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Notice given by the Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order No. 13 (Earlier meeting of House in certain circumstances):

Whereas Her Majesty's Government have represented to me, Betty Boothroyd, Speaker of the House of Commons, that the public interest requires the House to meet at an earlier time than the 19th day of October 1998 and I am satisfied that the public interest does so require:

Now, therefore, I hereby give notice pursuant to the Standing Order (Earlier meeting of House in certain circumstances) that the House shall meet on Wednesday the 2nd day of September 1998 at half-past Two of the clock.

Given under my hand this 25th day of August 1998.

[No. 220.]

Wednesday 2nd September 1998.

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

PRAYERS.

1Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy) Bill,—Mr Secretary Straw, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr Secretary Prescott, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Secretary Cook, Secretary Marjorie Mowlam, Mr Adam Ingram and Mr Alun Michael, presented a Bill to make provision about procedure and forfeiture in relation to offences concerning proscribed organisations, and about conspiracy to commit offences outside the United Kingdom: And the same was read the first time; and ordered to be read a second time and to be printed [Bill 244].

2Sittings of the House,—A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 25 (Periodic adjournments), That this House, at its rising to-morrow, do adjourn till Monday 19th October—(Mr Jim Dowd):—It was agreed to.

3Business of the House (Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy) Bill),—A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That—

1. (1) Proceedings on the Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy) Bill shall be taken and concluded at this day's sitting; and for this purpose—

(a) as soon as the proceedings on this Motion are concluded, the order for Second Reading of the Bill shall be read;

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

(c) when the Bill is read a second time it shall stand committed to a Committee of the whole House, and the House will immediately resolve itself into a Committee on the Bill;

(d) proceedings in Committee on clauses 1 to 4 shall be brought to a conclusion, if not previously concluded, three hours after the conclusion of proceedings on Second Reading;

(e) remaining proceedings on the Bill shall be brought to a conclusion, if not previously concluded, six hours after the conclusion of proceedings on Second Reading;

(f) at the conclusion of proceedings on the Bill at this day's sitting the Speaker shall adjourn the House without putting any Question.

(2) For the purpose of concluding proceedings in accordance with sub-paragraphs 1(d) and (e), the Chair 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 Question necessary for the disposal of the business to be concluded.

(3) On a Motion made for a new Clause or a new Schedule, the Chair shall put only the Question that the Clause or Schedule be added to the Bill.

(4) If two or more Questions would fall to be put under sub-paragraph (2)(d) on successive provisions of the Bill, the Chair shall instead put a single Question in relation to those provisions.

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(5) Standing Order No. 82 (Business Committee) shall not apply to proceedings on the Bill.

2. At the sitting to-morrow—

(a) any message received from the Lords relating to the Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy) Bill shall be considered forthwith;

(b) proceedings on any message shall be brought to a conclusion, if not previously concluded, one hour after commencement;

(c) the Speaker shall not adjourn the House until she has notified the Royal Assent to any Act agreed upon by both Houses; and

(d) the Speaker shall then adjourn the House without putting any Question.

3. Standing Order No. 15(1) (Exempted business) shall apply to proceedings on the Bill at the sittings this day and to-morrow—(Mr Jim Dowd);

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Greg Pope, Mr David Clelland: 317.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Peter Brooke, Mr Richard Shepherd: 87.

So the Question was agreed to.

4Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy) Bill,—The Order being read, for the Second Reading of the Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy) Bill, pursuant to Order [this day];

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

An Amendment was proposed to the Question, to leave out from the word ‘That' to the end of the Question and add the words ‘this House, whilst expressing heartfelt sympathy to the families and friends of those killed and injured in the terrorist bombings in Omagh, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and Cape Town, and wishing to see the perpetrators of these evil deeds speedily brought to justice, declines to give a Second Reading to a Bill of which honourable Members have had sight, in draft for less than twenty-four hours, which is a contravention of the European Convention on Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the procedures for the newly established and welcome International Criminal Court; which gives power to senior police officers which past miscarriages of justice in England alone would not justify, and fails to discriminate between nations abroad which are democratic and respect human and civil rights and those which are undemocratic, tyrannous, fail to respect democracy, human and civil rights, repress their populations and pay scant regard to the rights of women', instead thereof.—(Mr Kevin McNamara.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made;

Thursday 3rd September 1998

Mrs Ann Taylor rose in her place and claimed to move, That the Question be now put;

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

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

The House divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Jeremy Corbyn, Mr Dennis Canavan: 17.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Kevin Hughes, Mr Robert Ainsworth: 391.

