HC Deb 23 February 1994 vol 238 cc395-406 You have become employed as a shop worker and are or can be required under your contract of employment to do the Sunday work your contract provides for. However, if you wish, you can give a notice, as described in the next paragraph, to your employer and you will then have the right not to work in or about a shop on any Sunday on which the shop is open once three months have passed from the date on which you gave the notice. For three months after you give the notice, your employer can still require you to do all the Sunday work your contract provides for. After the three month period has ended, you have the right to complain to an industrial tribunal if, because of your refusal to work on Sundays on which the shop is open, your employer— Once you have the rights described, you can surrender them only by giving your employer a further notice, signed and dated by you, saying that you wish to work on Sunday or that you do not object to Sunday working and then agreeing with your employer to work on Sundays or on a particular Sunday." (5) The Secretary of State may by order amend the prescribed form set out in sub-paragraph (4) above. (6) An order under sub-paragraph (5) above shall be made by statutory instrument which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.'

No. 36, in page 16, line 32, after 'period' insert— '(in this paragraph referred to as "the contractual Sunday hours").

No. 37, in page 16, line 33, at end insert— '(2) Where, under the contract of employment, the hours of work actually done on weekdays in any period would be taken into account in determining the contractual Sunday hours, they shall be taken into account in determining the contractual Sunday hours for the purposes of sub-paragraph (1) above.'

No. 60, in page 17, line 3, leave out from 'for' to end of line 5 and insert 'by virtue of any provision of Part IV of this Act, other than section sixty-two, is" there shall be substituted "is lawfully". '—[Mr. Peter Lloyd.]

Mr. Ray Powell

On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. May I call for a Division on my amendment No. 61?

Mr. Deputy Speaker

The amendment was not selected by Madam Speaker.

Mr. Powell

Could I have an explanation why?

Mr. Deputy Speaker

Madam Speaker does not give explanations.

Order for Third Reading read.

11.25 pm
Mr. Peter Lloyd

I beg to move, That the Bill be now read the Third time.

For many years the Shops Act 1950 has been acknowledged as needing thoroughgoing reform. I know of no other law that generations of hon. Members have tried so hard to repeal, revise or amend with so little success. It has taken this unique Bill to give the House the chance to break the pattern. It is by providing Parliament with the opportunity—[Interruption.]

Mr. Deputy Speaker

Order. Will the House settle down? It is very difficult to hear the Minister speaking.

Mr. Lloyd

It is by providing Parliament with the opportunity to choose between the major options for change that we have been able to take advantage of the belief on all sides of the House that, one way or another, Sunday must be sorted out and to begin to find our way through this complex and controversial issue.

Although the Bill is a Government Bill, we have been neutral between the options and have helped evenhandedly the various campaigning groups in the preparation of their section of the Bill. Although Sunday trading is an issue which has aroused passionate feeling, our debates have been marked largely by good humour and much good sense, and I think that all of us who have taken part in it have valued—[Interruption.]

Mr. Deputy Speaker

Order. I should have thought that hon. Members on both sides of the House would be keen to listen to the Minister, but it appears that many of them are not. I should be obliged if they would listen.

Mr. Lloyd

I think that we have valued the discussion, which has been so comprehensively and completely cross-party and has not followed the normal party political divide.

Although our personal views on how far the law should regulate shop opening on Sundays have varied, there has been common ground. We have all recognised that the Shops Act 1950 has outlived its time and that we need a new law which is clear, respected, enforceable and enforced. We also all agree that, whatever our view of Sunday shopping, Sunday is a special day and that if shops are to open more freely on Sunday shopworkers who make Sunday opening possible should have a continuing choice as to whether to work on Sunday.

The party difference has been marked by the imposition of normal party Whips on matters related to employment terms and conditions, but party differences should not be allowed to obscure the comprehensive and radical arrangement that the Bill makes for present and future shopworkers to withdraw from Sunday working if that is their wish. In this respect, all shopworkers will have gained a continuing right, not a once-and-for-all choice, to decide whether they are available for work on Sundays.

