As perhaps befits this time of night, new clause 16 is moved in a spirit of co-operation. The Opposition, like the local authority associations and numerous countryside and conservation organisations, welcomed the Government's promise in the other place to bring forward new provisions to enable mineral planning authorities to review pre-1982 permissions. However, when those proposals came before the Standing Committee, they were a grave disappointment. Once again, the Bill's promise had been blighted, undoubtedly by the exercise of commercial interests in the drafting room.
Schedule 13 establishes a mechanism for the provision of compensation to mineral operators when new conditions are imposed by the mineral planning authorities on old mineral permissions at active sites. Schedule 13 is the problem for the simple reason that the eligibility and compensation arrangements have led to widespread alarm among local authority associations, and especially at the Council for the Protection of Rural England, whose representations and expertise on the matter are well known to the Minister.
The compensation arrangements are a major departure from the tried and tested practice in respect of pre-1948 permissions dealt with under interim development orders. IDOs have avoided unnecessary confrontation with industry and unnecessary compensation payments. Our preference would have been for the Bill to introduce a regime based on IDOs, but given the Government's chosen course, our new clause seeks to protect local communities from suffering from poor and outdated standards in respect of old mineral permissions, or from compensation payments to companies that are often vastly profitable.
Mineral extraction, even to modern environmental standards, imposes considerable unwelcome burdens on local communities. They suffer from dust, dirt, frequent and constant noise, and from heavy lorries with heavy loads which are sometimes driven without due care through narrow streets. Those rural communities especially need and deserve the upgrading of old mineral planning permissions. That is a simple matter of progress and justice, and a recognition that the world has changed.
Reasonableness is supposed to be the yardstick by which the requirements of change are to be imposed in schedule 13. If it is, the Government should accept our new clause.
If the conditions to be imposed on old mineral planning permissions are similar to those currently expected for new planning permissions, they should be deemed reasonable. New clause 16 provides for that. Neither the Minister nor industry should have anything to fear, and I look forward to the Minister's constructive response.
May I thank my hon. Friend the Minister for his letter, which clearly set out the answers to all the questions raised in Committee? It was extremely helpful, and gave some very useful information.
Does my hon. Friend agree that the starting point for considering compensation should be that, in common with all other forms of development, planning permissions can be revoked or modified only if subject to the payment of compensation? Will he confirm that the industry has been constructive in acknowledging that the environmental standards of operations and of subsequent restoration of sites should continually improve—
It being Ten o'clock, further consideration of the Bill stood adjourned.
Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 14 (Exempted business),
That, at this day's sitting, the Environment Bill [Lords] may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour.—[Mr. Wood.]Question agreed to.
As amended (in the Standing Committee), again considered.
Question again proposed, That the clause be read a Second time.
Indeed, I shall be expeditious, as I was trying to be before the Ten o'clock motion was moved.
I should be grateful if the Minister will confirm that the industry has been constructive in acknowledging that the environmental standards of operations and of subsequent restoration of sites should continually improve, and that the industry is already making great strides towards achieving higher environmental standards. As the industry has accepted that it should bear the cost of upgrading planning permissions with regard to "sensory" conditions—those relating to noise and dust—will my hon. Friend confirm that it is the Government's intention that the Government amendments should provide only a backstop to ensure that the industry's fundamental working rights cannot be severely restricted as a result of the new review?
Is it not the case that new clause 16 seeks to nullify compensation safeguards contained in the Bill? Does my hon. Friend agree that, were it to be accepted, it would secure the effective confiscation of assets, retrospectively and without compensation? Will he confirm that the guidance notes to be issued by the Secretary of State will carefully reflect the contents of the Bill, and will not be allowed effectively to introduce new requirements with which the industry will be required to comply but which have not been considered first by the House?
