HC Deb 01 November 1994 vol 248 cc1455-68

Lords amendments again considered.

Question again proposed, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said amendment.

Mr. Home Robertson

We have crossed the 10 o'clock boundary, but it will be a lot more difficult for elderly and disabled people to cross the boundaries in future. It is important that there should be social work directors, who will have the power to initiate policy and to make firm recommendations to their councils, and to Government where necessary, that those important areas of responsibility should be co-ordinated.

I hope that the Minister will acknowledge that we have a serious problem here, that there is a need for the co-ordination of policy in this vital area, particularly on the point of mobility for elderly and disabled people, and that we need directors of social work who will have the authority to cross those boundaries in every sense of the word. There must be serious concern that, under the Bill, even with the Lords amendments, that will not happen. I hope that the Minister will seriously address that point.

Mr. Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Govan)

Many excellent contributions have already been made on the merits of existing social work departments, and I do not want to go over that ground again. I want to seek clarification from the Minister on the distinction between social work and education. I do not want to argue the case for education, because that would be out of order; rather, I want clarification on why the Government appear to treat education and social work differently, when debates in the House and in Committee have always taken place on the basis that the Opposition argued overwhelmingly for chief officers for education and social work, while the Government argued consistently against both.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland (Lord James Douglas-Hamilton)

Statutory duties are not specifically assigned to the directors of education but to the education authority; however, duties are directly imposed on social workers by statute.

Mr. Davidson

Notwithstanding that, when we argued earlier in the House and in Committee for chief officers, the Government used exactly the same arguments against chief officers for education and social work. They argued that the matter should be left entirely to the discretion of individual local authorities. Now they have changed their argument completely on only one.

That presumably means a downgrading of education vis-a-vis social work, because it is not felt sufficiently important to command a chief officer in the way that the social work departments do. Will the Minister clarify exactly why he believes that an education department does not deserve a chief officer, whereas a social work department does?

Mr. George Foulkes (Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley)

I have been sitting here this evening in the growing disbelief that Parliament today, and no doubt the Queen tomorrow, will pass the Bill with or without this amendment in relation to the chief social work officer, and reorganise at great expense and great trouble local government in Scotland, when I understand that all the recommendations of the Banham committee in England are being thrown out completely. There will be no local government reorganisation in England. I understand that Ministers are saying that they do not want it in areas such as Suffolk—

Sir Teddy Taylor (Southend, East)

Utter rubbish.

Mr. Foulkes

The hon. Gentleman always talks rubbish. He spoke rubbish when he represented a Scottish constituency, and he speaks rubbish now that he represents a Southend seat.

But I have read in the paper that, in Suffolk, the Secretary of State for the Environment is opposed to the scheme that is going through. The Dorset schemes are opposed. No doubt, in the West Bromwich area, local government will not be organised—Madam Speaker acknowledges that.

I must say that I find it unbelievable, disgraceful and astonishing that the Government are pressing ahead with this expensive, unwanted reorganisation in Scotland, while things south of the border will continue as they are.

Sir Teddy Taylor

I am sorry to intervene in a Scottish debate, but I really must say that the hon. Member for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley (Mr. Foulkes) is talking absolute rubbish, and I think that the House should know that.

In England, the situation, as the hon. Gentleman well knows, is that, in some areas, the Government take the view that there is a case for change. In other areas, there is no case for change. The Government, very sensibly, are taking local circumstances into account. I am sorry—as my hon. Friends will know, although I was a Member for a Scottish seat for a long time, and I tried hard not to interfere—but when I find that things are going in the wrong direction, I feel it right just to put forward one point of view.

I say to the Government that it is rather sad that their Lordships were forced to table the amendment. I am sure that the great majority of Scottish new local authorities will want to have a director of social work, because they will feel that that is appropriate. But if local councillors are talented, able and wish to serve the public, surely Ministers should accept that some local authorities might decide, with good reason, for example, that there is a case for saying that responsibility for social work and housing should be brought together, or, perhaps, that social work and education be brought together.

