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[No. 79.]

Monday 1st December 1997.

The House met at half past Two o'clock.

PRAYERS.

1Welsh Grand Committee,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 107 (Welsh Grand Committee (matters relating exclusively to Wales)), That the matter of government expenditure in Wales in 1998–99, being a matter relating exclusively to Wales, be referred to the Welsh Grand Committee for its consideration—(Mr David Clelland):—It was agreed to.

2Opposition Day [5th allotted day],—It being an allotted day at the disposal of the Leader of the Opposition in pursuance of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business), the House proceeded to consider opposition business.

Government policies on welfare, pensions and disabled people,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House deeply regrets the unnecessary delay to proposals on pension and welfare reform; finds it inconceivable that having attacked reductions to lone parent benefits proposed by the previous Government this Government now plans to implement the same reductions, and urges the Government to take this opportunity to reassure people with disabilities that they will not tax Disability Living Allowance or transfer disability benefits from disabled individuals to bureaucracies such as local government's social services departments—(Mr Iain Duncan Smith);

An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word ‘House' to the end of the Question and add the words ‘congratulates the Government for the progress that has already been made on reforming the welfare state to tackle social exclusion and welfare dependency; backs the Government's strategy of offering hope, opportunity and a better standard of living for people through its welfare to work programmes for lone parents, disabled people and those with long-standing illness, young unemployed people and the long-term unemployed, and the National Childcare Strategy, in contrast to the previous Government's approach of writing millions of people off to a life dependent on benefit; welcomes the Government's determination to ensure security in retirement for today's and tomorrow's pensioners through the pensions review and the action the Government has already taken to get help to Britain's pensioners, particularly the poorest pensioners, by cutting VAT on fuel and through the £20 winter fuel payment to pensioner households and the £50 winter fuel payment to pensioner households on Income Support; and congratulates the Government for keeping its promises and delivering its manifesto commitments to the British people', instead thereof.—(Secretary Harriet Harman.)

And the Question being put, That the original words stand part of the Question;

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John Whittingdale, Mr Nigel Waterson: 131.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr John McFall, Mr Graham Allen: 336.

So the Question was negatived.

And the Question, That the proposed words be there added, being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments):—It was agreed to.

The Deputy Speaker forthwith declared the Main Question, as amended, to be agreed to.

Resolved, That this House congratulates the Government for the progress that has already been made on reforming the welfare state to tackle social exclusion and welfare dependency; backs the Government's strategy of offering hope, opportunity and a better standard of living for people through its welfare to work programmes for lone parents, disabled people and those with long-standing illness, young unemployed people and the long-term unemployed, and the National Childcare Strategy, in contrast to the previous Government's approach of writing millions of people off to a life dependent on benefit; welcomes the Government's determination to ensure security in retirement for today's and tomorrow's pensioners through the pensions review and the action the Government has already taken to get help to Britain's pensioners, particularly the poorest pensioners, by cutting VAT on fuel and through the £20 winter fuel payment to pensioner households and the £50 winter fuel payment to pensioner households on Income Support; and congratulates the Government for keeping its promises and delivering its manifesto commitments to the British people.

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Burdens on business,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House regrets the damage to business and jobs represented by the actions and inactions of this Government; condemns the broken promises to the coal industry, the lack of clarity over ministerial duties, the persistent tax raids on business and the threats posed by new legislation; and urges the President of the Board of Trade to set out a clear energy, competition and business policy that is in the interests of British companies—(Mr John Redwood);

An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 2, to leave out from the word ‘House' to the end of the Question and add the words ‘welcomes the speedy action taken by Her Majesty's Government to foster an environment in which business can flourish, with macro-economic stability, low rates of corporation tax, a clear new competition policy, and a review of utility regulation; contrasts this with the boom and bust policies of the previous administration which led to the collapse of thousands of firms and unemployment for millions; and welcomes Her Majesty's Government's partnership with business to improve UK competitiveness', instead thereof.—(Secretary Margaret Beckett.)

And the Question being put, That the original words stand part of the Question;

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John M. Taylor, Mr Oliver Heald: 129.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Jim Dowd, Mr David Jamieson: 326.

So the Question was negatived.

And the Question, That the proposed words be there added, being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments):—It was agreed to.

The Speaker forthwith declared the Main Question, as amended, to be agreed to.

