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[No. 41.]

Monday 14th July 1997.

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.

PRAYERS.

1Accounts and Papers (see Appendix I).

2Selection (see Appendix II).

3Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

The Lords have agreed to the Imperial College Bill, without Amendment.

Coordinated Universal Time Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill, intituled, An Act to amend the Interpretation Act 1978, the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954 and the Summer Time Act 1972 to make provision for the use of Coordinated Universal Time; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

4Coordinated Universal Time Bill [Lords],—The Coordinated Universal Time Bill [Lords] was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 28th November and to be printed [Bill 47].

5Finance Bill (Allocation of Time),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That the following provisions shall apply to the remaining proceedings on the Finance Bill:—

Committee of the whole House

1.—(1) The proceedings in Committee of the whole House shall be completed in two allotted days.

(2) The proceedings to be taken on each of those days shall be as shown in the second column, and shall be brought to a conclusion at the times specified in the third column, of the following Table:—

TABLE

Allotted day Proceedings Time for conclusion of proceedings
First day Clause 1 Clause 15 7:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m.
Second day Clause 17 Clause 19 7:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m.

(3) When the Order of the Day is read for the House to resolve itself into a Committee on the Bill, the Speaker shall leave the chair without putting any Question and the House shall resolve itself into a Committee forthwith whether or not notice of an instruction to the Committee has been given; and Standing Order No. 66 (Committee of the whole House on bill) shall not apply.

(4) No Motion shall be made as to the order in which proceedings are to be considered in Committee of the whole House.

(5) Standing Order No. 82 (Business Committee) shall not apply in relation to the proceedings to which this paragraph applies.

Standing Committee

2.—(1) The Standing Committee to which the remainder of the Bill is allocated shall report the Bill not later than 23rd July.

(2) The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it shall meet.

(3) Proceedings in the Standing Committee on 23rd July may continue until Ten o'clock whether or not the House is adjourned before that time, and if the House is adjourned before those proceedings have been brought to a conclusion, the Standing Committee shall report the Bill to the House on 24th July.

Report and Third Reading

3.—(1) Proceedings on consideration and Third Reading shall be completed in two allotted days and shall be brought to a conclusion at Ten o'clock on the second of those days.

(2) The Third Reading may be proceeded with at the conclusion of the proceedings on consideration, notwithstanding the practice of the House as to the interval between stages of a Bill brought in on Ways and Means resolutions.

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Business Committee

4.—(1) For the purposes of Standing Order No. 82 (Business Committee) paragraph 3 of this Order shall be taken to allot to the proceedings on consideration such part of the allotted days as the Resolution of the Business Committee may determine.

(2) The Business Committee shall report to the House its Resolution as to the proceedings on consideration of the Bill, and as to the allocation of time between those proceedings and proceedings on Third Reading, not later than 25th July.

(3) Any resolution of the Business Committee may be varied by a further Report of the Committee under Standing Order No. 82, whether before or after the date on which the Committee is to report under this paragraph and whether or not that Resolution has been agreed to by the House.

(4) No Motion shall be made as to the order in which proceedings are to be taken on consideration, but the Resolutions of the Business Committee may include alterations in that order.

Procedure in Standing Committee

5.—(1) At a sitting of the Standing Committee at which any proceedings on the Bill are to be brought to a conclusion under a Resolution of the Business Sub-Committee, the Chairman shall not adjourn the Committee under any Order relating to the sittings of the Committee until those proceedings have been brought to a conclusion.

(2) No Motion shall be made in the Standing Committee relating to the sitting of the Committee except by a Minister of the Crown, and the Chairman shall permit a brief explanatory statement from the Member who moves, and from a Member who opposes, the Motion, and shall then put the Question thereon.

(3) No Motion shall be made as to the order in which proceedings are to be considered in the Standing Committee, but the Resolutions of the Business Sub-Committee may include alterations in that order.

Report of proceedings in Committee

6. On the conclusion of the proceedings in any Committee on the Bill, the Chairman shall report such of the Bill's provisions as were committed (or re-committed) to that Committee to the House without putting any Question.

Dilatory Motions

7. No dilatory Motion with respect to, or in the course of proceedings on, the Bill shall be made in the Standing Committee or on an allotted day except by a Minister of the Crown; and the Question on any such Motion shall be put forthwith.

Exempted business

8. On an allotted day paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business) shall not apply by virtue of paragraph (a) of that paragraph to any proceedings on the Bill after the conclusion of all the proceedings on the Bill, which, under this Order or a Resolution of the Business Committee, are to be brought to a conclusion on that day.

Private business

9.—(1) Any private business which has been set down for consideration at Seven o'clock on an allotted day shall, instead of being considered as provided by Standing Orders, be considered at the conclusion of the proceedings on the Bill on that day.

(2) Paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business) shall apply to the private business for a period of three hours from the conclusion of the proceedings on the Bill or, if those proceedings are concluded before Ten o'clock, for a period equal to the time elapsing between Seven o'clock and the conclusion of those proceedings.

Conclusion of proceedings

10. For the purpose of bringing to a conclusion any proceedings which are to be brought to a conclusion at a time appointed by this Order or a Resolution of the Business Committee or the Business Sub-Committee and which have not previously been brought to a conclusion, the Chairman or the Speaker shall forthwith put the following Questions (but no others)—

(a) any Question already proposed from the Chair;

(b) any Question necessary to bring to a decision a Question so proposed (including, in the case of a new Clause or new Schedule which has been read a second time, whether before the time so appointed or in pursuance of paragraph

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(a), the Question that the Clause or Schedule, or the Clause or Schedule as amended, be added to the Bill);

(c) the Question on any amendment moved or Motion made by a Minister of the Crown;

(d) any other Question necessary for the disposal of the business to be concluded;

and on a motion so made for a new Clause or new Schedule, the Chairman or the Speaker shall put only the Question that the Clause or Schedule be added to the Bill.

11.—(1) Proceedings under paragraph 10 of this Order shall not be interrupted under any Standing Order relating to the sittings of the House.

(2) If an allotted day is one on which a Motion for the adjournment of the House under Standing Order No. 24 (Adjournment on specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration) would, apart from this Order, stand over to Seven o'clock and proceedings to which this Order applies have begun before that time—

(a) that Motion shall stand over until the conclusion of any proceedings on the Bill which, under this Order or a Resolution of the Business Committee, are to be brought to a conclusion at or before that time;

(b) the bringing to a conclusion of any proceedings on the Bill which, under this Order or a Resolution of the Business Committee, are to be brought to a conclusion after that time shall be postponed for a period equal to the duration of the proceedings on that Motion.

(3) If an allotted day is one to which a Motion for the adjournment of the House under Standing Order No. 24 stands over from an earlier day, the bringing to a conclusion of any proceedings on the Bill which, under this Order or a Resolution of the Business Committee, are to be brought to a conclusion on that day shall be postponed for a period equal to the duration of the proceedings on that Motion.

