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House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
Friday 31st July 1998

The House met at half-past Nine o'clock
1Public Petitions,—Public Petitions from—
        (1) residents of the Moray Health Trust Area for the retention of the Moray Health Services Trust as an independent trust;
        (2) Members of the Charlton and Blackheath Amateur Horticultural Society for a moriatorium on the approval of genetically modified crops until their safety has been established;
        (3) residents of Hastings and district against the hunting of wild mammals with dogs;
        (4) Doctors and Lawyers for Responsible Medicine and their supporters for an end to experiments in xenotransplantation; and
        (5) residents of Bedfordshire for a nationwide concessionary travel scheme for the elderly and disabled
    were presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.
2Northern Ireland Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Third Reading of the Northern Ireland Bill;
        A Motion was made and the Question being put, That the Bill be now read the third time;
        The House divided.
          Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Jamieson, Mr Keith Hill: 215.
          Tellers for the Noes, Mr Roy Beggs, The Reverend Martin Smyth: 8.
        So the Question was agreed to.
        The Bill was accordingly read the third time, and passed.
        It being after Eleven o'clock, the Speaker interrupted the proceedings, pursuant to Standing Order No. 11 (Friday sittings).
3Royal Assent,—The Speaker notified the House, in accordance with the Royal Assent Act 1967, That Her Majesty had signified her Royal Assent to the following Acts, agreed upon by both Houses:
        Finance Act 1998
        Crime and Disorder Act 1998
        Government of Wales Act 1998
        National Minimum Wage Act 1998
        Lloyds TSB Act 1998.
4Non-Sitting Fridays,—Ordered, That the Order of 19th May 1997 relating to non-sitting Fridays be amended by adding 'and Friday 23rd October.'—(Mr Robert Ainsworth.)
5Advisory Committee on Service Candidates,—Resolved, That the Resolution of the House of 18th February 1963, relating to the appointment by the Home Secretary of an Advisory Committee to examine every application for release from the armed forces for the purpose of contesting a parliamentary election, and to report to the appropriate Service Minister, in each case, whether or not it is satisfied that it is a bona fide application, be rescinded.—(Mr Robert Ainsworth.)
6Treasury Committee,—Ordered, That Mr Malcolm Bruce be discharged from the Treasury Committee and Dr Vincent Cable be added to the Committee.—(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)
7Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn,—(Mr Robert Ainsworth.)
        And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twelve minutes to Two o'clock, adjourned till Monday 19th October, pursuant to Resolution [24th July].
[Adjourned at 1.48 p.m.
Betty Boothroyd

Madam Speaker will take the Chair at half-past Two o'clock on Monday 19th October.

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:
Papers subject to Negative Resolution:
1Criminal Law,—Republic of Serbia (Prohibition on Investment) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1873), dated 30th July 1998 [by Act] [Ms Patricia Hewitt].
2Education,—(1) Education (Inspectors of Schools in Wales) (No. 2) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1765), dated 21st July 1998 [by Act] [Margaret Beckett]; and
        (2) Education (Grants for Early Excellence Centres) (England) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1877), dated 29th July 1998, and
        (3) School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (Education Action Zones) (Modification) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1878), dated 30th July 1998
    [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].
3European Communities,—European Communities (Designation) (No. 2) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1750), dated 21st July 1998 [by Act] [Margaret Beckett].
4Income Tax,—(1) Individual Savings Account Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1870),
        (2) Individual Savings Accounts (Insurance Companies) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1871), and
        (3) Personal Equity Plan (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1869),
    dated 31st July 1998 [by Act] [Mr Geoffrey Robinson]; and
        (4) Gifts for Relief in Poor Countries (Designation) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1868), dated 31st July 1998 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].
5Pensions,—Superannuation (Admission to Schedule 1 to the Superannuation Act 1972) (No. 2) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1879), dated 31st July 1998 [by Act] [Dr John Cunningham].
Other Papers:
6Environmental Protection,—Report of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee for 1997-98 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].
7Local Government (Wales),—Paper, entitled Modernising Local Government in Wales [by Command] [Cm 4028] [Mr Secretary Davies].
8Public Petitions,—Observations by—
        (1) the Secretary of State for Defence on the Petition [9th July] from the Mayors and Chairs of Councils of the local authorities located in the Number 2 Region of the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom against the movement of the Army's 2nd Division Headquarters from York to Edinburgh, and
        (2) the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on the Petition [10th December] from Mrs HeźleČne Atkinson for action to help the release of Mr George Atkinson from imprisonment in Dubai
    [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].
9Video Recordings,—Report for 1997-98 and Accounts for 1997 of the British Board of Film Classification [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

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