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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Mr David AmessSouthend WestContellaye
Earl of Michael AncramDevizesConaye
Mr Tony BaldryBanburyConaye
Mr John BercowBuckinghamConaye
Sir Paul BeresfordMole ValleyConaye
Mr Tim BoswellDaventryConaye
Mr Peter BottomleyWorthing WestConaye
Mr Peter BrookeCities of London and WestminsterConaye
Mrs Angela BrowningTiverton and HonitonConaye
Mr John ButterfillBournemouth WestConaye
Mr Alan ClarkKensington and ChelseaConaye
Dr Michael ClarkRayleighConaye
Mr Kenneth ClarkeRushcliffeConaye
Sir Patrick CormackSouth StaffordshireConaye
Mr David CurrySkipton and RiponConaye
Mr David DavisHaltemprice and HowdenConaye
Mr Stephen DorrellCharnwoodConaye
Mr Alan DuncanRutland and MeltonConaye
Mr Iain Duncan SmithChingford and Woodford GreenConaye
Sir Peter EmeryEast DevonConaye
Mr Nigel EvansRibble ValleyConaye
Mr Michael FabricantLichfieldConaye
Mr Norman FowlerSutton ColdfieldConaye
Dr Liam FoxWoodspringConaye
Mr Roger GaleNorth ThanetConaye
Mr Damian GreenAshfordConaye
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Mr Robert JacksonWantageConaye
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Mr Tom KingBridgwaterConaye
Miss Julie KirkbrideBromsgroveConaye
Mrs Jacqui LaitBeckenhamContellaye
Mr Andrew LansleySouth CambridgeshireConaye
Sir Peter LloydFarehamConaye
Mr Tim LoughtonEast Worthing and ShorehamConaye
Mr Peter LuffMid WorcestershireConaye
Sir Nicholas LyellNorth East BedfordshireConaye
Mr David MacleanPenrith and The BorderConaye
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Mr John MajorHuntingdonConaye
Mr Humfrey MalinsWokingConaye
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Dr Brian MawhinneyNorth West CambridgeshireConaye
Mrs Theresa MayMaidenheadConaye
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Mr Malcolm MossNorth East CambridgeshireConaye
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Mr John StanleyTonbridge and MallingConaye
Mr Anthony SteenTotnesConaye
Mr Robert SymsPooleConaye
Sir Peter TapsellLouth and HorncastleConaye
Mr Teddy TaylorRochford and Southend EastConaye
Mr David TredinnickBosworthConaye
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Mr Robert WalterNorth DorsetConaye
Mr Nigel WatersonEastbourneConaye
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Mrs Ann WintertonCongletonConaye
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Sir George YoungNorth West HampshireConaye
Mr Martin BellTattonIndno
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Mr Graham AllenNottingham NorthLabaye
Mrs Janet AndersonRossendale and DarwenLabaye
Ms Hilary ArmstrongNorth West DurhamLabaye
Mr John BattleLeeds WestLabaye
Mr Hugh BayleyCity of YorkLabaye
Mr Nigel BeardBexleyheath and CrayfordLabaye
Mr Stuart BellMiddlesbroughLabaye
Mr Clive BettsSheffield, AttercliffeLabaye
Mr Keith BradleyManchester, WithingtonLabaye
Mr Richard CabornSheffield CentralLabaye
Mr Roger CasaleWimbledonLabaye
Ms Helen ClarkPeterboroughLabaye
Mr Eric ClarkeMidlothianLabaye
Mr Tom ClarkeCoatbridge and ChrystonLabaye
Mr David ClellandTyne BridgeLabaye
Professor Ross CranstonDudley NorthLabaye
Mr Jim CunninghamCoventry SouthLabaye
Ms Claire Curtis-ThomasCrosbyLabaye
Mrs Valerie DaveyBristol WestLabaye
Mr Geraint DaviesCroydon CentralLabaye
Mr John DenhamSouthampton, ItchenLabaye
Mr Jim DowdLewisham WestLabaye
Ms Angela EagleWallaseyLabaye
Mr Huw EdwardsMonmouthLabaye
Mr Jeff EnnisBarnsley East and MexboroughLabaye
