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Private Members' Bills

Volume 171: debated on Friday 4 May 1990

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Elimination Of Poverty In Retirement Bill

If hon. Members are objecting, perhaps they will do so sufficiently loudly for the Chair and the House to be aware of it. Objection taken. Second Reading what day?

May I be clear? Did the hon. Member for Dorset, North (Mr. Baker) object? I heard no objection when I rose to move the Bill.

I clearly heard "Object". The House will have heard the objection that was made.

Order. The hon. Gentleman must not be on his feet when I am. He has raised this point on previous occasions and has received the same guidance from the Chair. It is not for the Chair to identify the individual or individuals who register objections. We are in exactly the same position as when the Chair collects the voices on putting the question on any matter. Second Reading what day?

Second Reading deferred till Friday 6 July.

On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. May I seek your guidance? As I am sure you are aware, the Bill has been before the House many times. It has consistently been frustrated by a conspiracy between the Whips Office and the Trappist tendency of the lower echelons of the Whips Office. How can the Bill be debated so that those who object to it by muttering between their teeth can say why the elimination of poverty among pensioners is not an important matter? I look to you to find some way of debating the Bill in the House.

That is not my responsibility. Bills are dealt with according to the Standing Orders and procedures of the House. The hon. Gentleman's Bill is being dealt with in that manner, as well he knows.

Fuel And Energy Provision Bill

Order for Second Reading read.

Second Reading deferred till Friday 6 July.

Children And Young Persons (Protection From Tobacco) Bill

Order for Second Reading read.

Poll Tax (Abolition) Bill

Order for Second Reading read.

Second Reading deferred till Friday 6 July.

Toxic And Hazardous Substances (Miscellaneous Provisions) (No 2) Bill

Order for Second Reading read.

Poll Tax (Restoration Of Individual Privacy) Bill

Order for Second Reading read.

Second Reading deferred till Friday next.

Rape In Marriage (Offence) Bill

Order for Second Reading read.

Second Reading deferred till Friday next.

Hare Coursing (Abolition) Bill

Order for Second Reading read.

Second Reading deferred till Friday next.

Political Parties (Income And Expenditure) Bill

Order for Second Reading read.

National Health Service Hospitals (Opting Out) Bill

Order for Second Reading read.

With the permission of my hon. Friend the Member for Don Valley (Mr. Redmond), I beg to move.

Greyhound Betting Levy Bill

Order read for resuming adjourned debate on Second Reading [16 February].

Football Spectators Bill

Order for Second Reading read.

British Racing Commission Bill

Order for Second Reading read.

Local Authority Playing Fields Bill

Order for Second Reading read.

Second Reading deferred till Friday 6 July.

Marriage (Registration Of Buildings) Bill

Order for Second Reading read.

With the consent of my hon. Friend the Member for Buckingham (Mr. Walden), I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Question put and agreed to.

Bill read a Second time and committed to a Standing Committee, pursuant to Standing Order No. 61 (Committal of Bills).

On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Can we expect a statement on yesterday's local elections? In Ealing, we have had a change of control to Conservative from Labour——

Order. I thought that I had made it clear to the hon. Member that I am not prepared to tolerate what seems to be close to an abuse of the House.