No matter how clear the law, it serves no purpose if it is ignored. The Standing Committee decided—in my view, rightly—to support an amendment moved by the hon. Member for Liverpool, Mossley Hill (Mr. Alton) to increase the maximum fine for breaches of the law to £50,000. The House is indebted to him for that initiative. The hon. Member for Hampstead and Highgate (Ms Jackson) drew our attention to the position of leaseholders who might have been required to open on a Sunday even if they did not wish to do so because their lease required them to trade during normal business hours. I am grateful to her and for the opportunity to bring forward an amendment which I believe goes to the heart of her own and others' genuine concern on the issue.

Likewise, I am grateful to the hon. Member for Lewisham, Deptford (Ms Ruddock), who raised the fears which we all understand of people living near large shops whose Sunday mornings could be disturbed by pre-breakfast deliveries. We have been able earlier this evening to give local authorities the muscle to ban all such deliveries from taking place before 9 am.

I am grateful to all those who have worked constructively in Committtee and on the Floor of the House to improve the Bill, and I am grateful to the campaign groups, successful and unsuccessful, who worked long hours with my officials to refine and clarify their options. I wish particularly to mention the hon. Member for Ogmore (Mr. Powell), with whom I generally disagree, but whose tenacity and ingenuity in his cause I recognise and respect. I also mention with deepest respect my right hon. Friend the Member for Selby (Mr. Alison), with whom I am more regularly in agreement on other issues. He has taken a close, continuous and highly principled part in our deliberations on the Bill wherever possible.

All those efforts have produced a Bill that is not exactly what any of us would ideally want. All our experience shows that, on the subject of Sunday trading, differences within and between parties and in the country at large are too great for that to be possible. But we now have a Bill that is clear and enforceable and will commend itself to the majority of people in the country.

Dr. Wright

Will the Minister give way?

Mr. Lloyd

No, I will not give way.

People want the muddle of Sunday trading to be sorted out after years of failed attempts, and I do not believe that they will readily forgive us if we miss the hard-won opportunity to do so. I hope that the House will give the Bill a resounding Third Reading.

11.32 pm
Ms Ruddock

Like the Minister, I intend to be brief and not to detain the House for long.

The Bill has been difficult and controversial, not least because of the strong feelings held on both sides of the House, particularly in the Labour party. The Labour Front Bench team have been rigorously neutral on the options that have come before the House. We said from the outset that Labour Members would be free to choose and best represent their constituents as they saw fit. Our task was to unite our party around the issue of employment protection and, as the Minister acknowledged, it is on that issue that the House has been divided.

Now that a decision has been taken on the options, with a limitation on large shops opening and liberalisation for small shops, if the Bill is given a Third Reading we shall expect those provisions to be rigorously enforced. [Interruption.] We can assure all hon. Members, especially the hon. Member for Lancaster (Dame E. Kellett-Bowman), who interrupts from a sedentary position, that we shall be resolute in trying to ensure that the workers and our constituents are protected, and that the law is properly enforced.

We sought throughout to improve on the employment protection conditions. We never said that it was necessary to have double-time payments, but we believed that it was vital to strive for those payments because they were the conditions under which workers were most likely to volunteer for Sunday working. We said that essential to any liberalisation in the Sunday trading laws was the right of existing workers to opt out of Sunday working and the right of future workers to say that they would not work on a Sunday. That provision is contained in the Bill.

We wanted further to clarify that workers thus provided for could opt in and out more than once, and the Government accepted that request. We believed that it was necessary for workers to be absolutely clear about the rights that they would acquire under the Bill. Again, the Government tabled an amendment to meet our request. As the Minister acknowledged, we sought to deal both with the difficult issue of disturbance from deliveries and to protect leaseholders from being forced to open on a Sunday. Once again, our requests were met.

I thank the Minister for the way in which he has worked to meet our requests and for the courteous way in which he personally has dealt with my requests at meetings with him. We have striven for more, however, and we shall remain at odds with the Minister over that.