I am concerned that the guidance notes, of which I have seen a draft copy and which extend to 45 pages, include references to the use of prohibition notices and the circumstances in which they can be used. They are defined in the Town and Country Planning (Minerals) Act 1981. However, the draft notes extend the criteria significantly by introducing new material considerations, and I should like my hon. Friend's assurance that he will bring anything that effectively changes the current legislation back to the House for consideration.
The hon. Member for Cirencester and Tewkesbury (Mr. Clifton-Brown) raised some interesting points about compensation. This aspect of the Bill will prove to be a lawyers' charter. As the hon. Gentleman recognised, the strength of the new clause is that it rules out compensation and removes local authorities from the invidious position in which they would find themselves.
Local authorities clearly want to make environmental improvements, but if they are challenged, they face potential costs which they cannot afford. The new clause is an important way for them to avoid those costs. I support it strongly, because the issue of compensation will prove to be a quagmire.
I shall make a brief contribution in support of my hon. Friend the Member for Sherwood (Mr. Tipping). We could debate new clause 16 for a long time. Suffice it to say that the Government are again on the side of the landlords and the people with assets who want to stuff even more money into their pockets. The hon. Member for Cirencester and Tewkesbury (Mr. Clifton-Brown), who has just spoken, proved that point very well.
Government Members care not a fig about the community. In my constituency of Wrexham and the surrounding area of about 50 miles in each direction, there is more concern about applications for quarrying for various minerals, the dismissal of the community's concerns and desires, and environmental matters than almost any other issue. I think that new clause 16 is very important, and Labour Front-Bench Members were correct to table it.
I wonder whether my hon. Friend the Member for Lewisham, Deptford (Ms Ruddock) will confirm in her winding-up speech that, when the next Labour Government take office—Conservative Members may do themselves in over the next 10 days—she will insist that the Labour Government's environment Bill is the equivalent of new clause 16.
That is what the public of this country demand. They are fed up with Conservative Members pleading for money for their own supporters, without worrying about the environment, people or communities. I look forward to seeing new clause 16 take effect, not as a result of this Bill, but in the next Parliament.
Government amendments Nos. 75, 76 and 77 are technical amendments, so I shall concentrate my remarks on new clause 16. The hon. Member for Wrexham (Dr. Marek) is correct when he says that it is an important clause.
As the hon. Member for Lewisham, Deptford (Ms Ruddock) said, the system of regulations under the interim development order approach is working. That is our model in this instance. As she knows, there will be no compensation for conditions which do not restrict working rights. Compensation will arise only if working rights restrictions prejudice to an unreasonable degree either the economic viability of the operation or the asset value of the site. There is little difference from the test that the mineral planning authorities should be, and are, applying to the imposition of conditions on active IDO sites.
I am anxious not to intervene upon the Minister too soon, but I know that he is trying to rush, so he may pass over this point. He referred to "prejudice to an unreasonable degree" and that is on the face of the Bill. Will he define that statement? Otherwise, he must agree with my hon. Friend the Member for Sherwood (Mr. Tipping) that the legislation could be a lawyers' charter.
I do not agree with the hon. Lady. The word "unreasonable" is used quite commonly in legislation. As she knows already—it has been pointed out by my hon. Friend the Member for Cirencester and Tewkesbury (Mr. Clifton-Brown)—we are undertaking preliminary consultation on the draft guidance. That guidance makes it clear that we intend that the industry and mineral planning authorities should follow the same principles for updating the pre-1982 sites as were followed for the interim development orders. That will ensure that there is equal treatment between the sites and the operators. It is a fair and equitable approach.
I am a little astonished—but perhaps I am not so astonished upon reflection—at the reaction of the hon. Member for Wrexham. If that is the kind of approach that we are to expect from the Labour party in future, God help industry and the economy in this country. I hope that the hon. Lady will withdraw her new clause.
Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker. The Minister has not given the House an explanation as to why the legislation is different from the interim development orders. He said that they are working effectively, but he has given no account of why the test of reasonableness in relation to the economic viability of working a site or its asset value should have been placed in the schedule. It is very difficult for us to understand why that proposal has come forward when the Government already acknowledge that they have a perfectly good working arrangement in respect of older mineral planning permission.