Supplemental orders

12.—(1) The proceedings on any Motion made in the House by a Minister of the Crown for varying or supplementing the provisions of this Order (including anything which might have been the subject of a report of the Business Committee or the Business Sub-Committee) shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion one hour after they have been commenced.

(2) Paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business) shall apply to those proceedings.

(3) If on an allotted day on which any proceedings on the Bill are to be brought to a conclusion at a time appointed by this Order or a Resolution of the Business Committee the House is adjourned, or the sitting is suspended, before that time no notice shall be required of a Motion made at the next sitting by a Minister of the Crown for varying or supplementing the provisions of this Order.

Saving

13. Nothing in this Order or a Resolution of the Business Committee or the Business Sub-Committee shall—

(a) prevent any proceedings to which the Order or Resolution applies from being taken or completed earlier than is required by the Order or Resolution; or

(b) prevent any business (whether on the Bill or not) from being proceeded with on any day after the completion of all such proceedings on the Bill as are to be taken on that day.

Recommittal

14.—(1). References in this Order to proceedings on consideration or proceedings on Third Reading include references to proceedings at those stages respectively, for, on or in consequence of, recommittal.

(2) On an allotted day no debate shall be permitted on any Motion to recommit the Bill (whether as a whole or otherwise), and the Speaker shall put forthwith any Question necessary to dispose of the Motion, including the Question on any amendment moved to the Question.

Interpretation

15. In this Order—

“allotted day” means any day (other than a Friday) on which the Bill is put down as first Government Order of the Day, provided that a Motion for allotting time to the

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proceedings on the Bill to be taken on that day either has been agreed on a previous day, or is set down for consideration on that day;

“the Bill” means the Finance Bill;

“Resolution of the Business Committee” means a Resolution of the Business Committee as agreed to by the House; and

“Resolution of the Business Sub-Committee” means a Resolution of the Business Sub-Committee as agreed to by the Standing Committee—(Dawn Primarolo);

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mr John McFall: 342.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Oliver Heald, Mr Malcolm Moss: 175.

So the Question was agreed to.

6National Health Service (Private Finance) Bill [Lords],—The National Health Service (Private Finance) Bill [Lords] was, according to Order, read a second time.

A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 63 (Committal of bills), That the Bill be committed to a Committee of the whole House—(Bridget Prentice):—It was agreed to.

Resolved, That this House will immediately resolve itself into the said Committee:— The House accordingly resolved itself into a Committee.

(In the Committee)

Clause No. 1 (Powers of NHS trusts to enter into agreements).

Amendment (No.11) proposed, in page 1, line 13, at the end to insert the words—

‘(aa) he is satisfied that the agreement has been the subject of full public consultation in the area which it is to affect, and'—(Mr Simon Hughes.)

And it being Ten o'clock, the Chairman left the Chair to report progress and ask leave to sit again.


The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair; and Bridget Prentice reported, That the Committee had made progress in the Bill, and moved, That the Committee may have leave to sit again.

7Business of the House,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted Business), That, at this day's sitting, the National Health Service (Private Finance) Bill [Lords] may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour—(Bridget Prentice):—It was agreed to.

8National Health Service (Private Finance) Bill [Lords],—The House again resolved itself into a Committee on the National Health Service (Private Finance) Bill [Lords].

(In the Committee)

Amendment (No. 11) proposed, in page 1, line 13, at the end to insert the words—

‘(aa) he is satisfied that the agreement has been the subject of full public consultation in the area which it is to affect, and'.

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Another Amendment (No.1) proposed, in page 1, line 15, at the end to insert the words ‘and

(c) he is satisfied that all the terms of the agreement have been finalised and that the necessary finance has been committed;

and no certificate given under this section may subsequently be withdrawn or amended.'—(Mr Michael Jack.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Another Amendment (No.6) proposed, in page 1, line 15, at the end to insert the words ‘and

(c) in his opinion the agreement is compatible with the fair distribution of capital and revenue spending within a regional strategic framework.'—(Dr Peter Brand.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made;

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The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Paul Tyler, Mr Phil Willis: 26.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Jamieson, Jane Kennedy: 216.

Another Amendment (No.8) proposed, in page 1, line 15, at the end to insert the words ‘and

(c) if the National Health Service trust has proved to his satisfaction that the agreement would not restrict clinical freedom or patient choice.'—(Dr Evan Harris.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made;

Tuesday 15th July 1997

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Another Amendment (No. 9) proposed, in page 1, line 24, to leave out from the word ‘property' to the end of line 25.—(Dr Evan Harris.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Paul Tyler, Mr Phil Willis: 26.

Tellers for the Noes, Janet Anderson, Jane Kennedy: 174.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses Nos. 2 and 3 agreed to.

A Clause (Commencement)—(Mr Michael Jack)—brought up and read the first time.

Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time:—Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

Bill to be reported.


The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair; and Bridget Prentice reported, That the Committee had gone through the Bill and directed her to report the same, without Amendment.

The Bill was read the third time, and passed, without Amendment.

9Legal Aid and Advice,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Legal Advice and Assistance (Scope)(Amendment)(No.2) Regulations 1997, which were laid before this House on 19th June, be approved—(Mr Clive Betts):— It was agreed to.

10European Communities,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties)(Framework Cooperation Agreement between the European Community and its Member States and the Republic of Chile) Order 1997, which was laid before this House on 23rd June, be approved—(Mr Clive Betts):—It was agreed to.

11European Communities,—A Motion was made and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties)(Euro-Mediterranean Agreement Establishing an Association between the European Communities and their Member States and the Kingdom of Morocco) Order 1997, which was laid before this House on 23rd June, be approved—(Mr Clive Betts):—It was agreed to.

12European Communities,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties)(Inter-regional Framework Co-operation Agreement between the European Community and its Member States and the Southern Common Market and its Party States) Order 1997, which was laid before this House on 23rd June, be approved—(Mr Clive Betts):—It was agreed to.

13Industrial Organisation and Development,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Scottish Seed Potato Development Council (Dissolution) Order 1997, which was laid before this House on 24th June, be approved—(Mr Clive Betts):—It was agreed to.