I join the Minister in thanking members of the Committee for the way in which they have worked and the speedy progress that we were able to make. I join him also in thanking the campaign groups, all of whom I dealt with and liaised with over a considerable period and with whom there were courteous exchanges.

It remains only for me to assure the House that, while we have pursued the question of employment protection on party political lines, at this point on Third Reading Opposition Members are free to vote as they choose.

11.34 pm
Mr. Alton

I join the hon. Member for Lewisham, Deptford (Ms Ruddock) in thanking the Minister of State who, throughout the Committee proceedings and again tonight, has been a model of how any Minister should deal with Opposition spokesmen during proceedings on a Bill. He has been courteous and, despite the fact that we have disagreed on many parts of the Bill and shall continue to do so, I thank him warmly for the way in which he has dealt with points that Members have made.

My reservations about the Bill, which I expressed when the hon. Member for Ogmore (Mr. Powell) introduced his excellent private Member's Bill last year, have remained. As we have now reached Third Reading, I remain more concerned than ever about the nature of this legislation.

For nearly 1,000 years, this country has had laws to regulate trading on Sundays. For the first time, we are to be without a regulatory framework. Before giving the Bill a Third Reading, the House should seriously consider the implications for family and community life. At a time when one in three families is collapsing and up to a million elderly people do not see a friend, relative or neighbour during the course of an average week, it should be clear to us that what is missing in today's society is time for people to spend with one another. In the absence of a traditional Sunday, people will not have time to spend with their families and visit elderly people or their children.

We are putting an additional commercial and materialistic pressure on life. Our country is already sufficiently devoid of spiritual value and we should think carefully before giving the Bill a Third Reading as it will further suppress the spiritual nature of life in favour of materialism and consumerism.

My other reason for urging hon. Members not to give the Bill a Third Reading revolves around the issue of employment protection. Labour Members can pride themselves that, throughout this century, they have Fought for the rights of ordinary working people. They must share my concern that, without proper protection for workers, double-time payments or any of the protections that we might properly expect for ordinary people, many hon. Members have nevertheless voted for legislation which, even before the minor amendment made earlier, may even require people to work on Christmas day and Easter day.

What will happen to the 2.2 million retail workers, most of whom have no trade union protection—only some 300,000 or 400,000 of them belong to trade unions—as a result of the Bill? They will be exploited and will not have time to spend with their families, all in the name of so-called "choice." We should learn that choice should not become God.

Whatever the vote this evening, the fight will not be over but will be resumed in the House of Lords. I hope that the Bishops' Bench will give the country a lead and that, when the Lords' amendments come here, the House will reject the Bill if it fails to do so on Third Reading today.

11.38 pm
Mr. Cryer

First, a number of hon. Members will oppose the Bill because they have a religious point of view. That is important, but it is not why I oppose it. I oppose the Bill because Sunday has been gained, for whatever reason, as a day of respite both for workers and for those who do not work. It is clear from the amendments proposed today, which sought to protect those who live near big supermarkets, that the pollution of noise and work will affect not only people who work on Sundays. If we want a reasonably though not entirely quiet Sunday, the Bill must be defeated on Third Reading.

Secondly, it is clear that the protection that the labour Front Bench sought for workers has not been achieved. The requirement for doube-time payments has gone. Workers will be given the alternative of a fairly complicated formula and will have to resort to industrial tribunals.

In today's society, where work is short, workers will be frightened to stand up to management and there will be hundreds and thousands of dismissal cases if the Bill is enacted. There is no provision either in employment protection legislation or in the Bill for reinstatement and the compensation for unfair dismissal is paltry.

My hon. Friend the Member for Ogmore (Mr. Powell) has shown principled determination, as have many Opposition Members, although not, I regret to say, Opposition Front Bench spokesmen and women.

On those two grounds, the Labour party should oppose this legislation. It does not support the workers or decent. quiet Sundays and I hope that enough hon. Members from both sides of the House will vote against the Bill to defeat it.