I wonder whether the Minister will be kind enough to tell the House why that change is necessary—why that new duty is imposed. He has not said why our new clause is unreasonable. All that our new clause seeks to do is acknowledge that, where the standards that are to be imposed are equivalent to those that would be imposed on a new planning permission sought today, by definition that must be reasonable. Why is it not reasonable?
Surely the reason why it is in that schedule is that, although the interim development orders have worked well so far, we have dealt with the easiest cases, and the more difficult cases remain to be resolved. That is why it is necessary to put those later permissions in that schedule.
I do not believe that that remark was at all helpful. The hon. Gentleman has not in any way explained why what is being dealt with at the moment is more difficult than what was dealt with in the past. We must accept that people are sitting on assets that are in the ground, and they have old planning permissions, which are not appropriate to modern standards, modern considerations and the needs of modern societies.
Is the Minister prepared to speak?
My hon. Friend the Member for Cirencester and Tewkesbury (Mr. Clifton-Brown) has touched on it. We are convinced that there is no difference between the IDO and the method that we are moving now. We are consulting industry, mineral planning authorities and environmental groups on draft guidance in relation to putting it into action.
We feel that it would be only fair for compensation to be paid to the industry if there were an effective change in the economic viability of those sites. However, we recognise, as does the industry, the importance of introducing conditions—and the industry is accepting those conditions for the sites—for environmental reasons. I hope that the hon. Lady will consider the matter carefully and will accept that, in those circumstances, it is only fair that compensation should be paid if, beyond that, there is an effect on the economic viability of a specific site.
The Minister may believe that he is being helpful, but I fear that he is not. The economic viability is not an objective measure. It will be for the local authority, the mineral planning authority, to make some judgment about the way in which the new conditions would affect economic viability.
I suggest to the Minister that, if a cash-strapped local authority has to take that into account, it may feel that it is unable to demand that conditions at that site are raised to modern standards, because of fears that it might be subject to challenge under the legislation, as it could be held that there was an economic impact on that company that was unacceptable under the legislation that the Minister proposes.
