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[No. 89.]

Monday 15th December 1997.

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

PRAYERS.

1Private Bills,—The Chairman of Ways and Means reported, That, in accordance with Standing Order 81 relating to Private Business (Division of Bills between this House and the House of Lords), he had conferred with the Chairman of Committees of the House of Lords for the purpose of determining in which House of Parliament the respective Private Bills should be first considered, and they had determined that the Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council Bill should originate in the House of Lords and the Tyne Tunnels Bill should originate in the House of Commons.

2Police (Northern Ireland) Bill,—The Police (Northern Ireland) Bill was, according to Order, read a second time and stood committed to a Standing Committee.

3Police (Northern Ireland) Bill [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Police (Northern Ireland) 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 Police (Northern Ireland) Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—

(a) any expenses of the Secretary of State under that Act; and

(b) any increase attributable to that Act in the sums payable out of such money under any other statutory provision—(Mr Robert Ainsworth):—It was agreed to.

4Adjournment (Christmas),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 25 (Periodic adjournments), That this House, at its rising on Monday 22nd December, do adjourn till Monday 12th January—(Mr Robert Ainsworth):—It was agreed to.

5Animals,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Mink Keeping Order 1997, dated 17th November 1997, a copy of which was laid before this House on 19th November, be approved—(Mr Robert Ainsworth):—It was agreed to.

6Northern 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 Museums and Galleries (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, which was laid before this House on 25th November, be approved—(Mr Robert Ainsworth):—It was agreed to.

7Legal Aid and Advice (Scotland),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Regulations 1997, which were laid before this House on 27th November, be approved—(Mr Robert Ainsworth):—It was agreed to.

8Legal Aid and Advice (Scotland),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Prescribed Proceedings) Regulations 1997, which were laid before this House on 27th November, be approved—(Mr Robert Ainsworth):—It was agreed to.

9Firearms,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the draft Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1997 Compensation Scheme, which was laid before this House on 27th November, be approved—(Mr Robert Ainsworth):—It was agreed to.

10Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from the National Federation of Meat and Food Traders for the research findings of the Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee to be published so that the public can decide what precautions to take about beef on the bone was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

11Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Janet Anderson.)

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

[Adjourned at 10.24 p.m.


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APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Agriculture,—Environmentally Sensitive Areas (Preseli) Designation (Amendment No. 2) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2868), dated 2nd December 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Davies].

2Food,—Beef Bones Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2959), dated 15th December 1997 [by Act] [Dr John Cunningham].

Other Papers:

3Law Commissions,—Report of the Law Commission on Aggravated Exemplary and Restitutionary Damages [by Act]; to be printed [No. 346] [Mr Geoffrey Hoon].

4National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency: Review of Performance [by Act]; to be printed [No. 411] [Clerk of the House].

5Natural Heritage (Scotland),—(1) Report and Accounts of Scottish Natural Heritage for 1996–97, and

(2) Scottish Natural Heritage Facts and Figures for 1996–97

[by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].

6Police Complaints Authority,—Report by the Police Complaints Authority on the Investigation of a Complaint against the Metropolitan Police Service by Mr N. and Mrs D. Lawrence [by Command] [Cm. 3822] [Mr Secretary Straw].

7Transport,—Statement of salaries of members of the British Waterways Board [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

8Treaty Series (No. 74, 1997),—Notes, exchanged at Antananarivo on 20th and 21st October 1997, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Republic of Madagascar concerning certain commercial debts (The United Kingdom/Madagascar Debt Agreement No. 8 (1997)) [by Command] [Cm. 3820] [Mr Secretary Cook].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

1Public Accounts,—Part of the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts on 15th December [Contingent Liabilities in the Dependent Territories]; to be printed [No. 435-i] [Mr David Davis].

2Treasury,—Second Report from the Treasury Committee [The Barnett Formula], 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. 341] [Mr Giles Radice].


[No. 90.]

Tuesday 16th December 1997.

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

PRAYERS.

1Welsh Grand Committee,—Mr Barry Jones reported from the Welsh Grand Committee, that it had considered the matter of Government Expenditure in Wales in 1998-99, referred to it on 1st December, and had directed him to report accordingly to the House.

Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 96].

2Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

The Lords have agreed to the Consolidated Fund Bill, without Amendment.