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14Agriculture,—Ordered, That Mr Tim Collins, Mr Andrew George, Mr John Hayes, Mr Alan Hurst, Ms Fiona Jones, Ms Sally Keeble, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Paul Marsden, Mr Austin Mitchell, Mrs Diana Organ and Mr Mark Todd be members of the Agriculture Committee.—(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

15Defence,—Ordered, That Mr Crispin Blunt, Mr Julian Brazier, Mr Menzies Campbell, Mr Jamie Cann, Mr Harry Cohen, Mr Michael Colvin, Mr Bruce George, Mr Jimmy Hood, Mr John McWilliam, Laura Moffatt and Ms Dari Taylor be members of the Defence Committee.—(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

16Education and Employment,—Ordered, That Ms Candy Atherton, Charlotte Atkins, Mr Joe Benton, Mr Graham Brady, Yvette Cooper, Mr Cynog Dafis, Valerie Davey, Caroline Flint, Mr Derek Foster, Mr Don Foster, Mr John Healey, Ms Margaret Hodge, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Judy Mallaber, Mrs Theresa May, Mr Nick St. Aubyn and Mr Gerry Steinberg be members of the Education and Employment Committee.—(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

17Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—Ordered, That Mr Andrew F. Bennett, Mr Tom Brake, Christine Butler, Mr John Cummings, Mr Stephen Day, Mr Brian H. Donohoe, Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody, Mrs Louise Ellman, Mr Howard Flight, Mr Clifford Forsythe, Mr James Gray, Mr Bill O'Brien, Mr Bill Olner, Mr Eric Pickles, Mr George Stevenson, Mr Graham Stringer and Dr Alan Whitehead be members of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee.—(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

18Health,—Ordered, That Mr John Austin, Dr Peter Brand, Mr Peter Brooke, Julia Drown, Mr John Gunnell, Mr David Hinchliffe, Ann Keen, Mr Andrew Lansley, Dr Howard Stoate, Mr Robert Syms and Audrey Wise be members of the Health Committee.—(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

19International Development,—Ordered, That Mr Dennis Canavan, Ann Clwyd, Ms Barbara Follett, Mr Bernie Grant, Mr Piara S. Khabra, Ms Oona King, Mrs Tess Kingham, Mr Andrew Robathan, Mr Andrew Rowe, Dr Jenny Tonge and Mr Bowen Wells be members of the International Development Committee.—(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

20National Heritage,—Ordered, That Mr Michael Fabricant, Mr Ronnie Fearn, Mr Christopher Fraser, Mrs Llin Golding, Mr Damian Green, Mr Gerald Kaufman, Mr Alan Keen, Mr John Maxton, Mr Roger Stott, Ms Claire Ward and Derek Wyatt be members of the National Heritage Committee.—(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

21Science and Technology,—Ordered, That Mr David Atkinson, Mr Nigel Beard, Dr Michael Clark, Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas, Dr Ian Gibson, Lynne Jones, Mr Nigel Jones, Dr Ashok Kumar, Mrs Caroline Spelman, Mr Desmond Turner and Mr Alan W. Williams be members of the Science and Technology Committee.—(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

22Scottish Affairs,—Ordered, That Mrs Irene Adams, Mr Peter Atkinson, Miss Anne Begg, Mr Eric Clarke, Mr John McAllion, Rosemary McKenna, Mr David Marshall, Mr Michael Moore, Mr David Stewart, Mr Desmond Swayne and Mr Andrew Welsh be members of the Scottish Affairs Committee.—(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

23Social Security,—Ordered, That Ms Karen Buck, Mr Nick Gibb, Ms Patricia Hewitt, Miss Julie Kirkbride, Mr Archy Kirkwood, Mr Edward Leigh, Siobhain McDonagh, Mr Chris Pond, Mr Frank Roy, Ms Gisela Stuart and Mr Malcolm Wicks be members of the Social Security Committee.—(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

24Trade and Industry,—Ordered, That Mr Tony Baldry, Mr Roger Berry, Mr John Butterfill, Mr Jim Cunningham, Mr Alan Johnson, Mr Bob Laxton, Gillian Merron, Mr Alasdair Morgan, Mr Martin O'Neill, Mr David Prior and Joan Walley be members of the Trade and Industry Committee.—(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

25Welsh Affairs,—Ordered, That Mr John Bercow, Mr Martin Caton, Paul Flynn, Mr Ieuan Wyn Jones, Mr Martyn Jones, Ms Jackie Lawrence, Mr Richard Livsey, Ms Julie Morgan, Mr Owen Paterson, Mr Gareth Thomas and Mrs Betty Williams be members of the Welsh Affairs Committee.—(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

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26Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Clive Betts.)

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-three minutes past One o'clock on Tuesday morning, adjourned till this day.

[Adjourned at 1.23 a.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Council Tax,—Draft Council Tax Limitation (England) (Maximum Amounts) Order 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2Pensions,—Judicial Pensions (Miscellaneous) (Amendment) Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 1687), dated 10th July 1997 [by Act] [Mr Geoffrey Hoon].

Other Papers:

3Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Executive Agencies,—Report and Accounts of the Meat Hygiene Service for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 103] [Dr John Cunningham].

4Ancient Monuments and Archaelogical Areas,—Report of the Ancient Monuments Board for Wales for 1995–96 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Davies].

5Criminal Justice,—Report of the Serious Fraud Office for 1996–97 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 61] [Mr Attorney General].

6Defence Executive Agencies,—Report and Accounts of the Defence Bills Agency for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 63] [Mr Secretary Robertson].

7Development of Tourism,—(1) Accounts of the Wales Tourist Board for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 146] [Clerk of the House]; and

(2) Report and Accounts of the Scottish Tourist Board for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].

8Education,—Accounts of the Funding Agency for Schools for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 145] [Clerk of the House].

9Enterprise and New Towns (Scotland),—(1) Accounts of Highlands and Islands Enterprise for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 144] [Clerk of the House];

(2) Accounts of Scottish Enterprise for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 149] [Clerk of the House]; and

(3) Report and Accounts of Scottish Enterprise for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].

10Environment, Transport and the Regions Executive Agencies,—Reports and Accounts of—

(1) the Marine Safety Agency, and

(2) The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre

for 1996–97, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 69 and 107] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

11Further and Higher Education,—Accounts of the Further and Higher Education Funding Councils for Wales for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 142] [Mr Secretary Davies].

12Housing (Scotland),—Accounts of Scottish Homes for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 150] [Clerk of the House].

13Local Government Finance,—Accounts of the Audit Commission for Local Authorities and the National Health Service in England and Wales for 1996–97, with the Report of the

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  Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 148] [Clerk of the House].

14Local Government (Scotland),—Accounts of the Accounts Commission for Scotland for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 143] [Clerk of the House].

15Science and Technology,—Accounts of the Economic and Social Research Council for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 147] [Clerk of the House].

16Welsh Development Agency,—(1) Accounts of the Welsh Development Agency for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 141] [Clerk of the House]; and

(2) Report and Summary Financial Statement of the Welsh Development Agency for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Mr Secretary Davies].

APPENDIX II

Committee of Selection

1European Standing Committee A,—Mr John McWilliam reported from the Committee of Selection, That it had nominated twelve Members to serve on European Standing Committee A, viz.: Mr Harold Best, Mr David Borrow, Mr Paul Clark, Mr Jim Dobbin, Mr Christopher Gill, Mrs Joan Humble, Mr Piers Merchant, Laura Moffatt, Mr Lawrie Quinn, Mr Keith Simpson, Mr William Thompson and Dr Rudi Vis.

