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Volume 930: debated on Friday 29 April 1977

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asked the Lord President of the Council if he will list in the Official Report in the manner of his Written Answers of 7th April 1975 and 14th April 1976 all debates relating to EEC documents, Treaty Orders in Council, budgets, debates on a motion to adjourn, import duties orders or other debates related to the European Communities that have occurred since 12th April 1976.

Title:

EUROPEAN ASSEMBLY (DIRECT ELECTIONS)

Motion by Mr. Walter Harrison:

That a Select Committee be appointed to consider proposals for Direct Elections to the European Assembly and arrangements requiring action by Parliament and by the European Community following the Government's commitment to proceed to such elections:

That Miss Betty Boothroyd, Mr. John Cartwright, Mr. William Clark, Mr. Alexander Fletcher, Mr. Bryan Gould, Mr. Roy Hattersley, Mr. John Horman, Mr. Douglas Hurd, Mr. Sydney Irving, Mr. Neil Kinnock, Mr. George Reid, Sir Anthony Royle and Mr. David Steel be members of the Committee:

That the Committee have power to send for persons, papers and records, to report from time to time and to sit notwithstanding any Adjournment of the House:

That Four be the Quorum of the Committee.

Amendments on Order Paper:

Mr. Douglas Jay, Mr. Nigel Spearing, Mr. Roger Moate, Mr. Nigel Lawson

Line 5, after 'Mr. Roy Hattersley', insert 'Mr. Eric S. Heffer'.

Mr. Douglas Jay, Mr. Nigel Spearing, Mr. Roger Moate, Mr. Nigel Lawson

Line 6, after 'Mr. Neil Kinnock', insert 'Mr. Neil Marten'.

Period of Debate: 11.34 p.m.—12.34 a.m.

Time available: One hour.

Decision:

Questions on first two paragraphs (up to and including Mr. Neil Kinnock) of motion put and agreed to.

Question put, That the first amended be made:—

The House divided Ayes 25, Noes 76.

Question accordingly negatived.

Question put, That the second amendment be be made:—

The House divided Ayes 27, Noes. 67.

Question accordingly negatived.

It being over an hour since debate began, the Deputy Speaker ruled that, Debate to be resumed this day. (See details of 18th May 1976)

Date of Debate: 18.5.76 (See also details for 12 May.)

Title:

SELECT COMMITTEE ON DIRECT ELECTIONS TO THE EUROPEAN ASSEMBLY.

Motion by Mr. Walter Harrison:

That Mr. George Reid, Sir Anthony Royle and Mr. David Steel be members of the Committee:

That the Committee have power to send for persons, papers and records to report from time to time and to sit notwithstanding any Adjournment of the House:

That Four be the Quorum of the Committee.

Period of Debate: 2.2 a.m. to 2.26 a.m.

Time Available: Unlimited (Open-ended suspension).

Decision:

Ordered, that Mr. George Reid, Sir Anthony Royle and Mr. David Steel be members of the Committee on Direct Elections to the European Assembly.

Ordered, That the Committee have power to send for persons, papers and records to report from time to time and sit notwithstanding any Adjournment of the House.

Ordered, That Four be the Quorum of the Committee.

Date of Debate: 18.5.76.

Title:

NEW ZEALAND BUTTER (COMMISSION DOCUMENTS Nos. R/2099/75 and R/1025/76).

Government Motion:

That this House do now adjourn.

Period of Debate: 12.32 a.m. to 2.2 a.m.

Time available: 1½ hours.

Decision:

It being one and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the motion, the motion for the Adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put.

Date of Debate: 19.5.76.

Title:

EEC DOCUMENTS (PROCEDURE).

Government Motion:

That this House do now adjourn.

Period of Debate: 10.15 p.m. to 1.14 a.m.

Time Available: Three hours.

Decision:

It being three hours after the motion had been entered upon, the motion for the Adjournment of the House lapsed without Question put.

Date of Debate: 11th June 1976

Title:

EDUCATION

Government Motion:

That this House takes note with approval of the Resolution of the Council and of the Ministers of Education meeting within the Council comprising an action programme in the field of education (Commission Document No. R/263/76) and also of the draft directive on the education of the children of migrant workers (Commission Document No. R/2085/75); and urges the Government to ensure that any instrument adopted by the Council on this subject does not impose unacceptable obligations on those responsible for the provision of education in this country.

Period of Debate: 12.10 a.m.—1.40 a.m.

Time Available: 1½ hours

Amendments on Order Paper:

Mr. Nigel Sperring, Mr. Julius Silverman. Mr. Douglas Jay, Mr. Brian Gould

Line 1, leave out 'with approval'

Mr. Nigel Sperring, Mr. Julius Silverman, Mr. Douglas Jay, Mr. Brian Gould

Line 3, after 'also', insert 'takes note'

Decision:

First amendment negatived

Second amendment made: After 'also', insert 'take note'

Main question, as amended, put:—

The House divided: Ayes 6, Noes 1

It appearing on the report of the Division that forty members were not present, Mr. Speaker declared that the Question was not decided, and the business under consideration stood over until the next sitting of the House.

