City of London (Ward Elections) Bill (By Order) — 24 Feb 1999

Order for Second Reading read.

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

Many things in the City of London have a very long history. The local electoral system dealt with in the Bill is certainly one of them. In recent times, the shortcomings of the system have been the subject of some criticism--shortcomings that have been recognised by the City corporation itself.

Dealing with those shortcomings legislatively has, however, been less straightforward, but it is what the corporation seeks to do in the measure. It does so in the context that none of the political parties now has a policy of abolishing the corporation, so the issue is one of reform and of how the City's various interests may be more evenly represented.

Although the Bill is corrective in nature, it would be quite wrong to infer that local government in the City has failed to work. The reverse is the case. The common council, which discharges the local authority functions in the City, is widely credited for its innovative activities. Indeed, one of the foundations of the success of the City as the leading international financial centre is the support that is given by its own dedicated local authority, to which the present Prime Minister testified in a lecture in the City in September 1996.

The corporation's support for democratic rights also has a long history. This speech is not the occasion for that trawl through history, but it is perhaps worth recalling that the passage of the Great Reform Bill of 1832 through the House followed strident petitions to Parliament from the City civic urging those reforms.

The last royal commission on London local government, which sat for three years between 1957 and 1960--perhaps I should declare an interest and say that it

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was appointed by my father--recognised the distinct nature of local government in the City, and recommended its retention.

That was 110 years ago--the man who asked the question was my grandfather. Alas, I did not know him--he died before I was born. However, he would turn in his grave if I did not speak on the matter to which he devoted his life.

Question, That the Question be now put, put and agreed to.

Question put accordingly, That the Bill be now read a Second time:--

The House divided: Ayes 198, Noes 91.