The Lords have agreed to the Supreme Court (Offices) Bill, without Amendment.

The Lords have agreed to the Scottish Agricultural College Order Confirmation Bill, without Amendment.

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3School Children's Clothing and Footwear (Value Added Tax),—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide for the zero-rating of the supply of items of clothing and footwear for use only as part of an approved school uniform: And that Mr Tim Loughton, Mr Oliver Letwin, Mrs Theresa May, Mr Keith Simpson, Mr David Ruffley, Mr Andrew Lansley, Mr Peter Bottomley, Mr Christopher Fraser, Mr Shaun Woodward, Mrs Eleanor Laing, Mr John Hayes and Mr David Prior do prepare and bring it in.

4School Children's Clothing and Footwear (Value Added Tax) Bill,—Mr Tim Loughton accordingly presented a Bill to provide for zero-rating of the supply of items of clothing and footwear for use only as part of an approved school uniform: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 6th February and to be printed [Bill 103].

5National Minimum Wage Bill,—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the National Minimum Wage Bill;

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 Graham Allen: 387.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr John M. Taylor, Mr James Cran: 145.

So the Question was agreed to.

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

6National Minimum Wage Bill (Money),—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to National Minimum Wage 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 National Minimum Wage Bill, it is expedient to authorise—

(1) the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—

(a) any expenditure incurred under the Act by a Minister of the Crown or government department or by a body performing functions on behalf of the Crown; and

(b) any increase attributable to the provisions of the Act in the sums payable out of such money under any other Act; and

(2) the making of payments into the Consolidated Fund—(Janet Anderson):—It was agreed to.

7Committee of Public Accounts,—Ordered, That Mr Dafydd Wigley be discharged from the Committee of Public Accounts.—(Janet Anderson.)

8Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Janet Anderson.)

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

[Adjourned at 10.40 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Northern Ireland,—Draft Financial Provisions (Northern Ireland) Order 1998 [by Act] [Secretary Marjorie Mowlam].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2Food,—Specified Risk Material Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2965), dated 16th December 1997 [by Act] [Dr John Cunningham].

3Local Government,—Local Government Act 1988 (Defined Activities) (Exemption) (Bath and North East Somerset District Council) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2908), dated 8th December 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

4National Health Service,—(1) Health Authorities (Membership and Procedure) Amendment Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2991), and

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(2) National Health Service Trusts (Membership and Procedure) Amendment Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2990),

dated 15th December 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dobson].

5Sea Fisheries,—Mackerel (Specified Sea Areas) (Prohibition of Fishing) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2963), dated 16th December 1997 [by Act] [Dr John Cunningham].

6Urban Development,—London Docklands Development Corporation (Planning Functions) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2946), dated 11th December 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Other Papers:

7Animals,—Specified Risk Material Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2964), dated 16th December 1997 [by Act] [Dr John Cunningham].

8Environment,—Report and Accounts of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency for the period 12th October 1995 to 31st March 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].

9Local Government,—Report and Accounts of the Local Government Residuary Body (England) for 1996–97 [by Statutory Instrument] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

10Monopolies and Mergers,—Reports by the Monopolies and Mergers Commission on the merger situation between—

(1) National Express Group Plc and Central Trains Limited, and

(2) National Express Group Plc and ScotRail Railways Limited,

[by Command] [Cm. 3774 and 3773] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

11Museums and Galleries,—Accounts for 1996–97, with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon, of the

(1) National Maritime Museum [by Act]; and

(2) National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside [by Statutory Instrument];

to be printed [Nos. 440 and 441] [Clerk of the House].

12Public Petitions,—Observations by the Secretaries of State for Health and for Social Security on the Petition [17th November] from citizens of Coventry for improved state retirement pensions, action to reform the NHS and reconsideration of the role of ‘Care in the Community' [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

13Tribunals and Inquiries,—Report of the Council on Tribunals for 1996–97 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 376] [Mr Geoffrey Hoon].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

1Agriculture,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Agriculture Committee on 16th December [Food safety]; to be printed [No. 331-iv]; and

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

[Mr Peter Luff].

2Education and Employment,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Employment Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Committee on 16th December [The New Deal]; to be printed [No. 263-vii] [Mr Derek Foster]; and

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Committee on 16th December [Further Education]; together with an Appendix to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Sub-Committee; to be printed [No. 264-vii] [Ms Margaret Hodge].

3Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment Sub-Committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee on 16th December [Sewage Treatment and Disposal]; to be printed [No. 266–vii] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].

4Foreign Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee on 16th December [Foreign Policy and Human Rights]; to be printed [No. 369-ii] [Mr Donald Anderson].

5Home Affairs,—(1) First Report from the Home Affairs Committee [Police Disciplinary and Complaints Procedures], together with Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 258]; and

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(2) Memoranda laid before the Home Affairs Committee

[Mr Chris Mullin].

6International Development,—Second Report from the International Development Committee [The Development White Paper], with the 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. 330] [Mr Bowen Wells].

7Parliamentary Privilege,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on Parliamentary Privilege on 16th December; to be printed [No. 401-ii] [Mrs Ann Taylor].

8Procedure,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Procedure Committee on 17th December [Resource Accounting and Budgeting]; to be printed [No. 438-i] [Mr Nicholas Winterton].

9Public Administration,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Public Administration on 16th December [Freedom of Information]; to be printed [No. 398-ii] [Mr Rhodri Morgan].

10Scottish Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Scottish Affairs Committee on 16th December [The Work of the Scottish Arts Council]; to be printed [No. 442] [Mr David Marshall].

11Standards and Privileges,—Ninth Report from the Committee on Standards and Privileges [Public Access to Registers of Interest], together with an Appendix; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 437] [Mr Robert Sheldon].

12Statutory Instruments,—Seventeenth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 33-xvii] [Mr David Tredinnick].


[No. 91.]

Wednesday 17th 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 Clive Betts);

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

2Scotland Bill,—Mr Secretary Dewar, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Cook, Mr Secretary Straw, Secretary Margaret Beckett, Dr John Cunningham, Mr Secretary Robertson, Secretary Harriet Harman, Mr Secretary Davies and Mr Henry McLeish, presented a Bill to provide for the establishment of a Scottish Parliament and Administration and other changes in the government of Scotland; to provide for changes in the constitution and functions of certain public bodies; to provide for the variation of the basic rate of income tax in relation to income of Scottish taxpayers in accordance with a resolution of the Scottish Parliament; to amend the law about parliamentary constituencies in Scotland; 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 104].

3Energy Efficiency (Information),—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to improve the gathering and provision of information on the energy efficiency of homes: And that Julia Drown, Mr Clive Efford, Mr Cynog Dafis, Mr Matthew Taylor, Tess Kingham, Mr David Chaytor, Angela Smith, Mr Alan Simpson, Linda Gilroy, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Tony Colman and Ms Debra Shipley do prepare and bring it in.

4Energy Efficiency (Information) Bill,—Julia Drown accordingly presented a Bill to improve the gathering and provision of information on the energy efficiency of homes: 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 105].

5Royal 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:

Consolidated Fund (No. 2) Act 1997

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Special Immigration Appeals Commission Act 1997

Supreme Court (Offices) Act 1997

Scottish Agricultural College Order Confirmation Act 1997.

6Fisheries,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House takes note of the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum submitted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on 8th December 1997 relating to the fixing of total allowable catches for 1998 and certain conditions under which they may be fished; and supports the Government's intentions to negotiate the best possible fishing opportunities for British fishermen based on sustainable fisheries management, effective enforcement and the need to ensure that the regional differences of fisheries and their communities are fully recognised—(Mr Elliot Morley);

An Amendment was proposed to the Question, in line 1, to leave out from the word ‘House' to the end of the Question and add the words ‘notes the contents of the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum submitted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on 8th December 1997 outlining the basis of the negotiations for the December Fisheries Council; and supports efforts to secure the best possible sustainable fishing opportunities for the United Kingdom industry, but recognises that, whatever the Council's outcome, the Government have yet again failed Britain's fishermen through their inability to provide an EU Treaty-based solution to the question of quota hopping, any form of workable plan to enable the industry to respond to the demands of MAGP IV and a statement reflecting the Government's priorities in the forthcoming discussions on CFP reform, instead thereof.—(Mr Michael Jack.)

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr John M. Taylor, Mr John Whittingdale: 153.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Clive Betts, Mr Jon Owen Jones: 378.

So the Question was negatived.