Date of Debate: 16th June 1976

Title:

WHEAT (BREAD-MAKING QUALITY)

Government Motion:

That this House takes note of Commission document No. R/1368/76 relating to Baking Tests (cereals)

Period of Debate: 12.28 a.m.—1.26 a.m.

Time Available: 1½ hours

Decision:

Question put and agreed to

Resolved,

That this House takes note of Commission Document No. R/1368/76 relating to Baking Tests (cereals)

Date of Debate: 17-6-76.

Title:

DEVELOPMENTS IN THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES.

Government Motion:

That this House takes note of the Report on Developments in the European Communities, November 1975-April 1976 (Command Paper No. 6497).

The following documents are relevant:

R/1815/75 Commission Report on European Union.

S/227/76 Greek Application—Commission Opinion.

S/334/76 Textile Imports—EEC/Macao.

S/383/76 Textile Imports—EEC/Korea.

S/504/76 Textile Imports—EEC/Malaysia.

S/384/76 Textile Imports—EEC/Singapore.

S/644/76 Textile Imports—EEC/Japan.

S/438/76 Financial and Technical Aid to Non-Associated countries.

Unnumbered Arrangements for the Community imports of New Zealand Butter.

R/534/76 Food Aid Programme in dried skimmed milk.

Unnumbered Ministry of Overseas Development report on Food Aid.

Period of Debate: 4.38 p.m.-10 p.m.

Time Available: One whole day.

Amendment:

Mr. Bryan Gould, Mr. Nigel Spearing, Mr. Douglas Jay, Mr. Roger Moate, Mr. Neil Marten.

Line 2, at end 'add calls on the Government to be sure that the EEC fully honours the Dublin Agreement of March 1975 on imports of New Zealand butter into the United Kingdom and disagrees with the Commission Report on "European Union" (R/1815/75):

Decision:

Amendment agreed to.

Main Question, as amended, agreed to.

Resolved.

That this House takes note of the Report on Developments in the European Communities, November 1975-April 1976 (Command Paper No. 6497) calls on the Government to ensure that the EEC fully honours the Dublin agreement of March 1975 on imports of New Zealand butter into the United Kingdom, and disagrees with the Commission Report on "European Union" (R/1815/75)

Title:

EMPLOYEES' RIGHTS AND COMPANY LAW.

Government Motion:

That this House takes note of Commission Documents Nos. R/2155/75, R/2863/75, R/2381/72, R/131/73, R/69/76, R/569/74, R/2128/72, R/2053/72, R/3128/75, R/1279/75, and R/160/76 relating to Employee's Rights and Company Law.

Period of Debate: 10.1 p.m.-12.58 p.m.

Time Available: remainder of day's sitting.

Decision:

Question put and agreed to.

Resolved.

That this House takes note of Commission Documents Nos. R/2155/75, R/2863/75, R/2381/72, R/131/73, R/69/76, R/569/74, R/2128/72, R/2053/72, R/3128/75, R/1279/75 and R/160/76 relating to Employee's Rights and Company Law.

Date of Debate: 7.7.76.

Title:

EUROPEAN COMMUNITY (UNITS OF MEASUREMENT)

Government Motion:

That the House welcomes the Directive (R/3070/75) relating to units of measurement, as mitigating the obligations assumed under the Treaty of Acession; and also welcomes the Government's intention to seek the clarification and amendment of the Directive as outlined in the replies to the honourable Members for Newham South and Macclesfield on 27 May, Official Report, c. 375–8.

Period of Debate: 10.26 p.m.-11.56 p.m.

Time Available: 1½ hours.

Decision:

Question agreed to.

Resolved,

That this House welcomes the Directive (R/3070/75), relating to units of measurement, as mitigating the obligation assumed under the Treaty of Accession: and also welcomes the Government's intention to seek the clarification and amendment of the Directive as outlined in the replies to the honourable Members for Newham South and Macclesfield on 27 May. Official Report, c. 375–8.

Date of Debate:: 12.7.76.

Title:

PUBLIC SUPPLY CONTRACTS.

Government Motion:

That this House take note of Commission Documents Nos. R/1361/73 and R/877/75 on Public Supply Contracts.

Period of Debate: 5.50 a.m.—6.15 a.m.

Time Available: 1½ hours.

Decision:

Question put and agreed to.

Resolved.

That this House take note of Commission Documents Nos. R/1361/73 and R/877/75 on Public Supply Contracts.

Title:

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT (DIRECT ELECTIONS).

Government Motion:*

That this House do now adjourn.

Period of Debate: 7 p.m.-9.59 p.m.

Time available:* Three hours.

Amendment on Order Paper:*

Decision:

That the question be now put—

Question put, That the Question be now put:—

The House divided: Ayes 109, Noes 196.

Question accordingly negatived.

It being after Ten o'clock the motion for the Adjournement lapsed, without question put.

* See following.

See Lord President's Business statement—Hansard 12/7/76 Col. 30

Because of pressure of Parliamentary Business, debate was brought forward by means of a debate on the Adjournment. This meant that the substantial motion and amendment on order paper for 12th July could not be raised. For the record the following detail would have applied to the original arrangements for the date—

Government Motion:

That this House takes note of the First Report of the Select Committee on Direct Elections to the European Assembly (House of Commons Paper No. 489).