So the Question was negatived.

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

The Bill was accordingly read a second time and stood committed to a Committee of the whole House.

The House immediately resolved itself into a Committee on the Bill.

(In the Committee)

Clause No. 1 (Evidence and inferences: Great Britain).

Amendment (No. 77) proposed, in page 1, line 15, after the word ‘to', to insert the words ‘or is a supporter of'.—(Mr William Cash.)

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

Another Amendment (No. 3) proposed, in page 1, line 21, to leave out the words ‘in England and Wales'.—(Mr Donald Gorrie.)

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

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Another Amendment (No. 5) proposed, in page 2, line 1, after the word ‘constable', to insert the words ‘in the presence of his solicitor'.—(Mr Chris Mullin.)

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

Another Amendment (No. 9) proposed, in page 2, line 14, at the end, to insert the words—

‘(5A) But subsection (6) shall not apply unless evidence given under subsection (4) or (5) above is supported by a sound recording of the questioning or other exchanges to which the evidence relates.'.—(Mr Chris Mullin.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Ann Clwyd, Mr Donald Gorrie: 43.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Mike Hall, Mr Graham Allen: 199.

Another Amendment (No. 12) proposed, in page 2, line 24, at the end, to insert the words—

‘(6A) If both subsections (3) and (6) apply, the accused shall not be committed for trial in England and Wales, or found to have a case to answer or be convicted, solely on the basis of inferences drawn and statements admitted as evidence under those subsections.'.—(Mr Lembit Opik.)

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

Amendments (Nos. 61 and 62) made.

Another Amendment (No. 18) proposed, in page 3, to leave out lines 10 to 12 and insert the words—

‘(a) it is listed as a proscribed organisation under the provisions of section 30(2) of the Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1996.'.—(Mr William Ross.)

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

Another Amendment (No. 20) proposed, in page 3, to leave out lines 24 and 25 and insert the words—

‘(b) is not complying in full with the Belfast Agreement (Cm 3883)'.—(Mr Andrew MacKay.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made;

And it being three hours after the conclusion of proceedings on Second Reading of the Bill, the Chairman put the Questions necessary to bring to a conclusion proceedings on Clauses Nos. 1 to 4.

Question, That the Amendment (No. 20) be made, put and negatived.

Clause (No. 1), as amended, and Clauses Nos. 2 to 4 agreed to.

Clause No. 5 (England and Wales).

Amendment (No. 42) proposed, in page 7, line 7, to leave out the word ‘an' and insert the words ‘a terrorist'.—(Mr A. J. Beith.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Andrew Stunell, Mr Donald Gorrie: 10.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr David Clelland, Mr Greg Pope: 214.

Another Amendment (No. 80) proposed, in page 7, line 10, after the word ‘Kingdom', to insert the words ‘other than a country or territory to which subsection (2A) applies.

(2A) This subsection applies to any country or territory which—

(a) is the subject of any embargo on trade agreed by the General Assembly of the United Nations, the European Union or Her Majesty's Government;

(b) has not ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; or

(c) in the opinion of the Secretary of State is a country or territory where human rights are not respected.'.—(Ann Clwyd.)

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

Question proposed, That the Clause (No. 5) stand part of the Bill.

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And it being six hours after the conclusion of proceedings on Second Reading of the Bill, the Chairman put the Questions necessary to bring to a conclusion remaining proceedings on the Bill.

Question put, That the Clause (No. 5) stand part of the Bill.

The Committee divided.

Tellers for the Ayes, Mr Clive Betts, Mr David Jamieson: 220.

Tellers for the Noes, Mr Andrew Stunell, Mr Tony McWalter: 24.

Clauses Nos. 6 to 10 agreed to.

A Clause (Report to Parliament)—(Mr Jim Dowd)—brought up and added.