We believe that very many of those companies are well able to pay for the slight changes—or, in some circumstances, considerable changes—that might result from bringing those permissions up to modern standards. We believe that those companies are better placed to absorb those costs, and to behave responsibly and in an environmentally friendly way, than are local authorities and local communities.
I am afraid that, if the Minister cannot accept what is a very simple new clause, which only defines effectively what is reasonable action and prevents the continuance of ambiguity and worry for local planning authorities which would have to make those considerations—if he intends to sit there and allow local authorities and local communities to bear the brunt of bringing those old planning permissions up to modern standards—we must divide the House.
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|Ainger, Nick||Forsythe, Clifford (S Antrim)|
|Ainsworth, Robert (Cov'try NE)||Foster, Rt Hon Derek|
|Allen, Graham||Foster, Don (Bath)|
|Anderson, Donald (Swansea E)||Fraser, John|
|Armstrong, Hilary||Fyfe, Maria|
|Ashdown, Rt Hon Paddy||Galbraith, Sam|
|Austin-Walker, John||Galloway, George|
|Barnes, Harry||Gapes, Mike|
|Barton, Kevin||Garrett, John|
|Battle, John||Gerrard, Neil|
|Bayley, Hugh||Godman, Dr Norman A|
|Beckett, Rt Hon Margaret||Godsiff, Roger|
|Beggs, Roy||Golding, Mrs Llin|
|Bell, Stuart||Gordon, Mildred|
|Benn, Rt Hon Tony||Graham, Thomas|
|Bennett, Andrew F||Grant, Bemie (Tottenham)|
|Benton, Joe||Griffiths, Win (Bridgend)|
|Bermingham, Gerald||Grocott, Bruce|
|Berry, Roger||Gunnell, John|
|Betts, Clive||Hain, Peter|
|Blunkett, David||Hanson, David|
|Boateng, Paul||Harman, Ms Harriet|
|Bradley, Keith||Hattersley, Rt Hon Roy|
|Bray, Dr Jeremy||Heppell, John|
|Brown, Gordon (Dunfermline E)||Hill, Keith (Streatham)|
|Brown, N (N'c'de upon Tyne E)||Hinchliffe, David|
|Burden, Richard||Hodge, Margaret|
|Byers, Stephen||Hogg, Norman (Cumbemauld)|
|Caborn, Richard||Hood, Jimmy|
|Campbell, Mrs Anne (C'bridge)||Hoon, Geoffrey|
|Campbell, Menzies (Fife NE)||Howarth, George (Knowsley North)|
|Campbell, Ronnie (Blyth V)||Howells, Dr. Kim (Pontypridd)|
|Campbell-Savours, D N||Hoyle, Doug|
|Cann, Jamie||Hughes, Kevin (DoncasterN)|
|Carlile, Alexander (Montgomery)||Hughes, Robert (Aberdeen N)|
|Chidgey, David||Hughes, Simon (Southwark)|
|Chisholm, Malcolm||Hutton, John|
|Church, Judith||Illsley, Eric|
|Clapham, Michael||Ingram, Adam|
|Clark, Dr David (South Shields)||Jackson, Helen (Shefld, H)|
|Clarke, Tom (MonMands W)||Jamieson, David|
|Clelland, David||Janner, Greville|
|Clwyd, Mrs Ann||Jones, Jon Owen (Cardiff C)|
|Coffey, Ann||Jones, Lynne (B'ham S O)|
|Cohen, Harry||Jones, Martyn (Clwyd, SW)|
|Connarty, Michael||Jones, Nigel (Cheltenham)|
|Cook, Robin (Livingston)||Jowell, Tessa|
|Corbett, Robin||Keen, Alan|
|Corbyn, Jeremy||Kennedy, Jane (L'pool Br'dg'n)|
|Corston, Jean||Khabra, Piara S|
|Cousins, Jim||Mlfoyle, Peter|
|Cunningham, Jim (Covy SE)||Kirkwood, Archy|