11.40 pm
Mr. Ray Powell

I shall be brief as I know that hon. Members want to vote. I must thank those people who helped me with my private Member's Bill. I was fortunate —if one can call it that—to be drawn third in the ballot immediately after the last general election.

I must warn hon. Members not to get too excited if they are among the first 10 names to be drawn. They might think that they will be able to introduce a Bill that will be enacted, but they could spend the next 12 months working on it and find only frustration. If one is among the first 10, the Fees Office will send a cheque for £200 to help with legal fees and advice. If a private Member's Bill does not have the blessing or support of the Government, the hon. Member will have to pay for all the research and even, on occasions, for spare pens and envelopes and will receive little support.

When I introduced my Bill the Government decided to set up a shops unit, made up of civil servants who were very helpful. The Clerks of the House and their assistants were also very helpful, as were you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, and other occupants of the Chair —

Mr. Deputy Speaker

Order. This is very enjoyable, but the hon. Gentleman should refer to the Third Reading.

Mr. Powell

Members on both sides of the House who supported the Keep Sunday Special campaign and its option on Second Reading also gave me great support. The Committee was very cordial—we did not take long over debates or make the sort of lengthy speeches that we have heard tonight from some hon. Members. The staff of the Keep Sunday Special campaign should receive special recognition for their consideration and their work.

I must remind the House that hon. Members who devoted their time to trying get a Bill on the statute book and to alter the Shops Act 1950 did so primarily because we believe that we must keep Sunday as a special day. There was no ulterior motive, no cash incentive, just a belief that we should leave to our grandchildren and their grandchildren what we have enjoyed in our lifetime. If the Bill's provisions reach the statute book, this country will be deprived of that which is enjoyed by 300 million people in Europe. I repeat the advice of some of my hon. Friends —that hon. Members should vote against Third Reading and tell the Government that we do not want the Bill.

11.44 pm
Rev. Martin Smyth

Earlier in our proceedings the Minister on the Treasury Bench was the Secretary of State for National Heritage. It is rather interesting that he is here to see the demise of a great English heritage, the quiet Sabbath, the Sunday well spent.

As a member of a minority party in the House, I am happy to defend the Sabbath and the rights of workers. The hon. Member for Hendon, South (Mr. Marshall) thought that we should not take part in the debate. I am glad that one hopeful measure was passed and that Easter day, the day of Resurrection, may yet herald hope for the nation.

As some hon. Members have said, those who go to church will continue to do so, and I pray to God that we shall not rely too much, as the hon. Member for Liverpool, Mossley Hill (Mr. Alton) suggested, on the leadership of the Bench of Bishops to do much for the nation. We certainly cannot say tonight that the Anglican Church is the Tory party at prayer if that party continues to destroy some of the nation's heritage. I agree with those who say that we should go through the No Lobby rather than give the Bill an unopposed Third Reading.

11.46 pm
Rev. William McCrea

I am another representative of a minority party in the House and I say without apology that my party will take its stand for the Lord's day. We believe that this country would be blessed if we took such a stand. Moving away from that and giving the Bill a Third Reading would be a retrograde step and could not bring the blessing of Almighty God upon this nation, as was sought in days that are past. Some hon. Members can be rightly proud of holding to that principle, even though they were frowned upon by other hon. Members for so doing. It was even suggested that some hon. Members had no right to speak in the debate, although we all have equal voting rights on this important legislation.

I say especially to Opposition Front-Bench speakers that some people will live to regret the day they put their hand to such legislation. Many Opposition Front-Bench speakers joined with Ministers in nodding approval during our proceedings. They say that they are interested in workers' rights, but that will prove to be false because they built on a false and rotten premise. Front-Bench speakers will hang their heads in shame when it is proved that workers' rights have not been protected.

One of the amendments suggested handing to workers a penny piece instead of genuine rights. I speak on behalf of my colleagues when I say that I shall vote against Third Reading.