Mr Frank FieldBirkenheadLabaye
Mr Mark FisherStoke-on-Trent CentralLabaye
Ms Lorna FitzsimonsRochdaleLabaye
Mr Paul FlynnNewport WestLabaye
Ms Linda GilroyPlymouth, SuttonLabaye
Mr Mike HallWeaver ValeLabaye
Mr David HansonDelynLabaye
Mr Keith HillStreathamLabaye
Ms Kate HoeyVauxhallLabaye
Mr Kevin HughesDoncaster NorthLabaye
Mr John HuttonBarrow and FurnessLabaye
Mr Adam IngramEast KilbrideLabaye
Ms Glenda JacksonHampstead and HighgateLabaye
Mr David JamiesonPlymouth, DevonportLabaye
Mr Brian JenkinsTamworthLabaye
Miss Melanie JohnsonWelwyn HatfieldLabaye
Mr Barry JonesAlyn and DeesideLabaye
Ms Jane KennedyLiverpool, WavertreeLabaye
Mr Andy KingRugby and KenilworthLabaye
Dr Ashok KumarMiddlesbrough South and East ClevelandLabaye
Mr David LockWyre ForestLabaye
Mr Denis MacShaneRotherhamLabaye
Mr Paul MarsdenShrewsbury and AtchamLabaye
Mr Thomas McAvoyGlasgow RutherglenLabaye
Mr Stephen McCabeBirmingham, Hall GreenLabaye
Ms Chris McCaffertyCalder ValleyLabaye
Mr John McFallDumbartonLabaye
Mrs Anne McGuireStirlingLabaye
Ms Shona McIsaacCleethorpesLabaye
Mr Tony McNultyHarrow EastLabaye
Mr Michael MeacherOldham West and RoytonLabaye
Mr Alan MealeMansfieldLabaye
Mr Alun MichaelCardiff South and PenarthLabaye
Ms Margaret MoranLuton SouthLabaye
Mr Elliot MorleyScunthorpeLabaye
Ms Estelle MorrisBirmingham, YardleyLabaye
Mr Mike O'BrienNorth WarwickshireLabaye
Mr Martin O'NeillOchilLabaye
Mr Bill OlnerNuneatonLabaye
Mr Ian PearsonDudley SouthLabaye
Mr Greg PopeHyndburnLabaye
Mr Raymond PowellOgmoreLabaye
Ms Bridget PrenticeLewisham EastLabaye
Mr Lawrie QuinnScarborough and WhitbyLabaye
Mr Giles RadiceNorth DurhamLabaye
Mr Nick RaynsfordGreenwich and WoolwichLabaye
Dr John ReidHamilton North and BellshillLabaye
Mr Allan RogersRhonddaLabaye
Mr Jeff RookerBirmingham, Perry BarrLabaye
Mr Robert SheldonAshton-under-LyneLabaye
Ms Debra ShipleyStourbridgeLabaye
Ms Clare ShortBirmingham, LadywoodLabaye
Mr Chris SmithIslington South and FinsburyLabaye
Ms Geraldine SmithMorecambe and LunesdaleLabaye
Mr John SmithVale of GlamorganLabaye
Mr Clive SoleyEaling, Acton and Shepherd's BushLabaye
Mr John SpellarWarleyLabaye
Dr Howard StoateDartfordLabaye
Mrs Ann TaylorDewsburyLabaye
Mr Peter Temple-MorrisLeominsterwhilst Labaye
Mr Gareth ThomasClwyd WestLabaye
Mr Gareth ThomasHarrow WestLabaye
Mr Stephen TimmsEast HamLabaye
Mr Don TouhigIslwynLabaye
Mr Jon TrickettHemsworthLabaye
Dr George TurnerNorth West NorfolkLabaye
Mr Alan WilliamsSwansea WestLabaye
Dr Tony WrightCannock ChaseLabaye
Mrs Irene AdamsPaisley NorthLabno
Mr Joe AshtonBassetlawLabno
Ms Charlotte AtkinsStaffordshire MoorlandsLabno
Mr Harry BarnesNorth East DerbyshireLabno
Mr Kevin BarronRother ValleyLabno
Mr Tony BennChesterfieldLabno
Mr Andrew BennettDenton and ReddishLabno
Mr Gerry BerminghamSt Helens SouthLabno
Dr Roger BerryKingswoodLabno
Mr Harold BestLeeds North WestLabno
Mr Peter BradleyThe WrekinLabno
Ms Karen BuckRegent's Park and Kensington NorthLabno
Mrs Christine ButlerCastle PointLabno
Mr Ronnie CampbellBlyth ValleyLabno
Mr Jamie CannIpswichLabno
Mr Michael ClaphamBarnsley West and PenistoneLabno
Dr David ClarkSouth ShieldsLabno
Mr Tony ClarkeNorthampton SouthLabno
Mr Harry CohenLeyton and WansteadLabno
Mr Iain ColemanHammersmith and FulhamLabno
Mr Michael ConnartyFalkirk EastLabno
Mr Frank CookStockton NorthLabno
Mr Jeremy CorbynIslington NorthLabno
Mr David CrausbyBolton North EastLabno
Mrs Ann CryerKeighleyLabno
Mr John CryerHornchurchLabtellno
Mr John CummingsEasingtonLabno
