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[No. 74.]

Monday 24th November 1997.

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

PRAYERS.

1Deregulation Committee,—Mr Peter L. Pike reported from the Deregulation Committee the following Resolution:

That the draft Deregulation (Licence Transfers) Order 1997, which was laid before this House on 17th November, should be approved.

The Committee came to this Resolution without a Division.

2Greater London Authority (Referendum) Bill,—The House, according to Order, again resolved itself into a Committee on the Greater London Authority (Referendum) Bill.

(In the Committee)

Clause No. 1 (Referendum).

Another Amendment (No. 15) proposed in page 1, line 9, to leave out the words ‘an elected assembly' and insert the words ‘an assembly of leaders of London boroughs'.—(Mr Richard Ottaway.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr James Cran, Mr Stephen Day: 116.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Greg Pope, Mr Clive Betts: 297.

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

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Clive Betts, Mr Greg Pope: 291.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Stephen Day, Mr James Cran: 154.

Schedule (Form of ballot paper).

Question put, That the Schedule be the Schedule to the Bill.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Greg Pope, Mr Clive Betts: 297.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Adrian Sanders, Mr Donald Gorrie: 157.

Clause No. 2 (Entitlement to vote).

Amendment (No. 20) proposed, in page 1, line 20, after the word ‘borough', to insert the words ‘and in the district councils of Broxbourne, Elmbridge, Epping Forest, Epsom and Ewell, Hertsmere, Reigate and Banstead, and Spelthorne'.—(Mr Richard Ottaway.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause agreed to.

Clause No. 3 (Accounting officers).

Amendment (No. 6) proposed, in page 2, line 19, at the end, to insert the words ‘but shall not so certify until after the declaration of the results of all local government elections held in Greater London on the same day as the referendum'.—(Mr Paul Burstow.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:—Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Another Amendment (No. 29) proposed, in page 2, line 19, at the end, to insert the words—

‘(4A) The Chief Counting Officer shall not certify the total of votes cast for each answer under subsection (4) above unless at least 50 per cent. of the persons entitled to vote in the referendum have voted'.—(Mr Richard Ottaway.)

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Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Oliver Heald, Mr Nigel Waterson: 113.

Tellers for the Noes, Jane Kennedy, Mr David Jamieson: 315.

Clause agreed to.

Clause No. 4 (Referendum: supplementary).

Amendment (No. 31) proposed, in page 2, line 26, after the word ‘shall', to insert the words ‘subject to subsection (1A) below'.—(Mr Richard Ottaway.)

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

Clause agreed to.

Clauses Nos. 5 and 6 agreed to.

Clause No. 7 (Functions of Local Government Commission).

Amendment (No. 8) proposed, in page 3, line 15, at the beginning, to insert the words ‘Subject to section (London Electoral Convention) below'.—(Mr Simon Hughes.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Adrian Sanders, Mr David Heath: 33.

Tellers for the Noes, Jane Kennedy, Mr David Jamieson: 298.

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


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

3Business 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 Greater London Authority (Referendum) Bill may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour—(Mr John McFall):—It was agreed to.

4Greater London Authority (Referendum) Bill,—The House again resolved itself into a Committee on the Greater London Authority (Referendum) Bill.

(In the Committee)

Clause No. 7 (Functions of Local Government Commission).

Another Amendment (No. 26) proposed, in page 3, line 31, at the end, to insert the words—

‘(3) The Commission's report shall be based on the assumption that the elections will be conducted on the “first past the post” system.'.—(Sir Norman Fowler.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Oliver Heald, Mr Nigel Waterson: 120.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Jamieson, Mr Clive Betts: 327.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses Nos. 8 to 13 agreed to.

Bill to be reported.


The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair; and Mr Kevin Hughes reported, That the Committee had gone through the Bill, and directed him to report the same, without Amendment.

Ordered, That the Bill be read the third time to-morrow.

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5Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from residents of Brentwood and Ongar for a new accident and emergency unit at Harold Wood Hospital was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

6Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Kevin Hughes).

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-nine minutes to Twelve o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 11.31 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Road Traffic,—Draft Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) Regulations 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2Education (Scotland),—Education (Assisted Places) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2773), dated 18th November 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].

