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[No. 124.]

Monday 23rd February 1998.

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

PRAYERS.

1Royal 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 Act, agreed upon by both Houses:

Greater London Authority (Referendum) Act 1998.

2Scotland Bill (Programme),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Order [13th January], That the Order [13th January] relating to Scotland Bill (Programme) be amended by inserting, after paragraph 1, the following paragraph—

‘1A. On the fifth allotted day paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business) shall apply to the proceedings on the Bill for one hour after Ten o'clock'—(Mr John McFall):—It was agreed to.

3Scotland Bill (Programme),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 82 (Business Committee), That the further Report [19th February] from the Business Committee be now considered—(Mr John McFall):—It was agreed to.

Question put forthwith, That this House agrees with the Committee in its Resolution:—It was agreed to.

4Scotland Bill (Committee) [5th allotted day],—The House, according to Order, again resolved itself into a Committee on the Scotland Bill.

(In the Committee)

Clause No. 69 (Power to fix basic rate for Scottish taxpayers).

Amendment (No. 352) proposed, in page 29, line 7, after the word ‘Scottish' to insert the word ‘income'.—(Mr Michael Ancram.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:— Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Another Amendment (No. 356) proposed, in page 29, line 23, at the end, to insert the words—

‘(3A) The income mentioned in subsection (3) to which section 1A of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 applied for that year shall also be treated as income of that kind even where the tax-payers' total income from all sources exceeds £25,500 in that year.

(3B) The income referred to in subsection (2) does not include income from any annuity purchased from a pension fund.'.—(Mr Oliver Heald.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Stephen Day, Mr James Cran: 130.

Tellers for the Noes, Jane Kennedy, Mr Jon Owen Jones: 339.

It being after Seven o'clock, the Chairman, pursuant to Order [13th January] and Resolution [this day], put the Question necessary to dispose of remaining proceedings on Clause No. 69.

Clause (No. 69) agreed to.

Clause No. 70 (Supplemental provision with respect to resolutions).

Amendment (No. 408) proposed, in page 30, line 26, to leave out the word ‘tax-varying' and insert the word ‘tax-increasing', instead thereof.—(Mr Donald Gorrie.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made;

And it being a quarter to Eight o'clock, the Chairman put the Questions necessary to dispose of remaining proceedings on Clause No. 70.

Question, That the Amendment (No. 408) be made, put and negatived.

Clause (No. 70) agreed to.

Clause No. 71 (Scottish taxpayers).

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Amendment (No. 344) proposed, in page 30, line 32, to leave out the words ‘year of assessment' and insert the words ‘complete year of assessment following the passing of this Act', instead thereof.—(Mr John Swinney.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made;

And it being a quarter to Nine o'clock, the Chairman put the Questions necessary to dispose of remaining proceedings on Clause No. 71.

Question put, That the Amendment (No. 344) be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Alasdair Morgan, Mr Donald Gorrie: 32.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Jamieson, Mr Robert Ainsworth: 307.

Clause (No. 71) agreed to.

Clause No. 72 (Changes to income tax structure).

Amendment (No. 381) proposed, in page 31, line 31, to leave out from the word ‘Board' to the word ‘and' in line 33.—(Dr Liam Fox).

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

Another Amendment (No. 390) proposed, in page 32, to leave out lines 9 to 17.—(Dr Liam Fox.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr James Cran, Mr Stephen Day: 126.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Jamieson, Mr Robert Ainsworth: 328.

Clause agreed to.

Clause No. 73 (Accounting for additional Scottish tax).

Amendment (No. 399) proposed, in page 32, line 35, at the end, to insert the words ‘provided that all costs incurred by the Board and the Inland Revenue in collecting such amounts shall be defrayed from the Scottish Consolidated Fund'.—(Mr Bernard Jenkin.)

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

Clause agreed to.

Clauses Nos. 74 and 75 agreed to.

It being Ten o'clock, the Chairman put the Questions necessary to dispose of Clauses Nos. 76 to 80.

Clauses Nos. 76 to 80 agreed to.

Clause No. 81 (Scottish representation at Westminster).

Amendment (No. 258) proposed, in page 37, line 32, to leave out from the word ‘is' to the end of line 33 and insert the words ‘120 per cent. of the electoral quota for England', instead thereof.—(Dr Liam Fox.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made;

And it being Eleven o'clock, the Chairman, pursuant to Order [this day], left the Chair to report progress and to ask leave to sit again.


The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair, and Mr David Clelland 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.