And the Main Question being put;

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Clive Betts, Mr Jon Owen Jones: 360.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr John M. Taylor, Mr John Whittingdale: 150.

So the Question was agreed to.

Resolved, That this House takes note of the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum submitted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on 8th December 1997 relating to the fixing of total allowable catches for 1998 and certain conditions under which they may be fished; and supports the Government's intentions to negotiate the best possible fishing opportunities for British fishermen based on sustainable fisheries management, effective enforcement and the need to ensure that the regional differences of fisheries and their communities are fully recognised.

7European Communities (Amendment) Bill (Allocation of Time),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That the following provisions shall apply to the remaining proceedings on the European Communities (Amendment) Bill:—

Committee of the whole House

1.—(1) The remaining proceedings in Committee shall be completed in two allotted days.

(2) At the sitting on the first allotted day, proceedings on any amendment to Clause 1—

(a) which may be selected and

(b) which would insert after ‘9' at line 13 of page 1 of the Bill words relating to paragraph 40 of Article 2 of the Treaty,

shall be brought to a conclusion, if not previously concluded, at half past Seven o'clock.

(3) At the sitting on that day proceedings on any amendment to Clause 1—

(a) which may be selected, and

(b) which would insert at the end of line 13 of page 1 of the Bill words relating to Article 2(3)(b) of the Treaty,

shall be brought to a conclusion, if not previously concluded, at Nine o'clock.

(4) At the sitting on the second allotted day, any remaining proceedings on Clauses 1 and 2 shall be brought to a conclusion, if not previously concluded, at half past Six o'clock.

(5) At that sitting, the remaining proceedings in Committee shall be brought to a conclusion, if not previously concluded, at Eight o'clock.

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Proceedings on going into Committee

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

Conclusion of proceedings in Committee

3.On the conclusion of the proceedings in Committee the Chairman shall report the Bill to the House without putting any Question and, if he reports the Bill with amendments, the House shall proceed to consider the Bill as amended without any Question being put.

Report and Third Reading

4.The proceedings on Consideration and on Third Reading shall be completed on the second allotted day and shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at Ten o'clock.

Conclusion of proceedings

5.—(1) For the purpose of bringing any proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with paragraphs 1 or 4, the Chairman or Speaker shall forthwith put the following Questions (but no others)—

(a) any Question already proposed from the Chair;

(b) any Question necessary to bring to a decision a Question so proposed;

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

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

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

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

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

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

and paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business) shall apply to the proceedings on the Bill for a period of time equal to the duration of the proceedings on that Motion.

(3)If an allotted day is one to which a Motion for the Adjournment of the House under Standing Order No. 24 stands over from an earlier day, the bringing to a conclusion of any proceedings on the Bill which under this Order are to be brought to a conclusion on that day shall be postponed for a period equal to the duration of the proceedings on that Motion; and paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted Business) shall apply to the proceedings on the Bill for a period of time equal to the duration of the proceedings on that Motion.

Order of proceedings

6.No motion shall be made to alter the order in which any proceedings on the Bill are taken.

Dilatory Motions

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

Interruption of business

8.The following business shall not be interrupted under any Standing Order relating to the sittings of the House and may be decided, though opposed, at any hour—

(a) proceedings under paragraph 5(1);

(b) proceedings to which paragraph 5(2) or (3) applies;

(c) proceedings under paragraph 10(1).

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Business Committee

9.Standing Order No. 82 (Business Committee) shall not apply to this Order.

Supplemental orders

10.—(1) The proceedings on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown for varying or supplementing the provisions of this Order shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion one hour after they have been commenced.

(2) If at the sitting on an allotted day the House is adjourned, or the sitting is suspended, before the time at which any proceedings are to be brought to a conclusion under paragraphs 1 or 4, no notice shall be required of a Motion made at the next sitting by a Minister of the Crown for varying or supplementing the provisions of this Order.

Recommittal

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

Interpretation

12.In this Order—

“allotted day” means any day (other than a Friday) on which the Bill is put down as first Government Order of the Day;

“the Treaty” means the Treaty signed at Amsterdam on 2nd October 1997 amending the Treaty on European Union, the Treaties establishing the European Communities and certain related Acts—(Mr Secretary Cook);

And it being Ten o'clock, the Debate stood adjourned.