3Telecommunications,—(1) Public Telecommunication System Designation (American Telemedia Limited) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2771), dated 20th November 1997,

(2) Public Telecommunication System Designation (Atlantic Telecommunications Limited) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2768), dated 19th November 1997,

(3) Public Telecommunication System Designation (First Telecom plc) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997 No. 2770), dated 20th November 1997,

(4) Public Telecommunication System Designation (TotalTel International Inc.) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2772), dated 20th November 1997, and

(5) Public Telecommunication System Designation (WORLDxCHANGE Communications Limited) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2769), dated 20th November 1997

[by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

Other Papers:

4Appropriation Accounts, 1996–97,—Appropriation Accounts of the sums granted by Parliament for 1996–97 for Class IV (Trade and Industry and Export Credits Guarantee Department) [by Act]; to be printed [No. 251-IV] [Dawn Primarolo].

5Culture, Media and Sport,—Department for Culture, Media and Sport Departmental Minute concerning a contingent liability consequent upon possible revocation of a licence granting a right of way between Upper Lodge, Bushy Park, and the public highway at Hampton Hill Gate [by Command] [Mr Secretary Smith].

6National Heritage,—Report and Accounts of English Heritage for 1996–97 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

7National Lottery,—(1) Report of the Sports Council for Northern Ireland Lottery Distribution Activities for 1996–97, and

(2) Report and Accounts of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland National Lottery Fund for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon

[by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

8Telecommunications,—Licences granted under section 7 of the Telecommunications Act 1984 by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to—

(1) American Telemedia Limited,

(2) Atlantic Telecommunications Limited,

(3) First Telecom plc,

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(4) TotalTel International Inc., and

(5) WORLDxCHANGE Communications Limited

[by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

Paper withdrawn:

9Road Traffic,—Draft Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) Regulations 1997 [laid 20th November].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

1Deregulation,—First Report from the Deregulation Committee [The draft Deregulation (Licence Transfers) Order 1997]; to be printed together with the Minutes of the Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 367] [Mr Peter L. Pike].

2Public Accounts,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts on 24th November [Measures to combat housing benefit fraud]; to be printed [No. 366-i] [Mr David Davis].


[No. 75.]

Tuesday 25th November 1997.

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

PRAYERS.

1Social Security Bill,—Mr Edward O'Hara reported from Standing Committee B, That it had gone through the Social Security Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.

Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 86].

Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 368].

2European Standing Committee B,—Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody reported from European Standing Committee B the following Resolution: That the Committee takes note of European Community Document No. 10510/97, on the proposal for a European Parliament and Council Directive on the legal protection of biotechnological inventions; and supports the Government's view that this Directive could harmonise and clarify national laws on the patenting of biotechnological inventions, so reducing the current uncertainty which exists in this area of law in Europe which has the potential to act as a deterrent in this industry.

Report, together with Resolution, to lie upon the Table.

3British Nationality (St Helena) Bill [Lords],—The British Nationality (St Helena) Bill [Lords] was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 30th January and to be printed [Bill 89].

4New Member sworn,—Mark Oaten, Esquire, Member for Winchester, was sworn.

5Reform of Quarantine Regulations,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to allow the importation of pet animals from the European Union and rabies-free countries without quarantine upon proof of vaccinations, blood tests and permanent identification by microchip; to improve standards in quarantine kennels; and for connected purposes: And that Mr David Amess, Mr Ivor Caplin, Mr Alan Clark, Mr Roger Gale, Mr Mike Hancock, Mr John Heppell, Mr Robert Key, Mr Terry Lewis, Mr Alan Meale, Mr Colin Pickthall, Sir Teddy Taylor and Miss Ann Widdecombe do prepare and bring it in.

6Reform of Quarantine Regulations Bill,—Mr David Amess accordingly presented a Bill to allow the importation of pet animals from the European Union and rabies-free countries without quarantine upon proof of vaccinations, blood tests and permanent identification by microchip; to improve standards in quarantine kennels; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 12th December and to be printed [Bill 87].

7European Parliamentary Elections Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the European Parliamentary Elections Bill;

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And a Motion being made, and the Question being put, That the Bill be now read a second time;

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr David Jamieson, Mr John McFall: 365.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr John Whittingdale, Mr Bernard Jenkin: 150.

So the Question was agreed to.

The Bill was accordingly 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—(Mr George Howarth):—It was agreed to.

Committee to-morrow.

8European Parliamentary Elections Bill [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to European Parliamentary Elections Bill [Money];

A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 52 (Money resolutions and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills), That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the European Parliamentary Elections Bill, it is expedient to authorise the charging on and payment out of the Consolidated Fund of—

(1) charges to which returning officers are entitled by virtue of that Act, and

(2) sums required by the Secretary of State for expenditure on the provision of training relating to functions conferred on returning officers by virtue of that Act—(Bridget Prentice):—It was agreed to.

9Landfill of Waste,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees), That this House takes note of European Community Document No. 6692/97, relating to the landfill of waste; and welcomes the intention to set high regulatory standards for landfill sites—(Bridget Prentice):—It was agreed to.

10Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies: Controls on Cattle, Sheep and Goats,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees), That this House takes note of European Community Document No. 10040/97, on the prohibition of the use of material presenting risks relating to transmissible spongiform encephalopathies; and supports the Government's position that such controls are necessary for the protection of public health and to avoid the risks of undermining the Single Market—(Bridget Prentice):—It was agreed to.

11Draft Budget for 1998,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees), That this House takes note of European Community Documents Nos. 10153/97, the draft general budget of the European Communities for 1998, and PE262.699, the European Parliament's proposed amendments to the draft general budget of the European Communities for 1998; and supports the Government's efforts to maintain budget discipline in the Community—(Bridget Prentice):—It was agreed to.

12Northern 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 Industrial Pollution Control (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, which was laid before this House on 28th October, be approved—(Bridget Prentice):—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 Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, which was laid before this House on 28th October, be approved—(Bridget Prentice):—It was agreed to.

14Civil Aviation,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Carriage by Air Acts (Application of Provisions) (Fourth Amendment) Order 1997, which was laid before this House on 3rd November, be approved—(Bridget Prentice):—It was agreed to.

15Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from Lyn Lambell and others in support of the Wild Mammals (Hunting with Dogs) Bill was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

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16Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Bridget Prentice.)

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

[Adjourned at 10.43 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution

1Northern Ireland,—(1) Draft Activity Centres (Young Persons' Safety) (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, and

(2) draft Museums and Galleries (Northern Ireland) Order 1997

[by Act] [Secretary Marjorie Mowlam].

2Rating and Valuation,— Draft Non-Domestic Rating (Chargeable Amounts) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

3Housing,—Relocation Grants Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2764), dated 20th November 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

4National Health Service,—National Health Service (Vocational Training) Amendment Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2787), dated 24th November 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dobson].

Other Papers:

5Environmental Protection,—Report of the Countryside Council for Wales for 1996-97: Volume II, Digest of statistics [by Act] [Mr Secretary Davies].

6National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Audit of Assumptions for the Pre-Budget Report, November 1997 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 361] [Clerk of the House].

7Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions,—Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions (Non-Effective Benefits and Family Pensions) Order 1997, dated 30th October 1997 [by Act] [Mrs Ann Taylor].

8Pre-Budget Report,—Paper, entitled Pre-Budget Report November 1997: Securing Britain's Long-Term Economic Future [by Command] [Cm. 3804] [Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer].

9Statutory Instruments (Notification),—Communication declaring that the undermentioned Statutory Instrument had come into operation before copies were laid before Parliament, and explaining why such copies had not been so laid before the Instrument came into operation:

Protection of Wrecks (Designation No. 4) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2536)

[by Standing Order] [The Speaker].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

1Culture, Media and Sport,—(1) First Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [The Royal Opera House], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings relating to the Report [No. 199]; and

(2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [The Royal Opera House]

[Mr Gerald Kaufman].

2Education and Employment,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Committee on 25th November [Further Education]; to be printed [No. 264-v] [Ms Margaret Hodge]; and

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Employment Sub-Committee of the

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Education and Employment Committee on 25th November [The New Deal]; to be printed [No. 263-v] [Mr Derek Foster].

3Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment Sub-Committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee on 25th November [Sewage Treatment and Disposal]; to be printed [No. 266-v] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].

4Foreign Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee on 25th November [Foreign Policy and Human Rights]; to be printed [No. 369-i] [Mr Donald Anderson].

5Public Administration,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Public Administration Committee on 25th November [The Report of the Health Service Commissioner for 1996–97]; to be printed [No. 352-ii] [Mr Rhodri Morgan].

6Statutory Instruments,—Fourteenth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 33-xiv] [Mr David Tredinnick].

7Welsh Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee on 24th November [The Impact of Devolution on Local Government and Economic Development in Wales]; to be printed [No. 329-iv] [Mr Martyn Jones].


[No. 76.]

Wednesday 26th November 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 David Clelland);

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

2Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Bill,—Mrs Ray Michie reported from Standing Committee A, that it had gone through the Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Bill, and directed her to report the same, without Amendment.

Bill, not amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow.

Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 372].

3European Standing Committee A,—Mr Donald Anderson reported from European Standing Committee A the following Resolution:

That the Committee takes note of European Community Documents Nos. 8150/97, on the general principles of Food Law in the European Union, and 8386/97, on Consumer Health and Food Safety; and endorses the Government's intention to support and contribute to the development of an EC food policy which delivers high standards of food safety, fully reflects the needs of consumers and contributes to the development of an effective Single Market.

