Mr Paul Dean: Order. I want to be clear that the House realises what we are doing. I have put the Question on new clause 6. I understand that later the hon. Member for Clydebank and Milngavie (Mr. Worthington) wants to press his amendment (a) to a vote.
Mr Paul Dean: With this, it will be convenient to consider amendment No. 66, in clause 8, page 5, line 3, at end insert 'and to this end the board of management shall be required to provide an annual college development plan, which plan shall be submitted to the education authority and the local enterprise company in whose area the college is situated for consultation.'.
Mr Paul Dean: With this it will be convenient to discuss new clause 18—Future needs assessment— '.—(1) Section 65B of the 1980 Act (Future Provision for Recorded Children) shall be amended as follows:—(2) After subsection (4) there shall be inserted the following subsection—(4A) If it appears to the education authority that the child may benefit from further education after he ceases to be of...
Mr Paul Dean: Order. I am listening carefully to the hon. Gentleman, but I am finding it difficult to relate what he is saying to the new clauses and amendment under discussion.
Mr Paul Dean: With this it will be convenient to take new clause 2—Fundamental research— 'The Scottish Higher Education Funding Council shall pay particular regard in its funding and in its assessment of the quality of education provided by relevant institutions to the need to ensure that appropriate funds and attention are devoted to fundamental research.'.
Mr Paul Dean: Order. I have put the Question and we are now proceeding to a Division. I cannot allow any further debate.
Mr Paul Dean: I do not want any confusion. I put the Question on the amendment of the hon. Member for Southend, East (Sir T. Taylor). To be completely clear, I shall put the Question again.
Mr Paul Dean: Order. We have been through this process twice now. It was wholly clear to me that there were both Ayes and Noes, and we are now proceeding to a Division. [Interruption.] Order. There can be no further points of order.
Mr Paul Dean: Order. The House knows the procedures very well. I have already put the Question on the amendment of the hon. Member for Southend, East (Sir T. Taylor), and we are now proceeding to vote on that amendment.
Mr Paul Dean: Order. We are now proceeding to a Division. [Interruption.] Order. There are no further points of order.
Mr Paul Dean: Order. I shall take no further points of order until the Division is completed.
Mr Paul Dean: That matter was raised with Mr. Speaker yesterday on a point of order. Mr. Speaker ruled that the motions were in order, and that if they were found in due course to be illegal, it would be a matter for the courts. That ruling is on the record, and I cannot add to it or subtract from it.
Mr Paul Dean: That is a matter for debate; it is not a point of order.
Mr Paul Dean: Order. I have dealt with the point of order; and it was dealt with by Mr. Speaker yesterday. There is very little time left.
Mr Paul Dean: Order. We are debating a matter that is in order. Hon. Members are perfectly entitled, when the time comes very shortly, to vote against it if they so desire. We would not be debating the matter if it were not in order.
Mr Paul Dean: The hon. Gentleman may be in time to tempt the Financial Secretary to rise, but he certainly will not tempt me.
Mr Paul Dean: That is a point for debate, rather than a point of order.
Mr Paul Dean: It is certainly about the supplementary estimate, and I am sure that the hon. Gentleman will address his remarks to that matter.
Mr Paul Dean: The Minister has already said that he does not want to take too much of the House's time in what is a fairly short debate. He has already been very generous in giving way.
Mr Paul Dean: Order. Is the Minister giving way?