Time Available: Until any hour

Amendment on Order paper:

Mr. Douglas, Mr. Nigel Spearing, Mr. Bryan Gould, Mr. Robin F. Cook, Mr. Bob Cryer, Mr. Max Madden

Line 2, at end add 'calls on Her Majesty's Government not to accrue to any Convention or Agreement for Direct Elections to the European Assembly unless and until that Convention or Agreement has been debated and approved by this House'".

Date of Debate 19.7.76

Title:

EUROPEAN COMMUNITY ( DRAFT BUDGET) ( COMMISSION DOCUMENTS:

R/373/76 Revised triennial financial estimates, 1976–77–78

R/672/76 Community's budgetary problems, Commission communication

R/794/76 Proposed transfer of appropriations, EAGGF Guarantee section, 1975

R1117/76 Rate of increase in non-compulsory expenditure, 1977

R/1370/75 Audit Board Report, 1973

R/118/76 Audit Board Report, 1974

R/1290/76 Discharge to Commission in respect of 1973 budgets, draft Council Decision

R/1291/76 Discharge to Commission in respect of 1974 budgets, draft Council Decision.)

Government Motion:

That this House takes note of Commission Document No. R/1483/76 relating to the EEC 1977 Preliminary Draft Budget

Period of Debate: 7.15 p.m.-10.42 p.m.

Time Available: Half a day plus 1½ hours after 10 O'clock.

Decision:

Question put and agreed to.

Resolved,

That this House takes note of Commission Document No. R/1483/76 Relating to the EEC 1977 Preliminary Draft Budget.

Date of Debate: 28.7.76

(in Standing Committee)

Title:

TAX EXEMPTIONS

Government Motion:

That this House takes note of Commission Documents Nos. R/2688/1/77 and R/2689/1/75 relating to Tax Exemptions

Period of Debate: 10.30 a.m.-11.45 a.m.

Time Available: 2½ hours.

Decision:

(in Standing Committee)

Resolved that the Committee have considered Commission Documents Nos. R/2688/1/75 and R/2689/1/75 relating to Tax Exemptions.

Date: 29.7.76

Decision:

(on floor of House)

A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 73A (Standing Committee on Statutory Instruments, etc.). That this House takes note of Commission Documents Nos. R/2688/1/75 and R/2689/1/75 relating to Tax Exemptions.

It was agreed to.

Date of Debate: 22.10.76

Title:

TRANSITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE MARKET IN MUTTON AND LAMB R/2274/75.

DAIRY SECTOR R/1742/76

BALANCE IN THE MILK MARKET R/1734/76.

CHANGES IN UNITED KINGDOM AND IRISH REPRESENTATIVE RATES R/2295/76.

MILK R/2387/76; R/2388/76; R/2389/76; R/2390/76; R/2391/76.

Government Motion:

Motion made and Question Proposed,

"… That this House do now adjourn."

Period of Debate: sometime after 11.00 a.m. until 4.00 p.m.

Time Available: One day

Decision:

It being Four O'clock the Motion for the Adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put.

Title:

TRANSITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE MARKET IN MUTTON AND LAMB R/2274/75.

DAIRY SECTOR R/1742/76.

BALANCE IN THE MILK MARKET R/1734/76.

CHANGES IN UNITED KINGDOM AND IRISH REPRESENTATIVE RATES R/2295/76.

MILK R/2387/76; R/2388/76; R/2389/76; R/2390/76; R/2391/76.

Government Motion:

Motion made and Question Proposed,

"… That this House do now adjourn."

Period of Debate: sometime after 11.00 a.m. until 4.00 p.m.

Time Available: One day

Decision:

It being Four O'clock the Motion for the Adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put.

Title:

LAWYERS' SERVICES.

Government Motion:

That this House takes note of Commission Documents Nos. R/2133/75 and R/646/76.

Period of Debate: 11.12 p.m.—12.45 p.m.

Time Available: 2½ hours.

Decision:

Question put and agreed to.

Resolved.

That this House takes note of Commission Documents R/2133/75 and R/646/76 on Lawyers' Services.

Title:

COUNCIL OF EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES (VEHICLE TESTING).

Government Motion:

That this House takes note of the latest proposals of the Council of the European Communities for Road Worthiness, Tests following draft Directives R/1795/72 and R/1614/74 and in the light of the United Kingdom's leading position in this field welcomes these proposals as an important step forward towards harmonising vehicle testing arrangements within the Community.

Period of Debate: 12.46 p.m.-1.30 a.m.

Time Available: 1½ hours.

Decision:

Question put and agreed to.

Resolved.

That this House takes note of the latest proposals of the Council of the European Communities for Road Worthiness Tests following draft Directives R/1795/72 and R/1614/74 and in the light of the United Kingdom's leading position in this field welcomes these proposals as an important step forward towards harmonising vehicle testing arrangements within the Community.

Date of Debate: 15th November 1976.

Title:

JOINT EUROPEAN TORUS PROJECT R/2284/76.

Government Motion:

That this House takes note of Commission Document R/2284/76 and of the Government's view that Culham is the best site for JET.