Resolved, That this House welcomes the speedy action taken by Her Majesty's Government to foster an environment in which business can flourish, with macro-economic stability, low rates of corporation tax, a clear new competition policy, and a review of utility regulation; contrasts this with the boom and bust policies of the previous administration which led to the collapse of thousands of firms and unemployment for millions; and welcomes Her Majesty's Government's partnership with business to improve UK competitiveness.

3Welsh Grand Committee,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 108 (Welsh Grand Committee (sittings)), That the Welsh Grand Committee shall meet at Westminster on Tuesday 16th December at half-past Ten o'clock to take questions under Standing Order No. 103 (Welsh Grand Committee (questions for oral answer)), and to consider the matter of government expenditure in Wales in 1998-99 under Standing Order No. 107 (Welsh Grand Committee (matters relating exclusively to Wales))—(Mr Greg Pope):—It was agreed to.

4Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from the constituencies of Kingston and Surbiton, and Richmond Park for legislation to abolish capping of local authorities, in particular to protect schools in Kingston-upon-Thames from expenditure cutbacks, was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

5Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Greg Pope.)

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 Negative Resolution:

1Building Societies,—Building Societies (Members' Resolutions) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2840), dated 27th November 1997 [by Act] [Mrs Helen Liddell].

2Sea Fisheries,—Sea Fishing (Enforcement of Community Conservation Measures) (Amendment) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2841), dated 27th November 1997 [by Act] [Dr John Cunningham].

3Social Security,—Income-related Benefits (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2793), dated 25th November 1997 [by Act] [Secretary Harriet Harman].

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Other Papers:

4Appropriation Accounts, 1996–97,—Appropriation Accounts of the sums granted by Parliament for 1996-97 for Class XIV (Wales) [by Act]; to be printed [No. 251-XIV] [Dawn Primarolo].

5Education and Employment,—Department for Education and Employment Minute, dated 1st December 1997, concerning giving surplus computer equipment to non-profit organisations [by Command] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

6Science and Technology,—Accounts of the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council for 1996-97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 390] [Clerk of the House].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Wild Mammals (Hunting with Dogs) Bill,—The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee C, and appointed Mr Edward O'Hara and Mr Bowen Wells Chairmen.

2Pesticides Bill,—The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee C.

3Fireworks Bill,—The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee C.

4Animal Health (Amendment) Bill,—The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee C.

5Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—The Committee of Selection discharged from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation Mr Brian White (nominated in respect of the draft Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 1997); and appointed in substitution Mr Paul Stinchcombe.

6Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—The Committee of Selection has discharged from the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation Mr David Drew (nominated in respect of the draft Air Quality Regulations 1997 and the draft Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) Regulations 1997); and appointed in substitution Mr Andrew Reed.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Education and Employment,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Employment Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Committee on 1st December [EU Employment Issues]; to be printed [No. 391–i] [Mr Derek Foster].

2Foreign Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee on 1st December [European Council Meeting, Luxembourg, 12th-13th December 1997, and the UK Presidency of the European Union (January-July 1998)]; to be printed [No. 387–i] [Mr Donald Anderson].

3Public Accounts,—(1) Seventh Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Resignation of Chief Executive of English Heritage]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 392];

(2) Eighth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Governance and Management of Overseas Courses at Swansea Institute of Higher Education]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 393];

(3) Ninth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Property Services in the English Occupied Royal Palaces; Responsibilities for Royal Household Remuneration; and Provision of Accommodation]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 394]; and

(4) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts on 1st December [Vacant office property]; to be printed [No. 395–i]

[Mr David Davis].


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[No. 80.]

Tuesday 2nd December 1997.

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

PRAYERS.

1European Standing Committee B,—Mr Roger Gale reported from European Standing Committee B the following Resolution:

That the Committee takes note of European Community Document No. 6294/92 and the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum submitted by the Department of Health on 17th November 1997, on tobacco advertising; and supports the Government's efforts to bring into effect a ban on tobacco advertising.

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

2Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Bowen Wells reported from the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Value Added Tax (Drugs, Medicines and Aids for the Handicapped) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2744).

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

3Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mrs Marion Roe reported from the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Channel 4 (Application of Excess Revenues) 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:

The Lords have agreed to the Amendments made by this House to the Special Immigration Appeals Commission Bill [Lords], without Amendment.