Some Members might say, "We would not want that, " but, quite honestly, if we are to run our local councillors by telling them all they should do and how much they should spend—taking away all their freedom—we are making a great mistake. I must say to the Ministers who are promoting the Bill that it is unfortunate—probably because of the pressure from some of the Lords who should know better—that the amendments propose restrictions.

Mr. Wallace

I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way. I know that he follows Scottish matters assiduously, albeit from Southend, but does he accept that the Bill does contain more than 150 provisions that give the Secretary of State power to tell local authorities what to do? Does he approve of that?

Sir Teddy Taylor

I have tried very hard, because of the shortage of time, not to interfere and take up time in a Scottish debate. Of course Governments interfere far too much with local councils. I would like to see far more freedom. That, sadly—whether under a Conservative Government or a Labour Government—is something that never happens, although, in fairness, our splendid Secretary of State for Scotland has been trying very hard indeed.

Politics apart—the Minister knows that I have said' this on several occasions—he is one of the most courageous, talented and independent Secretaries of State for Scotland that we have ever had. But, sadly, he is constantly under pressure from colleagues in the Government, and, more importantly, from reactionaries in the House of Lords. It is very sad that the reactionaries in the House of Lords, who want to run everything through law, are forcing him to do what he does not want to do.

If the councillors and the voters wish it, what on earth is wrong with having one or two councils who take the view that the responsibilities for social work and housing be brought together? In England, where there are many Conservative councils, and where the House of Lords does not seem to have the same influence, we do have some flexibility—for example, in local government. They do not want changes in some areas, but Essex will allow change, and Southend, as the hon. Gentleman well knows, will shortly become an independent borough running its own affairs—unfortunately, not outside the EEC, but at least it will be independent.

It is very sad that the Government have been forced by the House of Lords to table their limited amendment. How much better it would be if we left it to local authorities to decide what is right for their areas, and not force them all to go on one particular track.

Mr. Galloway

The speech of the right hon. Member for Southend, East (Sir T. Taylor) was breathtaking in its audacity. He asked us to compare the situation in England, where, in some instances, a case had been made for change, or in some instances for no change. He asked us to give credit to the Government for taking cognisance of the local views in those circumstances. The point being made by the massed ranks of the Opposition in Scotland is that there is no case for local government reorganisation in Scotland, by any test of opinion—local government elections, by-elections, parliamentary elections or opinion polls.

According to all those tests, the people of Scotland have spoken in overwhelming numbers against the change that the Government are ramming down their throats. The Government are saying that Northern Ireland can have devolution and an assembly, but that Scotland cannot have those things. The implication is that those who bomb and shoot their way towards devolution can have it, but that those who pursue democratic means and gather the support of 74 per cent. of the electorate are simply and cynically denied.

The amendment seeks to rescue something for the Government from this mess, and to do justice at least to the most vital area of local government work—social work, which takes place among the weakest and most vulnerable people, who depend most on us and the country's political structures. I ask the House to accept the amendment, for decency's sake.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

My hon. Friend the Member for Southend, East (Sir T. Taylor) made some perceptive points. As I intend to show, we are doing much that he has asked of us.

I repudiate the suggestion of the hon. Member for Dundee, East (Mr. McAllion) that the chief social work officer will be a minor official. He or she will be nothing of the sort: the person concerned will have to make decisions affecting life and liberty, such as the decision to remove children to places of safety. He or she may have to make recommendations for the assumption of parental rights in respect of children in care, recommendations for adoption and fostering and supervision arrangements for people who are a danger to others. He or she may be involved in services in the criminal justice system and recommendations for sentencing.

I can confirm to the hon. Member for Greenock and Port Glasgow (Dr. Godman) that the new clause inserted by Lords amendment No. 12 will require every authority to appoint a chief social work officer who is professionally qualified. The qualifications of directors were updated by statutory instrument in March 1993: they include a diploma in social work, a certificate of qualification in social work, the certificate of social services and other qualifications. Those will be the qualifications prescribed for chief social work officers. The statutory duties of such officers will be the same as those for directors of social work.

