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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Martis 21° Julii 1998

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Exeter.

1. Baroness Uddin—Mrs Manzila Pola Uddin, having been created Baroness Uddin, of Bethnal Green in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, for life by Letters Patent dated in the afternoon of 18th July 1998, was introduced between the Lord Carter and the Lord Shore of Stepney, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.

2. Lord Alli—Waheed Alli Esquire, having been created Baron Alli, of Norbury in the London Borough of Croydon, for life by Letters Patent dated in the forenoon of 18th July 1998, was introduced between the Baroness Jay of Paddington and the Lord Montague of Oxford, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and made and subscribed the solemn affirmation pursuant to statute.

3. Oath—John Christian George Viscount Downe (Lord Dawnay) took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.

Judicial Business

4. Woods (Respondent) v. Chief Adjudication Officer and another (Petitioners)— Upon application by the petitioners (the agents for the respondent consenting thereto), it was ordered that the petition be withdrawn and that the petitioners do pay to the respondent his costs incurred in respect of the petition for leave to appeal to this House, such costs to be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties.

Papers

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

    1. Media—Government response to the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee Report on The Multimedia Revolution;      (4020)

    2. Communications—Regulating Communications: approaching convergence in the Information Age;       (4022)

    3. Disability—Promoting disabled people’s rights: Creating a Disability Rights Commission fit for the 21st Century;      (3977)

    4. Hong Kong—Report for January—June 1998 on Hong Kong.      (4019)

6. Affirmative Instruments—The following instruments were laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1. Draft Local Government (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998;

    2. Draft Meat and Livestock Commission Levy (Variation) Scheme (Confirmation) Order 1998.

7. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedings—The following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1. Revenue and Capital Accounts for 1997-98 of the Duchy of Lancaster, laid under the Duchies of Cornwall and Lancaster Act 1838;

    2. Financial statements for 1997-98 of the South Bank Centre, laid under the Local Government Act 1985;

    3. Report and Accounts for 1997-98 of the Social Security Agency, laid under the Exchequer and Audit (Northern Ireland) Act 1921;

    4. Reports by the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland on:

    (i) Controls to prevent and detect fraud in family practitioner service payments—

    (ii) the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum—

    laid under the Audit (Northern Ireland) Order 1987;

    5. Report and Accounts for 1997-98 of the Scottish Prison Service, laid under the Prisons (Scotland) Act 1989;

    6. Report and Accounts for 1997-98 of the North Hull Housing Action Trust, laid under the Housing Act 1988;

    7. Accounts for 1997-98 of the Commission for the New Towns, laid under the New Towns Act 1981;

    8. Report and Accounts for 1997-98 of the United Kingdom Passport Agency, laid under the Exchequer and Audit Department Act 1921;

    9. Accounts for 1997-98 of—

    (i) HM Land Registry—

    (ii) Companies House—

    (iii) Central Office of Information—

    together with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Government Trading Funds Act 1973;

    10. Accounts for 1997-98 of the Welsh Language Board, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Welsh Language Act 1993;

    11. Report and Accounts for 1997-98 of British Waterways, laid under the Transport Act 1962;

    12. List of Exceptional Awards for 1997-98 made in respect of Noise-Induced Sensorineural Hearing Loss, laid under the Order in Council of 19th December 1881.

    13. Accounts for 1997-98 of the Countryside Commission, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981;

    14. Accounts for 1997-98 of the National Heritage Memorial Fund Heritage Lottery Fund: Lottery Distribution Account, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the National Lottery Etc. Act 1993;

    15. Accounts for 1997-98 of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the National Heritage Act 1980.

Select Committee Reports

8. Statutory Instruments—The 42nd Report from the Joint Committee was made on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments:

      Draft Conditional Fee Agreements Order 1998;

      Draft Education (Student Loans) (Scotland) Regulations 1998;

      Draft Education (Student Support) Regulations 1998;

    it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 134)

9. European Communities—The 29th Report from the Select Committee: Third Country Rules, was made; it was ordered that the Report be printed, together with the Minutes of Evidence. (HL Paper 135)

Public Business

10. School Standards and Framework Bill—The Commons reasons and amendments were considered; a Commons amendment to a Lords amendment was agreed to; the remaining Lords amendments were not insisted on, and Commons amendments to words so restored to the bill and a Commons amendment in lieu were agreed to.

11. Scotland Bill—The House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the House was resumed.

12. Arts strategy—The Earl of Clancarty asked Her Majesty’s Government whether they have an overall integrated arts strategy for the United Kingdom and, if so, what it is; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey.

13. Scotland Bill—The House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; a further amendment was agreed to (see division list 1); an amendment was disagreed to (see division list 2); the House was resumed after amendment 180.

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

in the morning of Wednesday 22nd July till later the same day,

half-past two o’clock in the afternoon.

MICHAEL DAVIES

Cler: Parliamentor:

 
 
 
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