|Cunningham, Rt Hon Dr John||Lestor, Joan (Ecdes)|
|Dafis, Cynog||Lewis, Terry|
|Davidson, Ian||Liddell, Mrs Helen|
|Davies, Bryan (Oldham C'tral)||Livingstone, Ken|
|Davies, Rt Hon Denzil (Llanelli)||Lloyd, Tony (Stretford)|
|Davies, Ron (Caerphilly)||Llwyd, Elfyn|
|Denham, John||Loyden, Eddie|
|Dewar, Donald||Lynne, Ms Liz|
|Dixon, Don||McAllion, John|
|Donohoe, Brian H||McAvoy, Thomas|
|Dowd, Jim||Macdonald, Calum|
|Eagle, Ms Angela||McFall, John|
|Eastham, Ken||McKelvey, William|
|Etherington, Bill||Mackinlay, Andrew|
|Evans, John (St Helens N)||McLeish, Henry|
|Fatchett, Derek||McMaster, Gordon|
|Faulds, Andrew||McNamara, Kevin|
|Reid, Frank (Birkenhead)||MacShane, Denis|
|Flynn, Paul||Maddock, Diana|
|Mahon, Alice||Rooney, Terry|
|Marek, Dr John||Ross, Ernie (Dundee W)|
|Marshall, David (Shettleston)||Ross, William (E Londonderry)|
|Marshall, Jim (Leicester, S)||Rowlands, Ted|
|Martin, Michael J (Springburn)||Ruddock, Joan|
|Martlew, Eric||Sedgemore, Brian|
|Meacher, Michael||Sheerman, Barry|
|Meale, Alan||Sheldon, Rt Hon Robert|
|Michael, Alun||Shore, Rt Hon Peter|
|Michie, Bill (Sheffield Heeley)||Short, Clare|
|Milburn, Alan||Simpson, Alan|
|Miller, Andrew||Skinner, Dennis|
|Mitchell, Austin (Gt Grimsby)||Smith, Andrew (Oxford E)|
|Molyneaux, Rt Hon James||Smith, Llew (Blaenau Gwent)|
|Moonie, Dr Lewis||Smyth, The Reverend Martin|
|Morgan, Rhodri||Snape, Peter|
|Motley, Elliot||Soley, Clive|
|Morris, Estelle (B'ham Yaidley)||Spearing, Nigel|
|Morris, Rt Hon John (Aberavon)||Spellar, John|
|Mullin, Chris||Steel, Rt Hon Sir David|
|Murphy, Paul||Steinberg, Gerry|
|Oakes, Rt Hon Gordon||Stevenson, George|
|O'Brien, Mike (N W'kshire)||Strang, Dr. Gavin|
|O'Brien, William (Normanton)||Straw, Jack|
|O'Hara, Edward||Sutcliffe, Gerry|
|Olner, Bill||Taylor, Mrs Ann (Dewsbury)|
|O'Neill, Martin||Timms, Stephen|
|Orme, Rt Hon Stanley||Tipping, Paddy|
|Parry, Robert||Touhig, Don|
|Pearson, Ian||Turner, Dennis|
|Pendry, Tom||Tyler, Paul|
|Pickthall, Colin||Wallace, James|
|Pike, Peter L||Walley, Joan|
|Pope, Greg||Wardell, Gareth (Gower)|
|Powell, Ray (Ogmore)||Wareing, Robert N|
|Prentice, Bridget (Lewisham||Watson, Mike|
|Prentice, Gordon (Pendle)||Wicks, Malcolm|
|Prescott, Rt Hon John||Williams, Rt Hon Alan (SW'n W)|
|Primarolo, Dawn||Williams, Alan W (Carmarthen)|
|Purchase, Ken||Wilson, Brian|
|Quin, Ms Joyce||Winnick, David|
|Radice, Giles||Wise, Audrey|
|Randall, Stuart||Worthington, Tony|
|Raynsford, Nick||Wright, DrTony|
|Reid, Dr John||Young, David (Bolton SE)|
|Robertson, George (Hamilton)||Tellers for the Ayes:|
|Roche, Mrs Barbara||Mr. Eric Clarke and|
|Rooker, Jeff||Mr. George Mudie.|
|Ainsworth, Peter (East Surrey)||Bowis, John|
|Aitken, Rt Hon Jonathan||Boyson, Rt Hon Sir Rhodes|
|Alison, Rt Hon Michael (Selby)||Brandreth, Gyles|
|Allason, Rupert (Torbay)||Brazier, Julian|
|Amess, David||Bright, Sir Graham|