5National Transport Safety,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to create a National Transport Safety Authority: And that Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody, Mr Brian Donohoe, Mr Gwyn Prosser, Mr Andrew Mackinlay, Kate Hoey, Mr John Hepple and Mr Nick Ainger do prepare and bring it in.

6National Transport Safety Bill,—Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody accordingly presented a Bill to create a National Transport Safety Authority: 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 92].

7European Communities (Amendment) Bill,—The House, according to Order, again 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.'

Question again proposed, That the Amendment be made;

Question put;

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Stephen Day, Mr Nigel Waterson: 133.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mr Jim Dowd: 328.

Another Amendment (No. 2) proposed, in page 1, line 13, after the word ‘Articles', to insert the words ‘1, paragraph 9 (Cm. 3780, page 10)'.—(Mr Ted Rowlands.)

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

Another Amendment (No. 3) proposed, in page 1, line 13, after ‘2', to insert the words ‘(except paragraph 19)'.—(Mr Michael Howard.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made;

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

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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.

Committee again to-morrow.

8Environmental Audit,—Ordered, That Mr Matthew Taylor be discharged from the Environmental Audit Committee and Mr Norman Baker be added to the Committee.—(Bridget Prentice.)

9Consolidated Fund Bill,—Ordered, That, at the sitting on Tuesday 9th December, any Consolidated Fund Bill ordered to be brought in and read the first time shall be proceeded with as if the Second Reading thereof stood as an Order of the day, and Standing Order No. 56 (Consolidated Fund Bills) shall apply.—(Bridget Prentice.)

10Liaison,—Ordered, That Mr John Horam, Dr Lewis Moonie and Mr Peter L. Pike be added to the Liaison Committee.—(Bridget Prentice.)

11House of Commons Commission,—Ordered, That Sir Alastair Goodlad be discharged from the House of Commons Commission and Dr Lewis Moonie and Sir Peter Lloyd be appointed members of the Commission under the House of Commons (Administration) Act 1978.—(Bridget Prentice.)

12Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Bridget Prentice.)

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

[Adjourned at 10.29 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Companies,—Companies (1986 Order) (Directors' Report) (Statement of Payment Practice) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997 (S.R.(N.I.), 1997, No. 501), dated 17th November 1997 [by Act] [Secretary Marjorie Mowlam].

2Pensions,—Occupational Pensions (Revaluation) Order 1997, (S.I., 1997, No. 2815), dated 25th November 1997 [by Act] [Secretary Harriet Harman].

3Supreme Court (Northern Ireland),—(1) Crown Court (Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996) (Confidentiality) Rules (Northern Ireland) 1997 (S.R.(N.I.), 1997, No. 519), and

(2) Crown Court (Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996) (Disclosure) Rules (Northern Ireland) 1997 (S.R.(N.I.), 1997, No. 520),

dated 1st December 1997 [by Act] [Mr Geoffrey Hoon].

Other Papers:

4Appropriation Accounts, 1996–97,—Appropriation Account of the sums granted by Parliament for 1996–97 for Class II (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) [by Act]; to be printed [No. 251-II] [Dawn Primarolo].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) (National Health Service Trusts) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2763),—The Committee of Selection has discharged from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation Mrs Marion Roe (nominated in respect of the Order); and appointed in substitution Dr Julian Lewis.

2Draft Air Quality Regulations 1997 and draft Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) Regulations 1997,—The Committee of Selection has discharged from the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation Mr Andrew Tyrie (nominated in respect of the Regulations); and appointed in substitution Mr Keith Simpson.

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APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Agriculture,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Agriculture Committee on 2nd December [Food safety]; to be printed [No. 331-ii] [Mr Peter Luff].

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

3Education and Employment,—(1) Third Report from the Education and Employment Committee [The Dearing Report: Some Funding Issues], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 241];

(2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [The Dearing Report: Some Funding Issues]; and

(3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Committee on 2nd December [Further Education]; to be printed [No. 264-vi]

[Ms Margaret Hodge].

4Parliamentary Privilege,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on Parliamentary Privilege on 2nd December; to be printed [No. 401-i] [Mrs Ann Taylor].

5Public Administration,—(1) Second Special Report from the Select Committee on Public Administration [Further Government Response to the First Report from the Select Committee on the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration (Session 1996–97) on the Report of the Health Service Ombudsman for 1995–96]; to be printed [No. 396]; and

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Public Administration Committee on 2nd December [Freedom of Information]; to be printed [No.398-i]

[Mr Rhodri Morgan].