Mr Tam DalyellLinlithgowLabno
Mr Ian DavidsonGlasgow PollokLabno
Mr Hilton DawsonLancaster and WyreLabno
Mrs Janet DeanBurtonLabno
Mr Bill EtheringtonSunderland NorthLabno
Mrs Maria FyfeGlasgow MaryhillLabno
Mr George GallowayGlasgow KelvinLabno
Mr Neil GerrardWalthamstowLabno
Dr Ian GibsonNorwich NorthLabno
Dr Norman GodmanGreenock and InverclydeLabno
Mrs Llin GoldingNewcastle-under-LymeLabno
Mr John HeppellNottingham EastLabno
Mr Jimmy HoodClydesdaleLabno
Mr Kelvin HopkinsLuton NorthLabno
Mr Alan HurstBraintreeLabno
Dr Brian IddonBolton South EastLabno
Mr Eric IllsleyBarnsley CentralLabno
Dr Lynne JonesBirmingham, Selly OakLabno
Mr Fraser KempHoughton and Washington EastLabno
Mr David KidneyStaffordLabno
Mr Bob LaxtonDerby NorthLabno
Mr David LepperBrighton, PavilionLabno
Mr Tom LevittHigh PeakLabno
Mr Martin LintonBatterseaLabno
Mr Andrew LoveEdmontonLabno
Mr Andrew MacKinlayThurrockLabno
Mr Gordon MarsdenBlackpool SouthLabno
Mr David MarshallGlasgow ShettlestonLabno
Mr Robert Marshall-AndrewsMedwayLabno
Mr John MaxtonGlasgow CathcartLabno
Mr John McAllionDundee EastLabno
Mr John McDonnellHayes and HarlingtonLabno
Mr John McWilliamBlaydonLabno
Mr Bill MichieSheffield, HeeleyLabno
Mr Chris MullinSunderland SouthLabno
Dr Doug NaysmithBristol North WestLabno
Mr Colin PickthallWest LancashireLabno
Mr Peter PikeBurnleyLabno
Mr Stephen PoundEaling NorthLabtellno
Mr Gordon PrenticePendleLabno
Mr Martin SalterReading WestLabno
Mr Malcolm SavidgeAberdeen NorthLabno
Mr Jonathan R ShawChatham and AylesfordLabno
Mr Barry SheermanHuddersfieldLabno
Mr Alan SimpsonNottingham SouthLabno
Mr Marsha SinghBradford WestLabno
Mr Dennis SkinnerBolsoverLabno
Mr Gerry SteinbergCity of DurhamLabno
Mr George StevensonStoke-on-Trent SouthLabno
Mr Ian StewartEcclesLabno
Mr Paul StinchcombeWellingboroughLabno
Mr David TaylorNorth West LeicestershireLabno
Ms Joan WalleyStoke-on-Trent NorthLabno
Mr Robert WareingLiverpool, West DerbyLabno
Mr Dave WattsSt Helens NorthLabno
Dr Alan WhiteheadSouthampton, TestLabno
Mr David WinnickWalsall NorthLabno
Mr Mike WoodBatley and SpenLabno
Mr Jimmy WrayGlasgow BailliestonLabno
Mr Anthony D WrightGreat YarmouthLabno
Mr David HinchliffeWakefieldLabboth
Dr Peter BrandIsle of WightLDemaye
Mr Malcolm BruceGordonLDemaye
Mr John BurnettTorridge and West DevonLDemaye
Mr Paul BurstowSutton and CheamLDemaye
Mr Menzies CampbellNorth East FifeLDemaye
Mr David ChidgeyEastleighLDemaye
Mr Edward DaveyKingston and SurbitonLDemaye
Mr Ronnie FearnSouthportLDemaye
Mr Don FosterBathLDemaye
Mr Andrew GeorgeSt IvesLDemaye
Mr Donald GorrieEdinburgh WestLDemaye
Mr Simon HughesNorth Southwark and BermondseyLDemaye
Mr Paul KeetchHerefordLDemaye
Mr Archy KirkwoodRoxburgh and BerwickshireLDemaye
Mr Richard LivseyBrecon and RadnorshireLDemaye
Mrs Ray MichieArgyll and ButeLDemaye
Mr Michael MooreTweeddale, Ettrick and LauderdaleLDemaye
Mr Mark OatenWinchesterLDemaye
Mr Lembit ÖpikMontgomeryshireLDemaye
Mr David RendelNewburyLDemaye
Mr Adrian SandersTorbayLDemaye
Sir Robert SmithWest Aberdeenshire and KincardineLDemaye
Mr Matthew TaylorTruro and St AustellLDemaye
Mr Paul TylerNorth CornwallLDemaye
Mr Jim WallaceOrkney and ShetlandLDemaye
Mr Richard AllanSheffield, HallamLDemno
Mr David HeathSomerton and FromeLDemno
Mr Elfyn LlwydMeirionnydd Nant ConwyPCaye
Mr Jeffrey M DonaldsonLagan ValleyUUPaye
Mr William ThompsonWest TyroneUUPaye
Mr Roy BeggsEast AntrimUUPno
Mr William RossEast LondonderryUUPno

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