Protective Provisions

Part of Orders of the Day — Channel Tunnel Rail Link Bill – in the House of Commons at 7:30 pm on 10th December 1996.

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Photo of Mr John Watts Mr John Watts , Slough 7:30 pm, 10th December 1996

The expeditious way in which the House has dealt with about 100 amendments this evening has given the project a strong following wind. The Bill was subjected to careful scrutiny by a Select Committee of this House. All the members of that Committee worked extremely well together, under the able chairmanship of my hon. Friend the Member for Reading, West (Sir A. Durant)—in fact, I believe that they set a new record for the length of time spent in Committee on a Bill such as this, but they did not waste time in concentrating on making necessary improvements to the Bill.

I agree with the hon. Gentleman that the Bill that we shall pass this evening for Royal Assent is a much better Bill than the one that was introduced in this House in January 1995. Of particular note has been the provision of a further station at Stratford, with the enormous regeneration benefits that that will bring to east London. I am grateful to hon. Members on both sides of the House for approaching the Bill and the project in a constructive and co-operative manner. As the hon. Gentleman said, this is a project of national significance and it is right that it has support from all sections of this nation's Parliament.

Lords amendment agreed to.

Lords amendments Nos. 101 to 185 agreed to.

7.47 pm

Sitting suspended.

10 pm

On resuming

It being Ten o'clock, MR. DEPUTY SPEAKER pursuant to paragraph (5) of Standing Order No. 52 (Consideration of estimates), put the deferred Question necessary to dispose of proceedings on Vote on Account, 1997–98 (Clause XVII, Vote 1).

Resolved,That a sum, not exceeding £78,288,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund, on account, for or towards defraying the charges for the year ending on 31st March 1998 for expenditure by the Office of the Minister for Public Service on the central management of the Civil Service; expenditure resulting from the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster's chairmanship of the BSE Implementation Committee; expenditure on privatisation of executive agencies; and certain other services. MR. DEPUTY SPEAKER put the Questions required to be put, pursuant to paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 53 (Questions on voting of estimates &c.).