicles (London) Bill,--Ordered, That, during the proceedings on the Private Hire Vehicles (London) Bill, the Standing Committee on the Bill shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it shall meet.--(Janet Anderson.)
7Adjournment,--Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.--(Janet Anderson.)
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till three minutes to Three o'clock, adjourned till Monday 22nd June.
[Adjourned at 2.57 p.m.
Betty Boothroyd

Madam Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock on Monday next.

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
1Environmental Protection,--Environmental Information (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1447), dated 11th June 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
2Health and Safety,--Electrical Equipment for Explosive Atmospheres (Certification) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1469), dated 17th June 1998 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].
3Magistrates' Courts,--Magistrates' Courts Committees (Thames Valley) Amalgamation Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1492), dated 19th June 1998 [by Act] [Mr Geoffrey Hoon].
Other Papers:
4British Council,--Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minute, dated 18th June 1998, concerning the indemnification of works of art lent to the British Council for an exhibition to be held overseas from 31st July to 20th September 1998 [by Command] [Mr Secretary Cook].
5Local Government, Planning and Land,--Reports and Accounts for 1997-98 of the following Development Corporations:--
        (1) Birmingham Heartlands,
        (2) Black Country,
        (3) London Docklands,
        (4) Merseyside,
        (5) Plymouth, and
        (6) Trafford Park
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
6Public Expenditure,--Public Expenditure 1997-98: Provisional Outturn [by Command] [Cm. 3988] Mr Alistair Darling].
Standing Committees
1Private Hire Vehicles (London) Bill,--The Speaker has appointed Mr Nicholas Winterton Chairman of Standing Committee D in respect of the Bill.
2Draft Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979 Statutory Sum Order 1998,--The Speaker has appointed Mr Barry Jones Chairman of the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.
3Draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Northern Ireland) Order 1998,--The Speaker has appointed Mr Jimmy Hood Chairman of the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.
4Value Added Tax (Reduced Rate) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1375),--The Speaker has appointed Mr Peter Atkinson Chairman of the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Order.
5Draft Air Carrier Liability Order 1998,--The Speaker has appointed Mr Andrew Welsh Chairman of the Ninth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Order.

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