The hon. Gentleman asked about welfare rights officers. Local authorities can continue to employ them, but not all are employed by social work departments. The hon. Gentleman asked whether the Scottish Office would be involved in appointments of chief social work officers; the answer is no.

The hon. Member for Linlithgow (Mr. Dalyell) asked about the Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations. We have made clear the contribution of the voluntary sector to social work, and we recognise its concerns about the transitional period. We therefore intend to require existing councils to pass on to the new councils information about the funds they provide for the voluntary sector, and we are continuing discussions with the SCVO about continued support.

Dr. Godman

Will the Minister give an assurance that the Secretary of State will not in any way involve himself, or herself, in the appointment of a chief social work officer? That would directly contravene section 3(3) of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968, which gives the Secretary of State the power to refuse to accept the appointment of a social work director. Will the Minister assure us that the Scottish Office will not interfere in the selection and appointment of officers?

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

I understand that the local authority will make the appointment. If it is discovered that, for instance, someone has committed the offence of child abuse and been to prison, of course that person will not be suitable. I shall examine the detailed point mentioned by the hon. Gentleman, but my understanding is that the discretion will be that of the local authority concerned, and that the Scottish Office will not interfere unless a substantial issue of public interest is involved.

Mr. Dalyell

Does the passing on of information from one council to another in any way guarantee that the level of funding for special needs groups about which the voluntary organisations are concerned will be sustained?

10.15 pm
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

The duties all remain intact under statute as they have in the past. I believe that councils will be responsible. There may be changing priorities and that is the position now. However, it is vital that the necessary information is passed on and that will happen.

The hon. Member for Dundee, East (Mr. Mc:Allion) asked about guidance. Chief social work officers will have oversight over all social work services provided or purchased by the local authority. We will consult the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and the Association of Directors of Social Work in considering what further guidance is required.

The effect of the Opposition amendments to Lords amendment No.12 and the associated group of amendments would be to remove from local authorities the flexibility which they seek and which we wish them to have. We reached the decision on social workers for the simple reason that I gave earlier, which is that social work decisions can affect personal lives and liberties to an extent that other local authority services generally do not.

Mr. Wallace


Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

Let me develop this line of argument.

The main amendment is a new clause that will require every authority to appoint a professionally qualified chief social work officer. We do not wish to confine the managerial arrangements of local authorities by saying that that person must necessarily be a director.

As my hon. Friend the Member for Southend, East pointed out, a chief social work officer need not necessarily be the director of a department. If, for example, an authority had a single department for housing and social work or for education and social work, the director of that department would not necessarily be the chief social work officer.

No doubt most authorities will have social work departments led by professionally qualified directors. Other authorities may decide on a different structure. They will be required to appoint the professionally qualified social work officer at an appropriate level in their organisation, and he or she will be responsible, as I have said, for oversight of all services concerned.

A series of consequential amendments makes clear the specific decisions and tasks for which the chief social work officer will be responsible. I believe that this amendment meets the concerns that have been expressed, while giving the new authorities as much flexibility as possible in determining their own internal structures and management arrangements.

Mr. Welsh

The Minister said that this would give local authorities the flexibility that they seek. Can he name the local authorities that wish to abolish the statutory director of social work?

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

Yes, I can. There are a considerable number of authorities. A total of 15 were in favour of a statutory director and 37 authorities were against—three of them were regions, two were islands and 32 were districts. Many other bodies were also against a statutory director. The hon. Gentleman may not be aware that the president of the Association of Directors of Social Work welcomes this amendment, and that the British Association of Social Workers welcomes it as a sensible compromise. I strongly commend the amendment to the House.

Amendment proposed to the Lords amendment: (a), in line 4, leave out 'Chief social work officer.' and insert 'Director of social work.'[McAllion.]

Question put, That the amendment to the Lords amendment be made:—

The House divided: Ayes 248, Noes 286.