5Court of Auditors' Report for 1996,—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 Official Journal No. C348 of 18th November 1997, the Annual Report and Statements of Assurance of the European Court of Auditors concerning the financial year 1996, on activities financed from the general budget and of the sixth and seventh European Development Funds, together with the Institutions' replies; and of European Commission Document No. SEM 2000/3(97) Doc. 5, the SEM 2000 Stage III Second Report on the Implementation of the Recommendations of the Personal Representatives Group on Sound Financial Management; endorses the Government's determination to ensure that taxpayers' money is spent efficiently and effectively in the

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  EC budget; and welcomes the priority which the current British Presidency of the EU is giving to this subject—(Mr David Clelland):—It was agreed to.

6Local Government Finance,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Special Grant Report (No. 28): Persons from Abroad Children's Grant (HC 478), which was laid before this House on 26th January, be approved—(Mr David Clelland):—It was agreed to.

7Local Government Finance,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Special Grant Report (No. 29): Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children (HC 479), which was laid before this House on 26th January, be approved—(Mr David Clelland):—It was agreed to.

8Local Government Finance,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Special Grant Report (No. 30): Asylum Seekers' Accommodation (HC 480), which was laid before this House on 26th January, be approved—(Mr David Clelland):—It was agreed to.

9Local Government Finance (Scotland),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Special Grant Report for Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children and Children of Asylum Seekers (No. 98/4) (HC 491), which was laid before this House on 26th January, be approved—(Mr David Clelland):—It was agreed to.

10Local Government Finance (Scotland),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Special Grant Report for Adult Asylum Seekers' Assistance (No. 98/3) (HC 490), which was laid before this House on 26th January, be approved—(Mr David Clelland):—It was agreed to.

11Local Government Finance (Wales),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation), That the Special Grant Report (Wales) (HC 457), which was laid before this House on 26th January, be approved—(Mr David Clelland):—It was agreed to.

12Modernisation of the House of Commons,—Ordered, That Mr Joe Ashton be discharged from the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons and Mr Stephen Twigg be added to the Committee.—(Mr David Clelland.)

13Deregulation,—Ordered, That Mr Oliver Letwin be added to the Deregulation Committee.—(Mr David Clelland.)

14Adjournment,—Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr David Clelland.)

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 by Her Majesty's Command and delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on Friday 20th February 1998 (Non-sitting Friday, S.O. No. 12) pursuant to Standing Order No. 158 (Presentation of command papers):

1British Council,—Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minute, dated 20th February 1998, concerning the indemnification of works of art lent to the British Council for exhibitions to be held in a number of overseas locations during the first half of the financial year 1998–99 [Mr Secretary Cook].

Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Monday 23rd February 1998:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

2Northern Ireland,—(1) Draft Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 (Code of Conduct) Order 1998,

(2) draft Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 (Guidelines) Order 1998, and

(3) draft Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 (Procedural Rules) Order 1998

[by Act] [Secretary Marjorie Mowlam].

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3Referendum (London),—Draft Greater London Authority (Referendum) Order 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

4Council Tax (Scotland),—(1) Council Tax (Discounts) (Scotland) Amendment Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 341), and

(2) Council Tax (Discounts) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 340),

dated 12th February 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].

5Extradition,—European Convention on Extradition Order 1990 (Amendment) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 259), dated 11th February 1998 [by Act] [Mrs Ann Taylor].

6Marine Pollution,—Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Pollution) (Amendment) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 254), dated 11th February 1998 [by Act] [Mrs Ann Taylor].

7Plant Health,—Plant Health (Great Britain) (Amendment) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 349), dated 23rd February 1998 [by Act] [Dr John Cunningham].

Other Papers:

8Arts Councils,—Report and Summary Financial Statement of the Arts Council of Wales for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Command] [Mr Secretary Davies].

9National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme [by Act]; to be printed [No. 556] [Clerk of the House].

10Northern Ireland,—(1) Draft Code of Conduct under section 3 of the Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 providing guidance to persons organising a public procession or protest meeting and regulating the conduct of persons organising or taking part in a public procession or protest meeting,

(2) draft Guidelines under section 5 of the Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 explaining the factors to be taken into account by the Parades Commission in reaching decisions on whether to issue determinations which impose conditions on parades, and

(3) draft Procedural Rules under section 4 of the Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 for the exercise of the functions of the Parades Commission

[by Act] [Secretary Marjorie Mowlam].

11Pensions,—Naval, Military and Air Forces Etc. (Disablement and Death) Service Pensions Amendment Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 262), dated 11th February 1998 [by Act] [Mrs Ann Taylor].

12Planning,—Paper, entitled Planning for the Communities of the Future [by Command] [Cm. 3885] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

13Statistics of Trade,—Production and Construction Inquiries: Summary Volume 1995 [by Act] [Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer.]

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Magistrates' Courts (Procedure) Bill [Lords],—The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee D (transferred from Standing Committee B).

2Nuclear Explosions (Prohibition and Inspections) Bill [Lords],—The Speaker has allocated the Bill to Standing Committee E (transferred from Standing Committee D).