|Ancram, Michael||Brooke, Rt Hon Peter|
|Arbuthnot, James||Brown, M (Brigg & Cl'thorpes)|
|Arnold, Jacques (Gnavesham)||Browning, Mrs Angela|
|Arnold, Sir Thomas (Hazel Grv')||Bruce, Ian (Dorset)|
|Ashby, David||Budgen, Nicholas|
|Atkins, Rt Hon Robert||Burns, Simon|
|Atkinson, Peter (Hexham)||Burt, Alistair|
|Baker, Nicholas (North Dorset)||Butcher, John|
|Baldry, Tony||Butler, Peter|
|Banks, Matthew (Southport)||Butterfill, John|
|Bates, Michael||Carlisle, John (Luton North)|
|Batiste, Spencer||Carlisle, Sir Kenneth (Lincoln)|
|Bellingham, Henry||Carrington, Matthew|
|Beresford, Sir Paul||Carttiss, Michael|
|Biffen, Rt Hon John||Cash, William|
|Booth, Hartley||Channon, Rt Hon Paul|
|Boswell, Tim||Chapman, Sydney|
|Bottomley, Peter (Eltham)||Churchill, Mr|
|Bottomley, Rt Hon Virginia||Clapplson, James|
|Clark, Dr Michael (Rochford)||Howell, Rt Hon David (G'dford)|
|Clifton-Brown, Geoffrey||Howell, Sir Ralph (N Norfolk)|
|Coe, Sebastian||Hughes, Robert G (Harrow W)|
|Congdon, David||Hunt, Rt Hon David (Wirral W)|
|Conway, Derek||Hunter, Andrew|
|Coombs, Simon (Swindon)||Jack, Michael|
|Cope, Rt Hon Sir John||Jackson, Robert (Wantage)|
|Cormack, Sir Patrick||Jenkin, Bernard|
|Couchman, James||Johnson Smith, Sir Geoffrey|
|Cran, James||Jones, Gwilym (Cardiff N)|
|Curry, David (Skipton & Ripon)||Jopling, Rt Hon Michael|
|Davies, QuentJn (Stamford)||Kellett-Bowman, Dame Elaine|
|Day, Stephen||Key, Robert|
|Deva, Nirj Joseph||Kirkhope, Timothy|
|Devlin, Tim||Knapman, Roger|
|Dicks, Terry||Knight, Mrs Angela (Erewash)|
|Dorrell, Rt Hon Stephen||Knight, Greg (Derby N)|
|Douglas-Hamilton, Lord James||Knight, Dame Jill (Bir'm E'st'n)|
|Dover, Den||Knox, Sir David|
|Duncan, Alan||Kynoch, George (Kincardine)|
|Duncan-Smith, Iain||Lait, Mrs Jacqui|
|Dunn, Bob||Lang, Rt Hon Ian|
|Dykes, Hugh||Lawrence, Sir Ivan|
|Eggar, Rt Hon Tim||Legg, Barry|
|Elletson, Harold||Leigh, Edward|
|Emery, Rt Hon Sir Peter||Lennox-Boyd, Sir Mark|
|Evans, David (Welwyn Hatfield)||Lester, Jim (Broxtowe)|
|Evans, Jonathan (Brecon)||Lidington, David|
|Evans, Nigel (Ribble Valley)||LJghtbown, David|
|Evans, Roger (Monmouth)||Lilley, Rt Hon Peter|
|Faber, David||Lioyd, Rt Hon Sir Peter (Fareham)|
|Reid, Bany (fete of W9M;||Lord, Michael|
|Fishbum, Dudley||Luff, Peter|
|Forman, Nigel||Lyell, Rt Hon Sir Nicholas|
|Forsyth, Rt Hon Michael (Stirling)||MacGregor, Rt Hon John|
|Forth, Eric||MacKay, Andrew|
|Fowler, Rt Hon Sir Norman||Maclean, Rt Hon David|
|Fox, Dr Liam (Woodspring)||McLoughlin, Patrick|
|Fox, Sir Marcus (Shipley)||McNair-Wilson, Sir Patrick|
|Freeman, Rt Hon Roger||Madel, Sir David|
|French, Douglas||MartJand, Lady Olga|
|Gale, Roger||Martand, Paul|
|Gallie, Phil||Mariow, Tony|
|Gardiner, Sir George||Marshall, Sir Michael (Arundel)|
|Garel-Jones, Rt Hon Tristan||Martin, David (Portsmouth S)|
|Garnier, Edward||Mawhinney, Rt Hon Dr Brian|
|Gill, Christopher||Merchant, Piers|