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

7Welsh Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee on 2nd December [The Impact of Devolution on Local Government and Economic Development in Wales]; to be printed [No. 329-v] [Mr Martyn Jones].


[No. 81.]

Wednesday 3rd December 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 Robert Ainsworth);

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

2Scottish Agricultural College Order Confirmation Bill,—Mr Secretary Dewar presented a Bill to confirm a Provisional Order under Section 7 of the Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act 1936, relating to the Scottish Agricultural College: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be considered on Tuesday 9th December and to be printed [Bill 93].

3European Standing Committee B,—Mr Frank Cook reported from European Standing Committee B the following Resolution:

That the Committee takes note of European Community Document No. 10230/97, on a proposal for a directive on part-time work, and European Community Document No. 10975/97, Parts A and B, on proposals for directives extending the European Works

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Councils Directive and the Parental Leave Directive to the United Kingdom; and supports the Government's view that these proposals will contribute to a flexible labour market based on partnership between employers and employees and decent minimum standards at work.

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

4Fourth Standing Committe on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Peter Atkinson reported from the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Copyright and Rights in Databases Regulations 1997.

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

5Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mrs Ann Winterton reported from the Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 1997.

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

6Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Frank Cook reported from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 (Code of Practice) (Northern Ireland) Order 1997.

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

7Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Bowen Wells reported from the Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) (National Health Service Trusts) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2763).

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

8Television Licence Payments (Age Exemption) Bill,—The Order for reading the Television Licence Payments (Age Exemption) Bill a second time on Friday 12th December was read and discharged.

Bill to be read a second time on Friday 30th January.

9Electro-convulsive Therapy (Restrictions on Use),—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the Mental Health Act 1983 to prescribe the circumstances in which electro-convulsive therapy may be used without the patient's consent; to establish who may administer it; to lay down requirements governing the apparatus with which it is administered; and for related purposes: And that Mr John Gunnell, Mr David Hinchliffe, Mr Andrew Rowe, Audrey Wise, Mr Paul Burstow, Mr Peter Bradley, John Austin, Miss Melanie Johnson, Mr John McAllion, Mr Gordon Marsden, Mr Ken Purchase and Mr Neil Gerrard do prepare and bring it in.

10Electro-convulsive Therapy (Restrictions on Use) Bill,—Mr John Gunnell accordingly presented a Bill to amend the Mental Health Act 1983 to prescribe the circumstances in which electro-convulsive therapy may be used without the patient's consent; to establish who may administer it; to lay down requirements governing the apparatus with which it is administered; and for related purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 30th January and to be printed [Bill 94].

11European Communities (Amendment) Bill,—The House, according to Order, again 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. 3) proposed, in page 1, line 13, after ‘2', to insert the words ‘(except paragraph 19).'.

Question again proposed, That the Amendment be made.

Question put;

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr James Cran, Mr Oliver Heald: 126.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Robert Ainsworth, Mr Jim Dowd: 332.

Another Amendment (No. 66) proposed, in page 1, line 13, after ‘2', to insert the words ‘(except paragraph 13)'.—(Mr Gary Streeter.)

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 Bridget Prentice 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.

12Tobacco Advertising,—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. 6294/92 and the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum submitted by the Department of Health on 17th November 1997, on tobacco advertising; and supports the Government's efforts to bring into effect a ban on tobacco advertising—(Bridget Prentice):— It was agreed to.

13Standards and Privileges,—Ordered, That Miss Ann Widdecombe be discharged from the Committee on Standards and Privileges and Mr Martin Bell be added to the Committee.—(Bridget Prentice.)

14Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Bridget Prentice.)

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

[Adjourned at 10.31 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Agriculture,—Sheep Annual Premium and Suckler Cow Premium Quotas Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2844), dated 26th November 1997 [by Act] [Dr John Cunningham].

2Fire Services,—(1) Combined Fire Authorities (Protection from Personal Liability) (England) Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2819), and

(2) Combined Fire Authorities (Protection from Personal Liability) (Wales) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2818),

dated 25th November 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

3Friendly Societies,—Friendly Societies (Amendment) Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2849), dated 1st December 1997 [by Act] [Mrs Helen Liddell].