3Draft Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 (Procedural Rules) Order 1998, draft Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 (Guidelines) Order 1998, and draft Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 (Code of Conduct) Order 1998,—The Speaker has allocated the draft Orders to the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and has appointed Mr Donald Anderson Chairman of the Committee.

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APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Public Accounts,—(1) Twenty-first Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [Child Support Agency: Client Funds Account 1996–97]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 313]; and

(2) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts on 23rd February [The Private Finance Initiative: The First Four Design, Build, Finance and Operate Roads Contracts]; to be printed [No. 580–i]

[Mr David Davis].

2Welsh Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee on 23rd February [The Present Crisis in the Welsh Livestock Industry]; to be printed [No. 447–iii] [Mr Martyn Jones].


[No. 125.]

Tuesday 24th February 1998.

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

PRAYERS.

1Lloyds TSB Bill [Lords],—The Order of the day being read, for the Second Reading of the Lloyds TSB Bill [Lords];

Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Tuesday 3rd March.

2Government of Wales Bill (Business Committee),—The Chairman of Ways and Means reported from the Business Committee, That it had come to a further Resolution in respect of the Government of Wales Bill, which it had directed him to report to the House:

That the Resolution of the Committee reported to the House on 19th January be varied so that—

(a) the sixth and seventh days allotted under the Order [15th January] to proceedings in Committee shall be allotted in the manner shown in the following table, and

(b) each part of the proceedings in Committee on those days shall, if not previously brought to a conclusion, be brought to a conclusion (in accordance with the Order) at the time specified in relation to that part of the proceedings in the third column of the table.

TABLE

   Allotted day   Proceedings in CommitteeTime for conclusion of proceedings
Sixth dayAmendments to subsection (2) of Clause 118 beginning before line 11 on page 56 of the Bill6.00 p.m.
Other amendments to subsection (2) of Clause 1187.30 p.m.
Clause 118, so far as not disposed of8.30 p.m.
Clause 119, Schedule 9, Clause 120, Schedule 10, Clause 121, Schedule 11, Clauses 122 to 1319.00 p.m.
Clause 132, Schedule 12, Clauses 133 to 136, Schedule 13, Clauses 137 to 14010.00 p.m.
Seventh dayNew Clauses standing in the name of Mr Secretary Davies and New Clauses 1 to 136.00 p.m.
New Clause 146.30 p.m.
New Clauses 15 to 218.30 p.m.
New Clauses 22 to 309.20 p.m.
New Clauses 31 to 349.35 p.m.
New Clause 3510.00 p.m.
New Clause 3610.30 p.m.
Remaining proceedings11.00 p.m.

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3Regional Development Agencies Bill,—Mr Joe Benton reported from Standing Committee E, That it had gone through the Regional Development Agencies Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.

Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered to-morrow; and to be printed [Bill 127].

Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 581].

4Voluntary Personal Security Cards,—Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide for a system of voluntary personal security cards; and for connected purposes: And that Mr David Amess, Mr David Atkinson, Mr Ian Bruce, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr Nigel Evans, Mr Michael Fabricant, Mr Nick Hawkins, Sir Geoffrey Johnson Smith, The Reverend Martin Smyth, Mr Richard Spring, Miss Ann Widdecombe and Mrs Ann Winterton do prepare and bring it in.

5Voluntary Personal Security Cards Bill,—Mr David Amess accordingly presented a Bill to provide for a system of voluntary personal security cards; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 6th March and to be printed [Bill 126].

6European Parliamentary Elections Bill (Committee),—The House, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee on the European Parliamentary Elections Bill.

(In the Committee)

Clause No. 1 (Number of MEPs, electoral regions and electoral system).

Amendment (No. 46) proposed, in page 1, line 8, after the word ‘Kingdom' to insert the words ‘and Gibraltar'.—(Sir Brian Mawhinney.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr James Cran, Mr Stephen Day: 183.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Greg Pope, Mr Robert Ainsworth: 315.

Another Amendment (No. 48) proposed, in page 1, line 12, to leave out the word ‘nine' and insert the word ‘eighteen'.—(Mr John Greenway.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr James Cran, Mr Nigel Waterson: 128.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Clive Betts, Mr David Drew: 345.

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 Jane Kennedy 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.

7Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Jane Kennedy);

And the Motion having been made at Ten 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 being then half-past Ten o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 10.30 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Local Government Finance,—Special Grant Report (No. 33): Community Care Special Grants for 1998–99 [by Act]; to be printed [No. 534] [Mr Secretary Dobson].

2Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism,—Draft Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1989 (Partial Continuance) Order 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

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Other Papers:

3National Health Service,—(1) Statement of Guarantee given by the Secretary of State for Health on 20th February 1998 on loans proposed to be raised by the Southampton Community Health Services National Health Service Trust [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dobson]; and

(2) Treasury Minute concerning the remisson of outstanding debt consequent on dissolution and reconfiguration of certain National Health Service Trusts [by Command] [Mr Alistair Darling].

4Statistics,—Paper, entitled Statistics a Matter of Trust: A Consultation Document [by Command] [Cm. 3882] [Mrs Helen Liddell].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

1Environmental Audit,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee on 24th February [The Pre-Budget Report]; to be printed [No. 547-ii] [Mr John Horam].

2Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—(1) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Environment Sub-Committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee on 24th February [The Future for Allotments]; to be printed [No. 560-ii];

(2) Memoranda laid before the Sub-Committee [The Future for Allotments]; and

(3) Memoranda laid before the Sub-Committee [Sustainable Waste Management]

[Mr Andrew F. Bennett].

3Foreign Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Foreign Affairs Committee on 24th February [Iraq]; to be printed [No. 582-i] [Mr Donald Anderson].

4Parliamentary Privilege,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Joint Committee on Parliamentary Privilege on 24th February; to be printed [No. 401-viii] [Mrs Ann Taylor].

5Statutory Instruments,—Twenty-Fourth Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, together with Memoranda laid before the Committee; to be printed [No. 33-xxiv] [Mr David Tredinnick].

6Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee on 24th February [Preparations for Stage Three of Economic and Monetary Union]; to be printed [No. 503-iv] [Mr Giles Radice].


[No. 126.]

Wednesday 25th February 1998.

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 Jamieson);

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

2Tyne Tunnels Bill,—The Tyne Tunnels Bill was read the third time, and passed.

3Consolidation, etc., Bills,—Mr Laurence Robertson reported from the Select Committee appointed to join with a Committee of the House of Lords on Consolidation, etc., Bills, to which the Audit Commission Bill [Lords], now pending in the House of Lords, was referred, That it had gone through the Bill, and made an Amendment thereunto; and had agreed to a Report which it had directed him to make to the House; and had directed him to report the Minutes of Evidence taken before it on 25th February.

Report to lie upon the Table; and to be printed [No. 591–I].

Minutes of Evidence to lie upon the Table; and to be printed [No. 591–II].

Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 591–II].

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4Wild Mammals (Hunting with Dogs) Bill,—Mr Edward O'Hara reported from Standing Committee C, That it had gone through the Wild Mammals (Hunting with Dogs) Bill, and made Amendments thereunto.

Bill, as amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered on Friday 6th March; and to be printed [Bill 131].

Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 595].

5International Bribery and Corruption,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to create offences of international bribery and corruption; and for connected purposes—(Mr Hugh Bayley);

And the Motion being opposed, after a brief explanatory statement from the Member who made the Motion and from a Member who opposed it, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Standing Order No. 23 (Motions for leave to bring in bills and nomination of select committees at commencement of public business):—It was agreed to.

Ordered, That Mr Hugh Bayley, Mr Gerald Kaufman, Maria Fyfe, Mr Peter L. Pike, Ms Diane Abbott, Mr Charles Clarke, Dr Phyllis Starkey, Dr Ashok Kumar, Helen Jackson, Mr Malcolm Wicks and Ms Rosie Winterton do prepare and bring in the Bill.

6International Bribery and Corruption Bill,—Mr Hugh Bayley accordingly presented a Bill to create offences of international bribery and corruption; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 3rd July and to be printed [Bill 128].

7Government of Wales Bill (Programme),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Order [15th January], That paragraph 1(1) of the Order [15th January] relating to Government of Wales Bill (Programme) be amended by substituting for the words “Ten o'clock on the seventh day” the words “Eleven o'clock on the seventh day; and on that day paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business) shall apply to the proceedings on the Bill for one hour after Ten o'clock.”—(Mr Greg Pope):—It was agreed to.

8Government of Wales Bill (Programme),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 82 (Business Committee), That the further Report [24th February] from the Business Committee be now considered—(Mr Greg Pope):—It was agreed to.

Question put forthwith, That this House agrees with the Committee in its Resolution:—It was agreed to.

9Government of Wales Bill (Committee) [6th allotted day],—The House, according to Order, again resolved itself into a Committee on the Government of Wales Bill.

(In the Committee)

Clause No. 118 (Extension of functions of the Welsh Development Agency).

Amendment (No. 374) proposed, in page 56, to leave out lines 9 to 13.—(Mr Denzil Davies.)

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

Another Amendment (No. 517) proposed, in page 56, line 11, to leave out from the word ‘Wales' to the first word ‘and' insert the words ‘leave out “economic” and insert “sustainable economic, environmental” ', instead thereof.—(Mr Cynog Dafis.)