2European Standing Committee B,—Mr John McWilliam reported from the Committee, That it had nominated twelve Members to serve on European Standing Committee B, viz.: Mr Vernon Coaker, Mr Philip Hammond, Mr Kelvin Hopkins, Dr Stephen Ladyman, Mr Oliver Letwin, Mr Tony McNulty, Dr Nick Palmer, Mr Bill Rammell, Mr William Ross, Mr George Stevenson, Mr Derek Twigg and Mr John Wilkinson.

3Standing Committee A,—Mr John McWilliam reported from the Committee, That it had nominated thirty-five Members to serve on Standing Committee A in respect of the Finance Bill (Except Clauses Nos. 1, 15, 17 and 19), viz.: Mr Robert Ainsworth, Charlotte Atkins, Mrs Liz Blackman, Mr Tim Boswell, Mr Malcolm Bruce, Dr Vincent Cable, Mr Ivor Caplin, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Yvette Cooper, Mr Ross Cranston, Mr Jim Cunningham, Mr Alistair Darling, Mr Edward Davey, Mr Geraint Davies, Mr Quentin Davies, Lorna Fitzsimons, Mr Neil Gerrard, Mr Nick Gibb, Mr Damian Green, Mr David Hanson, Mr David Heathcoat-Amory, Mrs Helen Liddell, Mr Tim Loughton, Kali Mountford, Mr Jim Murphy, Mr Ian Pearson, Dawn Primarolo, Mr Geoffrey Robinson, Mr William Ross, Mr John Smith, Mr Graham Stringer, Mr Don Touhig, Mr Derek Twigg, Mr John Whittingdale and Mr Shaun Woodward.

4Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr John McWilliam reported from the Committee, That it had nominated fifteen Members to serve on the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Commissioner for Complaints (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, viz.: Mr Harry Barnes, Mr Desmond Browne, Mr James Cran, Mr Jim Dowd, Mr Mike Gapes, Mr Eric Illsley, Shona McIsaac, Mr Tony McWalter, Mr Tom Pendry, Mr Martin Salter, Mr Richard Spring, Mr Ian Taylor, Mr John D. Taylor, Mr David Wilshire and Mr Tony Worthington.


MEMORANDUM

 Business Sub-Committees,—In pursuance of Standing Order No. 120 (Business sub-committees), the Speaker nominated the following members of Standing Committee A to be members of the Business Sub-Committee to consider the Allocation of Time Order relating to the Finance Bill (except Clauses Nos. 1, 15, 17 and 19): Mr John McWilliam (Chairman), Mr Robert Ainsworth, Mr Tim Boswell, Mr Edward Davey, Mr David Hanson, Dawn Primarolo, Mr Don Touhig and Mr John Whittingdale.


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[No. 42.]

Tuesday 15th July 1997.

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.

PRAYERS.

1King's College London Bill [Lords],—The Order of the day being read, for the Third Reading of the King's College London Bill [Lords];

Ordered, That the Bill be read the third time on Tuesday 22nd July.

2Lever Park Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Lever Park Bill;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Tuesday 22nd July.

3Accounts and Papers (see Appendix I).

4Selection (see Appendix II).

5Select Committees (see Appendix III).

6First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 1565).

Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.

7Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Donald Anderson reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Supply of Beer (Tied Estate) (Amendment) Order 1997.

Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.

8Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Dr Michael Clark reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Further Education (Northern Ireland) Order 1997.

Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.

9Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Nicholas Winterton reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Asian Development Bank (Sixth Replenishment of the Asian Development Fund) Order 1997 and the draft International Fund for Agricultural Development (Fourth Replenishment) Order 1997.

Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.

10Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

Special Immigration Appeals Commission Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill, intituled, An Act to establish the Special Immigration Appeals Commission; to make provision with respect to its jurisdiction; and for connected purposes; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

11Special Immigration Appeals Commission Bill [Lords],—The Special Immigration Appeals Commission Bill [Lords] was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 49].

12Widening of the M25 Motorway Bill,—Mr Andrew Mackinlay, supported by Mr John McDonnell, presented a Bill to make subject to a local planning inquiry any proposal to widen the M25 motorway or to vary the number or width of lanes within its existing curtilage: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 28th November and to be printed [Bill 48].

13Television Licence Payments (Age Exemption),—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 to exempt persons who have attained the age of 75 from paying the fee for certain wireless telegraphy licences; to make provision with respect to the funding of the BBC; and for connected purposes: And that Mr Howard Flight, Mr Graham Brady, Miss Julie Kirkbride, Mr Christopher Fraser, Mr David Ruffley, Mr Oliver Letwin, Mr David Prior, Mr Tim Collins, Mrs Caroline Spelman, Mr Andrew Lansley, Mrs Eleanor Laing and Mr Robert Walter do prepare and bring it in.

14Television Licence Payments (Age Exemption) Bill,—Mr Howard Flight accordingly presented a Bill to amend the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 to exempt persons who have

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  attained the age of 75 from paying the fee for certain wireless telegraphy licences: to make provision with respect to the funding of the BBC; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 28th November and to be printed [Bill 45].

15Finance Bill (Clauses Nos. 1, 15, 17 and 19) [1st allotted day],—The House, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee on the Finance Bill (Clauses Nos. 1, 15, 17 and 19).

(In the Committee)

Clause No. 1 (Charge to windfall tax).

Question put, That the Clause stand part of the Bill.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Jon Owen Jones, Mr Clive Betts: 338.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Richard Ottaway, Sir David Madel: 188.

Clause No. 15 (Mortgage interest payments).

Amendment (No. 11) proposed, in page 10, line 15, at the end, to insert the words—

‘(4) This section shall not come into effect until the average mortgage rate is at or below the rate prevailing on 1st May 1997.'—(Mr Tim Boswell.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr James Cran, Mr Nigel Waterson: 147.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Robert Ainsworth, Mr David Clelland: 381.

And it being after Ten o'clock, the Chairman put the remaining Question required by the Order [yesterday] to be put at that hour.

Question put, That the Clause stand part of the Bill.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Clelland, Mr Jim Dowd: 370.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr James Cran, Mr John Whittingdale: 141.

The Chairman left the Chair to report progress and ask leave to sit again.


The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair and Mr Robert Ainsworth reported, That the Committee had made progress in the Bill, and moved, That the Committee may have leave to sit again.

Committee again to-morrow.

16Royal Assent,—The Deputy 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:

National Health Service (Private Finance) Act 1997

Southampton International Boat Show Act 1997

Imperial College Act 1997.

17Estimates,—It being after Ten o'clock, the Deputy Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order No. 55 (Questions on voting of estimates, &c.), put the Question on the total amount of outstanding estimates.

