House of Lords Journal 231 (Session 1997-98)

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Volume 231      

Thursday 9 April 1998

The House met at eleven o’clock.

The following Lords Spiritual and Temporal were present:

Irvine of Lairg, L.
(Lord Chancellor)

Ackner, L.
Acton, L.
Addington, L.
Addison, V.
Ailesbury, M.
Ailsa, M.
Alton of Liverpool, L.
Ampthill, L.
Anelay of St. Johns, B.
Annaly, L.
Annan, L.
Ashbourne, L.
Baldwin of Bewdley, E.
Barber, L.
Barnett, L.
Bassam of Brighton, L.
Beaumont of Whitley, L.
Belhaven and Stenton, L.
Beloff, L.
Bethell, L.
Biffen, L.
Blatch, B.
Blyth, L.
Boardman, L.
Boston of Faversham, L.
Bowness, L.
Brabazon of Tara, L.
Braine of Wheatley, L.
Bridgeman, V.
Brightman, L.
Brigstocke, B.
Brooke of Alverthorpe, L.
Brooks of Tremorfa, L.
Bruce of Donington, L.
Bruntisfield, L.
Burlison, L.
Burnham, L.
Butterworth, L.
Cadman, L.
Caithness, E.
Calverley, L.
Campbell of Alloway, L.
Campbell of Croy, L.
Carlisle, E.
Carmichael of Kelvingrove, L.
Carter, L.
Chesham, L.
Clancarty, E.
Cockfield, L.
Cocks of Hartcliffe, L.
Coleraine, L.
Colwyn, L.
Cope of Berkeley, L.
Courtown, E.
Cox, B.
Craigavon, V.
Dahrendorf, L.
Darcy de Knayth, B.
David, B.
Davidson, V.
Davies of Coity, L.
Davies of Oldham, L.
De Freyne, L.
Dean of Beswick, L.
Dean of Harptree, L.
Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde, B.
Denbigh, E.
Denham, L.
Denton of Wakefield, B.
Devonport, V.
Dholakia, L.
Donoughue, L.
Dundonald, E.
Eden of Winton, L.
Effingham, E.
Elliott of Morpeth, L.
Elton, L.
Erne, E.
Erroll, E.
Ewing of Kirkford, L.
Falkland, V.
Farrington of Ribbleton, B.
Fitt, L.
Fookes, B.
Fraser of Carmyllie, L.
Freyberg, L.
Geraint, L.
Gisborough, L.
Goodhart, L.
Gormanston, V.
Gould of Potternewton, B.
Graham of Edmonton, L.
Gray of Contin, L.
Greenway, L.
Grenfell, L.
Haddington, E.
Harding of Petherton, L.
Hardinge of Penshurst, L.
Hardwicke, E.
Hardy of Wath, L.
Harmar-Nicholls, L.
Harrowby, E.
Haskel, L.
Hayhoe, L.
Henley, L.
Higgins, L.
Hilton of Eggardon, B.
Hogg, B.
Hogg of Cumbernauld, L.
Holderness, L.
Holme of Cheltenham, L.
HolmPatrick, L.
Hooson, L.
Howe, E.
Hughes of Woodside, L.
Hunt of Kings Heath, L.
Hunt of Wirral, L.
Hurd of Westwell, L.
Hylton-Foster, B.
Inchcape, E.
Ironside, L.
Islwyn, L.
Janner of Braunstone, L.
Jenkin of Roding, L.
Jenkins of Hillhead, L.
Jenkins of Putney, L.
Judd, L.
Kennet, L.
Kilmarnock, L.
Kingsland, L.
Kinloss, Ly.
Kinnoull, E.
Lauderdale, E.
Lawrence, L.
Layton, L.
Leathers, V.
Leigh, L.
Long, V.
Longford, E.
Lowry, L.
Lucas, L.
Lucas of Chilworth, L.
Ludford, B.
Luke, L.
Lyell, L.
McColl of Dulwich, L.
McConnell, L.
Mackay of Ardbrecknish, L.
McNair, L.
Maddock, B.
Mar and Kellie, E.
Marlesford, L.
Masham of Ilton, B.
Merlyn-Rees, L.
Merrivale, L.
Mersey, V.
Milner of Leeds, L.
Minto, E.
Mishcon, L.
Molloy, L.
Molyneaux of Killead, L.
Monckton of Brenchley, V.
Monkswell, L.
Monson, L.
Montagu of Beaulieu, L.
Montague of Oxford, L.
Montgomery of Alamein, V.
Mountevans, L.
Mowbray and Stourton, L.
Moyne, L.
Moynihan, L.
Munster, E.
Murray of Epping Forest, L.
Naseby, L.
Nelson, E.
Newton of Braintree, L.
Nicholson of Winterbourne, B.