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David AmessSouthend WestCon (front bench)tellaye
Michael AncramDevizesConaye
Tony BaldryBanburyCon (front bench)aye
John BercowBuckinghamCon (front bench)aye
Paul BeresfordMole ValleyCon (front bench)aye
Tim BoswellDaventryConaye
Peter BottomleyWorthing WestCon (front bench)aye
Peter BrookeCities of London and WestminsterConaye
Angela BrowningTiverton and HonitonConaye
John ButterfillBournemouth WestConaye
Alan ClarkKensington and ChelseaConaye
Michael ClarkRayleighConaye
Kenneth ClarkeRushcliffeConaye
Patrick CormackSouth StaffordshireConaye
David CurrySkipton and RiponConaye
David DavisHaltemprice and HowdenCon (front bench)aye
Stephen DorrellCharnwoodConaye
Alan DuncanRutland and MeltonCon (front bench)aye
Iain Duncan SmithChingford and Woodford GreenCon (front bench)aye
Peter EmeryEast DevonConaye
Nigel EvansRibble ValleyConaye
Michael FabricantLichfieldCon (front bench)aye
Norman FowlerSutton ColdfieldConaye
Liam FoxWoodspringCon (front bench)aye
Roger GaleNorth ThanetCon (front bench)aye
Damian GreenAshfordCon (front bench)aye
John GreenwayRyedaleConaye
John GummerSuffolk CoastalConaye
Philip HammondRunnymede and WeybridgeCon (front bench)aye
Nick HawkinsSurrey HeathConaye
Edward HeathOld Bexley and SidcupConaye
John HoramOrpingtonConaye
Michael JackFyldeConaye
Robert JacksonWantageConaye
Robert KeySalisburyConaye
Tom KingBridgwaterConaye
Julie KirkbrideBromsgroveConaye
Jacqui LaitBeckenhamContellaye
Andrew LansleySouth CambridgeshireCon (front bench)aye
Peter LloydFarehamConaye
Tim LoughtonEast Worthing and ShorehamCon (front bench)aye
Peter LuffMid WorcestershireCon (front bench)aye
Nicholas LyellNorth East BedfordshireConaye
David MacleanPenrith and The BorderConaye
David MadelSouth West BedfordshireConaye
John MajorHuntingdonConaye
Humfrey MalinsWokingConaye
John MaplesStratford-on-AvonConaye
Michael MatesEast HampshireConaye
Brian MawhinneyNorth West CambridgeshireConaye
Theresa MayMaidenheadCon (front bench)aye
Anne McIntoshVale of YorkConaye
Malcolm MossNorth East CambridgeshireConaye
Archie NormanTunbridge WellsConaye
James PaiceSouth East CambridgeshireCon (front bench)aye
David PriorNorth NorfolkConaye
John RedwoodWokinghamCon (front bench)aye
Laurence RobertsonTewkesburyCon (front bench)aye
Jonathan SayeedMid BedfordshireConaye
Richard SpringWest SuffolkConaye
Nick St AubynGuildfordConaye
John StanleyTonbridge and MallingCon (front bench)aye
Anthony SteenTotnesConaye
Robert SymsPooleCon (front bench)aye
Peter TapsellLouth and HorncastleConaye
Teddy TaylorRochford and Southend EastConaye
David TredinnickBosworthCon (front bench)aye
Andrew TyrieChichesterCon (front bench)aye
Peter ViggersGosportConaye
Robert WalterNorth DorsetCon (front bench)aye
Nigel WatersonEastbourneConaye
John WilkinsonRuislip - NorthwoodConaye
David WilshireSpelthorneConaye
Ann WintertonCongletonConaye
Nicholas WintertonMacclesfieldConaye
George YoungNorth West HampshireCon (front bench)aye
Martin BellTattonIndependentno
Tommy GrahamWest Renfrewshirewhilst Independent Labouraye
Bob AinsworthCoventry North EastLab (minister)aye
Graham AllenNottingham NorthLab (minister)aye
Janet AndersonRossendale and DarwenLab (minister)aye
Hilary ArmstrongNorth West DurhamLab (minister)aye
John BattleLeeds WestLab (minister)aye
Hugh BayleyCity of YorkLab (minister)aye
Nigel BeardBexleyheath and CrayfordLabaye
Stuart BellMiddlesbroughLab (minister)aye
Clive BettsSheffield, AttercliffeLab (minister)aye
Keith BradleyManchester, WithingtonLab (minister)aye
Richard CabornSheffield CentralLab (minister)aye
Roger CasaleWimbledonLabaye
Helen ClarkPeterboroughLabaye
Eric ClarkeMidlothianLabaye
Tom ClarkeCoatbridge and ChrystonLabaye
David ClellandTyne BridgeLab (minister)aye
