HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 10° Junii 1998
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Ripon.
1. Leave of AbsenceLeave of absence was granted to the Lord Chancellor for Monday 15th June.
2. Barclays Bank Plc (Appellants) v. Boulter and Boulter (Respondent)The petition of the appellants praying that the time for lodging the statement and appendix and setting down the cause for hearing might be extended to 29th July next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.
3. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Monopolies and Mergers CommissionReport on the proposed transfer to Johnston Press plc of the newspapers of Home Counties Newspapers Holdings plc; (3962)
2. FinanceTreasury Minute on the 26th and 28th to 30th Reports of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee. (3973)
4. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. National Health Service (Service Committees and Tribunal) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 1998, laid under the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978; (1424)
2. (i) Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Pollution by Garbage) Regulations 1998 (1377)
(ii) Merchant Shipping (Navigation Bridge Visibility) Regulations 1998 (1419)
laid under the Merchant Shipping Act 1995;
3. Magistrates Courts Committees (Devon and Cornwall) Amalgamation Order 1998, laid under the Justices of the Peace Act 1997; (1432)
4. (i) New Deal (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Order 1998 (1425)
(ii) Training for Work (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Order 1998 (1426)
laid under the Employment Act 1988;
5. Merchant Shipping (Port State Control) (Amendment) Regulations 1998, laid under the European Communities Act 1972. (1433)
5. Paper not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following paper was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
Consent to Transfer to Johnston Press plc the newspapers of Home Counties Newspapers Holdings plc following a report from the Monopolies and Mergers Commission, laid under the Fair Trading Act 1973.
6. European Communities (Amendment) BillThe bill was returned from the Commons with the amendment disagreed to with a reason for such disagreement; it was ordered that the reason be printed. (HL Bill 123)
Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Bill [HL]The Commons amendments were considered and agreed to.
7. School Standards and Framework BillThe House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; an amendment was disagreed to (see division list); the House was resumed.
8. Lomé Convention and the CaribbeanThe Baroness Young asked Her Majestys Government what is their policy towards the European Commissions negotiating Directive for a post-Lomé agreement, with particular regard to the Caribbean; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Whitty.
9. School Standards and Framework BillThe House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; the House was resumed after clause 118 stood part.
The House was adjourned at eleven minutes past eleven oclock
till tomorrow, three oclock.