Supplementary Estimates, 1997–98

Resolved, That a supplementary sum, not exceeding £66,285,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to defray the charges for Civil Services which will come in course of payment for the year ending on 31st March 1998, as set out in House of Commons Paper No. 65.

Ordered, That a Bill be brought in upon the foregoing Resolution: And that the Chairman of Ways and Means, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Alistair Darling, Mr Geoffrey Robinson, Dawn Primarolo and Mrs Helen Liddell do prepare and bring it in.

18Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill,—Dawn Primarolo accordingly presented a Bill to apply certain sums out of the Consolidated Fund to the service of the year ending on 31st March 1998, and to appropriate the supplies granted in this Session of Parliament: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 46].

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19Select Committee on Public Administration,—Ordered, That Standing Order No. 146 (Select Committee on Public Administration) be amended, in line 8, by leaving out the word ‘nine' and inserting the word ‘eleven'.—(Mrs Ann Taylor.)

20Select Committee on European Legislation,—Ordered, That Mr Norman Baker, Ms Hazel Blears, Mr Ben Bradshaw, Mr Russell Brown, Mr Roger Casale, Mr William Cash, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mrs Linda Gilroy, Mr Jimmy Hood, Ms Jennifer Jones, Mr Jim Marshall, Mrs Anne McGuire, Mr Bill Rammell, Mr Anthony Steen, Mr Andrew Tyrie and Mr Shaun Woodward be members of the Select Committee on European Legislation.—(Mr George Mudie.)

21Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Robert Ainsworth.)

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till one minute past Eleven o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 11.01 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Local Government,—Recreation Grounds (Revocation of Parish Council Byelaws) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 1654), dated 4th July 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

Other Papers:

2Betting, Gaming and Lotteries,—Report and Accounts of the Horserace Betting Levy Board for 1996–97 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

3Data Protection,—(1) Accounts of the Data Protection Registrar for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 152] [Clerk of the House]; and

(2) Report of the Data Protection Registrar for 1996–97 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 122] [Mr Secretary Straw].

4Defence Executive Agencies,—Report and Accounts of the Pay and Personnel Agency for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 76] [Mr Secretary Robertson].

5Environmental Protection,—Report of the Countryside Council for Wales for 1996–97 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Davies].

6Government Trading Funds,—Report and Accounts of the Central Office of Information for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 97] [Clerk of the House].

7Health Executive Agencies,—Report and Accounts of the National Health Service Estates Management and Building Agency for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 82] [Mr Secretary Dobson].

8Parliamentary Commissioner,—First Report of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration, Session 1997–98, Selected Cases 1997—Volume 3 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 132] [Clerk of the House].

9Prosecution of Offences,—Report of the Crown Prosecution Service for 1996–97 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 68] [Mr Attorney General].

10Scottish Office Executive Agencies,—Report and Accounts of the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 49] [Mr Secretary Dewar].

11Transport,—Report and Accounts of the Scottish Transport Group for 1996–97 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].

APPENDIX II

Committee of Selection

Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr John McWilliam reported from the Committee of Selection. That it had nominated The Reverend Martin Smyth as an additional Member to serve on the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Commissioner for Complaints (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1997.

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APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

Statutory Instruments,—Seventh Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 33-vii] [Mr David Tredinnick].


[No. 43.]

Wednesday 16th July 1997.

The House met at half-past Nine o'clock.

PRAYERS.

1Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Clive Betts);

And it being Two o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order.

2Accounts and Papers (see Appendix I).

3Selection (see Appendix II).

4Select Committees (see Appendix III).

5Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Peter Atkinson reported from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Contracting Out (Metropolitan Police and Civil Staffs Pensions) Order 1997.

Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.

6Defence,—Ordered, That the Memoranda laid before the Defence Committee in the last Parliament be referred to the Committee.

7Elections (Visually Impaired Voters) Bill,—Mr Paul Burstow, supported by Mr Harry Barnes and Mr Peter Bottomley, presented a Bill to make provision for blind and partially sighted people to vote unaided in person at elections through the use of braille template and large print; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 13th February and to be printed [Bill 50].

8Animal Health (Amendment),—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to improve the welfare of animals in quarantine; and for connected purposes: And that Mr Paul Flynn, Mr Charles Kennedy, Mr Edward Davey, Mr Ken Livingstone, Mr Nick Palmer, Mr David Hanson, Mr Tim Loughton and Mr Huw Edwards do prepare and bring it in.

9Animal Health (Amendment) Bill,—Mr Paul Flynn accordingly presented a Bill to improve the welfare of animals in quarantine; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 28th November and to be printed [Bill 51].

10Finance Bill (Clauses Nos. 1, 15, 17 and 19) [2nd allotted day],—The House, according to Order, again resolved itself into a Committee on the Finance Bill (Clauses Nos. 1, 15, 17 and 19).

(In the Committee)

Clause No. 17 (Withdrawal of relief on medical insurance premiums).

Amendment (No. 13) proposed, in page 11, line 15, to leave out from the word ‘section' to the end of line 16 and insert the words—

‘shall not take effect until Her Majesty's Government has published a study of the additional National Health Service spending required to accommodate the extra patients resulting from the consequential cancellation of medical insurance contracts'.—(Mr Tim Boswell.)

Question, That the Amendment be made, put and negatived.

And it being after Seven o'clock, the Chairman put the remaining Question required by the Order [14th July] to be put at that hour.

Question put, That the Clause stand part of the Bill.

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The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Clelland, Mr Jim Dowd: 332.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Malcolm Moss, Mr James Cran: 181.

Clause No. 19 (Pension funds no longer entitled to payment of tax credits).

Amendment (No. 15) proposed, in page 12, line 41, to leave out from the word ‘section' to the end of line 42 and insert the words ‘shall not take effect until Her Majesty's Government has published an assessment of the effects of this section on local authority finance for 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000 and 2000–01'.—(Dr Vincent Cable.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Paul Tyler, Mr Edward Davey: 176.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr John McFall, Mr David Jamieson: 313.

Another Amendment (No. 16) proposed, in page 12, line 42, at the end, to insert the words—

‘(4) Section 468Q of the Taxes Act 1988 (dividend distributions to corporate unit holder) shall be amended as follows—

(a) In subsection (1) at the end of paragraph (b) there shall be inserted—

“or is a pension fund as defined in section 231A(4)”

(b) In subsection (2) the words “or income tax” shall be inserted after the words “corporation tax”.'.—(Mr Nick Gibb.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Question put, That the Clause stand part of the Bill.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John McFall, Mr David Jamieson: 334.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Nigel Waterson, Mr Oliver Heald: 182.

And it being after Ten o'clock, the Chairman left the Chair to report the Bill to the House.


The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair and Mr Robert Ainsworth reported, That the Committee had gone through the Bill (Clauses Nos. 1, 15, 17 and 19), without Amendment.

Ordered, That the Bill (Clauses Nos. 1, 15, 17 and 19), not amended in the Committee, do lie upon the Table.