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Abbott, Ms Diane Cann, Jamie
Adams, Mrs Irene Chidgey, David
Ainger, Nick Chisholm, Malcolm
Ainsworth, Robert (Cov'try NE) Church, Judith
Allen, Graham Clapham, Michael
Alton, David Clark, Dr David (South Shields)
Anderson, Donald (Swansea E) Clarke, Eric (Midlothian)
Anderson, Ms Janet Clarke, Tom (Monklands W)
(Ros'dale) Clelland, David
Armstrong, Hilary Clwyd, Mrs Ann
Ashton, Joe Coffey, Ann
Austin-Walker, John Cohen, Harry
Banks, Tony (Newham NW) Connarty, Michael
Barnes, Harry Cook, Frank (Stockton N)
Barron, Kevin Cook, Robin (Livingston)
Battle, John Corbett, Robin
Beckett, Rt Hon Margaret Corbyn, Jeremy
Beith, Rt Hon A. J. Corston, Jean
Bell, Stuart Cousins, Jim
Benn, Rt Hon Tony Cox, Tom
Bennett, Andrew F. Cunliffe, Lawrence
Benton, Joe Cunningham, Jim (Covy SE)
Bermingham, Gerald Dalyell, Tam
Berry, Roger Darling, Alistair
Betts, Clive Davidson, Ian
Blunkett, David Davies, Bryan (Oldham C'tral)
Boateng, Paul Davies, Ron (Caerphilly)
Bradley, Keith Davis, Terry (B'ham, H'dge H'l)
Bray, Dr Jeremy Denham, John
Brown, Gordon (Dunfermline E) Dewar, Donald
Brown, N. (N'c'tle upon Tyne E) Dixon, Don
Bruce, Malcolm (Gordon) Dobson, Frank
Burden, Richard Donohoe, Brian H.
Byers, Stephen Dowd, Jim
Caborn, Richard Dunwoody, Mrs Gwyneth
Callaghan, Jim Eagle, Ms Angela
Campbell, Mrs Anne (C'bridge) Eastham, Ken
Campbell, Ronnie (Blyth V) Enright, Derek
Campbell-Savours, D. N. Etherington, Bill
Evans, John (St Helens N) Madden, Max
Ewing, Mrs Margaret Maddock, Diana
Fatchett, Derek Mahon, Alice
Field, Frank (Birkenhead) Mandelson, Peter
Fisher, Mark Marek, Dr John
Flynn, Paul Marshall, David (Shettleston)
Foster, Don (Bath) Marshall, Jim (Leicester, S)
Foster, Rt Hon Derek Martin, Michael J. (Springburn)
Foulkes, George Maxton, John
Fraser, John McAllion, John
Fyfe, Maria McAvoy, Thomas
Galbraith, Sam McCartney, Ian
Galloway, George McFall, John
George, Bruce McKelvey, William
Gerrard, Neil McLeish, Henry
Gilbert, Rt Hon Dr John McMaster, Gordon
Godman, Dr Norman A. McNamara, Kevin
Godsiff, Roger McWilliam, John
Golding, Mrs Llin Meale, Alan
Gordon, Mildred Michael, Alun
Graham, Thomas Michie, Bill (Sheffield Heeley)
Grant, Bernie (Tottenham) Michie, Mrs Ray (Argyll Bute)
Griffiths, Nigel (Edinburgh S) Milburn, Alan
Griffiths, Win (Bridgend) Miller, Andrew
Grocott, Bruce Mitchell, Austin (Gt Grimsby)
Gunnell, John Moonie, Dr Lewis
Hall, Mike Morgan, Rhodri
Hanson, David Morley, Elliot
Hardy, Peter Morris, Estelle (B'ham Yardley)
Harman, Ms Harriet Morris, Rt Hon A. (Wy'nshawe)
Hattersley, Rt Hon Roy Mullin, Chris
Henderson, Doug Murphy, Paul
Heppell, John O'Brien, Michael (N W'kshire)