4Income Tax,—Insurance Companies (Pension Business) (Transitional Provisions) (Amendment) Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2865), dated 3rd December 1997 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

5Universities of Oxford and Cambridge,—(1) Statute, dated 2nd September 1997, made by the Governing Body of Magdalene College, Cambridge, amending the Statutes of the College, and

(2) Statute, dated 15th July 1997, made by the University of Cambridge amending the Statutes of the University

[by Act] [Mrs Ann Taylor].

Other Papers:

6Criminal Statistics,—Statistical Bulletin: Homicide in Scotland 1987–96 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].

7Environment, Transport and the Regions,—Paper, entitled Building Partnerships for Prosperity: Sustainable growth, competitiveness and employment in the English Regions [by Command] [Cm. 3814] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

8Foreign Compensation,—Report of the Foreign Compensation Commission for 1996–97 [by Command] [Cm. 3808] [Mr Secretary Cook].

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9Health Service Commissioner,—Third Report of the Health Service Commissioner, Session 1997–98, Investigations completed April to September 1997 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 371] [Clerk of the House].

10Railways,—Report of the Rail Users' Consultative Committee for Wales for 1996–97 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

11Sports Councils,—Report and Summary Financial Statement of the Sports Council for Wales for 1996–97, and Corporate Plan Summary for 1998–99 to 2000–01, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Command] [Mr Secretary Davies].

12Trade and Industry Executive Agencies,—Report and Accounts of the Radiocommunications Agency for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 343] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Fossil Fuel Levy Bill [Lords],—The Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on Standing Committee A in respect of the Bill, viz.: Mr John Battle, Mr Clive Betts, Mr David Borrow, Mr Ian Bruce, Mrs Anne Campbell, Mr Eric Clarke, Mr Vernon Coaker, Mr Cynog Dafis, Caroline Flint, Mrs Cheryl Gillan, Mr John Grogan, Mr Philip Hammond, Mr John Healey, Mr Andrew Stunell, David Taylor and Mr John M. Taylor.

2Magistrates' Courts (Procedure) Bill [Lords],—The Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on Standing Committee B in respect of the Bill, viz.: Mr John Burnett, Mr Ian Cawsey, Mr David Chaytor, Mr Hilton Dawson, Mr Edward Garnier, Mr Nick Hawkins, Mr Geoffrey Hoon, Mr Alan Hurst, Ms Sally Keeble, Jane Kennedy, Ms Oona King, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Mr Bob Russell, Mr Nigel Waterson, Mr Dave Watts and Dr Tony Wright.

3Nuclear Explosions (Prohibitions and Inspections) Bill [Lords],—The Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on Standing Committee D in respect of the Bill, viz.; Mr Nigel Beard, Mr Alan Campbell, Mr David Faber, Mr Mike Hancock, Mr Tony Lloyd, Rosemary McKenna, Mr Denis MacShane, Mr Gordon Marsden, Gillian Merron, Mr Greg Pope, Mr Frank Roy, Mr Keith Simpson, Mrs Caroline Spelman, Mr Andrew Stunell, Mr John M. Taylor and Dr Alan Whitehead.

4Draft Non-Domestic Rating (Chargeable Amounts) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1997:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Fifth 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 Graham Allen, Mrs Jackie Ballard, Mr David Borrow, Mrs Karen Buck, Christine Butler, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr Robin Corbett, Mrs Ann Cryer, Mr Stephen Day, Mrs Louise Ellman, Mr Bill Etherington, Mr Keith Hill, Mr John Horam, Mr Nick Raynsford, Mr Adrian Sanders and Mr Tim Yeo.

5Draft Museums and Galleries (Northern Ireland) Order 1997:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Sixth 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 Roy Beggs, Ann Clwyd, Mr Michael Colvin, Mr Jeremy Corbyn, Mr James Cran, Mr Jim Dowd, Mr Roger Gale, Mr Mike Gapes, Mr John Gunnell, Mr Fabian Hamilton, Judy Mallaber, Mr Malcolm Moss, Dr Doug Naysmith, Ms Linda Perham, Mr William Thompson and Mr Tony Worthington.

6Draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Regulations 1997 and draft Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Prescribed Proceedings) Regulations 1997:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Regulations to the Seventh 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.: Miss Anne Begg, Mr Dennis Canavan, Ms Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Tam Dalyell, Dr Liam Fox, Mr Oliver Heald, Mr Bernard Jenkin, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Mr Calum Macdonald, Mr John McFall, Rosemary McKenna, Mr Henry McLeish, Mr Frank Roy, Sir Robert Smith, Mr David Stewart and Mr James Wray.