11Public Health,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 1565), dated 20th June 1997, a copy of which was laid before this House on 24th June, be approved—(Mr Robert Ainsworth):—It was agreed to.

12Monopolies and Mergers,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Supply of Beer (Tied Estate) (Amendment) Order 1997, which was laid before this House on 26th June, be approved—(Mr Robert Ainsworth):—It was agreed to.

13Northern Ireland,—A Motion was made , and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Further Education (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, which was laid before this House on 3rd July, be approved—(Mr Robert Ainsworth):—It was agreed to.

14Public Administration,—Ordered, That Mr Peter Bradley, Mr Ronnie Campbell, Dr Lynda Clark, Mr Mike Hancock, Miss Melanie Johnson, Mr Fraser Kemp, Fiona Mactaggart, Mr Rhodri Morgan, Mr David Ruffley, Mr Richard Shepherd and Mr Andrew Tyrie be members of the Select Committee on Public Administration.—(Mr Robert Ainsworth.)

15Foreign Affairs,—Ordered, That Ms Diane Abbott, Mr Donald Anderson, Mrs Virginia Bottomley, Sir Peter Emery, Mr Norman A. Godman, Mr David Heath, Mr Eric Illsley, Mr Andrew Mackinlay, Mr Ernie Ross, Mr Ted Rowlands, Sir John Stanley and Mr David Wilshire be members of the Foreign Affairs Committee.—(Charlotte Atkins, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

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16Home Affairs,—Ordered, That Mr Richard Allan, Mr Robin Corbett, Mr Ross Cranston, Mr Douglas Hogg, Mr Gerald Howarth, Ms Beverley Hughes, Mr Martin Linton, Mr Humfrey Malins, Mr Chris Mullin, Mr Marsha Singh and Mr David Winnick be members of the Home Affairs Committee.—(Charlotte Atkins, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

17Treasury,—Ordered, That Mrs Liz Blackman, Mr Malcolm Bruce, Mr Charles Clarke, Mr Tony Colman, Mr Jim Cousins, Mr Quentin Davies, Ms Ruth Kelly, Sir Peter Lloyd, Mr Giles Radice, Mr Brian Sedgemore, Sir Michael Spicer and Sir Teddy Taylor be members of the Treasury Committee.—(Charlotte Atkins, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

18Adjournment,— Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Robert Ainsworth.)

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till fourteen minutes to Eleven o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 10.46 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Customs and Excise,—Dual Use and Related Goods (Export Control) (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 1694), dated 14th July 1997 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

2Local Government,—Local Government Act 1988 (Defined Activities) (Exemption) (Craven, Kerrier and Mid-Devon District Councils and Middlesborough Borough Council) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 1666), dated 8th July 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Other Papers:

3Agriculture,—Government Response to the Second Report of the Agriculture Committee, Session 1996–97, on Environmentally Sensitive Areas and other Schemes under the Agri-Environment Regulation [by Command] [Cm. 3707] [Dr John Cunningham].

4British Library,—Statement of determination of pay and pensions of Chairman and Members of the British Library Board [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

5Crofters (Scotland),—Report of the Crofters Commission for 1996 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].

6Environment, Transport and the Regions Executive Agencies,—Report and Accounts of the Ordnance Survey for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 59] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

7Enterprise and New Towns (Scotland),—Report and Accounts of Highland and Islands Enterprise for 1995–96, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].

8Government Trading Funds,—Reports and Accounts of—

(1) the Fire Service College for 1995–96, and

(2) the Meteorological Office for 1996–97,

with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 56 and 139] [Clerk of the House].

9Local Government, Planning and Land,—Reports and Accounts of—

(1) Black Country Development Corporation,

(2) Birmingham Heartlands Development Corporation,

(3) Plymouth Development Corporation,

(4) Teesside Development Corporation,

(5) Trafford Park Development Corporation, and

(6) Tyne and Wear Development Corporation

for 1996–97 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

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10National Health Service,—Summarised Accounts of—

(1) Health Authorities, Family Health Service Authorities and NHS Trusts in England, the Dental Practice Board and Special Health Authorities providing central services in England, and of Funds held on Trust by Health Authorities, NHS Trusts, Special Health Authorities and Special Trustees in England, and

(2) District Health Authorities, Family Health Services Authorities and NHS Trusts in Wales; of the Welsh Health Common Services Authority and the Health Promotion Authority for Wales; and of Funds held on Trust by District Health Authorities, the Welsh Health Common Services Authority, the Health Promotion Authority for Wales and NHS Trusts in Wales

for 1995–96, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 127 and 134] [Clerk of the House].

11National Health Service (Scotland),—Summarised Accounts of Health Boards, NHS Trusts, the Common Services Agency, the Health Education Board for Scotland, the State Hospital Management Committee, State Hospital, Carstairs, the Scottish Council for Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education and the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland for 1995–96, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 135] [Clerk of the House].

12Northern Ireland Executive Agencies,—Report and Accounts of the Valuation and Lands Agency for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 90] [Secretary Marjorie Mowlam].

13Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors,—Report and Accounts of the English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting for 1996–97 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dobson].

14Parliamentary Commissioner,—Second Report of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration, Session 1997–98, Selected Cases 1997—Volume 4 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 133] [Clerk of the House].

15Prisons (Scotland),—Report and Accounts of the Scottish Prison Service for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 18] [Mr Secretary Dewar].

16Public Accounts,—Treasury Minute on the Twelfth to Twenty-Fifth Reports from the Committee of Public Accounts, Session 1996–97 [by Command] [Cm. 3714] [Dawn Primarolo].

17Treaty Series (No. 42, 1997),—Notes exchanged at London on 30th April 1997 and 21st May 1997 between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana concerning certain commercial debts (United Kingdom/Guyana Debt Agreement No. 4 (1996)) [by Command] [Cm. 3706] [Mr Secretary Cook].

18Treaty Series (No. 43, 1997),—Notes exchanged at Bangkok on 19th September and 7th December 1995 between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand extending the Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand on the Transfer of Offenders and on Co-operation in the Enforcement of Penal Sentences, signed at Bangkok on 22nd January 1990, to the Isle of Man [by Command] [Cm. 3710] [Mr Secretary Cook].

19Treaty Series (No. 44, 1997),—Notes exchanged at Peking (Beijing) on 26th September 1996 between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the People's Republic of China concerning the Establishment of a British Consulate-General in Hong Kong [by Command] [Cm. 3711] [Mr Secretary Cook].

APPENDIX II

Committee of Selection

1European Standing Committee A,—Mr John McWilliam reported from the Committee of Selection, That it had appointed Mr John Swinney as an additional Member to serve on European Standing Committee A.

2European Standing Committee B,—Mr John McWilliam reported from the Committee, That it had appointed Dr Vincent Cable as an additional Member to serve on European Standing Committee B.