Hill, Keith (Streatham) O'Brien, William (Normanton)
Hodge, Margaret O'Hara, Edward
Hoey, Kate O'Neill, Martin
Hogg, Norman (Cumbernauld) Oakes, Rt Hon Gordon
Home Robertson, John Olner, William
Hood, Jimmy Parry, Robert
Hoon, Geoffrey Patchett, Terry
Howells, Dr. Kim (Pontypridd) Pike, Peter L.
Hoyle, Doug Pope, Greg
Hughes, Kevin (Doncaster N) Powell, Ray (Ogmore)
Hughes, Robert (Aberdeen N) Prentice, Bridget (Lew'm E)
Hughes, Roy (Newport E) Prentice, Gordon (Pendle)
Hughes, Simon (Southwark) Primarolo, Dawn
Hutton, John Purchase, Ken
Illsley, Eric Quin, Ms Joyce
Ingram, Adam Randall, Stuart
Jackson, Glenda (H'stead) Raynsford, Nick
Jackson, Helen (Shef'ld, H) Reid, Dr John
Jamieson, David Rendel, David
Jones, Jon Owen (Cardiff C) Robertson, George (Hamilton)
Jones, Lynne (B'ham S O) Robinson, Geoffrey (Co'try NW)
Jones, Martyn (Clwyd, SW) Roche, Mrs. Barbara
Jones, Nigel (Cheltenham) Rooker, Jeff
Jowell, Tessa Rooney, Terry
Kaufman, Rt Hon Gerald Ross, Ernie (Dundee W)
Keen, Alan Ruddock, Joan
Kennedy, Charles (Ross,C&S) Salmond, Alex
Kennedy, Jane (Lpool Brdgn) Sedgemore, Brian
Khabra, Piara S. Sheldon, Rt Hon Robert
Kilfoyle, Peter Short, Clare
Kirkwood, Archy Simpson, Alan
Lestor, Joan (Eccles) Skinner, Dennis
Lewis, Terry Smith, Andrew (Oxford E)
Liddell, Mrs Helen Smith, C. (Isl'ton S & F'sbury)
Litherland, Robert Smith, Llew (Blaenau Gwent)
Livingstone, Ken Snape, Peter
Lloyd, Tony (Stretford) Soley, Clive
Loyden, Eddie Spearing, Nigel
Lynne, Ms Liz Spellar, John
Macdonald, Calum Squire, Rachel (Dunfermline W)
Mackinlay, Andrew Steinberg, Gerry
Maclennan, Robert Stevenson, George
MacShane, Denis Stott, Roger
Strang, Dr. Gavin Williams, Alan W (Carmarthen)
Straw, Jack Williams, Rt Hon Alan (Sw'n W)
Taylor, Mrs Ann (Dewsbury) Winnick, David
Timms, Stephen Wise, Audrey
Tipping, Paddy Worthington, Tony
Wallace, James Wray, Jimmy
Walley, Joan Wright, Dr Tony
Wardell, Gareth (Gower) Young, David (Bolton SE)
Watson, Mike Tellers for the Ayes:
Welsh, Andrew Mr. John Cummings and
Wicks, Malcolm Mr. Dennis Turner
Ainger, Nick Cope, Rt Hon Sir John
Aitken, Rt Hon Jonathan Couchman, James
Alexander, Richard Cran, James
Alison, Rt Hon Michael (Selby) Curry, Mrs Edwina (S D'by'ire)
Allason, Rupert (Torbay) Curry, David (Skipton & Ripon)
Amess, David Davies, Quentin (Stamford)
Arbuthnot, James Davis, David (Boothferry)
Arnold, Jacques (Gravesham) Day, Stephen
Arnold, Sir Thomas (Hazel Grv) Deva, Nirj Joseph
Ashby, David Devlin, Tim
Atkins, Robert Dicks, Terry
Atkinson, Peter (Hexham) Dorrell, Rt Hon Stephen
Baker, Nicholas (Dorset North) Douglas-Hamilton, Lord James
Baker, Rt Hon K. (Mole Valley) Dover, Den
Baldry, Tony Duncan, Alan
Banks, Matthew (Southport) Duncan-Smith, Iain