Period of Debate: 9.30 p.m.—11.16 p.m.

Time Available: 1½ hours.

Decision:

Question put and agreed to.

Resolved

That this House takes note of Commission Document R/2284/76 and of the Government's view that Culham is the best site for JET.

Date of Debate: 29th November 1976.

Title:

VALUE ADDED TAX

R/1746/73; R/2268/7.

Government Motion:

That this House takes note of Commission Documents R/1746/73 and R/2268/74 on Value Added Tax.

Period of Debate: 10.17 p.m.-12.01 a.m.

Time Available: 1½ hours.

Decision:

Question accordingly agreed to.

Resolved

That this House takes note of Commission Documents R/1746/73 and R/2268/74 on Value Added Tax.

Date of Debate: 2nd December 1976.

Title:

AGRICULTURE (MARKETING STRUCTURES) R/2157/75; R/238/76; R/471/76 R/2208/76.

Government Motion:

Motion made and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.

Period of Debate: 10.31–12.01 a.m.

Time Available: 1½ hours.

Decision:

It being one and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings the Adjournment of the House lapsed without Question put.

Date of Debate: 3rd December 1976.

Title:

[RELEVANT FISHERY LIMITS BILL EEC DOCUMENTS S/353/76; R/2227/76; R/2362/76]

Period of Debate: 11.04 a.m.-3.33 p.m.

Decision:

Question put and agreed to.

Bill accordingly read a Second time.

Date of Debate: 6.12.76

Title:

WATER SUPPLIES

R/2098/75

Government Motion:

That this House, recognising the existing duty of United Kingdom Water Authorities to provide sufficient and wholesome supplies of water, welcomes the EEC Draft Directive on the Quality of Water for Human Consumption (R/2098/75) and notes that it will not affect the extent to which authorities in the United Kingdom will need to enter premises to take samples,

Period of Debate: 10.36 p.m.-12.06 a.m.

Time Available: 1½ hours

Decision:

It being one and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the motion, the Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to S.O. No. 3 (Exempted Business).

Question agreed to.

Resolved,

That this House recognising the existing duty of United Kingdom Water Authorities to provide sufficient and wholesome supplies of water, welcomes the EEC Draft Directive on the Quality of Water for Human Consumption (R/2098/75) and notes that it will not effect the extent to which authorities in the United Kingdom will need to enter premises to take samples.

Date of Debate: 16–12–76

Title:

MEAT PRODUCTS (HEALTH REQUIREMENTS)

COM(71) 288

Government Motion:

That this House takes note of the draft EEC Directive on intra-Community Trade in Meat Products contained in COM(71) 288 and welcomes the Government's intention to press for the acceptance of Environmental Health Officers as supervising and certifying officers for the processing of meat products for intra-Community trade.

Period of Debate: 10.27 p.m.-11.57 p.m.

Time Available: 1½ hours

Decision:

Question put and agreed to.

Resolved,

That this House takes note of the draft, EEC Directive in Intra-Community Trade in Meat Products contained in COM(71) 288 and welcomes the Government's intervention to press for the acceptance of Environmental Health Officers as supervising and certifying officers for the processing of meat products for Intra-Community trade.

Date of Debate: 16–12–76

Title:

MARINE POLLUTION

R/1146/76; R/105/76

Government Motion:

That this House takes note of Commission Documents Nos. R/1146/76 and R/105/76 on Pollution of the Mediterranean Sea and Dumping of Waste at Sea.

Period of Debate: 11.50 p.m.-12.20 a.m.

Time Available: 1½ hours

Decision:

Question put and agreed to.

Resolved,

That this House takes note of Commission Documents Nos. R/1146/76 and R/105/76 on Pollution of the Mediterranean Sea and Dumping of Waste at Sea.

Date of Debate: 17–12–76

Title:

SKIMMED MILK

R/2866/76

Government Motion:

That this House takes note of Commission Document R/2866/76 on Skimmed Milk.

Period of Debate: 6.05 p.m.-7.01 p.m.

Time Available: 1½ hours

Decision:

Amendment agreed to.

Main question, as amended, agreed to.

Resolved,

That this House takes note of Commission Document R/2866/76 on Skimmed Milk but regrets that the high level of stocks of milk powder make this measure necessary and urges the Government to secure a modification of the CAP in order to avoid the continual creation of such structural surpluses.

Date of Debate: 10th January 1977

Title:

EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES (DEVELOPMENTS)

Government Motion:

That this House takes note of the Report on Developments in the European Communities, May—November 1976 (Command Paper No. 6695).

Period of Debate: 4.27 p.m.-8.48 p.m.

Time Available: One whole day

Decision:

Question put and agreed to.

Resolved,

That this House takes note of the Report on Developments in the European Communities May—November 1976 (Command Paper No 6695).

Date of Debate: 10th January 1977

Title:

BANKING

R/3592/74; R/1820/75; R/2146/75

EUROPEAN EXPORT BANK

S/349/76

Government Motion:

That this House take note of Commission Documents Nos. R/3592/74, R/1820/75 R/2146/75 and S/349/76 on Banking and the European Export Bank.

Period of Debate: 8.48 p.m.-10.25 p.m.