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

Another Amendment (No. 520) proposed, in page 56, line 13, at the end, to insert the words—

‘(2A) After subsection (2) there shall be inserted—

“(2A) The Agency shall establish a department with the responsibility of drawing up and ensuring the implementation of policies in furtherance of the purposes set out in subsection (2) appropriate to rural areas.”.'—(Mr Elfyn Llwyd.)

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

And it being half-past Eight o'clock, the Chairman, pursuant to Order [15th January] and Resolution [this day], put the Question necessary to dispose of remaining proceedings on Clause No. 118.

Clause (No. 118) agreed to.

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Clause No. 119 agreed to.

Schedule No. 9 agreed to.

Clause No. 120 agreed to.

Schedule No. 10 agreed to.

Clause No. 121 agreed to.

Schedule No. 11 (Development Board for Rural Wales).

Amendment (No. 490) made.

Schedule, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses Nos. 122 to 124 agreed to.

Clause No. 125 (Abolition etc. of the Development Board for Rural Wales).

Amendment (No. 274) proposed, in page 59, to leave out lines 18 to 20.—(Mr Dafydd Wigley.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made;

And it being Nine o'clock, the Chairman put the Questions necessary to dispose of remaining proceedings on Clauses Nos. 125 to 131.

Question, That the Amendment (No. 274) be made, put and negatived.

Clause (No. 125) agreed to.

Clauses Nos. 126 to 131 agreed to.

Clause No. 132 agreed to.

Schedule No. 12 agreed to.

Clauses Nos. 133 to 136 agreed to.

Schedule No. 13 (Audit etc. of Welsh public bodies).

Amendment (No. 510) proposed, in page 118, line 20, at the end, to insert the words—

‘12. The Arts Council for Wales.

13. The Sports Council for Wales.'.—(Mr Tim Collins.)

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

Schedule agreed to.

It being Ten o'clock, the Chairman put the Questions necessary to dispose of Clauses Nos. 137 to 140.

Clauses Nos. 137 to 140 agreed to.

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


The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair, and Mr David Jamieson 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.

10.Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—(Mr David Jamieson.)

And the Motion having been made after Ten 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 being then twenty-nine minutes to Eleven o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 10.31 p.m.


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APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Overseas Development and Co-operation,—Draft International Development Association (Eleventh Replenishment) Order 1998 [by Act] [Secretary Clare Short].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2Northern Ireland,—Public Order (Prescribed Forms) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 395), dated 19th February 1998 [by Act] [Secretary Marjorie Mowlam].

3Police,—Police Act 1997 (Commencement No. 5 and Transitional Provisions) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 354), dated 19th February 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

Other Papers:

4Criminal Injuries Compensation,—Accounts of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act]; to be printed [No. 588] [Clerk of the House].

5Education and Employment,—Paper, entitled The Learning Age: a renaissance for a new Britain [by Command] [Cm. 3790] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

6National Audit,—Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on Reform of Customs Transit in the European Community [by Act]; to be printed [No. 566] [Clerk of the House].

7National Health Service,—Statement of Guarantee given by the Secretary of State for Health on 23rd February 1998 on loans proposed to be raised by the Severn National Health Service Trust [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dobson].

8Public Accounts,—Treasury Minute on the First to Fourth Reports from the Committee of Public Accounts, Session 1997–98 [by Command] [Cm. 3880] [Dawn Primarolo].

9Registration Service,—Mortality Statistics for England and Wales by Cause for 1996 [by Act] [Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Fireworks Bill,—The Speaker has allocated the Fireworks Bill to Standing Committee A (transferred from Standing Committee C).

2Pesticides Bill,—The Speaker has appointed Mrs Marion Roe Chairman of Standing Committee C in respect of the Bill.

3Magistrates' Courts (Procedure) Bill [Lords]:

(1) The Speaker has appointed Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody Chairman of Standing Committee D in respect of the Bill; and

(2) the Committee of Selection has discharged Dr Tony Wright from the Committee and appointed in substitution Mr David Lock.

4Nuclear Explosions (Prohibition and Inspections) Bill [Lords],—The Speaker has appointed Mr Nicholas Winterton Chairman of Standing Committee E in respect of the Bill.

5Draft Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 (Procedural Rules) Order 1998, draft Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 (Guidelines) Order 1998, and draft Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 (Code of Conduct) Order 1998,—The Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Orders, viz: Mr Jim Dowd, Maria Eagle, Ms Patricia Hewitt, Mr Adam Ingram, Ms Fiona Jones, Ms Sally Keeble, Ms Chris McCafferty, Mr Malcolm Moss, Mr Bill Rammell, Mr William Ross, Mr Martin Salter, Mr Roger Stott, Mr Desmond Swayne, Mr William Thompson, Mr Robert Walter and Mr Charles Wardle.