Schedules Nos. 1 and 2 agreed to.

Bill, as amended, to be reported.


The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair; and Mr Jim Dowd reported, That the Committee had gone through the Bill and made Amendments thereunto.

Ordered, That the Bill, as amended in the Committee, be now considered:—The House accordingly proceeded to consider the Bill.

The Bill was read the third time and passed.

5Public Petitions,—A Public Petition from residents of South Staffordshire against building new homes in the countryside and the green belt was presented; and ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed.

6Adjournment,—The Deputy Speaker adjourned the House, without Question put, pursuant to Order [2nd September], it being then ten minutes to Seven o'clock on Thursday morning, till this day.

[Adjourned at 6.50 a.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented by Her Majesty's Command and delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office during the adjournment pursuant to Standing Order No. 158 (Presentation of command papers):

1Georgia (No. 1, 1998),—Agreement, done at London on 13th November 1997, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Georgia on International Road Transport, with an Explanatory Memorandum [Cm. 4016] [Mr Secretary Cook].

2Immigration,—Paper, entitled Control of Immigration: Statistics, United Kingdom 1997 [Cm. 4033] [Mr Secretary Straw].

3Law Commission,—Reports by the Law Commission on—

(1) the Execution of Deeds and Documents by or on behalf of bodies corporate, and

(2) Land Registration for the Twenty-first Century: a consultative document

[Cm. 4026 and 4027] [Mr Geoffrey Hoon].

4Sports Councils,—Accounts of the Scottish Sports Council Group for 1997–98, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon [Mr Secretary Dewar].

5Treaty Series (No. 30, 1998),—Agreement, done at Hong Kong on 5th November 1997, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China for the Surrender of Fugitive Offenders [Cm. 4034] [Mr Secretary Cook].

6Treaty Series (No. 31, 1998),—Convention, done at Funchal on 18th May 1992, on the accession of the Kingdom of Spain and the Portuguese Republic to the Convention on the Law applicable to Contractual Obligations, opened for signature in Rome on 19th June 1980 [Cm. 4035] [Mr Secretary Cook].

7Treaty Series (No. 32, 1998),—Agreement, done at Vilnius on 8th November 1996, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Republic of Lithuania on Co-operation in the Fields of Education, Science and Culture [Cm. 4036] [Mr Secretary Cook].

8Treaty Series (No. 33, 1998),—Agreement, done at Kampala on 24th April 1998, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Republic of Uganda for the Promotion and Protection of Investments [Cm. 4037] [Mr Secretary Cook].

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9Treaty Series (No. 35, 1998),—Agreement, done at Cape Town on 20th September 1994, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Republic of South Africa for the Promotion and Protection of Investments, with Protocol to the Agreement, done at London on 25th November 1997 [Cm. 4039] [Mr Secretary Cook].

10Treaty Series (No. 36, 1998),—1996 Amendments to the Guidelines on the Enhanced Programme of Inspections during Surveys of Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers (Resolution A.744(18)), made at London on 4th June 1996 (Adopted in Accordance with Article VIII of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea 1974) [Cm. 4040] [Mr Secretary Cook].

Papers delivered to the Votes and Proceedings Office on the undermentioned dates during the adjournment pursuant to Standing Order No. 159 (Presentation of statutory instruments):

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

31st July 1998

11Income Tax,—Insurance Companies (Overseas Life Assurance Business) (Compliance) (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1872), dated 31st July 1998 [Mr Geoffrey Robinson].

3rd August 1998

12Agriculture,—(1) Environmentally Sensitive Areas (Cotswold Hills) Designation (Amendment) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1800), and

(2) Environmentally Sensitive Areas (Upper Thames Tributaries) Designation (Amendment) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1803),

dated 21st July 1998 [Mr Nicholas Brown].

13Civil Aviation,—Coventry Airport (Designation) (Detention and Sale of Aircraft) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1827), dated 23rd July 1998 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

14Education,—Education (School Teachers' Pay and Conditions) (No. 2) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1884), dated 30th July 1998 [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

15Income Tax,—Income Tax (Employments) (Notional Payments) (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1891), dated 3rd August 1998 [Dawn Primarolo].