Time Available: 2½ hours

Decision:

Question put and agreed to.

Resolved,

That this House takes note of Commission Documents R/3592/74; R/1820/75, R/2146/75 and S/349/76.

Date of Debate: 31st January 1977 (In Standing Committee)

Title:

IMPORT DUTIES (GENERAL) (No. 10) ORDER 1976

Motion by Mr. Douglas Jay:

That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Import Duties (General) (No. 10) Order 1976 dated 2nd December 1976, a copy of which was laid before this House on 7th December, be annulled.

Period of Debate: 4.00 p.m.-5.29 p.m.

Time Available: 1½ hours

Decision:

(In Standing Committee)

Resolved, that the Committee have considered Import Duties (General) (No. 10) Order 1976 dated 2nd December.

Date: 1st February 1977

Decision:

(On the Floor of the House)

Motion made, and Question put forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 73A (Standing Committee on Statutory Instruments Etc.),

That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Import Duties (General) (No. 10) Order 1976 dated 2nd December a copy of which was laid before

this House on 7th December, be annulled. The House divided.

Question accordingly negatived.

Date of Debate: 31st January 1977

Title:

SKIMMED MILK R/70/77

Government Motion:

That this House take note of Commission Document No. R/70/77 on Skimmed Milk and Skimmed Milk Products."

Amendment—

'But regrets that such disposal arrangements are necessary; recognises the need to secure adjustments to the price support arrangements in order to achieve a better balance of the market in the milk sector; and urges the need to take further steps to avoid the creation of structural surpluses.'

Period of Debate: 9.59 p.m.-11.11 p.m.

Time Available: 1½ hours

Decision:

Amendment agreed to

Main question, as amended, put and agreed to

Resolved,

That this House takes note of Commission documents R/70/77 on Skimmed Milk to Skimmed Milk products but regrets that such disposal arrangements are necessary; recognises the need to secure adjustments to the price support arrangements in order to achieve a better balance of the market in the milk sector; and urges the need to take further steps to avoid the creation of structural surpluses.

Date of Debate: 31st January 1977

Title:

CHILLING PROCESS FOR POULTRY R/I929176; R/89/77

Government Motion:

That this House takes note of Commission Documents Nos. R/1929/76 and R/89/77, welcomes the progress that has been made towards arrangements for the continued use of the immersion method of chilling poultry, and supports the Government's intention to secure detailed amendments to meet the needs of the UK industry while retaining adequate health safeguards for the consumer.

Period of Debate 11.11 p.m.-11.28 p.m.

Time Available: 1½ hours

Decision:

Question put and agreed to

Resolved,

That this House takes note of Commission Documents Nos. R/1929/76 and R/89/77, welcomes the progress that has been made towards arrangements for the continued use of the immersion method of chilling poultry, and supports the Government's intention to secure detailed amendments to meet the needs of the UK industry while retaining adequate health safeguards for the consumer.'

Date of Debate: 7th February 1977

Title:

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT (DIRECT ELECTIONS)

Motion by Mr. Hugh Dykes:

That this House calls on Her Majesty's Government to fulfil its undertakings to Parliament and to the Community to introduce legislation for the purpose of holding direct elections to the European Parliament: notes that unless this legislation is published forthwith there will be insufficient time for the Boundary Commissioners to complete the necessary work to meet the official target date of May-June 1978; and recalls the failure to bring forward the Bill at the earliest opportunity may prevent such elections taking place in any of the member-states, as provided in the September 1976 Convention to which Her Majesty's Government was a signatory.

Period of Debate: 4.4 p.m.-7.0 p.m.

Time Available: 3 hours

Decisions:

It being Seven o'clock, the proceedings on the motion lapsed, pursuant to Standing Order No. 6 (Precedence of Government business).

Date of Debate: 21.2.77

Title:

TEXTILES

S/1882/76; S/12/77; S/334/76; S/383/76; S/384/76; S/504/76; S/644/76; S/1203/76; R/1928/76; R/1879/76; S/1318/76; S/1325/76;S/1479/76;S/1601/76;S/1602/76; S/1633/76;S/1757/76;S/1984/76and S/205/77.

Government Motion:

That this House takes note of Commission Documents Nos. S/1882/76 and S/12/77 on textiles.

Period of Debate: 6.01 p.m.-11.04 p.m.

Time Available: Half a day

Decision:

Question put and agreed to.

Resolved,

That this House takes note of Commission Documents Nos. S/1822/76 and S/12/77 on textiles.

Date of Debate: 3.3.77

Title:

EXPORT CREDITS S/752/76; 1/427/76

Government Motion:

That this House takes note of Commission Documents Nos. S/752/76 and 1/427/76 on Export Credits.

Period of Debate 10.17 p.m.-11.11 p.m.

Time Available: 1½ hours.

Decision:

Question put and agreed to.

Resolved,

That this House takes note of Commission Documents Nos. S/752/76 and 1/427/76 on Export Credits.

Date of Debate: 9.3.77

(In Standing Committee)

Title:

ACTIVITIES OF THE DIRECTORATE-GENERAL FOR INFORMATION IN 1975 (R/1695/76)

Government Motion:

That this House takes note of Commission Document No. R/1695/76 relating to the Report on the activities of the Directorate-General for Information in 1975.