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7Draft Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1997 Compensation Scheme:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Scheme to the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and appointed Mr Roger Gale Chairman; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has appointed sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Richard Allan, Mr James Cran, Mr John Greenway, Jane Kennedy, Mr Terry Lewis, Mr Peter Luff, Mr Tony McNulty, Mr Alun Michael, Dan Norris, Mr Colin Pickthall, Mr James Plaskitt, Mr William Ross, Christine Russell, Mr Barry Sheerman, Mr Stephen Twigg and Miss Ann Widdecombe.

8Mink Keeping Order 1997:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the Order to the Ninth 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.: John Austin, Mr Norman Baker, Mr Tony Baldry, Mrs Jackie Ballard, Mr Clive Betts, Mr Ian Cawsey, Mr Stephen Day, Mr John Home Robertson, Mrs Joan Humble, Mr Martyn Jones, Mr David Maclean, Mr Paul Marsden, Mr Elliot Morley, Mrs Diana Organ, Mr James Paice and Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West).

Northern Ireland Grand Committee

9Northern Ireland Grand Committee,—The Speaker has appointed Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody Chairman of the Northern Ireland Grand Committee in respect of the meeting of the Committee on Thursday 11th December.

European Standing Committees

10European Standing Committee A,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Edward O'Hara Chairman of European Standing Committee A in respect of European Community Document No. 9984/97, relating to Agenda 2000 as it refers to Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.

11European Standing Committee B,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Barry Jones Chairman of European Standing Committee B in respect of European Community Document No. 9984/97, relating to Agenda 2000 as it refers to Structural and Cohesion Policy.

12European Standing Committee B,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Peter Atkinson Chairman of Standing Committee B in respect of European Community Document No. 9984/97, relating to Agenda 2000 as it refers to a New Financial Framework.

13European Standing Committee A,—European Community Document No. 8164/96, relating to cocoa and chocolate, has been referred to European Standing Committee A.

14European Standing Committee B,—European Community Documents Nos. 11165/97 and 11167/97, relating to aid to shipbuilding, have been referred to European Standing Committee B.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Defence,—(1) First Report from the Defence Committee [Peace Support Operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina], together with Appendices and the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report; to be printed [No. 403]; and

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Defence Committee on 3rd December [Strategic Defence Review]; to be printed [No. 138-iii]

[Mr Bruce George].

2Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Sub-Committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [Proposed Strategic Rail Authority and Railway Regulation]; to be printed [No. 286-v] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

3European Legislation,—Ninth Report from the Select Committee on European Legislation; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee [No. 155-ix] [Mr Jimmy Hood].

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4Foreign Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee on 3rd December [The Dependent Territories Review]; to be printed [No. 347-ii] [Mr Donald Anderson].

5Modernisation of the House of Commons,—Second Report from the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons [Explanatory Material for Bills], together with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 389] [Mrs Ann Taylor].

6Northern Ireland Affairs,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee on 3rd December [Electoral Malpractice in Northern Ireland]; to be printed [No. 316-ii]; and

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee on 3rd December [The Composition, Recruitment and Training of the RUC]; to be printed [No. 337-iv]

[Mr Peter Brooke].

7Public Accounts,—(1) Tenth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Her Majesty's Stationery Office: Trade with Uzbekistan and 1995 operating results]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 405];

(2) Eleventh Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Tackling Common Agricultural Policy Irregularities]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 406];

(3) Twelfth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Overseas Development Administration: Irregularities in Pension Payments in Amman, Jordan]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 407]; and

(4) Part of the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts on 3rd December [Regulation and Support of Charities]; to be printed [No. 408-i]

[Mr David Davis].

8Science and Technology,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Science and Technology Committee on 3rd December [The Implications of the Dearing Report for the Structure and Funding of University Research]; to be printed [No. 303-iv] [Dr Lynne Jones].

9Trade and Industry,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee on 3rd December [Coal]; to be printed [Nos. 404-i and -ii] [Mr Martin O'Neill].


[No. 82.]

Thursday 4th December 1997.

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

PRAYERS.

1Tamar Bridge Bill,—The First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means reported from the Committee on Unopposed Bills, That it had examined the allegations contained in the Preamble to the Tamar Bridge Bill and found the same to be true; and had gone through the Bill and made Amendments thereunto.