8Business 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 Motion relating to European Communities (Amendment) Bill (Allocation of Time) may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour—(Mr Robert Ainsworth):—It was agreed to.

9European Communities (Amendment) Bill (Allocation of Time),—The Question being again proposed, the House resumed the adjourned Debate;

Question put;

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Robert Ainsworth, Mr David Jamieson: 352.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr John M. Taylor, Mr John Whittingdale: 144.

So the Question was agreed to.

10Environmental Audit Committee,—Ordered, That Standing Order No. 152A (Environmental Audit Committee) be amended in line 9 by leaving out the word ‘fifteen' and inserting the word ‘sixteen'.—(Jane Kennedy.)

11Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Jane Kennedy);

Thursday 18th December 1997

Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till eight minutes past Twelve o'clock on Thursday morning, adjourned till this day.

[Adjourned at 12.08 a.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Agriculture,—Arable Area Payments (Amendment) Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2969), dated 16th December 1997 [by Act] [Dr John Cunningham].

2Education,—Teachers' Pensions Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 3001), dated 15th December 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

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3Merchant Shipping,—Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Health and Safety at Work) Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2962), dated 13th December 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

4Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages, etc,—Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Fees) Order 1997 (S.I.,1997, No. 2939), dated 9th December 1997 [by Act] [Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer].

Other Papers:

5Friendly Societies,—Report of the Chief Registrar of Friendly Societies for 1996–97 [by Act] [Mrs Helen Liddell].

6National Loans,—(1) Accounts of the Consolidated Fund and National Loans Fund for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 377] [Clerk of the House]; and

(2) Supplementary Statements of Accounts of the Consolidated Fund and National Loans Fund for 1996–97 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 378] [Dawn Primarolo].

7Policyholders Protection,—Statements by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry under section 28 of the Policyholders Protection Act 1975 concerning assistance given by the Policyholders Protection Board to—

(1) Anglo American Insurance Company Limited,

(2) North Atlantic Insurance Company Limited,

(3) Pine Top Insurance Company Limited,

(4) Sovereign Marine and General Insurance Company Ltd, and

(5) UIC Insurance Company Limited

[by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

8Treaty Series (No. 75, 1997),—Additional Protocol No. 1, done at Montreal on 25th September 1975, to amend the Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules Relating to International Carriage by Air, signed at Warsaw on 12th October 1929 [by Command] [Cm. 3823] [Mr Secretary Cook].

9Treaty Series (No. 76, 1997),—Additional Protocol No. 2, done at Montreal on 25th September 1975, to amend the Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules Relating to International Carriage by Air, signed at Warsaw on 12th October 1929, as amended by the Protocol Done at The Hague on 28th September 1955 [by Command] [Cm. 3824] [Mr Secretary Cook].

10Treaty Series (No. 77, 1997),—Protocol, done at Montreal on 6th October 1980, relating to an Amendment to the Convention on International Civil Aviation [by Command] [Cm. 3825] [Mr Secretary Cook].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Government of Wales Bill (except Clauses Nos. 1, 4, 22, 58, 80 and 118):

The Speaker has allocated the Bill (except Clauses Nos. 1, 4, 22, 58, 80 and 118) to Standing Committee A and has appointed Mr Barry Jones and Dr Michael Clark Chairmen.

2Police (Northern Ireland) Bill:

The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee B.

3Public Interest Disclosure Bill:

The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee C.

4Weights and Measures (Beer and Cider) Bill:

The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee C.

5Waste Minimisation Bill:

The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee C.

6National Minimum Wage Bill:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee D, and has appointed Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody and Mr Peter Atkinson Chairmen; and

(2) The Committee of Selection has nominated twenty-five Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Ms Candy Atherton, Mr John Bercow, Mr Clive Betts, Mr Tim Boswell,

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Mr Russell Brown, Mr David Chidgey, Mr Brian Cotter, Mr Frank Doran, Mr Huw Edwards, Ms Barbara Follett, Mr Damian Green, Mr Philip Hammond, Mr John Healey, Ann Keen, Mr Andrew Lansley, Mr David Lepper, Mr Ian McCartney, Judy Mallaber, Gillian Merron, Mr Alasdair Morgan, Mr Chris Pond, Mrs Barbara Roche, Ms Dari Taylor, Mr John M. Taylor and Mr Phil Woolas.