Ross CranstonDudley NorthLab (minister)aye
Jim CunninghamCoventry SouthLab (minister)aye
Claire Curtis-ThomasCrosbyLabaye
Valerie DaveyBristol WestLabaye
Geraint DaviesCroydon CentralLab (minister)aye
John DenhamSouthampton, ItchenLab (minister)aye
Jim DowdLewisham WestLab (minister)aye
Angela EagleWallaseyLab (minister)aye
Huw EdwardsMonmouthLabaye
Jeff EnnisBarnsley East and MexboroughLabaye
Frank FieldBirkenheadLabaye
Mark FisherStoke-on-Trent CentralLabaye
Lorna FitzsimonsRochdaleLabaye
Paul FlynnNewport WestLabaye
Linda GilroyPlymouth, SuttonLabaye
Mike HallWeaver ValeLab (minister)aye
David HansonDelynLab (minister)aye
Keith HillStreathamLab (minister)aye
Kate HoeyVauxhallLab (minister)aye
Kevin HughesDoncaster NorthLab (minister)aye
John HuttonBarrow and FurnessLab (minister)aye
Adam IngramEast KilbrideLab (minister)aye
Glenda JacksonHampstead and HighgateLab (minister)aye
David JamiesonPlymouth, DevonportLab (minister)aye
Brian JenkinsTamworthLabaye
Melanie JohnsonWelwyn HatfieldLabaye
Barry JonesAlyn and DeesideLabaye
Jane KennedyLiverpool, WavertreeLab (minister)aye
Andy KingRugby and KenilworthLabaye
Ashok KumarMiddlesbrough South and East ClevelandLabaye
David LockWyre ForestLabaye
Denis MacShaneRotherhamLabaye
Paul MarsdenShrewsbury and AtchamLabaye
Thomas McAvoyGlasgow RutherglenLab (minister)aye
Stephen McCabeBirmingham, Hall GreenLab (minister)aye
Chris McCaffertyCalder ValleyLabaye
John McFallDumbartonLab (minister)aye
Anne McGuireStirlingLab (minister)aye
Shona McIsaacCleethorpesLabaye
Tony McNultyHarrow EastLabaye
Michael MeacherOldham West and RoytonLab (minister)aye
Alan MealeMansfieldLab (minister)aye
Alun MichaelCardiff South and PenarthLab (minister)aye
Margaret MoranLuton SouthLabaye
Elliot MorleyScunthorpeLab (minister)aye
Estelle MorrisBirmingham, YardleyLab (minister)aye
Mike O'BrienNorth WarwickshireLab (minister)aye
Martin O'NeillOchilLabaye
Bill OlnerNuneatonLabaye
Ian PearsonDudley SouthLabaye
Greg PopeHyndburnLab (minister)aye
Raymond PowellOgmoreLabaye
Bridget PrenticeLewisham EastLabaye
Lawrie QuinnScarborough and WhitbyLabaye
Giles RadiceNorth DurhamLabaye
Nick RaynsfordGreenwich and WoolwichLab (minister)aye
John ReidHamilton North and BellshillLab (minister)aye
Allan RogersRhonddaLabaye
Jeff RookerBirmingham, Perry BarrLab (minister)aye
Robert SheldonAshton-under-LyneLabaye
Debra ShipleyStourbridgeLabaye
Clare ShortBirmingham, LadywoodLab (minister)aye
Chris SmithIslington South and FinsburyLab (minister)aye
Geraldine SmithMorecambe and LunesdaleLabaye
John SmithVale of GlamorganLabaye
Clive SoleyEaling, Acton and Shepherd's BushLabaye
John SpellarWarleyLab (minister)aye
Howard StoateDartfordLabaye
Ann TaylorDewsburyLab (minister)aye
Peter Temple-MorrisLeominsterwhilst Labaye
Gareth ThomasClwyd WestLabaye
Gareth ThomasHarrow WestLab (minister)aye
Stephen TimmsEast HamLab (minister)aye
Don TouhigIslwynLabaye
Jon TrickettHemsworthLabaye
George TurnerNorth West NorfolkLabaye
Alan WilliamsSwansea WestLabaye
Tony WrightCannock ChaseLabaye
Irene AdamsPaisley NorthLabno
Joe AshtonBassetlawLabno
Charlotte AtkinsStaffordshire MoorlandsLabno
Harry BarnesNorth East DerbyshireLabno
Kevin BarronRother ValleyLab (minister)no
Tony BennChesterfieldLabno
Andrew BennettDenton and ReddishLabno
Gerry BerminghamSt Helens SouthLabno
Roger BerryKingswoodLabno
Harold BestLeeds North WestLabno
Peter BradleyThe WrekinLabno
Karen BuckRegent's Park and Kensington NorthLab (minister)no
Christine ButlerCastle PointLabno
Ronnie CampbellBlyth ValleyLab (minister)no
Jamie CannIpswichLabno
Michael ClaphamBarnsley West and PenistoneLabno
David ClarkSouth ShieldsLabno
Tony ClarkeNorthampton SouthLabno
Harry CohenLeyton and WansteadLabno