Bill, as amended in the Committee, to lie upon the Table.

2Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Andrew Welsh reported from the Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Air Quality Regulations 1997 and the draft Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) Regulations 1997.

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

3Ninth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr John Maxton reported from the Ninth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft European Communities (Immunities and Privileges of the European Police Office) Order 1997, the draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (European Police Office) Order 1997 and the draft OSPAR Commission (Immunities and Privileges) Order 1997.

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

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4School Standards and Framework Bill,—Mr Secretary Blunkett, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Davies, Mr Stephen Byers and Estelle Morris, presented a Bill to make new provision with respect to school education and the provision of nursery education otherwise than at school; to enable arrangements to be made for the provision of further education for young persons partly at schools and partly at further education institutions; to make provision with respect to the Education Assets Board; 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 95].

5Adjournment (European Union),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr David Clelland);

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

6Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Clive Betts.)

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

[Adjourned at 9.24 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Consumer Protection,—Wheeled Child Conveyances (Safety) Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2866), dated 3rd December 1997 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

2Local Government (Scotland),—Non-Domestic Rating Contributions (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2867), dated 1st December 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].

3Statistics of Trade,—Statistics of Trade (Customs and Excise) (Amendment) Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2864), dated 1st December 1997 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

4Treasury Solicitor,—Treasury Solicitor (Crown's Nominee) Rules 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2870), dated 3rd December 1997 [by Act] [Mrs Helen Liddell].

Other Papers:

5Disabled Persons,—Report of the Secretary of State for Health on Development of Services for People with Learning Disabilities (Mental Handicap) or Mental Illness in England for 1997 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 364] [Mr Secretary Dobson].

6Gift of Public Property,—Ministry of Defence Minute, dated 4th December 1997, concerning the gifting of vehicles to the National Army Museum [by Command] [Mr Secretary Robertson].

7Prisons,—Home Office Minute concerning a contingent liability consequent upon indemnification of members of the Health Research Ethics Committee for the Prison Service [by Command] [Mr Secretary Straw].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

1Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment Sub-Committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee on 4th December [Sewage Treatment and Disposal]; to be printed [No. 266-vi] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].

2Home Affairs,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee on 4th December [Police Disciplinary and Complaints Procedures]; to be printed [No. 258-vii]; and

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee on 4th December [Other Policing Matters]; to be printed [No. 409-i]

[Mr Chris Mullin].

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3Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee on 4th December [Resource Accounting and Budgeting]; to be printed [No. 410] [Mr Giles Radice].

4Welsh Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee on 4th December [The Impact of Devolution on Local Government and Economic Development in Wales]; to be printed [No. 329-vi] [Mr Martyn Jones].


MEMORANDUM

Chairmen's Panel,—In pursuance of Standing Order No. 4 (Chairmen's Panel), the Speaker nominated Mrs Irene Adams, Mr Joe Benton, Mr George Stevenson and Miss Ann Widdecombe to be members of the Chairmen's Panel during this Session.


[No. 83.]

Friday 5th December 1997.

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

PRAYERS.

1Police (Northern Ireland) Bill,—Secretary Marjorie Mowlam, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Cook, Mr Secretary Straw, Mr Secretary Dewar and Mr Adam Ingram, presented a Bill to make provision about policing in Northern Ireland; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Monday 8th December and to be printed [Bill 96].

2Adjournment (Special Educational Needs),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr David Clelland);

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

3Deregulation,—Ordered, That Mr Edward Leigh and Mr Richard Spring be discharged from the Deregulation Committee and Mrs Jacqui Lait and Mr John Randall be added to the Committee.—(Jane Kennedy.)

4Business of the House,—Ordered, That, at the sitting on Wednesday 17th December, notwithstanding Standing Order No. 16 (Proceedings under an Act or on European Community documents), the Speaker shall put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the Motion in the name of the Prime Minister relating to Fisheries not later than Seven o'clock.—(Jane Kennedy.)

5Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Jane Kennedy);

And it being half-past Two o'clock, the Motion for the adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put.

6Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Jane Kennedy.)

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till twenty-three minutes to Three o'clock, adjourned till Monday 8th December.

[Adjourned at 2.37 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Paper presented or laid upon the Table:

Paper subject to Negative Resolution:

Income Tax,—Friendly Societies (Modification of the Corporation Tax Acts) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2877), dated 5th December 1997 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].


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