6Draft Local Authorities (Transport Charges) Regulations 1998:

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

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz: Mr Graham Allen, Mr Gerald Bermingham, Mr Tom Brake,

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Mr Paul Burstow, Mr Dale Campbell-Savours, Mr Christopher Chope, Mr Patrick Hall, Mr Alan Hurst, Glenda Jackson, Ms Jackie Lawrence, Ms Margaret Moran, Mr Richard Page, Mr Owen Paterson, Mr Eric Pickles, Mr Peter L. Pike and Mrs Betty Williams.

7Special Grant Report (No. 32): Special Grant for Accommodation for Evacuees from Montserrat (HC No. 549),—The Speaker has allocated the Report to the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.

8Draft Greater London Authority (Referendum) Order 1998:

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

(2) the Committee of Selection has nominated sixteen Members to serve on the Committee, viz: Mr Graham Allen, Mr Peter Brooke, Mr Paul Burstow, Sir Sydney Chapman, Mr Harry Cohen, Tom Cox, Mr Geraint Davies, Mrs Eileen Gordon, Mr Keith Hill, Ms Margaret Hodge, Mr Simon Hughes, Mrs Jacqui Lait, Mr Andy Love, Mr Richard Ottaway, Mr Nick Raynsford and Mr Brian Sedgemore.

European Standing Committees

9European Community Documents Nos. 5140/98, relating to renewable sources of energy: White Paper, and 5562/98, relating to harmonisation of copyright, have been referred to European Standing Committee B.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Culture, Media and Sport,—(1) Third Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee [Preservation of Historic Ships: The Case of HMS Cavalier], 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. 561]; and

(2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [Preservation of Historic Ships: The Case of HMS Cavalier]

[Mr Gerald Kaufman].

2Education and Employment,—(1) Fourth Report from the Education and Employment Committee [The Relationship between TECs and the proposed 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. 265] [Mr Derek Foster];

(2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [The Relationship between TECs and the proposed Regional Development Agencies] [Mr Derek Foster]; and

(3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Education Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Committee on 25th February [Further education]; to be printed [No. 264–ix] [Ms Margaret Hodge].

3Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Transport Sub-Committee of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee on 25th February [Regional Air Services]; to be printed [No. 589-i] [Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody].

4European Legislation,—Eighteenth Report from the Select Committee on European Legislation; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee [No. 155–xviii] [Mr Jim Marshall].

5Health,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee on 25th February [Relationship between Health and Social Services]; to be printed [No. 586–i] [Mr David Hinchliffe].

6Public Accounts,—(1) Twenty-second Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [NIAO Excess Votes]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 592];

(2) Twenty-third Report from the Committee of Public Accounts [NAO Excess Votes]; to be printed, with the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee relating to the Report [No. 593]; and

(3) Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Public Accounts on 25th February [Metropolitan Police Service: Management of Sickness Absence]; to be printed [No. 594–i]

[Mr David Davis]

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7Scottish Affairs,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Scottish Affairs Committee on 25th February [The Operation of Multi-Layer Democracy]; to be printed [No. 460–ii] [Mr David Marshall].

8Social Security,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Social Security Committee on 25th February [The Case for Social Security Reform]; to be printed [No. 587–i] [Mr Archy Kirkwood].

9Trade and Industry,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Trade and Industry Committee on 25th February [Trade and Industrial Relations with Japan]; to be printed [No. 568–ii] [Mr Martin O'Neill].


[No. 127.]

Thursday 26th February 1998.

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

PRAYERS.

1Fossil Fuel Levy Bill [Lords],—Mrs Ann Winterton reported from Standing Committee D, That it had gone through the Fossil Fuel Levy Bill [Lords] 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. 596].

2Northern Ireland Grand Committee,—Mr Peter Atkinson reported from the Northern Ireland Grand Committee, That it had considered the draft Appropriation (Northern Ireland) Order 1998, referred to it on 16th February, and had directed him to report accordingly to the House.

Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee to be printed [No. 430].

3First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation,—Mr Joe Benton reported from the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation the draft Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 (Code of Conduct) Order 1998, the draft Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 (Procedural Rules) Order 1998 and the draft Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 (Guidelines) Order 1998.

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

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

Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Bill [Lords],—The Lords have passed a Bill, intituled, An Act to make provision with respect to interest on the late payment of certain debts arising under commercial contracts for the supply of goods or services; and for connected purposes; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.

5Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Bill [Lords],—The Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Bill [Lords] was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow and to be printed [Bill 132].

6European Parliamentary Elections Bill (Committee),—The House, according to Order, again resolved itself into a Committee on the European Parliamentary Elections Bill.