4th August 1998

16Family Proceedings,—Family Proceedings (Amendment) Rules 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1901), dated 30th July 1998 [Mr Geoffrey Hoon].

17Merchant Shipping,—Merchant Shipping (Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seamen) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1838), dated 27th July 1998 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

18Prisons,—Parole Board (Scotland) Amendment Rules 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1904), dated 30th July 1998 [Mr Secretary Dewar].

19Supreme Court of England and Wales,—(1) Non-Contentious Probate (Amendment) Rules 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1903), and

(2) Rules of the Supreme Court (Amendment) 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1898),

dated 30th July 1998 [Mr Geoffrey Hoon].

5th August 1998

20Education,—(1) Education (School Inspection) (Wales) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1866), dated 23rd July 1998, and

(2) Education (School Performance Information) (Wales) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1867), dated 28th July 1998

[Mr Secretary Davies].

21Local Government,—Local Government Act 1988 (Defined Activities) (Exemption) (Cherwell District Council) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1862), dated 29th July 1998 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

22Pensions,—Occupational Pension Schemes (Validation of Rule Alterations) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1846), dated 28th July 1998 [Mr Secretary Darling].

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6th August 1998

23Education,—Education (School Performance Information) (England) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1929), dated 6th August 1998 [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

7th August 1998

24Children (Northern Ireland),—Children (1995 Order) (Amendment) (Children's Services Planning) Order (Northern Ireland) 1998 (S.R.(N.I.), 1998, No. 261), dated 23rd July 1998 [Secretary Marjorie Mowlam].

25Education,—(1) Education (National Curriculum) (Attainment Targets and Programmes of Study in Art) (Wales) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1886),

(2) Education (National Curriculum) (Attainment Targets and Programmes of Study in Geography) (Wales) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1885),

(3) Education (National Curriculum) (Attainment Targets and Programmes of Study in History) (Wales) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1888),

(4) Education (National Curriculum) (Attainment Targets and Programmes of Study in Music) (Wales) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1889),

(5) Education (National Curriculum) (Attainment Targets and Programmes of Study in Physical Education) (Wales) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1887), and

(6) Education (National Curriculum) (Attainment Targets and Programmes of Study in Technology) (Wales) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1890),

dated 29th July 1998 [Mr Secretary Davies].

26Legal Aid and Advice (Scotland),—Scottish Legal Aid Board (Employment of Solicitors to Provide Criminal Legal Assistance) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1938), dated 31st July 1998 [Mr Secretary Dewar].

27Supreme Court of England and Wales,—Civil Courts (Amendment) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1880), dated 31st July 1998 [Mr Geoffrey Hoon].

10th August 1998

28Consumer Credit,—Consumer Credit (Exempt Agreements) (Amendment) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1944), dated 7th August 1998 [Mr Secretary Mandelson].

29Local Government,—Local Authorities (Capital Finance) (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1937), dated 6th August 1998 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

30Monopolies and Mergers,—Foreign Package Holidays (Tour Operators and Travel Agents) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1945), dated 7th August 1998 [Mr Secretary Mandelson].

31Northern Ireland,—Employment Rights (Time off for Study or Training) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1761), dated 21st July 1998 [Margaret Beckett].

11th August 1998

32Education,—(1) Barnsley Education Action Zone Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1952), dated 10th August 1998,

(2) Blackburn and Darwen Education Action Zone Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1953), dated 10th August 1998,

(3) CfBT/Lambeth Education Action Zone Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1954), dated 10th August 1998,

(4) East Middlesbrough Education Action Zone Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1957), dated 10th August 1998,

(5) Education (Assisted Places) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1966), dated 7th August 1998,

(6) Education (Fees and Awards) (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1965), dated 7th August 1998,

(7) Education (Infant Class Sizes) (England) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1973), dated 7th August 1998,

(8) Education (Infant Class Sizes) (Transitional Provisions) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1947), dated 10th August 1998,

(9) Education Act 1996 (Infant Class Sizes) (Modification) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1948), dated 10th August 1998,

(10) Education Action Forum (Proceedings) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1964), dated 10th August 1998,

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(11) Education (National Curriculum) (Attainment Targets and Programmes of Study in Art) (England) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1990), dated 11th August 1998,