Banks, Robert (Harrogate) Dunn, Bob
Bates, Michael Durant, Sir Anthony
Batiste, Spencer Dykes, Hugh
Bellingham, Henry Eggar, Tim
Bendall, Vivian Elletson, Harold
Beresford, Sir Paul Emery, Rt Hon Sir Peter
Biffen, Rt Hon John Evans, David (Welwyn Hatfield)
Body, Sir Richard Evans, Jonathan (Brecon)
Bonsor, Sir Nicholas Evans, Nigel (Ribble Valley)
Booth, Hartley Evans, Roger (Monmouth)
Boswell, Tim Evennett, David
Bottomley, Peter (Eltham) Faber, David
Bottomley, Rt Hon Virginia Fabricant, Michael
Bowden, Sir Andrew Field, Barry (Isle of Wight)
Bowis, John Fishburn, Dudley
Boyson, Rt Hon Sir Rhodes Forman, Nigel
Brandreth, Gyles Forsyth, Michael (Stirling)
Brazier, Julian Forth, Eric
Bright, Sir Graham Fowler, Rt Hon Sir Norman
Brooke, Rt Hon Peter Fox, Sir Marcus (Shipley)
Brown, M. (Brigg & Cl'thorpes) Freeman, Rt Hon Roger
Browning, Mrs. Angela French, Douglas
Bruce, Ian (S Dorset) Fry, Sir Peter
Budgen, Nicholas Gallie, Phil
Burns, Simon Gardiner, Sir George
Burt, Alistair Garnier, Edward
Butler, Peter Gill, Christopher
Butterfill, John Gillan, Cheryl
Carlisle, John (Luton North) Goodson-Wickes, Dr Charles
Carlisle, Sir Kenneth (Lincoln) Gorman, Mrs Teresa
Carrington, Matthew Gorst, Sir John
Carttiss, Michael Greenway, Harry (Ealing N)
Cash, William Greenway, John (Ryedale)
Channon, Rt Hon Paul Griffiths, Peter (Portsmouth, N)
Chapman, Sydney Grylls, Sir Michael
Churchill, Mr Gummer, Rt Hon John Selwyn
Clappison, James Hague, William
Clark, Dr Michael (Rochford) Hamilton, Neil (Tatton)
Clarke, Rt Hon Kenneth (Ru'clif) Hamilton, Rt Hon Sir Archie
Clifton-Brown, Geoffrey Hampson, Dr Keith
Coe, Sebastian Hannam, Sir John
Colvin, Michael Hargreaves, Andrew
Congdon, David Haselhurst, Alan
Conway, Derek Hawkins, Nick
Coombs, Anthony (Wyre For'st) Hawksley, Warren
Coombs, Simon (Swindon) Hayes, Jerry
Heald, Oliver Page, Richard
Heathcoat-Amory, David Patnick, Sir Irvine
Hendry, Charles Patten, Rt Hon John
Heseltine, Rt Hon Michael Pattie, Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey
Hicks, Robert Pawsey, James
Higgins, Rt Hon Sir Terence Peacock, Mrs Elizabeth
Hill, James (Southampton Test) Pickles, Eric
Hogg, Rt Hon Douglas (G'tham) Porter, Barry (Wirral S)
Horam, John Porter, David (Wavenney)
Hordern, Rt Hon Sir Peter Powell, William (Corby)
Howard, Rt Hon Michael Rathbone, Tim
Howarth, Alan (Strat'rd-on-A) Redwood, Rt Hon John
Howell, Sir Ralph (N Norfolk) Renton, Rt Hon Tim
Hughes Robert G. (Harrow W) Richards, Rod
Hunt, Sir John (Ravensbourne) Riddick, Graham
Hunter, Andrew Robathan, Andrew
Jack, Michael Roberts, Rt Hon Sir Wyn
Jackson, Robert (Wantage) Robertson, Raymond (Ab'd'n S)
Jenkin, Bernard Roe, Mrs Marion (Broxbourne)