(In the Committee)

Clause No. 1 (Number of MEPs, electoral regions and electoral system).

Another Amendment (No. 26) proposed, in page 1, line 24, to leave out from the word ‘region' to the word ‘shall' in line 29 on page 2.—(Mr David Trimble.)

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

Another Amendment (No. 9) proposed, in page 1, line 25, to leave out from the word ‘be' to the end of line 26 and insert the words ‘an open regional list system.

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3A. An open regional list sytem is a system which complies with the following requirements, namely—

(a) each electoral region shall be divided into a number of constituencies equal to the number of MEPs to be elected for that region in accordance with subsection 2(4) above and Schedule 1;

(b) each candidate shall nominate on the ballot paper one constituency in the relevant region which he will represent, if elected;

(c) in the event of the same constituency being nominated by more than one successful candidate, the candidate elected first shall represent his nominated constituency;

(d) successful candidates unable to represent their nominated constituency for the reason given in sub-paragraph (c) shall, in the order of their election, choose another constituency to represent, and;

(e) if an elected candidate has nominated a constituency which no candidate elected before him has nominated, he shall represent that constituency even if a candidate elected before him, whose own nominated constituency has been taken, seeks to choose it.'.—(Mr James Clappison.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Nigel Waterson, Mr James Cran: 100.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Greg Pope, Bridget Prentice: 274.

Another Amendment (No. 4) proposed, in page 2, line 8, to leave out from the word ‘number' to the end and insert ‘shown below.

Number of seats already allocatedDivisor
2 3
3 5
4 7
5 9
611
713
815
917
1019.'—(Mr A. J. Beith.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Brian Cotter, Mr Adrian Sanders: 19.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Greg Pope, Bridget Prentice: 251.

Another Amendment (No. 10) proposed, in page 2, to leave out lines 22 to 24.—(Sir Brian Mawhinney.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr James Cran, Mr Nigel Waterson: 98.

Tellers for the Noes, Bridget Prentice, Mr Greg Pope: 267.

Amendments (Nos. 36, 37 and 29) made.

Another Amendment (No. 12) proposed, in page 3, line 41, after the word ‘State' to insert the words ‘, provided that the poll shall always be held on Thursday.'.—(Sir Brian Mawhinney.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr James Cran, Mr Nigel Waterson: 95.

Tellers for the Noes, Janet Anderson, Mr David Jamieson: 223.

Another Amendment (No. 14) proposed, in page 3, line 43, at the end, to add the words—

‘3E.—(1) The Secretary of State shall by regulations prescribe the form of the ballot paper to be used at the poll for the election of representatives to the European Parliament.

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, the ballot paper shall include, separately from the list of candidates, a brief explanatory statement describing the

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method of election and the procedure to be followed by each elector in casting his vote or votes.'.—(Mr James Clappison.)

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

Question put, the That Clause (No. 1), as amended, stand part of the Bill.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Janet Anderson, Mr David Jamieson: 210.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr James Cran, Mr Nigel Waterson: 94.

Clause No. 2 agreed to.

Clause No. 3 (Amendments and repeals).

Amendments (Nos. 38 and 39) made.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause No. 4 agreed to.

Clause No. 5 (Commencement).

Amendment (No. 16) proposed, in page 4, line 22, at the end, to add the words—

‘(3) An order under subsection (1) shall not be made unless a draft thereof has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament.'.—(Sir Brian Mawhinney.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr James Cran, Mr Nigel Waterson: 93.

Tellers for the Noes, Janet Anderson, Mr David Jamieson: 215.

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 Jane Kennedy 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.

7Broadcasting,—Ordered, That Mr Mike Wood be discharged from the Select Committee on Broadcasting and Mr Barry Gardiner be added to the Committee.—(Jane Kennedy.)

8Adjournment,—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Jane Kennedy);

And the Motion having been made after Ten 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 being then twenty-one minutes to Eleven o'clock, till to-morrow.

[Adjourned at 10.39 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Education,—Education (Special Educational Needs) (Approval of Independent Schools) (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 417), dated 24th February 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

2Food,—Spreadable Fats (Marketing Standards) (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 452), dated 25th February 1998 [by Act] [Dr John Cunningham].

3Local Government,—Local Government Act 1988 (Defined Activities) (Exemption) (Harlow District Council and North Hertfordshire District Council) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 325), dated 17th February 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Other Papers:

4Appropriations in Aid,—Treasury Minute, dated 26th February 1998, directing the application of certain receipts as appropriations in aid of the Votes specified in the Spring Supplementary Estimates for 1997–98 [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

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5Defence (Votes A), 1997–98,—Supplementary estimates of the maximum numbers of personnel to be maintained for service with the Armed Forces for 1997–98 [by Command]; to be printed [No. 466] [Mr Secretary Robertson].

