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5.15 pm

I was excited by the tumultuous support that I received from the other side of the House--Conservative Members are clamouring to support my proposal--but it puts me in an embarrassing situation. I would like to lead the Liberals and the Conservatives to the barricades and shout, "What about the workers?"

Mr. Page: After the hon. Gentleman's dramatic words at the start of our debate, is he now saying that he will not press the new clause to a vote and will back off? Surely not!

Mr. Mitchell: When I used the word "tumultuous" I was referring not to the hon. Gentleman's speech, but

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to the widespread support I received from Opposition Members. I was delighted by their support--that shows that they have learned something after failing the workers for 18 years. I am disappointed by the lack of support among Labour Members, especially from the Minister, and I am now in an embarrassing position. Neither of my two co-authors of the new clause could be present for the debate. In light of that, I give up. I did not push the matter in Committee because of a lack of killer instinct. With a feeling of sad impotence, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the motion.

Hon. Members: No.

Question put, That the clause be read a Second time:--

The House divided: Ayes 42, Noes 280.

Division No. 338
[5.16 pm


Atkinson, Peter (Hexham)
Beggs, Roy
Beith, Rt Hon A J
Boswell, Tim
Bottomley, Peter (Worthing W)
Bottomley, Rt Hon Mrs Virginia
Burnett, John
Burstow, Paul
Campbell, Rt Hon Menzies
(NE Fife)
Chapman, Sir Sydney
(Chipping Barnet)
Chope, Christopher
Clifton-Brown, Geoffrey
Collins, Tim
Davey, Edward (Kingston)
Davis, Rt Hon David (Haltemprice)
Emery, Rt Hon Sir Peter
Fearn, Ronnie
Forth, Rt Hon Eric
George, Andrew (St Ives)
Gray, James
Harvey, Nick
Heath, David (Somerton & Frome)
Kennedy, Rt Hon Charles
(Ross Skye & Inverness W)
Kirkwood, Archy
Lewis, Dr Julian (New Forest E)
Lilley, Rt Hon Peter
Loughton, Tim
McIntosh, Miss Anne
Maclean, Rt Hon David
Major, Rt Hon John
Mitchell, Austin
Morgan, Alasdair (Galloway)
Page, Richard
Pickles, Eric
Rendel, David
Russell, Bob (Colchester)
Shephard, Rt Hon Mrs Gillian
Spring, Richard
Syms, Robert
Taylor, Rt Hon John D (Strangford)
Welsh, Andrew
Winterton, Mrs Ann (Congleton)

Tellers for the Ayes:

Mr. John Butterfill and
Mr. Brian Cotter.