Period of Debate: 10 a.m.-11.30 a.m.

Time Available: l½ hours

Decision:

(In Standing Committee)

Resolved that the Committee have considered Commission Document R/1695/76 relating to the Report on the activities of the Directorate-General for Information in 1975.

Date: 11th March 1977.

Decision:

(on Floor of House)

Motion made, and Question put forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 73A (Standing Committee on Statutory Instruments etc.), that this House takes note of Commission Document R/1695/76 relating to the Report on the activities of the Directorate-General for Information in 1975.

Date of Debate: 15th March 1977

Title:

SAFETY AT WORK

R/960/76

Government Motion:

That this House takes note of Commission Document R/960/76 and the Government's memorandum dated 10th March on Safety Information at the Workplace.

Period of Debate: 6.26 p.m.-8.5 p.m.

Time Available: 1½ hours

Decision:

Question put and agreed to.

Resolved,

That this House takes note of Commission Document R/960/76 and the Government's memorandum dated 10th March on Safety Information at the Workplace.

Date of Debate: 16th March 1977

Title:

AGRICULTURE PROPOSALS

R/360/77 and addenda 1 and 2 R/2469/76: R/2673/76

Government Motion:

That this House takes note of Commission Documents R/360/77 and addenda 1 and 2, R/2469/76 and R/2673/76; welcomes the Government's intention in respect of R/360/77 to negotiate a settlement which, taking into account the interests of consumers as well as of producers helps to secure a better balance of the market particularly in those sectors with a structural surplus, and in respect of R/2469/76 and R/2673/76, endorses the Government's view that decisions on whether Commission proposals for changes in a member state's representative rate should be accepted are primarily a matter for that member state.

Period of Debate: 4.39 p.m.-11.30 p.m.

Time of Debate: Half a day

Decision:

Amendment agreed to.

Main Question, as amended, agreed to.

Resolved,

That this House takes note of Commission Documents R/360/77 and Addenda 1 and 2 R/2469/76 and R/2673/76; welcomes the Government's intention in respect of R/360/77 to negotiate a settlement which, taking into account the interests of consumers as well as of producers, helps to secure a better balance of the market, particularly in those sectors with a structural surplus; and, in respect of R/2469/76 and R/2673/76, endorses the Government's view that decisions on whether Commission proposals for changes in a member state's representative rate should be accepted as primarily a matter for that member state; further urges the Government to press for easier access into the United Kingdom for efficiently produced foodstuffs from outside the EEC; and opposes the EEC Commission's proposals for exclusive use of butterfat and milk proteins for a prohibitive levy on the production of isoglucose and for a tax on vegetables and marine fats and oils.

Date of Debate: 21st March 1977

Title:

COKING COAL

R/2639/76

Government Motion:

That this House takes note of Commission Document R/2639/76 and of the Comments in the Fourth Report of the Select Committee on European Legislation, etc., but is mindful that the proposal is only one of several aimed at providing long term security of Community energy supplies which as a whole are likely to be beneficial.

Period of Debate: 8.32 p.m.-10.14 p.m.

Time Available: 1½ hours

Decision:

Question put and agreed to.

Resolved,

That this House takes note of Commission Document R/2639/76 and of the comments in the Fourth Report of the Select Committee on European Legislation, etc., but is mindful that the proposal is only one of several aimed at providing a long term security of Community energy supplies which as a whole are likely to be beneficial.

Date of Debate: 25th March 1977

Title:

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT (DIRECT ELECTIONS)

Motion by Mr. Peter Mills:

That this House bearing in mind the Government's repeated pledges to use its best endeavours to bring about Direct Elections to the European Parliament in May or June 1978, authorises the Four Boundary Commissions to begin work forthwith.

Period of Debate: 11.07 a.m.-4.0 p.m.

Time Available: One whole day

Decision: It being Four O'clock, the debate stood adjourned.

Date of Debate: 28th March 1977

Title:

FISHERIES COM(76)660; S/102/77; S/232/77; R/388/77; R/616/77

Government Motion:

That this House takes note of Community Documents COM(76)660, S/102/77, S/323/77, R/388/77 and R/616/77 and of arrangements that have been made for the control of fishing by third countries and the management of fishery resources in the waters of member states and endorses the Government's intention to secure any further arrangements under the Common Fisheries Policy necessary to take proper account of the needs of the UK fishing industry.

Period of Debate: 11.06 p.m.-12.36 a.m.

Time Available: 1½ hours

Decision:

Question agreed to

Resolved

That this House takes note of Community Documents COM(76)660, S/102/77, S/232/77, and R/616/77 and of arrangements that have been made of the control of fishing by third countries and the management of fishery resources in the waters of member states, and endorses the Government's intention to secure any further arrangements under the Common Fisheries Policy necessary to take proper account of the needs of the UK fishing industry.

Date of Debate: 29th March 1977

Title:

BUDGET RESOLUTIONS AND ECONOMIC SITUATION R/2361/76; R/2520/76; R/566/77; R/567/77

Government Motions:

Amendment of the law

Motion made, and question proposed,

That it is expedient to amend the law with respect to the National Debt and the public revenue and to make further provision in connection with finance, but … etc.

