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Question accordingly agreed to.


That, during the present Session of Parliament, the Standing Orders and practice of the House shall have effect subject to the modifications set out below.

(1) The following paragraphs shall be inserted after paragraph (2) of Standing Order No. 101 (Standing Committees on Statutory Instruments, &c.):

`(2A) Where a Minister of the Crown has given notice of a motion to the effect that a statutory instrument or draft statutory instrument be approved, the instrument or draft instrument shall stand referred to a Standing Committee on Statutory Instruments, &c., unless--

(a) notice has been given by a Minister of the Crown of a motion that the instrument or draft instrument shall not so stand referred, or

(b) the instrument or draft instrument is referred to the Scottish Grand Committee.'

(2) In paragraph (3) of the said Standing Order, for lines 18 to 20 there shall be substituted the words `that a measure under the Church of England Assembly (Powers) Act 1919 be presented to Her Majesty for her Royal Assent, or of a motion relating to an instrument made under such a measure'; in paragraph (5) for the words `paragraph (3) (a) or (3) (b)' there shall be substituted the words `paragraphs (2A) or (3)'; and in paragraph (6) the words from `instruments' in line 54 to the end of the paragraph shall be omitted.

(3) Except as provided in Standing Order No. 14A (Consideration of draft deregulation orders), the Speaker shall put the questions necessary to dispose of proceedings under any Act of Parliament or on European Community documents not later than one and a half hours after the commencement of such proceedings; and Standing Orders No. 14 (Exempted business) and No. 15 (Prayers against statutory instruments, &c. (negative procedure)) shall have effect accordingly.-- [Mr. Newton.]

The House divided: Ayes 194, Noes 61.

Division No. 28] [22.25 pm


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Ainsworth, Peter (East Surrey)

Aitken, Rt Hon Jonathan

Alexander, Richard

Alison, Rt Hon Michael (Selby)

Amess, David

Anderson, Ms Janet (Ros'dale)

Arbuthnot, James

Armstrong, Hilary

Arnold, Jacques (Gravesham)

Atkins, Robert

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Atkinson, Peter (Hexham)

Baker, Nicholas (Dorset North)

Bates, Michael

Battle, John

Beith, Rt Hon A J

Beresford, Sir Paul

Betts, Clive

Bonsor, Sir Nicholas

Booth, Hartley

Boswell, Tim

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Bottomley, Peter (Eltham)

Bottomley, Rt Hon Virginia

Bowis, John

Brandreth, Gyles

Bright, Sir Graham

Browning, Mrs. Angela

Burns, Simon

Butler, Peter

Carrington, Matthew

Channon, Rt Hon Paul

Church, Judith

Clappison, James

Clark, Dr David (South Shields)

Clarke, Rt Hon Kenneth (Ru'clif)

Coe, Sebastian

Coffey, Ann

Conway, Derek

Coombs, Simon (Swindon)

Cope, Rt Hon Sir John

Cormack, Patrick

Cunningham, Rt Hon Dr John

Curry, David (Skipton & Ripon)

Davies, Bryan (Oldham C'tral)

Davies, Quentin (Stamford)

Dicks, Terry

Dobson, Frank

Douglas-Hamilton, Lord James

Dover, Den

Dowd, Jim

Duncan, Alan

Emery, Rt Hon Sir Peter

Enright, Derek

Evans, Jonathan (Brecon)

Evans, Nigel (Ribble Valley)

Faber, David

Fabricant, Michael

Forman, Nigel

Forsyth, Michael (Stirling)

Forth, Eric

Foster, Rt Hon Derek

Fox, Dr Liam (Woodspring)

Freeman, Rt Hon Roger

French, Douglas

Gallie, Phil

Gapes, Mike

Garnier, Edward

Gillan, Cheryl

Goodlad, Rt Hon Alastair

Goodson-Wickes, Dr Charles

Gorman, Mrs Teresa

Greenway, Harry (Ealing N)

Greenway, John (Ryedale)

Griffiths, Peter (Portsmouth, N)

Griffiths, Win (Bridgend)

Gummer, Rt Hon John Selwyn

Gunnell, John

Hague, William

Hampson, Dr Keith

Harris, David

Heald, Oliver

Heathcoat-Amory, David

Henderson, Doug

Hendry, Charles

Heseltine, Rt Hon Michael

Hill, Keith (Streatham)

Hodge, Margaret

Howell, Rt Hon David (G'dford)

Hughes, Robert G (Harrow W)

Hunt, Rt Hon David (Wirral W)

Jackson, Glenda (H'stead)

Jones, Gwilym (Cardiff N)

Jones, Jon Owen (Cardiff C)

Jones, Robert B (W Hertfdshr)

Jopling, Rt Hon Michael

Jowell, Tessa

Kennedy, Jane (Lpool Brdgn)

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