6Defence (Votes A), 1998–99,—Estimates of the maximum numbers of personnel to be maintained for service with the Armed Forces for 1998–99 [by Command]; to be printed [No. 473] [Mr Secretary Robertson].

7Environmental Protection,—Local Enforcing Authorities Air Pollution Fees and Charges Scheme (England and Wales) 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

8New Towns,—Statement of Guarantee given by the Treasury under the New Towns Act 1981 in respect of temporary borrowing by the Commission for the New Towns from Barclays Bank plc [by Act] [Dawn Primarolo].

9Public Lending Right,—Report by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the Public Lending Right Scheme for 1996–97, incorporating the Registrar's Annual Review and Summary Financial Statement of the Public Lending Right Central Fund for 1996–97, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [by Act] [Mr Secretary Smith].

10Supply Estimates, 1996–97,—Statement of the sums required to be voted in order to make good excesses on certain grants for 1996–97 [by Command]; to be printed [No. 554] [Dawn Primarolo].

11Supply Estimates, 1997–98,—Spring Supplementary Estimates for 1997–98 [by Command]; to be printed [No. 511] [Dawn Primarolo].

APPENDIX II

Standing Committees

1Public Interest Disclosure Bill,—The Speaker has allocated the Public Interest Disclosure Bill to Standing Committee D (transferred from Standing Committee C).

2Draft Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 (Code of Conduct) Order 1998, draft Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 (Procedural Rules) Order 1998 and draft Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 (Guidelines) Order 1998,—The Speaker has appointed Mr Joe Benton an additional Chairman of the First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in respect of the draft Orders.

Grand Committees

3Scottish Grand Committee,—The Speaker has appointed Mrs Irene Adams an additional Chairman of the Scottish Grand Committee in respect of the meeting of the Committee in Edinburgh on Monday 2nd March.

APPENDIX III

Reports from Select Committees

1Culture, Media and Sport,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee on 26th February [Audio-Visual Communications and the Regulation of Broadcasting]; to be printed [No. 520-v] [Mr Gerald Kaufman].

2Treasury,—Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee on 26th February [Preparations for Stage Three of Economic and Monetary Union]; to be printed [No. 503-v] [Mr Giles Radice].


[No. 128.]

Friday 27th February 1998.

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

PRAYERS.

1Local Government Boundary Changes (Referendum) Bill,—Ordered, That the Local Government Boundary Changes (Referendum) Bill be read a second time on Friday 27th March.

2Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from Moray for a day hospice was presented and read; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

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3Adjournment (Government's Priorities for Women),—A Motion was made, and the Question being proposed, That this House do now adjourn—(Mr Kevin Hughes);

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

4Business of the House,—Ordered, That, at the sitting on Thursday 5th March, notwithstanding Standing Order No. 16 (Proceedings under an Act or on European Community documents), the Speaker shall put the Question on the Motion in the name of Mr Secretary Straw relating to Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism not later than three hours after the start of proceedings thereon; and the said Motion may be proceeded with, though opposed, after Ten o'clock.—(Mr Kevin Hughes.)

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

And accordingly the House, having continued to sit till Three o'clock, adjourned till Monday 2nd March.

[Adjourned at 3 p.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Affirmative Resolution:

1Rating and Valuation,—Draft Railways (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

2Agriculture,—Common Agricultural Policy (Wine) (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 453), dated 25th February 1998 [by Act] [Dr John Cunningham].

3Criminal Law,—Criminal Justice Act 1991 (Notice of Transfer) (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 461), dated 23rd February 1998 [by Act] [Mr Attorney General].

4Coroners,—(1) Cheshire (Coroners) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 356),

(2) Devon (Coroners) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 355),

(3) Essex (Coroners) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 357),

(4) Hereford and Worcester (Coroners) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 359),

(5) Kent (Coroners) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 358),

(6) Lancashire (Coroners) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 360),

(7) Nottinghamshire (Coroners) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 361),

(8) Peterborough (Coroners) Order 1998, (S.I., 1998, No. 362), and

(9) Shropshire (Coroners) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 363),

dated 19th February 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Straw].

5Local Government,—(1) Local Authorities (Capital Finance) (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 371), dated 24th February 1998, and

(2) Local Government Act 1988 (Defined Activites) (Exemption) (Luton Borough Council) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 326), dated 18th February 1998

[by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

6Rating and Valuation,—Non-Domestic Rating (Rural Settlements) (Wales) (Amendment) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 390), dated 20th February 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Davies].

Other Papers:

7Culture, Media and Sport,—Government Response to the Second Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Session 1997–98, on the Millennium Dome [by Command] [Cm. 3886] [Mr Peter Mandelson].


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