Jessel, Toby Rowe, Andrew (Mid Kent)
Johnson Smith, Sir Geoffrey Rumbold, Rt Hon Dame Angela
Jones, Gwilym (Cardiff N) Ryder, Rt Hon Richard
Jones, Robert B. (W Hertfdshr) Sainsbury, Rt Hon Tim
Kellett-Bowman, Dame Elaine Scott, Rt Hon Nicholas
Key, Robert Shaw, Davie (Dover)
Kirkhope, Timothy Shaw, Sir Giles (Pudsey)
Knapman, Roger Shephard, Rt Hon Gillian
Knight, Dame Jill (Bir'm E'st'n) Shepherd, Colin (Hereford)
Knight, Greg (Derby N) Shepherd, Richard (Aldridge)
Knight, Mrs Angela (Erewash) Sims, Roger
Knox, Sir David Skeet, Sir Trevor
Kynoch, George (Kincardine) Smith, Tim (Beaconsfield)
Lang, Rt Hon Ian Soames, Nicholas
Lawrence, Sir Ivan Speed, Sir Keith
Legg, Barry Spencer, Sir Derek
Leigh, Edward Spicer, Michael (S Worcs)
Lennox-Boyd, Sir Mark Spink, Dr Robert
Lidington, David Spring, Richard
Lightbown, David Squire, Robin (Hornchurch)
Lilley, Rt Hon Peter Steen, Anthony
Lloyd, Rt Hon Peter (Fareham) stephen, Michael
Lord, Michael Stern, Michael
Luff, Peter Stewart, Allan
Lyell, Rt Hon Sir Nicholas Streeter, Gary
MacGregor, Rt Hon John Sumberg, David
MacKay, Andrew Sweeney, Walter
Maclean, David Sykes, John
Madel, Sir David Tapsell, Sir Peter
Malone, Gerald Taylor, Ian (Esher)
Mans, Keith Taylor, John M. (Solihull)
Marland, Paul Taylor, Sir Teddy (Southend, E)
Marlow, Tony Temple-Morris Peter
Marshall, John (Hendon S) Thomason, Roy
Marshall, Sir Michael (Arundel) Thompson, Patrick (Norwick N)
Martin, David (Portsmouth S) Thompson, Sir Donald (C'er V)
Mates, Michael Thornton, Sir Malcolm
Mawhinney, Rt Hon Dr Brian Thurnham, Peter
McLoughlin, Patrick Townend, John (Bridlington)
McNair-Wilson, Sir Patrick Townsend, Cyril D. (Bexl'yh'th)
Merchant, Piers Tracey, Richard
Mills, Iain Tredinnick, David
Mitchell, Andrew (Gedling) Trotter, Neville
Mitchell, Sir David (Hants NW) Twinn, Dr Ian
Moate, Sir Roger Vaughan, Sir Gerard
Monro, Sir Hector Viggers, Peter
Montgomery, Sir Fergus Waldegrave, Rt Hon William
Nelson, Anthony Walden, George
Neubert, Sir Michael Walker, Bill (N Tayside)
Newton, Rt Hon Tony Waller, Gary
Nicholls, Patrick Ward, John
Nicholson, David (Taunton) Wardle, Charles (Bexhill)
Nicholson, Emma (Devon West) Waterson, Nigel
Norris, Steve Watts, John
Onslow, Rt Hon Sir Cranley Wells, Bowen
Oppenheim, Phillip Whitney, Ray
Ottaway, Richard Whittingdale, John
Widdecombe, Ann Wolfson, Mark
Wilkinson, John Yeo, Tim
Willetts, David Young, Rt Hon Sir George
Wilshire, David Tellers for the Noes:
Winterton, Mrs Ann (Congleton) Mr. Timothy Wood and
Winterton, Nicholas (Macc'f'ld) De. Liam Fox

Question accordingly negatived.

Lords amendment No. 12 agreed to.

Subsequent Lords amendments agreed to.

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