Period of Debate: 4.56 p.m. on 29th March 1977-10.49 p.m. on 4th April 1977.

Decision:

Bill to grant certain duties to alter other duties and to amend the law relating to the National Debt and the Public Revenue, and to make further provision in connection with finance, presented accordingly and read the First time; to be read a Second time and to be printed.

Date of Debate: 1.4.77.

Title:

EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES ACT 1972.

Motion by Mr. John Lee:

That this House calls upon Her Majesty's Government to institute a review of the operation of the European Communities Act 1972, and meanwhile in furtherance of the House's oversight of Commission documents, orders that Standing Order No. 73A be amended as follows:

Leave out lines 27 to 29 and insert 'and in respect of any commission document'.

Line 41, leave out 'or commission document'.

Line 44, leave out '(or commission document)'.

Line 54, leave out 'or commission document'.

Line 56, at end insert—

  • '(4A) (a) Each committee to which a commission document is referred shall consider each document on a motion to approve, disapprove, or take note of that document (to which amendments may be moved), and subject to the provisions of the following sub paragraphs the chairman shall put any question necessary to dispose of the proceedings, if not previously concluded, when the committee shall have sat for two and a half hours after the commencement of those proceedings.
  • (b) At the first sitting of the committee, at any time after any question relating to the document has been proposed, a member of the committee rising in his place may claim to make a motion providing for a further sitting of the committee on another day, and the chairman shall put the question on such a motion forthwith, or may decline then to propose that question to the committee; and thereafter proceedings upon the original question shall be resumed.
  • (c) At the conclusion of two and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the second day on which the committee shall sit, if proceedings on the motion relating to the document have not previously been concluded, the chairman shall put any question necessary to dispose of it.
  • (d) When any motion relating to the document has been disposed of, the committee shall thereupon report the document and the result of the question upon the motion to the House without further question being put'.
  • Line 58, leave out '3(ii) or 3(iii)' and insert 'or 3(ii)'.

    Line 60, leave out 'or commisson document'.

    Line 63, leave out from 'thereon' to end of line 66.

    Line 69, at end insert—

    '(5A) When a committee to which a commission document has been referred has reported a resolution relating to the document, a motion may be made that the House doth agree with the committee in their resolution relating to that document: notice of such a motion may be given by any Member for consideration at the commencement of public business; and the question thereon shall be put forthwith'.

    Period of Debate: 11.24–3.31 p.m.

    Decision:

    Question put, That the amendment be made.

    The House divided:

    It appearing on the Report of the Division that Forty Members were not present, Mr. Deputy Speaker declared that the Question was not decided, and the business under consideration stood over until the next sitting of the House.

    Date of Debate: 4th April 1977.

    Title:

    EUROPEAN COMMUNITY (DRIVERS' HOURS) R/642/76.

    Government Motion:

    That this House takes note of EEC draft Regulation R/642/76 on the harmonisation of certain social legislation relating to road transport, the Minister of Transport's explanatory memorandum of 23rd April 1976 and the Secretary of State for Transport's supplementary memorandum of 31st March 1977.

    Proposed Amendment:

    add at end,

    …but calls upon the Government to ensure that, within certain limits and following a Community procedure, less restrictive provisions should apply for national transport than for intra-Community transport.

    Period of Debate: 10.49 p.m.-12.14 a.m.

    Time Available: 1½ hours.

    Decision:

    Amendment by leave, withdrawn.

    Main question put and agreed to.

    Resolved,

    That this House takes note of EEC draft Regulation R/642/76 on the harmonisation of certain social legislation relating to road transport, the Minister for Transport's explanatory memorandum of 23rd April 1976, and the Secretary of State for Transport's supplementary memorandum of 31st March 1977.

    Date of Debate: 6th April 1977.

    (In Standing Committee)

    Title:

    TOXIC AND DANGEROUS WASTES

    R/1966/76.

    Government Motion:

    That this House takes note of Commission Document R/1966/76 on Toxic and Dangerous Wastes.

    Period of Debate: 10.30 a.m.—11.30 a.m.

    Time Available: 1½ hours.

    Decision:

    (In Standing Committee)

    Resolved that the Committee have considered Commission Document R/1966/76 relating to Toxic and Dangerous Wastes.

    Date: 19th April 1977.

    Decision:

    (On the floor of the House)

    Motion made and Question,

    That this House takes note of Commission Document R/1966/76 on Toxic and Dangerous Wastes put forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 73A (Standing Committee on Statutory Instruments, Etc.) and agreed to.

    Date of Debate: 20th April 1977.

    (In Standing Committee)

    Title:

    RIGHTS OF ESTABLISHMENT OF DENTISTS R/2196/76

    Government Motion:

    That this House takes note of Commission Document R/2196/76 on Rights of Establishment of Dentists.

    Period of Debate: 10.30 a.m.-11.24 a.m.

    Time Available: 1½ hours.

    Decision:

    (In Standing Committee)

    Resolved that the Committee have considered Commission Document R/2196/76 relating to the Rights of Establishment of Dentists.