Report, together with Resolution, to lie upon the Table.

4European Standing Committee B,—Mr Bowen Wells reported from European Standing Committee B the following Resolution:

That the Committee takes note of the Commission Communications (10427/97) of 1st October 1997 Towards tax co-ordination in the European Union—a package to tackle harmful tax competition and (COM(97)564) of 5th November 1997 A package to tackle harmful tax competition in the European Union; and supports the Government's position as set out in its Explanatory Memorandum (COM 97(564)) of 17th November 1997.

Report, together with Resolution, to lie upon the Table.

5Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr John Maxton reported from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Civil Evidence (Northern Ireland) Order 1997.

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

6Representation of Gibraltar at Westminster and in the European Union Bill,—The Order for reading the Representation of Gibraltar at Westminster and in the European Union Bill a second time on Friday 28th November was read and discharged.

Bill to be read a second time on Friday 12th December.

7Representation of Dependancies at Westminster Bill,—The Order for reading the Representation of Dependancies at Westminster Bill a second time on Friday 28th November was read and discharged.

Bill to be read a second time on Friday 12th December

8New Member sworn,—Jacqueline Anne Harkness, Mrs Lait, Member for Beckenham, was sworn.

9Government of Wales Bill,—Mr Secretary Davies, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Straw, Mr Secretary Blunkett, Secretary Margaret Beckett, Dr. John Cunningham, Mr Secretary Dewar, Mr Secretary Dobson, Mr Peter Hain and Mr Win Griffiths, presented a Bill to establish and make provision about the National Assembly for Wales and the office of Auditor General for Wales; to reform certain Welsh public bodies and abolish certain other Welsh public bodies; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 88].

10National Minimum Wage Bill,—Secretary Margaret Beckett, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Dewar, Mr Secretary Robertson, Mr Secretary Davies, Secretary Marjorie Mowlam, Dr John Cunningham, Mr Secretary Blunkett and Mr Ian McCartney, presented a Bill to make provision for and in connection with a national minimum wage; to provide for the amendment of certain enactments relating to the remuneration of persons employed in agriculture; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 90].

11Northern Ireland Grand Committee,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 114 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (legislative proposals and other matters relating exclusively to Northern Ireland)), That the matter of public expenditure in Northern Ireland in 1998–99, being a matter relating exclusively to Northern Ireland, be referred to the Northern Ireland Grand Committee for its consideration—(Mr Jim Dowd):— It was agreed to.

12Welfare of Pigs,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision with respect to the health and welfare of pigs: And that Mr Chris Mullin, Mr Ken Livingstone, Mr Alan Clark, Angela Smith, Sir Richard Body, Mr Ivor Caplin, Mr Mike Hancock, Mr Roger Gale, Mr Harry Cohen, Mr Nigel Jones, Dr Nick Palmer and Sir Teddy Taylor do prepare and bring it in.

13Welfare of Pigs Bill,—Mr Chris Mullin accordingly presented a Bill to make provision with respect to the health and welfare of pigs: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 12th December and to be printed [Bill 91].

14Greater London Authority (Referendum) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Third Reading of the Greater London Authority (Referendum) Bill;

And a Motion being made, and the Question being proposed, that the Bill be now read the third time;

An Amendment was proposed to the Question, to leave out from the word ‘That' to the end of the Question and add the words ‘this House declines to give a Third Reading to the Greater London Authority (Referendum) Bill because, while it looks ahead to the establishment of both a directly-elected Assembly and a directly-elected Mayor for London, it fails to provide the citizens of London with the opportunity to express their views separately on those two proposals', instead thereof.—(Sir Norman Fowler.)

And the Question being put, That the Amendment be made;

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr James Cran, Mr Stephen Day: 176.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Clelland, Mr Jon Owen Jones: 324.

So the Question was negatived.

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And the Main Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 62 (Amendment on second or third reading):—It was agreed to.

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

15Biotechnological Inventions,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees), That this House takes note of European Community Document No. 10510/97, on the proposal for a European Parliament and Council Directive on the legal protection of biotechnological inventions; and supports the Government's view that this Directive could harmonise and clarify national laws on the patenting of biotechnological inventions, so reducing the current uncertainty which exists in this area of law in Europe which has the potential to act as a deterrent in this industry—(Mr David Jamieson):—It was agreed to.

16Special Immigration Appeals Commission Bill [Lords],—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Special Immigration Appeals Commission Bill [Lords], as amended in the Standing Committee.

Amendment (No.1) made to the Bill.

The Bill was read the third time, and passed, with Amendments.