(12) Education (National Curriculum) (Attainment Targets and Programmes of Study in Geography) (England) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1989), dated 11th August 1998,

(13) Education (National Curriculum) (Attainment Targets and Programmes of Study in History) (England) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1988), dated 11th August 1998,

(14) Education (National Curriculum) (Attainment Targets and Programmes of Study in Music) (England) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1991), dated 11th August 1998,

(15) Education (National Curriculum) (Attainment Targets and Programmes of Study in Physical Education) (England) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1987), dated 11th August 1998,

(16) Education (National Curriculum) (Attainment Targets and Programmes of Study in Technology) (England) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1986), dated 11th August 1998,

(17) Education (Plans for Reducing Infant Class Sizes) (England) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1971), dated 10th August 1998,

(18) Herefordshire Education Action Zone Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1955), dated 10th August 1998,

(19) Leicester (South and West) Education Action Zone Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1956), dated 10th August 1998,

(20) New Addington Education Action Zone Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1959), dated 10th August 1998,

(21) Newcastle Education Action Zone Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1958), dated 10th August 1998,

(22) Newham Education Action Zone Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1960), dated 10th August 1998,

(23) ‘Next Step' North East Lincolnshire Education Action Zone Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1961), dated 10th August 1998,

(24) N. Somerset Education Action Zone Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1963), dated 10th August 1998,

(25) Salford & Trafford Education Action Zone Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1962), dated 10th August 1998, and

(26) School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (Infant Class Sizes) (Modification) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1968), dated 10th August 1998

[Mr Secretary Blunkett]; and

(27) Education (Infant Class Sizes) (Wales) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1943), and

(28) Education (Plans for Reducing Infant Class Sizes) (Wales) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1942),

dated 10th August 1998 [Mr Secretary Davies].

33Education (Scotland),—Education (Assisted Places) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1994), dated 5th August 1998 [Mr Secretary Dewar].

34Highways,—Dartford-Thurrock Crossing Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1908), dated 4th August 1998 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

35Landlord and Tenant,—Assured and Protected Tenancies (Lettings to Students) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1967), dated 11th August 1998 [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

36National Health Service,—National Health Service Trusts (Membership and Procedure) Amendment Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1975), dated 10th August 1998 [Mr Secretary Dobson].

37Social Security,—Social Fund Winter Fuel Payment Amendment Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1910), dated 4th August 1998 [Mr Secretary Darling].

12th August 1998

38Education,—(1) Education (Allocation of Grant-maintained and Grant-maintained Special Schools to New Categories) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1969), dated 10th August 1998,

(2) Education (Mandatory Awards) Regulations 1998 (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1972), dated 11th August 1998, and

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(3) Education (Student Loans) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2005), dated 11th August 1998

[Mr Secretary Blunkett].

39Local Government,—Local Government (Committees and Political Groups) (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1918), dated 5th August 1998 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

40Merchant Shipping,—(1) Merchant Shipping (Registration of Ships) (Tonnage Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1915), and

(2) Merchant Shipping (Tonnage) (Fishing Vessels) (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1916), dated 4th August 1998

[Mr Secretary Prescott].

13th August 1998

41Education,—Education (National Curriculum) (Exceptions at Key Stage 4) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2021), dated 13th August 1998 [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

14th August 1998

42Education,—Education (Prescribed Courses of Higher Education) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1970), dated 13th August 1998 [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

43Road Traffic,—(1) Parking Attendants (Wearing of Uniforms) (Edinburgh Parking Area) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2020),

(2) Removal and Disposal of Vehicles (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2019), and

(3) Road Traffic Act 1991 (Amendment of Schedule 3) (Scotland) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2018),

dated 5th August 1998 [Mr Secretary Dewar].

19th August 1998

44Housing,—Housing (Right to Acquire) (Discount) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2014), dated 12th August 1998 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

45Outer Space,—Outer Space Act 1986 (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2032), dated 14th August 1998 [Mr Secretary Mandelson].

46Salaries,—Salaries (Comptroller and Auditor General) Order (Northern Ireland) 1998 (S.R.(N.I.), 1998, No. 272), dated 30th July 1998 [Secretary Marjorie Mowlam].

