House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 24 March 1999

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Nine o'clock

  • Prayers

    [MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland

    The Secretary of State was asked—

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister

    The Prime Minister was asked—

    • Engagements

      53 speeches

      If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24 March.

    • Points of Order

      11 speeches

      On a point of order, Madam Speaker. At 2 o'clock this afternoon, the House of Lords announced its decision in the case of Senator Pinochet. According to Lord Browne-Wilkinson: The result of this...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Bill Presented

    • Wildlife and Countryside (Amendment)

      Mr. James Wallace, supported by Mr. Roy Beggs, Mr. Norman Baker, Mr. Peter Bottomley, Mr. Lindsay Hoyle and Mr. Alasdair Morgan, presented a Bill to amend the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981...

    • Pensions (Amendment)

      3 speeches

      rose—[Interruption.]

      Pensions (Amendment)

      Mr. Andrew Mackinlay accordingly presented a Bill to require the Secretary of State to report annually on service pensions, war pensions and war widows' pensions: And the same was read the First...

      Reform of the Structural and Cohesion Funds

      Resolved,That this House takes note of the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum submitted by the Department of Trade and Industry on 17th April 1998 relating to reform of the Structural Funds, the...

  • Orders of the Day — Local Government Bill (Allocation of Time)

    1 speech

    I beg to move, That the following provisions shall apply to remaining proceedings on the Local Government Bill:

  • Orders of the Day — Timetable

    1. Proceedings on Consideration and on Third Reading shall be completed at the sitting this day and shall be brought to a conclusion, if not previously concluded, five hours after the...

  • Orders of the Day — Questions to be put

    2. For the purpose of bringing proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with paragraph 1 the Speaker shall forthwith put the following Questions (but no others)— (a) any Question already...

  • Orders of the Day — Miscellaneous

    19 speeches

    4. Standing Order No. 15(1) (Exempted business) shall apply to proceedings on the Bill at the sitting this day; and the proceedings shall not be interrupted under any Standing Order relating to...

  • Orders of the Day — Timetable

    1. Proceedings on Consideration and on Third Reading shall be completed at the sitting this day and shall be brought to a conclusion, if not previously concluded, five hours after the...

  • Orders of the Day — Questions to be put

    2. For the purpose of bringing proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with paragraph 1 the Speaker shall forthwith put the following Questions (but no others)— (a) any Question already...

  • Orders of the Day — Miscellaneous

    4. Standing Order No. 15(1) (Exempted business) shall apply to proceedings on the Bill at the sitting this day; and the proceedings shall not be interrupted under any Standing Order relating to...

  • Local Government Bill

    As amended in the Standing Committee, further considered.

    • New Clause 6

    • >endorsement of Council Tax by Referendum

      72 speeches

      `.—(1) Schedule 1 shall not apply when the council tax proposals of a relevant local authority have been endorsed in a referendum of electors registered within the local authority area.(2)...

      Clause 1

      Best Value Authorities

      23 speeches

      I beg to move amendment No. 54, in page 1, line 8, at beginning insert ?Subject to subsection (4A) below'.

      Clause 3

      The General Duty

      16 speeches

      I beg to move amendment No. 50, in page 3, line 5, leave out `way in which its functions are exercised' and insert 'value for money of its provision of services,'.

      Clause 4

      Performance Indicators and Standards

      17 speeches

      I beg to move amendment No.60, in page 3, leave out lines 28 to 30.

      Clause 5

      Best Value Reviews

      10 speeches

      I beg to move amendment No.35, in page 4, line 5, after 'section', insert 'unless it can satisfy the Secretary of State that there is a reason why this should not be done.'.

      Clause 9

      Response to Audit

      Amendments made: No.16, in page 7, line 40, leave out 'as soon as practicable'. No.17, in page 7, line 42, at end insert— ?()A statement required by subsection (3) shall be...

      Clause 13

      Reports

      Amendment made: No.7, in page 9, line 26, at end insert ',and—(b) may publish a report and any information in respect of a report.'—[Mr.Meale.]

      Clause 18

      Contracts: Exclusion of Non-Commercial Considerations

      Amendments made: No.8, in page 12, line 17, at end insert— ()provide for a matter to cease to be a non-commercial matter for specified purposes or to a specified extent;'. No.9, in page...

      Clause 21

      Audit Commission

      Amendments made: No.19, in page 13, line 12, at end insert— () The Audit Commission may delegate any of its functions under this Part to— (a) a committee or sub-committee established...

      Clause 24

      Guidance

      Amendments made: No.21, in page 14, line 38, after first `to' insert 'or in respect of. No.22, in page 14, line 38, after second `to' insert 'or in respect of. No.23, in page 14, line 40, after...

      Clause 25

      Commencement

      Amendment made: No.10, in page 15, line 5, leave out `18 and 21' and insert `19 and 21 to 24'. —[Mr Meale]

      Clause 26

      Order

      Amendments made: No.11, in page 15, line 16, after `order', insert `or regulations'.

      Clause 31

      Finance

      Amendment made: No.12, in page 17, line 33, at end insert— () The Secretary of State may make grants to the Audit Commission, out of money provided by Parliament, in respect of expenditure...

      Kosovo

      54 speeches

      Earlier this evening, four British aircraft, together with missiles from the submarine HMS Splendid, attacked targets in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia as part of a co-ordinated NATO air...

      Delegated Legislation

      1 speech

      With permission, I shall put together the motions relating to delegated legislation.

      Social Security

      That the draft Social Security and Child Support (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations 1999, which were laid before this House on 4th March, be approved.

      Family Law

      That the draft Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No.2) Regulations 1999, which were laid before this House on 8th March, be approved.

      National Lottery

      That the draft New Opportunities Fund (Specification of Initiatives) Order 1999, which was laid before this House on 11th March, be approved.

      International Immunities and Priveleges

      That the draft International Mobile Satellite Organisation (Immunities and Privileges) Order 1999, which was laid before this House on 25th February, be approved.

      Criminal Law (Scotland)

      That the draft Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (Application to Summary Proceedings) Order 1999, which was laid before this House on 8th March, be approved.

      Constitutional Law

      3 speeches

      That the draft Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order 1999, which was laid before this House on 8th March, be approved —[Br. Hanson.]

      Petition

      Royal Hospital Haslar

      3 speeches

      Earlier today, a delegation from Hampshire took to 10 Downing street a petition with 50,000 signatures. This evening, it is my privilege to produce to the House a parliamentary petition that...

      Branded drugs

      11 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Hanson.]

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