17Plant Varieties Bill,—The House, according to Order, proceeded to consider the Lords Amendments to the Plant Varieties Bill.

Lords Amendments Nos. 1 to 16 were agreed to, the Commons being willing to waive their privileges in respect of Lords Amendment No. 14.

18Northern Ireland Grand Committee,—Orderd, That, at the meeting of the Northern Ireland Grand Committee on Thursday 11th December—

(1) the Committee shall consider the matter of public expenditure in Northern Ireland in 1998–99; and

(2) at the completion of those proceedings, a Motion for the adjournment of the Committee may be made by a Minister of the Crown, pursuant to Standing Order No. 116(1)(h).—(Mr Greg Pope)

19Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Greg Pope.)

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-three minutes past Nine o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 9.23 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Education,—Education (School Performance Information) (England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2816), dated 25th November 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

2Education (Scotland),—Grants for School Improvements (Scotland) Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2790), dated 19th November 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].

3National Health Service,—National Health Service (Vocational Training for General Medical Practice) Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2817), dated 26th November 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dobson].

4Police,—Police Cadets (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2791), dated 17th November 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].

Other Papers:

5Health and Safety,—Accounts of the Health and Safety Commission and the Health and Safety Executive for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 374] [Clerk of the House].

6London Regional Transport,—Report and Accounts of the London Regional Passengers Committee for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

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7Treaty Series (No. 72, 1997),—Convention, done at Dublin on 15th June 1990, determining the State responsible for examining Applications for Asylum lodged in one of the Member States of the European Communities [by Command] [Cm. 3806] [Mr Secretary Cook].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Value Added Tax (Drugs, Medicines and Aids for the Handicapped) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2744):

(1) The Speaker has allocated the Order to the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation and appointed Mrs Ray Michie Chairman; and

(2) The Committee of Selection has appointed sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr David Amess, Mr Clive Betts, Mr Tim Boswell, Mrs Angela Browing, Mr Ivor Caplin, Mr Ross Cranston, Mr Jim Cunningham, Mr Neil Gerrard, Dr Evan Harris, Ms Ruth Kelly, Dr Stephen Ladyman, Mr Stephen McCabe, Sir David Madel, Dawn Primarolo, The Reverend Martin Smyth and Ms Claire Ward.

2Draft Channel 4 (Application of Excess Revenues) Order 1997:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation and appointed Mrs Marion Roe Chairman; and

(2) The Committee of Selection has appointed sixteen members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Ivor Caplin, Mr Michael Connarty, Mr Jeremy Corbyn, Mr Jim Dowd, Mr Michael Fabricant, Mr Mark Fisher, Mr Clifford Forsythe, Dr Ian Gibson, Mr Damian Green, Helen Jones, Mr Alan Keen, Mr Martin Linton, Mr Robert Maclennan, Alice Mahon, Mr Francis Maude and Mr John Whittingdale.

3Draft Copyright and Rights in Databases Regulations 1997:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation and appointed Mr Peter Atkinson Chairman; and

(2) The Committee of Selection has appointed sixteen members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Clive Betts, Mr Graham Brady, Mr Julian Brazier, Mr Colin Breed, Mr Charles Clarke, Mr Brian Cotter, Mr Frank Doran, Mr Michael Fallon, Mr Ian McCartney, Mr John McDonnell, Mr Phil Sawford, Mr Llew Smith, Helen Southworth, Mr Ian Stewart, Mr John M. Taylor and Mrs Betty Williams.

4Draft Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 1997:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation and appointed Mrs Ann Winterton Chairman; and

(2) The Committee of Selection has appointed sixteen members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Harold Best, Mr Keith Bradley, Mr Simon Burns, Mr Jim Cousins, Mr Huw Edwards, Mrs Eileeen Gordon, Kate Hoey, Mr Kevin Hughes, Miss Julie Kirkbride, Mr Andrew Lansley, Ms Chris McCafferty, Mr David Rendel, Mr Gerry Sutcliffe, Mr Nigel Waterson, Steve Webb and Mr Brian White.

5Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 (Code of Practice) (Northern Ireland) Order 1997:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the Order to the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation and appointed Mr Frank Cook Chairman; and

(2) The Committee of Selection has appointed sixteen members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Stuart Bell, Mr Peter Bradley, Mr Alan Campbell, Mr Tony Clarke, Mr Vernon Coaker, Mr Tony Colman, Mr James Cran, Mr Keith Darvill, Mr Jim Dowd, Mr Andrew Hunter, Mr Adam Ingram, Helen Jackson, Mr Ken Maginnis, Mr Malcolm Moss, Mr David Trimble and Mr David Wilshire.

6Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) (National Health Service Trusts) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2763):

(1) The Speaker has allocated the Order to the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation and appointed Mr Bowen Wells Chairman; and

(2) The Committee of Selection has appointed sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Martin Caton, Mr Michael Clapham, Mr Quentin Davies, Mr Hilton Dawson, Dr Evan Harris, Ms Beverley Hughes, Ms Melanie Johnson, Mr Tom Levitt, Mr Alan Milburn, Mr Patrick Nicholls, Bridget Prentice, Mrs Marion Roe, The Reverend Martin Smyth, Mr Robert N. Wareing, Mr Nigel Waterson and Audrey Wise.

7Draft Air Quality Regulations 1997 and draft Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) Regulations 1997:

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(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation and appointed Mr Andrew Welsh Chairman; and

(2) The Committee of Selection has appointed sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Ms Diane Abbott, Mr Graham Allen, Mr Tom Brake, Mr Christopher Chope, Mr Stephen Day, Mrs Janet Dean, Mr David Drew, Angela Eagle, Ms Julie Morgan, Mr Stephen Pound, Mr Syd Rapson, Mr Terry Rooney, Mr Jonathan R. Shaw, Sir Robert Smith, Mr Nick St. Aubyn and Mr Andrew Tyrie.

8Draft European Communities (Immunities and Privileges of the European Police Office) Order 1997, draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (European Police Office) Order 1997, and draft OSPAR Commission (Immunities and Privileges) Order 1997:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Orders to the Ninth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation and appointed Mr John Maxton Chairman; and

(2) The Committee of Selection has appointed sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Richard Allan, Mr Derek Fatchett, Mr Nick Hawkins, Mr David Heath, Mr Fraser Kemp, Dr Julian Lewis, Mr Denis MacShane, Mr Gordon Marsden, Dr Nick Palmer, Mr Kerry Pollard, Mr Greg Pope, Mr Gary Streeter, Mr John M. Taylor, Mr Dennis Turner, Dr Alan Whitehead and Mr Anthony D. Wright.

Scottish Grand Committee

9Scottish Grand Committee,—The Speaker has appointed Mr John Maxton and Mrs Ray Michie Chairmen of the Scottish Grand Committee in respect of the meeting of the Committee on Wednesday 3rd December.

European Standing Committees

10European Standing Committee B,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Roger Gale Chairman of European Standing Committee B in respect of European Community Document No. 6294/92, relating to Tobacco Advertising.

11European Standing Committee B,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Frank Cook Chairman of European Standing Committee B in respect of European Community Documents Nos. 10230/97, relating to Part-Time Work, and 10975/97, Parts A and B, relating to the European Works Council Directive and to Parental Leave.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee on 26th November [Air Quality]; to be printed [No. 356-ii] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett]; and

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Sub-Committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee on 26th November [Proposed Strategic Rail Authority and Railway Regulation]; to be printed [No. 286-iv] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

2Health,—(1) First Report from the Health Committee [Tobacco Advertising and the Proposed EC Directive]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 373]; and

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee on 26th November [Public Health]; to be printed [No. 373-i]

[Mr David Hinchliffe].

3Northern Ireland Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee on 26th November [The Composition, Recruitment and Training of the RUC]; to be printed [No. 337-iii] [Mr Peter Brooke].

4Public Accounts,—(1) Fifth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Coronary Heart Disease in Northern Ireland]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 381];

(2) Sixth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Department of the Environment (Northern Ireland): Control of Belfast Action Team's Expenditure]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 382];

(3) Part of the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts on 26th November [National Audit Office Estimates]; to be printed [No. 383-i]; and

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(4) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts on 26th November [Northern Ireland Audit Office Estimates]; to be printed [No. 384-i]

[Mr David Davis].

5Science and Technology,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Science and Technology Committee on 26th November [The Implications of the Dearing Report for the Structure and Funding of University Research]; to be printed [No. 303-iii] [Dr Michael Clark].

6Scottish Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Scottish Affairs Committee on 26th November [Welfare to Work in Scotland]; to be printed [No. 335-iii] [Mr David Marshall].

7Trade and Industry,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee on 26th November [Developments Affecting the Postal Services]; to be printed [Nos. 380-i and -ii] [Mr Martin O'Neill].

8Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee on 20th November [The Bank of England November Inflation Report]; to be printed [No. 379] [Mr Giles Radice].


[No. 77.]

Thursday 27th November 1997.

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

PRAYERS.