Adams, Mrs Irene (Paisley N)
Ainger, Nick
Ainsworth, Robert (Cov'try NE)
Allen, Graham
Anderson, Donald (Swansea E)
Atkins, Charlotte
Austin, John
Banks, Tony
Barnes, Harry
Battle, John
Bayley, Hugh
Beard, Nigel
Beckett, Rt Hon Mrs Margaret
Begg, Miss Anne
Bell, Martin (Tatton)
Bell, Stuart (Middlesbrough)
Bennett, Andrew F
Bermingham, Gerald
Berry, Roger
Blackman, Liz
Boateng, Rt Hon Paul
Bradley, Keith (Withington)
Bradshaw, Ben
Brinton, Mrs Helen
Browne, Desmond
Buck, Ms Karen
Burden, Richard
Butler, Mrs Christine
Byers, Rt Hon Stephen
Caplin, Ivor
Casale, Roger
Caton, Martin
Cawsey, Ian
Clapham, Michael
Clark, Rt Hon Dr David (S Shields)
Clarke, Eric (Midlothian)
Clelland, David
Coaker, Vernon
Coleman, Iain
Colman, Tony
Connarty, Michael
Cook, Frank (Stockton N)
Cooper, Yvette
Corbyn, Jeremy
Corston, Jean
Cox, Tom
Cryer, John (Hornchurch)
Cunningham, Jim (Cov'try S)
Darling, Rt Hon Alistair
Davey, Valerie (Bristol W)
Davidson, Ian
Davies, Rt Hon Denzil (Llanelli)
Davis, Rt Hon Terry
(B'ham Hodge H)
Dawson, Hilton
Dismore, Andrew
Dobson, Rt Hon Frank
Dowd, Jim
Drown, Ms Julia
Eagle, Angela (Wallasey)
Eagle, Maria (L'pool Garston)
Ennis, Jeff
Etherington, Bill
Field, Rt Hon Frank
Fitzpatrick, Jim
Flint, Caroline
Flynn, Paul
Foster, Michael Jabez (Hastings)
Galloway, George
Gapes, Mike
Gardiner, Barry
Gerrard, Neil
Gibson, Dr Ian
Godman, Dr Norman A
Golding, Mrs Llin
Gordon, Mrs Eileen
Griffiths, Jane (Reading E)
Griffiths, Nigel (Edinburgh S)
Grogan, John
Hall, Patrick (Bedford)
Hamilton, Fabian (Leeds NE)
Hanson, David
Healey, John
Henderson, Ivan (Harwich)
Heppell, John
Hesford, Stephen
Hewitt, Ms Patricia
Hill, Keith
Hinchliffe, David
Hodge, Ms Margaret
Hope, Phil
Howells, Dr Kim
Hughes, Kevin (Doncaster N)
Hurst, Alan
Hutton, John
Illsley, Eric
Jackson, Helen (Hillsborough)
Jenkins, Brian
Jones, Mrs Fiona (Newark)
Jones, Ms Jenny
(Wolverh'ton SW)
Jones, Dr Lynne (Selly Oak)
Jones, Martyn (Clwyd S)
Keeble, Ms Sally
Keen, Alan (Feltham & Heston)
Keen, Ann (Brentford & Isleworth)
Kemp, Fraser
Kennedy, Jane (Wavertree)
Khabra, Piara S
King, Ms Oona (Bethnal Green)
Kumar, Dr Ashok
Ladyman, Dr Stephen
Lawrence, Mrs Jackie
Laxton, Bob
Leslie, Christopher
Levitt, Tom
Lewis, Ivan (Bury S)
Linton, Martin
Lloyd, Tony (Manchester C)
Lock, David
Love, Andrew
McAvoy, Thomas
McCabe, Steve
McCafferty, Ms Chris
McDonagh, Siobhain
Macdonald, Calum
McDonnell, John
McIsaac, Shona
Mackinlay, Andrew
McNulty, Tony
MacShane, Denis
Mactaggart, Fiona
McWalter, Tony
McWilliam, John
Mahon, Mrs Alice
Mallaber, Judy
Marsden, Gordon (Blackpool S)
Marsden, Paul (Shrewsbury)
Marshall, David (Shettleston)
Marshall-Andrews, Robert
Martlew, Eric
Maxton, John
Meacher, Rt Hon Michael
Meale, Alan
Merron, Gillian
Michael, Rt Hon Alun
Michie, Bill (Shef'ld Heeley)
Miller, Andrew
Moffatt, Laura
Moran, Ms Margaret
Mountford, Kali
Murphy, Jim (Eastwood)
Naysmith, Dr Doug
O'Brien, Bill (Normanton)
O'Hara, Eddie
Olner, Bill
O'Neill, Martin
Osborne, Ms Sandra
Palmer, Dr Nick
Pearson, Ian
Perham, Ms Linda
Pike, Peter L
Plaskitt, James
Pollard, Kerry
Pope, Greg
Pound, Stephen
Prentice, Ms Bridget (Lewisham E)
Prentice, Gordon (Pendle)
Quinn, Lawrie
Radice, Rt Hon Giles
Rammell, Bill
Raynsford, Nick
Reed, Andrew (Loughborough)
Reid, Rt Hon Dr John (Hamilton N)
Roche, Mrs Barbara
Rogers, Allan
Rooker, Rt Hon Jeff
Roy, Frank
Ruane, Chris
Ruddock, Joan
Salter, Martin
Sarwar, Mohammad
Sedgemore, Brian
Sheldon, Rt Hon Robert
Skinner, Dennis
Smith, Jacqui (Redditch)
Smith, John (Glamorgan)
Smith, Llew (Blaenau Gwent)
Soley, Clive
Southworth, Ms Helen
Spellar, John
Squire, Ms Rachel
Starkey, Dr Phyllis
Stevenson, George
Stoate, Dr Howard
Strang, Rt Hon Dr Gavin
Taylor, Rt Hon Mrs Ann
Taylor, David (NW Leics)
Temple-Morris, Peter
Thomas, Gareth (Clwyd W)
Thomas, Gareth R (Harrow W)
Timms, Stephen
Touhig, Don
Trickett, Jon
Twigg, Derek (Halton)
Tynan, Bill
Vis, Dr Rudi
Walley, Ms Joan
Ward, Ms Claire
Wareing, Robert N
White, Brian
Whitehead, Dr Alan
Williams, Rt Hon Alan
(Swansea W)
Wills, Michael
Winnick, David
Winterton, Ms Rosie (Doncaster C)
Wood, Mike
Wright, Anthony D (Gt Yarmouth)
Wright, Tony (Cannock)
Wyatt, Derek

Tellers for the Noes:

Mrs. Anne McGuire and
Mr. Gerry Sutcliffe.

Question accordingly negatived.

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Clause 9

Administration orders

5.15 pm

Mr. Page: I beg to move amendment No. 26, in page 6, line 7, at end insert "and occupied by".

Madam Deputy Speaker: With this it will be convenient to discuss the following amendments: No. 27, in page 6, line 14, at end insert "and occupied by".

No. 23, in schedule 1, page 15, line 25, at end insert "and occupied by".

No. 25, in schedule 3, page 38, line 19, after second "to", insert "and occupied by".

No. 24, in page 38, line 37, after second "to", insert "and occupied by".

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