7Draft Activity Centres (Young Persons' Safety) (Northern Ireland) Order 1997:

(1) The Speaker has allocated the draft Order to the Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Miss Ann Widdecombe Chairman; and

(2) The Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz.: Mr Roy Beggs, Mr Ben Bradshaw, Mr Peter Brooke, Mr Ian Bruce, Mr James Cran, Mr Jim Dowd, Paul Flynn, Mr Mike Gapes, Mr Bernie Grant, Mr Malcolm Moss, Jacqui Smith, The Reverend Martin Smyth, Mr David Taylor, Mr Gareth R. Thomas, Mr Mike Wood and Mr Tony Worthington.

European Standing Committees

8The Speaker has appointed Mrs Marion Roe Chairman of European Standing Committee A in respect of European Community Document No. 8164/96, relating to cocoa and chocolate.

9European Community Document No. 6793/97, relating to the taxation of energy products, has been referred to European Standing Committee B.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1European Legislation,—Eleventh Report from the Select Committee on European Legislation; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee [No. 155-xi] [Mr Jimmy Hood].

2Health,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee on 17th December [Health Policy and Expenditure Issues]; to be printed [No. 443-i] [Mr David Hinchliffe].

3Public Accounts,—(1) Nineteenth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Aid to Indonesia]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 436];

(2) Twentieth Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Motability]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 444];

(3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts on 17th December [HM Customs and Excise: Checking Large Traders' VAT Liability]; to be printed [No. 445-i]; and

(4) Memorandum laid before the Committee of Public Accounts [Welsh Development Agency: Car Travel Arrangements of the Former Chairman, Dr Gwyn Jones] [No. 439]

[Mr David Davis].

4Science and Technology,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Science and Technology Committee on 17th December [The Implications of the Dearing Report for the Structure and Funding of University Research]; to be printed [No. 303-v] [Dr Lynne Jones].

5Scottish Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Scottish Affairs Committee on 17th December [Welfare to Work in Scotland]; to be printed [No. 335-v] [Mr David Marshall].

6Trade and Industry,—First Report from the Trade and Industry Committee [Co-ordination of Inward Investment], together with the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 18th November and Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 355] [Mr Martin O'Neill].

7Treasury,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee on 17th December [Pre-Budget Report]; to be printed [No. 420-ii];

(2) Memorandum laid before the Treasury Committee [The Barnett Formula]; to be printed [No. 341]; and

(3) Memorandum laid before the Treasury Committee [The Pre-Budget Report]

[Mr Giles Radice].


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[No. 92.]

Thursday 18th December 1997.

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

PRAYERS.

1Private Bill Petitions,—The Speaker laid upon the Table a Report from the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills, That, in the case of the Petitions for the following Bills, the Standing Orders have been complied with, viz.:

Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council

Tyne Tunnels.

2Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Joe Benton reported from the Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the Council Tax Benefit (General) Amendment Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 1841).

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

3Sir Donald William Limon KCB,—Resolved, nemine contradicente, That Madam Speaker be requested to convey to Sir Donald William Limon KCB, on his retirement from the Office of Clerk of this House, the House's gratitude for his long and distinguished career, for his wise contribution to the development of the procedure of the House, and for the courteous and helpful advice always given to individual honourable Members.—(Mrs Ann Taylor.)

4Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords],—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords];

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, Janet Anderson, Mr John McFall: 159

Tellers for the Noes, Mr John D. Taylor, Mr Roy Beggs: 7

So the Question was agreed to.

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

5Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] [Money],—Her Majesty's Recommendation having been signified to the proposed Motion relating to Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] [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 Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords], it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any expenses of the Secretary of State incurred in consequence of that Act—(Mr Jim Dowd):—It was agreed to.

6Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Jim Dowd.)

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

[Adjourned at 8.25 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Construction,—(1) Draft Construction Contracts (England and Wales) Exclusion Order 1998, and

(2) draft Scheme for Construction Contracts (England and Wales) Regulations 1998

[by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2Agriculture,—Products of Animal Origin (Import and Export) (Amendment) Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 3023), dated 11th December 1997 [by Act] [Dr John Cunningham].