1Income Tax,—The Vice Chamberlain of the Household reported to the House, That its Addresses of 30th October relating to Income Tax had been presented to Her Majesty; and Her Majesty had been pleased to receive the same very graciously and give the following Answer:

I have received your Addresses praying that the Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Malaysia) Order 1997, the Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Singapore) Order 1997, the Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Falkland Islands) Order 1997 and the Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Lesotho) Order 1997 be made in the form of the drafts laid before your House.

I will comply with your request.

2Summer Time,—The Vice Chamberlain of the Household reported to the House, That its Address of 18th November relating to Summer Time had been presented to Her Majesty; and that Her Majesty had been pleased to receive the same very graciously and to give the following Answer:

I have received your Address praying that the Summer Time Order 1997 be made in the form of the draft laid before your House.

I will comply with your request.

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:

Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1997

Local Government (Contracts) Act 1997

Plant Varieties Act 1997.

4European Communities (Amendment) Bill,—The House, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee on the European Communities (Amendment) Bill.

(In the Committee)

Clause No. 1 (Meaning of “the Treaties” and “the Community Treaties”).

Amendment (No. 65) proposed in page 1, line 12, at the end, to insert the words ‘but (for the avoidance of doubt) not Article 1 of the said Treaty.'—(Mr Michael Howard.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made;

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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 Mr Greg Pope 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.

5Food Law,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees), That this House takes note of European Community Documents Nos. 8150/97, on the general principles of Food Law in the European Union, and 8386/97, on Consumer Health and Food Safety; and endorses the Government's intention to support and contribute to the development of an EC food policy which delivers high standards of food safety, fully reflects the needs of consumers and contributes to the development of an effective Single Market—(Mr Greg Pope):—It was agreed to.

6Harmful Tax Competition,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (European Standing Committees), That this House takes note of the Commission Communications (10427/97) of 1st October 1997, Towards tax co-ordination in the European Union—a package to tackle harmful tax competition and (COM(97)564) of 5th November 1997, A package to tackle harmful tax competition in the European Union; and supports the Government's position as set out in its Explanatory Memorandum (COM97(564)) of 17th November 1997—(Mr Greg Pope):—It was agreed to.

7Northern 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 Civil Evidence (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, which was laid before this House on 28th October, be approved—(Mr Greg Pope):—It was agreed to.

8Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from the constituents of Nottingham North in support of the Wild Mammals (Hunting with Dogs) Bill was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

9Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Greg Pope.)

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-three minutes past Ten o'clock, adjourned till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 10.23 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Firearms,—Draft Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1997 Compensation Scheme [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

2Legal Aid and Advice (Scotland),—(1) Draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Regulations 1997, and

(2) Draft Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Prescribed Proceedings) Regulations 1997

[by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

3Social Security,—(1) Social Security (National Insurance Number Information: Exemption) (No. 2) Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2814), and

(2) Social Security (Penalty Notice) Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2813),

dated 25th November 1997 [by Act] [Secretary Harriet Harman].

4Telecommunications,—(1) Public Telecommunication System Designation (Cable Thames Valley Limited) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2821),

(2) Public Telecommunication System Designation (Eurobell (Holdings) PLC) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2823), and

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(3) Public Telecommunication System Designation (General Telecommunications Limited) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2822),

dated 26th November 1997 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

Other Papers:

5Air Force (Constitution),—Air Force Act 1955 (Part 1) (Amendment) Regulations 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Robertson].

6Charities (Scotland),—Report of Scottish Charities Nominee for the year ended 31st August 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].

7Reserve Forces,—Change 1 to the Regulations for the Naval and Marine Reserve (BR 64) [by Act] [Mr Secretary Robertson].

8Telecommunications,—Licences granted under section 7 of the Telecommunications Act 1984 by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to—

(1) Cable Thames Valley Limited,

(2) Eurobell (Holdings) PLC, and

(3) General Telecommunications Limited

[by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

9Youth Justice,—Paper, entitled No More Excuses—a new approach to tackling youth crime in England and Wales [by Command] [Cm. 3809] [Mr Secretary Straw].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Value Added Tax (Drugs, Medicines and Aids for the Handicapped) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2744),—The Committee of Selection has discharged from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation Mr Ross Cranston and Mr Stephen McCabe (nominated in respect of the Order); and appointed in substitution Ms Fiona Jones and Mr Jim Murphy.

2Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 (Code of Practice) (Northern Ireland) Order 1997,—The Committee of Selection has discharged from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation Mr Stuart Bell (nominated in respect of the Order) and appointed in substitution Mr Stephen Hepburn.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Agriculture,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Agriculture Committee on 27th November [CAP reform: Agenda 2000]; to be printed [No. 311-iv]; and

(2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [CAP reform: Agenda 2000; Food safety]

[Mr Peter Luff].

