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Amendment No. 170, in page 3, line 33, after may', insert , with the consent of the Treasury,'.

Amendment No. 169, in page 3, line 33, leave out a Scheme for making'.

Amendment No. 148, in page 3, line 34, leave out of such plans'. Amendment No. 195, in page 3, line 35, leave out lines 35 to 41. Amendment No. 205, in page 3, line 37, leave out shall' and insert may'.

Amendment No. 200, in page 3, line 38, leave out from above ;' to end of line 41.

Government amendment No. 32.

Amendment No. 167, in page 3, line 42, after (4)', insert Subject to subsection (5) below,'.

Amendment No. 149, in page 3, line 43, after plan', insert or modification'.

Amendment No. 166, in page 3, line 45, at end insert

(5) Regulations under subsection (4) above may make different provision for different cases, or classes of case, including different provision for different areas.'.

Government amendment No. 53.

Amendment No. 194, in the title, line 5, leave out from powers' to second and' in line 5 and insert

to secure the implementation of such plans'.

2.17 pm

Mr. A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed) : I listened with great care to the Minister's advocacy of new clause 2, which he spent 30 minutes doing on 22 April and I am disposed to accept it.

Question put, That the clause be read a Second time :

The House proceeded to a Division .

Mr. Beith (seated and covered) : On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Is it not clear that this Division was not originally sought and that it is taking place against a Government new clause which I have accepted, with tellers for both sides being put in by Government supporters so as to ensure that the Energy Conservation Bill does not make any further progress today ? Can you confirm that the promoter of the Bill did not put in tellers for the Division ? It is clearly an attempt by the Government to prevent the House from considering the Energy Conservation Bill any further.

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Madam Deputy Speaker : As Deputy Speaker, I have no knowledge of those matters. All that I am concerned with is whether the Division has been called correctly, and I am satisfied that it is in order. The House having divided : Ayes 63, Noes 2.

Division No. 296] [2.17 pm


Arbuthnot, James

Atkinson, Peter (Hexham)

Austin-Walker, John

Baker, Nicholas (Dorset North)

Banks, Tony (Newham NW)

Barnes, Harry

Beith, Rt Hon A. J.

Bendall, Vivian

Berry, Roger

Bruce, Ian (S Dorset)

Burt, Alistair

Carrington, Matthew

Chapman, Sydney

Clappison, James

Cohen, Harry

Conway, Derek

Cormack, Patrick

Davies, Quentin (Stamford)

Dover, Den

Dykes, Hugh

Ewing, Mrs Margaret

Fry, Sir Peter

Garrett, John

Goodson-Wickes, Dr Charles

Gunnell, John

Hanley, Jeremy

Hill, Keith (Streatham)

Hodge, Margaret

Hughes Robert G. (Harrow W)

Keen, Alan

Kirkhope, Timothy

Knapman, Roger

Knight, Greg (Derby N)

Lait, Mrs Jacqui

Lawrence, Sir Ivan

Lilley, Rt Hon Peter

Lynne, Ms Liz

MacKay, Andrew

McLoughlin, Patrick

McWilliam, John

Malone, Gerald

Marshall, John (Hendon S)

Merchant, Piers

Mitchell, Andrew (Gedling)

Neubert, Sir Michael

Nicholls, Patrick

Patnick, Irvine

Raynsford, Nick

Sedgemore, Brian

Shaw, David (Dover)

Smith, C. (Isl'ton S & F'sbury)

Spearing, Nigel

Sproat, Iain

Stern, Michael

Townsend, Cyril D. (Bexl'yh'th)

Trend, Michael

Twinn, Dr Ian

Waterson, Nigel

Wells, Bowen

Wheeler, Rt Hon Sir John

Whittingdale, John

Willetts, David

Wood, Timothy

Tellers for the Ayes :

Mr. Gyles Brandreth and

Mr. George Kynoch.


Banks, Matthew (Southport)

Cox, Tom

Tellers for the Noes :

Mr. Roger Evans and

Mr. Michael Bates.

Question accordingly agreed to .

Clause read a Second time.

It being after half-past Two o'clock, further consideration of the Bill stood adjourned.

Bill to be further considered upon Friday 21 October.

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Order read for further consideration, as amended (in the Standing Committee ).

Hon. Members : Object.

To be further considered upon Monday 18 July .

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