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Die Mercurii 1° Julii 1998

The House met at half-past two o’clock.

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Manchester.

1.  Leave of Absence—Leave of absence was granted to the Lord Chancellor for Wednesday 8th July.


2.  Command Papers—The following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1.  Double Taxation—Convention between the United Kingdom and Lesotho for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion;  (3991)

    2.  Exports—Strategic Export Controls: Government proposals;  (3989)

    3.  Prisons—Report for 1997 of the Prisons Ombudsman.  (3984)

3.  Affirmative Instrument—The following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:

    Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (No. 2) Order 1998.  (1582)

4.  Negative Instruments—The following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1.  Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) (Amendment) Regulations 1998, laid under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974;  (1548)

    2.  Local Government Act 1988 (Defined Activities) (Exemptions) (London Fire and Civil Defence Authority) Order 1998, laid under the Local Government Act 1988;  (1528)

    3.  Education (Assisted Places) (Incidental Expenses) (Amendment) Regulations 1998, laid under the Education (Schools) Act 1997;  (1585)

    4.  Education (Grants) (Music, Ballet and Choir Schools) (Amendment) Regulations 1998, laid under the Education Act 1996;  (1583)

    5.  Education (Teachers) (Amendment) Regulations 1998, laid under the Education Reform Act 1988.  (1584)

5.  Instrument coming into operation before being laid—The Lord Chancellor acquainted the House that he had received, under the proviso to section 4(1) of the Statutory Instruments Act 1946, notification that the following instrument had come into operation before being laid before Parliament, with an explanation thereof; the notification and explanation were ordered to lie on the Table:

    Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (No. 2) Order 1998.  (1582)

Select Committee Reports

6.  Delegated Powers and Deregulation—The following reports from the Select Committee were made and ordered to be printed:

    25th Report, on the following Bills:

        Northern Ireland (Sentences) Bill;

        Pensions (Amendment) Bill [HL] (HL Paper 126);

    26th Report, on the draft Deregulation (Exchangeable Driving Licences) Order 1998. (HL Paper 127)

Public Business

7.  Scotland Bill—It was moved by the Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale, on behalf of the Lord Sewel, that it be an instruction to the Committee of the Whole House to whom the Scotland Bill has been committed that they consider the Bill in the following order:

Clause 1Clause 29
Schedule 1Schedule 5
Clauses 2 to 20Clauses 30 to 91
Schedule 2Schedule 6
Clause 21Clauses 92 to 111
Schedule 3Schedules 7 and 8
Clauses 22 to 28Clauses 112 to 117;
Schedule 4

    the motion was agreed to.

8.  Road Traffic Reduction (National Targets) Bill—The bill was read a third time and passed.

9.  Government of Wales Bill—The report was received; an amendment was negatived; amendments were agreed to; an amendment was disagreed to (see division list 1); amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; an amendment was agreed to (see division list 2); further consideration on report was adjourned.

10.  Indebted poor countries—The Viscount Brentford asked Her Majesty’s Government how many of the heavily indebted poor countries are likely to experience substantial cancellation of debt in the next three years; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey.

11.  Government of Wales Bill—The bill was further considered on report; amendments were agreed to; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; further consideration on report was adjourned after Amendment 102.

The House was adjourned at fourteen minutes before one o’clock

in the morning of Thursday 2nd July

till later the same day, three o’clock in the afternoon.


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