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3Standing Committee A,—Mr John McWilliam reported from the Committee, That it had discharged from Standing Committee A Mr John Smith (nominated in respect of the Finance Bill (except Clauses Nos. 1, 15, 17 and 19)); and had appointed in substitution Jacqui Smith.

4First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr John McWilliam reported from the Committee, That it had nominated sixteen Members to serve on the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Jobseeker's Allowance (Workskill Courses) Pilot (No. 2) Regulations 1997, viz: Mr Kevin Barron, Mr Joe Benton, Mr Bob Blizzard, Mr Julian Brazier, Mrs Angela Browning, Mr Clifford Forsythe, Ms Patricia Hewitt, Mr Kelvin Hopkins, Mr Alan Howarth, Dr Brian Iddon, Mr David Jamieson, Mr Ivan Lewis, Sir David Madel, Mr Stephen Timms, Mr Andrew Tyrie and Steve Webb.

5Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr John McWilliam reported from the Committee, That it had nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Local Government Act 1988 (Competition) (Defined Activities) (Scotland) Amendment Order 1997, viz: Mr Graham Brady, Mr Russell Brown, Mr Malcolm Chisholm, Dr Liam Fox, Mr George Galloway, Mr Donald Gorrie, Mr Thomas Graham, Mr Oliver Heald, Mr John McAllion, Mr Calum Macdonald, Mr John McFall, Mr David Marshall, Dr Lewis Moonie, Mr Michael Moore, Mr Malcolm Savidge and Mr Nick St. Aubyn.

6Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr John McWilliam reported from the Committee, That it had nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Third Standing Conmmittee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Transport and Works (Guided Transport Modes) (Amendment) Order 1997, viz: Mr Graham Allen, Mr Christopher Chope, Mr Cynog Dafis, Mr Geraint Davies, Mrs Janet Dean, Mr David Drew, Mr John Healey, Glenda Jackson, Miss Julie Kirkbride, Mr Terry Lewis, Mr Doug Naysmith, Mr Richard Ottaway, Mr Gordon Prentice, Sir Robert Smith, Mr Peter Snape and Mr Graham Stringer.

7Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr John McWilliam reported from the Committee, That it had nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Insurance Premium Tax (Taxable Insurance Contracts) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 1627), viz: Mr Robert Ainsworth, Mr Tim Boswell, Dr Vincent Cable, Mr Paul Clark, Mr Edward Davey, Julia Drown, Mr Michael Foster (Hastings and Rye), Mr Neil Gerrard, Mr Philip Hammond, Ms Jackie Lawrence, Mr Patrick McLoughlin, Dawn Primarolo, Mr Bill Rammell, Mr David Ruffley, Ms Gisela Stuart and Mr Michael Wills.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Defence,—First Special Report from the Defence Committee [Government Replies to the First to Sixth Reports from the Defence Committee, Session 1996–97, on the Sale of the Married Quarters Estate, the Army Terms of Service (Amendment) Regulations 1996 (S.I., 1996, No. 2973), Defence Medical Services, Defence Spending, Heavy Lift and Gulf War Illnesses: Latest Developments]; to be printed [No. 153] [Mr Bruce George].

2European Legislation,—First Report from the Select Committee on European Legislation; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee [No. 155-i] [Mr Jimmy Hood].


MEMORANDA

1Constitution of Standing Committees,—In pursuance of Standing Order No. 84 (Constitution of standing committees), the Speaker allocated—

(1) the draft Jobseeker's Allowance (Workskill Courses) Pilot (No. 2) Regulations 1997 to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation;

(2) the draft Local Government Act 1988 (Competition) (Defined Activities) (Scotland) Amendment Order 1997 to the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation;

(3) the draft Transport and Works (Guided Transport Modes) (Amendment) Order 1997 to the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation; and

(4) the Insurance Premium Tax (Taxable Insurance Contracts) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 1627) to the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.

2European Standing Committees,—In pursuance of Standing Order No. 102 (European Standing Committees), European Community Document No. COM (97) 280, relating

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  to the 1998 Preliminary Draft Budget, has been referred to European Standing Committee B.

3Business Committee,—In pursuance of Standing Order No. 82 (Business Committee), the Speaker nominated Mr Robert Ainsworth, Mr Tim Boswell, Mr Edward Davey, Mr David Hanson, Mr Ian Pearson, Dawn Primarolo, Mr Don Touhig and Mr John Whittingdale to be members of the Business Committee in respect of the Finance Bill.


[No. 44.]

Thursday 17th July 1997.

The House met at half-past Two o'clock.

PRAYERS.

1Accounts and Papers (see Appendix).

2Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Roger Gale reported from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Allocation of Housing (Reasonable and Additional Preference) Regulations 1997.

Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.

3Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr John Butterfill reported from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Commissioner for Complaints (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1997.

Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to lie upon the Table.

4Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

Parliamentary Privilege,—The Lords concur with the Commons in their Message [10th July] relating to the appointment of a Joint Committee on Parliamentary Privilege.

5Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill;

A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 56 (Consolidated Fund Bills), That the Bill be now read a second time:—It was agreed to.

The Bill was accordingly read a second time.

And the Question being put forthwith, That the Bill be now read the third time:—It was agreed to.

The Bill was accordingly read the third time, and passed.

6Council Tax,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That the draft Council Tax Limitation (England) (Maximum Amounts) Order 1997, which was laid before this House on 14th July, be approved—(Hilary Armstrong);

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Greg Pope, Mr Clive Betts: 301.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Andrew Stunell, Mr Adrian Sanders: 36.

Resolved, That the draft Council Tax Limitation (England) (Maximum Amounts) Order 1997, which was laid before this House on 14th July, be approved.

7Overseas Development and Co-operation,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Asian Development Bank (Sixth Replenishment of the Asian Development Fund) Order 1997, which was laid before this House on 26th June, be approved—(Mr Thomas McAvoy):—It was agreed to.

8Overseas Development and Co-operation,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft International Fund for Agricultural Development (Fourth Replenishment) Order 1997, which was laid before this House on 26th June, be approved—(Mr Thomas McAvoy):—It was agreed to.

9Contracting Out,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Contracting Out (Metropolitan Police and Civil Staffs Pensions) Order 1997, which was

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  laid before this House on 30th June, be approved—(Mr Thomas McAvoy):—It was agreed to.

10Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Thomas McAvoy.)

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till ten minutes to Eight o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 7.50 p.m.