Question put, That the Bill be now read the Third time:—

The House divided: Ayes 311, Noes 218.

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Ainsworth, Peter (East Surrey) Atkins, Robert
Aitken, Jonathan Atkinson, David (Bour'mouth E)
Alexander, Richard Atkinson, Peter (Hexham)
Allen, Graham Austin-Walker, John
Ancram, Michael Baker, Nicholas (Dorset North)
Anderson, Ms Janet (Ros'dale) Baldry, Tony
Arbuthnot, James Banks, Matthew (Southport)
Arnold, Jacques (Gravesham) Banks, Robert (Harrogate)
Arnold, Sir Thomas (Hazel Grv) Barron, Kevin
Ashby, David Bates, Michael
Aspinwall, Jack Batiste, Spencer
Bellingham, Henry Fox, Dr Liam (Woodspring)
Beresford, Sir Paul Fox, Sir Marcus (Shipley)
Betts, Clive French, Douglas
Blackburn, Dr John G. Fry, Sir Peter
Blair, Tony Fyfe, Maria
Boswell, Tim Gale, Roger
Bottomley, Peter (Eltham) Gallie, Phil
Bowden, Andrew Gardiner, Sir George
Bowis, John Garel-Jones, Rt Hon Tristan
Boyes, Roland Gamier, Edward
Brandreth, Gyles Gerrard, Neil
Brazier, Julian Gilbert, Rt Hon Dr John
Bright, Graham Gill, Christopher
Brooke, Rt Hon Peter Gillan, Cheryl
Brown, Gordon (Dunfermline E) Goodlad, Rt Hon Alastair
Brown, M. (Brigg & Cl'thorpes) Goodson-Wickes, Dr Charles
Brown, N. (N'c'tle upon Tyne E) Gorman, Mrs Teresa
Browning, Mrs. Angela Gorst, John
Bruce, Ian (S Dorset) Greenway, John (Ryedale)
Budgen, Nicholas Griffiths, Nigel (Edinburgh S)
Burden, Richard Gunnell, John
Bums, Simon Hague, William
Burt, Alistair Hamilton, Rt Hon Sir Archie
Butcher, John Hamilton, Neil (Tatton)
Butler, Peter Hampson, Dr Keith
Campbell, Menzies (Fife NE) Harman, Ms Harriet
Carlile, Alexander (Montgomry) Harris, David
Carlisle, Kenneth (Lincoln) Harvey, Nick
Carrington, Matthew Haselhurst, Alan
Carttiss, Michael Hawkins, Nick
Cash, William Hawksley, Warren
Channon, Rt Hon Paul Hayes, Jerry
Chapman, Sydney Heald, Oliver
Clappison, James Heathcoat-Amory, David
Clark, Dr David (South Shields) Hendry, Charles
Clark, Dr Michael (Rochford) Heseltine, Rt Hon Michael
Clarke, Rt Hon Kenneth (Ruclif) Hicks, Robert
Clifton-Brown, Geoffrey Hill, James (Southampton Test)
Clwyd, Mrs Ann Hill, Keith (Streatham)
Coe, Sebastian Hogg, Rt Hon Douglas (G'tham)
Coffey, Ann Home Robertson, John
Colvin, Michael Hoon, Geoffrey
Congdon, David Horam, John
Conway, Derek Hordern, Rt Hon Sir Peter
Cook, Frank (Stockton N) Howard, Rt Hon Michael
Coombs, Simon (Swindon) Howarth, Alan (Strafrd-on-A)
Cope, Rt Hon Sir John Howell, Rt Hon David (G'dford)
Couchman, James Hughes, Kevin (Doncaster N)
Cran, James Hughes, Robert (Aberdeen N)
Cunningham, Rt Hon Dr John Hughes Robert G. (Harrow W)