21st August 1998

47Agriculture,—Fertilisers (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2024), dated 13th August 1998 [Mr Nicholas Brown].

48Landlord and Tenant,—Agricultural Holdings (Units of Production) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2025), dated 8th August 1998 [Mr Nicholas Brown].

49Road Traffic,—Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2038), dated 14th August 1998 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

25th August 1998

50Agriculture,—Feeding Stuffs (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2072), dated 23rd August 1998 [Mr Nicholas Brown].

51Animals,—Brucellosis and Tuberculosis (England and Wales) Compensation (Amendment) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2073), dated 21st August 1998 [Mr Nicholas Brown].

52Education,—Education (Student Support) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998 (S.R.(N.I.), 1998, No. 298), dated 20th August 1998 [Secretary Marjorie Mowlam].

26th August 1998

53Customs and Excise,—Gaming Duty (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2055), dated 25th August 1998 [Dawn Primarolo].

54Education,—(1) Blackburn with Darwen Education Action Zone Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2085), and

(2) Newcastle Education Action Zone (No. 2) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2084),

dated 25th August 1998 [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

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55Local Government,—Local Government Act 1988 (Defined Activities) (Exemptions) (Chiltern District Council, Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2049), dated 19th August 1998 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

27th August 1998

56Education,—School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (School Teachers' Pay and Conditions) (Transitional Provisions) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2115), dated 27th August 1998 [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

57Food,—Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) (Charges) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2095), dated 23rd August 1998 [Mr Nicholas Brown].

58Housing,—Housing (Change of Landlord) (Payment of Disposal Cost by Instalments) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2082), dated 26th August 1998 [Mr Secretary Davies].

59Local Government,—(1) Local Government Act 1988 (Defined Activities) (Exemptions) (Castle Morpeth Borough Council and West Somerset and Uttlesford District Councils) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2047), and

(2) Local Government Act 1988 (Defined Activities) (Exemptions) (Derwentside and Wyre Forest District Councils) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2050),

dated 19th August 1998 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

60Medicines,—Prescription Only Medicines (Human Use) Amendment (No. 3) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2081), dated 27th August 1998 [Mr Secretary Dobson].

28th August 1998

61Merchant Shipping,—Merchant Shipping (Radio Installations) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2070), dated 20th August 1998 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

1st September 1998

62Education,—Education (Funding for Teacher Training) Designation (No. 2) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2120), dated 28th August 1998 [Mr Secretary Blunkett].

63Road Traffic,—Motor Vehicles (EC Type Approval) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2051), dated 19th August 1998 [Mr Secretary Prescott].

Other Papers:

21st August 1998

64Public Health,—Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) Order 1998 Partial Revocation (No. 2) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2045), dated 19th August 1998 [Mr Secretary Dewar].

Papers presented or laid upon the Table on Wednesday 2nd September 1998:

65Criminal Statistics (Scotland),—Statistical Bulletin: Motor Vehicle Offences in Scotland, 1995–96 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].

66Fisheries,—Report and Accounts of the Sea Fish Industry Authority for 1997–98 [by Act] [Mr Nicholas Brown].

67National Heritage (Scotland),—Review and Accounts of Scottish Screen for 1997–98 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].

68Railways,—Report of the Central Rail Users' Consultative Committee for 1997–98 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

69Reserve Forces,—Amendment No. 19 to the Territorial Army Regulations 1978 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Robertson].

70Statutory Instruments (Notification),—Communication declaring that the undermentioned Statutory Instrument had come into operation before copies were laid before Parliament, and explaining why such copies had not been so laid before the Instrument came into operation:

Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) Order 1998 Partial Revocation (No. 2) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2045)

[by Standing Order] [The Speaker].

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71Treaty Series (No. 34, 1998),—Agreement, done at Prague on 20th March 1998, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Czech Republic concerning Air Services [by Command] [Cm. 4038] [Mr Secretary Cook].