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Nicol, B.
Noel-Buxton, L.
Norrie, L.
Northesk, E.
Norwich, Bp.
O’Cathain, B.
Ogmore, L.
Orme, L.
Orr-Ewing, L.
Oxfuird, V.
Palmer, L.
Park of Monmouth, B.
Paul, L.
Pearson of Rannoch, L.
Perry of Southwark, B.
Peston, L.
Pilkington of Oxenford, L.
Ponsonby of Shulbrede, L.
Prys-Davies, L.
Quirk, L.
Ramsay of Cartvale, B.
Randall of St. Budeaux, L.
Reay, L.
Redesdale, L.
Renfrew of Kaimsthorn, L.
Renwick, L.
Richard, L.
Rix, L.
Rodgers of Quarry Bank, L.
Rowallan, L.
Russell, E.
Ryder of Wensum, L.
St. John of Bletso, L.
St. John of Fawsley, L.
Sandwich, E.
Seccombe, B.
Sefton of Garston, L.
Selborne, E.
Sempill, L.
Shannon, E.
Shaughnessy, L.
Shrewsbury, E.
Simon, V.
Simon of Glaisdale, L.
Skelmersdale, L.
Stallard, L.
Steel of Aikwood, L.
Stewartby, L.
Stockton, E.
Strabolgi, L.
Strathcarron, L.
Strathclyde, L.
Swansea, L.
Swinfen, L.
Symons of Vernham Dean, B.
Taylor of Blackburn, L.
Teviot, L.
Teynham, L.
Thomas of Gwydir, L.
Thomson of Monifieth, L.
Thurlow, L.
Tope, L.
Trefgarne, L.
Turner of Camden, B.
Tweeddale, M.
Ullswater, V.
Vivian, L.
Wade of Chorlton, L.
Watson of Invergowrie, L.
Waverley, V.
Weatherill, L.
Westbury, L.
Wharton, B.
Whitty, L.
Williams of Elvel, L.
Williams of Mostyn, L.
Winchilsea and Nottingham, E.

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Norwich.


1.Command Paper—The following paper was presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:

Finance—Departments of the Secretary of State for Scotland and the Forestry Commission: the Government’s Expenditure Plans for 1998–99 and Report for 1998.


2.Negative Instruments—The following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1.Road Works (Inspection Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1998, laid under the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991;
2. (i)Plant Breeders’ Rights (Fees) Regulations 1998—(1021)
(ii)Plant Breeders’ Rights (Information Notices) Regulations 1998—(1024)
(iii)Plant Breeders’ Rights (Farm Saved Seed) (Specification of Species and Groups) Order 1998—(1025)
(iv)Plant Breeders’ Rights (Farm Saved Seed) (Specified Information) Regulations 1998—(1026)
(v)Plant Breeders’ Rights Regulations 1998—(1027)
 laid under the Plant Varieties Act 1997;
3.Plant Breeders’ Rights (Information Notices) (Extension to European Community Plant Variety Rights) Regulations 1998, laid under the European Communities Act 1972;
4.Seeds (National Lists of Varieties) (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 1998, laid under the Plant Varieties and Seeds Act 1964.
3.Journals—The 230th volume of the Journals (Session 1996–97), with an index, was laid on the Table by the Clerk of the Parliaments.

Public Business

4.European Parliamentary Elections Bill—It was moved by the Lord Williams of Mostyn that the bill be now read a second time; after debate, the motion was agreed to and the bill was committed to a Committee of the Whole House.
5.Special hospitals—The Earl of Longford asked Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards the future of special hospitals; after debate, the question was answered by the Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale.

The House was adjourned at twenty minutes past three o’clock
to Monday 20th April, half-past two o’clock.