Currie, Mrs Edwina (S D'by'ire) Hunt, Rt Hon David (Wirral W)
Curry, David (Skipton & Ripon) Hunter, Andrew
Darling, Alistair Hurd, Rt Hon Douglas
Davies, Bryan (Oldham C'tral) Hutton, John
Davis, David (Boothferry) Ingram, Adam
Devlin, Tim Jack, Michael
Dewar, Donald Jackson, Robert (Wantage)
Dickens, Geoffrey Jenkin, Bernard
Dorrell, Stephen Jones, Gwilym (Cardiff N)
Douglas-Hamilton, Lord James Jones, Nigel (Cheltenham)
Dover, Den Jones, Robert B. (W Hertfdshr)
Dowd, Jim Jopling, Rt Hon Michael
Duncan, Alan Key, Robert
Duncan-Smith, lain King, Rt Hon Tom
Durant, Sir Anthony Kirkhope, Timothy
Eggar, Tim Kirkwood, Archy
Emery, Rt Hon Sir Peter Knight, Mrs Angela (Erewash)
Evans, David (Welwyn Hatfield) Knight, Greg (Derby N)
Evans, Nigel (Ribble Valley) Knox, Sir David
Evennett, David Kynoch, George (Kincardine)
Faber, David Lait, Mrs Jacqui
Fabricant, Michael Lamont, Rt Hon Norman
Fairbairn, Sir Nicholas Lang, Rt Hon Ian
Fenner, Dame Peggy Lawrence, Sir Ivan
Field, Barry (Isle of Wight) Legg, Barry
Fisher, Mark Leigh, Edward
Forsyth, Michael (Stirling) Leighton, Ron
Forth, Eric Lennox-Boyd, Mark
Foster, Don (Bath) Lester, Jim (Broxtowe)
Fowler, Rt Hon Sir Norman Lidington, David
Lightbown, David Ryder, Rt Hon Richard
Lilley, Rt Hon Peter Sackville, Tom
Lloyd, Rt Hon Peter (Fareham) Scott, Rt Hon Nicholas
Lyell, Rt Hon Sir Nicholas Sedgemore, Brian
MacGregor, Rt Hon John Shaw, David (Dover)
MacKay, Andrew Shaw, Sir Giles (Pudsey)
Maclean, David Shephard, Rt Hon Gillian
McLoughlin, Patrick Shepherd, Colin (Hereford)
Maddock, Mrs Diana Sims, Roger
Madel, Sir David Soames, Nicholas
Maitland, Lady Olga Soley, Clive
Malone, Gerald Speed, Sir Keith
Mandelson, Peter Spicer, Sir James (W Dorset)
Mans, Keith Spicer, Michael (S Worcs)
Marland, Paul Spring, Richard
Marlow, Tony Sproat, lain
Marshall, David (Shettleston) Squire, Rachel (Dunfermline W)
Marshall, Sir Michael (Arundel) Squire, Robin (Homchurch)
Martin, David (Portsmouth S) Stanley, Rt Hon Sir John
Mawhinney, Rt Hon Dr Brian Steen, Anthony
Maxton, John Steinberg, Gerry
Mayhew, Rt Hon Sir Patrick Stephen, Michael
Merchant, Piers Stern, Michael
Milburn, Alan Stewart, Allan
Miller, Andrew Streeter, Gary
Mills, Iain Sweeney, Walter
Mitchell, Andrew (Gedling) Sykes, John
Mitchell, Austin (Gt Grimsby) Taylor, Ian (Esher)
Mitchell, Sir David (Hants NW) Taylor, John M. (Solihull)
Monro, Sir Hector Temple-Morris, Peter
Montgomery, Sir Fergus Thomason, Roy
Moonie, Dr Lewis Thompson, Sir Donald (C'er V)
Moss, Malcolm Thompson, Patrick (Norwich N)
Mowlam, Marjorie Thurnham, Peter
Nelson, Anthony Townsend, Cyril D. (Bexl'yh'th)
Newton, Rt Hon Tony Tracey, Richard
