HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Veneris 19° Junii 1998
The House met at eleven oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of London.
1. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. FinancePublic Expenditure 1997-98: Provisional Outturn; (3988)
2. Works of ArtMinute by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office dated 18th June on the indemnification of works of art lent to the British Council. ()
2. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. (i) Environmental Information (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (1447)
(ii) Electrical Equipment for Explosive Atmospheres (Certification) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1998 (1469)
laid under the European Communities Act 1972;
2. Magistrates Courts Committees (Thames Valley) Amalgamation Order 1998, laid under the Justices of the Peace Act 1997. (1492)
3. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
Report and Accounts for 1997-98 of
(i) Birmingham Heartlands Development Corporation
(ii) Trafford Park Development Corporation
(iii) Plymouth Development Corporation
(iv) Black Country Development Corporation
(v) Merseyside Development Corporation
(vi) London Docklands Development Corporation
laid under the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980.
4. Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) Bill [HL] (formerly Girobank plc (Transfer) Bill [HL]) After debate, the bill was read a third time and passed and sent to the Commons.
5. Pesticides BillThe report was received; an amendment was agreed to; it was ordered that the bill be printed as amended. (HL Bill 129)
6. Fireworks BillThe report was received.
7. Public Interest Disclosure BillThe report was received; an amendment was moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
8. Northern Ireland (Sentences) BillA bill to make provision about the release on licence of certain persons serving sentences of imprisonment in Northern Ireland was brought from the Commons, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 128)
Road Traffic Reduction (National Targets) BillThe House resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; the House was resumed and the bill was reported without amendment.
9. Deregulation (Deduction from Pay of Union Subscriptions) Order 1998It was moved by the Lord Haskel that the draft Order laid before the House on 18th December 1997 be approved; the motion was agreed to.
10. Deregulation (Methylated Spirits Sale by Retail) (Scotland) Order 1998It was moved by the Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale that the draft Order laid before the House on 18th May be approved; the motion was agreed to.
11. Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) Order 1998It was moved by the Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale that the Order laid before the House on 2nd June be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.
12. Homelessness (Decisions on Referrals) (Scotland) Order 1998It was moved by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton that the draft Order laid before the House on 14th May be approved; the motion was agreed to.
13. Homelessness (Decisions on Referrals) Order 1998It was moved by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton that the draft Order laid before the House on 14th May be approved; the motion was agreed to.
14. NATOThe Lord Kennet asked Her Majestys Government whether they have considered the United States Senates Resolution of Ratification of the accession of Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic to NATO of 30th April and, if so, what is their reaction; after debate, the question was answered by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean.
The House was adjourned at six minutes past three oclock
to Monday next, half-past two oclock.