72Treaty Series (No. 37, 1998),—Agreement, done at Vilnius on 20th September 1993, between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Republic of Lithuania concerning Air Services [by Command] [Cm. 4043] [Mr Secretary Cook].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

Science and Technology,—(1) Fifth Report from the Science and Technology Committee [British Biotech], 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. 888-I] [ordered to be printed during the adjournment pursuant to S.O. No. 137 (Select Committees (adjournment of the House))]; and

(2) Memoranda laid before the Committee [British Biotech plc]

[Clerk of the House].


[No. 221.]

Thursday 3rd September 1998.

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

PRAYERS.

Friday 4th September 1998

1Message from the Lords,—A Message was brought from the Lords, as follows:

The Lords have agreed to the Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy) Bill, without Amendment.

2Royal 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:

Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy) Act 1998.

3Adjournment,—The Speaker adjourned the House, without Question put, it being then twenty-five minutes to Two o'clock on Friday morning, till Monday 19th October, pursuant to Order [2nd September].

[Adjourned at 1.35 a.m.


APPENDIX I

Papers presented or laid upon the Table:

Papers subject to Negative Resolution:

1Family Law,—Children (Allocation of Proceedings) (Amendment) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2166), dated 27th August 1998 [by Act] [Mr Geoffrey Hoon].

2Financial Services,—Investor Compensation Scheme Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2169), dated 3rd September 1998 [by Act] [Ms Patricia Hewitt].

3Magistrates' Courts,—Magistrates' Courts (Grants) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2165), dated 2nd September 1998 [by Act] [Mr Geoffrey Hoon].

4Magistrates' Courts Procedure,—Magistrates' Courts (Miscellaneous Amendments) Rules 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2167), dated 27th August 1998 [by Act] [Mr Geoffrey Hoon].

5Pensions,—Local Government Pension Scheme (Transitional Provisions etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2118), dated 27th August 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Prescott].

6Social Security,—Social Security Amendment (New Deal) (No. 2) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2117), dated 27th August 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Darling].

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7Supreme Court of England and Wales,—Crown Court (Amendment) Rules 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2168), dated 27th August 1998 [by Act] [Mr Geoffrey Hoon].

8Telecommunications,—(1) Public Telecommunication System Designation (DirectNet Telecommunications UK Limited) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2143),

(2) Public Telecommunication System Designation (GN Great Northern Gateway Ltd. A/S) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2149),

(3) Public Telecommunication System Designation (National Band Three Limited) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2139),

(4) Public Telecommunication System Designation (o.tel.o Communications Limited) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2146),

(5) Public Telecommunication System Designation (PSI Net Telecom UK Limited) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2142),

(6) Public Telecommunication System Designation (Singtel (Europe) Limited) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2144),

(7) Public Telecommunication System Designation (Startec Telecom Limited) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2145),

(8) Public Telecommunication System Designation (Stentor Communications Limited) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2147),

(9) Public Telecommunication System Designation (TeleDanmark A/S) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2141),

(10) Public Telecommunication System Designation (Tetralink Telecommunications Limited) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2140), and

(11) Public Telecommunication System Designation (Transline Communications Limited) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2148),

dated 1st September 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Mandelson].

Other Papers:

9Miscellaneous Financial Provisions,—Review, Report and Financial Statements of East Midlands Development Company for 1997–98 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Mandelson].

10Post Office,—Report of the Post Office Users' Council for Wales for 1997–98 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Mandelson].

11Public Health,—Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) Order 1998 Partial Revocation (No. 3) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2119), dated 1st September 1998 [by Act] [Mr Secretary Dewar].

12Telecommunications,—Licences granted under section 7 of the Telecommunications Act 1984 by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to—

(1) DirectNet Telecommunications UK Limited,

(2) GN Great Northern Gateway Ltd. A/S,

(3) National Band Three Limited,

(4) o.tel.o Communications Limited,

(5) PSI Net Telecom UK Limited,

(6) Singtel (Europe) Limited,

(7) Startec Telecom Limited,

(8) Stentor Communications Limited,

(9) TeleDanmark A/S,

(10) Tetralink Telecommunications Limited, and

(11) Transline Communications Limited

[by Act] [Mr Secretary Mandelson].

APPENDIX II

Reports from Select Committees

Defence,—Eighth Report from the Defence Committee [The Strategic Defence Review], 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. 138] [Mr Bruce George].


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