Nicholls, Patrick Tredinnick, David
Norris, Steve Trend, Michael
O'Hara, Edward Twinn, Dr Ian
O'Neill, Martin Tyler, Paul
Onslow, Rt Hon Sir Cranley Vaughan, Sir Gerard
Oppenheim, Phillip Viggers, Peter
Ottaway, Richard Walden, George
Page, Richard Walker, Bill (N Tayside)
Paice, James Walker, Rt Hon Sir Harold
Patnick, Irvine Waller, Gary
Patten, Rt Hon John Ward, John
Peacock, Mrs Elizabeth Wardle, Charles (Bexhill)
Pickles, Eric Waterson, Nigel
Pope, Greg Watts, John
Porter, Barry (Wirrat S) Wells, Bowen
Portillo, Rt Hon Michael Wheeler, Rt Hon Sir John
Prentice, Ms Bridget (Lew'm E) Whitney, Ray
Rathbone, Tim Whittingdale, John
Redwood, Rt Hon John Widdecombe, Ann
Rendel, David Wiggin, Sir Jerry
Renton, Rt Hon Tim Wilkinson, John
Richards, Rod Wilshire, David
Riddick, Graham Wilson, Brian
Rifkind, Rt Hon. Malcolm Wood, Timothy
Roberts, Rt Hon Sir Wyn Worthington, Tony
Robertson, George (Hamilton) Young, Rt Hon Sir George
Robertson, Raymond (Ab'd'n S)
Robinson, Mark (Somerton) Tellers for the Ayes:
Roe, Mrs Marion (Broxbourne) Dame Angela Rumbold and
Rooker, Jeff Mr. John Marshall.
Ruddock, Joan
Abbott, Ms Diane Battle, John
Adams, Mrs Irene Bayley, Hugh
Ainger, Nick Beggs, Roy
Ainsworth, Robert (Cov'try NE) Beith, Rt Hon A. J.
Alison, Rt Hon Michael (Selby) Bell, Stuart
Alton, David Benn, Rt Hon Tony
Amess, David Bennett, Andrew F.
Anderson, Donald (Swansea E) Benton, Joe
Ashton, Joe Bermingham, Gerald
Banks, Tony (Newham NW) Berry, Dr. Roger
Barnes, Harry Blunkett, David
Boateng, Paul Howell, Sir Ralph (N Norfolk)
Boyson, Rt Hon Sir Rhodes Hoyle, Doug
Bray, Dr Jeremy Hughes, Simon (Southwark)
Butterfill, John Illsey, Eric
Byers, Stephen Jackson, Glenda (H'stead)
Caborn, Richard Jackson, Helen (Shefld, H)
Callaghan, Jim Jessel, Toby
Campbell, Mrs Anne (C'bridge) Johnston, Sir Russell
Campbell, Ronnie (Blyth V) Jones, Barry (Alyn and D'side)
Campbell-Savours, D. N. Jones, leuan Wyn (Ynys Môn)
Cann, Jamie Jones, Jon Owen (Cardiff C)
Carlisle, John (Luton North) Jones, Lynne (B'ham S O)
Chisholm, Malcolm Jones, Martyn (Clwyd, SW)
Churchill, Mr Jowell, Tessa
Clapham, Michael Kaufman, Rt Hon Gerald
Clelland, David Keen, Alan
Connarty, Michael Kellett-Bowman, Dame Elaine
Cook, Frank (Stockton N) Kennedy, Jane (Lpool Brdgn)
Corbett, Robin Khabra, Piara S.
Corbyn, Jeremy Kilfoyle, Peter
Corston, Ms Jean Kinnock, Rt Hon Neil (Islwyn)
Cousins, Jim Knapman, Roger
Cox, Tom Lestor, Joan (Eccles)
Cryer, Bob Lewis, Terry
Cunningham, Jim (Covy SE) Livingstone, Ken
Dafis, Cynog Lloyd, Tony (Stretford)
Dalyell, Tam Llwyd, Elfyn
Davidson, Ian Lord, Michael
Davies, Rt Hon Denzil (Llanelli) Loyden, Eddie
Davies, Quentin (Stamford) Luff, Peter