APPENDIX

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Fire Services,—(1) Draft Berkshire Fire Services (Combination Scheme) Order 1997,

(2) draft Cambridgeshire Fire Services (Combination Scheme) Order 1997,

(3) draft Cheshire Fire Services (Combination Scheme) Order 1997,

(4) draft Devon Fire Services (Combination Scheme) Order 1997,

(5) draft Essex Fire Services (Combination Scheme) Order 1997,

(6) draft Hereford and Worcester Fire Services (Combination Scheme) Order 1997,

(7) draft Kent Fire Services (Combination Scheme) Order 1997,

(8) draft Lancashire Fire Services (Combination Scheme) Order 1997,

(9) draft Nottinghamshire Fire Services (Combination Scheme) Order 1997, and

(10) draft Shropshire Fire Services (Combination Scheme) Order 1997

[by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

Other Papers:

2Cabinet Office Executive Agencies,—Report and Accounts of the Buying Agency for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 55] [Clerk of the House].

3Defence Executive Agencies,—Report and Accounts of the Disposals Sales Agency for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 50] [Mr Secretary Robertson].

4Fair Trading,—Report of the Director General of Fair Trading for 1996 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 104] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

5Health Executive Agencies,—Report and Accounts of the Medicines Control Agency for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 92] [Clerk of the House].

6Medicines,—Reports of the Medicines Commission, Committee on Safety of Medicines, Advisory Board on the Registration of Homoeopathic Products, Veterinary Products Committee and the British Pharmacopoeia Commission for 1996 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dobson].

7National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Protecting Environmentally Sensitive Areas [by Act]; to be printed [No. 120] [Clerk of the House].

8National Health Service (Scotland),—Report and Accounts of the Scottish Hospital Trust for 1996–97 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 75] [Mr Secretary Dewar].

9National Heritage Executive Agencies,—Reports and Accounts of—

(1) Historic Royal Palaces, and

(2) the Royal Parks Agency

for 1996–97, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [Nos. 126 and 67] [Mr Secretary Smith].

10Northern Ireland Executive Agencies,—Report and Accounts of Driver and Vehicle Licensing Northern Ireland for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 72] [Secretary Marjorie Mowlam].

11Public Records,—Report of the Keeper of Public Records on the work of the Public Record Office, Report of the Advisory Council on Public Records and Accounts of the Public

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  Record Office for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 45] [Mr Geoffrey Hoon].

12Scottish Office Executive Agencies,—Reports and Accounts for 1996–97, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon, of—

(1) Registers of Scotland [by Act]; to be printed [No. 74] [Clerk of the House]; and

(2) Scottish Court Service [by Act]; to be printed [No. 84] [Mr Secretary Dewar].

13Social Security,—Report by the Secretary of State for Social Security on the Social Fund for 1996–97 [by Command] [Cm. 3667] [Secretary Harriet Harman].

14Trade and Industry Executive Agencies,—Report and Accounts of the Insolvency Service for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 86] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].


MEMORANDUM

Chairmen of Standing Committees,—In pursuance of Standing Order No. 85 (Chairmen of standing committees), the Speaker appointed—

(1) Mrs Ray Michie Chairman of the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Jobseeker's Allowance (Workskill Courses) Pilot (No. 2) Regulations 1997;

(2) Mr John Butterfill Chairman of the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Local Government Act 1988 (Competition) (Defined Activities) (Scotland) Amendment Order 1997;

(3) Mr Jimmy Hood Chairman of the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Transport and Works (Guided Transport Modes) (Amendment) Order 1997;

(4) Mr Peter Atkinson Chairman of the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Insurance Premium Tax (Taxable Insurance Contracts) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 1627); and

(5) Mr John Maxton Chairman of European Standing Committee B in respect of European Community Document No. COM (97) 280: The Preliminary Draft Budget for 1998.


[No. 45.]

Friday 18th July 1997.

The House met at half past Nine o'clock.

PRAYERS.

1Accounts and Papers (see Appendix I).

2Selection (see Appendix II).

3Adjournment (The Schools White Paper, Cm. 3681),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Jim Dowd);

The Motion was, with leave of the House, withdrawn.

4Domestic Committees,—Ordered, That Standing Order No. 142 (Domestic Committees) be amended, in line 9, by leaving out the word ‘seven' and inserting the word ‘nine'.—(Mr Greg Pope.)

5Finance and Services Committee,—Ordered, That Standing Order No. 144 (Finance and Services Committee) be amended, in line 18, by leaving out the word ‘nine' and inserting the word ‘eleven'.—(Mr Greg Pope.)

6Ministerial and other Salaries Bill,—Ordered, That, in respect of the Ministerial and other Salaries Bill,—

(1) notices of Amendments, new Clauses and new Schedules to be moved in Committee may be accepted by the Clerks at the Table before the Bill has been read a second time; and

(2) if the Bill is committed to a Committee of the whole House, further proceedings on the Bill shall stand postponed; and that, as soon as the proceedings on any Resolution come to by the House on Ministerial and other Salaries Bill [Money] have been concluded, this House will immediately resolve itself into a Committee on the Bill.—(Mr Greg Pope.)

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7Law Officers Bill [Lords],—Ordered, That, in respect of the Law Officers Bill [Lords], notices of Amendments, new Clauses and new Schedules to be moved in Committee may be accepted by the Clerks at the Table before the Bill has been read a second time.—(Mr Greg Pope.)

8Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Greg Pope.)

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till five minutes to Three o'clock, adjourned till Monday 21st July.

[Adjourned at 2.55 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Cultural Objects,—Return of Cultural Objects (Amendment) Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 1719), dated 15th July 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

2Education,—Education (Mandatory Awards) (Amendment) Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 1693), dated 8th July 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

3Income Tax,—(1) Open-ended Investment Companies (Tax) (Amendment) Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 1715), and

(2) Personal Equity Plan (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 1997 (S.I, 1997, No. 1716),

dated 18th July 1997 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

4Protection of Wrecks,—Protection of Wrecks (Designation No. 2) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 1717), dated 16th July 1997, and

(2) Protection of Wrecks (Designation No. 3) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997 No. 1718), dated 18th July 1997

[by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

Other Papers:

5Development of Rural Wales,—Report and Accounts of the Development Board for Rural Wales for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Mr Secretary Davies].

6Housing,—Annual Review and Accounts of the Housing Corporation for 1996–97 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

7Local Government,—Report and Accounts of the London Pension Fund Authority for 1996–97 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

8Northern Ireland,—Government Response to the Third Report of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, Session 1996–97, on the BSE Crisis and the Export Ban on Northern Ireland Beef [by Command] [Cm. 3704] [Secretary Marjorie Mowlam].

APPENDIX II

Committee of Selection

1Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr John McWilliam reported from the Committee of Selection, That it had discharged from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation Mr David Drew (nominated in respect of the draft Transport and Works (Guided Transport Modes) (Amendment) Order 1997); and had appointed in substitution Mr Hilton Dawson.

2Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr John McWilliam reported from the Committee, That it had discharged from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation Julia Drown (nominated in respect of the Insurance Premium Tax (Taxable Insurance Contracts) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 1627)); and had appointed in substitution Ann Keen.


THE SPEAKER'S CERTIFICATE

The Speaker certified that the Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill is a Money Bill within the meaning of the Parliament Act 1911.


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