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Lord Lucas: My Lords, yes, if the use were compatible with the growing of an arable crop. If one can imagine the use being compatible with the growing of a crop in the field--let us say wheat--at the same time, then one could use it. For instance, shooting--

Noble Lords: Ah!

Lord Lucas: My Lords, an ordinary shooting engagement would be allowed. Unfortunately, there are not many such charitable events. There are some, but not many.

Lord Campbell of Alloway: My Lords, what steps do the Government propose to take about this manifest nonsense?

Lord Lucas: My Lords, as I have said, in the short term we are writing to Mr. Fischler's chef de cabinet. We shall continue to take this matter up with him at every opportunity.

Lord Monkswell: My Lords, bearing in mind that these charitable events are an essential feature of rural life in this country, could it not be argued that those events are compatible with the raising of agricultural crops, because if the rural economy is to succeed it is essential to do that? Could I suggest also--

Noble Lords: No!

Lord Monkswell: My Lords, could I ask the Minister whether he has thought of advising the inspectors who might be checking on those charitable events to adopt a Nelsonian eye?

Lord Lucas: My Lords, I am afraid that I cannot give the noble Lord encouragement on either matter. Even the most charitable farmer would, in the eyes of the European Union, and indeed in my eyes, be going a bit far if he allowed the village fete car park to use a field that was growing a crop of wheat. One would not expect that. It would not be regarded as sensible. If our inspectors were to be seen to be turning a blind eye to such events, the EU would merely disallow some of the money coming to us, and we would find ourselves paying for it that way.

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Education Bill [H.L.]

3.9 p.m.

Read a third time.

Clause 220 [Subsequent instruments of government]:

The Lord Chancellor (Lord Mackay of Clashfern) moved Amendment No. 1:


Page 117, line 29, after ("under") insert ("section 57(1)(a) of the Education Act 1993 or").

The noble and learned Lord said: My Lords, I should like to speak also to the other amendments which stand in my name on the Marshalled List. These amendments are relatively minor and technical in nature. They are intended to clarify various of the Bill's existing provisions, to rectify a small number of drafting omissions and to ensure that the Bill fully reflects the law which it is intended to consolidate. The amendments have been seen by my noble and learned friend Lord Lloyd of Berwick, the Lord Chairman of the Joint Committee on Consolidation Bills, for whose assistance I am very grateful. I beg to move.

Lord Morris of Castle Morris: My Lords, on behalf of my party, I have carefully looked over the consolidation, and I can find no fault with it. By the same token, I am content with all 13 amendments standing in the name of the noble and learned Lord the Lord Chancellor. In so far as I am competent to judge them, they dot the "i"s and cross the "t"s in an agreeable fashion.

I am also grateful to the officials of the noble and learned Lord's department for the considerable courtesy that they extended to me in giving me early sight of the parliamentary draftsmen's notes on the amendments, which I found extremely helpful whenever I did not find them totally incomprehensible. I hope that the noble and learned Lord will convey my thanks to his officials and wish them jointly and severally on my behalf a very happy summer holiday.

The Lord Chancellor: My Lords, I am extremely grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Morris of Castle Morris. I regret to say that the summer holidays are still a little distant for some of my colleagues who are working in this area.

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Clause 221 [Subsequent articles of government]:

The Lord Chancellor moved Amendment No. 2:


Page 118, line 28, after ("under") insert ("section 58(1)(a) of the Education Act 1993 or").

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Clause 322 [Duty of Health Authority or local authority to help local education authority]:

The Lord Chancellor moved Amendment No. 3:


Page 180, line 42, leave out ("metropolitan district council") and insert ("district council (other than one for an area for which there is a county council)").

On Question, amendment agreed to.

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Clause 389 [Exceptions and special arrangements]:

The Lord Chancellor moved Amendment No. 4:


Page 218, line 34, leave out from ("of") to ("on") in line 35 and insert ("a school session (or, if there is only one, the school session)").

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Schedule 19 [Conduct and staffing of new county, voluntary and maintained special schools]:

The Lord Chancellor moved Amendment No. 5:


Page 387, line 44, leave out from ("which") to second ("school") in line 45 and insert ("each of the school sessions (or, if there is only one, the").