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3Community Charges,—Local Government Changes for England (Valuation Tribunals) Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2954), dated 11th December 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

4Financial Services,—Financial Services Act 1986 (Miscellaneous Exemptions) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 3024), dated 17th December 1997 [by Act] [Mrs Helen Liddell].

5National Health Service,—National Health Service (Pilot Schemes: Financial Assistance for Preparatory Work) Amendment Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 3021), dated 18th December 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dobson].

6Town and Country Planning,—Town and Country Planning General (Amendment) Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 3006), dated 17th December 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

7Video Recordings,—Proposal by the Home Secretary for the designation of Mr Andreas Whittam-Smith as an authority to determine the suitability of video works for classification [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

Other Papers:

8Deregulation,—Proposal under the Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994 by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for the Deregulation (Deduction from Pay of Union Subscriptions) Order 1998, with an explanatory memorandum [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

9International Labour Conference,—Paper, entitled International Labour Conference: Presentation of a Convention and Recommendation adopted at the 83rd Session of the International Labour Conference (1996) and an amendment to the Constitution of the International Labour Organisation adopted at the 85th Session of the International Labour Conference (1997) and the proposed action by Her Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on the Convention, Recommendation and constitutional amendment [by Command] [Cm. 3798] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

10Public Petitions,—Observations by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions on the Petition [1st December] from the constituents 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 [by Standing Order]; to be printed [Clerk of the House].

11Science and Technology,—Government Response to the Fifth Report from the Science and Technology Committee, Session 1996–97, on the Cloning of Animals from Adult Cells [by Command] [Cm. 3815] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1National Minimum Wage Bill,—The Committee of Selection has nominated Angela Smith as an additional Member to serve on Standing Committee D in respect of the Bill.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—First Report from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee [Regional Development Agencies], 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. 415] [Mr Andrew F. Bennett].

2Welsh Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee on 18th December [The Present Crisis in the Livestock Industry]; to be printed [No. 447-i] [Mr Martyn Jones].


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[No. 93.]

Friday 19th December 1997.

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

PRAYERS.

1Adjournment (Welfare to work),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Bridget Prentice);

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

2Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords],—Ordered, That, during the proceedings on the Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords], the Standing Committee on the Bill shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it shall meet.—(Mr Kevin Hughes.)

3Environmental Audit Committee,—Ordered, That Mr Michael Meacher be added to the Environmental Audit Committee.—(Mr Kevin Hughes.)

4Business of the House (Scotland Bill),—Ordered, That a Motion relating to Scotland Bill (Programme) in the names of Mr Secretary Dewar, Mrs Ann Taylor, Mrs Gillian Shephard, Mr Paul Tyler and Mrs Margaret Ewing may be proceeded with at any hour though opposed, and, notwithstanding Standing Order No. 83 (Allocation of time to bills), the Speaker shall put any Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings thereon (including the Question on any Amendment which may have been selected and may then be moved) not later than three-quarters of an hour after their commencement.—(Mr Kevin Hughes.)

5Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr Kevin Hughes.)

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till two minutes to Three o'clock, adjourned till Monday 22nd December.

[Adjourned at 2.58 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Clean Air,—Smoke Control Areas (Exempted Fireplaces) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 3009), dated 17th December 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

2Education,—Education (Grant) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2961), dated 14th December 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Davies].

3Rating and Valuation,—(1) Non-Domestic Rating Contributions (England) (Amendment) Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 3031), dated 18th December 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott]; and

(2) Non-Domestic Rating Contributions (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 3003), dated 18th December 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Davies].

4Road Traffic,—Road Vehicles (Statutory Off-Road Notification) Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 3025), dated 17th December 1997 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

5Weights and Measures,—Non-automatic Weighing Instruments (EEC Requirements) (Amendment) Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 3035), dated 17th December 1997 [by Act] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

Other Papers:

6Local Government (Scotland),—Accounts of the Scottish Children's Reporter Administration for 1995–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 449] [Clerk of the House].

7Monopolies and Mergers,—Reports by the Monopolies and Mergers Commission on—

(1) the proposed acquisition by PacifiCorp of The Energy Group plc, and

(2) the supply in the UK of tour operators' services and travel agents' services in relation to foreign package holidays

[by Command] [Cm. 3816 and 3813] [Secretary Margaret Beckett].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords],—The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee B and has appointed Mr John Butterfill and Mr Andrew Welsh Chairmen.


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