|Gillan, Cheryl||Mills, Iain|
|Goodlad, Rt Hon Alastair||Mitchell, Andrew (Gedling)|
|Goodson-Wickes, Dr Charies||Mitchell, Sir David (NW Hants)|
|Gorman, Mrs Teresa||Moate, Sir Roger|
|Grant,SirAfSlYCamte;||Monro, Sir Hector|
|Greenway, Harry (Ealing N)||Montgomery, Sir Fergus|
|Greenway, John (Ryedale)||Needham, Rt Hon Richard|
|Griffiths, Peter (Portsmouth, N)||Nelson, Anthony|
|Gummer, Rt Hon John Selwyn||Neubert, Sir Michael|
|Hague, William||Newton, Rt Hon Tony|
|Hamilton, Rt Hon Sir Archibald||Nicholls, Patrick|
|Hampson, Dr Keith||Nicholson, David (Taunton)|
|Hanley, Rt Hon Jeremy||Nicholson, Emma (Devon West)|
|Hannam, Sir John||Norris, Steve|
|Hargreaves, Andrew||Onslow, Rt Hon Sir Cranley|
|Harris, David||Oppenheim, Phillip|
|Haselhurst, Sir Alan||Ottaway, Richard|
|Hawkins, Nick||Page, Richard|
|Hawksley, Warren||Patnick, Sir Irvine|
|Hayes, Jerry||Patten, Rt Hon John|
|Heald, Oliver||Pattie, Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey|
|Heathcoat-Amory, David||Pawsey, James|
|Hendry, Charles||Peacock, Mrs Elizabeth|
|Higgins, Rt Hon Sir Terence||Pickles, Eric|
|Hill, James (Southampton Test)||Porter, Barry (Winal S)|
|Hogg, Rt Hon Douglas (G'tham)||Porter, David (Waveney)|
|Horam, John||Portillo, Rt Hon Michael|
|Howard, Rt Hon Michael||Powell, William (Corby)|
|Howarth, Alan (Stratrd-on-A)||Redwood, Rt Hon John|
|Renton, Rt Hon Tim||Tapsell, Sir Peter|
|Richards, Rod||Taylor, Ian (Esher)|
|Riddick, Graham||Taylor, John M (Solihull)|
|Roberts, Rt Hon Sir Wyn||Temple-Morris, Peter|
|Robertson, Raymond (Ab'd'n S)||Thomason, Roy|
|Robinson, Mark (Somerton)||Thompson, Patrick (Norwich N)|
|Roe, Mrs Marion (Broxbourne)||Thornton, Sir Malcolm|
|Rowe, Andrew (Mid Kent)||Thumham, Peter|
|Rumbold, Rt Hon Dame Angela||Tracey, Richard|
|Ryder, Rt Hon Richard||Tredinnick, David|
|Sackville, Tom||Trend, Michael|
|Sainsbury, Rt Hon Sir Timothy||Trotter, Neville|
|Scott, Rt Hon Sir Nicholas||Twinn, Dr Ian|
|Shaw, David (Dover)||Vaughan, Sir Gerard|
|Shephard, Rt Hon Gillian||Waldegrave, Rt Hon William|
|Shepherd, Colin (Hereford)||Walden, George|
|Shepherd, Richard (Aldridge)||Walker, Bill (N Tayside)|
|Shersby, Sir Michael||Waller, Gary|
|Sims, Roger||Wardle, Charles (Bexhill)|
|Smith, Tim (Beaconsfield)||Waterson, Nigel|
|Spencer, Sir Derek||Watts, John|
|Spicer, Sir James (W Dorset)||Wells, Bowen|
|Spicer, Michael (S Worcs)||Whitney, Ray|
|Spink, Dr Robert||Whittingdale, John|
|Spring, Richard||Widdecombe, Ann|
|Sproat, Iain||Wiggin, Sir Jerry|
|Squire, Robin (Hornchurch)||Wilkinson, John|
|Stanley, Rt Hon Sir John||Wilshire, David|
|Steen, Anthony||Winterton, Mrs Ann (Congleton)|
|Stephen, Michael||Winterton, Nicholas (Macc'fld)|
|Stem, Michael||Wolfson, Mark|
|Stewart, Allan||Yeo, Tim|
|Streeter, Gary||Young, Rt Hon Sir George|
|Sumberg, David||Tellers for the Noes:|
|Sweeney, Walter||Mr. Timothy Wood and|
|Sykes, John||Mr. David Willetts.|