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Schedule 37 [Consequential amendments]:

The Lord Chancellor moved Amendments Nos. 6 to 9:


Page 443, line 20, leave out ("Subsection (8) is") and insert ("Subsections (8) and (13) are").
Page 453, line 14, after ("4(1)") insert ("and (2)").
Page 453, line 20, at end insert--
(".--(1) Section 4 of the Nursery Education and Grant-Maintained Schools Act 1996 (children with special educational needs) shall be amended as follows.
(2) In subsection (1)--
(a) for "section 157 of the Education Act 1993)" there is substituted "section 313 of the Education Act 1996)"; and
(b) for "Part III" there is substituted "Part IV".
(3) In each of subsections (2) and (3), for "Part III of the Education Act 1993" there is substituted "Part IV of the Education Act 1996".").
Page 453, line 21, leave out ("the Nursery Education and Grant-Maintained Schools Act 1996") and insert ("that Act").

On Question, amendments agreed to.

Schedule 38 [Repeals and revocations]:

The Lord Chancellor moved Amendment No. 10:


Page 457, line 47, at end insert--
("1991 No.2.Diocesan Boards of Education Measure 1991.In section 10(1), the definition of "the 1988 Act".")

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Schedule 39 [Transitional provisions and savings]:

The Lord Chancellor moved Amendments Nos. 11 to 13:


Page 460, line 12, at end insert ("made or").
Page 468, leave out lines 23 to 29 and insert--

("Contracts of staff transferred to School Curriculum and Assessment Authority or Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales

36.--(1) The repeal by this Act of--
(a) section 15 of the Education Reform Act 1988 (transfer of staff of School Curriculum Development Committee or Secondary Examinations Council), or
(b) section 248 of the Education Act 1993 (transfer of staff of National Curriculum Council and School Examinations and Assessment Council),
shall not affect the continued operation of section 15(3) to (5) or (as the case may be) section 248(2) and (3) in relation to any contract of employment in relation to which those provisions applied immediately before the commencement of this Act.

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(2) Nothing in this Act shall affect the continued operation of Article 4 of the Education (School Curriculum and Assessment Authority) (Transfer of Functions) Order 1995 in relation to the person mentioned in that Article.").
Page 471, leave out lines 13 to 16.

On Question, amendments agreed to.

The Lord Chancellor: My Lords, I beg to move that the Bill do now pass.

Moved, That the Bill do now pass.--(The Lord Chancellor.)

On Question, Bill passed, and sent to the Commons.

School Inspections Bill [H.L.]

Read a third time, and passed, and sent to the Commons.

Deregulation (Insurance Companies Act 1983) Order 1996

The Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Fraser of Carmyllie) rose to move, That the draft order laid before the House on 24th June be approved [26th Report from the Delegated Powers Scrutiny Committee].

The noble and learned Lord said: My Lords, the draft order is concerned with the removal of three burdens imposed upon the insurance industry under the Insurance Companies Act 1982. The proposal has completed the parliamentary scrutiny procedures for deregulation orders under the Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994. The Delegated Powers Scrutiny Committee of your Lordships' House and the Deregulation Committee of the other place have separately assessed and reported on the proposal.

The committee concentrated on three key matters set out in the Act: whether the proposed order would remove a burden; whether it allowed for necessary protection to be maintained; and whether there had been adequate consultation. Both committees have indicated that they are content with the draft order as it stands.

The purpose of the order is, first, to remove the requirement on all life assurance companies under Section 18(3) of the 1982 Act to prepare a statement of its long-term business once every five years. There is an incidental repeal of Section 42(1)(c). The industry estimates that that measure will save it some £6 million in a full five-year cycle.

The second burden is to remove from all insurance companies the requirement under Section 22(2) of the 1982 Act to show in their annual returns the names of connected intermediaries. It is estimated that that measure will save the industry as a whole some £500,000 per annum.

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Finally, the order amends Section 22(1) of the Act to allow some copies of the annual returns to be submitted in electronic format. I beg to move.

Moved, That the draft order laid before the House on 24th June be approved [26th Report from the Delegated Powers Scrutiny Committee].--(Lord Fraser of Carmyllie.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.


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