Davies, Ron (Caerphilly) Lynne, Ms Liz
Davis, Terry (B'ham, H'dge H'I) McAllion, John
Day, Stephen McAvoy, Thomas
Denham, John McCrea, Rev William
Dixon, Don Macdonald, Calum
Dobson, Frank McFall, John
Donohoe, Brian H. McLeish, Henry
Dunnachie, Jimmy Maclennan, Robert
Dunwoody, Mrs Gwyneth McMaster, Gordon
Dykes, Hugh McWilliam, John
Eagle, Ms Angela Madden, Max
Eastham, Ken Maginnis, Ken
Enright, Derek Mahon, Alice
Etherington, Bill Marek, Dr John
Evans, John (St Helens N) Marshall, Jim (Leicester, S)
Evans, Jonathan (Brecon) Martin, Michael J. (Springburn)
Evans, Roger (Monmouth) Martlew, Eric
Fatchett, Derek Meacher, Michael
Faulds, Andrew Michael, Alun
Field, Frank (Birkenhead) Michie, Bill (Sheffield Heeley)
Flynn, Paul Michie, Mrs Ray (Argyll Bute)
Forman, Nigel Moate, Sir Roger
Foster, Rt Hon Derek Molyneaux, Rt Hon James
Foulkes, George Morley, Elliot
Fraser, John Morris, Rt Hon A. (Wy'nshawe)
Galbraith, Sam Morris, Estelle (B'ham Yardley)
Galloway, George Mudie, George
Gapes, Mike Mullin, Chris
Garrett, John Murphy, Paul
George, Bruce Neubert, Sir Michael
Godman, Dr Norman A. Nicholson, Emma (Devon West)
Godsiff, Roger Oakes, Rt Hon Gordon
Golding, Mrs Llin O'Brien, William (Normanton)
Gordon, Mildred Olner, William
Graham, Thomas Orme, Rt Hon Stanley
Grant, Bernie (Tottenham) Paisley, Rev Ian
Greenway, Harry (Ealing N) Parry, Robert
Griffiths, Win (Bridgend) Patchett, Terry
Grocott, Bruce Pendry, Tom
Hain, Peter Pickthall, Colin
Hall, Mike Pike, Peter L.
Hanson, David Powell, Ray (Ogmore)
Hardy, Peter Prentice, Gordon (Pendle)
Hargreaves, Andrew Prescott, John
Henderson, Doug Primarolo, Dawn
Heppell, John Purchase, Ken
Hinchliffe, David Quin, Ms Joyce
Hoey, Kate Raynsford, Nick
Hood, Jimmy Reid, Dr John
Howarth, George (Knowsley N) Robathan, Andrew
Robinson, Peter (Belfast E) Trimble, David
Rooney, Terry Vaz, Keith
Ross, William (E Londonderry) Walley, Joan
Sheerman, Barry Warden, Gareth (Gower)
Simpson, Alan Wareing, Robert N
Skeel, Sir Trevor Watson, Mike
Skinner, Dennis Wicks, Malcolm
Smith, Andrew (Oxford E) Wigley, Dafydd
Smith, Sir Dudley (Warwick) Williams, Rt Hon Alan (Sw'n W)
Smith, Llew (Blaenau Gwent) Williams, Alan W (Carmarthen)
Smyth, Rev Martin (Belfast S) Winnick, David
Spearing, Nigel Wise, Audrey
Spellar, John Wolfson, Mark
Spencer, Sir Derek Wray, Jimmy
Spink, Dr Robert Wright, Dr Tony
Stevenson, George Young, David (Bolton SE)
Straw, Jack
Tapsell, Sir Peter Tellers for the Noes:
Taylor, Mrs Ann (Dewsbury) Mr. Dennis Turner and
Taylor, Sir Teddy (Southend, E) Mr. Jack Thompson.

Question according agreed to.

Bill read the Third time, and passed.