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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Angela Eagle): I shall try to reassure the right hon. Gentleman.

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We expect local authorities to consult, but we do not want a strong statutory provision for particular people to be consulted, when the parent legislation that the Bill would amend contains no such consultation measures.I hope that the right hon. Gentleman will accept my assurances that we envisage that there will be such consultation, but we do not want it included statutorily in the Bill. It would unbalance the legislation that the Bill would amend.

This enabling Bill is welcome and has support throughout the House. We fully expect local authorities that take it up to consult, but we want that to come about through guidelines rather than legislation.

Mr. Maclean: Although I am not reassured by the hon. Lady and I may wish to return to the matter on another occasion, I shall not pursue the issue today. I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Order for Third Reading read.

Motion made, and Question proposed, That the Bill be now read the Third time.--[Angela Smith.]

2.29 pm

Mr. Maclean: As I am not satisfied by the answer that I have received from the Minister, I wish to say a few words on Third Reading. While the Bill is reasonably innocuous, some of my concerns about it have not been addressed today. I shall not seek to talk about an amendment that, unfortunately, was not selected. It suggested that the word "anything" in line 11 of the Bill was rather wide and carte blanche.

It being half-past Two o'clock, the debate stood adjourned.

Debate to be resumed on Friday 3 July.

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Remaining Private Members' Bills

WEIGHTS AND MEASURES (BEER AND CIDER) BILL

Order read for consideration (not amended in the Standing Committee).

Hon. Members: Object.

To be considered on Friday 3 July.

BREEDING AND SALE OF DOGS BILL

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

Hon. Members: Object.

To be considered on Friday 3 July.

ENERGY CONSERVATION (HOUSING) BILL

As amended (in the Standing Committee), considered.

Order for Third Reading read.

Hon. Members: Object.

Third Reading deferred till Friday 3 July.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY BILL

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

Hon. Members: Object.

Mr. Colin Breed (South-East Cornwall): On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Is it in order for the right hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Mr. Forth) to object to the Bill and impose his will on the House, when the Bill has the support of those on his Front Bench and of the Government?

Mr. Deputy Speaker (Mr. Michael Lord): It is quite in order for the right hon. Gentleman to object in that way.

To be considered on Friday 3 July.

LOCAL AUTHORITY TENDERS BILL

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

Hon. Members: Object.

Mr. Deputy Speaker: Further consideration what day? No day named.

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (PROTECTION OF TITLE) BILL

Order read for consideration in Committee.

Hon. Members: Object.

Committee deferred till Friday 3 July.

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PRIVATE HIRE VEHICLES (LONDON) BILL

Order read for consideration in Committee.

Hon. Members: Object.

Mr. Deputy Speaker: Committee what day?

Dr. Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): On 3 July.

Mr. Deputy Speaker: Does the hon. Lady have the authority of the hon. Member in charge of the Bill?

Dr. Tonge: Yes, Mr. Deputy Speaker.

Committee deferred till Friday 3 July.

PREVENTION OF DELAY IN TRIALS BILL

Order for Second Reading read.

Hon. Members: Object.

Second Reading deferred till Friday 3 July.

LEAD IN PAINT (HEALTH AND SAFETY) BILL

Order for Second Reading read.

Hon. Members: Object.

Second Reading deferred till Friday 3 July.

WARM HOMES AND ENERGY CONSERVATION (FIFTEEN YEAR PROGRAMME) BILL

Order for Second Reading read.

Hon. Members: Object.

Second Reading deferred till Friday 3 July.

COLD WEATHER PAYMENTS (WIND CHILL FACTOR) BILL

Order read for resuming adjourned debate on Question [23 January], That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Hon. Members: Object.

Debate to be resumed on Friday 3 July.

RECYCLED CONTENT OF NEWSPRINT BILL

Order for Second Reading read.

Hon. Members: Object.

Second Reading deferred till Friday 3 July.

WATER INDUSTRY (AMENDMENT) BILL

Order for Second Reading read.

Hon. Members: Object.

Second Reading deferred till Friday 3 July.

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HOME ZONES BILL

Order for Second Reading read.

Hon. Members: Object.

Second Reading deferred till Friday 3 July.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY (INFORMATION) BILL

Mr. Deputy Speaker: Not moved.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (EXPERIMENTAL ARRANGEMENTS) BILL [LORDS]

Order for Second Reading read.

Hon. Members: Object.

Second Reading deferred till Friday 3 July.

GENEVA CONVENTIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL [LORDS]

Order for Second Reading read.

Hon. Members: Object.

Second Reading deferred till Friday 3 July.

ELECTRO-CONVULSIVE THERAPY (RESTRICTIONS ON USE) BILL

Mr. Deputy Speaker: Not moved.

PUBLIC RECORDS (AMENDMENT) BILL

Order read for resuming adjourned debate on Question [30 January], That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Hon. Members: Object.

Debate to be resumed on Friday 3 July.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOUNDARY CHANGES (REFERENDUM) BILL

Order for Second Reading read.

Hon. Members: Object.

Second Reading deferred till Friday 3 July.

FARMING OF ANIMALS FOR FUR (PROHIBITION) BILL

Order for Second Reading read.

Hon. Members: Object.

Second Reading deferred till Friday 3 July.

COMPANIES (MILLENNIUM COMPUTER COMPLIANCE) BILL

Order for Second Reading read.

Hon. Members: Object.

Second Reading deferred till Friday 3 July.

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REFORM OF QUARANTINE REGULATIONS BILL

Order for Second Reading read.

Hon. Members: Object.

Second Reading deferred till Friday 3 July.

VOLUNTARY PERSONAL SECURITY CARDS BILL

Order for Second Reading read.

Hon. Members: Object.

Second Reading deferred till Friday 3 July.

MILLENNIUM CONFORMITY BILL

Order for Second Reading read.

Hon. Members: Object.

Second Reading deferred till Friday 3 July.

LICENSING (AMENDMENT) BILL

Order for Second Reading read.

Hon. Members: Object.

Second Reading deferred till Friday 3 July.

MENTAL HEALTH (AMENDMENT) (No. 2) BILL [LORDS]

Order for Second Reading read.

Hon. Members: Object.

Second Reading deferred till Friday 3 July.

REGISTERED ESTABLISHMENTS (SCOTLAND) BILL

Read a Second time.

Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 63 (Committal of Bills),


Question agreed to.

To be immediately considered in Committee.

Mr. Deputy Speaker: I have a short statement to make. Occupants of the Chair have in the past deprecated proceeding at once from Second Reading to Committee if the Bill has only recently been printed. In this case, I should inform the House that the Bill was published only yesterday, on 23 April.

Bill immediately considered in Committee; reported, without amendment; read the Third time, and passed.

ECONOMIC AND MONETARY UNION

Ordered,


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    BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

Ordered,


    That, at the sitting on Thursday 30th April, Standing OrderNo. 16 (Proceedings under an Act or on European Community documents) shall not apply to the Motion in the name of the Prime Minister relating to Economic and Monetary Union, and the Speaker shall put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings thereon not later than Seven o'clock.--[Mr. Dowd.]


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