2Culture, Media and Sport,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee on 27th November [The Millennium Dome]; to be printed [No. 340-iii] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].

3Education and Employment,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Employment Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Committee on 27th November [The New Deal]; to be printed [No. 263-vi] [Mr Derek Foster].

4Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee on 27th November [The Bank of England November Inflation Report]; to be printed [No. 379-ii] [Mr Giles Radice].


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[No. 78.]

Friday 28th November 1997.

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

PRAYERS.

1Standing Orders,—Ordered, That the Standing Orders relating to Public Business be printed [No. 386].

2Public Petitions,—Public Petitions from—

(1) residents of York,

(2) citizens of Dundee, and

(3) visitors to the South Yorkshire RSPCA Animal Centre in the Don Valley constituency

in support of the Wild Mammals (Hunting with Dogs) Bill, and

(4) from citizens of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for the protection of deer herds

were presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

3Wild Mammals (Hunting with Dogs) Bill,— The Order of the day being read for the Second Reading of the Wild Mammals (Hunting with Dogs) Bill;

And a Motion being made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read a second time;

Mr David Hinchliffe rose in his place, and claimed to move, That the Question be now put.

And the Question being put, That the Question be now put:—It was agreed to.

And the Question being accordingly put, That the Bill be now read a second time;

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Dennis Turner, Mr Joe Benton: 411.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr Peter Atkinson: 151.

So the Question was agreed to.

The Bill was accordingly read a second time and stood committed to a Standing Committee.

4Community Care (Residential Accommodation) Bill,—The Community Care (Residential Accommodation) Bill 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—(Mr Marsha Singh):—It was agreed to.

The Bill was accordingly committed to a Committee of the whole House.

5Pesticides Bill,—The Pesticides Bill was, according to Order, read a second time and stood committed to a Standing Committee.

6Fireworks Bill,—The Fireworks Bill was, according to Order, read a second time and stood committed to a Standing Committee.

7Public House Names Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Public House Names Bill;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 5th December.

8Co-ordinated Universal Time Bill [Lords],—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Co-ordinated Universal Time Bill [Lords];

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 13th February.

9Widening of the M25 Motorway Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Widening of M25 Motorway Bill;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 12th December.

10Television Licence Payments (Age Exemption) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Television Licence Payments (Age Exemption) Bill;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 12th December.

11Animal Health (Amendment) Bill,—The Animal Health (Amendment) Bill, was, according to Order, read a second time and stood committed to a Standing Committee.

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12Companies (Millennium Computer Compliance) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Companies (Millennium Computer Compliance) Bill;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 12th December.

13Prevention of Delay in Trials Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Prevention of Delay in Trials Bill;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 23rd January.

14Hare Coursing Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Hare Coursing Bill;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 12th December.

15Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons (Amendment) Bill [Lords],—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons (Amendment) Bill [Lords];

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 16th January.

16War Widows and Pensioners (Equal Treatment) Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the War Widows and Pensioners (Equal Treatment) Bill;

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday 12th December.

17Social Security,—Ordered, That Siobhain McDonagh be discharged from the Social Security Committee and Mr Paul Goggins be added to the Committee.—(Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

18Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Jim Dowd);

And the Motion having been made after half-past Two o'clock, and the Debate having continued for half an hour, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order, it then being seven minutes past Three o'clock, till Monday 1st December.

[Adjourned at 3.07 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Health and Safety,—Diving at Work Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2776), dated 24th November 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

2Insolvency,—Insolvent Companies (Reports on Conduct of Directors) Rules (Northern Ireland) 1997 (S.R.(N.I.), 1997, No. 516), dated 25th November 1997 [by Statutory Instrument] [Mr Geoffrey Hoon].

3Rating and Valuation,—(1) Non-Domestic Rating (Rural Areas and Rateable Value Limits) (Scotland) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2827), dated 21st November 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar]; and

(2) Non-Domestic Rating (Rural Settlements) (England) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2792), dated 21st November 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

4Sheriff Court (Scotland),—Act of Sederunt (Fees of Sheriff Officers) 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2824), dated 21st November 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].

Other Papers:

5Police (Northern Ireland),—Accounts of the Police Authority for Northern Ireland, including Accounts of the Royal Ulster Constabulary Fund and the Police Property Fund, for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 370] [Secretary Marjorie Mowlam].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Value Added Tax (Drugs, Medicines and Aids for the Handicapped) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2744),—The Speaker has appointed Mr Bowen Wells Chairman of the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the Order, in place of Mrs Ray Michie.


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