Iain ColemanHammersmith and FulhamLabno
Michael ConnartyFalkirk EastLab (minister)no
Frank CookStockton NorthLabno
Jeremy CorbynIslington NorthLabno
David CrausbyBolton North EastLab (minister)no
Ann CryerKeighleyLabno
John CryerHornchurchLab (minister)tellno
John CummingsEasingtonLabno
Tam DalyellLinlithgowLabno
Ian DavidsonGlasgow PollokLab (minister)no
Hilton DawsonLancaster and WyreLabno
Janet DeanBurtonLabno
Bill EtheringtonSunderland NorthLabno
Maria FyfeGlasgow MaryhillLabno
George GallowayGlasgow KelvinLabno
Neil GerrardWalthamstowLabno
Ian GibsonNorwich NorthLabno
Norman GodmanGreenock and InverclydeLabno
Llin GoldingNewcastle-under-LymeLabno
John HeppellNottingham EastLabno
Jimmy HoodClydesdaleLab (minister)no
Kelvin HopkinsLuton NorthLabno
Alan HurstBraintreeLabno
Brian IddonBolton South EastLabno
Eric IllsleyBarnsley CentralLabno
Lynne JonesBirmingham, Selly OakLabno
Fraser KempHoughton and Washington EastLabno
David KidneyStaffordLabno
Bob LaxtonDerby NorthLabno
David LepperBrighton, PavilionLabno
Tom LevittHigh PeakLabno
Martin LintonBatterseaLabno
Andrew LoveEdmontonLab (minister)no
Andrew MacKinlayThurrockLabno
Gordon MarsdenBlackpool SouthLab (minister)no
David MarshallGlasgow ShettlestonLabno
Robert Marshall-AndrewsMedwayLabno
John MaxtonGlasgow CathcartLabno
John McAllionDundee EastLabno
John McDonnellHayes and HarlingtonLabno
John McWilliamBlaydonLabno
Bill MichieSheffield, HeeleyLabno
Chris MullinSunderland SouthLabno
Doug NaysmithBristol North WestLabno
Colin PickthallWest LancashireLabno
Peter PikeBurnleyLabno
Stephen PoundEaling NorthLab (minister)tellno
Gordon PrenticePendleLabno
Martin SalterReading WestLabno
Malcolm SavidgeAberdeen NorthLabno
Jonathan R ShawChatham and AylesfordLabno
Barry SheermanHuddersfieldLabno
Alan SimpsonNottingham SouthLabno
Marsha SinghBradford WestLabno
Dennis SkinnerBolsoverLabno
Gerry SteinbergCity of DurhamLabno
George StevensonStoke-on-Trent SouthLabno
Ian StewartEcclesLabno
Paul StinchcombeWellingboroughLabno
David TaylorNorth West LeicestershireLabno
Joan WalleyStoke-on-Trent NorthLab (minister)no
Robert WareingLiverpool, West DerbyLabno
Dave WattsSt Helens NorthLab (minister)no
Alan WhiteheadSouthampton, TestLab (minister)no
David WinnickWalsall NorthLab (minister)no
Mike WoodBatley and SpenLabno
Jimmy WrayGlasgow BailliestonLabno
Anthony D WrightGreat YarmouthLabno
David HinchliffeWakefieldLabboth
Peter BrandIsle of WightLDemaye
Malcolm BruceGordonLDemaye
John BurnettTorridge and West DevonLDemaye
Paul BurstowSutton and CheamLDem (front bench)aye
Menzies CampbellNorth East FifeLDem (front bench)aye
David ChidgeyEastleighLDemaye
Edward DaveyKingston and SurbitonLDem (front bench)aye
Ronnie FearnSouthportLDemaye
Don FosterBathLDem (front bench)aye
Andrew GeorgeSt IvesLDem (front bench)aye
Donald GorrieEdinburgh WestLDemaye
Simon HughesNorth Southwark and BermondseyLDem (front bench)aye
Paul KeetchHerefordLDemaye
Archy KirkwoodRoxburgh and BerwickshireLDemaye
Richard LivseyBrecon and RadnorshireLDemaye
Ray MichieArgyll and ButeLDemaye
Michael MooreTweeddale, Ettrick and LauderdaleLDem (front bench)aye
Mark OatenWinchesterLDemaye
Lembit ÖpikMontgomeryshireLDemaye
David RendelNewburyLDemaye
Adrian SandersTorbayLDem (front bench)aye
Robert SmithWest Aberdeenshire and KincardineLDemaye
Matthew TaylorTruro and St AustellLDemaye
Paul TylerNorth CornwallLDemaye
Jim WallaceOrkney and ShetlandLDemaye
Richard AllanSheffield, HallamLDemno
David HeathSomerton and FromeLDem (front bench)no
Elfyn LlwydMeirionnydd Nant ConwyPC (front bench)aye
Jeffrey M DonaldsonLagan ValleyUUP (front bench)aye
William ThompsonWest TyroneUUPaye
Roy BeggsEast AntrimUUPno
William RossEast LondonderryUUPno

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