    Date: 22nd April 1977.

    Decision:

    (On floor of House)

    A motion was made and the Question being put forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 73A (Standing Committee on Statutory Instruments Etc.) That this House takes note of Commission Document R/2196/76 on Right of Establishment of Dentists.

    The House divided.

    And it appearing from the report of the Division that Forty Members were not present, Mr. Deputy Speaker declared that the Question was not decided and the business under consideration stood over until the next sitting of the House,

    Date of Debate: 20.4.77

    (In Standing Committee)

    Title:

    ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON DENTISTS AND SENIOR PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS R/103/77

    Government Motion:

    That this House takes note of Commission Document R/103/77 on Advisory Committees on Dentists and Senior Public Health Officials Period of Debate: 10.30 a.m.-11.24 a.m.

    Time Available: 1½hours.

    Decision:

    (In Standing Committee)

    Resolved, that the Committee have considered Commission Document R/103/77 relating to Advisory Committees on Dentists and Senior Public Health Officials.

    Date: 22.4.77

    Decision:

    (On the Floor of the House)

    A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 73A (Standing Committee on Statutory Instruments etc.), That this House takes note of Commission Document R/103/77 on Advisory Committees on Dentists and Senior Public Health Officials.

    The House divided.

    And it appearing from the Report of the Division that Forty Members were not present, Mr. Deputy Speaker declared that the Question was not decided and the business under consideration stood over until the next sitting of the House.

    Date of Debate: 20.4.77

    (In Standing Committee)

    Title:

    DATA PROCESSING R/2697/76

    Government Motion:

    That this House takes note of Commission Document R/2697/76 on Data Processing Period of Debate: 10.32 a.m.-11.48 a.m.

    Time Available: 1½ hours

    Decision:

    (In Standing Committee)

    Resolved, that the Committee have considered Commission Document R/2697/76 relating to Data Processing.

    Date: 22.4.77

    Decision:

    (On the Floor of the House)

    A Motion was made, and the Question being put forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 73A (Standing Committee on Statutory Instruments, etc.), That this House takes note of Commission Document R/2697/76 on Data Processing.

    The House divided.

    And it appearing from the Report of the Division that Forty Members were not present, Mr. Deputy Speaker declared that the Question was not decided and the business under consideration stood over until the next sitting of the House.

    Date of Debate: 20.4.77

    Title:

    EUROPEAN ASSEMBLY (DIRECT ELECTIONS) (COMMAND PAPER No. 6768)

    Government Motion:

    Motion made and Question proposed, That this House now do adjourn.

    Period of Debate: 3.42 p.m.-10.00 p.m.

    Time Available: Two full days

    Decision:

    It being Ten O'clock the motion for the Adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put.

    Date of Debate: 21.4.77

    Title:

    FOOD LABELLING AND JAMS AND MARMALADES

    Government Motion:

    That this House takes note of Commission Documents R/898/76 and R/2384/76 on Food Labelling and R/2126/75 and R/3186/76 on Jams and Marmalades.

    Period of Debate: 10.18 p.m.-11.20 p.m.

    Time Available: 1½ hours.

    Decision:

    Question put and agreed to.

    Resolved,

    That this House takes note of Commission Documents R898/76 and R/2384/76 on Food Labelling and R/2126/76 and R/3186/76 on Jams and Marmalades.

    Date of Debate: 25.4.77

    Title:

    EUROPEAN ASSEMBLY (DIRECT ELECTIONS) (COMMAND PAPER No. 6768)

    Government Motion:

    Motion made and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.

    Period of Debate: 4.22 p.m.-10.00 p.m.

    Time Available: Two full days

    Decision:

    Question, That this House do now adjourn, put and negatived.

    Title:

    EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES (DEFINITION OF TREATIES) ORDER 1977

    EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES (DEFINITION OF TREATIES) (No. 2) ORDER 1977

    Government Motion:

    That the European Communities (Definition of Treaties) Order 1977, a draft of which was laid before this House on 3rd March, be approved.

    Period of Debate: 10.00 p.m.-11.30 p.m.

    Time Available: 1½ hours.

    Decision:

    It being one and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion, Mr. Deputy Speaker put the Question, pursuant to Standing Order No. 3 (Exempted Business):—The House divided:

    Question accordingly agreed to.

    Resolved,

    That the European Communities (Definition of Treaties) Order 1977, a draft of which was laid before this House on 3rd March, be approved

    Resolved,

    That the European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (No. 2) Order 1977, a draft of which was laid before this House on 3rd March, be approved

    Date of Debate: 27.4.77

    Title:

    DIRECT LIFE ASSURANCE

    Government Motion:

    That this House takes note of Commission Documents R/3247/73, R/3134/74 and R/402/75 on Direct Life Assurance and the Department of Trade's Supplementary Memorandum dated 26th April 1977.

    Period of Debate: 10.23 p.m.-11.40 p.m.

    Time Available: 1½ hours.

    Decision:

    Question put and agreed to.

    Resolved,

    That this House takes note of Commission Documents R/3247/73, R/3134/74 and R/402/75 on Direct Life Assurance and the Department of Trade's Supplementary Memorandum dated 26th April 1977.